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by gginnj
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: replacing brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: replacing brakes

oh, and if you use an S hook to secure the caliper to the coil spring while your taking off the rotor (so it's not flopping all over). Don't forget to remove the S hook when your done..... I know, sounds like a duh moment. But I didn't.....and took the car for a test drive, and heard this noise like...
by gginnj
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.

Well....Found some You Tube noise videos (like looking medical symptoms....) found this video [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qU6JyYnhtI[/youtube] What is involved in the Vibe to replace these bushings? Is it almost the same amount of work to replace the rack? Was considering doing brakes,...
by gginnj
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.

it's a 2004 vibe. It makes the noise whether the car is driving or parked, which was why I was suspecting maybe the tie rod or the rack - since it did it parked - just turing the wheel. I didn't think the CV was involved, it didn't matter which direction the wheel is turned - and no morning sickness...
by gginnj
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Steering makes a creaking sound when wheel turned.

My vibe makes a creaking sound when you turn the steering wheel - either direction - and when the car is off as well. Steering feels tight. Would the power steering pump make noise even when the engine is off? It's louder inside the car - still need to find someone however to turn it while I'm under...
by gginnj
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: What's the "Mystery box" inside my front doors
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: What's the "Mystery box" inside my front doors

By any chance, is this a rear door? If so, could this be a bumper to prevent the rear window from lowering all the way?
by gginnj
Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: What's the "Mystery box" inside my front doors
Replies: 8
Views: 756

Re: What's the "Mystery box" inside my front doors

Have you tried to remove/open it yet? You didn't get your car at a DEA auction did you?
by gginnj
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 04 Vibe - Passenger Window slow at first to lower
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: 04 Vibe - Passenger Window slow at first to lower

The window doesn't seem to move around when its descending. Other than the window doing a little "I think I can..." at first - nothing else is abnormal - no noises - vibrations... I agree, the door panel is fairly easy to remove - (I replaced the door check on the drivers side - that was p...
by gginnj
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 04 Vibe - Passenger Window slow at first to lower
Replies: 3
Views: 317

04 Vibe - Passenger Window slow at first to lower

Recently the passenger window is a little slow to lower - then picks up about a 1/3 way down to normal speed - raising isn't an issue.
no clicking noted - so I don't think the door check is involved in this.

is this the motor starting to go bad? or could it be the switch?

Thanks
by gginnj
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:27 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...

I'll have to try that another day - or if the light comes back on. We have noticed a decrease in the RPMS when first started since I cleaned the MAF sensor, and it seems to run a little smoother. Maybe just coincedence - but for now - I'll try not to find something that isn't asking to be found! at ...
by gginnj
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...

I read that about the vacuum leak also, but it doesn't act like it has a leak - or not one significant enough to cause rough idling or hesitation - the rpms stay pretty steady. it took almost 3 months to come back, and when cleared again, so far it's been almost 2 weeks. I would think if it was a va...
by gginnj
Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...

Just a followup - the CEL came back on again after about 90 days. I pulled the code but it wasn't o2 related - rather MAF related.P0170 I wasn't sure if it was fuel related - since most stations are now running with winter gasahol - I just reset the code again only because I needed to get the car in...
by gginnj
Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Cold Engine Idle > 2000 rpm
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: Cold Engine Idle > 2000 rpm

Good. I wasn't sure, seemed slightly excessive from what I've had on other cars.
Just it seems soooo loud inside the car!

GG
by gginnj
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Cold Engine Idle > 2000 rpm
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Cold Engine Idle > 2000 rpm

Now that it's been colder out, we have noticed our 2004 Vibe when it's first started and the engine is cold, it will idle at 2200 rpm. Once the engine warms up, it drops. No CEL or rough idling, just high idle rpm.

Is this the normal rpm range for a cold vibe engine?

Thanks
by gginnj
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2004 Vibe - Other model rims that will fit?
Replies: 1
Views: 635

2004 Vibe - Other model rims that will fit?

I'm looking to pick up a used rim at the junk yard, in case they don't have any Vibe/Matrix wheels available
which other makes and/or models can I use as a reference?
by gginnj
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...

Does it matter how many sampling ports are on the oxygen sensor? Would the old one having 1 row vs the one I used having 4 have any significance other than different manufactures? As for the old code, I forget which one it was - but it was only 1 code - and it was specific to the upstream o2 sensor ...
by gginnj
Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

O2 sensor replacement - Check Engine Light...

The CEL on our 2004 vibe was on, per the codes and a mechanic said it was the O2 sensor upstream. I replaced the O2 sensor with an Amazon purchase - forget the brand off hand. The previous owner said he replaced it also about 6 months prior to our purchasing it. I did note that the one I removed loo...
by gginnj
Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Had the pleasure of replacing the cig lighter fuse....!
Replies: 4
Views: 2221

Re: Had the pleasure of replacing the cig lighter fuse....!

yeah, I thought about trying the mirror/flashlight method next time as well - will have to look into getting some long nose locking forceps.
That would require leaving the fuse block cover off as well - but I guess with a little manipulation, you could unlock that as well with the forceps.

Thanks
by gginnj
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Had the pleasure of replacing the cig lighter fuse....!
Replies: 4
Views: 2221

Had the pleasure of replacing the cig lighter fuse....!

Well, my theory is that Toyota expects only very short thin contortionists will be driving vibes - why else would they put that fuse box where it's at??? Well, for what it's worth, the fuse puller that is in the fuse box in the engine compartment really is the best puller for those fuses as you can ...
by gginnj
Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How can you turn off the headlights when it's dark out??
Replies: 1
Views: 630

How can you turn off the headlights when it's dark out??

When it's light out and the headlights aren't auto on - I can decide if I want to turn them on or off, 2004 Vibe But...if it's dark out - I have not figured out how to turn the lights off while the car is still running (we have only had ours since March) Why??? If I want to turn the lights off then ...
by gginnj
Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:08 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2004 Vibe - Front Brakes - Hardware question....
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: 2004 Vibe - Front Brakes - Hardware question....

Well, I found out what the noise was/is. The inner wheel well (the plastic piece that attaches to the front of the car and and goes over the axle apparantly is broken, and is currently zip tied to the frame, and was missing a few fasteners. I put in fasteners to anywhere there was a mounting hole th...
by gginnj
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: how many oxygen sensors does the 6 cyl engine have?
Replies: 4
Views: 563

Re: how many oxygen sensors does the 6 cyl engine have?

never mind....DUH.... not sure why I was thinking the engine was a V configuration - hence looking for front and back oxygen sets. Maybe I was just wishing it was a V6!! Been working on my Taurus too long..... Yes, it's an inline 4 - so that would answer my question - it should only have 2 sensors, ...
by gginnj
Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:35 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: how many oxygen sensors does the 6 cyl engine have?
Replies: 4
Views: 563

how many oxygen sensors does the 6 cyl engine have?

I see the upstream one by the firewall, and the downstream under the floor board. I couldn't see any upstream however to the front of the car.
Does the vibe have a set for each manifold? or is there only 1 set after the exhaust combines?
by gginnj
Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: how to fix window clunk after recall fix (pics)
Replies: 10
Views: 4327

Re: how to fix window clunk after recall fix (pics)

Seems our Vibe has fallen prey to this issue as well. I initially thought the window was hitting a wire or locking mechanism cable. Glad it hadn't shattered. but it seems that the open door vs closed door diagnostic test (cluncks while closed, no clunk while open) confirmed. Rather than file off a c...
by gginnj
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2004 Vibe - Front Brakes - Hardware question....
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: 2004 Vibe - Front Brakes - Hardware question....

I picked up the hardware kit. Pulled the old brakes, and they were good - almost new, and the rotor was still smooth. Caliper pins were lubed good, and the pad clip had lube on it, so whoever did the brakes prior to us buying the car in March did ok - although neither inner pad had the wear indicato...
by gginnj
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2004 Vibe - Front Brakes - Hardware question....
Replies: 5
Views: 892

2004 Vibe - Front Brakes - Hardware question....

I will need to change the front brakes on my 2004 Vibe - Looks straightforward enough.... Bought the rotors and pads. The only hardware that came with the pads were these 2 black clips (which I'm assuming is a wear sensor?). I've watched quite a few YouTube vids, and no one is putting any hardware o...
by gginnj
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: what is that plug inside right side tail light access panel?
Replies: 7
Views: 1396

Re: what is that plug inside right side tail light access panel?

no, no XM or Serius - however, the previous owner did have Serius, but it was aftermarket and tapped into the console. The dock is still wired - it has 12V power, antennae and audio out and docking bus. Don't know if the first owner had it installed, but I doubt it - the cubby hole in the back doesn...
by gginnj
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Making custom tailgate rug for Vibe
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Making custom tailgate rug for Vibe

I had all the clips and straps still in their bag as well. Found them when hunting out the spare tire.

So far, everything stays where it belongs now. I like the rubber matting, better than rugging,
and luckily, found it really cheap (about $5.00).
by gginnj
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: what is that plug inside right side tail light access panel?
Replies: 7
Views: 1396

Re: what is that plug inside right side tail light access panel?

It does have keyless remote - and power locks.

Below is what it looks like:

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by gginnj
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: I know someone has the answer to pet hair!
Replies: 6
Views: 819

Re: I know someone has the answer to pet hair!

try putting duct tape, get the good really sticky kind, and attach to a paint roller. Start with sticky side down, then flip it, and wrap it over itself across the roller. Now you have a really long lint roller with a good handle that you can really put some pressure on. that may pick up quite a bit...
by gginnj
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: what is that plug inside right side tail light access panel?
Replies: 7
Views: 1396

what is that plug inside right side tail light access panel?

We have a 2004 vibe hatchback - inside the right side tail light access panel, there is an electrical plug - looks like it has about 4 or so wires.

What is this plug for?

thanks
GG
by gginnj
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Making custom tailgate rug for Vibe
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Making custom tailgate rug for Vibe

Our newly purchased 2004 Vibe tailgate was pretty useless to put groceries or anything else, with that hard plastic, everything kept sliding around, bags fell over....not pretty. So...decided to make our own, on the cheap. http://www.instructables.com/id/Pontiac-VibeToyota-Matrix-Custom-Trunk-Mat/ GG

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