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by Bookworm
Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Reprogram door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 200

Re: Reprogram door locks?

I don't consider it a waste. I need to figure out how to reprogram mine so it doesn't automatically lock the doors when I put the car into gear, and automatically unlock when I turn off the engine. There are times when both are dangerous.
by Bookworm
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: No HVAC
Replies: 10
Views: 676

Re: No HVAC

Hey - it's just good that it's working for you now. I've had a lot of 'Let's spend hours and hours on a project' where the end result isn't "Hooray!" but rather "It's done... whew!"
by Bookworm
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Instrument cluster possessed
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: Instrument cluster possessed

You could always try replacing the caps - but it could also have been a mosfet or transistor shorting open. A short doesn't have to blow the fuse - it just has to be enough power to interrupt everything around it. There's been more than one board that I've re-capped and found that there were more pr...
by Bookworm
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT
Replies: 8
Views: 106

Re: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT

SeattleJeremy wrote:
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:39 pm
VW? I thought it was more of a slammed mini-truck thing.
It's Gremlins. AMC all over.
by Bookworm
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Instrument cluster possessed
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: Instrument cluster possessed

It sounds like a short somewhere in the DOME circuit cluster, to me. Can't recall - does that feed the inverter or the 12 volt cigarette lighters?
by Bookworm
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Radio lights going out
Replies: 85
Views: 89816

Re: Radio lights going out

Thanks for remind me. I went ahead and ordered the bulbs. I still want to get a better radio - one with USB aux and HD Radio ability - but this will at least make this one less annoying. Unfortunately, the tuner knob is still a bit buggered up. Maybe while I have it out I'll clean it. (it'll tune on...
by Bookworm
Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rear Wiper Motor broken?
Replies: 6
Views: 68

Re: Rear Wiper Motor broken?

I knew someone would have the better information. I have the wiring diagram, but it's been a rough day. Good news - it looks like the cat ate less than a 'start treatment' dose. So it might end up a bit sick, but not at a real risk of dropping dead. I did not realize that there were three fuses invo...
by Bookworm
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rear Wiper Motor broken?
Replies: 6
Views: 68

Re: Rear Wiper Motor broken?

I don't have a pinout, but in general, the motors themselves are 12 volts, so if you have the right pinouts for the constant, you should be able to give it 12 volts and have it move. I'm sure one of the other folks with come by with much better information. (Right now, I'm dealing with two cats, one...
by Bookworm
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location
Replies: 9
Views: 123

Re: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location

Odd. On all of these cars, it's generally between the radiator and the front bumper.
by Bookworm
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 26
Views: 379

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

As for the Matrix forum being busier? They made the cars for four additional years, so there are more "new car" owners that still have the vehicles. Look at where the Vibe forum was four years ago. Also, Toyota had the name cachet, and Pontiac didn't. (more fools them. I paid $2k less for my Vibe w...
by Bookworm
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: GenVibe Meet 2019.
Replies: 30
Views: 932

Re: GenVibe Meet 2019.

It appears that I may be in Detroit during that period of time, briefly, in order to assist my wife in house repairs, so my deceased father-in-law's home can be sold. He died Good Friday, and it's been a cluster. The court doesn't help by wanting to set 'one month out' dates for everything, includin...
by Bookworm
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 26
Views: 379

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

Quite frankly, and to be possibly slightly offensive, I would never take any technical advise from someone who is as terrible in English as you. Atrocious grammar, sentence structure, incalculable spelling errors, and more. You've also shown that you have the stereotypical hatred of the uneducated t...
by Bookworm
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?

https://www.continentaltire.com/news/se ... ring-tires

(Mind you, UV isn't nice to much of anything with plasticizers. That's why our dash boards crack - heat and UV)
by Bookworm
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Oil Leak at 350,000+ miles
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: Oil Leak at 350,000+ miles

Omnipony wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:50 am
I’ve had an autoparts store rep recommend going 1 viscosity grade higher for the oil. I didn’t do a quantitative analysis to check if that worked.
"Four quarts of STP and sell it".

The Motor Honey route :)
by Bookworm
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: looking at used truck...does the tread on these tires look ok?

From what I've read, it's not _sun_ that kills the tires. It's heat - and exposure to air. The various sites (including manufacturers) all say that for off season tires, to keep them good longer, wash them, then bag them in plastic, dry. Sealing them in keeps the volatiles necessary for flexibility ...
by Bookworm
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Parcel Tray
Replies: 5
Views: 96

Re: Parcel Tray

I believe there's a retractable cover you can buy, but it's not attached to the hatch. It's just a horizontal cover that goes from the back of the seats to just below the window area. (on the walls, of course)
by Bookworm
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Grounding points
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Grounding points

Be sure to check the starter connections.
by Bookworm
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix
Replies: 22
Views: 325

Re: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix

Nice car. I'd bet you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

The one thing I'd do almost immediately is put new shocks on it. They seem to die by 100k. Mine are totally shot; I just haven't invested the money in buying new ones to install yet.
by Bookworm
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Smell gasoline and maybe exhaust
Replies: 21
Views: 1750

Re: Smell gasoline and maybe exhaust

I used these folks. https://www.discountconverter.com/direct_fit_catalytic_converters/index.cfm I wouldn't touch a $100 catalytic converter if you paid me. They tend to be low on the catalyst, for one thing. They also only have one cat, and the Vibes have two. It's been 4 years and nearly 50k miles...
by Bookworm
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Smell gasoline and maybe exhaust
Replies: 21
Views: 1750

Re: Smell gasoline and maybe exhaust

I used these folks.

https://www.discountconverter.com/direc ... /index.cfm

I wouldn't touch a $100 catalytic converter if you paid me. They tend to be low on the catalyst, for one thing.

They also only have one cat, and the Vibes have two.
by Bookworm
Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3573
Views: 357692

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I replaced the oil in my vibe, and the serpentine belt, air filter, cabin air filter, and oil in my wife's 2013 Mazda 5. Someone needs to put together a class action lawsuit against Mazda for deliberate and malicious bad design for standard maintenance, to force people to take their cars to a mechan...
by Bookworm
Mon May 27, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Hood prop and seat/floor covers?
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Hood prop and seat/floor covers?

I believe that the Toyota Corolla of the same year(s) are the same hood prop. You might be able to find floor mats from the same source.

Edit - remember, you can use parts from 03-08. No need to be specific on '2006'
by Bookworm
Mon May 27, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Sad anniversary today
Replies: 5
Views: 219

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
Mon May 20, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Sad anniversary today
Replies: 5
Views: 219

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: 59

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: 5
Views: 111

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: 9384

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: 127

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: 94

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: 26
Views: 379

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: 94

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: 26
Views: 379

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: 193

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: 260

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: 450

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: 238

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: 26
Views: 379

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: 307

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: 2821

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: 26
Views: 379

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: 2821

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: 3573
Views: 357692

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: 238

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: 299

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: 238

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: 1102

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: 119

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: 78

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: 119

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: 117

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...