Alignment on new Cruze - okay from factory or adjustment needed?
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    Alignment on new Cruze - okay from factory or adjustment needed?

    I’m enjoying my 2014 Cruze. I’m curious what experience people have had with alignment. According to the Cruze owner manual, the Cruze is properly aligned at the factory and requires no adjustment unless you hit something. How true is that? I’ve read reports that a lot of cars are out of alignment when they are brand new – either they weren’t aligned at the factory or they fell out of spec when bolted down to the car carrier for delivery.
    Has anyone had an alignment check on a new (ish) 2013-15 Cruze? And if so what were the results?
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    Even after 45K miles my 2012 ECO MT my alignment was good.
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    Had my 2012 Eco alignment checked around 60k miles, it was ~0.01-0.05 degrees off from perfect on virtually all accounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyShibbyEco View Post
    Had my 2012 Eco alignment checked around 60k miles, it was ~0.01-0.05 degrees off from perfect on virtually all accounts.
    Same here.

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    My alignment was off from the factory. Seem the new 2015 colorado has also been shipping with some alignment issues, and my brothers 2015 Tahoe was checked by the dealer at first oil change(without asking). Going to assume it was checked because there was a known problem.



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    Mine was great until the trans was replaced. It seems like alignment is required if they drop the cradle.
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    A lot of dealers have auto roll by alignment machines in their quick lane area. I suggest having it checked. Some places sell a lifetime service, like Firestone or tires plus where they'll gladly check it any time for free after the initial purchase. I use that on my car(I work at Firestone) and just admire the peace of mind. Then when I lower or anything I can just reset it for free.
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    I did the free "roll by" check at my dealer. Turns out the Front Toe was off. Car has only 2,000 miles. Service rep initially said GM doesn't cover alignment because that is a maintenance item. I called Chevrolet and they pointed me to the warranty booklet stating alignment is covered up to 7,500 miles. So Chevy paid for the alignment correction. I feel better knowing my car is 100% correctly aligned and I have the print-out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by draco_m View Post
    I did the free "roll by" check at my dealer. Turns out the Front Toe was off. Car has only 2,000 miles. Service rep initially said GM doesn't cover alignment because that is a maintenance item. I called Chevrolet and they pointed me to the warranty booklet stating alignment is covered up to 7,500 miles. So Chevy paid for the alignment correction. I feel better knowing my car is 100% correctly aligned and I have the print-out.
    Hi Draco_m,

    Glad to hear everything was taken care of for you! Feel free to let us know if any additional assistance is needed. We would be more than happy to assist in the future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus_Mahn View Post
    Mine was great until the trans was replaced. It seems like alignment is required if they drop the cradle.
    Yes it is. To drop the cradle you have to disconnect the wheels from the axles. This should have been done as part of the replacement.
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