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by andrewclaus
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Abs bleed procedure?
Replies: 4
Views: 35

Re: Abs bleed procedure?

I've flushed and replaced brake fluid on several older Japanese cars with ABS and never had a problem with traditional bleeding methods. Start with the rear and pump a few more times to flush out the extra fluid in the ABS unit. It got complicated with the Prius I owned, which needed Toyota's softwa...
by andrewclaus
Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Belt tensioner? Belt tensioner? I don't need no stinkin' belt tensioner!
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: Belt tensioner? Belt tensioner? I don't need no stinkin' belt tensioner!

I did something like that once to replace the generator in a '56 Chevy with a modern alternator. The alternator had a larger OD and had to be pivoted farther away from the block than the slotted adjustment arm would allow. So I extended the arm with a piece of angle iron I had in the garage. From wh...
by andrewclaus
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Is there a step by step for adjusting valve clearances
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Is there a step by step for adjusting valve clearances

I once had a Honda engine where valve check and adjustment was important, but never on a Toyota engine.

By the way, based on my experience with Honda, if the engine loses compression, it's too late. An experienced mechanic with a good ear can listen to the valve train and get some warning.
by andrewclaus
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Vibe/Matrix Manual
Replies: 23
Views: 22838

Re: Vibe/Matrix Manual

Yes, it's disjointed and hard to use, but the information is there.
by andrewclaus
Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Vibe/Matrix Manual
Replies: 23
Views: 22838

Re: Vibe/Matrix Manual

The link shown two posts above yours works.
by andrewclaus
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2009 Vibe hesitates and hard shift into 2nd
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: 2009 Vibe hesitates and hard shift into 2nd

It sounds a little strange that the color is gold. It starts off red then gets darker from there, turning brown. Be sure you're checking the fluid with a warm engine. Drive at least ten minutes to get it up to operating temp. Check with engine idling. Check the color on a clean white towel. Drive a ...
by andrewclaus
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Window won't go down all the way
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Window won't go down all the way

It sounds like a broken or jammed regulator, and the only way to find out is to pull the door panel. Since new parts are about $300, I'd spend some time trying to repair it. Or patronize a salvage yard. You can probably count on breaking some door panel clips as well, so factor those into your parts...
by andrewclaus
Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Help with Seat Belt (seatbelt) receiver...keeps disconnecting!! YIKES!!
Replies: 3
Views: 100

Re: Help with Seat Belt (seatbelt) receiver...keeps disconnecting!! YIKES!!

First I'd determine if the problem is with the tab or the slot. You should be able to reach the passenger side and see how it works. My money would be on the driver side slot being dirty or worn. It might be filled with spilled cola and chip crumbs. If so, remove, clean, dry and lubricate. I'd be te...
by andrewclaus
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Brake THUMP
Replies: 15
Views: 727

Re: Brake THUMP

I don't think anybody's asked yet if the brake shoes are adjusted correctly. The star wheels should be turned until the shoes are just touching the drums as you turn them by hand. Then the cable should be adjusted so the brakes are firmly on with five or six clicks of the lever.
by andrewclaus
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dash Lights go Out when in Park
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Dash Lights go Out when in Park

I'd suspect the shift lever position switch. It has inputs to the ECM. If it tests out, I'd then suspect the ECM. It's on the front of the transaxle, toward the left side of the car. It looks like it's Toyota part number 84540-48010, but check with your VIN to be sure. That switch also controls the ...
by andrewclaus
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dash Lights go Out when in Park
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Dash Lights go Out when in Park

There is a lamp in the shift console. That's the only connection I can see between shifting and illumination. Perhaps when the shift lever is placed in park, the circuit is opened. I'd look for a loose connection inside the shift console. As mentioned above, it might help to know specifically which ...
by andrewclaus
Sat May 30, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Cruise Control Resume
Replies: 3
Views: 138

Re: Cruise Control Resume

I fixed a CC switch once with contact cleaner. You may need to remove the airbag to access the switch--be aware of airbag safety before proceeding.
by andrewclaus
Sat May 23, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Fuel injector resistance - 11.8-12.0 or 13.4-14.2 ohms?
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: Fuel injector resistance - 11.8-12.0 or 13.4-14.2 ohms?

I've never been able to exactly match readings at that level with the cheap meters I have at home. And they've never been calibrated. If your meter's calibration has expired, don't trust the meter, unless you can verify accuracy with another known device in the same meter range. That's not enough of...
by andrewclaus
Mon May 18, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 978
Views: 160554

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

My wife just drove the Vibe alone from Florida to Colorado, 1800 miles. It's an '07 with 179K miles on it now. Neither of us hesitated about safety and reliability. We got it with 149K miles on it 2.5 years ago. Most of those miles have been highway trips. It didn't consume more than an ounce or two...
by andrewclaus
Wed May 06, 2020 2:45 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: the vibe can haul........
Replies: 218
Views: 73154

Re: the vibe can haul........

Nice work, but about that mower .... "self propelled" ... really ? :lol: My wife REALLY wants one of those (she cuts our yard) but I keep our 15 year old Craftsman 20" non-self propelled mower running like new so that she gets her exercise! Below is the proof (love them security cameras :lol: ) Jus...
by andrewclaus
Tue May 05, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Pontiac Vibe shaking and then temporary death
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Pontiac Vibe shaking and then temporary death

The oil light coming on, even flickering, is a very bad sign. It means there's not enough oil pressure to lubricate the engine and that's an emergency. My next test would be engine compression or a bleed-down test. Have you ever checked the ATF? The engine has to be running to check the level, but y...
by andrewclaus
Mon May 04, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Greetings from Colorado
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: Greetings from Colorado

I live in Golden, but am "stuck" in central Florida for a while. Virus-related travel issues, long story. I hope to get home in June. The 4 speed auto and 1.8 L engine are fine in the Rockies. We drive to Durango frequently and get 40 mpg regularly on that trip. It drops off a bit doing 75+ mph on t...
by andrewclaus
Sun May 03, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2009 vibe intermittent front end shaking
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: 2009 vibe intermittent front end shaking

Something(s) is (are) still worn and certain combinations of speeds and torques will resonate. Loose mounts, control arm bushings, wheel bearings, unbalanced wheels, etc. Without driving the car and feeling it, it's difficult to guess.
by andrewclaus
Sat May 02, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Hard to start and poor throttle response
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Hard to start and poor throttle response

Yes, injectors. Start by cleaning. I've had good luck with BG-44K.

Fuel pressure?

Since it's idling okay, I wouldn't suspect vacuum leak. You can try a gauge.
by andrewclaus
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Roof rack DIY ideas? or racks for sale.
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: Roof rack DIY ideas? or racks for sale.

On my old Subaru wagon I was able to drill my old Thule bars and the stock rails and bolt them together with 1/4" carriage bolts. I wasn't about to pay the hundreds of dollars just for the Thule clamps, about 20% of the cost of the car. I've been hauling plywood, drywall and ladders, as well as skis...
by andrewclaus
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:09 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Front end vibration on turns
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: Front end vibration on turns

I just did mine last fall. I ordered the bearing and a socket for the axle nut, got both for around $40 as I recall. I sprayed nuts and bolts with penetrating oil the night before. Everything came apart fine. I took the knuckle to a local tire shop and they pressed the bearing in for $40. I called a...
by andrewclaus
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Front end vibration on turns
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: Front end vibration on turns

Loose/worn ball joint, tie rod, control arm bushing, extremely worn wheel bearing.... A local alignment/brake shop should be able to give you an inspection and estimate.

This could cause you to loose control, and if something breaks it could be dangerous.
by andrewclaus
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2ZZGE Valve stuck Open
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: 2ZZGE Valve stuck Open

That code is for the Variable Valve Lift system. The valve may be this part number: 15330-28020 Check with your VIN to be sure.
by andrewclaus
Wed Apr 01, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Routine Front End Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Routine Front End Repair

Inspect CV boots and struts, probably the most likely wear items beside brakes. If it hasn't been aligned recently, I suggest doing that and let the pros inspect the parts for wear. A local shop may give you a free inspection and estimate. My '07 has 175K miles and I just put in new struts and one w...
by andrewclaus
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: maintenance @ 110k
Replies: 11
Views: 418

Re: maintenance @ 110k

Good list so far. Is it automatic? Drain and fill transmission, flush brake fluid come to mind.

I changed plugs when I got mine and yes, it was no more than 30 minutes for an amateur.
by andrewclaus
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Am I screwed?
Replies: 23
Views: 1135

Re: Am I screwed?

It sounds like a complete rebuild is needed. Air out the PCV valve could mean rings are shot too.

From what I've heard about these engines, a rebuild isn't economical. There should be a decent one somewhere in salvage.
by andrewclaus
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:25 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Starter killed itself.
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: Starter killed itself.

Old cars are always going to have an expensive year once in a while. Then they cruise along for years with nothing but oil changes and low registration fees. Some actually enjoy the mechanical challenges of keeping an old car running. Of course, others would rather pay more for a newer car and have ...
by andrewclaus
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Coronavirus
Replies: 69
Views: 2419

Re: Coronavirus

I'm only concerned about panicking people, not the little bug.

I tend to stock a lot of non-perishables in the house anyway--beans, rice, flour, salt, enough for several months at least. I live near a perennial stream for water.
by andrewclaus
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Stripped Transmission Nut
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Stripped Transmission Nut

It's a Toyota transaxle. I just checked the nameplate on mine and it fits Corolla. When I changed fluid and bought the gasket on my Vibe, I remember hearing there were two different bolt patterns, with bolt counts off by two. If you get a Corolla transaxle with the right number of bolts, you should ...
by andrewclaus
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Clock spring, new OEM, used OEM, or cheap knockoff?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Clock spring, new OEM, used OEM, or cheap knockoff?

If you haven't done one of these before, be sure you're good with airbag safety... I've never done one before but I've watched a lot of youtube videos in the last few days. As far as I can tell the only consideration for airbag safety is to disconnect the battery and wait for ~20 minutes before mes...
by andrewclaus
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Clock spring, new OEM, used OEM, or cheap knockoff?
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Clock spring, new OEM, used OEM, or cheap knockoff?

I have recent experience with another Toyota car. I went with the cheapest knockoff I could find and it worked out okay, maybe because i only planned to keep the car for another year or two. And for me the labor if I needed to replace it again was free. If your car is staying in the family for years...
by andrewclaus
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: check engine light came on
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: check engine light came on

The check engine light means at least one diagnostic code has been stored. Take the car someplace to get the code(s) read. In some areas, auto parts stores will do it for free. After you do this and you if don't figure out the problem yourself, report back with the code(s) and tell us more about the...
by andrewclaus
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2009 Clutch, master & slave cylinder issues
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: 2009 Clutch, master & slave cylinder issues

Probably a good call removing the accumulator. I've heard of experienced drivers removing them on other cars. I've never driven a car that had one. Have you changed the remaining fluid in the brake system yet? One more thing for the list. You may have similar corrosion problems and blockage with the...
by andrewclaus
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: 2006 Vibe Base 5 speed stalls when temperatures are below 20 degrees farenheit
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: 2006 Vibe Base 5 speed stalls when temperatures are below 20 degrees farenheit

Beetle736 wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:58 pm
andrewclaus wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:49 pm
See if there are any pending codes in the OBD system.

It sounds like the temp sensor isn't reading right. Is your coolant full? Thermostat working correctly?
The check engine light is not on ,will there still possibly be codes stored
Pending codes and past codes will be stored until reset.
by andrewclaus
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: 2006 Vibe Base 5 speed stalls when temperatures are below 20 degrees farenheit
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: 2006 Vibe Base 5 speed stalls when temperatures are below 20 degrees farenheit

See if there are any pending codes in the OBD system.

It sounds like the temp sensor isn't reading right. Is your coolant full? Thermostat working correctly?
by andrewclaus
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: 2009 Clutch, master & slave cylinder issues
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: 2009 Clutch, master & slave cylinder issues

The two-port block is an accumulator. It acts as a delay for pedal feel. It's Toyota part no. 31490-42010. Both systems take fluid from the reservoir at atmospheric pressure, so there's no way for one system to pressurize the other. But contaminated fluid can be shared. Both systems should be bled w...
by andrewclaus
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: FrankenVibe - 2003 Vibe Base
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: FrankenVibe - 2003 Vibe Base

Too bad you couldn't buy two at that price. Good luck with the project.
by andrewclaus
Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Dash stopped working, set P0500 code (Speed sensor)
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Dash stopped working, set P0500 code (Speed sensor)

Check the wiring harness to the VSS.
by andrewclaus
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 411859

Re: First failure to start

I didn't realize you can't put the AT in neutral without battery voltage. Yet another reason the manual trannys are so much nicer than the autos.../quote] Yeah, I agree. In fact that's why I replaced the Vibe battery last summer. My other car is a manual Subie and I can always push start that. I li...
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 411859

First failure to start

Well today was a first. The Vibe didn't start! Nothing, completely dead. I'd replaced the battery preventively six months ago. Getting a jump was a little problem. I didn't realize you can't put the AT in neutral without battery voltage. I wanted to push the car out of the garage for better access t...
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3658
Views: 411859

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Duplicate post
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Maintenance DIY
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: Maintenance DIY

Got it bookmarked, thanks.
by andrewclaus
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Vibration from rear brakes after drum/shoe replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Vibration from rear brakes after drum/shoe replacement

It's always a good idea to have a second set of eyes on a brake job. That's one place you don't want to make a mistake.

Could you feel the vibration in the pedal? If so, an out-of-round drum is more likely.
by andrewclaus
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Vibration from rear brakes after drum/shoe replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: Vibration from rear brakes after drum/shoe replacement

It sounds like you did everything correctly. You may want to contact the vendor, too. Some will do a lot to avoid a bad review. You may be able to get a quick shipment of new drums.
by andrewclaus
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 978
Views: 160554

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

2200 miles into our 5000 mile winter road trip and the '07 Vibe is running great! It now has over 175K miles. It's going to sit for a couple of months in Central Florida (The Villages) before we hit the road again. It's not consuming or leaking any oil or any other fluid. It's been a miser on gas as...
by andrewclaus
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Unknown electrical component
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Re: Unknown electrical component

It's actually a resistor, which makes more sense since there are only two terminals and it looks like a big ceramic resistor. That was my first thought also! I had one of those infamous ceramic resistors on my 1972 Plymouth Duster that would fail every now & then :o I'd forgotten about that ignitio...
by andrewclaus
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Unknown electrical component
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Re: Unknown electrical component

That is impressive!

Here's a US source: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2003-TOYOTA-Co ... 3743546813

It's actually a resistor, which makes more sense since there are only two terminals and it looks like a big ceramic resistor.
by andrewclaus
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Brake Pedal Randomly Goes to Floor
Replies: 3
Views: 379

Re: Brake Pedal Randomly Goes to Floor

"Never underestimate the power of coincidence." I think the Car Guys said that. I think you somehow got a poorly rebuilt master cylinder. It's not an expensive or difficult item to replace. I'd do it again, perhaps from a different source. And of course, get everything else--each wheel cylinder, eve...
by andrewclaus
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: '09 GT 2wd 2.4 Rear Pass Side Brake Not Engaging
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: '09 GT 2wd 2.4 Rear Pass Side Brake Not Engaging

I'll reiterate that all four operating brakes are critical, not just for stopping fast but for stopping in a straight line, with all four wheels on the ground and without leaving the road. Pay no more attention to whomever told you that three are enough. It may feel okay with normal stops on dry pav...