I have a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT that wobbles pretty good at around 5mph to 35 mph. The wobble is pretty heavy and is throughout the whole car. It feels like it is coming more from the front. I noticed this morning that the check engine light also just came on?? What could I be looking at now??

  • Misfiring engine? Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 1:11
  • Engine light came on? What's the code? Commented Jan 9, 2020 at 2:35
  • Make sure that all of your lug nuts are present and properly torqued. Check engine light may be unrelated.
    – 3Dave
    Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 20:39
  • Curious to hear as to what the problem was I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze and had the same issue except mine had oil leaks into one of my spark plugs and fried it and my engine was running on only 3 cylinders opposed to the 4 so my car was riding super rough and was shaking a bunch and rumbling when idling and driving lower speeds caused by a cracked valve cover gasket. Commented Mar 9, 2021 at 21:04

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A wobble could be caused by many things independent of the engine light:

  • Unbalanced, loose or flat tire
  • A suspension problem like a bad shock, worn bushing, or cracked component
  • Loose engine or transmission mounts

That is just some of the most common causes. The engine light being on could be significant as it points to the engine not firing on all cylinders. This is known as a misfire, which can be caused by:

  • A lack of spark in a cylinder due to a bad spark plug, loose or failing spark plug cable, ignition coil problem or other issue in the ignition system. This would likely be a problem with a single cylinder
  • A bad or clogged fuel injector in one or more cylinders
  • Clogged air filter
  • Vacuum leak
  • Fuel pressure problem
  • Fuel contamination
  • Stuck engine valve
  • Sensor failure

The car has a computer which will probably tell you what the issue is using On-Board Diagnostics (OBD). These codes can be read by a reader, most auto parts stores will do this for free. But first I would open up the hood and look at the engine myself to see if there's anything obvious, like a loose spark plug cable, or one that's soaked in oil.

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