Chevrolet Sonic Repair Manual: Steering Wheel and Column Description and Operation
The steering wheel and column have the following 4 primary functions:
- Vehicle steering
- Vehicle security
- Driver convenience
- Driver safety
The steering wheel is the first link between the driver and the vehicle. The steering wheel is fastened to a steering shaft within the steering column. At the lower end of the steering column, the intermediate steering shaft connects the steering column to the steering gear.Vehicle Security
The steering wheel and column may have theft deterrent components mounted and designed into the steering column.Driver Convenience
The steering wheel and column may have driver controls attached for convenience and comfort.Driver Safety
The steering column has safety features to protect the driver.Energy-Absorbing Steering Column
The energy-absorbing steering column compresses in the event of a front-end collision, which reduces the chance of injury to the driver. The energy-absorbing feature, collapsible steering shaft, and break away mounting features help reduce the injury in the event of an accident.
What Will You See after an Airbag Inflates?
After the frontal airbags and seat-mounted side impact airbags inflate, they quickly deflate, so quickly that some people may not even realize an airbag inflated. Roof-rail airbags may still be at least partially inflated for some time after they inflate. Some components of the airbag module m ...
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What to Add
Use only new DOT 3 brake fluid from a sealed container. See Recommended Fluids and Lubricants. Always clean the brake/clutch fluid reservoir cap and the area around the cap before removing it.