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by canadave
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009--VSC, eng light, trac ctrl light all on?
Replies: 1
Views: 326

2009--VSC, eng light, trac ctrl light all on?

Last year, around the time winter was changing to spring, the VSC light started flashing on my 2009 Vibe, and the traction control light and check engine light came on at the same time. When they came on, the engine immediately started running rougher, then smoothed out a bit, but still was rougher ...
by canadave
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 09 Vibe "wallowing" in wind on highway?
Replies: 4
Views: 477

09 Vibe "wallowing" in wind on highway?

Lately, it seems like my 09 Vibe (200,000 kms on odo) is doing this weird subtle "wallowing" in moderate winds while driving on the highway. It's like the back end feels "loose", as if it's not quite connected to the road, and the car wants to do these long S-curves in the lane. At first, since I wa...
by canadave
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: interior lower B pillar - plastic trim coming off
Replies: 1
Views: 407

interior lower B pillar - plastic trim coming off

Anyone had the problem mentioned in the title? The lower plastic B pillar trim cover is starting to come off, as if I was trying to remove it (but I'm not actually trying to...lol). It looks like the little thin tabs that should hold it in place are still attached to it, but they're no longer actual...
by canadave
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: right side mirror--no power?
Replies: 3
Views: 464

Re: right side mirror--no power?

Thanks--I'm a bit of a dolt when it comes to car repair...how would I check to see if the mirror is receiving power?
by canadave
Fri Jun 09, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: right side mirror--no power?
Replies: 3
Views: 464

right side mirror--no power?

On my 09 Vibe, the power no longer works on my right side mirror. Left side mirror power is still fine. It's actually been like this for a long time, but I'm looking at maybe selling the car and upgrading, so I figure I'd kind of like to get it fixed. What would be the best way to start troubleshoot...
by canadave
Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: windshield wipers missing spots?
Replies: 3
Views: 637

windshield wipers missing spots?

On my 09 Vibe I was noticing that there's a large arc-shaped patch at the bottom-middle of the windshield that the wipers go over, but don't actually clean off. I figured the wipers were getting worn, so I replaced them with new, different wipers. Same issue! Anyone know how to fix this?
by canadave
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 09 Vibe--parking brake light off/on in very cold weather?
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: 09 Vibe--parking brake light off/on in very cold weather?

Brought it in to be looked at--it was low brake fluid. Thanks all!
by canadave
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:35 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 09 Vibe--parking brake light off/on in very cold weather?
Replies: 3
Views: 592

09 Vibe--parking brake light off/on in very cold weather?

I live in Edmonton and we just got hit with our first major cold snap--went from -5C to around -17C. I was driving our 09 Vibe to work yesterday, no problems. Parked in outdoor lot. Started the car to go home, parking brake light is on. Tried the parking brake, it fully moves, no problems, but brake...
by canadave
Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: dead mouse (or something) in 09 Vibe :(
Replies: 3
Views: 445

Re: dead mouse (or something) in 09 Vibe :(

Thanks very much for all the tips. I haven't checked the intake and piping from the air filter; I'll do that tomorrow. I think I mentioned in my original post, but the cabin air filter was a bit dirty but otherwise fine (doesn't smell at all).
by canadave
Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: dead mouse (or something) in 09 Vibe :(
Replies: 3
Views: 445

dead mouse (or something) in 09 Vibe :(

We just started smelling something that smells like a cigarette (removed) or bad cooked cabbage in our 09 Vibe over the past week. It's worst on the driver's side at the front. My wife's nose is more sensitive than mine, and she says it's worst in an area somewhere behind the steering wheel. I looke...
by canadave
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: overflow filling gas tank?
Replies: 5
Views: 621

Re: overflow filling gas tank?

Thanks guys, sounds plausible enough to me, and I'd love to check it out. I haven't the faintest clue how to access that vent line, though....?
by canadave
Thu Sep 24, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: overflow filling gas tank?
Replies: 5
Views: 621

overflow filling gas tank?

In my 2009 Vibe, the last few times I've filled the gas tank, it has overflowed, even though I stop pumping gas as soon as the nozzle clicks shut. I withdraw the nozzle and fuel spills out from the tank. This happened at gas stations throughout the US and Canada (first happened on a long trip I made...
by canadave
Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: brief whistling sound on light acceleration?
Replies: 2
Views: 608

brief whistling sound on light acceleration?

In my 2009 base Vibe: If I goose the accelerator a little bit, not too much, I hear a very brief high-pitched whistling type of sound...almost like a cricket chirp, but not quite as sharp and well-defined. Almost like two pieces of fast-spinning metal are barely coming into contact with each other f...
by canadave
Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe

It gets even better! :twisted: Exhaust is fixed, seems quieter now (according to my wife, who is driving the car to and fro today). She brought it back in to Canadian Tire to get them to check the tire balance, which still seemed a bit off (see first post in this thread). They took it in, rebalanced...
by canadave
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe

Wife took the car in to the shop today. Turns out there was an exhaust pipe broken in two places. The shop is repairing it as I type this. $149 to fix. Sigh....
by canadave
Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:24 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe

Yeah, but for various reasons, it's not practical at this time to sell it. Gotta get it fixed somehow :( It's only got 160K on it...should be just starting to enter middle-age, not be falling apart! :shock:
by canadave
Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe

aaaaand, it gets better :( I have an OBD dongle attached to the Vibe, and the other week it showed a "Pending" trouble code for the first time: P0456 (Evaporative emissions very slight leak). I thought it might be just a loose gas cap--tightened it. That was last week. Today, the check engine light ...
by canadave
Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe

I finally got around to opening the hood and having a look while the engine is running. I think I've narrowed down the cause of the shaking--the entire engine area is vibrating in the exact same way, by the same amount, as the shaking I'm feeling in the car. Not horrific, but definitely more than my...
by canadave
Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

Re: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe

Thanks for the tips, sorry for the late reply. I checked the braking as you suggested, no swerve detected in any direction. So that's all good. I'll have to check the tie rods etc. when I get a chance. It really does feel like something must be wrong with the fundamental structure, since I trust tha...
by canadave
Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1087

not sure how to troubleshoot 04 Vibe

My 04 Vibe (161,000km on odo) is starting to frustrate me :( The story so far: We put on new tires a month or so ago, got an alignment and balanced all 4 tires. The new tires and balancing was done at Canadian Tire, the alignment work was done at the best alignment shop in town. After alignment, the...
by canadave
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe recall
Replies: 15
Views: 1567

Re: Vibe recall

Got my letter today. GM Recall # 14491A - All 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibe vehicles - Front Passenger Airbag Inflator - Parts are not currently available - Service performed at no charge - " Until the repair is performed, the front passenger seat should NOT be occupied. " Hasn't GM know about this issue ...
by canadave
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: oddly bouncy Vibe?
Replies: 4
Views: 435

oddly bouncy Vibe?

Me again :) My 04 Vibe is starting to have gremlins in it or something! After having it practically shake apart on us, we found out the left front brake caliper was busted. Replaced that, put on brand new allseason tires, had an alignment done. The ride was still a little rough. We brought it back t...
by canadave
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

Well, I don't think I'm *that* bad. I soldered the POW-AMP wire to the wiring harness's B3 wire, and it works.

Thank you for your help.
by canadave
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

Right...what I'm getting at is, it doesn't appear to matter which wire I connect the B3 wire to. Whether I connect the B3 wiring harness wire to the "POW-AMP" wire, or the power antenna wire, those two both wind up being "the same wire" once it enters the Eonon, since they are spliced together (the ...
by canadave
Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

That's the thing. There's no BLACK wire coming out of B3 position on the third-party wiring harness. It's a blue wire with white stripe. As for the Eonon--there's a blue wire that comes from it, which "splits" (appears to be spliced, covered by a heat shrink) into two wires, both of which are colour...
by canadave
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

Wait a second...this makes no sense. How would it make a difference in terms of which of the two wires coming out of the Eonon I hook the blue/white wire from the wiring harness up to? The two Eonon wires are both spliced into the same wire going into the Eonon. So no matter which one I connect the ...
by canadave
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

OK, thanks. So just to be absolutely clear, so I don't burn up my car or my radio: I take the "auto antenna power" blue/black wire on my Eonon, and connect it to the blue/white "Antenna Amplifier Supply Voltage" wire on my wiring harness. And that Eonon "auto antenna power" does not mean that it has...
by canadave
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

I finally got around to trying to tackle this. I pulled the Eonon GE01 radio, and I see that there is a blue/black wire that I never hooked up, labelled "POW-AMP", that the manual describes as "Power amplifier control". There is another blue/black wire (same colour, right next to it) that I never ho...
by canadave
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: growly engine and vibration at idle?
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: growly engine and vibration at idle?

I'll check the motor mounts, but the exhaust leak theory sounds more likely. Pardon my ignorance, but how would one go about checking for an exhaust leak? or do I need to take it to a mechanic to do that?
by canadave
Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:02 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: growly engine and vibration at idle?
Replies: 4
Views: 893

growly engine and vibration at idle?

I've noticed over the past couple of months that my 04 Vibe seems to be sounding a bit more "growly" when driven (hope you can understand that adjective, it's hard to describe in words). It also noticeably vibrates when stopped and idling, whether in Park or in Drive. Not shaking the car apart, but ...
by canadave
Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 04 Vibe stock roof weight limit - really 75lbs?
Replies: 8
Views: 1342

Re: 04 Vibe stock roof weight limit - really 75lbs?

Any ideas on this? Kayak season is fast approaching up in the cold frigid north... :)
by canadave
Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: rust fix on back door--paint entire door??
Replies: 12
Views: 1077

Re: rust fix on back door--paint entire door??

Here's a pic of the rust spots. Small, eh? Seems strange to paint the whole door for this.

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by canadave
Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:11 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: rust fix on back door--paint entire door??
Replies: 12
Views: 1077

Re: rust fix on back door--paint entire door??

A body shop owner thinks different than a diy car owner. The cars a body shop worked on must look perfect because they are the base of the shop's reputation. Partially painting a body panel highlights color mismatches. Painting the whole panel makes them much less obvious. See, that's what I don't ...
by canadave
Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:33 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: rust fix on back door--paint entire door??
Replies: 12
Views: 1077

Re: rust fix on back door--paint entire door??

Yeah, the window covers it for us too--which is why neither my wife nor I noticed it until we happened to open the hatch and were like "zOMG what is THAT??" :)
by canadave
Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Your Vibe's name
Replies: 21
Views: 1955

Your Vibe's name

Was just reading member Mark's post in this forum about handing off "Frosty", his white Vibe. Great name! It made me wonder...what names do your Vibes have, and what's the story behind them? We have two Vibes. Our first one was our 04 orange Vibe. Since my wife, who would be driving the car, has red...
by canadave
Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: rust fix on back door--paint entire door??
Replies: 12
Views: 1077

rust fix on back door--paint entire door??

OK, I freely admit I'm not an expert on cars or rust. We have a couple of pretty bad rust spots at the bottom part of the rear window hatch on our 04 Vibe--they're about an inch or so diameter, roughly oval. My wife brought the car to a place near her workplace that's supposed to be pretty reputable...
by canadave
Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 04 Vibe stock roof weight limit - really 75lbs?
Replies: 8
Views: 1342

04 Vibe stock roof weight limit - really 75lbs?

I know the manual says the weight limit for the 04 Vibe's roof racks is 75 pounds. I've heard some rumours though that you can get away with a lot more than that on the crossbars...is that true? The reason I ask is that I have a tandem kayak that's 72 lbs, not counting the aluminum paddles that I ca...
by canadave
Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:48 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: save my groin!
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: save my groin!

Wow, that DOES look cool!!! :) The only question I'd have about something like that would be whether it'd be possible to accidentally have the key deployment button get pressed accidentally in my pocket. I keep my keys and my wallet in the same pocket, so I'm wondering if it'd theoretically be possi...
by canadave
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: save my groin!
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: save my groin!

An even better idea--is there another type of key (perhaps a Toyota key?) that has space inside its plastic head for a transponder (where I could glue my transponder chip in), but yet the plastic head is still relatively small? I looked at a Toyota #35 key, but it looks like that doesn't have space ...
by canadave
Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: save my groin!
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: save my groin!

Gotcha, and thanks for posting the pic, that's quite clear! Now, I guess the next question is: I assume there's a way to remove the transponder from that slot without breaking it. If so, I wonder if I could glue the transponder to the plastic ignition receptacle so that it's always detected? I live ...
by canadave
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: save my groin!
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: save my groin!

OK...so, decided to poke around inside the key a little bit. My main question, after looking at these photos is: Where is the transponder itself actually located? Is it in the green circuit board somewhere, or is it in the small rectangular crevice on the upper side of the black plastic key body? (s...
by canadave
Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: save my groin!
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

Re: save my groin!

I don't have an Ace Hardware near me here in Canada--the only thing I could get to that would be similar would be a Home Depot. Were the keys you got an exact replica of the existing 2nd gen key? i.e. had the plastic fob attached to the metal key part? Or were they just keys without the plastic keyl...
by canadave
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:08 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: save my groin!
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

save my groin!

I keep my keys in my jeans front pocket, and those of you who own a 2nd gen Vibe will know what I'm talking about when I express my fear of my 2009 Vibe's ignition key. It's like a three-inch-long dagger, especially when on a key ring full of keys like mine is. When I sit down, I live in mortal fear...
by canadave
Thu May 28, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Eonon GA5167
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Eonon GA5167

Not sure whether the GE01 screen is capacitive or resistive; if you're interested, might want to contact Eonon and ask. For me, every now and then I'll press something on the screen and not get a reaction; it's infrequent enough that it doesn't bother me (and I'm pretty sensitive to these types of t...
by canadave
Thu May 28, 2015 3:56 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Eonon GA5167
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Eonon GA5167

Also, I just had a look around, and there's another Eonon unit that they say is for Corolla that might also fit the Vibe: http://www.eonon.com/Car-GPS/Specific-Car-GPS/Toyota/GM5170.html That one is WinCE, not Android. Also, I guess that one is designed for international drivers who drive on the lef...
by canadave
Thu May 28, 2015 3:50 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Eonon GA5167
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Eonon GA5167

Hi, good luck with your Eonon GA5167. If you don't mind, please post a followup here letting us know what Eonon says about the fit. Just wanted to chime in with a couple of things: 1. The touchscreen on my Eonon GE01 works perfectly. The issue I had with it was completely my fault. Basically, I didn...
by canadave
Mon May 25, 2015 8:06 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

The link's not working for me, but that's the link to the page for the Eonon GE01, right? If so, yes, I've seen that page many times. The antenna power lead from the head unit is "A3" on their ISO port connector; I think it's the blue one if I recall correctly. What I don't know is which wire it is ...
by canadave
Mon May 25, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

I don't, unfortunately :( Again, stupid of me. I ordered it from ebay. I suppose I could contact the seller and ask...
by canadave
Mon May 25, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

ColonelPanic wrote:If you have the power antenna lead coming out of your radio's harness, you could just use that.
I don't know which wires are which on the harness, though--I stupidly threw out the bag it came in, which had a list of which coloured wires correspond with which functions.
by canadave
Mon May 25, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU
Replies: 27
Views: 7344

Re: improve FM radio reception--aftermarket HU

You know what....I did some more reading on this online, and now that I look back on it, I think there was a blue "POW ANT" wire coming out of my head unit, that never got hooked up to anything; and, a blue/white wire coming out of the factory harness that never got hooked up to anything (must have ...