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by skimask
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: ALT fuse melted, plastic, not the element
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: ALT fuse melted, plastic, not the element

I started reading around these forums again over the past few days. Just what I figured. Straight down the shitter. Not much more than a bunch of posers buying garbage trinkets off ebay and adding sparkly thingies to the car mom and dad bought for them. The '03 Matrix electrical diagram doesn't appl...
by skimask
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: ALT fuse melted, plastic, not the element
Replies: 3
Views: 101

ALT fuse melted, plastic, not the element

2005 Vibe base, bottom of the line model, 215K miles, good stuff... Battery light comes on a couple days ago. 8v on the system. No charging... No kidding... Get to looking... Find the 100 amp ALT fuse in the relay box by the battery kinda melted in there. The fuse is melted but has continuity. At th...
by skimask
Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Transmission gasket 2005 vibe
Replies: 14
Views: 1151

Re: Transmission gasket 2005 vibe

Nope. But with that being said, I always use a VERY thin layer of "Permatex Copper Spray" gasket on everything I do involving a gasket. At the very least, it'll help keep the gasket in place while it's being installed.
by skimask
Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:22 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Radio lights going out
Replies: 81
Views: 77061

Re: Radio lights going out

Just did this fix using #2162 bulbs. Those little light bulb "condoms" are a PITA. Totally wrecked one, half-wrecked another one, and a chunk missing out of third one. Got 7 bulbs left. Thinking if somebody wants their radio fixed and isn't handy with a soldering iron, PM me, send it to me...
by skimask
Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How To switch trip odometer to kilometers?
Replies: 25
Views: 10220

Re: How To switch trip odometer to kilometers?

Can anybody confirm or deny which 299,999 the odometer stops at? Is it 299,999 KM's or 299,999 miles? Or is it just 299,999 of whatever unit your odometer displays? I got 165K miles, getting close-ish to 186,410, which equates to 299,999 KMs...at which point the odometer may or may not quit. ...then...
by skimask
Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: tad2much - 2005 Vibe
Replies: 19
Views: 3142

Re: tad2much - 2005 Vibe

thanks for the welcome and good advice everyone! @skimask - I didn't know the ECM recall was also called a PCM ECM, PCM, ECU, PCU, 'puter, brain box...they're all made out of unobtainium. At any rate, the recall is for failing solder joints causing various failures and such. Back in '10 when I hear...
by skimask
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: tad2much - 2005 Vibe
Replies: 19
Views: 3142

Re: tad2much - 2005 Vibe

Only problem the car seems to have is some vibration at idle, which i've read about in some threads here, so I'll be posting my question on that soon. Project idea list: - clean Mass AIr Flow sensor and Throttle Body to try to help with vibration (never done that before, looking for a step by step ...
by skimask
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

Re: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace

Case(s) closed. Rotten wheel bearing. Case 1 - Growling - Even the mechanics at Tires Plus told me that when they got it up in the air, the bearing didn't make any noise while spinning the wheel, AND the wheel itself didn't have any play in it, therefore they were a bit hesitant to go further becaus...
by skimask
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

Re: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace

Ahh...good point.

Not like swapping brakes while you're in there swapping an axle or something along those lines.
by skimask
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:20 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

Re: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace

A couple mechanic type friends also said that hub/wheel bearings had to be in really REALLY bad shape to hear or feel them with the wheels up in the air. I'm taking an educated guess that it's the front/right, based on the changing noises in turns, as well as the noise not changing at all when I pul...
by skimask
Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

Re: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace

Checked out that video. Pretty much useless, although I'll give the guy points for trying. Went balls-out on the interstate for the last ~600 miles, growling noise the whole way. Got home (roughly 2 miles off the highway). Let the car sit in the garage for about an hour while I changed clothes, etc....
by skimask
Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

'05 Base - Front wheel bearing replace

On the road, about 600 miles from home (on a weekend of course), don't have my Chilton or Haynes manual with me...sitting at a hotel overnight contemplating how fast and how long I'm going to drive on the interstate tomorrow. At least it's only me this time. Left the wife/kids home for this trip. '0...
by skimask
Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Newb...just bought '05 Vibe base.
Replies: 29
Views: 2416

Re: Newb...just bought '05 Vibe base.

Took the Vibe on a 7,500 mile trip, hot days, cold days, up the mountains, down the mountains, high speed, stop-and-go rush hour traffic, the whole nine yards... I just got around to changing the oil today after I'd put 8,200 miles on it. Mobil 1 full synthetic 5W-30. The stuff that came out...well,...
by skimask
Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: The car that wouldn't shut off! 09 Chevy Cobalt funny story
Replies: 8
Views: 845

Re: The car that wouldn't shut off! 09 Chevy Cobalt funny st

I would not think that disconnecting the battery would kill the car. It's not powered by the battery like an electric car after all. :roll: Of course the alternator is what keeps the car running after it has started. That's an ongoing discussion amongst mechanics for literally decades. A generator ...
by skimask
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:47 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Bad Vibe Partouts, doors, side and hatch glass rear bumper, ecus, 1zz intake mani, 1zz turbo, ps tail and more! LI NY
Replies: 474
Views: 55136

Re: 03 Vibe GT + Complete 04 Base Partout LI NY - Updated

quick sales still available cross bars Still got the cross bars in the shop? Also, how about the driver's door window/door-lock control panel? Not the switches themselves, but the plastic piece that the switches snap/screw into? http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=36996" onclick="windo...
by skimask
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:02 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?
Replies: 20
Views: 2275

Re: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?

Totally missed the part about taking a bike. If I gotta say one thing, watch out for those damn tourists (uhh...like you??? :) ) As you may well know, the overwhelming vast majority of those idiots are busy looking around and trying to take pictures with their brand new iphone INSTEAD OF DRIVING! I ...
by skimask
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?
Replies: 20
Views: 2275

Re: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?

Here's the rough route: .... Nice drive, but I'm thinking you're gonna spend a LOT of time driving. If you remember and/or think about it, when you go thru Babb, Montana (tiny tiny town), keep an eye on the west side of the road for "Thronsens General Store and Hotel", and if you would, l...
by skimask
Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?
Replies: 20
Views: 2275

Re: Yellowstone national park: Anything I should see?

If it helps you plan your trip any (and I doubt it will)... I spent 4 days at Yellowstone a few years ago. Had a baby along for the ride so couldn't do much hiking, stayed at a hotel in Gardiner. Got to the hotel Sunday night @ 8pm. Most of the restaurants were starting to close up. Moral = get ther...
by skimask
Fri May 25, 2012 4:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Newb...just bought '05 Vibe base.
Replies: 29
Views: 2416

Re: Newb...just bought '05 Vibe base.

Try this site for part numbers and a ball park price on cost http://parts.nalleygmc.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Took me awhile to find the right drawings, but I'm getting there. At least I got part numbers to work with. Try these folks for the Toyota stuff http://www.partswe...
by skimask
Thu May 24, 2012 12:03 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Newb...just bought '05 Vibe base.
Replies: 29
Views: 2416

Re: Newb...just bought '05 Vibe base.

Aye...it's been awhile...too much fun. Winter (easy), retirement (easier), 3 y/o kid (not so easy, but lots of fun)... Handful of items coming up on the '05 Vibe... 1 - Front/right strut squeaks at low speeds, can't hear it at high speeds, but I assume it still squeaks. I can get it to squeak just b...
by skimask
Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: What made you choose your screen name?
Replies: 44
Views: 2658

Got plowed one night many, MANY years ago (winter of '89), really, REALLY fit-shaced.I was getting all stupid and such, put on all my winter clothes (coats, gloves, hats, "face wear") and was pretending to downhill ski on the kitchen table at a party I was at.One thing lead to the last thing and I y...
by skimask
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:07 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2005 1ZZ PCM Recall - What do dealerships generally try to pull?
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

It's an automatic, and I probably should clarify the "no start".It's a "cranks/turns-over, but won't start" issue, not a no crank issue.Checked out the 2 doc's above.First one, for the fuel pump, N/A as it's only happened on hot restarts within 1/2 hour of the last run.Second one, for the recal of P...
by skimask
Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2005 1ZZ PCM Recall - What do dealerships generally try to pull?
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

Well, either I'd lucked out or I've got more work ahead.GM Safety Recall # 10282NHTSA Campaign # 10V387000 for the 2005-2008 Vibe (#10V384000 for the Matrix)Turns out I've got the 89661-02K43, which is one of the replacement ECU's, so the recall had already been take care of by the P/O.I researched ...
by skimask
Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How to fix a crack screw post on the front door power window panel?
Replies: 12
Views: 1026

If you get your hands on one, grab two and I'll PayPal you the $$$ for it
Damn dealerships up here don't seem to have a clue of what I'm talking about...
by skimask
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:07 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2005 1ZZ PCM Recall - What do dealerships generally try to pull?
Replies: 10
Views: 1412

2005 1ZZ PCM Recall - What do dealerships generally try to pull?

I've read bunches about the infamous PCM Recall for the no start/stalling/harsh shift/etc issues.I think it's my turn. I've had the "no start" condition happen to me 3 times in the past 2 weeks (hasn't happened to the wife yet and she's the primary driver...(removed)?). 3 tries to start it up, short...
by skimask
Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How to fix a crack screw post on the front door power window panel?
Replies: 12
Views: 1026

I would think JB Weld would be too brittle and crack as soon as it gets cold out.
by skimask
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How to fix a crack screw post on the front door power window panel?
Replies: 12
Views: 1026

Got the exact same problem with mine. Bottom of the screw post is broke. And just happened a couple weeks ago.Tried epoxying it with high quality 2 hour stuff. Didn't hold. Plastic isn't "porous" enough to get a good hold.Next step for me is to try some plastic "cement" that actually "melts" the pla...
by skimask
Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Downstream O2 sensor function? Measure temp only or active in engine management?
Replies: 3
Views: 666

In newer vehicles, the downstream O2 sensor is also used as a sanity check for the upstream in case of an upstream O2 sensor hard fault.Assuming everything else is ok, the downstream O2 will trail the mix around stoich, of course not as fast, a slowly varying signal vs. the rich-lean-rich-lean of th...
by skimask
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Auto Chips ECM product
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: (Salsa Guy)

Quote, originally posted by Salsa Guy »
Those "chips" are crap!

Oh...I don't know about that.
I'll bet those "chips" are the most expensive, highest quality resistors a guy can buy
by skimask
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Downstream O2 sensor function? Measure temp only or active in engine management?
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Neither sensor has anything to do with temperature. Google it. I get a ba-zillion hits and the first few do a good job of explaining it.Upstream sensors read the O2 in the exhaust and the ECU trims the mix to make it right.In a nutshell...The downstream sensors are after the cat. In theory, the cat ...
by skimask
Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Someone cut away my driver side splash shield
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Looks more like a stress crack fracture to me. Probably got bumped/cracked sometime in the past and just kinda broke itself loose over time.
by skimask
Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: valve adjustment time?
Replies: 23
Views: 8598

I haven't dug to far into the 1ZZ motor yet, but I've got loads of experience with the Nissan GA16DE's.Are these shims for tightening up the valve train the same basic type of thing as the Nissan's? Basically the shims go in the "bucket" under the cam lobe that pushes on the valve stem? Nissan had a...
by skimask
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: If you lock yourself out of your Vibe...
Replies: 14
Views: 2789

See...........And that's where I figured this would go....Cell phones, OnStar, Roadside Assistance, Viper Security, Genie in a bottle, wishful thinking, etc.Didn't say anything about any of that...@keithvibe - yep, pretty much everybody's got the cell phone these days, but coverage where I'm at is a...
by skimask
Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:38 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Charging System Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: Charging System Problems (somesailor697)

Quote, originally posted by somesailor697 »Now my red charging system warning light has come on.That means something.Quote » I assumed the alternator was bad so took it off and brought it in for a new one parts place bench tested it and said it was ok.Ya, that really doesn't mean very much. That j...
by skimask
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:39 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: GT owners 6th gear usage
Replies: 39
Views: 3517

Re: GT owners 6th gear usage (DraziWDragon)

again.....
by skimask
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: GT owners....question about your 3rd gear lift "kick"...
Replies: 8
Views: 884

Re: (DraziWDragon)

Nothing like bringing a 9 year old thread back to life...
by skimask
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 04 Will crank, but will not start.
Replies: 68
Views: 4584

Re: (djkeev)

Quote, originally posted by djkeev »BTW, thanks for letting us all know that these are NOT clearance engines!! Timing issues will indeed = bent valves!!!DaveYeah, no kidding. Sucks that it happened, but I think the question is now answered with certainty.At the same time, this only applies to '03-'...
by skimask
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:48 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 04 Will crank, but will not start.
Replies: 70
Views: 2588

Re: (djkeev)

Quote, originally posted by djkeev »BTW, thanks for letting us all know that these are NOT clearance engines!! Timing issues will indeed = bent valves!!!DaveYeah, no kidding. Sucks that it happened, but I think the question is now answered with certainty.At the same time, this only applies to ...
by skimask
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 04 Will crank, but will not start.
Replies: 68
Views: 4584

Re: (brandnewrock8)

Quote, originally posted by brandnewrock8 »Well alot has happened since I last spoke to you! Took the Head off, 2 bent valves. After pricing everything out to replace the vavles, new gaskets, new camshaft, and all the little things I was close to $600, and I dont think I even had everything on my l...
by skimask
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 04 Will crank, but will not start.
Replies: 70
Views: 2588

Re: (brandnewrock8)

Quote, originally posted by brandnewrock8 »Well alot has happened since I last spoke to you! Took the Head off, 2 bent valves. After pricing everything out to replace the vavles, new gaskets, new camshaft, and all the little things I was close to $600, and I dont think I even had everything on...
by skimask
Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Speedometer Question
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Speedometer Question (jkm311)

Quote, originally posted by jkm311 »I will test this out over the next month or so. The reason being, there is a school zone that has a speed radar display on it that I pass every day. It's off by 3 MPH every time. If I'm cruising at 35, it reads 32, without fail. The interesting part is after scho...
by skimask
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Bought from salvage lot
Replies: 15
Views: 1122

Re: (twalth01)

Quote, originally posted by twalth01 »The more I'm looking at it, I think the crumple zone in the front is a little bit bent.Well, crumple zones don't bend. They...uh...errrrr....crumple Heck, as long as it steers straight and all that, go with it.A "strut bar" might help stiffen up the front end a...
by skimask
Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 04 Will crank, but will not start.
Replies: 70
Views: 2588

Re: (brandnewrock8)

(Disclaimer: I'm not 100% on this because I haven't looked at the exact mechanicals of the 1.8L Vibe engine, but I'm assuming it's set up like practically EVERY other engine out there)When you pull the cams, the lobes that open the valves aren't there anymore, but the springs/keepers/etc that keep t...
by skimask
Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 04 Will crank, but will not start.
Replies: 68
Views: 4584

Re: (brandnewrock8)

(Disclaimer: I'm not 100% on this because I haven't looked at the exact mechanicals of the 1.8L Vibe engine, but I'm assuming it's set up like practically EVERY other engine out there)When you pull the cams, the lobes that open the valves aren't there anymore, but the springs/keepers/etc that keep t...
by skimask
Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:11 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Bought from salvage lot
Replies: 15
Views: 1122

Re: (09vGT)

Quote, originally posted by 09vGT »So, I don't know if I would put full faith in that statement. Well, every accident is different. Different masses, different angles, different circumstances, different weather, and so on.Jist of the story, if a "crumple zone" is compromised, it's compromised. End ...
by skimask
Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:09 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Bought from salvage lot
Replies: 15
Views: 1122

Re: (zaxellord)

Quote, originally posted by zaxellord »
It's a little late for that, since he already bought the car.

I know. But in my particular case, if I was to buy a car like that (and I would if a deal came my way), I probably wouldn't carry my kid around with me in the car seat.
Just throwing it out there...

by skimask
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:55 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Bought from salvage lot
Replies: 15
Views: 1122

I had a car totaled out myself in December. I was talking to the insurance folks ('cause they're actually friends of mine...go figure!)... They said when a car that's been hit in the front goes into the body shop for an initial look, if any one of the "crumple zones" is even barely "crumpled" or wri...
by skimask
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: '05 Vibe base driver's door window/lock control panel broke
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

That fix wouldn't work in my case.
Mine's broke at the other end and the "post" that holds the screw is broke off flush.
May as well just get a new one from the link above.
Heck...what's $20.
by skimask
Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: '05 Vibe base driver's door window/lock control panel broke
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

'05 Vibe base driver's door window/lock control panel broke

Just like the title says...The silver panel around the buttons, not the buttons themselves, the forward most mount screw plastic posts broke on the back side, so when you push in on any of the buttons, they all sink down in.Tried using good 2 hour epoxy, drilled some seriously small holes in the pla...
by skimask
Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Transmission Help
Replies: 19
Views: 1641

Axles auto disengaging?
(removed)?
That's a good one. Surprised he didn't tell you to change the tail-light fluid too.

When you changed the tranny fluid, did you also change the filter?
What type of transmission fluid did you use? Exact type...not generic terms.


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