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by zbyers
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: '09 GT 2wd 2.4 Rear Pass Side Brake Not Engaging
Replies: 9
Views: 50

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

On a disc brake, a C-clamp is one way to try to straighten things out. Pull the caliper loose, put the clamp on the caliper so that the threaded section is -inside- the cylinder piston, and squeeze it slightly. if it's cockeyed, you'll probably hear a 'pop'. It shouldn't hurt anything if it's not. ...
by zbyers
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ‘Slightly’ broken front suspension.
Replies: 25
Views: 498

Re: ‘Slightly’ broken front suspension.

My 2004 Vibe GT is now experiencing this exact problem. Under load at 65+ mph you hear/feel wobbling/and or rattling. Immediately upon letting up on the gas you return to flawlessly smooth driving. I'm certain that my CV joints are on their way out. How long before it gets WORSE or till I park the ...
by zbyers
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Best Transmission Fluid Type
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: Best Transmission Fluid Type

Keep us posted if the new tranny fluid makes a nice difference for you.

I cannot recall the exact drain/fill specification off the top of my head. I think it is somewhere around what you drained out.
by zbyers
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: My new(ish) Vibe
Replies: 18
Views: 321

Re: My new(ish) Vibe

Cruise control is a fabulous feature... I need to get mine working again. Doesn't bother me since my commute is stop and go... But then I jump and drive 3 hours to Pittsburgh and wish it would work lol Same here, I work from home so don't drive much and/or far, but that once in a while long haul ma...
by zbyers
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: '09 GT 2wd 2.4 Rear Pass Side Brake Not Engaging
Replies: 9
Views: 50

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

An easy way to determine if the piston is stuck OUT, thus causing the brakes to constantly be engaged... Go for a short drive. 10-15min usually does it. Then get out and feel each tire. If the one is significantly hotter (you'll burn your hand hot!) that caliper is likely sticking and needs replaced...
by zbyers
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0793 - Intermediate Shaft Sensor SOLVED
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: P0793 - Intermediate Shaft Sensor SOLVED

It's also common for the speed sensor to get wet and cause the code to be thrown. Usually if you yank it out, clean up the contacts, and add some dielectric grease, you should be good to go.
by zbyers
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: New member

Welcome to the party!
by zbyers
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: My new(ish) Vibe
Replies: 18
Views: 321

Re: My new(ish) Vibe

Cruise control is a fabulous feature... I need to get mine working again. Doesn't bother me since my commute is stop and go... But then I jump and drive 3 hours to Pittsburgh and wish it would work lol
by zbyers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Best Transmission Fluid Type
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: Best Transmission Fluid Type

I've used the Castrol Import (I think it's called. Basically same flavor as that Valvoline.

Most opt to drain it multiple times across a few oil change methods vs. spending the money on a fluid transfer pump/vacuum that you won't use all that often.
by zbyers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: US - Southwest
Topic: Where do Nor-Cal Owners Meet?
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: Where do Nor-Cal Owners Meet?

There are a few members who are in Cali...but they're all mostly on the Facebook group these days. I think one of them is in the bay area.

Honestly, not a lot of members out that way. We seem to be concentrated in the NY, OH, PA, MI, area these days.
by zbyers
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How-To: Replace Belt Tensioner & Broken Bolt (1ZZ)
Replies: 5
Views: 1216

Re: How-To: Replace Belt Tensioner & Broken Bolt (1ZZ)

Cookie wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:51 pm
Excellent write up! Looking to change my belt tensioner soon and this has been helpful. Thank you. :D
Glad to be of service!
by zbyers
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody have a car shipped before?
Replies: 13
Views: 135

Re: Anybody have a car shipped before?

If this were after the first of the year, a flight from PA to FL, and from KS back to PA wouldn't be the worst thing for me. :lol:
by zbyers
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Adding Keyless Entry to an '06?
Replies: 2
Views: 27

Re: Adding Keyless Entry to an '06?

I know of one person who has added power locks to his 05 Vibe... He is on the Facebook page (see link in my comment). He isn't an electrical dude by any means, but was able to install it over a variety of weekends between work/school for him. From what I've gathered not overly difficult, but not a c...
by zbyers
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Subwoofer Upgrade
Replies: 3
Views: 32

Re: Subwoofer Upgrade

I would say the biggest concern would be the depth. The OEM sub is pretty shallow. As far as the OEM amp, sure it might be able to power it, but the #1 reason speakers blow is distortion from UNDER-powering them. basically what i was going to say. I think depth is only like... 6" or so, max. Not a ...
by zbyers
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Black Hole Under Rear Seat
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Black Hole Under Rear Seat

The rear seat has four 14mm (i believe) bolts that hold the seat cushion down. Undo those, and you will be able to flip the bottom of the seat up and see under it. That's how you access your fuel pump too. Who knows what you may find under the seat and carpet... Do you for some crazy reason have rus...
by zbyers
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:21 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Second Gen Vibe in Ohio
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Second Gen Vibe in Ohio

Welcome to the party. I would say leave MAF alone. Cleaning doesn’t really do much, and the cost of a new one is usually $$$$ PCV valve could probably use a cleaning (hose out w/brake parts cleaner and let dry) or replace. As always, fluid flushes—coolant, oil, brake fluid, gear oil, power steering,...
by zbyers
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2019 Coolant
Replies: 10
Views: 64

Re: 2019 Coolant

You should not mix the different flavors of coolant. If you have the orange dex-cool, most here would recommend removing it, and going with toyota pink. There are a select for that would say leave well enough alone. If it's toyota pink, add some more. Most shops would assume it requires dex-cool sin...
by zbyers
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2019 Coolant
Replies: 10
Views: 64

Re: 2019 Coolant

I think these fellas covered it. Zerex Asian is a perfect fit and readily available at most parts stores.
by zbyers
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Are There TPMS Sensors in the Wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 5171

Re: Are There TPMS Sensors in the Wheels?

What a PITA. I put air in all the tires, which needed only a few sips, and now my TPMS light is flashing indicating one or more of the sensors has gone bad. The tires are all new and fine; non are leaking. I then pulled the spare and raised the pressure up to 60 from 50 psi. I don't think spares ha...
by zbyers
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Gas smell under hood
Replies: 16
Views: 107

Re: Gas smell under hood

This says it fits, but it's also ebay, so who knows. When googling the part number the provide, doesn't give much info on it.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-1-8L-Fu ... 2533348058
by zbyers
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Gas smell under hood
Replies: 16
Views: 107

Re: Gas smell under hood

I dunno if that is sold separate. I don't even know what I'd call it. Is it a check valve? Looks like Toyota calls that "PIPE SUB-ASSEMBLY, FUEL" https://www.toyotapartsdeal.com/oem/toyota~pipe~sub~assy~fuel~23807-22061.html https://www.toyotapartsdeal.com/oem-toyota-fuel_rail.html?Make=Toyota&Model...
by zbyers
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Gas smell under hood
Replies: 16
Views: 107

Re: Gas smell under hood

This may be the OEM kit for ya. https://www.ebay.com/i/331954183959?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=331954183959&targetid=484372143119&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9006383&poi=&campaignid=8080423831&mkgroupid=86416348947&rlsatarget=pla-484372143119&abcId=1139446&mer...
by zbyers
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: No initial acceleration on a 2009 AWD, and high RPMs.
Replies: 4
Views: 57

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

On the 09-10 Vibes, when one light is on-- be it the CEL, VSC, TRAC, ABS, etc. the whole darn Christmas tree lights up. P0420 is unlikely to be the o2 sensor. The code itself tells you the o2 sensor is working, since it is reading that your converter is below efficient levels. Usually that code woul...
by zbyers
Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Creaking sound rear end
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Creaking sound rear end

I'd still lean towards my original suggestions.
by zbyers
Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Gas smell under hood
Replies: 16
Views: 107

Re: Gas smell under hood

Gotcha. I'll do some research and see what i can find for the o-rings. I am assuming you checked with toyota too? Yeah, once they get up there in age maintenance can either add up fast, or not at all. That's why I ended up selling my old '03. Needed some love, and it wasn't worth investing it in, wh...
by zbyers
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Gas smell under hood
Replies: 16
Views: 107

Re: Gas smell under hood

I had glanced at your other post about replacing the o-rings, so figured you did have it narrowed down to the front. Just thought I'd check. Have you done a leak down test to see if the fuel injectors are losing pressure or leaking? I would just find it odd that you're experiencing leaky injector or...
by zbyers
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Gas smell under hood
Replies: 16
Views: 107

Re: Gas smell under hood

What about the exhaust donut gasket coming off of the manifold? That should smell like exhaust, not gas, but that could be a source. What are the odds you might have a fuel leak at the tank or something? I know you said you mostly smell it when at a stop. Mom had a leaky gas tank, and we only smelle...
by zbyers
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Anybody have a car shipped before?
Replies: 13
Views: 135

Re: Anybody have a car shipped before?

TV shows that uship.com does some car hauling, too. I wouldn't be hesitant about shipping a car; would just do my due diligence to ensure I am picking a reasonable carrier for what I am paying. As others covered, verify they will have valid insurance the entire time the vehicle is in their possessio...
by zbyers
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Creaking sound rear end
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Creaking sound rear end

The two things that come to mind would be the rear struts, and the rear sway bar. Can you rock the car side-to-side, or bounce it up/down and replicate the noise? What if you hit the speed bump at an angle so your back tires went over it at different times. Does that isolate the noise to a specific ...
by zbyers
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Vibe owner, questions!
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: New Vibe owner, questions!

Yes, all but one of our are FWD. If you are running two different sized and/or types of tires (winter vs. all season), that would have something to do with what you are experiencing. I would recommend winter tires on all corners. Having just 2 up front will definitely cause the understeer your exper...
by zbyers
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Auto Show Hunters

The Seltos is interesting. I even kinda like the yellow color they have in that article... lol
by zbyers
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving, 2019.
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: Happy Thanksgiving, 2019.

Same to you fellas!
by zbyers
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2009 wheel fitment question
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: 2009 wheel fitment question

So long as you are not rubbing on anything, you should be fine.
by zbyers
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Vibe owner, questions!
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: New Vibe owner, questions!

You are on the right track by running snow tires over all seasons. What snow tires do you have? How is the tread depth? We have not had an issue on any of our...6 or so Vibes by simply running snow tires. No need to add additional weight to the rear. We either run Blizzaks or General Altimax Arctics...
by zbyers
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Brakes- expected replacement cost front/back '05 Vibe
Replies: 9
Views: 72

Re: Brakes- expected replacement cost front/back '05 Vibe

Definitely high when comparing to DIY. Does this place offer lifetime warranty on the parts? Monro Muffler for example offers lifetime brakes/rotors; just have to pay the labor next time around. If you are going to be unable to do them in the future, it may be worth considering a garage offering suc...
by zbyers
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:00 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Air Recirculation Actuator
Replies: 14
Views: 274

Re: Air Recirculation Actuator

I still don't know how people are able to get that top screw out. I can reach up and feel it but since there is a cable or duct just to the left of it I can never get a tool or even just the socket in there to get on the screw head. Regardless, I wanted to report that switching the gear (180) with ...
by zbyers
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3593
Views: 375060

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

On 11/16 I replaced both inner tie rod ends. Could not get an alignment as the adjusting nuts were seized. 11/23 i replaced a perfectly good axle on my 04 GT because the alignment shop melted the axle boot when trying to break aforementioned seized nuts free. Greasy mess, and unfortunately, not an O...
by zbyers
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Photography and Photoshop
Topic: 2009 Vibe Base
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: 2009 Vibe Base

The pictures posted! Nice lookin' ride. You could pick up some fog lights from the AWD model out of a junkyard, if you are inclined. Should just need the fog lights, the turn signal stalk w/fog switch, and maybe a relay or two. It'll all bolt up and tada, you have functional fogs.
by zbyers
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Photography and Photoshop
Topic: My New Installation
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: My New Installation

Looks nice! not too many change the radio in the 2nd gens.
by zbyers
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: replacement radio
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: replacement radio

I would say use cruthfield to find the parts you need, then search elsewhere for more reasonable costs.
by zbyers
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: trailer hitch question ==---
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: trailer hitch question ==---

The Matrix was actually built in Canada. The Vibe was built alongside the Corolla at NUMMI in California.

Anywho, it should fit all three. I have a hitch up for grabs here in Northwestern, PA if you are in need.
by zbyers
Mon Nov 25, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil filter
Replies: 17
Views: 370

Re: Oil filter

vibenvy wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:15 am
zbyers wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:57 am
The F1 filter is designed for the 2ZZ... the F2 is for the 1ZZ. You can swap them around with no issue. Most run the F1 filter as it has a slightly larger filter capacity....
The F1 filter is also used on 2009-2010 2.4L Vibes.
:D welcome back.
by zbyers
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: US - Northeast
Topic: Recommended mechanic in NH - Vibe?
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Recommended mechanic in NH - Vibe?

I don't know of anyone out that way. Since your Vibe is a Toyota, you can use your local Toyota dealer if you want to spend $$$ money. Outside of that, there isn't anything on here that a regular mechanic can't touch.
by zbyers
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: driver headlight much dimmer than passenger headlight
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: driver headlight much dimmer than passenger headlight

What bulbs are you running? Perhaps if they are low quality bulbs they are the issue? Or have you tried swapping those around, and confirmed it is indeed the wiring?

Did you solder in a new ceramic connector?
by zbyers
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Photography and Photoshop
Topic: Still trying to put pictures on
Replies: 4
Views: 60

Re: Still trying to put pictures on

Depending where you opt to host it, you can click either of this buttons. They will insert line code (added space between brackets so it doesn't link), [ img] and [ / img]. Where the word "and" is you would paste the URL of where you have the image hosted. Alternatively, you could use the link butto...
by zbyers
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2010 GT Vibe wheels/rims
Replies: 14
Views: 164

Re: 2010 GT Vibe wheels/rims

How did you mount the tires on the wall? :lol: A little engineering ingenuity ;) 3/4" steel pipe "bent" then welded to some angle iron, painted, laminated on the ends with some 3/4" PVC pipe so there wouldn't be "steel on steel", lag screwed into the garage framing walls, then finally drilled holes...
by zbyers
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: tire size
Replies: 7
Views: 79

Re: tire size

Is yours AWD? If so, it's recommended to keep all 4 the same size tire, and replace all 4 (unless the others are going to be simliar tread depth of your new replacements). If FWD, I would say it is best to replace 2 of the same size you already have. With that said, the size you mentioned will fit; ...
by zbyers
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 14
Views: 186

Re: Auto Show Hunters

I, too, would be okay with a Crosstrek at a discounted price should they opt to upgrade the powerplant. I do agree that the 2.0L is underwhelming for this vehicle. It should have been equipped with a turbo, or a large engine from the get-go. I have really been eyeballing the Crosstrek or some other ...
by zbyers
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 947
Views: 144202

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

My '07 is just about to hit 200k miles. We have owned it since 85k miles. Outside of a broken belt tensioner bolt, and a variety of mishaps to the body, she still is a fabulous car. Not sure if I want to trade it in next year for the wife to get a new ride.
by zbyers
Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?
Replies: 32
Views: 863

Re: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?

Okay - HO would be 'high output' - but what defines high output? I have no idea what MU5 might mean. Also, wouldn't toyota corolla mounts work for the Vibe? At least for the 03-08 years? MU5, I believe, is the trans code for the 2003-2006 AWD. As for Corolla mounts, they might work. Comparing to to...