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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is not only the only domestic subcompact sedan (or hatchback) on the market today, but it’s also one of the most versatile models in its class. This entry-level subcompact...
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Oil change due, now car is bouncing and shaking
Hello. The oil change should not cause the car to bounce or shake. This may be unrelated to the oil change and may be a sign of a more serious problem and should be looked at by a qualified mechanic...
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My Check Engine Light is on, and the code points to the thermostat. Is it safe to drive my car with this issue?
If you can write back in with the exact Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) that Autozone downloaded for you, we can give you a more precise answer. For want of that detail, if you are referring to the "engine cooling system...
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I'm gonna buy a second hand 2012 sonic lt.
YourMechanic estimates the annual repair and maintenance cost for the Sonic model as in the range of $70 to $710, with an average value of $133. Cost vary, of course, based on vehicle usage and location. Of note, if you...
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Misfire in cylinder #4
You should be fine to drive for a day or two with a misfire on one cylinder, however I would not recommend letting this go un-repaired as this is something will only get worse and may trigger additional problems and...
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I've been noticing that my 2012 Chevrolet Sonic rumbles when going over bumps. I have about 60k miles on it, could it be the sway bar?
Hi there. If the sway bar was at fault, the noise would also be present when turning and a possibility of excessive body roll when turning. The source of noise over bumps can be difficult to diagnose since the bumps...
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Battery issues - 2013 Chevrolet Sonic
The battery may not be able to hold a charge because if the battery is dead. In order to check the charging system you will first have to have the battery charged and tested to see if battery needs replaced...
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Wouldn't start, just cranks. It's been happening since front end was damaged. Everything was fixed from the accident, what could it be?
Hi there. Check the airbag sensor in the front end of the vehicle. Since the airbag deployed when you hit a deer, the airbag sensor had to be compressed to make this occur. Make sure that the battery is disconnected...
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At what mileage should a 2013 Chevy Sonic timing belt be replaced?
Hi there - the "simplified maintenance guide" from Chevy directs you to replace the timing belt, idler pulleys, tensioner and guides on your 1.8 liter engine "every 3 years or at 97,500 miles, whichever comes first". Most manufacturers do not...
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Car wont start
This suggests you may have an alternator that has failed and potentially fried some of the wiring causing the burning smell and the smoke you describe followed by the loss of all power. Generally, when an alternator fails it will...
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Antifreeze problem
If you are having to periodically add antifreeze to the cooling system, there could be either an internal or external leak. That would include a "leak" through a faulty radiator pressure cap, which fault in the cap, if the fault...
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2012 chevy sonic thermostat repair cost
Hi There, When the thermostat is stuck open, this can cause problems with the engine never reaching the proper operating temperature as you may know. While the thermostat remains stuck open, this allows coolant to pass through the motor unregulated...
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Replacement of body wiring harness
It would be difficult to say if the shorted area of the harness was damaged in the accident. If it is in the area of the impact, it may be possible. If the bad part of the harness is located...
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Why does my 2012 Chevrolet Sonic only rev to 3500 rpm in park.
This is normal for your vehicle. The vehicle is designed not to be overrevved when it is in park. When you start driving the computer recognizes this and allows it to rev higher. I would not worry about this unless...
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Brake light does not work.
Use the power wire from the brake light switch to activate the rear brake lights. By having an alternate power supply, ;the brake lights have no control without a switch, so the module is on but not functioning for the...
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Car immobilizer issue or faulty ignition switch?
If the vehicle is getting power and the light are coming on the dash, then the immobilizer has the ignition system disabled. Check the fuel cut off switch (vehicle safety switch) and see if it has been tripped. If the...
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Fuel shutoff switch
According to the owner's manual for your vehicle, your "vehicle has a feature that may automatically unlock the doors, turn on the interior lamps, turn on the hazard warning flashers, and shut off the fuel system after the airbags inflate."...
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Shaking
Shaking or vibration may be caused by many different things such as faulty spark plugs, poor fuel pressure or misfires. Other things such as a faulty idle air control valve may cause the engine idle to drop below the normal...
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Misfiring, and we have been told the coil pack has given up. Bought 3 aftermarkets which aren't even letting it run 2012 Sonic 1.6L
Hi there - the coil packs on this model have a design issue, and use of OEM parts, and great care in installation is required. I recommend a engine misfire inspection performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one...
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Code P0171 at autozone took O2 to lean, was told fuel injector, drove a few more miles car overheated, took to pepboys they said 4
Hi there. I wish I could say that I'm not surprised; but this is par for the course for these two places. First off, the first warning code you received, the P0171 code means that, on the first bank of...
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I have to fill gas tank everyday due to car using alot of fuel
Hi there. There are dozens of problems that can lead to a drop in gas mileage, some of them are serious and some can be easily corrected. Here are some of the more common issues that can affect the fuel...

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