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by Plarka
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: HID light blew and don't know where to get a bulb!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 403

HID light blew and don't know where to get a bulb!!!

Help! A few months ago I bought a 2007 Toyota Corolla (I know, I can't get into the Toyota forum lately so I'm here!) from a guy who had changed the low beams to HID. Now I have to replace the darn thing and Advance Auto doesn't sell them, I looked on Amazon forever and there are lots of reviews say...
by Plarka
Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Do you use Walmart brand oil filters and oil?
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: Do you use Walmart brand oil filters and oil?

I'd like to use synthetic because I heard you don't have to change it as often, but can I start doing that at 203,000 and 123,000 miles? Might my cars object?
by Plarka
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:55 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Do you use Walmart brand oil filters and oil?
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Do you use Walmart brand oil filters and oil?

I compared the filters in the store and the Walmart one is way smaller and doesn't look at good. But maybe the Fram is unnecessarily bigger? And the sure grip stuff made it look fancier? Is it necessary?
by Plarka
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Should I use high mileage oil?
Replies: 2
Views: 436

Should I use high mileage oil?

The guy I bought my 07 Corolla from had been using high mileage oil, so I figure we need to keep doing that, right? Also, should I start using it on my 05 Vibe? It has about 203,000 miles.
by Plarka
Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Touch-Up Paint Code Chart 2003~2009 (Freshly Updated!)
Replies: 26
Views: 23833

Re: Touch-Up Paint Code Chart 2003~2009 (Freshly Updated!)

Why does the color for my 2005 come up under the 2003's? I looked up the WA number in the glove compartment. It's blue.
by Plarka
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Touch up paint for stonechips on 05 Vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 619

Touch up paint for stonechips on 05 Vibe

We found some for our 07 Corolla, called Duplicolor All In One, but they don't have any for the blue Vibe. What's best that comes in the blue? Edited to say now that my husband has washed the car, millions of other kinds of flecks of paint coming off are showing! What can we do about this, the cheap...
by Plarka
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Are there safe, natural things to use on dashboard?
Replies: 9
Views: 3711

Re: Are there safe, natural things to use on dashboard?

vibenvy wrote:I use Mothers Interior Protectant.


Does it have a strong smell?
by Plarka
Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What is this paint problem and how do I fix it??
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: What is this paint problem and how do I fix it??

I think I'll just go with the clear paint! What is it called, clear touch up paint? I guess it's cheapest online?

Also we need to start waxing our cars! I had no idea!
by Plarka
Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What is this paint problem and how do I fix it??
Replies: 6
Views: 866

Re: What is this paint problem and how do I fix it??

Is repainting the roof expensive and tricky? Will it not match the rest of the car? So, I should buy some clear car spray paint? I don't remember it looking like this when I got it almost 2 years ago, and I haven't touched it! We live in Florida, maybe it's the sun? Does this part of the car have a ...
by Plarka
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Are there safe, natural things to use on dashboard?
Replies: 9
Views: 3711

Are there safe, natural things to use on dashboard?

I use just water and Norwex microfiber to clean inside my car, but how can I take care of the dashboard and other vinyl and plastic in my car with natural stuff? I don't know what it's called....polishing? I just bought a new used car and the guy obviously was putting something on the dash etc and i...
by Plarka
Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Paint for stone chips and rust?
Replies: 3
Views: 677

Paint for stone chips and rust?

Where is the cheapest place to get touch up paint for stone chips, to match my blue 05 Vibe?
by Plarka
Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Seat covers to match?
Replies: 1
Views: 856

Seat covers to match?

2005 Vibe with light grey interior, and the front seats are looking gross from water stains and I guess dirt. I cleaned one, will do the other but it will happen again. Mainly on the driver's side, since we just got a second car to now be the family car. The Vibe is now for my husband to drive to wo...
by Plarka
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

So do I not want to do what that person described, which is basically a flush?
by Plarka
Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

Don't flush the Tranny or run any chemicals in it!! You want a Fluid change over and is a simple process. Just disconnect the transmission return line from the radiator and transmission. Connect a hose to the fitting on the radiator and put into a 5 gallon bucket. Connect the Transmission side with...
by Plarka
Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:20 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

I just arrived in NY the other day, the car made it up here from Florida just fine. I hope to be going to a transmission guy today to see what he thinks it wrong. I emailed the guy I bought the car from and asked if he knows if the transmission fluid was ever changed or flushed and he pretty much sa...
by Plarka
Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:51 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

Is checking the connectors something I can do? I couldn't find a youtube video on it. Everyone says my transmission fluid is dirty, but one guy did say at least you can still see some red. And it doesn't smell bad or burnt.
by Plarka
Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:39 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Transmission problem on check engine light
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Re: Transmission problem on check engine light

Just that I sometimes notice a jumpiness going between 40 and 50 or 60. Could it still be what you said, given that?
by Plarka
Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:52 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

Ok I'll have the guy check the tcc connection. Could a transmission fluid and filter change be what it needs? Is that safer than a flush? I don't know if it was ever changed or flushed, and have read and been told that in that case, something about the 'stuff' in the fluid helping lubricate, or some...
by Plarka
Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Transmission problem on check engine light
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Re: Transmission problem on check engine light

Just read through an old thread that talks about getting a transmission drain and fill and NOT a flush. Could it be safe for me to drive about 15 more hours from where I am to where I'm going before getting it looked at? Could this be what I need? My friend drove it just now and said it did feel jum...
by Plarka
Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Transmission problem on check engine light
Replies: 6
Views: 745

Transmission problem on check engine light

I previously posted about a mechanic saying I had a transmission problem, but neither I nor about 4 other mechanics and a friend that drove my car noticed anything. Now I'm on the road, driving from Florida to NY and the check engine light came on. (2005 Pontiac Vibe 176,000 miles, bought 2 months a...
by Plarka
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

So now I'm on the road, driving to NY from Florida and the check engine light comes on. (2005 Pontiac Vibe 176,000 miles, bought 2 months ago) I did slightly notice 'something' between 40 and 50mph, I guess when the gear was changing. A little jump maybe. Very slight and not every time. I went to Au...
by Plarka
Sun Dec 21, 2014 5:56 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

I've not been feeling well, so took a break from the car fixing! Triz: Thanks so much, but I'm about 45-60 min from you, that's probably too far! I went to a mechanic I found on one of the websites recommended here, and 2 of the guys drove it and said it's just the tires. I have used tires I got a c...
by Plarka
Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

Derf wrote:One main cause of high pitched sound is a power steering, AC, water pump, or idler bearing.


What exactly do you mean about each of these things that could be wrong? So I can suggest them to the next mechanics.
by Plarka
Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

Argh I can't believe I've been had! But his price is so cheap compared to everyone else, how can I not use him? He's a mobile mechanic, I figure that's why he's cheaper. By 'He had already bought the part' I meant after we arranged for him to do it and then the next day when he was actually going to...
by Plarka
Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Re: Mechanic says my transmission is bad

Thanks so, so much everyone for your replies. It's an automatic. He replaced the front passenger bearing. I feel so ripped off. I said I didn't want to get it done only to keep hearing the sound and have paid all that money for nothing and he assured me that wouldn't happen. He assures me the bearin...
by Plarka
Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Mechanic says my transmission is bad
Replies: 42
Views: 2263

Mechanic says my transmission is bad

My 2005 Vibe has a high pitched sound when I hit about 42, a couple weeks ago it was when I hit 60. A couple mechanics said it was a bearing, got that replaced and mechanic said at the end he realizes it's the transmission on its way out. He said when he took it for a drive it was vibrating and felt...

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