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On my 2014 Volt with 43k miles, I've noticed lately when driving on a smooth, dry road, that it will feel like I'm hitting very small patches of black ice. The front wheels feel like they are slipping just slightly, which I feel through the steering wheel. My tires were replaced around 40k, with new higher end, Michelin tires.

Again this is on a dry road with no chances of any black ice actually being on the road.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? Otherwise I have never had any issues in nearly 4 years.
 

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Are you in Low? Loss of traction in Low will feel like a momentary "slip" or acceleration of the car. Typically this is felt when hitting a pothole or railroad track when the tire is momentarily not in contact with pavement.
 

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I think there is/was a steering recall (voluntary?) on the 2014's. My 2014 exhibited an occasional sticking feeling after driving straight for a long time. It didn't bother me enough to have it fixed.
 

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I think there is/was a steering recall (voluntary?) on the 2014's. My 2014 exhibited an occasional sticking feeling after driving straight for a long time. It didn't bother me enough to have it fixed.
me too and i think gm sent me a letter on it to cover for some period of time but id have todig it out.
 

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I think there is/was a steering recall (voluntary?) on the 2014's. My 2014 exhibited an occasional sticking feeling after driving straight for a long time. It didn't bother me enough to have it fixed.
The OP said, "on a smooth, dry road, that it will feel like I'm hitting very small patches of black ice"

A sticky "notch" in the steering wheel does not make the car feel like the wheels are slipping on ice. I had that steering wheel "notch" issue (it went away) and it did not feel like driving on ice. It felt like a notch on a volume control.
 

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Feelings are very subjective. One person's sticking may be another's slipping. Just thought I would be helpful and suggest a possibility :^)
 

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If your tires were just replace 3k miles ago, go back to the tire shop and make sure you do not have any loose or missing lug nuts. Even check them yourself. They may not have been properly torqued when the tires were done. If they are loose, it could be very dangerous and/or causing damage. If all lug nuts are tight, have them inspect the new tires for a broken belt or defect. If that doesn’t identify a problem, follow up on the potential steering rack issue with the dealership.
 

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Feelings are very subjective. One person's sticking may be another's slipping. Just thought I would be helpful and suggest a possibility :^)
Yes, a better description of "feel" could be helpful. It could very well be needing the steering module reprogramming.

Campaign #14232: Special Coverage Adjustment - Power Steering Stick-Slip
2011-2014 Chevrolet Volt

Condition:
Some 2011-2014 MY Chevrolet Volt may have increased friction in the steering system. This could cause the steering wheel to stick in the straight-ahead position after driving long distances on a straight highway.
The steering wheel can be turned but it may require increased effort.

Vehicles Involved:
All involved vehicles are identified by Vehicle Identification Number on the Applicable Warranties section in GM Global Warranty Management system.

Service Procedure:
2010-2012 Vehicles: Replace the Steering Gear Assembly
2013-2014 Vehicles: Reprogram the Power Steering Control Module.
Note: * When performing the reprogram on 2013-2014 vehicles, always ensure that the programming description addresses the stick-slip condition.
 

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Probably best to take it in for the possible module reprogramming and have them take a look at the dealership. I do drive in low most of the the time and sport mode. Lug nuts seem tight, but it's about time for rotation, so I'll have that done as well.
 
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