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by Bookworm
Mon May 20, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Sad anniversary today
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Sad anniversary today

Still rocking mine, will be exactly 10 years on July 31. Thankfully never accidented with all it's original paint and no rust. This thing has been through 9 long and harsh Quebec winters yet never let me down once and still looks almost as good as the day I bought it. I would buy another Vibe in an...
by Bookworm
Sat May 18, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Power steering fluid
Replies: 1
Views: 23

Re: Power steering fluid

I _believe_ that the manual for the Vibes is wrong - it's generally power steering fluid. Really, a mechanic i trusted years ago said that there's not a lot of difference, and if you accidentally put one in the other, it usually does no harm at all. Since it was when I called because a GF poured tra...
by Bookworm
Tue May 14, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Replacing Belt on 2006 AWD Auto
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: Replacing Belt on 2006 AWD Auto

Caveat. It's a tight fit for your forearm. If you have large arms, get someone else to help, especially if they can get underneath while you work on top.

I had a hide rash/scar for months after changing mine the last time.
by Bookworm
Sat May 11, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade
Replies: 58
Views: 9191

Re: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade

I have to do my back brakes. I really don't like drum brakes.
by Bookworm
Sat May 11, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 2003-04 vs 2005-08 Headlamps
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: 2003-04 vs 2005-08 Headlamps

The ones I just put in my 2007 were the same as my 2003.
by Bookworm
Wed May 08, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Seat cushion - side air bag?
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Seat cushion - side air bag?

I've thought about picking up a seat from a yard, yes - mostly for the covers. The cushion will be destroyed, just like this one. I think they just weren't made for someone to sit on them, then turn and get up (flattening it against the bracket for the seat jack), for more than 50k miles. I was just...
by Bookworm
Wed May 08, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 13
Views: 107

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

There's also a big difference between negativity and being realistic. There are a LOT of modifications that can be done to these cars, station wagon or not. Unfortunately, these are NOT the engines of the 1940's, which could be modified like crazy. (V8-60 as a big example) These engines have been e...
by Bookworm
Tue May 07, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Seat cushion - side air bag?
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Seat cushion - side air bag?

I have a 2007 Vibe, and I'm needing to replace the seat cushion. It's been compressed so many times due to people getting in and out of the front seat that the seat slopes from a high on the right to a low at the door. So it hurts my back after a while. Is there actually an air bag in the seat? (Eje...
by Bookworm
Tue May 07, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 13
Views: 107

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

There's also a big difference between negativity and being realistic. There are a LOT of modifications that can be done to these cars, station wagon or not. Unfortunately, these are NOT the engines of the 1940's, which could be modified like crazy. (V8-60 as a big example) These engines have been ex...
by Bookworm
Tue May 07, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Free Carfax Report?
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: Free Carfax Report?

Frankly, it's difficult to find a mechanic that'll do an inspection on-site, and sometimes extremely difficult to get someone to let you take the car to a mechanic for a check (and the mechanic might be busy). Luckily, I do enough of my own repairs to spot the really nasty things, so I've never been...
by Bookworm
Thu May 02, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB - My first Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 156

Re: WTB - My first Vibe

Good luck. Hopefully it's a Garager.
by Bookworm
Thu May 02, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: FS JVC KWR910BT with dash kit for 09-10
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: FS JVC KWR910BT with dash kit for 09-10

Yes - https://www.onlinecarstereo.com/CarAudi ... 910BT.aspx

I'd consider it, but I decided when I buy another radio, it'll have Digital FM capability.
by Bookworm
Thu May 02, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Fixing up 2004 Vibe repair thread
Replies: 11
Views: 134

Re: Fixing up 2004 Vibe repair thread

500k is insane, i'd be thrilled to get 100k out of it. My girlfriend and I camp and fish a lot and think it will work well for that compared to my daily driver sedan. I'm Southeastern about 40 minutes west of Philly. Never heard of Sheffield so google mapped it looks to be about 5 hours away from u...
by Bookworm
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 13
Views: 107

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

The CTS-V wagon would like to have a chat with you. Body style doesn't determine what the engine is capable of. The 2zz can be made more powerful if you have the money. And if OP wants to spend it on a vibe then we should help them instead of being negative for no good reason. it's called being rea...
by Bookworm
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?
Replies: 18
Views: 215

Re: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?

If I get motivated to do this, I'll head over to my folks. The replacement garage building has an I-beam extension coming out of the front. I'll just hook a block and tackle on it, and lock the other end with a marlin-spike to the building.
by Bookworm
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: My 5000th post!
Replies: 38
Views: 2659

Re: My 5000th post!

joatmon wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:16 am
Bookworm wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:54 am
I've been a member for 9 years, but I never talked much :)
I've been a member here for too long and talked too much, but even though they're not here anymore, I'll never catch Hope (aklgt) or Mavrik
Anyone asked them to come visit? :)
by Bookworm
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 13
Views: 107

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

ddpr in texas is knowledgable about the 2zz engines as well. In terms of adding power, some guys in puerto rico have been doing NA builds on stock internals in the low 200 hp range at the wheels. PPE makes good intakes and exhausts. I have their stainless long tube header with a spiked collector an...
by Bookworm
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: My 5000th post!
Replies: 38
Views: 2659

Re: My 5000th post!

I've been a member for 9 years, but I never talked much :)
by Bookworm
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3568
Views: 355813

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I should probably get one of those to put in my console. I wouldn't do it to my dash - I have my laptop plugged into the 12 volt for the dash.
by Bookworm
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Fixing up 2004 Vibe repair thread
Replies: 11
Views: 134

Re: Fixing up 2004 Vibe repair thread

Mustie1 (youtube) uses Bar chain oil, I believe.
by Bookworm
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Should All Motor Mounts Be Changed At The Same Time?
Replies: 9
Views: 215

Re: Should All Motor Mounts Be Changed At The Same Time?

I tend to replace spark plugs every 50k or so, even with the factory plugs. At a minimum, you should pull them, clean, and re-gap.
by Bookworm
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Fixing up 2004 Vibe repair thread
Replies: 11
Views: 134

Re: Fixing up 2004 Vibe repair thread

Glad to hear you're making progress, and that the Vibe is now running smoothly. Have you done a drain and fill on the transmission? (I don't know if that's included in 'change the fluids', or if you did it when you did the oil) You should also fill out the rest of your profile - at least to a genera...
by Bookworm
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?
Replies: 19
Views: 958

Re: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?

My 2007, bought two years ago, cost me $4026 after TTL with 135k miles. it's at 171k miles now, with no major issues. I'm keeping my eye out on manual transmission vehicles, cheap. My daughter's only (about to turn) 10, but I can keep one sitting around for a few years if need be. I think that learn...
by Bookworm
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Front end rebuild 2009 vibe questions
Replies: 6
Views: 82

Re: Front end rebuild 2009 vibe questions

Sway bar links - don't get the ones with crush nuts. Get the ones with lock nuts. If they come with crush nuts, send them back. The problem with those is that once you torque them up, you'll have to cut them off with a grinder to replace the links. I haven't actually changed the rest of the suspensi...
by Bookworm
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2009 inner tie rod end?
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: 2009 inner tie rod end?

Rockauto.com
by Bookworm
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Front end rebuild 2009 vibe questions
Replies: 6
Views: 82

Re: Front end rebuild 2009 vibe questions

I found a two foot breaker bar helped enormously.
by Bookworm
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Time to part out my vibe. What should I keep?
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Time to part out my vibe. What should I keep?

Oh, yeah Battery, alternator. You can use the battery as a core exchange, if nothing else. Same with alternator. belt tensioner, if you want to get that deep into the engine. Fuel pump is buried in the tank, under the back seat. spare wheel tools. (jack, nuts, lug wrench) (Don't toss the steel wheel...
by Bookworm
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Time to part out my vibe. What should I keep?
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Time to part out my vibe. What should I keep?

Console cap, if you have the double lid. Seat release knobs. (back seats) Inverter Radio (if lights still work) Roof rack cross bars, if you have them. Spare (if it's not rotten. Even if it is, the wheel itself costs a ton, the spare costs about as much as a normal tire) the driver seat. That way yo...
by Bookworm
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Plastic wheel covers, how to remove and paint?
Replies: 18
Views: 1350

Re: Plastic wheel covers, how to remove and paint?

Oh now I think I understand, that one cover that doesn't look so good you did not apply the Duplicolor matte wheel clear coat as a final step. That is interesting as I would never have thought it would have made such a significant difference as it did in your case. It's all a learning process for a...
by Bookworm
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Front end rebuild 2009 vibe questions
Replies: 6
Views: 82

Re: Front end rebuild 2009 vibe questions

Hit up Harbor Freight and grab a set of their ugly black 'impact sockets'. You'll need two of the enormous sockets for the struts. You'll also want a large adjustable hammer... I mean, wrench, plus a 1/2" torque wrench. If you're doing tie rods, you'll want a tie rod tool as well. Don't forget a set...
by Bookworm
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB - My first Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 156

Re: WTB - My first Vibe

Oh - one more thought. You might look at the Mazda MPV. They're old, but had pretty good ratings, and are available pretty cheaply, as they were replaced by the Mazda 5. (We replaced my wife's Grand Prix with a Mazda 5. We were going to go for the MPV, but the ones available at the time were overpri...
by Bookworm
Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB - My first Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 156

Re: WTB - My first Vibe

I'd keep watching Craigslist. In the large markets (Houston, Atlanta, DFW, etc), you can find some decent deals as you search. In Houston, on April 12th, there was a 2004 vibe that was dropped from 2300 to 2000 in price. No ideas of mileage, they list 'low miles', but with these cars, that could sim...
by Bookworm
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Missing engine ...caper
Replies: 13
Views: 169

Re: Missing engine ...caper

I know engines are removed before they go into a crusher - the crushers can't break cast iron blocks.
by Bookworm
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Replacing Rear View Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 85

Re: Replacing Rear View Mirror

The roof light switch.
by Bookworm
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Oil leak on left side of engine, no idea where it's coming from..
Replies: 14
Views: 153

Re: Oil leak on left side of engine, no idea where it's coming from..

I'd clean the oil off of the engine, then drive it for a bit, then look for the fresh oil. It's always a pain trying to track down an oil leak through months and years of splashing and garbage.
by Bookworm
Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Exhaust manifold stud size
Replies: 11
Views: 119

Re: Exhaust manifold stud size

Glad to hear you managed to get the right part! Keep the forum updated with the results of your work. I never did my own exhaust work, it was always more cost effective to get the right parts and pay a shop to put it in.
by Bookworm
Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Exhaust manifold stud size
Replies: 11
Views: 119

Re: Exhaust manifold stud size

Hacksaw and a grinder?
by Bookworm
Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement blower motors
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Replacement blower motors

I replaced mine three times. First time with ACdelco, second and third with TYC. I found no difference between the two in quality and performance. They all lasted about 60k miles, but I'm really annoyed by noises, and have the air on all the time . I have the air on all the time - I keep the window...
by Bookworm
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 131

Re: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes

If you didn't lube the slides and pins with brake lubricant (just buy the large tube. It'll last for 30 years), the pads will have a hard time moving away from the rotor - I'd look at that first. It'll also let you look at everything else as you disassemble the brakes for cleaning and lubing. The ro...
by Bookworm
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?
Replies: 18
Views: 215

Re: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?

You're welcome. Just be glad they're not as much of a PITA to replace as an '81 Ford Escort. That front motor mount was a stone... mother of a puppy.
by Bookworm
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?
Replies: 18
Views: 215

Re: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?

Motor mounts, at a minimum, require a good jack with a soft lift point. (wooden block or similar)

Search around, the link for the 03 manual is around on the site, and they're more tedious to replace than difficult.
by Bookworm
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer

When you need the car again, you rotate it back on, and you have a battery that's in a lot better shape. This has one disadvantage though: the computer will be in relearn mode every time. Using a battery maintainer (trickle charger) could avoid that. Yes, but that also presupposes that the car is i...
by Bookworm
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer

If the car sits a lot, get a battery cut off switch. They're used for boats and other similar jobs a lot. Basically, it's an extended terminal clamp. When you know the car will be sitting a while, you rotate the switch, and the battery is completely cut out of the car circuit. When you need the car ...
by Bookworm
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Shaking that has me stumped
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: Shaking that has me stumped

Oh yeah. One other thing that can cause car shake is if the crankshaft comes unbalanced. Had that happen on a minivan. (One of the three vehicles I forget to list, because they were primarily driven by my wife).
by Bookworm
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Shaking that has me stumped
Replies: 10
Views: 159

Re: Shaking that has me stumped

Is it harsher or software when in a turn (left or right)? Does it go away at a higher speed, or stay there.

If it changes a bit with the wheel turns, I'd look at CV Joints and/or tie rods.
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help me diagnose this sound
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Please help me diagnose this sound

You'll laugh, but check the idler pully. (mechanic's stethoscope, cardboard tube). Have someone shift the gears while you listen.

I have something similar happen with this Vibe, and the previous Vibe. Noisy when braked, but if I put it in idle, it goes quiet.
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wanted: Front Brake Caliper Cores w/Brackets For 2003 Vibe Base Model
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Wanted: Front Brake Caliper Cores w/Brackets For 2003 Vibe Base Model

I have never replaced calipers on any vehicle I've owned. That's Ford Escort S10 Blazer Kia Sportage Mazda 323 two Vibes and probably around a million miles of driving. I have no idea what people are doing to damage their calipers, other than putting excessive ceramic pads on their rotors and heatin...
by Bookworm
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another Vibe lost
Replies: 17
Views: 888

Re: Another Vibe lost

My body is slowly adjusting to the daily consumption of granola, non-dairy milk and tree-huggin' that goes along with the vehicle. Yoga is still a chore for this old man!! :lol: Next thing you know, you're doing pilates on the roof in the forest! Wouldn't you tend to be bounced off as the driver ru...
by Bookworm
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: P0171 Changing Intake Manifold Gasket
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: P0171 Changing Intake Manifold Gasket

Get a moving blanket. You'll want it to cover the radiator after you pull the radiator fan for extra room. Keep you from being sliced up, and reduce the risk of damaging the fins. A sheet of cardboard if you don't have a blanket. Might look into replacing the valve cover gasket as well (two gaskets,...