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Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: How to Identify Plastic Parts

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Plastic parts can be identified by the SAE code, which is usually found on thesaepvcsae

Plastic parts can be identified by the SAE code, which is usually found on the rear of the part, and/or by the characteristics of the plastic. Knowing the type of plastic aids in selecting the proper repair materials and in selecting the proper repair procedure.

Look for the SAE code stamped into the part.

Code Found

Match the code to those in the plastic identification chart to determine whether the plastic is thermoplastic or thermoset plastic, and whether the plastic is rigid or flexible. Refer to Plastic Identification and Refinishing Systems.

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Warning:

Do NOT use a plastic burn test to distinguish the type of plastic. The burn test produces vapors which are harmful.

Perform one or both of the following tests to determine if the part is thermoplastic polyolefin or thermoset non-polyolefin.

Float Test
  1. Cut a shaving of plastic from the back of the part.

    The shaving should be free of mold release agents and paint.

  2. Place the shaving in a container of water.
  • Thermoplastic polyolefin floats.
  • Thermoset non-polyolefin sinks.
Abrasion Test
  • Sand a spot near the damaged area with Grade?€‰36 Roloc Disc.
  • Thermoplastic polyolefin material melts or frays when sanded.
  • Thermoset non-polyolefin material sands cleanly.

Thermoplastic and thermoset plastics can be either rigid or flexible. Thermoplastic plastic parts are best repaired with a hot iron plastic material-feed welder, but are usually replaced. Thermoset plastic can be repaired with epoxy or other more rigid 2 package repair material.

For general repair instructions, refer to General Plastic Repair.

General Plastic Repair
Warning: In order to reduce the risk of personal injury when exposed to toxic fumes while grinding, cutting, or applying repair material on any type of sheet molded compound or RIM rigid plas ...

Plastic Collar Quick Connect Fitting Service
Removal Procedure Warning: Refer to Gasoline/Gasoline Vapors Warning. Note: There are several types of plastic collar fuel and evaporative emission quick conne ...

Other materials:

Liftgate Hinge Replacement
Liftgate Hinge Replacement Callout Component Name Preliminary Procedures Remove the liftgate. Refer to Liftgate Replacement. Lower the rear of the headliner to access the inner bolts. Refer to Headlining Trim Panel Replac ...

Driver or Passenger Seat Cushion Frame Replacement
Driver or Passenger Seat Cushion Frame Replacement Callout Component Name Preliminary Procedures Remove the driver or passenger seat. Refer to Driver or Passenger Seat Removal and Installation Remove the front seat cushio ...

Rear Brake Hose Replacement (Body to Axle - Drum Brake)
Removal Procedure Warning: Refer to Brake Dust Warning. Warning: Refer to Brake Fluid Irritant Warning. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle. Remove the tire and wheel assembly. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Install ...

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