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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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Brake Caliper Inspection
Warning: Refer to Brake Dust Warning. Inspect the brake caliper housing (1) for cracks, excess wear, and/or damage. If any of these conditions are present, the brake caliper requires replacement. Inspect the caliper piston dust boot seal (2) for cracks, tears, ...

Steering Angle Sensor Replacement
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Water Pump Installation
Clean the sealing surfaces and the 3 coolant pump threads. Install NEW gasket. Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution. Caution: Refer to Torque-to-Yield Fastener Caution. Install the coolant pump (1). Install 5 NEW bolts (2) and tighten to 8& ...

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