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by Bookworm
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Got crunched by an 18 wheeler.
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: Got crunched by an 18 wheeler.

Ouch. :o Yeah an estimate will almost surely total it. Frame damage (even though these cars are frameless) is very likely and difficult to correct. Is this guy willing to shell out $4k+ just to keep his driving record clean? If so then that will likely be the case. Curious what estimates come back ...
by Bookworm
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Got crunched by an 18 wheeler.
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: Got crunched by an 18 wheeler.

It doesn't look too bad until you see the door tweaked in the frame and not shutting properly. That would disturb me, and indicate it was a fairly disruptive hit. I would be searching for a replacement car rather than repair that one, because I don't like repaired major body damage. It will always ...
by Bookworm
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3209

Re: Coronavirus

Here's an interesting article, from the Jerusalem Post. Israeli Nobel Laureate: Coronavirus spread is slowing - The Jerusalem Post https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-nobel-laureate-Coronavirus-spread-is-slowing-621145 I will point out that no matter what the end result may be, this particu...
by Bookworm
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 425004

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I think the alternator pulley last is because on most _older_ vehicles, you used the alternator to do the tensioning - so you had a pivot bolt and a lock bolt. (whatever they called it) So it just stuck. --- Well, I had lots of damage done to my car today. After I just did some maintenance, AND the ...
by Bookworm
Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Got crunched by an 18 wheeler.
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Got crunched by an 18 wheeler.

Was in the right hand (non-turn) lane, and a tractor in the center realized they needed to make a right turn - and started shoving my car sideways by the front fender. Both of us would rather NOT get insurance involved - me because it's a pain in the (removed), and them because it looks bad. Frankly...
by Bookworm
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: console lid hinge
Replies: 15
Views: 3686

Re: console lid hinge

Mark wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:34 am
Just the outlet and harness would work, you'd just have to drill the right size hole in the console to hold it.
Depending on the year, y ou don't have to drill a hole.

My console had a cap over the hole. I yanked the power outlet from my 03 and just put it straight into my 07.
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3209

Re: Coronavirus

Sure. You're right. Why don't you call him and tell him how full of crap he is, and maybe they'll put you in charge. What the hell does he know anyway? https://www.niaid.nih.gov/about/anthony-s-fauci-md-bio As I pointed out, from their actual _site_, their _own statistics_ say that he's a liar. I d...
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: strut question
Replies: 14
Views: 861

Re: strut question

You mean they don't want to do the work, so they're quoting high? Not sure what you are saying. precisely. Thing is, the guy spent at least 10 minutes on the computer whipping up a list of things he felt was necessary to do, prioritizing, and included the prices. I don't think he would do that if h...
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Lowering springs
Replies: 97
Views: 28482

Re: Lowering springs

Man, I always thought my car was too close to the ground as it was.
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: strut question
Replies: 14
Views: 861

Re: strut question

The book for a first gen vibe calls for an hour on spark plugs. Second gen won't be much different, so $450 is overkill. That could just be their "I don't wanna do this quote." Same thing with adding in an alignment on rear struts, especially since you can't align the rear end. So, I shouldn't both...
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: strut question
Replies: 14
Views: 861

Re: strut question

Well thanks for the feedback. I'm getting a bit suspect about this one particular auto shop. Every time I get an estimate there they include work that is not necessary, misquote from the service manual such as "your way overdue for spark plug service" (when it's not due for another 10k miles), or q...
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3209

Re: Coronavirus

The quotes I heard from Trump was that it's no worse than the flu - which is pretty much correct. Except that it's not even remotely correct. Dr Anthony Fauci today in congressional testimony: “I mean, people always say, well, the flu does this, the flu does that,” Fauci said. “The flu has a mortal...
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3209

Re: Coronavirus

Wyoming is reporting zero confirmed cases at this time, but I think that's mostly because there's no testing taking place. Colorado went from it's first case on March 5 to 15 and counting today, so hard to believe we don't have any here yet. Meanwhile Baghdad Bob, aka DC Donnie, says it's all just ...
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter

Okay - after driving it all day, I had my wife come out. Immediately after starting engine, voltage was 13.56. After running RPM up to 3000 or so, voltage was at 13.71. This is with a fully charged new battery. I'm going to assume that the alternator may be fine, but I'll drive it a few more days be...
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 10, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2010 Vibe Base Fuse Polarity
Replies: 8
Views: 581

Re: 2010 Vibe Base Fuse Polarity

I'm not understanding what you're asking. Fuses, by definition, are not polarized. When the current passing through them - either way - exceeds their value, they vaporize. (blow) Diodes are polarized, but they're only used for power flow to provide one way current, such as in a full bridge rectifier...
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter

The starter was definitely a problem. I'm going to get my wife to help me test the voltage at high RPM. The 500 RPM voltage is either the same or lower than the battery voltage, and I didn't think they were supposed to do that. If the car was idling, it should have 13 volts or so. Once the learning ...
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 425004

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Replaced battery, starter, and electric radiator fan assembly.

Cleaned and painted battery terminals.
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter

Not certain about the alternator as of yet. Autozone said that the battery was toasted just from the swollen outsides (2.5 years old, but Houston heat, stored in the sun), and I got a slightly pro-rated replacement. Still no starting, and weird voltages. Pulled and replace the starter. Car now start...
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem
Replies: 36
Views: 1640

Re: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem

Picture #1 is the inside of the bottom of the engine, from below. Picture #2 is from the outside, towards the same part. Note the bolt heads and the normal outside grime. Picture #3 is the inside of the oil pan, and Picture #4 is the bent bolt. At least, that's what I'm seeing. The OP would have to ...
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 70
Views: 3209

Re: Coronavirus

Realistically, unless you're already immune compromised (such as the elderly, or already have an illness, especially respiratory), you're going to end up fine. There's been a LONG thread about it on the fountain pen network forum. (several threads) Wash your hands regularly, keep a reasonable distan...
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 425004

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I have one of those - it's going to go in my center console, so I can drop a phone/battery bank in there to charge, and close the lid.
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Top speed?
Replies: 68
Views: 15126

Re: Top speed?

joatmon wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:59 am
Betsytheanimal wrote:
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:10 pm
Had my 09 1.8l 5 speed manual doing 195kmph.
I had to read that several times before I no longer read it as 195K mph ;) Thought you'd launched it into space
Nah, just heading for the sound barrier.
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Re: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter

Adding another thing. Hooked up battery charger on 2 amp, just to give the battery a good solid charge, then went out to buy alternator and starter - and had dinner. Came back home, 90 minutes or so later. Car started easily. Scratched head. Checked voltage - 14+ volts. Waited 2 minutes. Voltage dro...
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem
Replies: 36
Views: 1640

Re: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem

Wow ive never seen a sploaded vibe engine! They must have forgot to put oil in it. As many of us 2.4l owners have experienced, these tend to drink oil. So, if you had one of these, never checked the oil or never changed the oil, eventually it would drink all its own oil and run dry, which i could s...
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter
Replies: 5
Views: 463

Wonderful news... *pbbththt* Alternator and starter

My starter was starting to occasionally spin the bendix gear, especially when cold. Today, the car wouldn't start. After pulling the negative terminal clamp, cleaning a bit (soda to remove the buildup, and scraping), and putting it back on, I was able to start it up and drive home. Battery voltage, ...
by Bookworm
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem
Replies: 36
Views: 1640

Re: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem

I wouldn't worry so much about the mileage on the engine, especially if it's just 150k. My old one hit 300k (miles), and was still getting 29MPG in constant city traffic. If you buy a full engine, you can do a reasonable rebuild on it without spending a ton of dosh, and put it into place. (well, if ...
by Bookworm
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 425004

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Well, a little delay while doing some research, but today I ordered the belt tensioner, new serpentine belt, 2 front wheel bearings and retainer clips, 2 KYB front strut-plus units and 2 AC Delco sway bar end links with nylon lockers, end links per bookworms research. I also started the siphon / re...
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Clock spring, new OEM, used OEM, or cheap knockoff?
Replies: 7
Views: 573

Re: Clock spring, new OEM, used OEM, or cheap knockoff?

I've never done one before but I've watched a lot of youtube videos in the last few days. As far as I can tell the only consideration for airbag safety is to disconnect the battery and wait for ~20 minutes before messing around with the airbag. Is there anything more to it? that's basically it. and...
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: What is the OEM Spark Plug for a 2009 1.8 Vibe
Replies: 20
Views: 3772

Re: What is the OEM Spark Plug for a 2009 1.8 Vibe

IF you do a hot drain, you don't have to flush it twice. The short is this - pull loose the top hose on the radiator. Extend that out with a plug and a hose to either a collection bucket or to the grass. No, it won't hurt the grass, nor any pets if you make sure it's absorbed into the dirt. flush o...
by Bookworm
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: best upgrades for performance that actually make a huge difference !?
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: best upgrades for performance that actually make a huge difference !?

FatherTime wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:12 pm
Of all the criticism I can make about my 09 base 1.8, "laggy" would not be one of them. It has no power, but it's a zippy little critter. Maybe tune up time. Try some jet fuel in it?
Not sure how kerosene will help, but sure! :)
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: best upgrades for performance that actually make a huge difference !?
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: best upgrades for performance that actually make a huge difference !?

Also better tires improve fuel economy and handling.

Just remember, it's a 1zz engine, and it's a station wagon. Without seriously modifying the entire car, which costs $$$$, there's not a ton you can do.

Good tune-ups make a big difference, as well as replacing the intake manifold gasket :)
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: What is the OEM Spark Plug for a 2009 1.8 Vibe
Replies: 20
Views: 3772

Re: What is the OEM Spark Plug for a 2009 1.8 Vibe

For coolant, look for the Toyota Long Life Coolant. It's pink/red. OEM Toyota is what you want. Plugs-- most recommend either Denso or NGK plugs. Tranny fluid-- simply just do a drain and fill using the correct trans fluid. I believe the Castrol Multi-Vehicle is what is calls for. The coolant in th...
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another newbie
Replies: 10
Views: 974

Re: Another newbie

Oh, yeah - there was also a post on what you should repair/replace if you have an engine out of the car, regarding that prior oil leak. Frankly, if you have the engine in front of you, you could just about do a short rebuild (leaving the pistons, cylinders, etc, alone), VERY quickly. New oil pan gas...
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another newbie
Replies: 10
Views: 974

Re: Another newbie

I _think_ the engine was used in a number of different cars. I know nothing about the 2009+ Vibes or Matrices, other than the engine leaks oil :)
by Bookworm
Sun Mar 01, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Catalytic converter recommendations needed
Replies: 6
Views: 459

Re: Catalytic converter recommendations needed

Here's where I bought mine https://www.discountconverter.com/ That was for my 03. I don't regret paying for the exact replacement. I also bought O2 sensors there. Part of the benefit, to me, was that it was just up the street from my house (their Houston office). They just tossed it on their next Da...
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: mud flaps?
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: mud flaps?

I've had four hatchbacks and a S10 Blazer. All had the 'crap on the back window' problem. 81' Ford Escort Wagon, '98 Kia Sportage, and two Vibes. It's endemic to the way the air flow works, which is part of why the 2009+ Vibes don't have glass that opens. They got excessively concerned about people ...
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vent actuator replacement....
Replies: 6
Views: 487

Re: Vent actuator replacement....

joatmon wrote:
Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:01 pm
The last time I did it I just took off the top of the dash. Still had to disconnect the airbag (after disconnecting the battery of course). My hands just don't fit into that space otherwise
If I ever have to take off the top of the dash, the air bag is going to mysteriously disappear.
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: is it the vvti rattle, starter, or something else?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: is it the vvti rattle, starter, or something else?

Well, I wouldn't worry too much about "defective". Despite what some people think, they're really not lifetime parts. I have yet to own a car that I _didn't_ replace the starter at least once, and sometimes more than that. My 03 was on its third starter when I passed it along, and my 07 needs me to ...
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Available soon: 2003 Base, $3K
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: Available soon: 2003 Base, $2K

I agree with Zbyers. The only difference between the old car and a newer car is the headlight type (and polishing the plastic, of course. I miss glass headlamps). I've found that two vibes over 17 years (Feb 2003 to now) have shown that as long as the tires are in good shape, it handles water REALLY...
by Bookworm
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For free.. (A/C equipment)
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: For free.. (A/C equipment)

Apologies for the delay. I pulled the bucket out, and it's a set of hoses compatible with R12, R22, and R134a. The gauges are probably R134a - one is missing the plastic cover over the gauge, but is otherwise intact. There appears to be some conversion parts (just a couple of nipples, really) for R1...
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 981
Views: 164840

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Oh to stay on topic here, my 2004 Vibe GT, now the daily work driver, is seeing 1000 miles per week. Started this new construction job mid November and should last another couple months at the most. Just turned over 144k miles today. I'm changing the oil every six weeks :shock: Been there, done tha...
by Bookworm
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For free.. (A/C equipment)
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: For free.. (A/C equipment)

I haven't had a chance to dig into the back of the 'garage' yet (it's a failed conversion to an efficiency apartment. ) Once I do, I'll have a better idea of what I can post up, and what the cables might be. They'll be able to be grabbed randomly, because they're in a kitty litter bucket with a lid,...
by Bookworm
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 425004

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Replaced a crusty PCV valve today. Added some Marvel Mystery Oil to the fuel and the crankcase - 4 ounces each. Hoping for some slow, gentle sludge cleeaning. I will be changing oil and filter at 1,000 mile intervals for a while. If you're going to do that, don't bother with changing the oil. Just ...
by Bookworm
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For free.. (A/C equipment)
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: For free.. (A/C equipment)

Thanks Zack for the heads up! Bookworm, what part of town are you in? I usually just rent the tools when I need them, but I'd certainly be interested in a set of gauges. R134a? The evaporator in my Mustang is leaking so I do have to charge it up every few months until I get a chance to pull the who...
by Bookworm
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 425004

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Replaced the rear shocks today. I used Monroe quick struts P/N 171373L and 171373R. Had no problem with the process. I DID reuse the original fasteners as the new nuts/ bolts provided by Monroe looked inferior. :) How long did it take you? Just curious. Bookworm, since I recently purchased the car ...
by Bookworm
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For free.. (A/C equipment)
Replies: 9
Views: 653

Re: For free.. (A/C equipment)

I believe user TRB is in the Houston area, however, it appears he hasn't been on the website in 3 years now. He's on FB (sadly). sorry to hear about the lease issue, unless it was terminated on your end. Feel free to pass the word over. No, we're on a month to month lease, and have been since 2006....
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: For free.. (A/C equipment)
Replies: 9
Views: 653

For free.. (A/C equipment)

I've ended up with odds and ends of various tools that I've realized I'm not going to use. Is there anyone in or around the Houston area that would like a set of hoses/gauges for refrigerant? They're old, but just a giveaway. I'll try to get pictures in the next couple of days. I'll probably be gett...
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3663
Views: 425004

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

SSizler wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:56 am
Replaced the rear shocks today.
I used Monroe quick struts P/N 171373L and 171373R.
Had no problem with the process.
I DID reuse the original fasteners as the new nuts/ bolts provided by Monroe looked inferior. :)
How long did it take you? Just curious.
by Bookworm
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Asian concentrate coolant
Replies: 14
Views: 888

Re: Asian concentrate coolant

That Toyota red should work fine, from everything I've found.

I'd rather keep the phosphated coolant in the Vibe, rather than just go with a H-OAT without phosphates.
by Bookworm
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Asian concentrate coolant
Replies: 14
Views: 888

Re: Asian concentrate coolant

The key seems to be _Phosphated_ coolant. So, no Pep Boys near by? That's where I got the Beck Arnley. Red vs Pink seems to mostly be 'short life' vs 'long life', and otherwise are both phosphated - with pink never being offered as a concentrate. So if you're willing to just change the fluid every 3...