I've been complaining about my Soul's crosswind sensitivity for a while now.
I contacted KIA and they said talk to your dealer. OK.
I went by the local KIA dealer, they ran my car over a new $20G Tread Spec machine on their floor. First run was October 16, it claims to laser-read your tires for tread depth and your wheels for alignment. It said no alignment needed.
I went back yesterday and they ran my car over their fancy machine again. THIS time it needs an alignment. Plus the graphic on tread depth was totally different and a bit schizo I must say. I'll see if I can move a photo or scan of the two readouts over here so youse guys can see.
I'd been planning on getting an alignment anyway, just because once the front end had been checked for loose parts and there were none, where else do you go? My 2015 Soul, basically the same car, was solid as a rock in almost all wind conditions save a sudden 60 MPH gust which would move it slightly. But considering the boxcar shape, you'd think the car would get blown all over the road. Not so.
The only adjustment made, by my reading of the printout and I'm past my pay grade in this stuff, was 5 degrees toe on the right front. Solid rear axle so there's no aligning going on there. Before was 0 degrees, after appears to be 5 degrees toe in. Is that likely to make any difference in crosswind stability? Of course nobody in the shop could answer that question.
The machine is pretty interesting. BUT...if you ever use one, I'd get at least three different readings because after what I saw yesterday I'm not exactly dazzled by this brilliant technology. There's only one service writer who seems very smart, fortunately he's the one I usually deal with. I asked another monkey "So do you ever run a car over this machine and then put it on the alignment rack to check your machine for accuracy?" That pretty well confused him and I got a answer.