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by andrewclaus
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed
Replies: 7
Views: 57

Re: Would like a bluetooth + better stereo installed

Another vote for Crutchfield. The kit worked fine. Spend as much as you can on a decent unit--I bought a bottom-line model and got exactly what I paid for. I don't spend much time in the car, so it's okay.
by andrewclaus
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?
Replies: 5
Views: 53

Re: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?

Where do you live, and is ethanol added to your fuel in the winter? Have you tried different gas? Do you drive in defrost mode? If so, the A/C is on, adding load to the engine. Have you done a tune-up? Replace plugs and PCV valve, clean the MAF sensor. Try some fuel injector cleaner additive. Check ...
by andrewclaus
Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Wheel covers and brake rotors for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: Wheel covers and brake rotors for sale

pmervis wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:38 pm
Hello,

I'm interested in the remaining wheel cover if you still have it available.

Thanks,
Phil Mervis
Sorry, it's gone too. I forgot to post it. Good luck.
by andrewclaus
Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Some electrical system annoyances (Headlamps, Blower, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 134

Re: Some electrical system annoyances (Headlamps, Blower, etc)

I would try to reproduce the problem conditions, where headlights are dim at idle and noticeably brighter with higher rpms, and check battery voltage then. If you don't know how to work the throttle safely while working under the hood, get an assistant as noted above. Again, get a parts store to do ...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Some electrical system annoyances (Headlamps, Blower, etc)
Replies: 10
Views: 134

Re: Some electrical system annoyances (Headlamps, Blower, etc)

Can you check the voltage at various rpms? It sounds like the voltage regulator (part of the alternator) might be bad. If the regulator is bad, you may also be getting an overvoltage at high rpms, so you should check that soon. That can be damaging. It sounds like you're not sure if the problem exis...
by andrewclaus
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Are you getting tired of working on your car ?
Replies: 7
Views: 171

Re: Are you getting tired of working on your car ?

Nope, I still like it. Age 61, been doing the work on my cars since the early 70s. When I had an office job for while in the 80s, and the early emissions controls were a mess of pumps and pipes, I got a little sick of it. But things got gradually better in the 90s with electronic fuel injection and ...
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: clicking sound from engine bay when idling
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: clicking sound from engine bay when idling

A cheap mechanic's stethoscope can help locate the noise. Even a length of heater hose might work.
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 vibe intermittently not starting (no crank) (187k m) (replaced starter, battery at 12.25V, tested relay, and more)
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: 2004 vibe intermittently not starting (no crank) (187k m) (replaced starter, battery at 12.25V, tested relay, and mo

12.25 V on the battery isn't "high." It's on the low side. Fully charged should be 12.8. 12.0 is almost dead.

But it should be enough to at least try to crank, certainly with a jump. So I agree with the above that the starter switch sounds like a problem.
by andrewclaus
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE
Replies: 13
Views: 223

Re: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE

Another approach is to cut a salvaged connector out of junk Vibe, Matrix, or Corolla. An in-line splice on the pigtail is a much easier job than installing a new connector. I agree, this looks like one bad joint, not an overload issue. If it were overload, both sides of the connector would be damage...
by andrewclaus
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Lack of acceleration
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Lack of acceleration

Assuming there's no check engine light (CEL), look at the obvious tune-up stuff like air filter, spark plugs, clean the MAF sensor. Try some injector cleaner. If there is a CEL, it will tell you the problem. Tires, brakes, clutch okay? Remember you're driving a 13 year-old machine and things will br...
by andrewclaus
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Misfires on all but one cylinder
Replies: 18
Views: 1034

Re: Misfires on all but one cylinder

Something causing the valve to stick in the open position allowing a gap for the rocker to shoot out: Poor fuel Debris in oil Bent valve Valve seat coming loose and dislodging I just copied that from a web search. Since it happened on four, and it doesn't appear to be a common problem with this engi...
by andrewclaus
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Passing emissions with check engine light on
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: Passing emissions with check engine light on

A few years ago in Colorado, my Subaru passed emissions with a knock sensor code. The seller assured me it would and it did. Not sure if that helps.
by andrewclaus
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 905
Views: 133065

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

My '07 just turned over 160,000 on a highway trip to Arizona. Lightly loaded car with light headwinds, mostly on two-lane roads, average speed 60 mph, got nearly 40 mpg on the 800+ mile trip.
by andrewclaus
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 06 Vibe wont start
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: 06 Vibe wont start

I'm also old school, and was thrilled the first time a car told me what was wrong with it. I'm sold on OBDs. Invest in an OBD-II scanner. I got mine for less than $20, good enough to read industry standard codes. The check engine light must be on. You will eventually need to read and deal with the c...
by andrewclaus
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: weird electical issue, could be a ghost?

If lights are dimming when idling, I agree it sounds like the regulator. But if you get the starter relay clicking rapidly when there's 12.8 V at the battery, you might have another problem. There may be another corroded cable issue, maybe in the ungrounded cable to or at the starter, or the other e...
by andrewclaus
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Misfires on all but one cylinder
Replies: 18
Views: 1034

Re: Misfires on all but one cylinder

Since I have the tools, next thing I would check would be engine vacuum and compression. I also have a scan tool that will get freeze frame data and I would try to analyze that. I might suspect crank and cam angle sensors. The one time I had a misfire code new plugs took care of it, so my experience...
by andrewclaus
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2007-specific transmission pan gasket & filter
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: 2007-specific transmission pan gasket & filter

I just did mine last year. I don't have the numbers, but I remember there was a 17-bolt version and an 18-bolt version, I think. Count the bolts, go to the store. Get the filter, too.
by andrewclaus
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Peak Asian Coolant
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Peak Asian Coolant

I've used Zerex Asian as well and trust its formulation well enough. A friend gave me a gallon she didn't need. I imagine Peak is similar stuff, and would certainly use it if someone gave it to me! Last time I priced Toyota's coolant at the stealership, it was $40/gal with tax. Sorry, not for a ten-...
by andrewclaus
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)
Replies: 37
Views: 2404

Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

Neither. My other car is a Subaru that's old enough to drink at a bar. The one before that was another old Subaru. I've owned plenty of GM products, but that's certainly NOT why I bought the Vibe (exactly one year ago). I've only owned one Toyota, a 2007 Prius, and that's why I got the Vibe. The Pri...
by andrewclaus
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Battery light dimly lit when running
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: Battery light dimly lit when running

If you were still seeing the battery light with over 14 V at the battery, you got me. That may be a regulator circuit issue, which should be part of the alternator. If the battery light is intermittent, check the voltage when the light is on, or at curb idle with some electrical load (lights, rear d...
by andrewclaus
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Battery light dimly lit when running
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: Battery light dimly lit when running

If it's dimly lit and flickering, it's at the very edge of threshold voltage. You should have a strong 13.8 V or so with no electrical load. Perhaps the used alternator barely passed its test.
by andrewclaus
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Won't crank, probably starter?
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Won't crank, probably starter?

That's a decent tester and it sounds like the battery is good.

Is it clear from the above that the solenoid is attached to the starter motor? The relay is in the junction block under the hood.
by andrewclaus
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:28 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Won't crank, probably starter?
Replies: 13
Views: 486

Re: Won't crank, probably starter?

How old is the battery? What kind of load tester did you use? How many Amps were on it when you read 12.3 V?

It sounds to me like a badly failed battery. Failure to jump start is a symptom of that.
by andrewclaus
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Oil Sludge in Filler Neck
Replies: 17
Views: 532

Re: Oil Sludge in Filler Neck

I was thinking of an oil additive as recommended by your local parts store. Some of the stuff is snake oil, but for a few $$ you might get a minimum result. Cleaning the stuff that's there won't be worth the effort, I think. It may have been formed by a harmful process, but it's not harmful in itself.
by andrewclaus
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Oil Sludge in Filler Neck
Replies: 17
Views: 532

Re: Oil Sludge in Filler Neck

Ever make mayonnaise? Leave out the egg, but it sounds like that's what your engine is doing. You're getting water vapor from combustion into the crankcase and it's getting whipped into a frothy vapor, and condensing on the relatively cool valve cover. I'd try chemically treating the rings with an a...
by andrewclaus
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: ABS in knuckle
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: ABS in knuckle

Not sure with the VIbe and the ABS, but with other cars I've had you may have to go through a "drive cycle" for the check engine light to reset. A drive cycle typically entails quite a few conditions being met, and may need both city and highway driving. ABS may be different, sorry I'm not sure. You...
by andrewclaus
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Light
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Dome Light

EBay has a photo: https://www.ebay.com/i/132723348755?chn=ps. That help? It looks like you need to remove the unit, get at the back of it to replace the bulb. In my experience with plastic pieces this old, it's likely something will break.
by andrewclaus
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Toyota Parts Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Toyota Parts Sale

Bookmarked it, thanks.
by andrewclaus
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?
Replies: 14
Views: 750

Re: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?

...andrewclaus - by exterior cowling are you referring to the cladding on the door? As shown in the two photos below? If so, can you tell me what kind of clips are needed? I need to reseat the cladding on the passenger door. Note: I have not done a search yet of the forum for this issue, I am betti...
by andrewclaus
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?
Replies: 14
Views: 750

Re: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?

That sounds like a good deal with only 110K miles, with that kind of maintenance record. As others have alluded, it's barely 'broken in.' A couple of minor age-related things I've found on my '07 were the rear door gaskets coming off (broken plastic clips, so I reinstalled with sheet metal screws) a...
by andrewclaus
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?
Replies: 14
Views: 750

Re: Is a 2009 Vibe with 150,000 Miles on It Used Up?

Last year I was faced with a similar decision, and bought an '07 AT with 150K miles, similar unknown maintenance ($3300, some minor body damage). I've put 10K miles on it and am very happy. I'm almost ready to stop worrying about it. I did basic tuneup, AT fluid change, coolant change, new rear stru...
by andrewclaus
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Is Stabilitrak a Must Have For Driving in Snow?
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: Is Stabilitrak a Must Have For Driving in Snow?

Traction control has never been a must have criterion for me. Nor has ABS, for that matter. They're nice safety features, and if available I would consider paying more for it, but I don't go looking for it. If I were buying a car for a dependent and a new driver, that would be a different story. For...
by andrewclaus
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Desperate help needed for overheating issue!
Replies: 7
Views: 376

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: 3551
Views: 348607

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: 6
Views: 435

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: 5266

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: 5266

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: 223

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: 214

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: 390

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: 3551
Views: 348607

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: 364

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: 11
Views: 427

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: 250

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: 284

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=p2057872....
by andrewclaus
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Difficult rear strut removal
Replies: 4
Views: 284

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: 7
Views: 461

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: 193

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.