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Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: Wheel Alignment Measurement

Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual / Suspension / Wheel Alignment / Wheel Alignment Measurement

Steering and vibration complaints are not always the result of improper alignment. One possible cause is wheel and tire imbalance.

Another possibility is tire lead due to worn or improperly manufactured tires. Lead/pull is defined as follows: At a constant highway speed on a typical straight road, lead/pull is the amount of effort required at the steering wheel to maintain the vehicle's straight path. Lead is the vehicle deviation from a straight path on a level road without pressure on the steering wheel.

Before performing any adjustment affecting wheel alignment, perform the following inspections and adjustments in order to ensure correct alignment readings:

Give consideration to excess loads, such as tool boxes, sample cases, etc. If normally carried in the vehicle, these items should remain in the vehicle during alignment adjustments. Give consideration also to the condition of the equipment being used for the alignment. Follow the equipment manufacturer's instructions.

Satisfactory vehicle operation may occur over a wide range of alignment settings. However, if the setting exceeds the service allowable specifications, correct the alignment to the service preferred specifications. Refer to Wheel Alignment Specifications Perform the following steps in order to measure the front and rear alignment angles:

  1. Install the alignment equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Jounce the front and the rear bumpers 3 times prior to checking the wheel alignment.
  3. Measure the alignment angles and record the readings.

Note:

  1. Adjust alignment angles to vehicle specification, if necessary. Refer to Wheel Alignment Specifications.

Front Camber Adjustment

The front camber is not adjustable. If the front camber angle is not within specifications, inspect for suspension support misalignment or front suspension damage. Replace any damaged suspension components as necessary.

Front Caster and Camber Adjustment

The front caster and camber is not adjustable. If the front caster angle is not within specifications, inspect for suspension support misalignment or front suspension damage. Replace any damaged suspension components as necessary.

Wheel Alignment
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Wheel Alignment - Steering Wheel Angle and/or Front Toe Adjustment
Ensure that the steering wheel is set in a straight ahead position. Loosen the tie rod jam nut (1). Adjust the toe to specification by turning the adjuster (2). Refer to Wheel Alignment ...

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