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by SeattleJeremy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT
Replies: 8
Views: 88

Re: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT

VW? I thought it was more of a slammed mini-truck thing.
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT
Replies: 8
Views: 88

Re: ONE OFF BUILD HERE!!!!!!! 09 VIBE GT

Neat! I'd love to see more pictures.
by SeattleJeremy
Fri May 17, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB 03-07 SLP RAM AIR HOOD!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 406

Re: WTB 03-07 SLP RAM AIR HOOD!!!!

I'm not interested in buying it, but I am interesting in pictures :D
by SeattleJeremy
Wed May 08, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Seat cushion - side air bag?
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Seat cushion - side air bag?

An automotive or boat interior shop should be able to replace the foam with new foam. Also shampooing the seats do wonders to make them look fresh.
by SeattleJeremy
Tue May 07, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Free Carfax Report?
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Free Carfax Report?

As this reddit post points out https://www.reddit.com/r/carfax/comment ... is_a_scam/
It's always a good idea to have a mechanic do a pre purchase inspection (PPI).
by SeattleJeremy
Tue May 07, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Free Carfax Report?
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Free Carfax Report?

That's the same reason why I was worried when I started watching that video originally. Vehicle History does not ask for any money or information, other than the VIN to check. I'm not sure how they are making money, not a bunch of ads, or information entered, but it works. Here is a random car avail...
by SeattleJeremy
Tue May 07, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Free Carfax Report?
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Free Carfax Report?

I followed Samcrac's suggestions.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X2CCnKDo70

Here are the links he suggests. Together they work as well as Carfax.
https://www.mycarfax.com/
https://www.vehiclehistory.com/

Also simply googling the VIN can bring up interesting stuff.
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?

On the part that you angle grinded, did you seal the metal edge with paint or primer? I can't imagine they'd make that part with stainless.
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Shifter Cables Source
Replies: 8
Views: 143

Re: Shifter Cables Source

I understand your frustration Toyota and GM haven't made this type of stuff easy. I hope you can find the equivalent part.
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Shifter Cables Source
Replies: 8
Views: 143

Re: Shifter Cables Source

Does anyone know if the 1.8 5-speed is the same as the 2.4 5-speed? Maybe the first and second gen cars use the same shift cables? I did some digging on Rockauto and Amazon, but came up with nothing. Best I could find was this on eBay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/09-10-11-12-13-14-Toyota-Matrix-5SPD-FW...
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Missing engine ...caper
Replies: 13
Views: 232

Re: Missing engine ...caper

That's a good point. With the engines out it also makes stacking the cars more stable.
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Replacing Rear View Mirror
Replies: 9
Views: 120

Re: Replacing Rear View Mirror

I'm not sure how to change the light bulbs, but the wires end in a plastic connector on the passenger side that needs to be pinched on both sides to release. For the light bulbs, they should be replaceable without removing the rear view mirror. You should be able to find a place in the plastic to in...
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?
Replies: 12
Views: 444

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

I agree with zbyers, adding more parts will make it louder, but not much faster. Many performance parts for the 2ZZ engine are made to increase the engines numbers on a dyno or it's abilities when in Lift (Toyota's version of vtec). So things like exhaust and intake will help when at the top of the ...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Car suddenly very loud but no rpm increase?
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Car suddenly very loud but no rpm increase?

Mine wasn't too loud when I changed the bearing. My Mom's Geo Metro was quite loud by the time we changed it, she had been driving (around town, never freeway) for a week or two. After driving the car, carefully put your hand on the middle of each wheel. The warm/hot one will need to be changed. Ord...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB -Drive Shaft 2005 AWD
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: WTB -Drive Shaft 2005 AWD

That was my thought too. If the drive shaft just needs bearings then the bearings are available, but if the drive shaft has been damaged a junk yard or a drive shaft specialist would be in order. I wonder if the 09+ Vibe/Matrix AWD cars have the same shaft, considering they have the same suspension ...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB -Drive Shaft 2005 AWD
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: WTB -Drive Shaft 2005 AWD

Are you looking for one of the four half shafts or the drive shaft that sends the power from the transmission to the rear differential?
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Car suddenly very loud but no rpm increase?
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Car suddenly very loud but no rpm increase?

it would completely get quiet when braking at a red light but the faster I’d go the louder it would be This is the description of a wheel bearing failure. This is an easy fix for any mechanic. They will put the car on the lift, and turn each wheel by hand, and it's easy to hear the crunchiness. A r...
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replacement blower motors
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: Replacement blower motors

I replaced mine three times. First time with ACdelco, second and third with TYC. I found no difference between the two in quality and performance. They all lasted about 60k miles, but I'm really annoyed by noises, and have the air on all the time.
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 5 Speed Transmission Problems and Replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 10897

Re: 5 Speed Transmission Problems and Replacement

Shame on you Toyota bean counters who decided to use substandard materials in your bearings to save a few bucks. I agree that people should be aware of the 03-05 5-speed issues, but from what I remember it wasn't the bean counters fault this time. The Toyota C59 transmission works fine in the 2500l...
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?
Replies: 12
Views: 444

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

You're kinda all over the place so I'll break up your post, and try to answer the highlights. it’s now getting closer to 28-30 mpg. This is what this car should be getting. Great! Usually all the way not just until it gets to proper idle speed. There is no need for this. Start the car, and drive it....
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?

I hope someone else can chime in on how it went for them. For a while (like a summer) I had a set of poly bushing inserts in my motor mounts, but my mechanic installed/uninstalled them. Here's one video I found that was helpful for the rear one. I'd recommended a peace of wood between the transmissi...
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: 03 vibe diagnosing and replacing motor mounts?

If you are going to replace the front one, then the rear one needs to be replaced at the same time. When accelerating and decelerating in a straight line you are loading the rear and front mounts. The engine wants to move around, if you only replace the front, it will move around on the rear mount m...
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Hood latch replacement - Corolla fitment confirmed
Replies: 7
Views: 134

Re: Hood latch replacement - Corolla fitment confirmed

I was pretty sure the cable was the same, and checking Amazon confirmed it. Top review says they are the same :)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPYB6IE
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Please help me diagnose this sound
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Please help me diagnose this sound

Thanks for the video. I like u/Lakeshore_Patriot's idea of looking at the exhaust. You might want to check the motor and transmission mounts, because they can cause excessive movement of the exhaust and cause an issue like that. However, the mounts themselves will not make this type of noise.
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: New member, correct board for transmission problems?
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: New member, correct board for transmission problems?

Is the check engine light on? If so can you get the codes scanned? A common issue on the early vibes is the gasket between the engine and intake manifold fails, which happened to my car. In this case unregulated air (vacuum leak) causes the engine to idle high, and bog when floored. This is a simple...
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Spark plug tube removal
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Spark plug tube removal

joatmon wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:12 am
On my 03's 1ZZ, the "tubes" the plugs sit at the bottom of are part of the valve cover.
That's a great idea, by removing the valve cover you should be able to see what is going on more clearly.
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Spark plug tube removal
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Spark plug tube removal

What spark plug is in the head (old or new)? If it's old can you use a socket extension to reach and unbolt the spark plug? If it's new can you unbolt the screw and pull them out together? edit: OH.. um.. "It's binding against the wall of the tube itself" it sounds like you have cross threaded the p...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: What years have 5 speed transmission issues?? Please read
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: What years have 5 speed transmission issues?? Please read

The early C59 bearings (first installed in '98 corolla) can't take the load of the larger '02+ Corolla and 03-04 Vibe/Matrix. This issue is fixed in 05+.
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Front suspension replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: Front suspension replacement

I remember there being something different about the Corolla front suspension. Something about the mounting angles or bolt sizes at the Strut/control arm, maybe? It might work as a set, but could complicate replacing the struts in the future.
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Front suspension replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 241

Re: Front suspension replacement

For the front suspension parts you mentioned for 03-08 cars are interchangeable. The AWD and GT's have the same front suspension, with the exception of the AWD sway bar being thinner. The 09-10 FWD 1.8L cars should be the same too, but the spring rates might differ. Also, the 09-10 2.4L cars are com...
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: "Baby Come Back"
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: "Baby Come Back"

Love the opening of the post, thank you.

Truck drivers gotta keep on truckin'. Hopefully you'll get your car back soon :D .
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Site Problems, Suggestions, Questions
Topic: Site was down 2/27/19
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Site was down 2/27/19

Hey Guys, is everything okay? I couldn't reach the site yesterday.
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2006 vibe rear wiper and defrost
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: 2006 vibe rear wiper and defrost

There is harness that goes from the body to the rear gate, I'd start by inspecting that.

Are the taillights working? How about the third brake light?
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms
Replies: 10
Views: 252

Re: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms

False. Myself, and a few other members, have put rear subframes from an 09 AWD/GT into our 03 or 04 AWD. Another member did the opposite and put an 03 AWD subframe into his 09 GT. As I said, the subframe is identical and interchangeable. While that is, I cannot confirm for the remaining suspension ...
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms
Replies: 10
Views: 252

Re: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms

I agree; salvage yard parts will probably not be far behind yours... You could also look into 09 GT/AWD/XRS...In theory, those are the same parts as they do share the same rear subframe. I have not tested the control arms out so cannot guarantee it. Edit:The following statement is wrong. I put a re...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms
Replies: 10
Views: 252

Re: ISO: 04 AWD Rear Lower Control Arms

Also look at the 99-06 Toyota Celica. They have the same rear control arms.

Dang these are expensive at $367 per side. I agree with Bookworm expand your search to include Arizona, maybe check ebay, too.
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0453 reading
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: P0453 reading

OH! My bad. Joatman you are right, here's a video with a picture of what we're talking about. The video is for a 2008 Matrix, but it's the same on all Vibe/Matrix.
https://youtu.be/mIOE-77kmzc
I think the AWD cars have the canister on the opposite side.
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: P0453 reading
Replies: 8
Views: 195

Re: P0453 reading

Have you tried unhooking the Evap box (and seeing if the code changes to not working, or inspected the inlet/outlets on it? Sometimes the outlet gets clogged with dirt or spiders (I've heard they sometimes make their homes in Subaru Evep boxes). The Evap box itself is in the engine bay behind and to...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Manual transmisison needed
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: Manual transmisison needed

I agree with joatmon, getting a 05-08 5-speed would be better because it's less likely to have bearing failures. The 6-speeds are nice too, but the final drive gearing is a little different.
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 19 mpg!!! What should I do?
Replies: 12
Views: 444

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

Did you ever get your "Lack of acceleration" issue figured out?
viewtopic.php?f=17&t=46789

Sounds like the car still needs a tune up, brakes inspected, or maybe a clutch. Have you had a mechanic inspect the car?
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Site Problems, Suggestions, Questions
Topic: Site is "Not Secure"
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Site is "Not Secure"

When browsing the site Chrome shows that it's Gray-Circle-i "Not Secure" and when posting it shows Red-Triangle-! "Not Secure" https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95617?visit_id=636858573590236667-1946898573&p=ui_security_indicator&rd=1 Is anyone else seeing this, or is it just me on this corpo...
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 1.8 Auto FWD Chirping noise(not belt related?)
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: 2003 1.8 Auto FWD Chirping noise(not belt related?)

When you do this please be careful not to dent the fender or scratch the paint with a ring. Stand next to one of the front wheels. Place your hands over the seam between the hood and fender. Push the car down and let it recoil a few times, then let go and watch. Then do the other side, and the rear...
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2003 1.8 Auto FWD Chirping noise(not belt related?)
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: 2003 1.8 Auto FWD Chirping noise(not belt related?)

With the engine turned off can you replicate the issue by rocking the car? When was the last time the struts where changed? When you changed the struts did you also change the strut bearings (the part that connects the struts to the fender). Chirping noise is normally associated with a baffle failin...
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Suspension the same parts?
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Suspension the same parts?

No, they are entirely different parts. The 1.8L cars suspension is similar to the Corolla and the 03-08 Vibes. The 2.4L cars suspension is similar to the Camry/Scion TC. Try looking on https://www.rockauto.com , you should be able to find everything you need. RockAuto is not a sponsor here, we just ...
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How To: Stop ALL Toyota Beeping
Replies: 32
Views: 16383

Re: How To: Stop ALL Toyota Beeping

The dash and gauge cluster on the 09+ Vibe/Matrix have similar design features, even down to the three mounting points. On the newer ones they opted for three bolts instead of the silly clip setup on the 03-08's. Check out the pictures of the cluster in this random ebay listing for reference https:/...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Misfire
Replies: 10
Views: 338

Re: Misfire

Did the car start showing this issue after it got cold out? If so I suspect the intake manifold gasket has failed. This gasket is a known weak failure point in the early 1ZZ Vibe/Matrix. The newer gasket is a better design.
While you are in there I suggest replacing the TB gasket.
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE
Replies: 13
Views: 357

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

Hurray! Glad you got it fixed up. You're right working under the dash it a chore.
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 2006 Pontiac Vibe fwd
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: 2006 Pontiac Vibe fwd

Bookworm nailed it. If your car needs end links or bushing check out rockauto. If your car doesn't have a sway bar at all check out wrecking yards. Any FWD 03-08 Vibe or Matrix front sway bar will work. They should all be the same diameter. The AWD cars have thinner front sway bars. To install the f...
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Should All Motor Mounts Be Changed At The Same Time?
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: Should All Motor Mounts Be Changed At The Same Time?

Make sure to look at the other mounts. I agree if they are in good shape, there is no reason to change the other ones.
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE
Replies: 13
Views: 357

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

chrishennig, any independent shop can complete this work in a short amount of time. I'm no expert here, but the "book time" on this should be an hour or less. andrewclaus, the Matrix and Corolla have a different heater blowers, and different connectors. Changing the connector is a pretty straight fo...