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by jolt
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 base vibe, automatic transmission - MPG abnormally low?
Replies: 2
Views: 38

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: 2
Views: 17

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: 29

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: 579

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: 579

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: 5
Views: 80

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: 5
Views: 80

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: 54

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: 2
Views: 41

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: 77

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: 114

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: 96

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: 77

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: 96

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: 69

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: 134

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: 112

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: 222

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: 61

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: 2718

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: 99

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: 154

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: 154

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: 233

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: 133

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: 154

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: 185

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: 268

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: 84

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: 198

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...
by jolt
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 03 Vibe, are the base engine and GT cats the same?
Replies: 4
Views: 84

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

If you check here: https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/auto-parts/2003/pontiac/vibe/base-trim/1-8l-l4-gas-engine/exhaust-system-cat/exhaust-components-scat on the base model the part number is: #19205432 Catalytic Converter1 FWD, 1.8 LITER W/ O HO If you check here: https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/auto-part...
by jolt
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Dash lights
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Dash lights

To give you an idea of what you can see with the back lights off, turn on the head lights and dim your dash lights down to zero. You can do this during the day and see just how hard it is to see the needles and display. Most new cars that use LED's to light the dash, have them on all the time. It is...
by jolt
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.

I take it you have 2004. Here is the wiring for that fuse:
by jolt
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: STRUTS AND SHOCKS. WHAT BRANDS AVAIL. FOR VIBE
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: STRUTS AND SHOCKS. WHAT BRANDS AVAIL. FOR VIBE

Since BILSTEIN does not make struts or shocks for a Vibe, your not going to be putting those on. Of coarse you can do anything if you throw enough money and time at it. To make a set of BILSTEIN work on the Vibe, you would spend more than the car is worth. Shock companies have different models of sh...
by jolt
Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Vibe - CEL and Rough Idle
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: 2009 Vibe - CEL and Rough Idle

while I can't speak to these Toyota engines, from my research on the Honda boards, I do know that it would be a mistake to replace just one ignition coil. Replacing all four (with Denso) in conjunction with the spark plugs is just something we have to endure when the time comes. Same thing applies ...
by jolt
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Oil Light On And Noise From Top Of Motor
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: Oil Light On And Noise From Top Of Motor

I would remove the oil pressure sensor and put a pressure gauge on the motor to verify what the oil pressure actually is. What is the pressure when cold, when hot, does it change with motor RPM's, etc. before I would open the engine up.
by jolt
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.

What year is your Vibe? Is it a first gen (2003-2008) or second gen (2009-2010) Vibe?
by jolt
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2004 AWD Vibe engine dead : (
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: 2004 AWD Vibe engine dead : (

GTwannabe wrote:came to a stop very quickly despite pushing in the clucch. Car was very difficult to move afterward, like the transmission is stuck in first.


Your transmission/drive is bad. The 5 speeds, if you read this board, have problems. You should have heard it before it got to the point of locking up.
by jolt
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2004 AWD Vibe engine dead : (
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: 2004 AWD Vibe engine dead : (

36% on a leak down test is bad. Does or did the engine use oil? If the motor was burning oil, the catalytic convertor would have covered up the engine smoke for a while until the convertor slowly gets plugged and you loss power. You can try disconnecting the exhaust system from the exhaust manifold ...
by jolt
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Taillights not working
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Taillights not working

Check for a poor or bad ground on the brake light that is not working. It could also be a bad lamp socket. Spray some WD-40 in the socket and re-seat the bulb a couple of times. The only part of the cruise control that is related to the brakes is the brake light switch. Since your brake lights are b...
by jolt
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Passenger Front Door will not open from outside. Help, Please.
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Passenger Front Door will not open from outside. Help, Please.

Most likely the plastic handle is broken inside the door. Without taking it apart, you can never be 100% sure but the plastic would be the easiest thing to get broken. Here is a video on changing the door handle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jz1QBJhI90 There are other videos listed there about c...
by jolt
Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2004 AWD Vibe engine dead : (
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: 2004 AWD Vibe engine dead : (

Do a search on this forum. I remember reading that someone did an engine swap of a regular Vibe engine into a AWD Vibe. There were differences in the engine block. They had to design and have made an adapter to use the motor. From that, I would say the motors do not interchange without machining and...
by jolt
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: daytime running lights dont work, highbeam do
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: daytime running lights dont work, highbeam do

What year Vibe do you have and are the low beam lights working? Is your parking brake fully released? You checked both high beam and low beam fuses?
by jolt
Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How to replace Cruise Control module (2003 GT)
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: How to replace Cruise Control module (2003 GT)

Here is a link: http://madstyle1972.com/Repair/82/20ino/x040001.pdf

The "COMBINATION METER ASSY" is the instrument gauge assembly.
by jolt
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 base 1.8l
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: 2009 base 1.8l

Mine does that when cold. I think it's the belt. I want to try a gatorback belt to see if the noise goes away. If you think it is the belt, try putting some baby powder on the belt. The baby powder helps lube the belt and pulley groves and will reduce or stop the noise if that is were the noise is ...
by jolt
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: turning right squeal
Replies: 8
Views: 169

Re: turning right squeal

I wonder if the power rack is going bad? You have have to hear around with a stethoscope to fine where the noise is coming from.

https://www.amazon.com/automotive-steth ... ethoscopes
by jolt
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Holes in rocker panels
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Holes in rocker panels

The long term fix is to cut the old rusted panels out and weld in new sheet metal. Anything short of this just a patch job. To get a few more years out of what you have and the seal out dirt, noise, etc.. I would try this: - Cut out or grind off as much rusted metal as possible. Try to get to some g...
by jolt
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Brake pad CLIPS and lubrication.
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Brake pad CLIPS and lubrication.

Youtube, if that is where you are getting info from, can be full of a lot of wrong information from a lot of want-a-be car repair guys. The best thing I can tell you at this point is to go to this site: http://www.alldatadiy.com/. Sign up and get the factory information for YOUR vehicle. Take pictur...
by jolt
Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Hard start
Replies: 4
Views: 115

Re: Hard start

Compression test, cylinder leak down test, coolant leak pressure test, coil packs degrade with heat? Cold starts are fine? Valve clearance has been checked?
by jolt
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 vibe 1.8l auto will not start.
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: 2003 vibe 1.8l auto will not start.

"Will not start" does not help tell anything about what the problem is. Need more details..... What does it do? Is it out of gas?

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