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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Steering Linkage Outer Tie Rod Inspection

Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual / Chassis / Steering / Tie Rods and Linkage / Steering Linkage Outer Tie Rod Inspection

Special Tools

GE-8001 Dial Indicator Set

For equivalent regional tools, refer to Special Tools.

    Note:

    This inspection procedure does not supersede local government required inspections that have more stringent requirements.

  1. Inspect the outer tie rod seal. If the outer tie rod seal is torn, replace the outer tie rod. Refer to Steering Linkage Outer Tie Rod Replacement.
  2. Raise the side of the vehicle being inspected with a floor jack while maintaining contact between the opposite wheel and the shop floor. Support the lower control arm with a floor jack stand as far outboard as possible and remove the floor jack. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle.


  3. Install the GE-8001 dial indicator between the outer tie rod and the steering knuckle as shown in the graphic. Note that the tire and wheel assembly is shown removed only for clarification of the GE-8001 dial indicator position.


  4. Grasping the tire at the 3 o'clock (2) and 9 o'clock (1) positions, gently push in on one side of the tire to remove any lash.
  5. Zero the GE-8001 dial indicator .
  6. On the same side of the tire previously pushed inwards, gently pull outwards and measure the lash.
  7. Record the measurement shown on the GE-8001 dial indicator .
  8. If the measured value exceeds 0.5 mm (0.02 in), replace the outer tie rod. Refer to Steering Linkage Outer Tie Rod Replacement.
  9. Repeat the procedure for the other side.
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Steering Linkage Outer Tie Rod Replacement
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