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by vibrologist
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ‘Slightly’ broken front suspension.
Replies: 23
Views: 187

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: 105

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: 103

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: 15
Views: 178

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: 97

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: 15
Views: 178

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: 15
Views: 178

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: 229

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: 325

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: 9295

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: 154

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: 198

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: 615

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: 103

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: 615

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: 615

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: 615

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: 615

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: 145

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: 299

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: 397

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: 397

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: 364

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: 431

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: 274

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: 274

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: 274

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: 264

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: 264

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: 311

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: 385

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: 361

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: 1737

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: 411

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: 385

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: 313

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: 219

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: 513

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: 373

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: 373

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: 15
Views: 513

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: 358

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: 228

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: 11
Views: 467

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: 1051

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: 10
Views: 519

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: 591

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...