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by vibrologist
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Received a Takata recall letter today.
Replies: 8
Views: 80

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: 5
Views: 57

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: 10
Views: 63

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: 8
Views: 120

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: 4
Views: 77

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: 91

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: 132

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: 91

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: 110

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: 113

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: 260

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: 114

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: 260

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: 215

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: 215

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: 125

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: 87

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: 105

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: 230

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: 130

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: 130

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: 5
Views: 185

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...
by vibrologist
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: New category: All Weather Tires
Replies: 1
Views: 112

New category: All Weather Tires

This should be of interest to Quebecois because in Quebec winter tires are mandatory. If you only want one set of tires and still drive year round that's the only way.

https://www.consumerreports.org/winter- ... ear-round/
by vibrologist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: leak at driver A post (front of door) - sunroof? door? windshield?
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: leak at driver A post (front of door) - sunroof? door? windshield?

I would clean out the drain lines just to be sure they are open no matter if there was water at the moon roof or not. Inspect the seal. Has the windshield ever been replaced? It's glued in and if the installer let the shield slip down as the glue dried than it left a small gap above the upper edge o...
by vibrologist
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Winter Tires = Different Vehicle
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: Winter Tires = Different Vehicle

I really wanted the Weather Masters ST2 but they have been discontinued. I would have preferred a non-directional tire. The Evolution is the replacement for the ST2. I bet the Evolution provides a better steering response compared tot he ST2. We have the ST 2 on one car and General Tire Altimax arc...
by vibrologist
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Smell gasoline and maybe exhaust
Replies: 15
Views: 1495

Re: Smell gasoline and maybe exhaust

I can definitely smell something when I'm idling. I found that if you don't blow in outside air that you can't smell it. Can turn on outside air (vs recirculate) when you are moving with no problem. Both me and my mechanic looked for obvious exhaust leaks and couldn't find anything that sounded lik...
by vibrologist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 19
Views: 1186

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

Here is the updated pocket friendly list by tirereviewsandmore:
https://tirereviewsandmore.com/10-most- ... s-in-2018/

Interestingly the Cooper CS3 is no longer present. Cooper's Starfire RS-C 2.0 is listed now.
by vibrologist
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: sandbagging behind driver/passenger?
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: sandbagging behind driver/passenger?

The inconsistent throttle response could have a number of causes. 1. There was a recall for the ECM on a number of models (including my 05 base). Check if yours is included and if the recall has been performed. 2. The throttle body could be sticky. that's where your cleaning will come in. 3. A small...
by vibrologist
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Time to say Goodbye to my Vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Time to say Goodbye to my Vibe

That's right. Keep the Vibe and trade in the Corolla. Because it looks like your pretty girl is ready for a puppy and the Vibe has room for one.
by vibrologist
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: sandbagging behind driver/passenger?
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: sandbagging behind driver/passenger?

Is this the point in time to dish out winter driving tips? Some of the best I have received came from a Canadian. Avoid braking. Let the car slow down with engine braking. When you have to stop do this: when the car is about to stop put it into N and then very lightly apply the brake. You get better...
by vibrologist
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: sandbagging behind driver/passenger?
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: sandbagging behind driver/passenger?

What's the reasoning of placing extra weight right there in the middle of the chassis? Do you feel any improvement when you have passengers as compared to driving alone? Placing weight in the middle will change the distribution in favor of the rear tires. But it is the front tires that need help. I ...
by vibrologist
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Sumthin’ broken under oil filler cap...
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Sumthin’ broken under oil filler cap...

Sure looks like it. The baffle was bent down and touched the cam. The cam cut all the way through. That should have been noisy.
by vibrologist
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Ring Dropped Down Front Defrost Vent
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: Ring Dropped Down Front Defrost Vent

From the looks of the diagrams I am guessing the ring is inside the Defroster Nozzle Assy. It is hard to imagine how it could move from there into the duct work.
by vibrologist
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The forum is back!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: The forum is back!!!!!

Yes, I couldn't get in either.
by vibrologist
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Byerscrew Vibe Garage
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: Byerscrew Vibe Garage

What a cool Vibe family! Thanks a bunch for this info: We replaced the rear subframe on it with one from an 2009 Vibe AWD or GT. Despite interchanges listing this as non-compatible, it fit with ZERO modifications or issues. That is sure to help somebody out there. Wait a minute! In only 4 years you ...
by vibrologist
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Ring Dropped Down Front Defrost Vent
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: Ring Dropped Down Front Defrost Vent

you may end up having to remove the dash to get to it. It's not as hard as you might think. I am not sure if there is a complete dash removal Youtube. But there are some Youtubes how to remove the bezels and other parts of the dash leaving very little for you to figure out on your own. If you get t...
by vibrologist
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Hatch Mechanism
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Hatch Mechanism

Welcome to the forum, 2006!
Two Vibes? Now you have two reasons to start a thread in the "Vibe Garage".
by vibrologist
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Vibrologist's '05 Vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 9577

Re: Vibrologist's '05 Vibe

It's time for an update 2 1/2 year after the last one. The car has now more than 131K miles on the clock. It did very well indeed. Beyond the oil changes there were very few things that needed attention: Wipers battery loose heat shield brake light bulbs plastic fasteners for the under tray starter ...
by vibrologist
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The forum is back!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 566

The forum is back!!!!!

About one week of "Can't reach this site" had me worried, deeply worried!

Thanks to the human being who lubed 1s and 0s to get them unstuck! :D
by vibrologist
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Misfires on all but one cylinder
Replies: 18
Views: 1035

Re: Misfires on all but one cylinder

rockers had indeed thrown from 4 valves I seem to recall that the owner's manual talks about the occasional need to adjust valve clearance - yes, adjust valve clearance even though the lifters are of the hydraulic self adjusting type. Apparently they are able to go out of range. If that happens the...
by vibrologist
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Passing emissions with check engine light on
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: Passing emissions with check engine light on

As far as I know P0BS is not an official code :lol:

What is the actual code you have not addressed in 2 years time?
by vibrologist
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Blower fan noise
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Blower fan noise

What is the noise? Tuck-tuck -tuck....?
If it is clicking like that you need a new recirculation actuator. I did this just a few weeks ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjEVPCi5JVU
by vibrologist
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rotational noise
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Rotational noise

Most likely a tire is out of balance or other wise damaged. One way to figure that out is by rotating the tires. If the problem moves to another corner of the car or mystically disappears you have proof that it is the tire. You say you need new rotors. It is not impossible that a bad rotor causes a ...
by vibrologist
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New to forum
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: New to forum

I would NOT buy a car sight unseen!
Not long ago we here at the forum responded to an inquiry regarding an ad for a Vibe. We coaxed the person into paying for an inspection by a mechanic. It turned out the Vibe was in an accident that did not show up on Carfax.
by vibrologist
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 06 Vibe wont start
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: 06 Vibe wont start

Random thoughts here: Do you have coolant in the engine at this point? If not then there will be no valid signal from the ECT sensor. This should not be preventing it from starting because with the engine cold the computer uses presets. Once it gets warm it will run rich. Also could you show us some...
by vibrologist
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Blown Transmission. What to do next.
Replies: 7
Views: 376

Re: Blown Transmission. What to do next.

Indeed, I agree with Caretaker.
You could also ask yourself: where do you get a Vibe like yours for $1800-2500?
by vibrologist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Roger Biebl New Member 2009 2.4 Vibe Base
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Roger Biebl New Member 2009 2.4 Vibe Base

This seems to be a doctor thesis on "how to make a simple thing really complicated."
Look at this thread: viewtopic.php?t=41838
by vibrologist
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2010 Vibe Base, 2.4L MPG question
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: 2010 Vibe Base, 2.4L MPG question

There is another difference between the Camry and the Vibe: aerodynamics. The two major factors for aerodynamic resistance are frontal area and coefficient of drag. The Vibe has a much greater frontal area than the size of the body may imply. And it definitely has a higher coefficient of drag becaus...