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by jolt
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Oil Light On And Noise From Top Of Motor
Replies: 5
Views: 73

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: 43

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: 9
Views: 74

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: 30

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: 48
Views: 2511

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: 57

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: 112

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: 112

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: 7
Views: 148

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: 77

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: 112

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: 5
Views: 120

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: 217

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: 66

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: 147

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: 66

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: 63

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: 147

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: 90

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: 7
Views: 148

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: 5
Views: 73

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: 147

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: 189

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: 189

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: 144

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: 62

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: 189

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: 59

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: 2
Views: 66

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: 109

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: 143

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: 104

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: 62

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: 82

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: 62

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?
by jolt
Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cold Morning Starting
Replies: 17
Views: 309

Re: Cold Morning Starting

There are other posts on this forum that CAI installs have caused issues and have resulted in CEL. I remember one recently where the user finally gave up, converted the car back to stock intake plumbing and put the aftermarket intake up for sale. That's where I would start... That is why putting th...
by jolt
Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:34 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Torque Bolt settings for brakes. 2009 vibe
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Torque Bolt settings for brakes. 2009 vibe

2009-2010 Vibe Front Caliper Bolts (34N·m) 25 lb ft Front Caliper Bracket Bolts (107N·m) 79 lb ft Rear Caliper Bolts (Base Model) (35 N·m) 26 lb ft Rear Caliper Bracket Bolts (Base Model) (63 N·m) 46 lb ft Rear Caliper Bolts (AWD and GT Models) (27 N·m) 20 lb ft Rear Caliper Bracket Bolts (AWD and G...
by jolt
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe 4th gear pop out help
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: 03 vibe 4th gear pop out help

Most likely a bad 4th Gear Synchronizer Ring and 4th Gear. I had an old three speed transmission that did the same exact same thing in second gear. It was in a snow plow pickup I picked up used that ran in second gear when plowing. I replaced the second gear and synchronizer ring and problem was sol...
by jolt
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Collinite 845 wax
Replies: 3
Views: 843

Re: Collinite 845 wax

I have been very happy with this wax. It has been my go-to top coat. If you have checked out the two links I posted above, you will have an easy time applying and removing the wax. Because of the high amount of carnauba in this wax, it has lasted all winter. It just beads up water even after many ca...
by jolt
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '05 Vibe Base - Replace front stabilizer bushings?
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: '05 Vibe Base - Replace front stabilizer bushings?

For the most part the answer is YES. You will not have to remove everything but you will have to support the engine and lower the subframe from the body, which will require the steering wheel to rack connection be undone too. It just all depends on what you have to work with and how clever you can g...
by jolt
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cold Morning Starting
Replies: 17
Views: 309

Re: Cold Morning Starting

Google "Open loop and Closed loop". Put it all back stock and it will be happy again. With the custom air flow, you have changed the whole air/fuel curve for the engine and will need a custom computer with adjustable software so you can tweak the air/fuel curve (fuel map) to your custom in...
by jolt
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: 2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?

The rear wheel toe should be around ¼°, not 3°. The camber and caster are given in degrees of angle. The toe in or toe out are given in inches or mm, and also in degrees. These measurements are from the king pin or axle center line for the camber, caster, and toe if done in degrees. If toe is measur...
by jolt
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: tire spoty bald=-
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: tire spoty bald=-

See this post for more info: viewtopic.php?f=26&p=520411&sid=7dbf3a79eb71100151bab9a4e7e25aaa#p520411

The rear does not have struts. The rear are just shocks with coil springs or coil over shocks. There is no alignment to the tire with shocks.
by jolt
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cold Morning Starting
Replies: 17
Views: 309

Re: Cold Morning Starting

Weak fuel pressure when starting, engine temp senor that is off in reading actual temp of engine, or a MAP sensor that is dirty or off in reading air flow to engine would be my guesses given the info you provided. There is no cold start fuel injector. Does the "Check Engine" light work? It...
by jolt
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: lug nuts
Replies: 3
Views: 146

Re: lug nuts

Are your lug nuts jacketed or solid? Most likely if the nuts are factory, they are jacketed. If you have the jacket lug nuts, the lug nut gets rust forming between the inner lug nut and the outer jacket. This swells the outer diameter of the nut so the socket does not fit the nut anymore. A lot of v...
by jolt
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 24
Views: 305

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

Just to make sure, you disconnected the plug from the main body of the ABS control module (Brake Actuator Assembly)? Just pulling the fuse does not disconnect the item from the communication circuit. If you downloaded the wiring schematic, you are looking for anything that is connected to points lab...
by jolt
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 24
Views: 305

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

Like I said, any part on the CAN bus can cause the communication to be lost for all items in the system. If a common cause is a bad ABS module, as is pointed out by MacGyver's link, then try disconnecting the ABS unit. If the other items on the CAN bus start working then the ABS unit is the culprit ...
by jolt
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 24
Views: 305

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

More info on general CAN bus: http://www.aa1car.com/library/can_systems.htm "On GM applications, a code U100 or U1255 means a general loss of communication on the data bus. With a Tech 2 scan tool, you can go to Diagnostic Circuit Check, then Message Monitor to see a list of active modules and ...
by jolt
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 24
Views: 305

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

Funny they say they can't read it. I can read my '07 Vibe with my copy of Toyota's Techstream software and Mini-VCI cable (got it for my '07 Prius years ago). It even identifies as a Vibe and lists the Pontiac VIN. It seems to have full functionality with freeze frame data, live testing, etc. Sorry...
by jolt
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 24
Views: 305

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

Does everything work properly on the instrument panel? Does the A/C work properly when you turn it on with engine running?

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