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by SeattleJeremy
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: 2006 Pontiac Vibe fwd
Replies: 2
Views: 46

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: 2
Views: 50

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: 10
Views: 92

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...
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: How dangerous is this BURNED a/c blower motor CABLE
Replies: 10
Views: 92

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

This is really bad. Don't use it in that condition. I'm surprised the fuse didn't blow, before causing this damage. This is likely caused by the motor drawing too much current. Replace the blower motor and blower motor connector. Both are available at Rockauto.com or national brand auto part's stores.
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: GenVibe Announcements
Topic: Forum Software Updated
Replies: 10
Views: 117

Re: Forum Software Updated

The new forum software looks great! Thanks for everything :D
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another Vibe lost
Replies: 13
Views: 472

Re: Another Vibe lost

Glad everyone was okay!
I like the Celica wheels on a red Vibe, sorry for your loss.

The Outback is a great car, but it's gotten pretty large recently.
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Rotational noise
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: Rotational noise

The problem started when the tires were seasonally changed.
There is likely something wrong with one of the winter tires or wheels. One of them is missing a wheel weight, a rim is out of round, or a tire is bad.
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Dreaded 299,999 dead odo
Replies: 9
Views: 256

Re: Dreaded 299,999 dead odo

Weird, the best option for fixing this is to roll the OD back to 199,999, and document the change.
Will PA then fail it because the OD has been rolled back?
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Canada - Ontario
Topic: Cheaper alternative to costar-bluestar?
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: Cheaper alternative to costar-bluestar?

My car didn't come with Onstar from the factory. So, I used the microphone that came with the Head Unit. I ran the cable up the A-pillar and along the liner, then stick it next to the rear view mirror.
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Canada - Ontario
Topic: Cheaper alternative to costar-bluestar?
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: Cheaper alternative to costar-bluestar?

Wow, $300 for a Bluetooth adapter? I mean it does look easy to use, but dang.

I had an aftermarket head unit installed in my car that included Bluetooth. My car doesn't have steering wheel controls. I'm not sure if that's an issue on your car, but that's normally an extra harness they can install.
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 1st Post
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: 1st Post

Are there any check engine lights, or unusual noises associated with this?
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 1st Post
Replies: 9
Views: 293

Re: 1st Post

Welcome to Gen Vibe! How long have you had the car? How long have you seen this issue? Does your car do the same thing when starting from a stop? Are there any clunking noises associated with this move? Are there check engine lights, if so what are the codes? Sorry for all the question, but that isn...
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Ehoff121's '05 AWD Exhaust Replacement
Replies: 22
Views: 1876

Re: Ehoff121's '05 AWD Exhaust Replacement

Hi everyone, OEM exhaust systems, and pre built muffler systems are really expensive to buy and ship.* Most muffler shops can make exhaust pipes for our cars in house, replace the muffler with with standard mufflers, replace catalytic converter's with off the shelf cats, and install O2 sensors. Call...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 1 alloy to steel swap= possible??
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: 1 alloy to steel swap= possible??

The stock 16" steel wheels and stock 16" alloy wheels have the same dimensions. Both steel and alloy wheels are reparable, but you may need to find a wheel repair place. Sam's club won't do that kinda work.
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: antilock brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: antilock brakes

Glad you got it fixed :)
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: antilock brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: antilock brakes

The base Matrix 5-speed might not have offered ABS, but it was optional of the 5-speed XR's and standard on 6-speed XRS's.

On the new axle are the teeth the same width apart and height as the original?
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: VSC, Trac and engine light come on after 09 Vibe overnights in rain
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: VSC, Trac and engine light come on after 09 Vibe overnights in rain

Replaced the secondary O2 sensor, three rain sessions later and still no check engine lights have returned. Glad you got that sorted. Seems as though Pontiac/Toyota have an issue with the other codes for the ECU and disabling the TCS system whenever anything triggers a code! This is actually a safe...
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Beeping Alarm Threads
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: Beeping Alarm Threads

I removed the speaker, but it was a pain because I left the headlights on a couple of times and came back to a dead battery.
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Roof caps on sale !!!
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: Roof caps on sale !!!

zbyers wrote:Not a horrible price. Too bad they fit like garbage. Probably being discontinued due to the horrible fitment.
More likely blowing them out due to lack of interest. The newest car these "fit" are 10 years old.
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Manifold heat shield necessary or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Manifold heat shield necessary or not?

There are three "Exhaust Heat Shield. Exhaust Manifold Heat Shield." listed on that site, with three different part numbers. Judging by the picture on the site and Eloi's description, the one required is the more expensive one. I believe this heat shield is required for normal operation, and I think...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Did I catch the last dodo?
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: Did I catch the last dodo?

Good find! Yes, it sounds like you did. How many miles are on it?
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Wheel bearing?
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: Wheel bearing?

So it looks like I'll have to have mine done...front passenger side. Anyone recommend a mechanic in Oakland County (Detroit)? Wheel bearings are really easy on these cars and any certified mechanic can do this. Shop around for mechanics in your area, maybe check Yelp, call them up, and ask for a qu...
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: awd right front cv axle removal
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

Re: awd right front cv axle removal

shermaner12 wrote:Heres a photo. You can see just how much bigger the bearing is toward the outside.
Wow, that's a weird setup. Thanks for posting a photo.
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: awd right front cv axle removal
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

Re: awd right front cv axle removal

Did you have any luck with this. Doing this this weekend. Watched a few videos, seems like you need to take the carrier bearing bracket off the engine in the process. Let me know if you did this. hi Shermaner12 Check out these videos. Hope this helps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEwSe4xjD4Q http...
by SeattleJeremy
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 1 ZZ FE Rebuild - Hard Start
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: 1 ZZ FE Rebuild - Hard Start

wmdiess wrote:There is an ECM recall, but it has something to do with the airbag. I don't get it.
Hey Bill, there where three recalls for the 03-08 Vibe/Corolla/Matrix: Airbag controller, Airbag inflator, and ECU (main engine computer).
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Genvibe server downtime?
Replies: 7
Views: 384

Genvibe server downtime?

Has there been something up with the servers recently? In the last week, or so, I've tried to come here, and the site isn't loading.

Maybe my work blocked the site, and it wasn't loading? Has anyone else had issues?
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hauling on the roof rack? 4' x 8' sheets
Replies: 4
Views: 280

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

You won't have much trouble hauling around 2x4's that are less than 8' to 10' in the cabin (longer ones would need to stretch above the dash, kinda sketchy). However, each sheet of half inch 4x8' drywall is 50lbs, and half inch 4x8' plywood is 40lbs. Vibes can pull 1000lbs no problem, if you have a ...
by SeattleJeremy
Wed May 30, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Humor
Topic: Honest Craigslist ad of a '99 Corolla
Replies: 1
Views: 659

Re: Honest Craigslist ad of a '99 Corolla

My wife sent me this a few days ago. Great stuff.
by SeattleJeremy
Sat May 05, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Launch Control
Replies: 1
Views: 202

Re: Launch Control

Welcome to Gen Vibe, I hope we can help you pursue your automotive needs. Does your car have an automatic or manual transmission? How many miles on the car? How long have you had it? What are your goals for the car (besides shooting fire). Please watch this instructional video, https://www.youtube.c...
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: adjustable coffee cup holders
Replies: 4
Views: 697

Re: cup holder inserts

For reference, the center console/cup holders for 2009-2010 are all the same. As well as the 2009-2014 Matrix. When I purchased my 06 Vibe I found the cup holders were two different sizes, I purchased different travel cups to accommodate the car. In my car the front one is 12oz can size, and the rea...
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 3.8L V6 Supercharged Engine Swap
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: 3.8L V6 Supercharged Engine Swap

The Buick Regal is a way cooler car than the Vibe. If you want to mod something I suggest modding that. Bonus that car already has the engine you want to put 600+ HP in to. Another point of view: You currently have two working cars. Do you have a third working car for when you have these two dismant...
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 3.8L V6 Supercharged Engine Swap
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: 3.8L V6 Supercharged Engine Swap

Hi Jade, welcome to Genvibe! What are your goals for this swap? Drag racing? Autocross? Car meets? Just something cool, and different? What is your budget? Have you done an engine swap before? Are you familiar with custom fabricating metal and exhaust? What car are you starting with? (year engine tr...
by SeattleJeremy
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3540
Views: 344938

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Fresh air filter today. Boy, was that old one nasty. I had been replacing it every year or so, I think I went two years. Turns out it was one too many.
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The vibe still exists in Japan :(
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: The vibe still exists in Japan :(

More wagonie than the new Corolla Hatchback. I like it.
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Re: brake caliper and bracket corrosion

It's possible fluid you wiped up compromised the paints integrity, and it failed, then little by little all of it flaked off, due to the corrosion underneath. If the caliper is in good working order you might want to remove it, clean it up with a wire wheel, and put a good coat of caliper paint on it.
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Are our Vibes ready for E15?
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Are our Vibes ready for E15?

Thank you!
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Are our Vibes ready for E15?
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Are our Vibes ready for E15?

Is the fuel system on the Vibe rated for E15, or higher ethanol content?
Is the stock ECU capable of compensating for E15 vs E10?

I understand the overall fuel economy would likely drop by a few percent. I'm just wondering if E15 would wreck our engines.
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: 88969128 FRONT EXHAUST PIPE AWD
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: 88969128 FRONT EXHAUST PIPE AWD

The exhaust parts may be discontinued at GM, but Toyota still has them. Just tell them you are looking for a Toyota Matrix XR AWD.

Also, have you checked https://www.rockauto.com ?
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB : Front tag bracket '07
Replies: 11
Views: 541

Re: WTB : Front tag bracket '07

I suggest searching the auto "pick and pull," "wrecking," or "junk yard" lots in your area. You should be able to find one for a 03+ Vibe/Matrix/Corolla.
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Latest News
Topic: Matrixowners down?
Replies: 41
Views: 8235

Re: Matrixowners down?

Wow, what happened?
by SeattleJeremy
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2009 Vibe 2.4L 17R tire upgrade question
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: 2009 Vibe 2.4L 17R tire upgrade question

From tire rack's website https://blog.tirerack.com/blog/turk-t/what-does-zr-mean Anything rated for more than 149 mph is considered a Z-speed rated tire and sometimes the manufacturer will stick the "Z" in the size right before the "R" to denote a Z-speed rated tire. Not all Z-speed rated tires have...
by SeattleJeremy
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2009 Vibe 2.4L 17R tire upgrade question
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: 2009 Vibe 2.4L 17R tire upgrade question

Welcome to GenVibe! What tires does the car have now? Upgrading the width of the tire also increases the height (which helps the ride), but as you stated, rubbing can become an issue. On the Vibe I wouldn't go with anything larger than 10mm wider, unless you are willing to change other suspension bi...
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: do gen 1 and 2 wheels swap?
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: do gen 1 and 2 wheels swap?

vibenvy wrote:;)
Thank you, I hoped someone would fix that for me.
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Looking for a new rear subframe for 2004 AWD vibe
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: Looking for a new rear subframe for 2004 AWD vibe

If your alignment is currently in good shape, you could consider taking it to a shop that does metal repair work. Maybe they can clean it up, and weld on some new metal?
I'm reminded of the time the mighty car mods guys repaired the Mira sub frame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFSaBPqfDoU
by SeattleJeremy
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: do gen 1 and 2 wheels swap?
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: do gen 1 and 2 wheels swap?

The first gen and 1.8L Second gen wheels are the same size and are interchangeable (same as Corolla 5x100).
The Second Gen 2.4L (Base with 2.4, GT, and AWD) cars have different bolt pattern (Camry size 5x114?).
by SeattleJeremy
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Bilstein HD shocks and struts?
Replies: 11
Views: 1124

Re: Bilstein HD shocks and struts?

I did some more research, and found that the rear struts are the same for Corolla and Vibe/Matrix FWD. However, the front struts are different in small ways.
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Replacement engine 2005 base 5 speed 1.8l
Replies: 1
Views: 287

Re: Replacement engine 2005 base 5 speed 1.8l

Sorry to hear about your engine. Check out http://www.car-part.com/ for the Engine in your area (your car has a Vin 8 FWD engine). You should be able to source a running engine close to you.
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Bilstein HD shocks and struts?
Replies: 11
Views: 1124

Re: Bilstein HD shocks and struts?

Wow. I messed up last time I looked at the Bilstein website. Turns out they have made parts for the Corolla. https://us.bilstein.com/en/product-search/?YearId=3625180192627126233&MakeId=728129652649867473&ModelId=7916273674460971&SubModelId=8587416358667319091 So... https://www.monkeywrenchracing.co...
by SeattleJeremy
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Ej20 engine swap? Possible or insanity
Replies: 7
Views: 471

Re: Ej20 engine swap? Possible or insanity

Then it sounds like a doable project. You might want to find an intact WRX and take some measurements, and compare the important points in the engine bay, sub frames, and rear suspension. I'm sure you will want to convert to RWD? If so the rear suspension is really different. You might want to look ...