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by vibrologist
Sat May 26, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

Clean the dirty areas with brake cleaner or TB cleaner. You could try putting some stiff grease or chewing gum etc. on suspected leaks.
by vibrologist
Fri May 25, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

Are there any oil leaks around your engine? Timing cover, oil pan, oil filler tube etc?

Read this thread: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=46175&p=519596&hilit=timing+chain+cover#p519584
by vibrologist
Fri May 25, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

Don't know. but here is some very good general information on fuel pressure testing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeVTZz0od7Y
by vibrologist
Fri May 25, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

BenGenVibe07 wrote:I just noticed the filler cap seal is missing... I'll be replacing it tomorrow and praying just maybe this is it. I would be surprised if it's that simple, but I suppose it's connected to the PCV, is that right?


Correct.
by vibrologist
Thu May 24, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

last and desperate hint:
Disconnect battery negative.
Disconnect all plugs from the ECM. Reconnect the ECM and battery negative.

Disconnecting and reconnecting cleans the contacts. You can do that with all harnesses under the hood as well.
by vibrologist
Thu May 24, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

I don't know what to conclude of that- I was hoping for a miracle-.
by vibrologist
Thu May 24, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

Could it be a malfunction of the throttle body position sensor?
What happens if you disconnect it?
by vibrologist
Thu May 24, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe
Replies: 15
Views: 67

Re: P0171 turning into a witch hunt 07Vibe

How do the brakes feel? First check if you have re-attached the brake booster hose to the intake manifold after changing the gasket the last time. It is hidden and easily missed! Click on the link in my signature and scroll down about 3/4 of the way. there is a telling picture. Maybe the brake boost...
by vibrologist
Wed May 23, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New owner with questions
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: New owner with questions

Welcome to the forum, 50Megaton! I can't answer all your questions but I'll give a few cents worth: Before you go to high rpm and lift let the engine warm up. The oil needs to really flow in order to do its job. This engine is designed to handle lift. So you could go for maximum acceleration just ab...
by vibrologist
Tue May 22, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: what car in this video at 1:17?
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: what car in this video at 1:17?

I agree with both of you. Matrix it is.
by vibrologist
Tue May 22, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: what car in this video at 1:17?
Replies: 4
Views: 46

what car in this video at 1:17?

I wonder who can tell the car shown at 1:17 in this video:
https://youtu.be/sDFOr68dziY
by vibrologist
Tue May 22, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rough ride getting rougher..time for new shocks/struts?
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: Rough ride getting rougher..time for new shocks/struts?

My experience with expiring gas struts is that the ride does get rougher at first because the gas pressure gets lost, then there will be an oil leak and the ride gets softer. Most mechanics look for oil leaks and give a thumbs up when the struts look dry. I've put Monroe quick struts in my Gen1. The...
by vibrologist
Mon May 21, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 9
Views: 64

Re: Road trip

Look for cracks on the ribbing of the serpentine belt. If there aren't any or very few you are good.

https://youtu.be/jrYXpBPSMhI
by vibrologist
Mon May 21, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Slightly broken spark plug cap, and oil on spark plug..
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: Slightly broken spark plug cap, and oil on spark plug..

I know how you broke that: you did not loosen up the wiring that is bolted to the engine. Now ask me how I know that. It has no detrimental effect on my Vibe and it won't have any such effect on yours. Even without grease. Re oil on plugs I agree with Jolt. There may be a minor leak at the valve cov...
by vibrologist
Thu May 17, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: pontiac vibe 2004 and 2007
Replies: 6
Views: 62

Re: pontiac vibe 2004 and 2007

I am not 100% sure. The sensor should be on top of the tank or inside the tank. Unfortunately my searches don't bring up a direct hit for Corolla, matrix or Vibe. carsntoys.net seems to cover everything but P0452. Still, it might be a helpful source to you. But Peter Finn in his videos refers to a p...
by vibrologist
Thu May 17, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: pontiac vibe 2004 and 2007
Replies: 6
Views: 62

Re: pontiac vibe 2004 and 2007

The 04 codes are P0301, p0302, p0303 and p0304 I assume you used Toyota parts or Pontiac parts. Check for vacuum leaks, fuel pressure, clogged cat. Anything that could affect all cylinders at once. Clean all electrical connections you can access under the hood. A bad alternator could cause such mis...
by vibrologist
Wed May 16, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: pontiac vibe 2004 and 2007
Replies: 6
Views: 62

Re: pontiac vibe 2004 and 2007

Welcome dantayuba!

Check compression on your 04, look for vacuum leaks. Any codes?

P0452: Did you unplug the battery to see if it resets itself?

https://www.engine-codes.com/p0452_pontiac.html
by vibrologist
Wed May 09, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Brake help.
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Brake help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1NvtUwfRJc Generally, it is not a good idea to replace hydraulic parts on one side only. It may be OK but internally the older caliper has less internal resistance than the new one which leads to uneven brake force. You may feel this with very light touch to the brak...
by vibrologist
Mon May 07, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!
Replies: 64
Views: 2684

Re: Mark's Stealth: We Can Rebuild!

Is it the same body guy? How is he doing?
by vibrologist
Thu May 03, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: brake caliper and bracket corrosion

Torque specs of bleeder screws is a topic that arises quite often. I have never come across a number on any brake video I saw. Here is a something I found on a Miata forum: "I don't know of a spec for it, but based on these bleeder inserts being low hardness steel and the caliper being cast iro...
by vibrologist
Wed May 02, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: AC & Heater Problems
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: AC & Heater Problems

My guess: the door itself is stuck. The actuator motors are not very strong. In fact they don't even have an off position (I could be wrong here, but that's how it is on the Ford models I used to own). The door hits the end of the range and the motor keeps pushing. Your actuator may not be able to o...
by vibrologist
Tue May 01, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '09 Vibe GT - Engine & Transmission Mount Replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: '09 Vibe GT - Engine & Transmission Mount Replacement

This is on a Gen 1 . If you have the 1.8 L engine it should apply to your car as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jj1_iIwHbw
by vibrologist
Tue May 01, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Vibe is vibratin'
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: Vibe is vibratin'

Check engine and transmission mounts.
How many miles on your Vibe?
by vibrologist
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Body panel and missing clip
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: Body panel and missing clip

It's called an inner fender or fender liner. I don't know this particular clip, but I suggest you stop by a parts store and show them what you need. Remember you have the matching one on the other side. NAPA has a very good selection of fasteners.
by vibrologist
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: tfotos77 '03 Vibe Base Manual Trans
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: tfotos77 '03 Vibe Base Manual Trans

Wow! I love that story!

Welcome to GenVibe!

That blue is striking!

If you have no problem what so ever why would you fix it ? Keep checking for oil leaks at the tensioner.
by vibrologist
Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3513
Views: 320716

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Someone I know said tires have a limited safe life span. I heard four years. I bought a set of used tires fro my son's Hyundai Sonata. I did not check the production date imprinted on them. it's an oval with 4 digits showing week and year. I.e. 2508 = 25th week of 2008 or summer 2008. I just looked...
by vibrologist
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?
Replies: 8
Views: 138

Re: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?

I also have vibration at idle and it's starting to get annoying, so thread is very timely. Unfortunately, I have more questions for you guys and no answers: How can you detect/diagnose the vacuum leak mentioned above? There are different methods. Most common is to use a carb cleaner and spray it at...
by vibrologist
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?
Replies: 8
Views: 138

Re: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?

Chiming in here: All in-line 4 cylinders are prone to vibration. Engineering deals with it in a variety of ways. Engine mount bushings: Soft ones will reduce vibration at idle but will allow the engine to tilt at take off and sudden power demand etc. Hard ones will cause vibration at idle but handle...
by vibrologist
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hello from Rocklin Ca
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Hello from Rocklin Ca

Welcome, Streetfighter50!
I have a feeling you've got a great deal on a great car!
By the way it is rather easy to pull the carpet out for a super clean. Since you said there is a lot of hair I have to ask: does the old man still have any, or is it dog hair? :lol:
by vibrologist
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 115

Re: Is something broken under oil fill cap?

It's more likely that the hole was created gradually with the cam hitting the baffle. The metal shavings most likely went to the bottom of the oil pan or may have been caught by the oil filter. Since the engine seems to run fine there is likely no notable damage.
by vibrologist
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Under car questions
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Under car questions

Those are drain holes. They put them in because the whole body gets submerged in an electrophoresis primer bath.
by vibrologist
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 305

Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

One more thing: With your VIN number ask a GM dealer to see if all the recalls have been taken care of. It has the infamous Takata air bags, and some PCMs were recalled too.
by vibrologist
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 305

Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Sounds like you made a nice catch, Blue06B!

Check the cabin air filter.
Check the engine coolant.
by vibrologist
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: new guy!!
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: new guy!!

Welcome, newtoaVIBE! I am glad you found us! You mean 299999 miles and no longer counting? Use the trip odo to keep track of maintenance. It looks you got a bargain there. A few things: Add your location into the signature. You may have help nearby. We all like pictures of new additions to the GenVi...
by vibrologist
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: GM Dealer Oil CHange Fail
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: GM Dealer Oil CHange Fail

Please award me the Dummy of the Month trophy.


Sorry, you cannot nominate yourself! :D
by vibrologist
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Rough idle in only cold weather.
Replies: 17
Views: 467

Re: Rough idle in only cold weather.

thatvibeguy89 wrote:Final culprit was I had bad battery wires. Plus the purge valve wasn't working. It runs a lot better now.


Thanks for the feedback! I am glad for you it was fairly simple in the end.
by vibrologist
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Driver's Side Mirror
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Driver's Side Mirror

I went back to the wrecker and got the switch (only a couple of bucks) and it didn't work either. I'm going to check the wires and see if there is anything obviously wrong. I'd appreciate any other ideas. Check the wires as you have already planned. Keep in mind that the circuit needs to have groun...
by vibrologist
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 13
Views: 288

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

You fill the filter in order to get the proper pressure quicker. :shock: I've been changing my own oil for 30 years over 5 different vehicles and have never pre-filled the oil filter. Not sure how I would get it on without spilling, especially the ones that fit horizontally... No need to be shocked...
by vibrologist
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 13
Views: 288

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

That's the total capacity. You fill the filter in order to get the proper pressure quicker. You could put the filet on empty . It would take a few seconds longer for the oil pressure light to go out. It won't matter to you because you are buying 5 qts. change the filter and add 4 qts, Then start the...
by vibrologist
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

Tire Pressure Monitors were installed on all vehicles starting with the 2008 model year. Your car does not have them. My '05 has them. Turn the key to "on" without starting the engine.That makes the whole Christmas tree light up. That's the easiest way to see what's in your car. Also to t...
by vibrologist
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: '06 Base ~ apparently now mine
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: '06 Base ~ apparently now mine

Welcome, PV!
Your Vibe looks nice! You may want to start a thread in the GenVibe Garage. It's a great way of keeping track of what you have done to it and with it. In my signature you find a link to mine.
by vibrologist
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

You are welcome, Caretaker.
+1 on the Nokian Entyre 2.0 and I like the Cooper CS3 as well.
by vibrologist
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?
Replies: 11
Views: 460

Re: Cheapest tires that are worth a damn?

I found this website to be helpful: https://tirereviewsandmore.com/ Keep in mind: 1. how old are the TPMS sensors? You may want new ones or prepare to put a piece of tape over the #$%$!!! warning light. I ordered 4 new ones for my wife's car from Rockauto for about $150. My tire store would have bee...
by vibrologist
Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Rough idle in only cold weather.
Replies: 17
Views: 467

Re: Rough idle in only cold weather.

thatvibeguy89 wrote:I should also add that the exhaust from the front end of the car is a little noisy. That could be the bad gasket? Because if it was an o2 sensor or a dirty MAF sensor it probably wouldn't be making this noise?

If that leak is in front of the O2 sensors then it definitely can throw them off.
by vibrologist
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Totaled, or rebuildable?
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: Totaled, or rebuildable?

With the alignment unaffected it looks fixable to me. I'd have a body shop check what 's keeping the passenger door from opening. Probably the fender. I would bend the radiator support back as good as possible and have the front pulled back to make the hood line up again. I also think they should gi...
by vibrologist
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 base vibe, automatic transmission - MPG abnormally low?
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Re: 2009 base vibe, automatic transmission - MPG abnormally low?

I totally agree with jolt on this.
And then: cold starts kill the mileage. You said you do short distances. If your car cools down between the starts you have the worst case scenario for fuel mileage. Keep your rpm as low as you safely can manage. I often commute without going over 2300 rpm.
by vibrologist
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: New member

Welcome lilwhitevibe! I guess your vibe is white? Can you show us a picture? By the way: it is a good idea to add your location and the basic information of your Vibe into the signature. Also there is a GenVibe garage where you can keep a running story of your Vibe: http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/...
by vibrologist
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Rough idle in only cold weather.
Replies: 17
Views: 467

Re: Rough idle in only cold weather.

But why only in cold weather? You would think that if something was wrong the check engine light would go off all the time. I can see two potential reasons: when it's really cold the rubber seal shrinks more and gets really stiff. Therefore it lets more air through. 2nd, really cold air is really d...
by vibrologist
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Rough idle in only cold weather.
Replies: 17
Views: 467

Re: Rough idle in only cold weather.

is it just me or have others noticed that when our cars (or any car for that matter) is parked on an uphill slope with the gas tank facing downhill, that we often get a studdered start to our car? I used to think it was a matter of moist nights affecting the wiring in the engine. I'm now thinking t...

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