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by jolt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I just bought a 2009 AWD and...
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: I just bought a 2009 AWD and...

As zbyers said, you should have it inspected and checked out. Depending on the mileage and the area of the country the car came from, it could be a number of different things making it feel like that.
by jolt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Missing Relay On Panel...
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Missing Relay On Panel...

You will run into this on many cars. It all depends on the options the car comes with as to how the car is wired. The manufacture just leaves out the things that are not needed or used.
by jolt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location

In my 2009, the horn is as pictured above. Do you think someone took the mounting bolt out, dropped the horn, and just just said the heck with it, leaving lay at the bottom? Is the mounting bracket still on it or is it a different/replacement horn?
by jolt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rear Wiper Motor broken?
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: Rear Wiper Motor broken?

It is only two fuses for the rear wiper motor to run. The third fuse is for the rear wiper washer pump motor. My mistake about that. I had two graduation party's to get to and had to leave. At least the info is there to work with.
by jolt
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rear Wiper Motor broken?
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: Rear Wiper Motor broken?

Attached is the wiring for the rear wiper for a 2003 Matrix which should be very close, if not same as the Vibe. By this schematic: The white with black stripe wire (W-B) is the ground wire. Check continuity to ground on this wire to make sure you have a good ground. The Light Blue (L) wire is the 1...
by jolt
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: 2009 Vibe base 2.4l Horn Location

Attached is a picture of the horn installed. Where the black arrow is pointed is close to the location of the hood latch. The horn bracket is mounted with one bolt to the radiator support. If the horn is not there, check to see if the wire for the horn is still in that area. You may be able to find ...
by jolt
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 150

Re: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe

The next thing then is if the switch will work but the connector for the wiring is different then why not update your connector to fit the new switch. You can get the connector from a salvage or junk yard car. Maybe just go to the salvage yard first and get the switch and wiring plug then change it ...
by jolt
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 150

Re: original clutch switch parts discontinued '06 Vibe

How does a switch from a Matrix match up with the Vibe? Here is link to Matrix switch: https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/toyota,2006,matrix,1.8l+l4,1432847,electrical-switch+&+relay,clutch+pedal+position+/+starter+safety+switch,16665 and https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=319899&cc=143284...
by jolt
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 09 vibe No signals or hazards at all!
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: 09 vibe No signals or hazards at all!

Attached are the wiring for a '09 Matrix which matches up with the GM Vibe that joatmon posted. It may be a little easier to follow and I added the connectors with wire pin outs also. Can you hear or feel the flasher clicking on and off when you turn on the turn signal in either direction? This may ...
by jolt
Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 26
Views: 384

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

Five posts and your getting petty mouthy. I can already tell you that no one here is will be able to help YOU. What make and model flow bench did you use for your porting tests and how much testing and how many dyno pulls did you run after your work? Why are you on this board if you know all the ans...
by jolt
Mon May 27, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 09 vibe No signals or hazards at all!
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: 09 vibe No signals or hazards at all!

Then all you have left is the turn signal switch and the wiring. It is highly UN-likely that the switch is bad in both directions all at once, unless it has became unplugged, so that leave the wiring. The one wire that effects both right and left is the ground wire from the turn signal switch to the...
by jolt
Sun May 26, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 03 Vibe headlight dimmer switch issue
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: 03 Vibe headlight dimmer switch issue

Just from past experience with two other different car makes, check the head lamp sockets. I have had bad bulb sockets in the past on two other makes of cars. The sockets have melted inside so that the connections were no good. This seems to be more common as car manufactures go cheaper and cheaper....
by jolt
Wed May 22, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: trying to shift from 2nd to 3rd WOT like hitting a wall
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: trying to shift from 2nd to 3rd WOT like hitting a wall

joatmon, that Falcon 3 speed should have had a synchronizer for first gear, my '63 did. The synchronizer for first gear must have been bad in it. You would need to get back into the mid to late fifty's to still have a straight cut gear transmission with no synchro's unless you had a pick with the gr...
by jolt
Wed May 22, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 09 vibe No signals or hazards at all!
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: 09 vibe No signals or hazards at all!

If you are looking to replace the flasher, it is located behind the lower trim panel to the left of the steering wheel. Pull the panel cover and the flasher is the cube to the right side in the panel opening by the info I have for the '09.
by jolt
Tue May 21, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: trying to shift from 2nd to 3rd WOT like hitting a wall
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: trying to shift from 2nd to 3rd WOT like hitting a wall

You may want to look into buying one of these: https://www.monkeywrenchracing.com/product/mwr-short-shifter-toyota-matrixvibe-2003-08/ I have never seen a OEM cable shift that was any good for speed shifting. Another thing that can cause hard shifts are bad/worn synchronizes in the transmission. Goo...
by jolt
Tue May 14, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 Vibe Base Temp gauge fluctuates/idle surges
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: 03 Vibe Base Temp gauge fluctuates/idle surges

Are you low on coolant? Is there air in your cooling system? This could make the temp gauge jump around. One of these comes in handy to work the air out of the cooling system to make sure you have it full; https://www.amazon.com/EPAuto-Radiator-Coolant-Filling-Funnel/dp/B01I40ZQWE When was the last ...
by jolt
Mon May 13, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Reprogram door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: Reprogram door locks?

You can also change the setting with the Toyota Techstream software, along with the daytime driving light settings and more. I know this works on the 2009 and 2010 model Vibes. I haven't heard about changed the DRL settings via Techstream. Yes, you can enable or disable the lights with the Techstre...
by jolt
Tue May 07, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 26
Views: 384

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

KingKrab65 wrote "who's first answer is always "get a bigger motor"". The case in point here is the 2009 and 2010 Vibe. What did Pontiac do different from the first gen Vibe? For the performance GT model, they put in a bigger engine going from the 1.8 to the 2.4L. Along with this engine change was t...
by jolt
Mon May 06, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?
Replies: 13
Views: 844

Re: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?

"But can the '03 Vibe ECU do this test with an appropriate scan tool or the Toyota techstream software, or is it too old a design?" Not that I know of. This type of test could or can cause damage to other systems in the car like the catalytic convertor. "Does the ECU compensate if done manually (i'v...
by jolt
Sun May 05, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Performance cam phaser for engine build
Replies: 26
Views: 384

Re: Performance cam phaser for engine build

High flow oil pump and making power are going in opposite directions. Keep wishing and spending money as your dreams go broke. History has proven that you can not beat cubic inches unless you have enough cubic dollars to through at it. Unless you are racing in a class that has rules on the engine, g...
by jolt
Sat May 04, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Reprogram door locks?
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: Reprogram door locks?

You can also change the setting with the Toyota Techstream software, along with the daytime driving light settings and more. I know this works on the 2009 and 2010 model Vibes.
by jolt
Sat May 04, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Control arm bolt/bushing replacement issues
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: Control arm bolt/bushing replacement issues

If you have room on the other side, twist or cut off that bolt head too. Leave the rest of the bolt in the bushing and remove the control arm. You may have to drill out some of the bolt stub that stick out into the mounting bracket to get the bolt to clear the bracket but you do not have to remove t...
by jolt
Tue Apr 02, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer

If the battery is going dead after your car sits for more then 2 months then you have something wrong with your car that needs to be fixed. Disconnecting the battery does not fix anything and is just an attempt to cover up the problem or issue with the electrical system. Disconnecting the battery wi...
by jolt
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer

Here is a link with information about the code P1345 for Toyota since the Vibe is a Toyota: https://www.autocodes.com/p1345_toyota.html Anything short of having the proper equipment to trouble shoot this code is just guessing. It could be the cam sensor, the crank sensor, the wiring between the sens...
by jolt
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Shaking that has me stumped
Replies: 10
Views: 214

Re: Shaking that has me stumped

You had the front wheel bearings replaced in the past? Check the axle nuts on the front hubs and make sure they are tight. CV joint boots in good shape with no cuts or tears? Jack up one wheel at a time on the front and try spinning the tire back and forth by hand and watch for play in the drive lin...
by jolt
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: P0171 Changing Intake Manifold Gasket
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: P0171 Changing Intake Manifold Gasket

Intake manifold x Cylinder head sub–assy - 22 ft⋅lb or 30 N⋅m
by jolt
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: P0171 Changing Intake Manifold Gasket
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: P0171 Changing Intake Manifold Gasket

While you have the intake off, change the PCV valve too. Also be sure to mark all your vacuum hoses so that you can get them hooked back up to the proper locations. You may want to take pictures as you go so just in case your not sure about something when you are putting it back together, you have a...
by jolt
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

It is the UV that does rubber in. You what to find something that has a lot of UV blocker in it. I have used Meguiar's M5716SP Marine/RV Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner & Protectant in the past; https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Marine-Rubber-Cleaner-Protectant-x/dp/B0000AY4YJ . 303 products are also good for ...
by jolt
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2010 2.4L FWD CEL P0138
Replies: 2
Views: 131

Re: 2010 2.4L FWD CEL P0138

https://www.engine-codes.com/p0138_toyota.html with possible causes and some tech notes. How does a mechanic diagnose the P0138 code? Scans codes and documents freeze frame data and then clears codes to verify failure. Monitors O2 sensor data to see if the voltage is switching back and forth between...
by jolt
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Oil Leak at 350,000+ miles
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Oil Leak at 350,000+ miles

You could also try one of the motor oils that are made for high mileage vehicles, they also have seal conditioners. Instead of using card board to catch the 3 or 4 drops, you could put a baby diaper on the bottom to catch the leaking oil. It will hold way more then card board will. You could strap t...
by jolt
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: SOLVED!! Intermittant rough engine with 4 codes P0351-P0354
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Intermittant rough engine with 4 codes P0351-P0354

What all four coils have in common, other then the ECM, is the wiring. Check the continuity of all the wires going from the ECM to the coils. Be sure to check your ground wire in the coil wire loom. The wire will be located grounding on the valve cover or the upper cylinder head by a bolt. Make sure...
by jolt
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: You Are Now Equipped With: LED HEADLIGHTS & FOGLIGHTS
Replies: 10
Views: 227

Re: You Are Now Equipped With: LED HEADLIGHTS & FOGLIGHTS

Who did you find to aim the lights when you were done installing them? What method or equipment did they use to aim the lights?
by jolt
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Restoring the trim, plastic
Replies: 19
Views: 3825

Re: Restoring the trim, plastic

If you want the coating to last, you need to have the plastic clean before applying any type of coating to it. The fastest way I found to clean textured plastic that has been discolored by UV is to use a stiff carpet bush in a DA polisher. Remove the backing plate from your DA polisher and put a sti...
by jolt
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Floor mats/liners for 2009 Pontiac Vibe, Manual 1.8L?
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: Floor mats/liners for 2009 Pontiac Vibe, Manual 1.8L?

I have the automatic transmission so floor liners where not a problem. I first bought the Husky liners and after about two years threw the front ones away because the sides were folding in/warping catching your feet as you got in and out of the car. The sides of the Husky liners also started rubbing...
by jolt
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Factory Vibe aluminum 17" wheel cap replacements?
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: Factory Vibe aluminum 17" wheel cap replacements?

The Mini wheel caps do not fit directly. I had to turn down the O.D. of the caps, taking about 0.025" off the outside diameter. I also took 0.050" off the back face so the caps would sit flush with the wheel. At $4.60 shipped for four caps from ebay, it was a cheap gamble. The caps can be made to wo...
by jolt
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Anyone Ever Have Snow Caked in Wheels Cause High Speed Vibration?
Replies: 11
Views: 316

Re: Anyone Ever Have Snow Caked in Wheels Cause High Speed Vibration?

Yes that can happen. Take it to a manual car wash and spray the rims out as best as possible. The other thing to do is take it to a heated garage and let it melt out and dry off. Third thing to do is pull the wheels and remove the snow or ice from the rim. As you said, take it in and get the tires b...
by jolt
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0453 reading
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: P0453 reading

This link may give you some idea of what or where to look for the sensor: https://www.engine-codes.com/p0453_2006_toyota_camry.html The above link is for a 2006 Camry but towards the bottom of the page shows where the sensor is located, which is part of the canister pump module assembly. Here is a T...
by jolt
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hello fellow vibe enthusiasts!
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: Hello fellow vibe enthusiasts!

If the doors are frozen shut by ice, take the car to a manual car wash and pressure spray around all the doors. Bring along a spray can of silicone spray and a clean rag to the car wash. At the car wash, put the spray wand up to the body seams around the doors and spray in on the door seals. The wat...
by jolt
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?
Replies: 12
Views: 447

Re: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?

Little information here to go by so little answers is what you get.

p.s. A bad or slipping clutch will produce horrible gas mileage. Also when and how you shift the transmission will greatly impact the gas mileage.
by jolt
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 Clutch Pedal Slow to Come Up Last Few Inches
Replies: 11
Views: 291

Re: 2009 Clutch Pedal Slow to Come Up Last Few Inches

I doubt that the clutch pedal spring is going to fix the problem but then again I am not there to check how it is operating. The reason for me saying that is the strongest return spring in the clutch assembly is the pressure plate itself. The pedal return spring is there just to keep the pedal from ...
by jolt
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Factory Vibe aluminum 17" wheel cap replacements?
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: Factory Vibe aluminum 17" wheel cap replacements?

I found the 2007 and 2008 Pontiac G5 center caps fit the factory Vibe 17" wheels but it is the same problem (expensive) because they are the same caps. I ordered some center caps for a Mini to try. I do not know if they will fit or not, but for under $5 on ebay, I thought it was worth a shot. They s...
by jolt
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 Clutch Pedal Slow to Come Up Last Few Inches
Replies: 11
Views: 291

Re: 2009 Clutch Pedal Slow to Come Up Last Few Inches

And you used the search here on this site? Here: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=46586&p=522254&hil ... al#p522254 You can see the main spring in the picture and there are two springs, another smaller one is in the pedal assembly.
by jolt
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Grinding or vibrating sound
Replies: 14
Views: 289

Re: Grinding or vibrating sound

What happens if you slightly drag the brakes when the noise is happening? Does the noise go away or change at all? Does going over bumps change the sound? Check brakes, rotors, pads, pad backers, struts, springs, and related strut parts Something different: You changed the transmission fluid, do not...
by jolt
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hello from N.B. need help with starting issue
Replies: 5
Views: 233

Re: Hello from N.B. need help with starting issue

What color is the smoke from the exhaust pipe? Black smoke is fuel from being flooded. White smoke is water and light grey smoke can be oil. If it is burning coolant, besides the white smoke at startup, the smoke out the exhaust will have a "sweet" smell to it besides being white smoke. I can not de...
by jolt
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 1.8L Base Belt Chirp NEED HELP
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: 2009 1.8L Base Belt Chirp NEED HELP

Unfortunately the 2009 Vibe 1.8L does not have an automatic belt tensioner (unlike the first gen Vibes with a 1.8L), otherwise that would've been the first thing I went for. There are 4 pulleys the belt goes around: alternator, water pump, crankshaft, and A/C condenser. The tension is adjusted with...
by jolt
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 Sensor Pin out
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: O2 Sensor Pin out

Thanks again...strange that I can not find a Haynes or similar manual that covers the 2009 GT. 117K miles a going strong. Except for a transmission rebuild due to faulty valve assy and a minor tune up, it has been a reliable car. Noisy as hell though There are no hard copies of service manuals anym...
by jolt
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 Sensor Pin out
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: O2 Sensor Pin out

Here is another one. This is what the GM guys get. The first one is from Toyota. Looks like two of the wires colors may be differ but same basic layout only flipped from top to bottom.
by jolt
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 1.8L Base Belt Chirp NEED HELP
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: 2009 1.8L Base Belt Chirp NEED HELP

Short answer is to try replacing the "Automatic Belt Tensioner". Before going that route, I would spray a mist of water on the belt ribs as the motor is running. If the noise goes away, it is a belt/pulley issue. If the noise does NOT go away, it is coming from something else. About 20 to 30 seconds...
by jolt
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 Sensor Pin out
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: O2 Sensor Pin out

Here is the wiring with plugs body for both sensors for the 2ZR-FE engine.
by jolt
Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Some electrical system annoyances (Headlamps, Blower, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: Some electrical system annoyances (Headlamps, Blower, etc)

It's a drop-in and came with a smaller pulley, my mechanic was able to find a shorter belt to put on and he's done other work (A/C etc) so I would assume if the belt were ever a problem he would have mentioned it. Alternator has been in car for almost 3 years now. If you do not want the lights to d...