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by andrewclaus
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Lack of acceleration
Replies: 4
Views: 125

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: 764

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: 153

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: 889
Views: 128176

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: 107

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: 194

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: 764

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: 141

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: 174

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: 35
Views: 1946

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: 158

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: 158

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: 269

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: 269

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: 339

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: 339

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: 105

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...
by andrewclaus
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dome Light
Replies: 5
Views: 218

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: 139

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: 506

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: 506

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: 506

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: 7
Views: 202

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: 257

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: 3531
Views: 339014

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: 325

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: 4917

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: 4917

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: 162

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: 160

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: 271

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: 3531
Views: 339014

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: 293

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: 212

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: 189

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: 211

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: 211

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: 325

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: 138

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: 1310

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: 6
Views: 342

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: 3531
Views: 339014

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: 565

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: 565

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: 251

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: 3531
Views: 339014

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: 253

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: 565

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...

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