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by SeattleJeremy
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Spark plug tube removal
Replies: 6
Views: 46

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: 46

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: 348

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: 114

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: 114

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: 182

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: 52

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: 70

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: 125

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: 125

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: 125

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: 99

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: 99

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: 7
Views: 144

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: 5
Views: 124

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: 57

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: 132

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: 132

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: 83

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: 15946

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: 192

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: 249

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: 206

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: 123

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: 249

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: 13
Views: 249

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: 12
Views: 291

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: 658

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: 190

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: 377

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: 452

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: 452

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: 391

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: 391

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: 2045

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: 332

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: 460

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: 460

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: 793

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: 285

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: 417

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: 441

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: 487

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: 481

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: 1458

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: 1458

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: 430

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: 422

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: 310

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 ...