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by jolt
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Speedometer wiring diagrams?
Replies: 7
Views: 111

Re: Speedometer wiring diagrams?

You can try a search for - toyota speedometer mileage change software. There was software out on the web from Europe for programming the chip but most was older stuff. Different year speedometers had different chips in them. You can buy the chips, copy the old chip info into the new chip and then pl...
by jolt
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 60

Re: Is something broken under oil fill cap?

Can you reach in there with a needle nose pliers and pull it out or at least pull it up out of the way? Does it move when you push on it?
by jolt
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 13
Views: 228

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

If you watch around, you can find deals on oil. Example: This month Advance Auto Parts has Mobil 1 oil (5 qt jug), Mobil 1 oil filter, and a roll of paper shop towels for ~$13.00 after rebate from Mobil. In store purchase only. You can do 2 rebates on this deal. Another rebate oil deal that is runni...
by jolt
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: brake caliper and bracket corrosion

Brake fluid can destroy paint, cause it to blister and peel. It looks like the caliper was painted by the marks left from the brake fluid running down the caliper. Read the brake fluid bottle and it will tell you these things. I hope you did not get ant fluid on other painted surfaces. It was going ...
by jolt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rear toe adjustment issues
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: Rear toe adjustment issues

I concur with what they told you. Don't worry about it unless you see abnormal tire wear. As for the rust, if you take it apart to shim the wheels, you are going to disturb the rust which could lead to other wheel or axle problems. Just leave it be and enjoy the ride. If a wheel bearing fails, it is...
by jolt
Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: 2006 door replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: 2006 door replacement

You should not have to remove the fenders if you have the proper tools. You need the front fenders on the car to do the door alignment with the hinges. Check shop manual about door adjustment.
by jolt
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Transmission issues 2006 base auto?
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Re: Transmission issues 2006 base auto?

If I was stuck with the dealer repairing mine, I would have them do the P0171 repairs. If they have the pan off the transmission, have them change the transmission filter and oil first and see how it goes with the transmission after that. Do not have them do a flush on the transmission and make sure...
by jolt
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Bye 2003 SalsaWagon - Hello 2016 HR-V - Honda builds a worthy successor to my original Vibe
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Bye 2003 SalsaWagon - Hello 2016 HR-V - Honda builds a worthy successor to my original Vibe

It looks very nice from that side view. The only thing that would scare me off from one of those is the CVT transmission. I do not know about the Honda CVT but Nissan has had them for awhile now. The service cost of the Nissan CVT when you are around 100,000 is crazy. That is why you see a lot of us...
by jolt
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: ‘09 Vibe Vinyl Wrap - Gloss Dark Grey!
Replies: 10
Views: 169

Re: ‘09 Vibe Vinyl Wrap - Gloss Dark Grey!

This looks great. The color goes good with your wheels. Great job!
by jolt
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 Vibe Base P0442 EVAP LEAK...FIXED
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: 2004 Vibe Base P0442 EVAP LEAK...FIXED

Good info to have and glade you got it fixed. Another Vibe back on the road. ;)
by jolt
Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: New Ignition switch, no inside power
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: New Ignition switch, no inside power

Do the wipers work? Sounds like you got the wrong switch. I would think the stuff will work again when you get the proper switch where that other wire gets hooked back up. Different parts of the switch power up different parts of the car. It is not just a single switch in that switch you removed. Re...
by jolt
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Driver's Side Mirror
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Driver's Side Mirror

If you had used the "Search" box in the upper right side of every page, you would have found this post which has the wiring for the outside mirrors: http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=46061&p=518847&hilit=mirror+wiring#p518847 You did not say what year Vibe y...
by jolt
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Driver's Side Mirror
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Driver's Side Mirror

Your second guess should be that the switch is bad but it could be a broken wire or bad connection too. If the salvage yard had a mirror, go back and get the switch to try. If you like to gamble then get the switch.
by jolt
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Buying a new upstream O2 sensor
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Buying a new upstream O2 sensor

Hoses and such.... take pictures before you take things a part. That way you have some reference as to how it should look when you put it back together. Mark hoses and lines with tape at both the hose and where the hose was connected too. Do one at a time and label them "A to A", "B t...
by jolt
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Buying a new upstream O2 sensor
Replies: 7
Views: 200

Re: Buying a new upstream O2 sensor

Denso is what the car came with from the assembly line. Toyota electrical system on the Vibes is Denso. Spark plugs are Denso. The Toyota factory software to read the codes and program the car is by Denso. Stick with Denso for OEM electrical parts on a Vibe. About the only GM parts in the Vibe are t...
by jolt
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Ordered Timken bearing, got something else
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Ordered Timken bearing, got something else

BTW is there a trick to removing the indentation on the axle spindle nut, so I don't maul up my spindle as well? Don't need to add an axle to my expenses here. You find a punch that fits the groove in the axle shaft and then grind the end of the punch to tapper it back. The end of the punch should ...
by jolt
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Need steering rack bushings
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Need steering rack bushings

Most garages would just replace the rack with a rebuilt unit, if available. It is faster and easier then taking the rack apart. That way the car is out if the service bay faster and back to the customer. Time is money but some times a person has more time then money so you have to work that one out ...
by jolt
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Ordered Timken bearing, got something else
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Ordered Timken bearing, got something else

This is a very common practice now a-day with bearings. You make this bearing and I will make that bearing and we will trade bearings. That way we will both cover the market and not be in competition with each other. It is a form of collusion were both parties work together to lower competition and ...
by jolt
Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2004 Vibe GT possible oil leaks ???
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: 2004 Vibe GT possible oil leaks ???

I would spray the whole wet looking area down with brake cleaner to get rid of the oil from the surfaces. This will dry the surface off. Then I would run the engine for 10 minutes at a time checking the surfaces for new wet spots to locate where the oil is coming from. Do not drive the car as the ai...
by jolt
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 base vibe, automatic transmission - MPG abnormally low?
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: 2009 base vibe, automatic transmission - MPG abnormally low?

You said "snow tires" and cold temperatures will kill gas mileage of any vehicle on the road. I will generally get about 2/3 of the mpg over the winter as compared to the mpg I would get over the summer because of the temperature difference between winter with cold start ups, and summer. C...
by jolt
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Is OEM Single CD Player Interchangeable with 6-CD Player?
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: Is OEM Single CD Player Interchangeable with 6-CD Player?

I can not answer your question but I do know a lot of GM factory radios need to be programmed to match the cars VIN number before they will work. So that is something you will want to check into also as your cheap GM used radio may not end up being cheap by the time you are done at the dealership ge...
by jolt
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: spark plug & coil corrosion
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: spark plug & coil corrosion

I have not seen any problems with my 2.4L 2009 Vibe spark plugs or coils. I doubt that the coils or spark plugs are causing your slow idle problem. If there is a misfire, the computer would though a code and your "Check Engine" light would be on. If it was my car, I would start by cleaning...
by jolt
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Common causes of catalytic converter failure
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Common causes of catalytic converter failure

Poisoning of the catalyst occurs when a film or coating of an incompatible material is deposited onto the converter metals. Multiple things cause this. Some thing I see missing is the use of silicone gasket sealant. If silicone gasket sealant is used anywhere that it comes in contact with the engin...
by jolt
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Common causes of catalytic converter failure
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Common causes of catalytic converter failure

And catalytic converters just wear out over time. It is a chemical reaction that takes place in the converter with the exhaust gases. Much like that of a flash light battery. Over time and use, they get run down as the chemicals get used up inside and they go bad. After market replace convertors are...
by jolt
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 2.4 oil usage
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

You can watch this video that explains the problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgdZSXOslDM Check YouTube for other videos. The biggest thing here is the oil rings getting plugged with sludge and carbon deposits. Change your oil often with a high detergent motor oil to reduce the chance of sludg...
by jolt
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 2.4 oil usage
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: 2009 2.4 oil usage

There is more info about this problem here on this forum board if you use the search at the upper right corner of this page. GM will do nothing about any problem on a Pontiac unless it is required to do so by federal law as per their government bailout, i.e. emission or safety related. As a side not...
by jolt
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Auto transmission fluid color
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: Auto transmission fluid color

Would you change your motor oil and not change the oil filter? Pull the pan, change the filter, clean the magnets in the pan, and clean the pan. A power flush does not get the filter changed and can stir stuff up in the transmission so that the filter really gets restricted. If you really need to ch...
by jolt
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Bad rear brake line?
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Bad rear brake line?

Well, the rubber hose for the brake line would be the cheapest thing to try first. At the other end of the cost spectrum is the anti-lock brake controller has a sticking valve in it. Be sure to flush the system with new clean brake fluid when you replace the hose, that way the controller may free up...
by jolt
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Toyota vs. GM Diagnostics?
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Toyota vs. GM Diagnostics?

The Techstream software did the health check on 2009 Vibe and I was able to make programming changes to headlight off delay timing and how the door locks worked. I could see all the controllers in the car.
by jolt
Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 09 Vibe "wallowing" in wind on highway?
Replies: 4
Views: 192

Re: 09 Vibe "wallowing" in wind on highway?

Is your Vibe 2 wheel or AWD? Try turning stability control off or on and see if it changes anything. Shake, move, and pry on all pivot points on rear suspension. Check rear brakes and rear tire sidewalls for damage. Until you start looking and checking, you are not going to know whats good or bad. T...
by jolt
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Strut-in along
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Strut-in along

The old bounce test was good for shocks but does not work so well for struts. If the strut is totally shot and junk, then the bounce test would work. It is more about the nose dive under braking or the amount of body roll when cornering. With struts there can be a long time between being good, degra...
by jolt
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Toyota vs. GM Diagnostics?
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Toyota vs. GM Diagnostics?

If the shop is willing, have them hook up their scanner and choose the same year as your Vibe but instead of the Vibe pick Toyota Matrix. It will either detect it and work or it won't. It all depends on the brand and model of scan tool they use. I know that the Toyota factory Techstream software det...
by jolt
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Strut-in along
Replies: 5
Views: 155

Re: Strut-in along

The rear hatch struts are gas charged. They have properly lost some gas over the years so the hatch does not stay open as far as it use too. You may need the replace them. The front struts are also gas charged. All struts degrade over time. The change is so gradual that most people do not notice. St...
by jolt
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 Vibe GT VVT issues and more
Replies: 3
Views: 137

Re: 2003 Vibe GT VVT issues and more

Did you read through this post? viewtopic.php?t=34751

If this is plugged or restricted, you will have problems. What was the code you got if it?

Some more reading: https://community.cartalk.com/t/toyota- ... vity/91977
by jolt
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Oil Light On And Noise From Top Of Motor
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: Oil Light On And Noise From Top Of Motor

What was it plugged with and where did the stuff come from? Did you replace the pickup tube? Did you have to clean the oil control valve filters in the cylinder head too?
by jolt
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2010 vibe GT power outlet and cigerette lighter
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: 2010 vibe GT power outlet and cigerette lighter

You need to find out if you have voltage at either one. You need a volt/ohm meter. Do you have voltage at the lighter socket wires on back of socket and the same for the power outlet? The two items are on two different fuses. The only thing the two circuits share is the ground. The ground wires that...
by jolt
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Getting P0301 Code.....
Replies: 13
Views: 366

Re: Getting P0301 Code.....

You can see if you have combustion gases in cooling system with one these: https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/BK_7001006 or http://www.lislecorp.com/divisions/products/?product=406 or https://www.amazon.com/Lisle-75500-Combustion-Leak-Detector/dp/B0007ZDRUI etc.... There are others out there too that d...
by jolt
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 GT strange stalling issue
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: 2003 GT strange stalling issue

Go here for info on troubleshooting this problem: http://madstyle1972.com/Repair/05/200o8c05/cip1300.pdf The coils feed back a signal to the ECM that it has fired. If the signal is not seen by the ECM, it will shut off the fuel injector to prevent damage to the catalytic convertor. This could be a b...
by jolt
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Latest Recall - March 2017
Replies: 49
Views: 3175

Re: Latest Recall - March 2017

I have never received a recall notice for the air bags on my 2009 Vibe. I had the clock spring replaced on recall but that was it on air bag related stuff. By the time it gets to me the air bag manufacture will be bankrupt and out of business. That the way things go now-a-days.
by jolt
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 3 catalitic converters?
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: 3 catalitic converters?

Do a search for " P0240 Toyota Corolla" for better info on that code and the cats. Other problems like poor spark or a worn fuel injector could cause the cats to go bad and trip that code. You need to be sure everything else is working properly before replacing the cats. Here is a good lin...
by jolt
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Engine Temp Drop During Driving
Replies: 10
Views: 273

Re: Engine Temp Drop During Driving

If the thermostat is working properly there should be little to no coolant flow through the radiator if the engine is below the thermostat temperature rating. The size of the radiator at that point does not come into play. Your heater core is just another radiator with the heat going into the cabin ...
by jolt
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Engine Temp Drop During Driving
Replies: 10
Views: 273

Re: Engine Temp Drop During Driving

My 2009 Vibe with the 2.4L kicks heat out like crazy. I would have to say that it is the warmest and quickest heating car I have ever seen. It is -25°C here now and that car starts heating in less then a half mile down the road. It is a big difference from what you are saying about the 1.8L engine.
by jolt
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Vibe - CEL and Rough Idle
Replies: 9
Views: 328

Re: 2009 Vibe - CEL and Rough Idle

Yes
by jolt
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: [03' Pontiac] Headlights turning on at night, and ECU-B?
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: [03' Pontiac] Headlights turning on at night, and ECU-B?

By the wiring schematic, the headlights are controlled by "Daytime Running Light Relay" or controller. This controller is powered by the "ECU-B" fuse and the fuse labeled "GAUGE". So the controller relay has two power sources. You could also pull the "Head Light Ma...
by jolt
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Engine Temp Drop During Driving
Replies: 10
Views: 273

Re: Engine Temp Drop During Driving

Replace thermostat and cross your fingers that that the other cooling systems components did not get plugged up too. Flushing is not going help with the stop leak at this point. I have seen stop leak mess up heater cores in the past and the only way to get them to transfer heat properly was to repla...
by jolt
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: How do I add transmission fluid without dipstick
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: How do I add transmission fluid without dipstick

At my last oil change, they recommended I add a bit more transmission fluid because they said it was low. My manual, 2-wheel drive 2005 Vibe does NOT have a dipstick for the transmission fluid. Does anyone know where the fill cap is? I can not find any information about this online, though my manua...
by jolt
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Help with Replacing Cigarette Lighter Socket
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Help with Replacing Cigarette Lighter Socket

The fuse is a safety device that is protecting the wiring from burning up. It is blowing because the charger/phone is pulling to much amperage. Changing the socket to a USB port may or may not fix the issue. By changing the socket, you will have changed the charger or added another adapter to the ch...
by jolt
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 03 Vibe, are the base engine and GT cats the same?
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: 03 Vibe, are the base engine and GT cats the same?

.... I have an 03 vibe gt registered in California and I need new cats but I'm having trouble figuring out which to buy. ....especially with it being a CA car. .... If you check at RockAuto Parts here: http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/pontiac,2003,vibe,1.8l+l4,1432957,exhaust+&+emission,catal...
by jolt
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.
Replies: 10
Views: 284

Re: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.

Here is a link to a picture of where the integration relay can be found: https://ssli.ebayimg.com/images/g/HbcAAOSwX9FZIWQ8/s-l640.jpg Most of the wires for this circuit connect to this relay so that would be a good starting spot to try to isolate which sub section of the wiring is causing the probl...

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