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by vibrologist
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Vibe Owner here! Full intro/info with questions at the end!
Replies: 11
Views: 116

Re: New Vibe Owner here! Full intro/info with questions at the end!

Welcome to the Vibe family! You already have learned a lot about your VIbe and cars in general and you will probably learn some more yet. That's a benefit of buying a car with problems and it should not be under-estimated. Also you are now the beneficiary of the repairs that have been done. I don't ...
by vibrologist
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Alloy -> steel, vibration headaches...
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Alloy -> steel, vibration headaches...

Alignment check is a good idea. I always get the alignment checked when mounting new tires because that's when you get the best results. A suspension check should be routine with the alignment because you can only align properly when the ball joints and stuff are not worn out. New tires on new rims ...
by vibrologist
Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I stole a Vibe
Replies: 9
Views: 165

Re: I stole a Vibe

The Vibe seats 5. Let's take an average weight of 200lbs x 5= 1000 lbs - your own weight. Weight distribution could become an issue. i'd put one fairly heavy tool box into the passenger foot well. You did very well and I had the same feeling about fuel cost when I replaced my Ford Windstar with my V...
by vibrologist
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member from Tipp City, Ohio
Replies: 4
Views: 114

Re: New member from Tipp City, Ohio

Oh, nice. A Vibe bouncing around in the family. Maybe you'd like to make a thread in the GenVibe Garage about it?
by vibrologist
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member from Hudson, FL
Replies: 11
Views: 123

Re: New member from Hudson, FL

Welcome, wagonis!
Start a thread in the GenVibe Garage. It's a great way of keeping track of your progress and letting us have a look as well.
by vibrologist
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member with a 03 Vibe Toad new to me.
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: New Member with a 03 Vibe Toad new to me.

Welcome, svt4cam! Glad to have you here.
by vibrologist
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: New Member

Welcome to the forum, netmatt!
Looks great, all I would do are the headlights and maybe alloy wheels.
by vibrologist
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ‘Slightly’ broken front suspension.
Replies: 23
Views: 362

Re: ‘Slightly’ broken front suspension.

Forgive me if it has been sad before: check inner and outer tie rods, lower ball joints and steering rack mounting bolts. How about the control arm bushings.
by vibrologist
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Starter Motors
Replies: 10
Views: 171

Re: Starter Motors

I've already got the cliff picked out when the time comes
Nothing will catch caretaker off guard.........ever! ;)
by vibrologist
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Shavings found in oil for the first time..
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Shavings found in oil for the first time..

It's hard to tell from the pic what these crumbs are. They don't look metallic to me. They could be sludge. With fresh oil and going 2500 miles in 2 or 3 days the engine basically received a motor flush. But if they are metallic then bookworm and zbyuers answered your question.
by vibrologist
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Front passenger caliper locking up
Replies: 16
Views: 273

Re: Front passenger caliper locking up

You most likely fixed it. Kudos! As it works now there is little use to speculate on what caused the problem.
by vibrologist
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Newbie here - thanks for letting me join!
Replies: 4
Views: 178

Re: Newbie here - thanks for letting me join!

Welcome Gundy! Nice to have you here. I am also on the FB page now and then. There is a lot of bantering going on. This site is more factual. I think you will like the practical pointers you get here. Post a picture and expand your signature to include your location. Help may be nearer than you think.
by vibrologist
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Front passenger caliper locking up
Replies: 16
Views: 273

Re: Front passenger caliper locking up

I have discovered the issue with the caliper seizing up have nothing to do with the caliper itself. I can always get the caliper to release by cracking open the brake line anywhere. You make a good point. But I am not 100% convinced by that. Diagnostics can come up a false positive or a false negat...
by vibrologist
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Front passenger caliper locking up
Replies: 16
Views: 273

Re: Front passenger caliper locking up

Chiming in here even though I have not taken a Vibe front brake apart. However I did so on a Mazda Protege. In the Protege the lower slide pin is placed inside a rubber sleeve that goes all the way through the hole in the caliper. The upper slide pin has individual rubber boots on either side of the...
by vibrologist
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member
Replies: 13
Views: 357

Re: Purchased 2003 Pontiac Vibe New Member

Welcome to the forum, thrasher!

It looks like you got a good one. I agree with drain and fill of all fluids. I would also go ahead and replace the valve cover gasket. I have not done this on a Vibe but it sure looks like a diy job.
by vibrologist
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Can't part with my Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Can't part with my Vibe

Give in to the sweet seduction and buy a brand spanking new Subaru. Sell your Vibe to zbyers. Do the math according to caretaker. Sorry, bookworm! you just make too much sense. Honestly, reydenna, reading between the lines I feel that you will not enjoy turning your own wrenches. Maybe you just lack...
by vibrologist
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Best All-Season Tire?
Replies: 43
Views: 9673

Re: Best All-Season Tire?

When it comes to selecting tires I found this website very helpful: https://tirereviewsandmore.com/
by vibrologist
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Canada - Ontario
Topic: Driver side front door threshold rusting...
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: Driver side front door threshold rusting...

I am not sure if you are talking about the sill plate or the door cladding. If it's the door cladding look here: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=44681#p507900
Just like zbyers said.
The sill plate probably pops out. Look for screws first.
by vibrologist
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Door checks
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: Door checks

Thanks a lot, vferdman! That's an excelent piece of hacking! Also kudos for the excelent pictures and posting them directly to the board rather than linking to a hosting site. This post is now listed in the Maintenance Bay's The New Great How To Index: http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?...
by vibrologist
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix
Replies: 22
Views: 758

Re: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix

Looks cool, all black!
by vibrologist
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Canada - Ontario
Topic: Radio display bulbs
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Radio display bulbs

There is a thread on this with a few options for the bulbs:viewtopic.php?f=17&t=26889#p305136
by vibrologist
Fri May 31, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix
Replies: 22
Views: 758

Re: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix

I hope I am still allowed to hang out here on the Vibe forum as I am still learning about this car.
Well, that's up to the committee. The committee meets only once a year in the first week of May..... ;)

Congrats! Now you need to post some pictures. We all know how a Vibe looks, but a Matrix????
by vibrologist
Thu May 30, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix
Replies: 22
Views: 758

Re: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix

"Toyota cold", which is ice-cold on most Toyotas I have been in with functioning AC. It won't get "Toyota cold in a Vibe". I always have to use at least speed two with the fan to get sufficient cooling and on the hottest days even 3 or 4 won't be enough. GM ain't cutting it here. I have switched to...
by vibrologist
Thu May 30, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix
Replies: 22
Views: 758

Re: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix

The engine oils that are called "High Mileage" contain an additive that will expand rubber and make the seals seal better. However: once you have put that stuff into the engine you are pretty much bound to stay with it because if you revert to no-High Mileage stuff the additives that soaked into the...
by vibrologist
Thu May 30, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix
Replies: 22
Views: 758

Re: Looking to buy a Vibe/Matrix

this almost unused 2007 Vibe. It has less than 10K miles on it. I am afraid I have to let a few raindrops hit your parade regarding the low mileage. Cars that have been sitting for a long time like this one have their own set of issues. Sitting this long means that the fluids did not circulate and ...
by vibrologist
Wed May 08, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Seat cushion - side air bag?
Replies: 4
Views: 182

Re: Seat cushion - side air bag?

Have you considered getting a used seat from the junk yard? I bet you will find a serviceable one rather inexpensively. You would have time to take it apart and wash the covers and wash out the foam pads while you still use the old seat. There is a thread somewhere here how to take the seat apart. T...
by vibrologist
Mon May 06, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Disable headlight DRLs, relocate them, and KEEP auto lights!
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: Disable headlight DRLs, relocate them, and KEEP auto lights!

Wow! That's an impressive write up.

Please consider loading the pictures directly to GenVibe instead of going through a hosting site. We lost a huge amount of content when Photobucket changed their business model and made a lot of images inaccessible.
by vibrologist
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB - My first Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 491

Re: WTB - My first Vibe

Some time ago i was considering buying a car in the Atlanta area. Why? they use very little if any salt on the roads. I'd never consider going from Atlanta to Wisconsin to buy an aging car. Let's hope the rust on your purchase is limited.
by vibrologist
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:19 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB - My first Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 491

Re: WTB - My first Vibe

I wish you best of success in your search. The Atlanta region is a large market for used cars. I suppose a Vibe that comes close to your criteria is going to show up earlier or later. Hopefully you can raise a little more cash by selling a few things you may no longer need. 2K is a bit low or you ma...
by vibrologist
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Missing engine ...caper
Replies: 13
Views: 440

Re: Missing engine ...caper

I know these places well, and that's the thing...they don't have storage or removal areas. Even if they did, why this engine over so many others!? So I guess the engines are that popular...which really surprises me. I can understand the GT engine, but not the base. There must be somebody in your ne...
by vibrologist
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Oil leak on left side of engine, no idea where it's coming from..
Replies: 16
Views: 535

Re: Oil leak on left side of engine, no idea where it's coming from..

That is "left" when you stand in front of the car, correct? Typically that is referred to as the passenger side or right side. That's where the drive belt is. The most common oil leak is a failing O-ring of the timing chain tensioner on that side.
by vibrologist
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes

As other suggested, I'd quickly borrow a torque wrench from a parts store to torque your wheels when you're done. You don't want them flying off while you drive, or being on too tight next time you go to take it off. By the way: alloy wheels must be torqued a second time after about 100 to 150 mile...
by vibrologist
Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes

I didn’t use a torque wrench just kinda tightened things are much as I could with my socket so maybe that’s an issue? Yes, that could be. Let me suggest watching some Youtubes on doing brake jobs preferably on Vibes and Matrix and Corolla. You will see what the sliders are and what stuff to use for...
by vibrologist
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Noise from wheel after new rotors and brakes

Most likely the pads are keeping in contact with the rotor. Did you clean and lubricate the sliders?
by vibrologist
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer

When you need the car again, you rotate it back on, and you have a battery that's in a lot better shape.
This has one disadvantage though: the computer will be in relearn mode every time. Using a battery maintainer (trickle charger) could avoid that.
by vibrologist
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer
Replies: 8
Views: 315

Re: 2003 with CEL code P1345 from dealer

Adding to jolt's advise: there is some inexpensive guess work you can do. Jolt: It could be the cam sensor, the crank sensor, the wiring between the sensor and ECM, You can disconnect any of the wiring harnesses and inspect them for corrosion, clean them and reconnect. Same with the battery cables. ...
by vibrologist
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Shaking that has me stumped
Replies: 10
Views: 381

Re: Shaking that has me stumped

Still, do what Kostby suggested.
It could also be a tire. When belt separation begins it takes a good amount of centrifugal force to be felt in the car. And you could miss it on inspection because you only see it standing still.
by vibrologist
Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: That feeling you get when you see an old "girlfriend"
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: That feeling you get when you see an old "girlfriend"

There is no car-fax reports available for the car, and vin # wasn't provided over the phone.

Do you still have an old registration receipt or insurance receipt? There is your VIN.
by vibrologist
Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: Best Way to Protect/Restore Different Parts?

There is a youtube channel on detailing that may be of interest to you:
https://www.youtube.com/user/SweetProjectCars
by vibrologist
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 32
Views: 1884

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

They made Vibes in 2016?

The 8th position of the VIN indicates the engine type.
by vibrologist
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Oil Leak at 350,000+ miles
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: Oil Leak at 350,000+ miles

You could try Blue Devil Oil Stop Leak. It's a conditioner for oil seals. You find it in auto parts stores.
by vibrologist
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: That feeling you get when you see an old "girlfriend"
Replies: 7
Views: 427

Re: That feeling you get when you see an old "girlfriend"

They sure made it look nice. I would be delighted about seeing this effort as well. We have had previously damaged cars in our fleet. In any of them the panel gaps were not perfect and neither was the color match. There was also evidence of short cuts taken. Some bolts were missing or not tightened ...
by vibrologist
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Little Things
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: Little Things

First ask your parents if they kept records of any maintenance. That way you can avoid unnecessary expenses. I would inspect - and only replace if necessary: Spark plugs (NGK Irridium IX). Brake pads, rotors, shoes, drums. All fluids: oil, tranny fluid, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid. Ca...
by vibrologist
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Spark plug tube removal
Replies: 6
Views: 261

Re: Spark plug tube removal

Even if you can get it loose, there's a good chance you've mangled that section of the head, and redoing the thread would still be best with the head removed. I can't argue with that. The main risk of re-threading or inserting a Helicoil is this: The cutting action will create metal filings that ca...
by vibrologist
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?
Replies: 15
Views: 617

Re: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?

Use Toyota Type IV transmission fluid. That way you don't have a mixture of brands and types in the tranny. There is no hard rule on how many drain and fills to do before changing the filter. 1st drain and fill (d&f) gives you about 50% new. 2nd d&f gives you about 75% new. 3rd d&f gives you about 8...
by vibrologist
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Beloved '03 with only 80K mi totaled. Juicy story. Advice solicited.
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: Beloved '03 with only 80K mi totaled. Juicy story. Advice solicited.

if you're in a nursing program and want to excel and be the top scholar, then you're not going to have time to be selling parts. Focus on your career. Remove any personal items from the totalled Vibe and possibly a few other items that will go unnoticed. That is sage advise! Right now the totaled v...
by vibrologist
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Beloved '03 with only 80K mi totaled. Juicy story. Advice solicited.
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: Beloved '03 with only 80K mi totaled. Juicy story. Advice solicited.

When the insurance totals out a car it becomes the insurance company's property. If you take stuff of that car it is theft. They won't bother about the curtains, they are yours, but the engine and the wipers are theirs. You can of course try to buy it back from them.

So be careful!