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by jolt
Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Collinite 845 wax
Replies: 3
Views: 728

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: 30

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: 16
Views: 179

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: 179

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: 70

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: 16
Views: 179

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: 90

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: 20
Views: 148

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: 20
Views: 148

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: 20
Views: 148

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: 20
Views: 148

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: 20
Views: 148

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?
by jolt
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 20
Views: 148

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

Check all the fuses under the hood and check for voltage at the power distribution box (same box as the fuses). If it is not a wiring/connection problem to the ECU then the ECU may be bad if you can even see the ECU with the proper reader. Unplug the connectors at the ECU, check them for good contac...
by jolt
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: oem dvd player
Replies: 7
Views: 276

Re: oem dvd player

You had better test this first to make sure the radio is not locked to the old vehicles VIN number. If it is, you are going to spend a lot more money to get it switched over to your VIN of your Vibe. I would guess that it would have been cheaper to follow MacGyver advise and just put the money towar...
by jolt
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2010 Intermittent No Start
Replies: 11
Views: 170

Re: 2010 Intermittent No Start

I would think fuel pump or fuel pressure control valve, which is part of the fuel pump assembly. Once you loose fuel pressure from the system, you have have to crank the engine for awhile until the pump can bring the pressure back up. The fuel pump on the Vibe only runs when the ECU sees enough rpm'...
by jolt
Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?
Replies: 7
Views: 179

Re: 2008 Vibe rear wheel alignment?

What type of shop would be able to repair this kind of problem best?


To locate a shop in your area, I would find a body shop that does frame straightening and has a frame rack. Talk to them about where they take their repaired cars to get an alignment done at.
by jolt
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: HELP!! 06 Pontiac Vibe Base won't go past 4500 RPM in drive
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: HELP!! 06 Pontiac Vibe Base won't go past 4500 RPM in drive

What is the code you got from it? Is it a "P'' code or a "C" code? Is the code related to the transmission convertor slippage? When was the last time you changed the transmission fluid and filter?
by jolt
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: power steering fluid exchange
Replies: 5
Views: 105

Re: power steering fluid exchange

You can change the fluid out by siphoning out the fluid or use a turkey baster to suck the fluid out and replace it. Why not buy power steering fluid, which is a yellowish clear fluid, and use that to replace the fluid with? I doubt that the fluid is going to change the noise. Check the pump or the ...
by jolt
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Mystery Wire, What is it?
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Mystery Wire, What is it?

That wire is for the license plate light. It looks like it has not been plugged in for some time with the dirt that is on the sealed connector end. The light fixture was probably broken when it got rear ended. When was the last time all the lights where checked to make sure they work?
by jolt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Downloadable wiring diagram
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Downloadable wiring diagram

You should check here too: https://www.alldatadiy.com/ Almost all the different manual manufactures have a professional version of their manuals and that is the only one worth spending money on. Like the above link, Alldata has a site for professionals and then the site for the DIY people that is li...
by jolt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Control arm bushings, should I go poly?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Control arm bushings, should I go poly?

I agree with ehoff121 about the bushings. Poly bushings are way harder and will add greatly to the interior noise of the car. The ride will be rougher and the rest of the body will take a beating. Get the Moog arms and you will be much happier.
by jolt
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Killed my engine...Help!
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Killed my engine...Help!

You can also try here: http://www.partshotlines.com/
by jolt
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Gas Pedal Issues
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Gas Pedal Issues

Clean your throttle body and butterfly plate. Remove the throttle cable from the throttle body and make sure the cable and foot pedal work freely, if not, then replace as needed. Make sure butterfly plate is not contacting the throttle bore. If plate has made contact with the throttle bore then repa...
by jolt
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Odd Electrical/Starting Issue
Replies: 11
Views: 303

Re: Odd Electrical/Starting Issue

You need to test the volts and amps at the battery and the at the starter when the problem occurs. If the problem happens one in ten times, then start it ten times in a row until the problem happens and get the readings for both volts and amps. I would guess that the problem would be bad cables, or ...
by jolt
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2005 Base 5-speed to 6-speed
Replies: 18
Views: 353

Re: 2005 Base 5-speed to 6-speed

I know nothing about this swap other then what I have see here. I thought I seen that the axle shafts are different in length and that you need shafts for the six speed to fit correctly. Also, what are you doing for a six speed shiftier and cables? http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=17...
by jolt
Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Vibe parking brake sticking on rear disc brake
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: 2009 Vibe parking brake sticking on rear disc brake

Rear Brake Hose to Caliper Fitting (Base Model) 29 N·m 21 lb ft Rear Caliper Bracket Bolts (Base Model) 63 N·m 46 lb ft Rear Caliper Bolts (Base Model) 35 N·m 26 lb ft Rear Park Brake Cable Bracket Bolts (Base Model) 6 N·m 53 lb in Go to NAPA and pick up a new bleeder if you can not clean out your o...
by jolt
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Vibe parking brake sticking on rear disc brake
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: 2009 Vibe parking brake sticking on rear disc brake

I just did the brakes on my 2009 Vibe base model with the 2.4L engine. Mine does have 4 wheel disc brakes. The rear calipers have integrated parking brakes. I just checked on line at Auto Zone and like you said with NAPA, they do not show the rear calipers with parking brakes. I then checked at Rock...
by jolt
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)

You should have the head checked to make sure the surface is flat. The 1.8L factory spec sayes; "Cylinder Block Side - Maximum Warpage 0.002 inches". That is less than the thickness of most sheets of paper. To be safe, most shops would resurface the head. Some more stuff to be aware of is ...
by jolt
Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: AC compressor always work - SOLVED
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Re: AC compressor always work - SOLVED

Somewhere on this board someone said the Vibe and the Toyota's use a completely different brand of compressor, not the same. The belt that drives them is also different in length between the two car brands. If that is true then the AC cooling systems are not the same and probably do not operate the ...
by jolt
Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)

Are the two low pressure cylinders next to each other? If they are, it could be a leaking head gasket when you see the same compression reading from adjacent cylinders. Some other testing can be done by applying air pressure to the cylinders and listening for where the air is leaking from. In the se...
by jolt
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: ABS issue
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: ABS issue

The PO500 code is for the P0500 TOYOTA - Vehicle Speed Sensor 'A'. This is not a code for an ABS issue. That code has nothing to do with brakes or ABS. Edit, I take that back as some of the 2003 use the wheel sensors as the speed sensor. That is what I ran across digging on the web. The "P"...
by jolt
Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Help, experience, and opinions needed
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Help, experience, and opinions needed

If it is a rod making noise, the noise will go away or be reduces as the engine is under load and will be the loudest as the engine is freewheeling. In racing, most rods let go as the driver takes their foot off the gas pedal. When applying power, all the play in the rod is held tight but when the g...
by jolt
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Pops, burbles, and bangs
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Pops, burbles, and bangs

Mine does not make "sounds". It is just smooth and quiet. You must have air leaks in your exhaust system.
by jolt
Sun Aug 20, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mods: Your opinion
Replies: 9
Views: 362

Re: Mods: Your opinion

If you can find an old Vibe TRD supercharger with all the parts to bolt on. This was a factory-dealer installed supercharger for the standard 1.8L engine. No longer made, and for the most part, no replacement parts. These did not sell because of the above reasons; just did not make economic sense. H...
by jolt
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Help, experience, and opinions needed
Replies: 4
Views: 206

Re: Help, experience, and opinions needed

How many miles/km on cars? Remove belt as jayoldschool said and see if noise goes away but do not engine more than 1 minute as it will over heat. When was the last time you had the valve clearances checked? It could be a bad timing chain tensioner, worn out timing chain guides. Is the noise still th...
by jolt
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: ABS issue
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: ABS issue

So what scanner codes are you getting from the ABS? What year is your Vibe? Test your sensor output at the Brake Actuator Assembly. Pull the connector out of the unit. On the second gen Vibes, the right side rear sensor are wires colored Red and Green at the Brake Actuator Assembly. Connector pin nu...
by jolt
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: ABS issue
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: ABS issue

I know that the second gen Vibe has rear ABS sensor problems because of bad connections at the sensor plug to the wire harness. It is due to corrosion on the contacts and wires crimp connectors in the sockets. The first thing to check is the connector at the sensors for dirt and corrosion. New wirin...
by jolt
Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:58 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)

Loss of compression has three usual ways of happening. A burnt valve, bad piston rings, or a bad head gasket. All three of these things can be cause by other problems with the engine, like a burnt valve by not checking and adjusting the valve clearance, bad pistons rings from over heating the engine...
by jolt
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: buy a "clock spring"
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: buy a "clock spring"

Try this link for info:

search.php?keywords=clock+spring


Ebay
by jolt
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Intermittent engine hesitation/buck
Replies: 6
Views: 293

Re: Intermittent engine hesitation/buck

Here are the checks per Toyota:
by jolt
Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Idle Issues??? BIG News:
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: Idle Issues??? BIG News:

Was the PCV valve replaced? You did not say that you changed it. Did the mechanic change the PCV valve? A gasket leak that seals the crankcase is not a source of a vacuum leak. It is just another path that air can get into the crankcase or if there is to much blow by past the piston rings, another p...
by jolt
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Intermittent engine hesitation/buck
Replies: 6
Views: 293

Re: Intermittent engine hesitation/buck

I concur with Caretaker. Also have your battery and alternator tested.
by jolt
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Any ideas or tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Any ideas or tips?

Is the plastic discolored to gray but was black when new? Do you want to try and restore the plastic? Check this out: https://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/ask-mike-phillips-your-detailing-questions/91229-black-plastic-trim-now-white-restoration-any-tips.html See posts #5 and #6 but read the whole th...
by jolt
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Any ideas or tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Any ideas or tips?

....then you may as well knock out all the window glass and replace it with Lexan poly-carbonate. The glass is the heaviest body part on a car. I took it that he was wanting the car to look better when he said, I want the car to have a hot hatch feel and look. and money has to come into the picture ...
by jolt
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: wheel alignment orsomething else?
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: wheel alignment orsomething else?

Check your lower ball joints and the tie rods for wear. Also check your lower a-frames bushings for deflection and wear. Pay and get a real four wheel alignment done at a shop that does front end repair; not a tire shop. The best way to find a good alignment shop in your area is to talk to the body ...
by jolt
Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Any ideas or tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Any ideas or tips?

You could wrap the hood with a carbon fiber looking wrap or any design you can find.

Here is a video with links to other wrapping stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJEtVf8Wyzw
by jolt
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Interior light and outlets
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Re: Interior light and outlets

Did you look in the owners manual? It shows the fuses location and how to operate the interior lights. If you used the search on this forum, it will take you to a link to download the manual if you do not have it.
by jolt
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: 2009 Pontiac Vibe with reoccuring low/rough idle (and other symptoms)

With no codes, the ECM think every thing is normal so that kind of rules out a misfire on the ignition system for now. The throttle plate controls the idle speed. The 2008 and older Vibes have a ISC valve (Idle Speed Control) for idle control but the 2009 and up do not. The throttle plate is opened ...
by jolt
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Rear Defroster button sticky
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Re: Rear Defroster button sticky

You could try spraying some silicone spray lube around the edge of the button and work it inside. Not to much as it will run down on to any thing below the button. If need be pull the button out and then spray with silicone lube.

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