Today we are going to take a look at a problem that may prove to be threatening. If you notice any handling or grip problems on your Chevrolet Cruze , it is essential that you drive carefully and take care of it quickly. Our team has posted this content page to help you solve them. First, we’ll quickly check out the main elements that assure good road handling, then we’ll check out why your Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t hold the road any more, and finally we’ll check out how to solve your grip problems.
What are the main components that assure good road holding and handling on a Chevrolet Cruze?
We begin this content page by quickly explaining the main elements that will assure good road holding for your Chevrolet Cruze. It’s essential to know that a vehicle’s grip is a science in itself. It will consequently be based upon many points, we will explain below the main ones that can be influenced:
- Shock absorbers: The main elements of your road handling, they permanently assure the contact between the wheels and the road. They absorb all shocks and holes on the road.
- Tyres: They are the ones that will assure the grip of your Chevrolet Cruze on the road, the softer they are, the more grip you have, but the faster they get broken, the harder they are, the less grip you have, but the more resistant they are. Temperature influences their wear. Their size will as well play on grip, the wider they are the more contact with the ground will be important.
- The center of gravity: The higher your car is going to be, the more it will lean in the corners and therefore lose handling, that’s why low profile sports cars grip better than very high 4×4’s
- Wheel Alignment: This adjustment allows you to manage the vertical angle of your car’s wheels, it is therefore important for the grip of your car and the wear of your tires. This adjustment is very precise and must be conducted by specialists.
There are many other elements to take into account such as wheelbase, ground clearance, chassis rigidity, weight and aerodynamics…
Why is my Chevrolet Cruze having problems with my car’s handling or grip?
We will now proceed to the component that interests you the most, why my Chevrolet Cruze has handling problems? As we outlined earlier, there are a lot of components to take into account for your car to have a good grip, however there are few that can evolve over time, most of them are intrinsic to the construction of the automobile, we will find out right away those that can affect your handling and road, and, why:
- As we described earlier, the rubber of the tyres has a primordial purpose in the good road holding of your car, if your tyres are dead, you may have problems of road holding on wet road at first and when you reach the “cord” even on dry road.
- Dead shock absorbers: If your shock absorbers are dead, your car will no longer be able to absorb the irregularities of the road effectively and it will often “float”, which will end result in a bad distribution of the masses on the vehicle and shift the centre of gravity of the vehicle. You risk slipping in the bends.
- The risk with a misalignment is that your ground contact area is reduced as a result of a too open or too closed wheel angle, you will have grip problems.
- A steering problem: Last but not least, the last important element for good road handling is that all the components of your steering must be in good condition. The most traditional circumstance is that your stabilizer bar or the silent blocks of your steering triangles are dead. The result will be a delay in your changes of direction.
How do you solve the handling problems?
We now proceed to the different solutions to resolve your road holding problems on your Chevrolet Cruze .
- Tyres: Nothing could be less complicated, just change your tyres, make sure to verify them carefully and change them when you get to the visual indicator in the grooves of your tyres. It is generally required to count between 100 and 200 euros for a pair of tires.
- Shock absorbers: Ditto, dead shock absorbers have to be changed, if you want to know when to change the shock absorbers of a Chevrolet Cruze, please have a check out our content page on this subject. The price can vary a lot, but you will have to count at least 400€
- Wheel alignment: You will have to go to your garage to have it corrected, it will cost you less than 100€?
- Steering: If you have problems with the handling on Chevrolet Cruze as a result of your steering, there might be some components involved, in this case you will have to make a complete check-up of these components, the best is to call a professional.
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