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by vibrologist
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Missing engine ...caper
Replies: 10
Views: 68

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: 9
Views: 73

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: 89

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: 89

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: 89

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: 91

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: 91

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: 8
Views: 100

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: 153

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: 94

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: 1303

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: 6
Views: 130

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: 153

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: 143

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: 79

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: 14
Views: 206

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: 148

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: 148

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!
by vibrologist
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Should I risk changing Transmission Fluid OR seal its fate and leave it alone?
Replies: 14
Views: 206

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

I am thinking like bookworm does. That talk about killing a transmission by giving it a service is based on a piece of actual history: When transmission flush machine were introduced indeed some long neglected transmissions failed shortly after. But those transmissions used old style ATF and had a l...
by vibrologist
Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hello from Columbia Missouri!! (Current 2005 Vibe Owner)
Replies: 8
Views: 134

Re: Hello from Columbia Missouri!! (Current 2005 Vibe Owner)

Welcome to the forum!
It was about time you came out of the closet!
We have a friend in Columbia and visited her a few years ago. We took a stretch of Route 66 of the under the wheels of the Vibe. The thread in my signature will take you to a picture I took in Cuba, Mo. Missouri is a beautiful state!
by vibrologist
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: ‘09 Vibe 1.8; P0352 Ignition Coil B
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: ‘09 Vibe 1.8; P0352 Ignition Coil B

Yes, it may have been a connection issue.
Question: was there any oil on the boots of the coils? If so you have a leaking valve cover gasket and the problem will come back.
by vibrologist
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hasn’t even been a year and we have 3 Vibes now lol!
Replies: 10
Views: 167

Re: Hasn’t even been a year and we have 3 Vibes now lol!

Bookworm wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:44 pm
Still looks better than mine.

I don't bother with a picture because mine's a definite 'user' car, not a 'show' car.
Some of us appreciate 'user' cars as much if not more so than 'show' cars.
by vibrologist
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Efficency issue vibe 2006
Replies: 10
Views: 843

Re: Efficency issue vibe 2006

Watch some videos, like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGNd78jJ-f4

It is very important to clean the sliders and lubricate them properly.
by vibrologist
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Received a Takata recall letter today.
Replies: 9
Views: 219

Re: Received a Takata recall letter today.

I got my letter 10 days ago. Driver and passenger air bags are different. The inflators of the passenger bags have/had an unstable explosive in it. Over time it attracted moisture and could explode with too much force. That could launch some metal pieces like shrapnel and kill somebody. In the initi...
by vibrologist
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?

Let's first look at the driving conditions: What is your method of calculating fuel consumption? Is it cold where you live? Do you drive short distances and the engine hardly ever reaches operating temps? You rev the engine to which level when you go through the gears? Do you have unnecessary weight...
by vibrologist
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 Clutch Pedal Slow to Come Up Last Few Inches
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: 2009 Clutch Pedal Slow to Come Up Last Few Inches

I was trying to find a picture of the '09 ish clutch pedal assy. No luck. A Mazda pedal showed up. However you may search for pictures of similar vintage Toyota Matrix, Corolla and Scions. I bet they used the same design in various cars. You could also go to a Toyota or GM parts counter and look at ...
by vibrologist
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hello fellow vibe enthusiasts!
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Re: Hello fellow vibe enthusiasts!

Welcome to the forum, thatsthevibe! I looked at your pictures and want to tell you that it is much easier to get around corners if you load that tree lengthwise! :lol: Maybe this thread helps with your window surround issue: http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=45951 There are lots ...
by vibrologist
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Saying hi from Calgary Alberta
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Saying hi from Calgary Alberta

Welcome to the forum, TinyHulk!

Only 120000km on your '05 Vibe. That's fantastic. Keep us posted. Maybe start a thread in the Vibe garage to chronicle the things you do to it and with it.

I have an 05 base as well and it has been doing great.
by vibrologist
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: ANOTHER person with a stuck drivers door
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: ANOTHER person with a stuck drivers door

Thanks, Joatmon.
I wonder if it is possible to take out the screws and then push/pry the panel up by 1/2" or so while breaking the plastic fasteners. There may be enough flexibility to yank it off. It's a probably a good idea to have a junk yard panel at hand.
by vibrologist
Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Misfire
Replies: 10
Views: 232

Re: Misfire

It looks like you are in for a do-over +. The + is the valve cover gasket. Oil in the plug tunnels will cause misfires. I'd also spring for Denso plugs and coils and replace the intake manifold gasket and TB gasket. If you haven't thrown away the old coils you may clean them from oil traces and try ...
by vibrologist
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: ANOTHER person with a stuck drivers door
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: ANOTHER person with a stuck drivers door

There are only a few screws on the inner panel that are accessible without opening the door. Along the perimeter the panel is held in with plastic fasteners that pop out. You should be able to make a hook to grab the edge of the panel to pull it off on most places. You can compare with the passenger...
by vibrologist
Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: How to open a dead sunroof?
Replies: 10
Views: 164

Re: How to open a dead sunroof?

I found this video based on a GM vehicle. Hopefully it helps you. I'd first check the fuses, then...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNuDFx35UW0
by vibrologist
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: REBUILT salvage title...would you buy it?
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: REBUILT salvage title...would you buy it?

We have owned cars that have been in accidents prior to our purchase. One of them was a 2000 Ford Contour with front end damage fixed. There was one nagging thing: somehow the steering made a knocking sound. Somebody did not fully tighten the steering rack mounting bolts. Its alignment was good but ...
by vibrologist
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New here
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: New here

Ray wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:50 am
I cant seem to load a picture from my phone. What am I doing wrong yall? Lol
Usually the file is to large. 100KB seems to work well.
by vibrologist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: End of '07 Vibe era
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: End of '07 Vibe era

Sorry to hear that, livin.
Can you post a picture of the damaged side?
by vibrologist
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New here
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: New here

Welcome to the forum Ray! You know, uhmm, we have a little initiation ritual here: you must post a picture of your Vibe no matter if it's dirty or clean! It is also a good idea to put your location into the signature so someone can hit you up for help (or the other way around). Glad to have you here!
by vibrologist
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: clicking sound from engine bay when idling
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: clicking sound from engine bay when idling

This sounds like a bit of valve ticking. I don't think I would worry about it. I think you have to take the camshaft off in order to adjust the valve lash. So it is a major job. I am sure my car had it never done and it is at 134000 miles or so. So far you have done a nice job of a tune up. I assume...
by vibrologist
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: clicking sound from engine bay when idling
Replies: 11
Views: 299

Re: clicking sound from engine bay when idling

I am not totally sure what the normal idle speed is but 600 to 700 seems low to me even if yours is a manual, definitely low if it is an automatic. There might be some pinging going on. I would bump it up to 850 or so. Your '03 TB is cable operated. There should be an idle speed screw. Re fuel econo...
by vibrologist
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Choices : Control Arms, Ball joints, CV axle
Replies: 4
Views: 180

Re: Choices : Control Arms, Ball joints, CV axle

Mevotech: No. I bought some tie rod ends. The rubber boot crumbled within a year.

Moog: Yes. However, a sway bar end link was so hefty that there was not enough space for the grease nipple. This was for a Mazda Protégé. Just make sure there is the space for Moog parts in your application.
by vibrologist
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2004 Vibe OEM Wheels Pitting & Cracking
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: 2004 Vibe OEM Wheels Pitting & Cracking

That's corrosion going on under the paint. I have refinished badly corroded aluminum wheels of a Ford Focus. I followed a YouTube on the project. I used Citrus paint stripping gel, sanded, primed with a rattle can and painted with a rattle can. Krylon makes a very tough paint specifically for wheels...
by vibrologist
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Should All Motor Mounts Be Changed At The Same Time?
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Should All Motor Mounts Be Changed At The Same Time?

I don't think it is necessary to replace all engine/tranny mounts at the time when one of them fails. They are strategically placed and incur different loads anyway.
by vibrologist
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2003 Vibe GT can't figure out why it won't rev above 5100 rpm please help
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: 2003 Vibe GT can't figure out why it won't rev above 5100 rpm please help

Actually, you never posted the code. You only posted this:
The only code I get is for the airbox side OCV.
That is not the code. That is your interpretation of the code.
by vibrologist
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Matrix/vibe pet barrier
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Matrix/vibe pet barrier

Siberian Husky Beautiful breed of dogs! And they are strong. I think the barrier you found there is the best option to protect your boy from them. It has been said over and over that the interiors of the Matrix and Vibe are the same. Somehow you need to confirm that the distance of the rails matche...
by vibrologist
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Matrix/vibe pet barrier
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Mayrix/vibe pet barrier

That looks like a really strong pet barrier. Do you have a Siberian Tiger for a pet? I don't know for sure if this fits. i guess it does. Maybe you could find a Matrix in a junk yard or on a used car lot and take measurements to compare with your Vibe? By the way, my pet barrier was much less expens...
by vibrologist
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member from Pickering Ontario saying hi
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: New member from Pickering Ontario saying hi

Hi and welcome! We definitely want to see a photo of you low km Vibe. You can re-size a picture in various photo editors. I keep forgetting what the limit is. Between 100 and 130 KB it should work. Some 2.4 L engine suffered from excessive oil consumption. You may consider reading up on that and use...