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Chevrolet Sonic Maintenance & Repair Guides
Links to DIY repair and vehicle maintenance "how-to" tutorials for the 1st generation 2012-2016 GM Chevy Sonic.

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GM Chevy Sonic Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Sonic Key Fob Battery

1. GM Chevrolet Sonic Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for a first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Chevy Sonic can become weak or quit working entirely.

To view my DIY tutorial for changing the battery, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevy Sonic Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Sonic Cabin Air Filter

2. GM Chevrolet Sonic HVAC Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the A/C system in your 1st generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Chevy Sonic doesn't smell so fresh or blow as hard any more, you probably need to clean or change the cabin air filter element in the blower motor housing.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure, including replacement filter part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevrolet Sonic Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Sonic Map Light Bulbs

3. GM Chevrolet Sonic Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
   


Sonic Dome Light Bulb

4. GM Chevrolet Sonic Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

Chevrolet Sonic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide
Sonic Door Panel

5. GM Chevrolet Sonic Interior Door Panel Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM door speakers, add soundproofing material, fix a faulty electrical switch or replace a broken power window motor in your 2012 to 2016 Chevy Sonic, you'll first have to take off the interior door panels.

Check out my detailed DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevy Sonic Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Sonic Tail Light Bulbs

6. GM Chevrolet Sonic Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a 1st generation GM Chevy Sonic contain the brake, rear turn signal, rear side marker and reverse light bulbs.

If you need to change any of these bulbs, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure with replacement part numbers by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevy Sonic License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Sonic License Plate Bulbs

7. GM Chevrolet Sonic License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide


 

GM Chevy Sonic Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Sonic Trunk Light Bulb

8. GM Chevrolet Sonic Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
   

GM Chevy Sonic Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
Sonic Headlight Bulbs

9. GM Chevrolet Sonic Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight assemblies of a first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GM Chevy Sonic contain the low beam, high beam and front turn signal light bulbs.

If you need to change any of these bulbs, check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevrolet Sonic Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Sonic Engine Spark Plugs

10. GM Chevrolet Sonic 1.8L I4 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM spark plugs in a GM Chevy Sonic equipped with the 1.8 liter GM Family 1 Ecotec DCVCP A18XER inline four cylinder engine should last at least 100,000 miles. But they should be inspected several times before reaching that mileage.

Take a look at my detailed DIY instructions for the procedure including replacement spark plug part numbers by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevy Sonic 1.8L I4 Engine Oil Change Guide
Sonic Engine Oil Change

11. GM Chevrolet Sonic 1.8L I4 Engine Oil Change & Filter Replacement Guide

The best way to keep your first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GM Chevy Sonic sedan or hatchback running reliably for many years is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the cartridge filter in the Ecotec A18XER 1.8 liter inline four cylinder engine.

To view my complete DIY tutorial with picture illustrated steps, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevy Sonic Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Sonic Engine Air Filter

12. GM Chevrolet Sonic 1.8L I4 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

The engine air filter element for a 1st generation 2012 to 2016 Chevy Sonic with the Ecotec A18XER 1.8 liter inline four cylinder engine should be cleaned at every oil change and replaced when dirty.

Check out my DIY instructions for the procedure including, replacement filter part numbers, by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevrolet Sonic Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Sonic Electrical Fuses

13. GM Chevrolet Sonic Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide

The first step to troubleshooting any electrical problem with your first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) GM Chevy Sonic is to check for a blown fuse or relay in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment fuse blocks.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

   

GM Chevrolet Sonic Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Sonic Front Brake Pads

14. GM Chevrolet Sonic Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

The front brake pads of a Chevy Sonic sedan or hatchback should last anywhere from 40,000 to over 80,000 miles depending on your driving conditions (city or highway miles).

Take a look at my DIY tutorial for changing the front pads including lubricating the caliper slider pins by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.

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