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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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Other materials:

Turning the Systems Off and On
The button for TCS and StabiliTrak is on the center console. Caution Do not repeatedly brake or accelerate heavily when TCS is off. The vehicle driveline could be damaged. To turn off only TCS, press and release the button. The traction off light displays in the instrument cluster. To tu ...

Electrical System Overload
The vehicle has fuses and circuit breakers to protect against an electrical system overload. When the current electrical load is too heavy, the circuit breaker opens and closes, protecting the circuit until the current load returns to normal or the problem is fixed. This greatly reduces the c ...

Front Compartment Fuse Block Replacement
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