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by MacGyver
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How to add steering wheel buttons to an 09-10 base
Replies: 9
Views: 1422

Re: How to add steering wheel buttons to an 09-10 base

Hello, I did this mod on my 2009 AWD vibe. It believe it's a base model but not sure, I opted for a whole new leather wrapped steering wheel with both side controls. I also cut off the side wings from my old airbag. I've installed the new clock spring. I'm just confused about what to do now and get...
by MacGyver
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: keyless entry
Replies: 6
Views: 328

Re: keyless entry

2009+ the auto relocking feature can be programmed at the dealer.
by MacGyver
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: MacGyver's - 2009 Vibe Base
Replies: 87
Views: 15430

Re: MacGyver's - 2009 Vibe Base

Hi, Nice work and great informative posts. The lights of the radio, HVAC controls and gear shift indicators are off. Bulbs are fine, no lose connectors and everything else is working fine. Cannot locate the reponsible fuse. Any idea where to look for a cause? Thanks, Joe 2009 Base Vibe Check for a ...
by MacGyver
Thu May 03, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: adjustable coffee cup holders
Replies: 5
Views: 950

Re: adjustable coffee cup holders

Best bet is finding spares at a junkyard. I always pick these up if I find them in a junkyard, unfortunately I don't have any spares to send out at the moment. The part numbers are 58923-02050-B0 and 58922-02010-B0
by MacGyver
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3583
Views: 367908

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Checked air filter. Last changed Apr 27 2017, still clean. Applied RainX to the windshield. Fixed a loose connector behind the airbag that was causing the steering wheel controls to flake out.
by MacGyver
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: '09 Vibe GT - Speed Sensitive Power Steering Warning Light
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: '09 Vibe GT - Speed Sensitive Power Steering Warning Light

All 09+ Vibes have electric power steering. Whoever did the engine replacement needs to double check all wiring harnesses and connections going to the steering rack. Something got pulled or chafed.
by MacGyver
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 09-10 Monsoon system w/sub and Gm's OnStar
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: 09-10 Monsoon system w/sub and Gm's OnStar

Welcome to GenVibe! The amp is under the front seat. You'll need to cut off the plugs and either bypass the amp or install a new amp in its place. A multimeter will be required to figure out what wire goes where. Run RCAs from the aftermarket deck to the new amp through the center console , abandoni...
by MacGyver
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2010 vibe GT power outlet and cigerette lighter
Replies: 2
Views: 502

Re: 2010 vibe GT power outlet and cigerette lighter

There are three modules under the driver's seat - inverter, OnStar, and Stabilitrak. If the inverter is dead or has been removed, inverter won't work. Here are instructions to disassemble the center console and have a peek to see if the wires behind are still connected. It seems suspicious that both...
by MacGyver
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: It's not looking good...
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: It's not looking good...

Grab the cupholder dividers. They are always in demand!
by MacGyver
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Dash lights
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: Dash lights

You can't turn off the instrument cluster backlight, otherwise you wouldn't be able to see the gauges.
by MacGyver
Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 base 1.8l
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: 2009 base 1.8l

I believe the ECU has an output for remote lock chirp, as the 2009+ Matrix has it via an external piezo buzzer, but there isn't anything connected to that pin on the Vibe. I have not tested this theory.
by MacGyver
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Adding factory Cruise control
Replies: 40
Views: 20391

Re: Adding factory Cruise control

....I didn’t run into the issue that some manual driver had of the cruise cutting out and other issues. One kinda weird thing I have noticed. I’ve disconnected the negative battery terminal twice to mess with cruise control stuff, and after each time the clock reset but I didn’t lose any radio pres...
by MacGyver
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Tpm or tmps sensor issue
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Tpm or tmps sensor issue

Find a reputable tire shop with a TPMS scan tool to see if any of the TPMS sensors have a dead battery. If they are factory sensors, plus being 8+ years old, they're probably dead. Connect a OBD reader to the vehicle - are there any codes? Never heard of a dead TPMS module before, but anything is po...
by MacGyver
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Toyota Matrix stereo bezel with clock in vibe?
Replies: 2
Views: 543

Re: Toyota Matrix stereo bezel with clock in vibe?

You'll almost certainly have to modify existing harnesses. As a previous Gen1 Matrix owner, the clock will need constant 12V+, switched 12V+ accessory, and 12V+ illumination to dim it at night. Fortunately you can get all that off the radio. Not sure about the airbag light. You may have to retain th...
by MacGyver
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:51 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Airbags and Scanner
Replies: 2
Views: 366

Re: Airbags and Scanner

If the airbag light is on in the instrument cluster, there has to be a numeric fault code. You can short out two pins on the OBD connector to reveal the code by flashing the airbag light in a pattern. I have an airbag light on in my 09 and want to try the technique in this video: https://www.youtube...
by MacGyver
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Vibe Owner Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 453

Re: New Vibe Owner Questions

Welcome to GenVibe! 1. Sounds right for the 1.8L, but not sure about the 2.4L 2. Not normal on any vehicle. Have a mechanic check it out. Start with checking tires for abnormal wear, rebalancing wheels, alignment, check suspension components, bent axles. 3. No 4. I run winter tires. You should, too.
by MacGyver
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 base 1.8l
Replies: 8
Views: 881

Re: 2009 base 1.8l

Mine does that when cold. I think it's the belt. I want to try a gatorback belt to see if the noise goes away. The 1.8L only has four pulleys - drive, water pump, A/C, and alternator. If a new belt doesn't solve the problem, it's almost certainly the water pump. The OEM water pump on the 1.8L was ju...
by MacGyver
Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member, will be getting an 09 Vibe for "free"
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: New member, will be getting an 09 Vibe for "free"

Congrats on your new Vibe. Oh, you like to mod? You've come to the right place! :D
by MacGyver
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Wooshing sound after installing snow tires
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Re: Wooshing sound after installing snow tires

I have Goodyear Ultra Grip 400 winter tires on my 09 Vibe. They are EXTREMELY loud, but that's what I get for mounting a winter tire with an agressive tread pattern that looks like it belongs on a monster truck.

I don't get stuck anywhere with these tires, though!
by MacGyver
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Corolla stereo for '09 base?
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: Corolla stereo for '09 base?

The 2009+ Corolla and 2009+ Matrix/Vibe dash is completely different. That radio won't fit in the dash opening of the Vibe. Also, Toyota backup cameras run on 6V power instead of 12V like every other automotive camera in the world. Spend your money elsewhere. Here is what I did in my 09 base: http:/...
by MacGyver
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:42 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Antenna wire terminator for connecting to factory stereo
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Re: Antenna wire terminator for connecting to factory stereo

If that or any other piece gets dropped inside the dash, you're not getting it back without dismantling the entire interior of the car.

When I installed my aftermarket radio, I remember that piece popping off, but I was able to stick it back on.

Best bet is probably a junkyard.
by MacGyver
Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: My stereo died :(
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: My stereo died :(

Get any radio from Kenwood, Pioneer, JVC, Sony. Order from Crutchfield and they throw in the wiring harness and dash kit for free. Super easy install, all you need is a 10mm socket and about 30 minutes.
by MacGyver
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: something vibrating behind dash/instrument cluster
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: something vibrating behind dash/instrument cluster

Could be a loose wire in the aftermarket radio wiring harness. Ideally these harnesses should be taped up to prevent rattling, but most installers don't.
by MacGyver
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: MacGyver's - 2009 Vibe Base
Replies: 87
Views: 15430

Re: MacGyver's - 2009 Vibe Base

Hi, new to the forum. How is the backup camera holding up now that you've had it for a while? Thinking of doing the same with this system (or something similar) Just trying to decide on placement: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B071D9TWSG/ Welcome to Genvibe! The camera crapped out after one winter due t...
by MacGyver
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: MacGyver's - 2009 Vibe Base
Replies: 87
Views: 15430

Re: MacGyver's - 2009 Vibe Base

[quote="Alpine"]Hi, new to the forum. How is the backup camera holding up now that you've had it for a while? Thinking of doing the same with this system (or something similar) Just trying to decide on placement: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B071D9TWSG/ The camera crapped out after one winter due to sal...
by MacGyver
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe vibrations...
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: Vibe vibrations...

On the 2003-2008 Vibe, disconnecting the battery resets the ECU. The car then idles poorly for about 60 miles, feels like it will stall at every light, then goes back to normal after it relearns the fuel trim. This is by design.
by MacGyver
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: no aux chord what to do?
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: no aux chord what to do?

Replace the whole radio with aftermarket that supports AUX, USB, and Bluetooth music streaming. Go to crutchfield.com and they throw in the wiring harness and dash kit you'll need for the install. It's super easy.
by MacGyver
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: '09 Stereo Upgrade
Replies: 3
Views: 720

Re: '09 Stereo Upgrade

Sorry, none of the wiring needed for the upgraded stereo and sub is in the base model. It's pointless to install eight year old OEM gear, when there are plenty of modern aftermarket options that are far superior and will make your old Vibe sound flat. And if you have to pay to have it installed, you...
by MacGyver
Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 26
Views: 1307

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

I found this thread for a Camry, but the symptoms are the same, and it's apparently been dubbed the "Toyota W-T-F Mode" http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/104-camry-5th-6th-gen-2002-2006-2007-2011-2nd-gen-solara-2004-2008/426366-2009-camry-gauges-dash-lights-issue-ac-stops-wtf-mode.html The cause in ...
by MacGyver
Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 26
Views: 1307

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

The last thing you did to the car was install a Bluetooth stereo. Try ripping it out and putting the factory one back in. What wiring harness did you use? Any loose wires? Hope you used crimp caps or solder/heatshrink and not electrical tape.
by MacGyver
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2010 Intermittent No Start
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: 2010 Intermittent No Start

My daughter’s vibe has an intermittent no start issue. Today I went to troubleshoot it and it started. So I’m thinking it’s the pump relay but I can’t find the damn thing. Thanks for the help. What's the battery voltage with the car off? Have you considered it could be a bad starter? Here's an exam...
by MacGyver
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2010 Intermittent No Start
Replies: 13
Views: 958

Re: 2010 Intermittent No Start

I'm new to this car too. I have not been able to download a comprehensive wiring diagram. The wiring diagram for the 09-10 Corolla is pretty close. There are a few things missing like the rear wiper and power inverter, but otherwise everything else is the same. https://www.scribd.com/doc/94557409/2...
by MacGyver
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...
Replies: 26
Views: 1307

Re: 2009 GT - No PS, ABS & Brake Light, Guages not working...

I diagnosed a similar problem on a completely different car, a 2006 Mini Cooper, last week. Battery was dead from the car being stored all summer. After changing the battery, the car started fine. But symptoms were gauges not working (except fuel), ABS and brake lights on, traction control light on....
by MacGyver
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Mystery Wire, What is it?
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: Mystery Wire, What is it?

To change the license plate bulb, you can remove the light housing from outside the vehicle. No need to remove the heat shield.
by MacGyver
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Exvita - 2009 Vibe GT
Replies: 6
Views: 836

Re: Exvita - 2009 Vibe GT

Welcome to GenVibe! You can upload up to three photos per post, but they must be each 130kB in size maximum.
by MacGyver
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 1zz,2zz. Differences?
Replies: 4
Views: 806

Re: 1zz,2zz. Differences?

Great question. This video has the answers you are looking for.

https://video-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t42 ... e=59A3C5C1
by MacGyver
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Battery
Replies: 15
Views: 1028

Re: Vibe Battery

For the record, the majority of car batteries in North America are made by Exide or Johnson Controls, and sold under dozens of brands. Walmart or Costco batteries are fine.
by MacGyver
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: Biske - 2010 AWD Vibe (Bingbing!)
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Biske - 2010 AWD Vibe (Bingbing!)

Welcome to GenVibe! The radio as you have installed it, is correct. Because the dash is curved, it has to sit like that in the dash. The Pioneer 7" touchscreen radios actually fit well because the controls are on a ledge at the bottom of the radio. If you want something different, it would require a...
by MacGyver
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Tweeter replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 519

Re: Tweeter replacement

You should install component door speakers (woofer and tweeter) as a set, otherwise they will sound terrible.
by MacGyver
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: OBDII scanner
Replies: 8
Views: 738

Re: OBDII scanner

I have this one, except in Canada they are sold under the Autel brand.

https://www.harborfreight.com/automotiv ... 62142.html
by MacGyver
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Places to hard wire interior LED setups
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: Places to hard wire interior LED setups

Use a fuse tap. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8b9CvUMcNQo

Just find a fuse that is always on.
by MacGyver
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I'm towing a light travel trailer, Vibe is super slow, barely climbs hills/mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1269

Re: I'm towing a light travel trailer, Vibe is super slow, barely climbs hills/mountains

With the Vibe you really want to avoid pulling a trailer and having three passengers and a full load of stuff in the trunk. Yes, the Vibe can pull a trailer, but inevitably drivers want to cram the trailer and car full of gear.
by MacGyver
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:42 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Performance After 200K
Replies: 2
Views: 432

Re: Performance After 200K

It's normal to expect the performance of a car to decrease as it ages. This post gives a good explanation. https://www.reddit.com/r/AskEngineers/c ... over_time/
by MacGyver
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Auto dimming on the headunit in a 2010 GT
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Auto dimming on the headunit in a 2010 GT

Ok cool. Yeah I've got one somewhere around here. Do I need the key turned to test for the +12V or just turn the parking lights on? Just turn on the parking lights I have wanted to try connecting it to the photocell on the dash so the head unit only autodims when it's dark, since I run my lights on...
by MacGyver
Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Auto dimming on the headunit in a 2010 GT
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Auto dimming on the headunit in a 2010 GT

ImN3XU5 wrote:Do you happen to remember what pin the wire is on so its a little easier to find?
I do remember that I needed to use a multimeter to find out. And my multimeter was dead so I had to buy a new one. Go to Harbor Freight and get one.
by MacGyver
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Auto dimming on the headunit in a 2010 GT
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: Auto dimming on the headunit in a 2010 GT

There is a wire on the factory harness that has +12V when the parking lights are on, I believe it is green. Use a multimeter to check.

You should clean up your wiring, too. Watch this video to see how the pros do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4tRzaNJXKA
by MacGyver
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Replacements / Successors
Replies: 18
Views: 1758

Re: Vibe Replacements / Successors

The iM is no replacement. It's very cramped inside and has none of the headroom or versatility that made the Vibe/Matrix so loved. I can't even fit in an iM.
by MacGyver
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: cleaned battery,now rough idle--
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: cleaned battery,now rough idle--

It's something that happens with all first gen Vibes. It sorts itself after 60 miles or so. The engine feels like it will stall, but it won't.
by MacGyver
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Dumb but how do I know if my 2006 vibe awd have air conditioning?
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: Dumb but how do I know if my 2006 vibe awd have air conditioning?

Turn it on and wait for cool air?

A/C is used year round, for either straight cooling, or defogging the windshield.