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by jolt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread
Replies: 1623
Views: 207160

Re: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread

You can use this web site or their app to check gas prices around the US. I have used their trip planner, as it tells you where to stop for the best prices using your cars gas mileage rating and tank capacity to figure the best points to stop at for pricing and range of your vehicle. https://www.gas...
by jolt
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem
Replies: 36
Views: 689

Re: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem

Does the balance shafts turn over or are they seized? If the shaft will not turn over then the gear will be taken out too. One of the rods and/or rod parts may have wedged into the balance shafts and locked them causing the gear to break. These are questions that do not really matter because the mot...
by jolt
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Remote Keyless Entry mess
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: Remote Keyless Entry mess

Attached are the wiring drawings for the door locks on a 2009 Corolla, which should be close to the same as the 2009 Vibe. Some wire colors may be off but the same basic wiring is happening for the Vibe. As shown there is no relay in the door lock system. Switch and lock motors inputs and outputs ar...
by jolt
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem
Replies: 36
Views: 689

Re: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem

Of the picture with part of the rod sticking out, you see how dark it is on the rod where the bearing insert would go in the rod, that is carbon/burnt oil on the rod from the rod over heating. This has all the classic signs of running the engine out of oil. The rod that is thrown off is the rod that...
by jolt
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread
Replies: 1623
Views: 207160

Re: The Official "Price You Paid For Gas" Thread

Nothing that cheap around me. $1.87/gal but it is always about $0.10 higher in the town where I live. I wonder what they are doing with the expensive alcohol now that the gas is so cheap? More tax dollars at work turning food into alcohol for fuel to mix with gas but I doubt the refinery is added mu...
by jolt
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Really poor gas mileage. Looking for help.
Replies: 4
Views: 49

Re: Really poor gas mileage. Looking for help.

Plugged cat, doing a search: https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/r/advice/car-maintenance/is-your-catalytic-converter-bad https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-a-catalytic-converter Check for codes (P0420 is common for a cat), past history of problems, temp check, and the age old way of checki...
by jolt
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2006 No Start
Replies: 9
Views: 127

Re: 2006 No Start

It cranks over fine. Immediately I thought of the fuel pump as apparently there has been an issue with fuel pump pressure on these. It has over 250k km on it so I fugured it was probably about time. I put a new pump in (Denso) which didn't remedy the problem. I removed the plugs (replaced last fall...
by jolt
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: engine compartment noise
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: engine compartment noise

Here is link to info on pulley for alternator: https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=1872584&cc=1442296&jsn=2218&_nck=Ekt6BqBF1pwlXdx0gYlm1eLc36x7RagAV9qWoBGYzks2kIIGcMG6lE5GS9putP7wmUxgSGze%2FrPdR46WKSRoLyomJamzzG810PitvmOfG4gBYAKT%2Fiy1a%2Bdcj5hpNjQaThqB1phlSeyEoIvMgcaAmAjFTLT6pUn5kKJtarCqhl...
by jolt
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2006 No Start
Replies: 9
Views: 127

Re: 2006 No Start

You want to check these pages out for the testing your asking for: http://madstyle1972.com/Repair/18/20iajc04/onvein40.pdf http://madstyle1972.com/Repair/18/20iajc04/inspec40.pdf From what you have described above, if it was a GM made car, I would be checking the crankshaft position sensor. In the t...
by jolt
Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: engine compartment noise
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: engine compartment noise

So if you remove the belt, and run the engine for less than a minute, the noise is gone? Try putting some baby powder on the face of the belt and then start it and see if the noise went away. The baby power acts as a release agent for the belt in the pulley's. This is not a fix but a test as the bab...
by jolt
Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: ***FIXED*** Gas smell under hood
Replies: 23
Views: 734

Re: ***FIXED*** Gas smell under hood

That is the link that showed the tester from GM that is used to hook to the lines. If I remember that was for a second gen Vibe. I would guess that the first gen would be close to the same thing, but if I remember right, the first gen took a different tester hose setup then the second gen did. Here ...
by jolt
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Door motor?
Replies: 21
Views: 462

Re: Door motor?

Hi Caretaker, You may want to check this link out about the Toyota recall on window switches. I am not sure about what year you are working on but I remembered something about the window switches. Here is link: https://www.toyotanation.com/threads/window-switch-recall.1226745/ Do not clean the greas...
by jolt
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Automatic Transmission won't go into park
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Automatic Transmission won't go into park

One more for the MVB:
by jolt
Mon Mar 09, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Automatic Transmission won't go into park
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Automatic Transmission won't go into park

Here are more pic's. Also note that there are two different models of four speed transmissions used in the second gen Vibes; the MVA model 4 speed and the MVB model 4 speed. You have stated which 4 speed you have. The above or first pic I posted is for the MVA 4 speed. The pic's I post below are for...
by jolt
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Am I screwed?
Replies: 23
Views: 656

Re: Am I screwed?

I do not know for sure but as a general rule if it has a chain it is interference. If it has a belt, it may or may not be interference; depends on when engine was made. Bent valves are not the end of the world for an engine but will require more work then just a chain. The 2.4L engine is the stock e...
by jolt
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Automatic Transmission won't go into park
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Automatic Transmission won't go into park

Here is a break down of the parking pawl location in the 4 speed. There is some internal linkage that can be seen when the valve body is removed, but you can not see the pawl assembly. If the valve body is removed, be very careful as the info I have shows a couple of pistons and springs that will fa...
by jolt
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem
Replies: 36
Views: 689

Re: 2.4L 2AZFE post mortem

The hole in picture #2 looks to be from the inside to the outside, see edges of the break and how they are tapered. The bolt that is bent looks to be a rod bolt but that is just guessing as one can not determine it's relative size. This has all the signs of a connecting rod coming off or loose. With...
by jolt
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: crazy problem with 2009 vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: crazy problem with 2009 vibe

Here is video that may help you find your shorts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4LGykZiRtY
by jolt
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: crazy problem with 2009 vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: crazy problem with 2009 vibe

Why did you replace fuses?
by jolt
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Ignition key doesnt turn
Replies: 6
Views: 181

Re: Ignition key doesnt turn

Everything wears out, it is just a matter of time. Most people do not lubricate their keys and tumblers so they do wear out. I have had to replace a couple key assemblies in my life time because of being worn out. By the time they get to the point yours is at, there just isn't a lot you can do but r...
by jolt
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 1.8 engine idle issue
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: 2009 1.8 engine idle issue

I would next clean the mass air flow sensor with mass air flow sensor cleaner. After that, run engine and start spraying all the air intake hoses and connection with throttle body cleaner. Spray all tubing from the mass air flow sensor to the throttle body and then from throttle body to cylinder hea...
by jolt
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Automatic Transmission won't go into park
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Automatic Transmission won't go into park

You may get a better view of some of the linkage if you pull the pan off, drop the valve body out, and then you may be able to see some of the linkage better. If you do not want to do this then take it to transmission shop as they may be able to see if the problem is deeper inside transmission. From...
by jolt
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: P0135 O2 sensor
Replies: 11
Views: 1015

Re: P0135 O2 sensor

Running "rich" air/fuel ratios is defiantly bad for an engine. The excess fuel will wash down the cylinder walls, removing the oil from the upper piston ring. Since the piston ring is always spinning in the piston ring land, the top piston ring groove will wear out because the lubrication is now was...
by jolt
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How to remove the cigarette lighter from an 2010
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: How to remove the cigarette lighter from an 2010

Here is info in attachments (not in order and not step by step) You should be able to figure out what needs to be done. This is to show plastic clips (that break) and can not be replaced without replace the panel. The upper panel around the radio is on by clips too. Last thing is the PDF file about ...
by jolt
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Driver's front squeaks
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: Driver's front squeaks

How thick are your brake pads? The wear clips for thin brake pads will make noise mostly when you apply the brakes but if the pad does not retract away from the rotor, you may get random noise from them. Also do the things Bookworm said and report back your findings so the trouble shooting can conti...
by jolt
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 09 Base clutch concern...
Replies: 14
Views: 479

Re: 09 Base clutch concern...

The clutch is not a cable or linkage operated but is hydraulic. You have your master cylinder and a slave cylinder. If you get air in the system, you will get weird things happening and the clutch can get so that it does not work smoothly or be predictable in it operation. By working the clutch, you...
by jolt
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:59 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Recommended strut kits
Replies: 18
Views: 522

Re: Recommended strut kits

olliesshop, as for parts places; Rock Auto Parts has the widest range of brands from any one supplier and parts pricing is pretty good too. The thing you have watch for with RA is the shipping costs. You need to try to get all your items from the same warehouse, if possible, to keep the shipping cos...
by jolt
Sat Feb 01, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Recommended strut kits
Replies: 18
Views: 522

Re: Recommended strut kits

I have used KYB struts on a mini van I had and I would have no problems using them again. I would say the KYB's are close to OEM and the Monroe's are a little softer. After my Monroe quick strut install on my Vibe, I would buy the parts and put the struts together myself. You can read below what I f...
by jolt
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Apologies for absence.
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Apologies for absence.

Hopefully you can get healed up. I had something like that when I was young. Doctor had me on PT, a lot of ice, and sonic heat. It took awhile and did heal up. You do not what to do nothing, or it will just get stiff, but you can not over do it also. Take care and don't push yourself to hard.
by jolt
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Dash stopped working, set P0500 code (Speed sensor)
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: Dash stopped working, set P0500 code (Speed sensor)

As for the scanners, I have a Launch 129 (I think that's the model), and it does not work under GM. It does work under Toyota Matrix so you may try that. First thing is to un-plug connectors, check wiring, and re-seat connectors as andrewclaus refers too. Check wiring at ECM for power (voltage). Mak...
by jolt
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: map light wire shows 7.5 volts
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: map light wire shows 7.5 volts

You measured 7.5 volt between the two points that you had the test leads hooked to. Try moving the ground lead of your meter to a different ground location (the dash frame) and see if the voltage changes. If the new reading is now above 12 volts, you have a bad ground. If voltage is still low, you n...
by jolt
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: VSC, Trac and engine light come on after 09 Vibe overnights in rain
Replies: 17
Views: 2019

Re: VSC, Trac and engine light come on after 09 Vibe overnights in rain

Grounds are the worst to trouble shoot as the electrical signals can back feed through other wires in search of a ground to try and complete the circuit. This then messes with the other signals and you end up with multiple electrical problems. You can never have to many grounds; good grounds that is.
by jolt
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: key replacement - 2005 vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: key replacement - 2005 vibe

As long as you do not need the fob, the dealer should be able to cut you a key from the VIN number on your Vibe as zbyers has said. A new fob would have to be programmed into the car and that would be done at the dealer's shop. Once you have the key made you can drive the car to the shop and have th...
by jolt
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 09 Base clutch concern...
Replies: 14
Views: 479

Re: 09 Base clutch concern...

You could check the adjustment of the pedal if the clutch is engaging to close to the floor, it may help. See the thread.... viewtopic.php?f=20&t=46586&p=522254&hil ... nt#p522254
by jolt
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: P0420 during deep freezes
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: P0420 during deep freezes

This may help. It shows the good and bad patterns and how the trace the cause down. After checking wiring and connections for the sensor output and heater, check for air leaks in the exhaust system.
by jolt
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Asian concentrate coolant
Replies: 14
Views: 485

Re: Asian concentrate coolant

Hi Bookworm, As you have found out, the color of the anti-freeze means nothing really as each manufacture colors the anti-freeze as they like. I use Peak Global Lifetime anti-freeze that I get at Menards on sale for $4.99 or less a gallon. It is the 50/50 pre-mixed but I figure I would have to buy d...
by jolt
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P1693 code...
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: P1693 code...

Oil flow...the new oil may be more free flowing then your old oil was. Oil thickens up as it gets old and the additives get used up in the oil. Also the heat and breakdown of old oil see the lighter hydrocarbons burn off, which thicken the oil too. The thicker oil will not flow through the partially...
by jolt
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Caliper parts sources
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: Caliper parts sources

One question I have is what's the best lube for the sleeves? I've used antiseize between the sleeves and bolts, but I know there are specific lubes for caliper sleeves. Here are five good ones: CRC 5339 Brake Caliper Grease. Mission Automotive Silicon Grease. Napa Sil Glyde Lubricating. Permatex Br...
by jolt
Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: loose idler pully on A/c
Replies: 5
Views: 146

Re: loose idler pully on A/c

There is no tightening a loose pulley, something is bad and needs to be replaced as you have found out. There are differences in the 1.8L and 2.4L engine and you do not state which one you have. The 2009 and 2010 Vibes do not have power steering pumps as they use electric motor steering assist for t...
by jolt
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Brake THUMP
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Brake THUMP

Cables do wear out and need to be replaced when bad. Jack the rear wheels off the ground, spin each tire by hand. They should spin freely. Next apply the parking brake and try to spin each wheel, they should not spin. Release the parking brake and try to spin each wheel by hand, they should spin fre...
by jolt
Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Caliper parts sources
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: Caliper parts sources

Are you referring to the CARLSON H5124 sleeves that are listed for the 2003 Vibe GT rear at Rockauto?

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.ph ... cc=1432957

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/pon ... +kit,11515
by jolt
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Timing Chain
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Timing Chain

Manual or automatic transmission? Kind of odd that this would happen at 158K miles. Others on this forum have talked of replacing the timing chain in the car. Use the search to find and check these posts out. Most engines that have a timing chain will bend valves in the cylinder head when the chain ...
by jolt
Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 20
Views: 700

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

It's part of the whole Clean Air Act, which is "Punish the petrochemical producers." (mind you, I've never heard of anyone working for the EPA getting rid of their SUV's) And I have never seen a petrochemical producer go broke or loose money so they are not being punished. They just pass the cost o...
by jolt
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: '09 GT 2wd 2.4 Rear Pass Side Brake Not Engaging
Replies: 9
Views: 320

Re: '09 GT 2wd 2.4 Rear Pass Side Brake Not Engaging

zbyers is right. The easiest way to re-track the rear caliper on a '09 Vibe is to use the proper tool that screws the piston in. The tool can be bought on ebay for around $30.00 or you may find one to use at some auto parts stores as a rental. There are cheaper tools to do this but the ~$30 tool is ...
by jolt
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: No initial acceleration on a 2009 AWD, and high RPMs.
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: No initial acceleration on a 2009 AWD, and high RPMs.

Your tranny filter many be plugged up and restricting the flow of fluid when the fluid is cold and thick hence the high RPM and no go. Hopefully you have not damaged the transmission by trying to drive it this way. When was the last time you changed the transmission filter and fluid? It could be som...
by jolt
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 20
Views: 700

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

The major difference is the additives. That's _it_. And that is the difference between "Top Tier" and non-"Top Tier". The gasoline itself is the same but the cleaning additive, which are really important for GDI engines, are the difference. To say "Top Tier" fuel is the same as non-"Top Tier" is te...
by jolt
Mon Dec 09, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Asian concentrate coolant
Replies: 14
Views: 485

Re: Asian concentrate coolant

Test the pH of the coolant and that will tell you of the coolant needs to be changed. New coolant will be around 8.5 pH and as the additives in the coolant get used up the pH will drop. If the pH is below 7.5, then change it. Until you hit the 7.5 pH range, your still protected by the additives in t...
by jolt
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Asian concentrate coolant
Replies: 14
Views: 485

Re: Asian concentrate coolant

Here is a quick read about the coolant without going into a big read into details of coolant: https://parts.olathetoyota.com/blog/ult ... lor-guide/

Also on topic with this thread, is this thread that was started Dec. 5th: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=47270
by jolt
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Air Recirculation Actuator
Replies: 18
Views: 697

Re: Air Recirculation Actuator

If a current limiter was added to the motor and set properly, you would not be breaking as may plastic gears. If the whole gear box and gears were made of metal, it would not break as often too but that would cost way more money. It all comes down to cost. Add a current limiter at roughly $75~$100 f...
by jolt
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Poor Fuel Economy
Replies: 20
Views: 700

Re: Poor Fuel Economy

Something that was not talked about is the amount of alcohol in with the gasoline. You are not just buying gasoline anymore but a mix of gasoline and alcohol. Since alcohol burns at roughly twice the rate of gasoline, you would get about half the mileage if you ran only alcohol. It use to be that in...