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Chevrolet Sonic Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to change a blown electrical fuse in a 1st generation 2012-2014 GM Chevy Sonic with photo illustrated steps.

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2013 Sonic Fuse Box
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Pinch To Release Clip
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Lift Off Fuse Block Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014 and probably also the 2015 and 2016) Chevy Sonic in checking and changing a blown electrical fuse or relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment fuse panels.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Traverse, Tahoe, GMC Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, Enclave and Holden Barina may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Assortment boxes of Low Profile Mini Blade Fuses in a variety of amperage ratings (E.G. 5, 10, 15, 20) can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Advance Auto Parts, Napa Auto Parts, Pep Boys and online at Amazon.

A white plastic fuse puller tool should be included on the engine bay fuse block. If the tool is missing, you may also use a pair of needle nose pliers to remove a fuse.

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Engine Bay Fuse Panel
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Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
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Dashboard - Driver Left Knee
The first step is to pull the hood release latch and then lift open the hood.

The engine bay fuse box is located on the right side of the engine bay next to the 12V automotive battery.

Pinch the release clip on the back side of the box closest to the driver's seat and gently lift off the cover.

Set the cover aside in a safe place. There is a fuse location diagram on the under side of the cover and also another one in the owner's manual.

There should be a white plastic fuse puller tool attached to the right rear area of the fuse panel. If not, you can use a pair of needle nose pliers.

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Pull Off Plastic Cover
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Interior Fuse Block
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Attach Tool To Old Fuse
The interior passenger compartment fuse panel is located behind a cover on the dashboard just in front of the driver's left knee.

Insert your fingers in to the rectangular hole at the bottom of the cover before pulling it straight out of the dashboard.

There is a fuse location diagram on the back side of the access panel and also another one in the owner's manual.

Pinch the end of the fuse puller tool to open the jaws and then place them over the fuse you'd like to check.

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Pull Out Old Fuse
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Hold Up To Light Source
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Push In New Fuse



 

Pull the old fuse straight out of the panel and hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal bar inside the old fuse is broken or "burnt", it should be changed with a new one of the same amperage rating (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc.).

Even if the old fuse is not blown, it should still be changed as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

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Re-Attach Fuse Puller Tool
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Insert Tab In Slots
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Push On Fuse Box Cover
Push the new low profile mini blade fuse straight in to the socket.

Replace the fuse puller tool at the right rear corner of the engine bay fuse block.

Line up the tabs on the front edge of the engine bay fuse block cover with their corresponding slots and gently push the rear edge of the cover in place.

Double check that the fuse block cover is secure.

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Insert Top of Cover First
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Replace Fuse Access Door
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Interior Panel Covered
Insert the top part of the passenger compartment fuse panel cover in place first and then snap in the lower section.

If replacing the fuse has not solved your electrical issue, their may be a shorted wire or the malfunctioning component may need to be replaced.

For more, check out my other Chevy Sonic Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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