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My cobalt had just over 20k miles on it when while going down the freeway my driver side front tire burst spinning my car out of control and ending up upside down in a ditch.... have there been other problems with the stock tires on 2006 cobalt ls' and if so who do i sue?

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You need to contact the manufacturer of the tire. There should be a booklet on this if you purchased the car new.

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Winter driving tips.


WINTER TIRES
As a mechanic and a shop owner I get to try out various types of vehicles during test drives. So we get to try out different types of tires too. We learn what works well and what doesn't.
Don't kid yourself, all season tires don't come close to a quality winter tire on ice and snow. And when you add studs to a winter tire it makes them incredibly good. I hope they allow studded tires where you drive.
All season tires work well when they can contact the road surface directly, but when isolated from the road by ice and snow they just don't work. The compound of the tire is generally harder to resist summer heat that wears tires out and with the colder temperatures they just get stiffer.
The winter tire compound is a little softer which allows a better contact patch with whatever is under it and the larger tread gaps pinch the snow to gain traction.
Another big misconception with tires is putting them on the drive wheels only.
OK, why not you ask? Well lets start with one of the most common vehicles on the road today, a family sedan, front wheel drive.
On these cars your engine and transmission is front mounted, so a good part of the weight is front biased. So that puts lots of weight on your front wheels. Weight =traction, right? So you put your winter tires on the front and your already used all seasons on the back.
Imagine now cruising down the freeway in 4 inches of fresh snow, "man these winter tires are awesome !" But you need to brake in a hurry for a deer coming out. Well those fresh winters do their job OK but the lightweight back end of your car hasn't the traction to handle the maneuver, the back end is sliding around sideways...hang on to it!!!
Well you get the picture now. You need all 4.

DONT SPIN YOUR TIRES

How many times do you see it each slippery day? You know, the drivers wheels howling for mercy as they attempt to accelerate.
Many vehicles today are equipped with traction control, there is a good reason for this accessory to your vehicle. If you can accelerate without spinning you will get moving faster than someone who is, and under more control too. A spinning tire will often create a hot spot under itself, melt the ice or snow and make it even more slippery. You even run the risk of getting yourself stuck in the rut you create.
A spinning tire also will go sideways easier, as it loses traction it also loses some direction.
Granpa said to me sometimes...slow down and go faster ...I now have seen the truth in it.

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I have a 2005 chevy cobalt that is making a humming noise after 20 mph. I can also feel a vibration in the gas petal. "noise" increases with speed. Higher milage and just had struts replaced about 150


squeakey69 is right it sounds like you have a wheel bearing problem cobalts are notorious for wheel bearings going bad i would go ahead and change both front bearings because if one is going bad the other usually isnt far behind hope this helps.

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07 cobalt pulls to left 75% of the time, alignment shows good


A few things you can try, if you already haven't.

1. Insure that both front tires are a match. ( doesn,'t necessarily need to be the same brand, but if you have a, P 215/70 R15 on the driver's side front, you want to make sure you have the same tire size on the passenger side. This applies to those who purchase used tires. )
Also, look very closely for even wear on both tires.

2. Make sure that both front tires have the same amount of air pressure. ( Your tire size and iar pressure recommendations should be on the driver's side door jamb, or, some have it on the inside of the fuel door.)

3. Stand on the driver's side of the car, put your hands on the hood and use your whole body to push down several times to see how your shock on that side responds, how much does it move?, now check the passenger side to insure they both respond similarly, if not, you may have a bad shock/strutt.

There are other components under the front end that could cause this issue, but, if you've already had the alignment checked the technician should have already checked them.

I hope this helps.

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My 2006 chevy cobalt shakes while driving from speeds of 45 to 70 miles an hour what could be the problem?


That's when the front end needs to be checked, could be,
tires out of balance
a steel belt separated in one of the tires
a worn front end component like:
a worn cv joint
a bad upper or lower ball joint
tie-rod end, etc.

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Check for broken tire belts. Make sure your front struts are secure. Rebalance tires. Also clean any mud stuck to tires.

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I don't know what 'cupping' is. If you mean wear, then it is probably down to having incorrect tracking set on the car. Go to a garage and get the toe out checked. If your tracking is out, you will wear the edge of the tyres. Over inflation will cause the centre of the tyre to wear, and under inflation will cause the outer and inner band of the tread to wear.
The vibration may be caused by the loss of wheel weights. Maybe knocked off by hitting a kerb which also may be the cause of the tracking being out. Driving over a deep pot hole in the road can have the same effect.

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Noises problem 2006 Chevy Cobalt 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automati


Have a mechanic check lower control arm bushing at the rear of the control arm.It is a horizontal bushing retained by a vertical bolt clamping it to frame.The tire will move more forward and back more than it should during braking. canuck mechanic.

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'98 aurora shimmies 60,296 miles on car


Most shimmies come from tire/wheel/balance combos. Before your dollars go down on 4 tires(assuming you have good tread), rotate tires & if there is a change you can figure out the offending unit

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215 is not overheating. Does it keep getting hotter the faster you go? Does it cool off when slowing down or at idle? Does the Fan clutch or electric fan come on? When the engine is this hot.

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