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by ihaveavibe
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Blend door actuator
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Blend door actuator

If I were to get a tool for this, I'd probably get a wrench with a ratcheting box end. I had a socket and ratchet but had to do it purely by feel since I couldn't both see and get my hand in at the same time from the glove box opening. Don't forget the flip-the-sprocket trick - no new part required....
by ihaveavibe
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Fender dents

Thanks for the responses. So far I haven't done anything. As you can tell, I'm not rushing this :) One idea I had was to get an undamaged one from a junkyard, though that would still cost more than trying to push out the dent. I'll do that next time I have the wheel off and feel like taking the line...
by ihaveavibe
Mon May 21, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Fender dents

SlammedNiss wrote:Hth did you get those dents without damaging the fender flares?


No idea, to be honest. Maybe the thing that hit it was higher than the flare, or the flare is more compliant and bounced back?
by ihaveavibe
Mon May 21, 2018 5:12 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Fender dents

Due to the deep folds, I think you still are going to have creases if you attempt to hammer that out yourself. It looks all cosmetic. Do you really want to spend non-maintenance money on a 15 year old car? Absolutely don't want to spend the money, which is why I'm wondering if I can push or hammer ...
by ihaveavibe
Sun May 20, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Fender dents

Anyone have ideas how to get dents out of a fender? Can I remove the wheel well liner and push these out? Or isn't there a suction method that some shops use? I'm looking for an inexpensive solution since this is an '03 and don't feel like investing in what the body shop would charge (about $800), p...
by ihaveavibe
Wed May 16, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Parting out 2003 Vibe auto
Replies: 9
Views: 355

Re: Parting out 2003 Vibe auto

Do you have two screws for the roof rack? Pls send PM
by ihaveavibe
Thu May 03, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?
Replies: 8
Views: 169

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

Thanks for the info. Will try the carb cleaner test. Regarding the mounts (there have been quite a few of these threads of late) it seems that the terms motor/engine/transmission mounts are used interchangeably. (But based on the parts websites and the diagrams, it seems there are four altogether, f...
by ihaveavibe
Thu May 03, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: brake caliper and bracket corrosion

Thanks for all the replies. There was one thing that might have added to the corrosion that I hadn't considered, which is seepage from the bleeder screw. I've been keeping an eye on this brake job and decided there might be some brake drag and ultimately decided to bite the bullet and changed the ho...
by ihaveavibe
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Engine idle vibration -- How much is too much?
Replies: 8
Views: 169

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? Where is the IACV and same question, how can you diagnose it? Is there any way to ...
by ihaveavibe
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Is something broken under oil fill cap?

Thanks joatmon. If that is indeed a hole in the baffle and not a bit that is bent back, then there must be piece of metal in there somewhere as I don't see how it would get out. I like how the TSB says to fix it if it's broken.. but as you say, seems like it would require replacement of the whole th...
by ihaveavibe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: brake caliper and bracket corrosion

Thanks. The ones I replaced were far more corroded. I realize brake fluid removes paint... but it dripped down, not up, and I wiped it... so I was surprised it was already so rusty. I guess I'll torque that bolt a little more just to be sure, even though I thought I did it to spec.
by ihaveavibe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Is something broken under oil fill cap?

I haven't pushed or pulled the thing, just took a photo :) I suspected it wasn't normal since it looked jagged. As for history, it was bought now by my wife but she/we took it to various places for oil changes, so it could have been the metal fill hose. I did only the last 3 changes myself and I use...
by ihaveavibe
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Under car questions
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Re: Under car questions

Thanks for the info. Now I'm wondering whether there is corrosion inside the hole .. the edge looks like it might have some rust. The other bare rusty spot led me to search on google - seems that the undertreatment can trap moisture between it and the frame and make rusting worse than without it, so...
by ihaveavibe
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 7
Views: 129

brake caliper and bracket corrosion

About two weeks ago I replaced the brake caliper and bracket (plus pads and rotors, but that's not important here) with a shiny new remanufactured one. I was under the car the other day and noticed they had already started corroding. Is this normal? I realize there is brake dust down there... could ...
by ihaveavibe
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Under car questions
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Under car questions

Hi all, I looked under a 2003 base vibe as I was changing the oil and noticed a few odd things. Wondering if someone can explain... One odd thing is a hole which seems to have captured a plastic plug. plug under car - small.jpg This is under the front passenger foot-well area. What is this hole for ...
by ihaveavibe
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Is something broken under oil fill cap?

Hi,

The other day as I was changing oil in a 2003 base vibe, 1zzfe, I decided to look into the opening under the fill cap... and it looks like something is broken, or chipped. Can anyone confirm if it is, and if so, what this thing is, and how one might fix it? Picture attached.

Thanks!
by ihaveavibe
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 862
Views: 120242

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

83.4k miles. 03 Base Vibe, Automatic.
Nothing special, no mods, bought new, now daily driver for babysitter and kids around town; used only about 10 (important) miles per day. Lots of cold starts though. Hope it lasts until kids take school bus... and then until they learn to drive :)
by ihaveavibe
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: door gasket wear
Replies: 56
Views: 6990

Re: door gasket wear

Before seeing joatmon's post about the front door gasket, I parked next to a Matrix, eyeballed the door opening, assumed that they didn't manufacture different frames, and finally just decided to go for it and ordered the Toyota part for the left rear door gasket (62334-01020-B0). I installed it tod...
by ihaveavibe
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: AC compressor always work - SOLVED
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: AC compressor always work - SOLVED

I think this is true, the compressors and some of the components (ex the receiver/dryer) are different. I'm think that the systems use a different amount of R134a as well (based on the Matrix manual on madstyle and the sticker on my Vibe). But we are finding that not only the components are differen...
by ihaveavibe
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: AC compressor always work - SOLVED
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: AC compressor always work - SOLVED

I'm really starting to believe there is no thermistor because I can't find the sensor part on the supplier's websites! This one has a blowup and there's only a temp valve but I think that's what the dash temp knob actuates. https://www.gmpartsdirect.com/auto-parts/2003/pontiac/vibe/base-trim/1-8l-l4...
by ihaveavibe
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Where is the evaporator temperature sensor connector?
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: Where is the evaporator temperature sensor connector?

Yup, saw those threads (actually posted a question there too). I'll look again. Failed to find it the last time, that's why I asked if anyone has a pic :) I didn't want to yank things from the ECU.. I saw some connector thing that pig-tailed to the blend door actuator if I recall.
by ihaveavibe
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Where is the evaporator temperature sensor connector?
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Where is the evaporator temperature sensor connector?

I want to check the operation of the evaporator temp sensor / thermistor but I'm not sure where to stick my ohm meter leads :) Does anyone have a picture of where to test? I'm guessing I'll have to disconnect the battery, disconnect the sensor, and test the resistance at the leads in some connector....
by ihaveavibe
Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: door gasket wear
Replies: 56
Views: 6990

Re: door gasket wear

Hi, I have a door gasket/moulding/seal issue with the left rear door opening on an '03 Vibe. This rubber has really separated from the body (not the one on the door itself). I think the part number is 88970320. I cannot find it in stock anywhere, except a shady site that seems to have everything in ...
by ihaveavibe
Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Thanks! I got the least expensive tools I could find to get the job done. Cost was definitely a factor :). As mentioned at the top, this started with a failed clutch. Originally I ordered some cheap o-ring expanders that broke and just the clutch coil from eBay which was the wrong size. That's when ...
by ihaveavibe
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: AC compressor always work - SOLVED
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: AC compressor always work - SOLVED

I'd like to check this on mine. Do you have a picture of where you tested the resistance? Did you test at different temperatures? It's really surprising if this is the case -- are you saying all Vibes have resistors, not thermistors? Perhaps your thermistor was faulty, or some owner prior to you rep...
by ihaveavibe
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Ok. So I thought I'd close the loop on this and post a followup. I got no suggestions on the above questions, so I did not flush the system, I could not find a DIY on the condenser swap and I bought a DENSO condenser, for no particular reason other than that DENSO is a Toyota supplier and it was a l...
by ihaveavibe
Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Hi. I still haven't moved forward, considering my options. Any help would be appreciated with - Do I need to flush the rest of the system in this situation? - Any DIY writeup on condenser change? How much oil (i was thinking 3 oz) and how to add? - Any ideas on the relative merits of UAC, TYC, ACDel...
by ihaveavibe
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Yeah, I read that you have to replace receiver/dryer if you open the AC system. I'm not sure if a flush is needed. Does anyone have a DIY for condenser replacement? Still searching... read the Haynes book section, they seem to imply that the radiator has to come out, coolant drained etc. However it'...
by ihaveavibe
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Ok, I checked as thoroughly as I could and found a spot on the condenser that's glowing. A regular photo shows what seems to be a shadow but now I suspect is oil or something leaking through. Unfortunately photos are not from the same angle. CondenserLeak.jpg CondenserLeak2.jpg So I'm guessing I'll ...
by ihaveavibe
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Ok, I got a direct fill dye from Advance Auto Parts. Basically a pressurized can with a top that fits over the low-side port that injects (mostly?) just dye. How long does it take for the dye to show up? Right now I'm not seeing much, except a tiny dot between the compressor and the clutch as in the...
by ihaveavibe
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Yes, but how do I get the dye into the system? I see low-side port injectors of various kinds (hand-turn, syringe, combo oil and dye injectors, and unspecified) and some videos on youtube about adding it to the refrigerant fill hose on the manifold gauge (my gauge for some reason doesn't have a purg...
by ihaveavibe
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Ok, at the risk of carrying on a monologue, I'll continue. :) The refrigerant with dye is taking even longer to get -- Amazon now says end of next week (if I were to order today, then 1-2 months). I've been looking at alternatives, like a dye injector kit ($60) or an FJC 2732 hand turn dye injector ...
by ihaveavibe
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Re: Please help with A/C problem

Ok, I've ordered the R134+ with dye and am waiting for it to be delivered. It will take a whle to report back. I also did some looking and found that some folks think 35psi low side is normal (I wrote 30psi above, but it might have been 36 -- have to measure again) http://forums.genvibe.com/phpBB3/v...
by ihaveavibe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help with A/C problem
Replies: 14
Views: 796

Please help with A/C problem

I could use some help diagnosing my A/C. I have a 2003 base Vibe. For some time the A/C was blowing poorly chilled air, so last year I added some refrigerant from a can of AC pro. This year the A/C failed and I noticed the clutch wasn't engaging. I replaced the clutch with a brand new one (using DIY...

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