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by andrewclaus
Sun May 20, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 7
Views: 33

Re: Road trip

I bought my '07 (1.8L automatic) with 150K miles on it for the express reason of road trips. Drove 1000 miles across Utah and Arizona the first month I had it. Another 1000 from Arizona to Colorado soon after. 1000 miles to California. I changed the AT fluid/filter, did a brake job when I bought it,...
by andrewclaus
Sat May 19, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Bypass catalytic converter
Replies: 3
Views: 27

Re: Bypass catalytic converter

I think the CAT you can legally use will depend on if you're in a CARB state. If it has to be labelled to California standards, it's going to be more expensive, maybe double. I wonder how the shop dealt with the downstream O2 sensor. Do still you have a check engine light after the work? I've never ...
by andrewclaus
Mon May 14, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 862
Views: 119699

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

155k miles now. We just did our seasonal drive from AZ to CO. We had a hellacious tailwind, 50 mph at times, and got our best fuel economy ever--45 mpg for the 850 mile drive. That was with a full load of cargo and with the A/C on for half the time (it was 105 when we left AZ). We climbed Wolf Creek...
by andrewclaus
Wed May 02, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Door Check / Stop
Replies: 5
Views: 70

Re: Door Check / Stop

I've been using this Toyota site for part numbers: http://www.japan-parts.eu/toyota/us/2002/corolla-matrix-nap/zze130l-demdka/3_155450_017_/body/6701_front-door-panel-glass/2?pnn=68620#68620 It shows the same part numbers for front and rear. So far as I've noticed, parts such as this are the same fo...
by andrewclaus
Wed May 02, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Door Check / Stop
Replies: 5
Views: 70

Re: Door Check / Stop

Which part are you talking about? Maybe the part number you're looking at will help. If it's the lock striker, my Toyota parts list shows the same number for front and back. But left and right is also the same so I think you're looking at something else, maybe a moulding?
by andrewclaus
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3513
Views: 320394

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

tpollauf wrote:...Was advised to change oil every two years regardless on the mileage.


How about tires? Someone I know said tires have a limited safe life span. I heard four years.

My driving habits changed a few years ago and I only drive a few thousand per year. I change oil every year, at least.
by andrewclaus
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wheel covers and brake rotors for sale
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Wheel covers and brake rotors for sale

I have one scratched but intact bolt-on wheel covers for Gen 1 Vibe, $15. (Photo is old, I sold one here.)

I also have two brand new in box brake rotors, $30 for both plus shipping.

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I'm in Golden, CO, in case you're local.
by andrewclaus
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 296

Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

...What about getting under the car? Was it difficult? Did you just put it on jackstands? Yep, standard precautions for working under the car. In my case, that's jackstands, wheel chocks, and even wood cribbing to back up the jackstands--belt and suspenders for me. You don't need any more room for ...
by andrewclaus
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 296

Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

When I saw the filter, I was glad I dropped the pan to replace it. The filter and gasket kit cost about $15 at my local parts store. The bolts are low torque, easy access. I got about a half quart more fluid out by dropping the pan and filter. And there are magnets in the pan and it's probably a goo...
by andrewclaus
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 296

Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

If you do the AT fluid change, it's pretty easy on this car. The Vibe is the first one I've done. It has a drain plug in the pan, which minimizes the mess. An old cardboard box under your pan will catch all the drips. Be sure to get the right gasket and filter kit by counting the bolts. The job cost...
by andrewclaus
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How to Remove the Spare?
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: How to Remove the Spare?

Good catch on the inflation.

I'm always surprised when I buy a used car, sometimes up to 10 years old, and find the spare has never been removed or checked.

I use the spare when I rotate tires at home, thus ensuring it gets checked at least once or twice a year.
by andrewclaus
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 862
Views: 119699

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

I was hoping to get at least 4 years/50k miles out of it, and from what I've read here I think that's a reasonable expectation! Hah. Last year I bought almost the same car with about the same expectation. I paid $3300 for mine, and my goal is for the capital cost to be less than $1000/year. So far ...
by andrewclaus
Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:02 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?
Replies: 14
Views: 296

Re: 06 Vibe Base 185.5k: new owner, what maintenance should I do?

Check the spark plugs and ignition coils, unless your mechanic did that in the inspection. AT or MT? Change fluid, since you most likely don't know its age. Flush brake fluid if it's darker than honey. Clean the MAF sensor. Change PCV valve. Have a trustworthy alignment shop evaluate the struts, sho...
by andrewclaus
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: non tpms wheels
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: non tpms wheels

My '07 does not have sensors in the wheels. It has an indirect system, and uses the ABS speed sensors to find differences in rotation speed. I think that changed in '09, so you should be good to change the wheels on the '08 Mine, purchased six months ago, had the same problem. I solved it with a che...
by andrewclaus
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: GM Dealer Oil CHange Fail
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: GM Dealer Oil CHange Fail

If the low oil pressure light on the combination meter never came on (you don't mention it), you have a chance of saving the engine, especially given the low miles driven. There's probably no way of knowing how much off the end of the dipstick the oil level was--one half ounce or two quarts? Check t...
by andrewclaus
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: New Ignition switch, no inside power
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: New Ignition switch, no inside power

Where did you get the switch, and what's the part number? I agree with others that it sounds like it's the wrong switch. The black cable on top that runs to the shifter is the neutral/park safety interlock, without which the car won't crank. But if everything else with the switch was correct, you sh...
by andrewclaus
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hunting for a couple parts for my 09 vibe awd 2.4 (New Member)
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Hunting for a couple parts for my 09 vibe awd 2.4 (New Member)

I use this site:http://www.japan-parts.eu/toyota/us for part numbers for stuff that's made by Toyota. Plug in your VIN.
by andrewclaus
Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 862
Views: 119699

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

I bought my '07 last fall with 149,000 miles. It now has 153,000. All the miles have been highway trips. I seldom drive around in the city. I must say, I've been pleased with the gas mileage so far, mid to upper 30s consistently. Last weekend on a trip in the US Southwest, from CA to AZ, it was a pe...
by andrewclaus
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Need steering rack bushings
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: Need steering rack bushings

Try Toyota part no. 44205-02030. I've never heard of that failure, but the part seems to be available so it's probably happened before.

With this many miles, more bushings may be close to failure. Take a good look at the control arm bushings, too.
by andrewclaus
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Totaled, or rebuildable?
Replies: 11
Views: 322

Re: Totaled, or rebuildable?

Sometimes repairing makes no sense at all, and I get that because I'm a repairman. I deal with that every day with homeowners--repair or replace? Often it's a no-brainer, like spending $4000 to fix a car that might be worth $2500 when you're done. The problem here is agreeing on the insurance value ...
by andrewclaus
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Totaled, or rebuildable?
Replies: 11
Views: 322

Re: Totaled, or rebuildable?

I missed the comment in the first post about the alignment. I'm not a body mechanic, but as this is a unibody car I don't think anything can be straightened, to factory standards at least. Bent members need to be cut off and replacements precisely welded back on. Thus the high cost of repair. Crumpl...
by andrewclaus
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: TCC replacement/location? P0741Code on 2004 1ZZFE
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: TCC replacement/location? P0741Code on 2004 1ZZFE

I found it definitely inside the tranny on a Corolla parts diagram (same tranny). So no, it doesn't need to be done with the engine work.

You should be able to feel the TC lock up as you're driving. The rpms will drop like you have a fifth gear.
by andrewclaus
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Totaled, or rebuildable?
Replies: 11
Views: 322

Re: Totaled, or rebuildable?

It sounds like the damage to the frame members is enough to make it not safely driveable--probably no way to get the wheels aligned economically. If you need a beater commuter on city streets only, never on the highway, it might serve, as long as the brakes work perfectly. With any misalignment, tha...
by andrewclaus
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member
Replies: 6
Views: 286

Re: New member

Welcome, from another newbie. I have also used the tips, tricks and info in this forum quite a bit on the '07 I bought last October.
by andrewclaus
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Auto Transmission Fluid Change
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Auto Transmission Fluid Change

Just over 3 qts worked for me when I did it recently. I got mine on sale at Napa for $5.

Thanks for finding the dry fill spec, by the way.
by andrewclaus
Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: vibe door electronic connectors
Replies: 1
Views: 87

Re: vibe door electronic connectors

Yes, it's possible it has a different wiring harness. I just checked Toyota's parts system for the Matrix and there was a change in 2004. Go to this site to check it out: http://www.japan-parts.eu/toyota/us/
by andrewclaus
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Transmission fluid vs change
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Transmission fluid vs change

I just bought my Vibe with 150K miles on it with no service records. One of the first things I did was to change the AT fluid. I dropped the pan, changed the filter and cleaned the magnets. I had never done this before and it was simple and clean enough thanks to YouTube. I got the fluid on sale for...
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Auto transmission fluid change questions
Replies: 4
Views: 153

Re: Auto transmission fluid change questions

I just had the same circumstance--bought a '07 Vibe with 150K miles with no records. I used T-IV fluid and bought the filter and gasket kit. It was a simple job. Use an old cardboard box to soak up the splashes around your drain pan. Check the fluid level when idling in neutral (I've had MTs for so ...
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: tail light problem
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: tail light problem

One of those cheap multimeters from Harbor Freight, that they sometimes give away with a coupon, will probe for 12 VDC and will check the bulb filament with an ohmmeter. It would be a handy tool to have for verification of electrical issues like this.
by andrewclaus
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: tail light problem
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: tail light problem

Get a 12V tester and probe the socket for power. If positive, check continuity to ground. Both taillights and both license plate lights are fed from the same junction connector. Also check your new bulb for continuity. Don't rely on a visual check. Never underestimate the chances of buying a bad one.
by andrewclaus
Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:20 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 09 Vibe "wallowing" in wind on highway?
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: 09 Vibe "wallowing" in wind on highway?

I'd go to a shop that does suspension and brake work and have them check out shocks and struts, and suspension bushings and joints. The rear end has traditional shock absorbers and two rubber axle carrier bushings. Get the front checked as well.
by andrewclaus
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: check engine light
Replies: 7
Views: 252

Re: check engine light

Read the code indicated by the check engine light. Some auto parts stores will do that for free. Budget scanners are available for under $20, too.
by andrewclaus
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rattle noise coming from below when it's really cold
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: Rattle noise coming from below when it's really cold

I'd check exhaust system hangers and heat shields. In extreme cold there may be enough contraction, or rubber hangers getting hard enough, to change the dynamics. There may be something missing or broken by now, too.
by andrewclaus
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: What's the "Mystery box" inside my front doors
Replies: 8
Views: 439

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

My parts diagram (2007) shows something there called a "Cushion-Front door stiffener." Part number 67923-02010.
by andrewclaus
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Getting P0301 Code.....
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Getting P0301 Code.....

There's a P1300 series of codes that addresses the primary ignition circuits and the ECM. If your failure was there, you'd probably be getting different codes. P1300 is a Toyota-specific code that may not be read by generic scanners. I'd at least try a compression test on a warm engine. Be careful w...
by andrewclaus
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Getting P0301 Code.....
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Getting P0301 Code.....

Has a compression or bleed-down test been done yet? Checked the radiator for contamination or coolant loss? How's the oil look? How many miles on the engine? I assume your mechanic has looked at all this as part of the diagnosis. If so, you may have to trust the mechanic. Your post mentions somethin...
by andrewclaus
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 GT strange stalling issue
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: 2003 GT strange stalling issue

I found a troubleshooting guide that said to check the wiring harness from the ECM to the ignitors. The ECM might be at fault, as well, but you may need an oscilloscope to check that output. Switching ignitors is a good move that may yield the next step. I haven't had this problem and I'm just guess...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Engine Temp Drop During Driving
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: Engine Temp Drop During Driving

I haven't tried the grille block in many decades with a gas engine because last time I did it (on my 70s pickup), it overheated badly when I let it idle for ten minutes or so in stopped traffic. That's a risk you may run if you mess with the radiator, depending on your driving. A diesel mechanic tol...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: I am a Vibe AWD noob,
Replies: 10
Views: 478

Re: I am a Vibe AWD noob,

Definitely clean the MAF sensor. Get the right cleaner and follow instructions you can find online. It's an easy tune-up item. I did mine a few weeks ago and as I recall I only needed a screwdriver to get it out and it took a few minutes. Also run some fuel injector cleaner, like BG-44K or Seafoam. ...
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Engine Temp Drop During Driving
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: Engine Temp Drop During Driving

It sure sounds like the symptoms for a stuck thermostat, but I've never heard of a stop-leak product causing that. New coolant will cost about US$40. You also might want to replace the radiator while it's drained. It looks like you can get one for about US$60. Hopefully the stop-leak didn't affect y...
by andrewclaus
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: How do I add transmission fluid without dipstick
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: How do I add transmission fluid without dipstick

I don't have experience with this particular transmission, but on others I've worked on there's been a fill plug on the side of the unit. You fill to a specified height at or below the fill hole when the vehicle is level. You can usually fit a pinky finger in the fill hole to check the level. And I ...
by andrewclaus
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.

I am looking at the diagram and there are a few things I am not sure where they are. The courtesy lights for the doors and the back glass, do all vibes have them? I have never seen those. Also the junction connector is another I am not sure what that is. My Vibe does not have those courtesy lights....
by andrewclaus
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.

It is a 2004. What is TVIP? So the best way to go about it is to just go to each of the components and check for power draw? TVIP stands for Toyota Vehicle Intrusion Protection. I got that off a Toyota wiring diagram so it may not apply. If your Vibe has an alarm system, it may be on the fuse. Yes,...
by andrewclaus
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Interior Bulb Replacement Guide
Replies: 15
Views: 15382

Re: Interior Bulb Replacement Guide

Either will work. A given wattage lamp rated 14V will be dimmer than one rated 12V, but will probably last longer (less heat). The 12V rating on auto electrics is a nominal rating. The actual battery voltage, fully charged, exceeds 13V, and the alternator often supplies greater than 14V. The 12V rat...
by andrewclaus
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: Parasitic Drain coming from DOME fuse.

Here are the functions connected to the DOME fuse as listed in my wiring diagram: ABS Clock Combination Meter Cruise Control Headlight Illumination Interior Light Light Reminder Buzzer and Key Reminder Buzzer Radio and Player Seat Belt Warning SRS TVIP System Wireless Door Lock Control I haven't had...
by andrewclaus
Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: turning right squeal
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: turning right squeal

Check tie rod ends, ball joints, and control arm bushings. Good luck with it.

Since you can reproduce the noise when stopped, get an assistant to help while you're under the hood and on the ground. Use a mechanic's stethoscope or a length of heater hose.
by andrewclaus
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Wheel bearing?
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: Wheel bearing?

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck...sounds like you need a new wheel bearing. Do you get any side-to-side play on the wheel? There's no inner tie rod end. There's a threaded connection to the steering rack. You can test tie rod ends by squeezing axially with a pair of channelocks--there...
by andrewclaus
Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Hard start
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Hard start

Maybe a leaky fuel injector (too much fuel), or a fuel delivery problem when hot (too little fuel).

Try a fuel pressure gauge on the hot engine, try some injector cleaner. Then try replacing injectors maybe one at a time if you can't afford all or can't test them at school.
by andrewclaus
Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 vibe 1.8l auto will not start.
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: 2003 vibe 1.8l auto will not start.

Also check ground wire from engine to battery, still assuming no crank.
by andrewclaus
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 vibe 1.8l auto will not start.
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: 2003 vibe 1.8l auto will not start.

If you've worked on the starter, I'd assume it's not even cranking. I wouldn't suspect ignition yet. Did you pull fuses and check them with a continuity tester? Double check fuses AM2 15A and MAIN 30A. Check the ignition switch and transmission neutral/park switch, or clutch switch if you have MT. C...

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