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by Bookworm
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Air Conditioner Smells Like Vinegar Upon Startup
Replies: 4
Views: 13

Re: Air Conditioner Smells Like Vinegar Upon Startup

Sounds like mildew in the intake channels. You might fire it up on straight through, and hose some lysol spray into the intakes. Your car will stink for a day or two, but it should drop the odor. (Ozone generator in the car on recirculate can help afterwards) I had that problem with a couple of my o...
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: You Are Now Equipped With: CERAMIC TINTS, CLADDING POLISH, & LICENSE LEDs
Replies: 7
Views: 21

Re: You Are Now Equipped With: CERAMIC TINTS, CLADDING POLISH, & LICENSE LEDs

Personally, I detest tinted windows. I prefer having the maximum visibility I can, especially at night. With the rear corners restricting visibility as much as they do, blacking out the windows just is asking for trouble.
by Bookworm
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Intermittant rough engine with 4 codes P0351-P0354
Replies: 6
Views: 59

Re: Intermittant rough engine with 4 codes P0351-P0354

If you're going to do all that, I'd suggest paying a very small additional amount of money, and do the following. Pull the radiator fan (it takes seconds, really) for the extra room, drape a blanket over the radiator, and replace: Intake manifold gasket Throttle body gasket(s). Air filter as well as...
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL

I don't know anyone in that area either.

If you know a woman or teen with a narrow arm, it's not difficult to replace - it just is hard to work in the space. Thumb socket wrenches are okay to help.
by Bookworm
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: AC recirculate gear repair, Orlando, FL

Are you talking about the motor for the recirculate door?
by Bookworm
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: You Are Now Equipped With: LED HEADLIGHTS & FOGLIGHTS
Replies: 10
Views: 78

Re: You Are Now Equipped With: LED HEADLIGHTS & FOGLIGHTS

Haynes repair manual for Matrix/Vibe has the headlight adjustment procedure on page 12-12. I don't know how good it is, but better than nothing. One of my peeves though is people driving with fog lights on when there is no fog... just causes more glare, no particular need. Yeah I dont drive with th...
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: You Are Now Equipped With: LED HEADLIGHTS & FOGLIGHTS
Replies: 10
Views: 78

Re: You Are Now Equipped With: LED HEADLIGHTS & FOGLIGHTS

Yes, but what does it do to the drivers you are behind, and oncoming drivers?

That's one of the big issues - there ARE other people on the road.
by Bookworm
Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Beloved '03 with only 80K mi totaled. Juicy story. Advice solicited.
Replies: 6
Views: 116

Re: Beloved '03 with only 80K mi totaled. Juicy story. Advice solicited.

If you can snitch some of the small parts, do it. Such as the rear seat latch knobs, and the center console lid (if you have the double lid)
by Bookworm
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Spark plug tube removal
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: Spark plug tube removal

The 'tube' is misleading. So, I'm understanding that you tried to put in a new spark plug, and then the socket jammed up. To me, yes, that sounds like you tried to cross thread the spark plug. The only way to get it out would be to unscrew the spark plug. That is, get a breaker bar on an extension, ...
by Bookworm
Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Little Things
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Little Things

The rear washer is actually two streams, and I'd say it's roughly the same as the front windshield - just not as a spray.
by Bookworm
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Problem with Sunroof not closing all the way
Replies: 23
Views: 6237

Re: Problem with Sunroof not closing all the way

Thank you very much for the information! Hopefully it helps someone. My inner sunroof just goes 'gloing' when I open and close it, as something is catching - but it doesn't interfere with the outer sunroof at all. (moonroof). Frankly, I'd have preferred to get a vibe without a moon roof, but that's ...
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Tensioner Pulley Replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Tensioner Pulley Replacement

If it's a relatively new belt, you don't have to replace it. If it has 10,000 miles or more on it, then it makes sense to put a new (not expensive) belt on it, rather than risk a worn belt being damaged by increased pressure from a new tensioner.
by Bookworm
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0453 reading
Replies: 8
Views: 102

Re: P0453 reading

Glad you have it fixed!
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?
Replies: 14
Views: 153

Re: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?

Mark wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:46 pm
I wouldn't bother with the pan and filter at all. Drain 3.5 qts., put 3.5 new back in. Drive a week and do it again.
I agree with Mark. At least the first time you drain and fill, don't bother with the filter, unless you want to replace the filter the second time... and the third.
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB low mileage Vibe GT.
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: WTB low mileage Vibe GT.

Say what :o Who made that decision and why? :evil: Not that I visit that site hardly ever BUT it's nice to see what's happening every now & then from others who do not belong to this GV site here. I believe it was a group decision of the Facebook page admins. The page is now over 2k members, and I ...
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: LED Headlights Kit
Replies: 8
Views: 171

Re: LED Headlights Kit

LED headlights aren't ready for prime time. If you want to use them, fine, but be warned about 2 things. 1) they're sealed off, so the heat is enormous, which will cause the LED's to fail far faster than any other kind of bulb. 2) you're going to blind everyone in oncoming traffic, because people a...
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: "Baby Come Back"
Replies: 8
Views: 186

Re: "Baby Come Back"

You don't have spares? The first thing I do with a vehicle is make sure I have at least one spare for opening doors, and another that lives at home. In fact, I don't tend to use the factory key at all - I leave that for making new spares.
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?
Replies: 14
Views: 153

Re: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?

The biggest risk of a power flush isn't the varnish, but rather getting metal bits shoved into the wrong places.

Drain and fill won't cause any additional problems, but might help get some of the problems _to_ the bottom of the pan (and the magnets)
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?
Replies: 14
Views: 153

Re: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?

I did a drain and fill at 250k, and it didn't kill the transmission.

Frankly, I suspect that bad fluid will kill the transmission faster than another drain and fill will.
by Bookworm
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB low mileage Vibe GT.
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: WTB low mileage Vibe GT.

Although I don't plan on selling my Vibe ever (or for a very long time anyways) 2009 Vibe Gt, manual tranny & sitting at 32k miles, Nick Hernandez would have first dibs on it if I had to sell it :? Playing favorites I see! He's abandoned you here! :lol: Also side note...We have recently made the Fa...
by Bookworm
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: help! -- torx bolt removal on belt tensioner pulley
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: help! -- torx bolt removal on belt tensioner pulley

I vote for removing the whole tensioner : ) Slightly unrelated, but I have one of these Crafstman Max access sets folks are talking about, but it didn’t come with an adapter to put a standard bit into. I searched online and see that some sets come with one.. but I can’t find the part on its own. An...
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB low mileage Vibe GT.
Replies: 10
Views: 152

Re: WTB low mileage Vibe GT.

Well, knowing WHERE you might wish to find this vehicle might be helpful.
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: help! -- torx bolt removal on belt tensioner pulley
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: help! -- torx bolt removal on belt tensioner pulley

Hmm, yeah I have a Craftsman pass-through set. Problem is the handle needs the adapter insert to use the 5/16 socket that a plain T50 bit will fit into ... and that makes it too wide to reach in the gap. Guess I'll check for pass-throughs that can directly hold a 5/16 socket -- but what I've seen w...
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: help! -- torx bolt removal on belt tensioner pulley
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: help! -- torx bolt removal on belt tensioner pulley

I have a pass through socket set for things like that. I've had to use it a few times on really narrow spots, like changing a sway bar link. At harbor freight, they're called 'Go Through', at Lowes they're Xtreme Access sockets. I just use a quarter inch socket with a star bit. (not for that particu...
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms
Replies: 10
Views: 127

Re: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms

I suspect you'll have to just get the Moog parts. Anything you get from a salvage yard is likely to be suspect as well. You might try calling some south Texas salvage yards - you might find some flood damaged cards with low mileage.
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hasn’t even been a year and we have 3 Vibes now lol!
Replies: 10
Views: 144

Re: Hasn’t even been a year and we have 3 Vibes now lol!

Still looks better than mine. I don't bother with a picture because mine's a definite 'user' car, not a 'show' car. Some of us appreciate 'user' cars as much if not more so than 'show' cars. Anyone know how to straighten a center dent in a hood? (As in center of the _front_ of the hood. The previou...
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Enfield577 - 2009 Vibe GT
Replies: 57
Views: 14700

Re: Enfield577 - 2009 Vibe GT

Welcome, skylark! Glad to see that you're already seeing good luck from driving the vehicle. Remember, though, tires are a big part of the performance difference in snow.

With luck, you'll be driving it for quite some time.
by Bookworm
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hasn’t even been a year and we have 3 Vibes now lol!
Replies: 10
Views: 144

Re: Hasn’t even been a year and we have 3 Vibes now lol!

Still looks better than mine.

I don't bother with a picture because mine's a definite 'user' car, not a 'show' car.
by Bookworm
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Efficency issue vibe 2006
Replies: 10
Views: 809

Re: Efficency issue vibe 2006

Also, make sure the brake pads themselves are clean. I've gotten some where the castings had a ragged edge that I took to a grinder.
by Bookworm
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: LED Headlights Kit
Replies: 8
Views: 171

Re: LED Headlights Kit

LED headlights aren't ready for prime time. If you want to use them, fine, but be warned about 2 things. 1) they're sealed off, so the heat is enormous, which will cause the LED's to fail far faster than any other kind of bulb. 2) you're going to blind everyone in oncoming traffic, because people ar...
by Bookworm
Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 03 awd transmission problems
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: 03 awd transmission problems

Drain the transmission, drop the pan, and check for metal.

That's the simplest, fastest, and cheapest quick check.

Also check the ODB2 codes.
by Bookworm
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Oxygen Sensor replacement Pre and Post Catalytic DIY P0420
Replies: 16
Views: 5306

Re: Oxygen Sensor replacement Pre and Post Catalytic DIY P0420

In general, if one is going bad, the other one has been affected. It's always suggested to replace them in pairs.
by Bookworm
Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Received a Takata recall letter today.
Replies: 9
Views: 196

Re: Received a Takata recall letter today.

thatsthevibe wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:42 am
The dealer doesnt have parts, I know they will tear my dash up again. I'm hesitant to get it done but I do have passengers somewhat often, I should be able to disable it if I shouldn't have a passenger.
Take lots of before and after photos, in case they do mess the dash up.
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Loud rattling -- Idler pulley?
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Loud rattling -- Idler pulley?

Mechanic's stethoscope, or a long cardboard tube (paper towel tube) held to your ear. Aim it at each wheel/pulley in turn. Belt itself - check the condition of the belt. If you have more than 30k on the belt, replace it. If you have cracks on the belt, replace it. If the inside of the belt is polish...
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Anyone Ever Have Snow Caked in Wheels Cause High Speed Vibration?
Replies: 11
Views: 172

Re: Anyone Ever Have Snow Caked in Wheels Cause High Speed Vibration?

One question about the self-service car wash. Would there would be any unintended consequence of rinsing the wheels while the outside temperatures are below freezing? As long as you keep moving for a few minutes, you should be okay. That'll spin the bulk of the water off, and the tires will warm up...
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Auto Tranny
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Auto Tranny

My old one went 300,000 miles with just a couple of drain and fills.
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

I'll have to pass. I likely can't afford the five days away from customers to drive up, stay, then drive back. bummer. a few other Tejans are planning on making it. Wouldn't be my first drive that way, or even my third. That's how I know exactly how long it'd take. Interestingly enough, my last Vib...
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 9
Views: 155

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

I'll have to pass. I likely can't afford the five days away from customers to drive up, stay, then drive back.
by Bookworm
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Site Problems, Suggestions, Questions
Topic: Site is "Not Secure"
Replies: 1
Views: 58

Re: Site is "Not Secure"

When browsing the site Chrome shows that it's Gray-Circle-i "Not Secure" and when posting it shows Red-Triangle-! "Not Secure" https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95617?visit_id=636858573590236667-1946898573&p=ui_security_indicator&rd=1 Is anyone else seeing this, or is it just me on this corp...
by Bookworm
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2008 out, 2008 in.....
Replies: 19
Views: 308

Re: 2008 out, 2008 in.....

The HVAC door actuator - that's the motor that opens and closes the recirculation vent door. It's one of those parts that I think every single Vibe ends up having break within 7 years, due to several poor designs. If you work your way behind the glove box and remove it, you'll have it for _when_ you...
by Bookworm
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2008 out, 2008 in.....
Replies: 19
Views: 308

Re: 2008 out, 2008 in.....

You looking for anything in particular? Or just a box of misc Vibe parts? :lol: I can see it now. A box with one rear headrest, the glove box door, coin holder from next to the steering wheel, and the rug from the bottom of the console :) I was thinking more like a slightly used cabin air filter, t...
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Manual transmisison needed
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: Manual transmisison needed

You might check https://www.partshotlines.com/ or one of the other salvage yard networks.
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2008 out, 2008 in.....
Replies: 19
Views: 308

Re: 2008 out, 2008 in.....

Where are you located mktrat? I could use some misc stuff also. You looking for anything in particular? Or just a box of misc Vibe parts? :lol: I can see it now. A box with one rear headrest, the glove box door, coin holder from next to the steering wheel, and the rug from the bottom of the console...
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?
Replies: 11
Views: 585

Re: 2019 Corolla Hatchback Thoughts? Opinions?

All of the cars have that lowering line, causing everything to be a 'crossover', because of congressional requirements for the vehicles. Mostly enacted by people who think that if they say it should be X, then it'll magically happen. It's worsened by the number of idiots that buy vehicles they don't...
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: TPS Throttle Position Sensor Relearn
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: TPS Throttle Position Sensor Relearn

If you're getting a rough shift, you might want to consider a drain and fill on the transmission, depending on the miles.
by Bookworm
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hello fellow vibe enthusiasts!
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Hello fellow vibe enthusiasts!

vibrologist wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:10 am
Welcome to the forum, thatsthevibe!

I looked at your pictures and want to tell you that it is much easier to get around corners if you load that tree lengthwise! :lol:
but, then you can't close the rear glass - and you have issues with the passengers.
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Gt timing chain cover gasket replacement.
Replies: 9
Views: 145

Re: Gt timing chain cover gasket replacement.

To be fair, ALL engines in modern cars are next to impossible to work on. If anything, the Vibe's a bit easier than my old Mazda, and WAY easier than the 81 Ford Excrement.... I mean, Escort. What happens is that the motor engineers are NOT the same engineers that create the engine compartment. Ofte...
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Gt timing chain cover gasket replacement.
Replies: 9
Views: 145

Re: Gt timing chain cover gasket replacement.

1zz or 2zz? Apparently there have been a couple of people on here with the 2zz having problems with the timing chain cover gasket, and it involved an engine pull.
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Grinding or vibrating sound
Replies: 14
Views: 181

Re: Grinding or vibrating sound

Grinding might have been bearings in the alternator. Only way to check is to drive it.

When the alternator was under load, it could have been grinding the brushes or bearings.
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Grinding or vibrating sound
Replies: 14
Views: 181

Re: Grinding or vibrating sound

If you have an autozone (or other auto parts store) nearby, they can sometimes do an analyzer on the alternator itself. Cleaning the terminal may have increased the load on the alternator, pushing it over the edge, if it was marginal. Check all the connections at the alternator? If you have a good a...