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by andrewclaus
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Desperate help needed for overheating issue!
Replies: 6
Views: 35

Re: Desperate help needed for overheating issue!

That sudden spike while driving is possibly from the head gasket. High rpm in neutral is not the same as under load. I agree with the tests noted above. A compression or cylinder leak-down test should be easy enough to do on this car, too. And a handy tool for this kind of work is an infrared thermo...
by andrewclaus
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3525
Views: 326564

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Today I replaced the cheap radio I bought from Crutchfield. It would lose power randomly, hopefully the new one is better. I don't expect too much for $70. But Crutchfield sure is excellent on warranty service, within 60 days. I was a little miffed the rear connector changed in those 60 days, so I h...
by andrewclaus
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: antilock brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: antilock brakes

Wiring diagrams appear to show that the sensor wiring is terminated at an ECU located on the hydraulic actuator.

If that's hard to access, you might consider a wire piercing probe for your meter.
by andrewclaus
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P0301 Code - Cylinder #1 Misfire
Replies: 17
Views: 4471

Re: P0301 Code - Cylinder #1 Misfire

If you're using the Asian red coolant, external leaks show up as a very visible pink stain. A simple coolant pressure test may be useful. You can test it while the engine's running to verify no HG leak. It will test your cap, too. Your local auto parts store may have a tool loaner program for the te...
by andrewclaus
Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: P0301 Code - Cylinder #1 Misfire
Replies: 17
Views: 4471

Re: P0301 Code - Cylinder #1 Misfire

The coolant reservoir system works on a siphon principle, and will not work if there's a leak in the pressurized part of the system. All indications point to a leaking head gasket (misfires, coolant consumption). The radiator cap is probably not the problem, and replacing it certainly won't affect t...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: looking for help. 2003 Vibe gt
Replies: 2
Views: 81

Re: looking for help. 2003 Vibe gt

Look for a Corolla instead. It may be close enough for many of the systems. I'm not home now or I'd send a link to the one I use.
by andrewclaus
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Idling Problems - Check those vacuum lines are routed correctly
Replies: 1
Views: 80

Re: Idling Problems - Check those vacuum lines are routed correctly

Great job finding that before randomly replacing parts like so many do. Many of us miss the big picture at times.
by andrewclaus
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: looking for help. 2003 Vibe gt dies
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: looking for help. 2003 Vibe gt dies

I'd start with a wiring diagram and check for control voltage at the ECM and the devices. Especially look for shared junctions in the wiring system. According to one diagram I have for a Corolla, the TPS and MAF share a junction connector. The intake air temp sensor should be part of the MAF.
by andrewclaus
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3525
Views: 326564

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I just drove 1000 miles in my '07, from Denver to Albuquerque, with a loop through Durango, CO back to Denver. Very nice ride on the new rear shocks and I enjoyed listening to audiobooks on my iPhone via the new stereo. (Those projects cost me $70 each. I'm pleased with the car's economy so far.) I ...
by andrewclaus
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New owner of 2004 Vibe
Replies: 5
Views: 154

Re: New owner of 2004 Vibe

I just replaced the stock radio with a Crutchfield kit for $70. It could only have been easier with slightly better instructions on the Crutchfield trim kit, but I figured it out. Bluetooth seems standard on the cheapest radios and I've been using that feature. If the stock radio works, you might tr...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: replacing brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: replacing brakes

Depending on your mechanical aptitude, you may find the second time much faster.

I like doing this stuff myself because I get to see other pending issues like CV boot tears, loose suspension and steering joints, body parts coming loose.
by andrewclaus
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: door check
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: door check

I use this site: http://www.japan-parts.eu/toyota/us/ for the Matrix--the part should be the same.

Plug in your VIN, search through the diagrams to get the part number, then look on eBay etc.
by andrewclaus
Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Difficult rear strut removal
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Difficult rear strut removal

I didn't measure height, but I perceive a slight increase. I haven't driven it yet, but my wife says it handles differently. I got these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Rear-Complete-Struts-Shocks-Coil-Springs-w-Mounts-for-03-08-Toyota-Corolla/263639309225?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Difficult rear strut removal
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Difficult rear strut removal

No advice needed, just a report on a solved problem. I replaced rear struts yesterday and nearly had to come here for advice but I figured it out. (07 base model). I got all the nuts loose, but the 14mm bolt head that screws up from below was jammed against the coil spring. I have not done many of t...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Alarm when key left in car in accessory position?
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Alarm when key left in car in accessory position?

Does the dome light turn on when you open the door? How about the "door open" indicator on the dash? The door switch might be faulty.

If that other stuff works, it might be a failed beeper module or wiring. I don't think there's any way for you to turn it off.
by andrewclaus
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2005 Vibe P0031
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: 2005 Vibe P0031

My diagram shows purple or purple with black stripe for power, black for ground. My diagram also shows no fuse in the circuit. The heater is powered by the ECM.
by andrewclaus
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Vibe's in movies
Replies: 9
Views: 1098

Re: Vibe's in movies

Was watching a (typically) bad movie on SyFy, Shadows of the Dead, and saw a 05-08 Frosty Vibe, was reminded of this thread, and that movie is in the link that sideshowalan posted. Interesting side note, the car has a sunroof, but had the rear view mirror with the two map lights. I thought the rear...
by andrewclaus
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:30 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 04 Rear Subframe Shot
Replies: 3
Views: 121

Re: 04 Rear Subframe Shot

Sorry I don't have a direct answer, since I have no experience (yet) with Matrix and Vibe body parts. But from what I've seen with drivetrain and brake parts, I would trust that it would fit. In my limited knowledge, the cars were made at a joint-venture factory. But I sure would try to avoid spendi...
by andrewclaus
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3525
Views: 326564

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I replaced the factory radio with an inexpensive Boss brand from Crutchfield today. Total cost was $70. It seems to work fine, playing the radio, CDs, and audiobooks via Bluetooth. It's the best-looking after-market installation I've ever done. The Crutchfield free installation kit worked out alrigh...
by andrewclaus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 13
Views: 368

Re: Fender dents

It's this one: https://www.harborfreight.com/aluminum-suction-cup-lifter-92825.html 4 5/8" with aluminum handle for $8. My friend bought a couple for moving the 4' x 7' mirror, and didn't want to trust plastic for that. But looks like the cheaper plastic one will serve okay for the dent.
by andrewclaus
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 13
Views: 368

Re: Fender dents

I just removed my dent with a large Harbor Freight suction cup. I was helping a friend move a large mirror and he had just bought the cups for that. I borrowed the cup for a minute, literally, because that's all it took. Just pulling the suction on the tool removed the dent, didn't even have to pull...
by andrewclaus
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets
Replies: 4
Views: 157

Re: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets

I did something similar on my Outback Wagon. I had some old 50" Thule rack bars. Thule wanted something like $300 for the set of clamps to adapt to the factory roof rack. So I bolted the Thule bars to the roof rack with carriage bolts and wingnuts. In order to carry anything flimsier than 3/4&q...
by andrewclaus
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3525
Views: 326564

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I just removed automatic A/C from the defrost control in my '07. I unplugged the two-wire connector at the back of the heater control. It's easy with the radio out, takes about 1/2 hour. I live in a dry, temperate climate, where I seldom use A/C. Once in a while I get a carload of wet skiers on a co...
by andrewclaus
Thu May 24, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wheel covers and brake rotors for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: Wheel covers and brake rotors for sale

Brake rotors and one wheel cover are sold. One wheel cover left!
by andrewclaus
Tue May 22, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Fender dents
Replies: 13
Views: 368

Re: Fender dents

I say ditto the above. The '07 VIbe we bought last year has a dent in the same place, a little smaller. I've toyed with the idea of fixing it, but my wife says one of the good things about owning an older car is not worrying about that first dent. Mine is not creased so badly and could conceivably b...
by andrewclaus
Sun May 20, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Road trip
Replies: 14
Views: 323

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: 118

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: 871
Views: 122724

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: 162

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: 162

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: 3525
Views: 326564

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: 1
Views: 171

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: 463

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: 463

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: 463

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: 202

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: 871
Views: 122724

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: 463

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: 136

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: 297

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: 262

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: 247

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: 871
Views: 122724

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: 225

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: 461

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: 461

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: 200

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: 461

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: 392

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.

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