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by Bookworm
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Got a 2003 Vibe 225,000 miles.....
Replies: 2
Views: 15

Re: Got a 2003 Vibe 225,000 miles.....

With the miles n there, I'd also invest in flushing your radiator. You don't have to pay someone else to do it, but do a full distilled water flush and fill with concentrate. Get the old crap out of there. It may never have been done. You can do the rotors yourself, and the calipers may just need th...
by Bookworm
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Cringe!!
Replies: 10
Views: 110

Re: The Cringe!!

Right. And what about the fire hydrant he knocked off too?! Surely he felt THAT right in front of him. Sadly, it wasn't like GTA where it became a geyser after he hit that. :lol: They can become geysers; it depends on the size of the pipe and the water pressure in the immediate area. I've seen them...
by Bookworm
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Cringe!!
Replies: 10
Views: 110

Re: The Cringe!!

My question is how the hell was this driver not aware he was doing this? Well, obviously he wasn't a horribly experienced driver. If he was, he would have known that 53 foot trailers are verboten in a lot of northeastern cities, and not even ended up in Queens at all. Add that to the simple fact of...
by Bookworm
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: desperate for valve timing help
Replies: 2
Views: 21

Re: desperate for valve timing help

It's been a VERY long time, but I remember my cars having markings for TDC (top dead center) on the cams - when the timing belt for my Sportage snapped while driving. Once each was set correctly, then (with a second person), a new belt could be installed and everything locked back into place. I'm su...
by Bookworm
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Air Recirculation Actuator
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Air Recirculation Actuator

06BlackVibe wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:46 pm
Bookworm & zbyers, thank you very much for the helpful information. I replaced the part and it appears to be working on. Thanks again.
Hopefully you didn't throw the old one away. Pop it open, flip the gear, and you now have a spare if/when the replacement breaks a tooth.
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Air Recirculation Actuator
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Air Recirculation Actuator

You aren't missing anything. You've just seen _why_ they break. This is a constant load motor, running positive or negative. The button just switches the direction. When it hits a stop, it then continues to try to turn, but isn't strong enough to overload the shaft. The fix for this would have been ...
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member from Hudson, FL
Replies: 11
Views: 82

Re: New member from Hudson, FL

Glad to see a new member, and I think you'll get a lot of enjoyment out of the car.
by Bookworm
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: GenVibe Announcements
Topic: New Server
Replies: 8
Views: 85

Re: New Server

Thanks for the efforts!
by Bookworm
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member from Tipp City, Ohio
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: New member from Tipp City, Ohio

Glad to hear that it's staying in the family. I learned on an '81 Ford Escort Wagon (manual transmission), and in some ways, the station wagon shape is better for learning than a small car, and much better than a HUGE vehicle. (I also learned on a '77 Ford E150 van. The Escort was easier to deal wit...
by Bookworm
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Various Minor Repairs, Mostly Cosmetic
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Various Minor Repairs, Mostly Cosmetic

The fender liners are often available from RockAuto, and they're held in by easy to get pop-ins. As long as the metal itself isn't torn, putting in a new popin is easy.
by Bookworm
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Possible tranny/differential issue on 2005 AWD Vibe???
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: Possible tranny/differential issue on 2005 AWD Vibe???

Great! Glad you're back on the road, and that you left an update for us. Many people just disappear.

Assuming nominal 'buy a new car' monthly costs, you'll be free and clear if you get ten months of driving out of it. (400 a month for 10 months)
by Bookworm
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301
Replies: 24
Views: 328

Re: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301

This is what I used. https://www.discountconverter.com/direct_fit_catalytic_converters/direct_fit_detail.cfm?productID=44103 It's just under $500, but a direct fit, and high quality. Their Houston office is just up the street from me. interesting. so that's both pipes that takes it to where it goes...
by Bookworm
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301
Replies: 24
Views: 328

Re: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301

This is what I used.

https://www.discountconverter.com/direc ... ctID=44103

It's just under $500, but a direct fit, and high quality. Their Houston office is just up the street from me.
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: My heart is broken
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: My heart is broken

Yes, unfortunately, I understand when you have to replace a car due to the repairs being almost as much as replacing the car itself. It's an easier choice if you can't do the repairs yourself - I had to make a similar judgement on my first Vibe (297,000), where I could _do_ most of the repairs, but ...
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301
Replies: 24
Views: 328

Re: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301

P0420 indicates the o2 sensors are working properly as it's detecting the cat is below efficiency thresholds, so that would not be the o2 sensors. Nearly 100% of the time it means the converter is on it's way out. Depending on your location, you could add a defouler to the downstream o2 and call it...
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301
Replies: 24
Views: 328

Re: Random Misfire, Flashing CEL, P0301

P0420 indicates the o2 sensors are working properly as it's detecting the cat is below efficiency thresholds, so that would not be the o2 sensors. Nearly 100% of the time it means the converter is on it's way out. Depending on your location, you could add a defouler to the downstream o2 and call it...
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem

Im waiting on a tensioner arm to be mailed in because i went to take the belt off and the 19mm "nut" stripped basically immediately. So I will be replacing the tensioner arm and alternator next week One thing that has surprisngly worked well for me to keep from stripping out that nut, is to put a r...
by Bookworm
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem

Mine sits at 13.9, and so does my wife's Mazda 5. That's at idle.
by Bookworm
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: What is my low mileage Vibe worth
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: What is my low mileage Vibe worth

Yeah. Posting here will just get you what a very few people would be willing to pay. As most of us already _have_ a Vibe, that'd be a lower number than you would like.

:lol:
by Bookworm
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Grrrr 5 speed trans.
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Grrrr 5 speed trans.

We didn't touch the exhaust at all. Technically, those bolts do affect the alignment. I never re-aligned after doing mine and it pretty much steered the same. When reinstalling, try to keep the bolt and knuckle lined up where it was. I'd presume you should be able to see outline of the nut and bolt...
by Bookworm
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 2005 Pontiac Vibe replacement headlight assembly
Replies: 6
Views: 234

Re: 2005 Pontiac Vibe replacement headlight assembly

I wouldn't put ultra bright headlights in a street car.

1) I know how bad LED's are dealing with the heat put out by the high power ones.
2) I have more respect for the vehicles in front of me. I don't want them blinding me, so I'm not going to blind them.
by Bookworm
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem

I'd say so. You need at least 13.5 to charge a 12 volt battery properly, and I believe that around 14 volts is normal for a running system. You'll need to get above idle for a bit to make certain, however. Have someone rev the engine to 1200 RPM briefly for a volt check, if you can.
by Bookworm
Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe

Honestly, as long as they don't outright break anything, I don't think many of us can complain about the recall damage. We _are_ driving cars that are no -less- than 10 years old, and in a few cases, they're 17 years old.
by Bookworm
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem

The only reason I can think of for a 120 Volt plug body to be there is for an aftermarket block heater. Welcome to GenVibe :D I was wondering where you were located (update profile for us) but then you mentioned Texas! Do you have the history of this car? It's possible that it was a northern car fo...
by Bookworm
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 05(base) Vibe
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: 05(base) Vibe

I had CV joints go in previous cars. grinding on the turns is usually the very first sign. It's not something to take lightly, as your wheel _can_ separate if ignored long enough.
by Bookworm
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 05(base) Vibe
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: 05(base) Vibe

The boot is split, or the axle is open?

If just the boot, you can probably get away with having a mechanic repack it and put on a 'boot kit'.
by Bookworm
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix

Just disable the air bag yourself. If you don't plan to sell it to another individual, they can't do much. Wear your seat belts properly, and the air bag isn't anything other than a bomb in the face. I have to wonder if there have been people that put their feet on the dash (passenger side) with bro...
by Bookworm
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible electrical problem

I'd wonder a bit about the main ground connections - but I'm not the best at that one. If you want to check it, just follow the big lead from the negative to the engine - unbolt, clean it, and bolt it back up. P0171 is a "running too lean", which is often a vacuum leak - not always an O2 sensor. I d...
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Loose steering?
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: Loose steering?

I've never touched it, myself, but remember that this is power steering. That means that the motions you make with the steering wheel are amplified hydraulically. To find out where everything is, use the repair manual (links posted elsewhere), or just start at the power steering pump and follow it b...
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Latest News
Topic: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix/Vibe
Replies: 17
Views: 428

Re: New round of airbag recalls for Corolla/Matrix

Makes me glad I sat on mine until 2017-18
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Jessi Combs
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Re: Jessi Combs

Never heard of her, myself, but all I can say is that when you do ultra experimental test work on the far edge of sanity like that, the odds WILL catch up eventually. Especially on that kind of surface. (natural) Look at how many times Evil Knevil was in the hospital - and he wasn't moving at over 4...
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: JDM Toyota Voltz Mirrors
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: JDM Toyota Voltz Mirrors

That's a nice set up. What is the blanket on the control panel for? The button is to activate the motors that fold them in or out. Fancy stuff for a Vibe. I get the button (pretty picture is pretty self explanatory :lol: )... I meant the blank for the switch. For the control on your existing panel....
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Possible tranny/differential issue on 2005 AWD Vibe???
Replies: 12
Views: 252

Re: Possible tranny/differential issue on 2005 AWD Vibe???

Whatever you do, make certain that if you have any leaks or glitches, that you hammer the Aamco. I had a transmission replaced at one, and they played around for months to run the warranty on mine out, then said "Not our problem".
by Bookworm
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: CD player works only on battery power - auto eject with car running
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: CD player works only on battery power - auto eject with car running

It's not the display itself. If it were a display problem, then the OP would be able to change stations, and use the volume control. Instead, it's a mainboard issue. (or connector between the main board and the front board)
by Bookworm
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 5 speed trans fluid change
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: 03 5 speed trans fluid change

Is it an AWD? If so, then towing in neutral is the only way to do it.

If it's a base model, then it's a FWD car - tow it with the front in the air, and the rear wheels spin like normal.
by Bookworm
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: CD player works only on battery power - auto eject with car running
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: CD player works only on battery power - auto eject with car running

The answer is mostly yes. It sounds like you have a connector that's gone marginal. Depending on the age of the car, it could be ROHS, which causes shattering solder joints. Otherwise, it could be a wire or connector that's loose. I wouldn't put a lot of time or effort into troubleshooting it; spend...
by Bookworm
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: radiator wont shut 07 vibe
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: radiator wont shut 07 vibe

You're welcome. Glad that one was easy to clear up.
by Bookworm
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: radiator wont shut 07 vibe
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: radiator wont shut 07 vibe

Is it dripping from the drain .... Okay, the obscenity filter is set a bit too high. Let's try 'stopcock'. If so, you may have a piece of something stuck in the valve itself. Other than that - all I can suggest is look for whence the drip cometh. If you were messy at filling the top, it could simpl...
by Bookworm
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: radiator wont shut 07 vibe
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: radiator wont shut 07 vibe

Is it dripping from the drain (removed)? If so, you may have a piece of something stuck in the valve itself. Other than that - all I can suggest is look for whence the drip cometh. If you were messy at filling the top, it could simply be coolant working its way down the outside.
by Bookworm
Sun Aug 25, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Transmission drain and fill at high mileage
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Transmission drain and fill at high mileage

Hey - if it makes you feel better, then there's no reason to feel guilty about doing it.
by Bookworm
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets
Replies: 9
Views: 604

Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

I hauled a queen sized box spring home on my car. tied tightly, and I drove back roads for the most part. Ropes cut into the rubber seal on the driver door - but I managed to hit 55 without losing anything.
by Bookworm
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Trailer Hitch?
Replies: 12
Views: 1749

Re: Trailer Hitch?

Just as an update. The curt 122221 mentioned before has been discontinued. However, they don't bother linking to the new one. it appears that the Curt hitch is now a 12234 (the extra number just designates if they provide a ball/insert) They no longer offer the euroball as a 'part of the package'. Y...
by Bookworm
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can the 1st gen AWD tow? You bet!
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Can the 1st gen AWD tow? You bet!

Very nice write-up, and a good set of pictures. I've thought about adding a trailer hitch to my Vibe, mostly to take the place of needing to borrow a truck or similar for hauling a couple of light but large items (such as a mattress). I've never done it. I guess I should go through the forum and lo...
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can the 1st gen AWD tow? You bet!
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Can the 1st gen AWD tow? You bet!

Very nice write-up, and a good set of pictures. I've thought about adding a trailer hitch to my Vibe, mostly to take the place of needing to borrow a truck or similar for hauling a couple of light but large items (such as a mattress). I've never done it. I guess I should go through the forum and loo...
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 942
Views: 142542

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

I wouldn't try to rebuild it. You wouldn't save much, if any, money vs time.
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Blackstone Oil Analysis
Replies: 24
Views: 2754

Re: Blackstone Oil Analysis

Is anyone still using this service? If so, can they post up their analysis now that our miles are really up there :) I used them a couple years ago but for my 1992 F-150. Mainly because I went over SEVEN years between oil changes :o and was curious as to what damage I did to the engine, if any! Tur...
by Bookworm
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Front passenger caliper locking up
Replies: 16
Views: 256

Re: Front passenger caliper locking up

Great! When it comes down to it, that's all we can really hope for.
by Bookworm
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Transmission drain and fill at high mileage
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: Transmission drain and fill at high mileage

As I was VERY lax with my drain and fills with my last vibe, and STILL made it past 300,000 with the original transmission, I'd say that you're in good shape. No need to change it sooner than normal - in fact, if you start to look for a newer vehicle, you can probably stretch the next two or three d...
by Bookworm
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Blackstone Oil Analysis
Replies: 24
Views: 2754

Re: Blackstone Oil Analysis

Is anyone still using this service? If so, can they post up their analysis now that our miles are really up there :)