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My dealer wouldn't do an alignment check during the 12 month period because they didn't see a problem worth checking.

Take care about deciding what is center for the steering. The dash is sloped which causes an optical illusion. I determine center by comparing the horizontal area of the steering column shroud to the steering wheel.
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However if the steering wheel looks at all different to you than what you have been observing for all your car ownership life, it probably is off center.
A lot of us observed this phenomena after having a steering system recall. Usually, one trip back to the dealer corrected the fault. The wheel should not look a quarter inch off center when driving down a straight highway.



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I think the car is alligned properly. My tire pressures may have been a little off but not much. Actually I have not experienced anything like the wind on my 400 mile round trip since then. I found out afterwards that we were getting gusts of over 50 MPH that day so I guess any car would be erratic in that situation but the Prius was probably a little more erratic because of its high profile. Thanks to all of you for your help
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However if the steering wheel looks at all different to you than what you have been observing for all your car ownership life, it probably is off center.
The recall put it from being offcenter (not aligned to the shroud but rather the dash slope) to being correct (aligned to the shroud RATHER than the slope).
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I think the car is alligned properly. My tire pressures may have been a little off but not much. Actually I have not experienced anything like the wind on my 400 mile round trip since then. I found out afterwards that we were getting gusts of over 50 MPH that day so I guess any car would be erratic in that situation but the Prius was probably a little more erratic because of its high profile. Thanks to all of you for your help
If you haven't had the alignment checked, I suggest that you might want to. My car had some pretty goofy handling in crosswinds from the beginning and I found out that the rear toe in was way out of spec.

I documented it in a PriusChat thread, "2007 Model Alignment Issues" http://priuschat.com/index.php?showtopic=34373

After getting the alignment fixed, handling in crosswinds is much better. The car still can get pushed around a little bit, but the constant correction isn't necessary anymore.
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I can say that better tires have reduced the effect for me. With the stock tires, even as they had worn down a little, I fought it even in moderate wind. With newer, wider, stickier tires (a little worse mileage, but way better handling,) it takes pretty strong winds to even notice. Before, if a semi passed me, I would feel like I was going to be blown off the road, now I barely notice.

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8 years of ownership, 115,000 miles, about 40 MPG average at present.
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