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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Ball Joint Inspection

Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual / Chassis / Suspension / Ball Joint Inspection

    Caution:

    Refer to Vehicle Lifting and Jacking Caution.

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle to allow the front suspension to hang free.
  2. Grasp the tire at the top and the bottom.
  3. Move the top of the tire in an in-and-out motion.
  4. Look for any horizontal movement of the knuckle relative to the control arm.
  5. Ball joints must be replaced under the following conditions:
Ball Stud Inspection

Make sure to check the tightness of the ball stud in the knuckle boss during each inspection of the ball joint. One way to inspect the ball stud for wear is to shake the wheel and feel for movement of the stud end or the nut at the steering knuckle.

Another way to inspect the ball stud for wear is to check the fastener torque at the nut. A loose nut can indicate a stressed stud or a hole in the knuckle boss.

Worn or damaged ball joints and knuckles must be replaced.

Trim Height Inspection
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Rear Spring, Insulator, and Jounce Bumper Replacement
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Traction Off Light
This light comes on briefly while starting the engine. If it does not, have the vehicle serviced by your dealer. If the system is working normally, the indicator light then turns off. The traction off light comes on when the Traction Control System (TCS) has been turned off by pressing and ...

When the System Does Not Seem To Work Properly
If the LDW symbol does not appear: The lane markings on the road may not be seen. The camera sensor may be blocked by dirt, snow or ice. The windshield may be damaged. The weather may be limiting visibility. This is normal operation; the vehicle does not need service. Clean the windshie ...

Crankshaft and Bearing Removal
Identify all the connecting rod bearing caps (1). Remove the 4 bolts. Remove the connecting rod bearing caps 1 and 4 (1). Turn the crankshaft through 180°. Remove the 4 bolts. Remove the connecting rod bearing caps 2 and 3 ( ...

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