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by Chiadog
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Clunking start/no power
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: Clunking start/no power

First guess is that you didn't get one of the new half-shafts seated in the differential.
by Chiadog
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Re: 2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine

Agreed! That last-gen dash would be a deal breaker for me. Not to mention that gross wall-to-wall hard plastic.
by Chiadog
Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Re: 2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine

Looks too heavy in the rear. Clunky or chunky or cumbersome or... I don't know; it's some kinda C word. Just not proportioned right. I mean, who thought the Crosstour was hot? IMO, it was the ugliest thing Honda released in a long time and a bit of a failure, hence why it was canceled. Then they fo...
by Chiadog
Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Re: 2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine

lannvouivre wrote:I'd like the Civic, but the dash/instrument cluster design is abhorrent to me. Just horrible.

Are you thinking of last Gen's split instrument cluster? This one looks good to me!
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by Chiadog
Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Which ATF filter?
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: Which ATF filter?

If memory serves me, it's the A246E transmission! If buying locally, buy both and return the one that doesn't match. Do be careful that the new filter is a perfect match for the old filter, especially concerning the "Dimples" that provide clearance for the tranny bolt heads above the mount...
by Chiadog
Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Oh no !!! Vibe cranks but not starting !!! ( Problem fixed )
Replies: 20
Views: 1552

Re: Oh no !!! Vibe cranks but not starting !!!

Consider disconnecting the battery to reset the ECM. It's worth a shot!
by Chiadog
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Identifix for Repair Shops, Similar for private individuals?
Replies: 0
Views: 3203

Identifix for Repair Shops, Similar for private individuals?

This short video shows how "Identifix" provides failure frequency rates for the numerous possible mechanical failures that trigger automotive diagnostic codes. This makes it easy to check the most likely problems first. Does anyone know of a similar service for individuals? Cool intro. on ...
by Chiadog
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Air Flow
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Re: Air Flow

Thankfully I haven't had to dig into the Vibes frail HVAC control system. Possibly the dash switch that controls air direction options is disconnected from it's actuator cable. This may be helpful: http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=43406&p=496999&hilit=HVAC+switch#p49...
by Chiadog
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Good brand for rear brake cylinders?
Replies: 3
Views: 824

Re: Good brand for rear brake cylinders?

2X Jolt! I like NAPA for parts that require accurate machining operations, close tolerances, etc.
by Chiadog
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Paint for stone chips and rust?
Replies: 3
Views: 814

Re: Paint for stone chips and rust?

From my experience the internet is the cheapest place to get Touch-Up paint! Whether GM or aftermarket, just search. Personally, I would start with a tough-as-nails base coat of POR-15 45004 Gloss black Rust Preventive Paint from Amazon (4.5 stars). https://www.amazon.com/POR-15-45004-Gloss-black-Pr...
by Chiadog
Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dip stick tube
Replies: 1
Views: 2145

Re: Dip stick tube

Thanks for the tip!
by Chiadog
Fri Jul 29, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hissing noise underneath the rear bumper
Replies: 4
Views: 692

Re: Hissing noise underneath the rear bumper

I think your car is infested with a nest of Vibe Vipers! Or more likely this: Purge pump.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EREwCYvX5c
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: coolant flush
Replies: 8
Views: 1475

Re: coolant flush

AWESOME! Thanks,
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

2016 Civic Coupe Base. All You Need - R&T Magazine

I'm not a Honda fan, I don't want a coupe, but Man - This may be worth a test drive. https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.Mb4334c530965b2b8d540c5e45afd448bo0&w=299&h=187&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0 http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/reviews/a29661/the-first-drive-201...
by Chiadog
Wed Jul 27, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: coolant flush
Replies: 8
Views: 1475

Re: coolant flush

Yes, I do the forced air flush on all my vehicles by removing the thermostat, then using the blower end of a Shop Vac hose over the radiator inlet. The forced air from the vacuum pushes all of the coolant in the radiator and around the block out in seconds without having to remove the knock sensors...
by Chiadog
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Blower Motor issues?
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Re: Blower Motor issues?

First check all fuses carefully in both fuse blocks. Essentially the only way the fan will not run on ANY speed is to have a bad blower motor OR no power to the blower motor! Try turning on the key, and putting the fan setting to the highest position (this bypasses the resistor), then KICK the dash ...
by Chiadog
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD Rear Differential Problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1874

Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD Rear Differential Problem

I think any junkyard can tell you if Vibe and Matrix diff/coupler are interchangeable. (I can't). Get both parts (used) with a warranty. Call 3 or 4 local big junkyards that also install the parts and provide warranty. This should be fairly easy to do and relatively inexpensive! New parts installed ...
by Chiadog
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: A/C System Diagnosis and Repair Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1237

Re: A/C System Diagnosis and Repair Help

The AC condenser is more likely to become plugged with debris and therefore less efficient at removing heat as the miles accumulate. (250K miles!)
by Chiadog
Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: AC/Heater Blower and AC light not working.....
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: AC/Heater Blower and AC light not working.....

Congrats! Youtube is a great resource. Thanks for the update.
by Chiadog
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: AC/Heater Blower and AC light not working.....
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: AC/Heater Blower and AC light not working.....

The other day the fan stopped and ac light went out. We turned the fan switch off and back on and it worked for about 30 sec. Now no fan or ac light at all, i cant hear the compressor click either but the switch does click at each setting.... Have you had any progress with this problem? Note that t...
by Chiadog
Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Zipping Sound
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: Zipping Sound

2x vibrologist and circuitsmith. Also possible momentary electrical power loss? I would check for any codes.
Also try running it from idle to 3000rpm in each individual gear - with and without overdrive, several times to see if you can determine a pattern.
by Chiadog
Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:36 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD Rear Differential Problem
Replies: 8
Views: 1874

Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe AWD Rear Differential Problem

I'll respond to #4-video! Good video, guy should have a press though. I would definitely pursue this with a new mechanic. The other two mechanics should have easily isolated the bearing noise as the video shows. This is a very inexpensive thing to check and to repair. Definitely worth a shot! Also h...
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is this a good price?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Is this a good price?

Location is very important and condition is the overriding factor in the value of any car. That being said, the price seems a bit high for a dealer and very high from an individual. An individual would likely get less than $2000.00 for this car as a trade-in - barring those $3000.00 minimum trade pu...
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Blower? Blower Resistor? Blower Relay?
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: Blower? Blower Resistor? Blower Relay?

Running the blower on high with a bad resistor will not harm anything. If you are getting electrical power to the resistor, the blower motor is likely shot. Try giving the dash a kick at the glove box area. The kick may "jump start" the blower motor, and if it doesn't at least you will fee...
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: '03 5speed clutch, trsnsmission issue?
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: '03 5speed clutch, trsnsmission issue?

..i cant get gear shift to move at all... i cant get neutral or seemingly any gear . ... When it originally went it seemed to be a rayher suddenish event. Thanks If you don't have any gear and you don't have neutral, what exactly does your car do when you let the clutch out? Are Both CV joints good?
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Front end creaks and pops
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Front end creaks and pops

Could also be ball joints, etc. Need to check them with the car sitting normally on the suspension. Most shops will do a free inspection.
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Vibe overheating, battery light on, won't steer
Replies: 11
Views: 1004

Re: Vibe overheating, battery light on, won't steer

Sounds like you lost (broken or jumped off pulleys) the serpentine belt. This belt drives the water pump, the alternator, and the power steering pump. I believe you should have received a battery/alternator light immediately. The car will need to be towed or repaired where it is. Driving it will des...
by Chiadog
Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: retaining nut rear wiper motor - left or right handed?
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: retaining nut rear wiper motor - left or right handed?

Any chance you have a pull-n-pick junkyard nearby? Or maybe a GM / Toyota dealer to look at a wiper motor. I haven't taken one off, but I can't imagine the thread isn't right hand! The thread that holds the wiper on was R.H., correct? I can't remember the last L.H. thread I encountered, oh yeah, pro...
by Chiadog
Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Where to get blower connector or pigtail
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: Where to get blower connector or pigtail

You might be able to find a generic connector that is a match at a local auto parts store.
by Chiadog
Thu Jul 07, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Blower motor or resistor?
Replies: 26
Views: 3253

Re: Blower motor or resistor?

Nothing that complicated, drive the car with the AC off (first thing in the morning!) and see if the problem still occurs. Mentioning AC usage in your first post would have likely had someone bring up this preliminary troubleshooting step.
by Chiadog
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Taller tires on Vibe
Replies: 9
Views: 1499

Re: Taller tires on Vibe

OOPS! Should have said my vibe runs -3 mph from the speedo reading at highway speed.
by Chiadog
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: AC repair - Location of AC low pressure cut-out switch
Replies: 15
Views: 3915

Re: AC repair - Location of AC low pressure cut-out switch

If the problem is the compressor clutch, pick up a used one from a junkyard!
by Chiadog
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: driving across country and dealer vs oil can henry's
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: driving across country and dealer vs oil can henry's

I would not do a radiator flush before leaving UNLESS I had a trusted mechanic in Oregon, or the car was having cooling system issues. The slipping clutch is a big issue. It could be one shift away from destroying itself. This would not be an issue for me always within 30 miles of home and on FLAT T...
by Chiadog
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Power steering return hose leak Fix
Replies: 2
Views: 751

Re: Power steering return hose leak Fix

Good info! Thanks orlando.
by Chiadog
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Taller tires on Vibe
Replies: 9
Views: 1499

Re: Taller tires on Vibe

jayoldschool wrote:I went with 205 60 16s, they look good, ride great, and the speedo is actually right on accurate now, verified by GPS. Used low rolling resistance Continentals, the mileage is great.

Great idea! That would correct my speedo (-3) also!
by Chiadog
Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Blower motor or resistor?
Replies: 26
Views: 3253

Re: Blower motor or resistor?

Well that stinks! I can't be positive without a good wiring diagram, but I think the only remaining components of the HVAC blower system are the fan speed switch , Fan Ground , the 12 volt power supply to the switch, and the Fan Fuse . I would start with the Ground. Consider that you may have blown ...
by Chiadog
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: the vibe can haul........
Replies: 211
Views: 63899

Re: the vibe can haul........

http://i1267.photobucket.com/albums/jj555/ccindyz/Open%20to%20ALL%20PUBLIC/GEN%20VIBE%20do%20not%20delete/IMG_20160624_125129562_HDR_zpswku3pkts.jpg I know, I know, Most un-impressive Photo EVER! But this picture shows a 10 foot long stick of rigid 1" copper tubing, completely enclosed in the ...
by Chiadog
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Coolant flush
Replies: 5
Views: 2002

Re: Coolant flush

Thanks Jschaf!
by Chiadog
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: how much play is OK in CV Joints
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Re: how much play is OK in CV Joints

Btw, I have noted some posts on this forum where people r ck,ing their play with the wheels off the ground, that's incorrect. With the wheels hanging you introduce play in the CV joints. Good point! From my perspective, All CV Joints are the same. Too much slop is too much slop regardless of make o...
by Chiadog
Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Evap Error Story
Replies: 6
Views: 1365

Re: Evap Error Story

Is "Evap Failure" an actual code? Or did you get code numbers? Also, did you get any FF(freeze frame) data indicating all three codes were generated in that 45 minute period?
by Chiadog
Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 03 Tranny, Wondering if its the usual.
Replies: 4
Views: 2199

Re: 03 Tranny, Wondering if its the usual.

CV joints/axles is a good place to start..
by Chiadog
Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: how much play is OK in CV Joints
Replies: 5
Views: 1839

Re: how much play is OK in CV Joints

gtv237 wrote:Are you talking in-and-out play or up-and-down? Generally speaking though, a small amount of play is acceptable.

2X !
How many miles /years on the CV joints/axles?
by Chiadog
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2016 Sonics on sale! looks like $12,500 for a Hatch
Replies: 7
Views: 2361

Re: 2016 Sonics on sale! looks like $12,500 for a Hatch

The upcoming refresh is mostly fascia and trim changes. It has lost some of its quirks that I liked such as the exposed headlights and the digital gauge cluster. But I think the hatchback from the rear does look much better now than the current version. And there's some nicer features like Apple Ca...
by Chiadog
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Coolant flush
Replies: 5
Views: 2002

Re: Coolant flush

Flushed 4 times with distilled water. Drained engine block with rear end raised. Flushed heater core. Used slight pressure compressed air to drain core and got much more from engine block this way after hooking one of the heater core lines back up with engine block drain open. Ran the zerex Asian 5...
by Chiadog
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2016 Sonics on sale! looks like $12,500 for a Hatch
Replies: 7
Views: 2361

Re: 2016 Sonics on sale! looks like $12,500 for a Hatch

I'm going bigger when my Vibe poops out. Although probably not at least 7+ years away from needing a replacement, if I needed a new/used car today, I would be looking at the amazing competition in the small SUV category. Picking a CX-5, RAV-4, CRV, or Forester is practically a no brainer right now....
by Chiadog
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2016 Sonics on sale! looks like $12,500 for a Hatch
Replies: 7
Views: 2361

Re: 2016 Sonics on sale! looks like $12,500 for a Hatch

ColonelPanic wrote: A refreshed Sonic is around the corner so perhaps that would make for more deals later on the outgoing model.

At only 53K, you could easily put a few more years on the Sonic! And maybe the Sonic refresh will be significant.
by Chiadog
Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Lugage rack end caps...
Replies: 7
Views: 631

Re: Lugage rack end caps...

Good video! The only thing I would do differently is spray WD-40 onto the "pylon/christmas tree" before applying force to remove the cover. Hopefully this would allow the cover to slip off the pylon easier. I got this idea after removing two covers at the Junkyard, one without breaking! As...
by Chiadog
Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Code p0741?
Replies: 12
Views: 3562

Re: Code p0741?

The 2005 Vibe owners manual can be found here for free: https://my.gm.com/learn/2005/Vibe?make=Pontiac That will help answer a lot of questions you will have. Also, the life span of your new Vibe depends entirely on the timeliness and quality of the maintenance you have preformed on it. So choose yo...

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