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by vibedrivermatt
Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 2009 Vibe Steering Rattle
Replies: 70
Views: 16620

Re: 2009 Vibe Steering Rattle

I remember this strange sound from the dashboard of the vibe after I put a few tens of thousands of miles on it.. to me it sounded like a pebble being shaken in a paper cup.. I've since ignored it and learned to live with it.. lately my vibe is sounding like a creaky old sailing war ship from an era...
by vibedrivermatt
Thu Dec 03, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Rear end kick out.....
Replies: 12
Views: 1074

Re: Rear end kick out.....

I agree with the comment about there being something on the road that could cause it to be slick.. its pretty hard to get the rear of the vibe to kick out. it has a tendency to understeer in most situations. it can be fun sorta if you manage to make oversteer happen though. Dont lift! haha I've rece...
by vibedrivermatt
Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.
Replies: 8
Views: 1057

Re: What would you guys do? Stuck caliper guide pin.

hey I know im late to the party here.. yea at the very least the bracket is toast..
by vibedrivermatt
Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade
Replies: 50
Views: 7487

Re: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade

Oh ya I have progressive. They are pretty good. Well, I'm not into modding so much lately but still into doing regular maintenance stuff for my vibe. Ohh I do want to buy some nicer lug nuts. I'd really like to get some good mcgard ones. I want something that doesn't rust so easily. There's a mod! :)
by vibedrivermatt
Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade
Replies: 50
Views: 7487

Re: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade

Hey! Yea it's been awhile. Well I haven't done any mods lately. Im in the process of going back to my stock springs. I just got a bit tired of the harsh ride.

I have this snapshot thing plugged into my car now. Uhh that's like a sweet car insurance monitoring device mod. Lol.
by vibedrivermatt
Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: VSC Warning Light
Replies: 7
Views: 1364

Re: VSC Warning Light

Aha! My car has been doing this too. Im glad other people are pointing out what could be causes. It first happened last winter but has done it again twice recently. It appears to me that when these light up the systems turn off. I get the check engine, vsc and traction control lights all at once. li...
by vibedrivermatt
Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade
Replies: 50
Views: 7487

Re: Project PowerStop: Complete 2009 Vibe GT brake upgrade

Hey Goodluck with your brake upgrade. Looks good!

I might have to find some good rotors at some point. My oem ones have a tough time with road salt.
by vibedrivermatt
Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Excessive Brake Pad/Rotor Failure 2009 Vibe GT FWD
Replies: 14
Views: 1906

Re: Excessive Brake Pad/Rotor Failure 2009 Vibe GT FWD

Yea, the brakes seem to rust very fast. I also had an issue with the caliper pins drying up on the front but I thought it was because I monkeyed around around with the caliper pins and put the wrong kind of caliper lube back in. They were fine after I found the correct caliper pin lube. It's a grey ...
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:39 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 06 vibe rear hubs
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Re: 06 vibe rear hubs

The only thing I could think of is that it may be a good idea to do both rear hubs and to make sure you buy the approrate hub/hubs with abs sensor. Im sure more people will chime in on this. :D removing a hub sounds kind of hard. Personally, that may be a thing I'd have a mechanic do but, if you can...
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Whats you favorite dashboard treatment?
Replies: 1
Views: 618

Whats you favorite dashboard treatment?

I just did mine today with Black magic pro shine interior protectant. I'm a big fan of this stuff. :D I got a tiny bottle of this stuff several years ago and I still have a lot left. The results are good whenever I use this stuff but it does have a smell that some may take issue with. Personally I'm...
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: New Rotors and Pads '09 Vibe
Replies: 18
Views: 2529

Re: New Rotors and Pads '09 Vibe

thats nice that getting that done free of charge. :)

yea, I replaced all rotors and brake pads around 35,000 miles. my car is out of warranty so I had to pay for parts.
by vibedrivermatt
Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:30 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: New Tires for the '09
Replies: 11
Views: 1073

Re: New Tires for the '09

Careful with those hankooks in the winter, they have the traction of hockey pucks on ice. Unstoppable in the dry and wet though! Oh I had noticed they seem to have more of a summer tire look just by looking at the tread. but thanks thats good to know. I also noticed the hankook tires made a bit of ...
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: New Tires for the '09
Replies: 11
Views: 1073

Re: New Tires for the '09

yea, I just got new tires. My RSA's were definitely done. One of mine had a slow leak as well but I had done one of those repair jobs with the black sticky strips when a nail got in one of my tires.. I think my car is at 37,000.. but this isnt an accurate measure of the miles I had on the RSA's beca...
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Front Camber Adjustment
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: Front Camber Adjustment

yea, I had an alignment done once at a tire shop. I remember it costing less than $80 and they also had one of those fancy laser machines. It was cool because I got a neat piece of paper with a graphic image that showed the before and after alignment settings. Also, the nice thing about the place I ...
by vibedrivermatt
Sat May 25, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Proper brake lube?
Replies: 7
Views: 2115

Re: Proper brake lube?

Hey looks like I finally got this sorted. The problems I was having were because of using the incorrect grease. I guess certain types of grease wont work well with the japanese style guide pins with little rubber bushings.. Anyway, the easiest thing for most people with 09+ cars would not be not mes...
by vibedrivermatt
Fri May 24, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How-to: install TRD strut brace
Replies: 7
Views: 3887

Re: How-to: install TRD strut brace

oh awesome! you got one! nice :D

yea, I remember noticing a big difference when I first installed mine..
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3487
Views: 300500

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

cool hood! thats some very nice artwork there. :) well, I completed rear brake job on 2009 2.4 base vibe with rear disk brakes. new pads and rotors put on at 34,000 miles. I think my brakes were bad at this milage cause Im kinda hard on them. I had to use one of those little cube tools to compress t...
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:44 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT
Replies: 98
Views: 26202

Re: vibenvy's Garage - 2009 Liquid Platinum Metallic Vibe GT

The exhaust tip looks great. I've gotta get one for mine. :D

I notice its tack welded on there. Good idea.

also, really like the optima battery and other stuff. 8-)
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:20 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Sublimes front brake tutorial
Replies: 55
Views: 25740

Re: Sublimes front brake tutorial

I know I'm a bit late with the response but I think its definitely a good idea to have the brake fluid replaced. Even though the fluid in the reservoir may still look brand new, after a few years and 64,000 miles the fluid has aged. The oil starts to get moisture in it after a while. Replacing it is...
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:56 am
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: My 2010 Vibe GT
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: My 2010 Vibe GT

nice! The tint and vibe look really good. :D

the front license palte is cool. wish we could do that in NY.
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: vibedrivermatt - 2009 Vibe 2.4l
Replies: 28
Views: 6841

Re: vibedrivermatt - 2009 Vibe 2.4l

i know im way late on posting but nice job on this thread! why not get the water by pass and just install it on the intake? You do have to cut up one of the aluminum pieces but its definitely worth it. They also have covers to protect from water coming in to your intake through the filter. I have t...
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:05 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Need Strut help
Replies: 1
Views: 611

Re: Need Strut help

I have the TRD springs installed on my base (non GT) 2.4 and the ride has gotten really harsh lately. I only have about 32,000 miles on my car. Im not sure whether to go back to the stock springs or replace the shocks or both. I just had a kid recently. He's about a month old. :D Im seriously consid...
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:05 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: '09' 2.4 starter bendix problem?
Replies: 37
Views: 6153

Re: '09' 2.4 starter bendix problem?

Wow, I've had this problem on one of my cars before (not vibe) changing the starter fixed it. I think your right with the bendix thingy. I guess its some kind of solinoid thats not engaging all the way. I've heard that sometimes starters can have this part repaired but I think in most cases its easi...
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: How to change rear side rotors and pads
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: How to change rear side rotors and pads

OH, im replacing rear rotors and pads soon on my 2009. They're ready to be replaced. I havent bought the parts yet but ontime when I was replacing all lug nut studs I was tinkering around with the rear calipers and found out that I couldn't compress the rear caliper with a C-clamp. It has to do with...
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Proper brake lube?
Replies: 7
Views: 2115

Re: Proper brake lube?

Hey, maybe that brake grease I posted about before should not be used. I had a problem with it. I recently checked the front calipers about about a year after changing the grease on only the left calipers guide pins. I didnt change the grease on the other one. The the guide pins on the caliper that ...
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3487
Views: 300500

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

neat job with the key. I assume that the dealer is able to porgram the new fob so that buttons work?

i've noticed the keys that came with my sisters VW jetta are like that. I think land rover keys are like that also. neat feature. :)
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3487
Views: 300500

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Well, I did this yesterday actually. I just finished replacing every single one of my lug nut studs. It got to the point that I was breaking them every time I went to remove a lug nut. I put on DORMAN brand ones from car quest. They have the nice 'made is USA' label so I'm hoping they will hold up t...
by vibedrivermatt
Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: The car that wouldn't shut off! 09 Chevy Cobalt funny story
Replies: 8
Views: 784

Re: The car that wouldn't shut off! 09 Chevy Cobalt funny st

That's funny. Why not just drive it to the dealer while it was still running? Look about on a Cobalt forum for the answer to getting the key out of the ignition. Oh, we had considered that before shutting the car off. The problem was that the dealer where they bought the car was sort of a long driv...
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: $7116 well spent!!!
Replies: 31
Views: 3045

Re: $7116 well spent!!!

COOL man! nice bike :D
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: The car that wouldn't shut off! 09 Chevy Cobalt funny story
Replies: 8
Views: 784

The car that wouldn't shut off! 09 Chevy Cobalt funny story

Well, something sorta hilarious happened today. I drove my parents 2009 Chevy Cobalt into the town to help them with an errand. I had to pick up my mom from an auto garage where she was dropping off my their truck for inspection. When I pulled up to their house I couldn't turn the Cobalt off. The ke...
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Can't get rear tire off
Replies: 8
Views: 2041

Re: Can't get rear tire off

I realize I'm sorta late to the party but I've also been in this situation. What you wanna do is get really, really mad! Then muster up all your strength and fury and kick the heck out of the tire as hard as you can. It WILL come off. Although doing this on a scissor jack may be a bit hazardous. If ...
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Testing 1..2..3
Topic: can we embed youtube now?
Replies: 2
Views: 853

Re: can we embed youtube now?



success! maybe we could have still done this with old genvibe. that is likely
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Testing 1..2..3
Topic: can we embed youtube now?
Replies: 2
Views: 853

Re: can we embed youtube now?

bummer guess not or maybe I dunno how to do it?
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Testing 1..2..3
Topic: can we embed youtube now?
Replies: 2
Views: 853

can we embed youtube now?

[youtube]www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWDQIuBXTMY[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWDQIuBXTMY[/youtube]
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Replace PCM or trade it in?
Replies: 43
Views: 6183

Re: Replace PCM or trade it in?

Nice! Glad it worked out. :)

I think a lot of us including myself thought the PCM needed to be replaced. It just goes to show that sometimes it's best to follow your own instincts or at least listen to car talk when in doubt.

Bravo musicmanmu!
by vibedrivermatt
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:51 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 Vibe (Dexcool or Toyota Pink)
Replies: 24
Views: 3514

Re: (DocDoug)

Thanks for the reply!I definately have pink collant fluid. For now I'll assume to get the toyota pink coolant should I want to top off the reservoir bottle a bit.I did buy the car new. It's about 4 or more years old by now. I'm pretty sure there isnt a leak in the coolant system. Seeing how the rese...
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:23 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Ordered the TRD sway bar kit
Replies: 21
Views: 3555

Re: Ordered the TRD sway bar kit (Charles (in GA))

ahhh nevemind edit post. I see you already found the hotchkis instrutions which I was going to post but I missed it in your last post.
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:42 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 Vibe (Dexcool or Toyota Pink)
Replies: 24
Views: 3514

Re: (Water boy)

So is it the general consenus that dexcool is not the coolant that was put in at the factory? I have never topped off or done anything with the coolant in my vibe. It appears the reservoir bottle is getting closer to the low mark. maybe some of it has evaporated over the years. Which one should I bu...
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:01 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Replace PCM or trade it in?
Replies: 43
Views: 6183

Re: Replace PCM or trade it in? (musicmanmu)

Sorry to hear about the PCM. I know its a bit risky but you could try to get a used PCM online. The only problem getting one of these could be replacing the bad part with another bad one. I assume its better to get a hold of a new one if possible. The dealership says the part will cost that much bec...
by vibedrivermatt
Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:35 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 09 AT Vibe GT running at higher rpm than normal...
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Re: (musicmanmu)

If it gives you some peace of mind while waiting to go back to the dealership, you could check automatic transmission fluid. There are very specific instructions on how to check it in the owners manual. Checking the fluid is a little is more complicated than I thought it would be.
by vibedrivermatt
Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:48 pm
Forum: Humor
Topic: Miles Per Hour "math" (video)
Replies: 7
Views: 1335

Re: Miles Per Hour "math" (star_deceiver)

Really unbelievable things like this sometimes turn out to be fakes. Remember the hug a cat girl? I have my doubts.
by vibedrivermatt
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Cold air intake on an 09
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Cold air intake on an 09 (vibe_mike)

sure check out my garage thread to see what was involved in modding the 09 2.4l corolla cai to fit the vibe better. Perhaps something similar can be done with other cai's to fit a 09 1.8l vibe.

http://forums.genvibe.com/zero...age=1

by vibedrivermatt
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Cold air intake on an 09
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Cold air intake on an 09 (vibe_mike)

OK, but I just realised I forgot to mention the injen cia is only meant 2.4l vibe or matrix. I should let you know before taking a bunch of pics and sending an email.
by vibedrivermatt
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:57 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Cold air intake on an 09
Replies: 5
Views: 521

Re: Cold air intake on an 09 (vibe_mike)

Hey Mike, Injen makes a cai intake for the 09 corolla. I have bought one of these and modded it a bit to make it fit the 09 vibe. K&N also makes a sri specifically for 09 vibe/matrix. Theres many threads about it around here. I'd like to sell my injen intake for $100 plus shipping. It was used for a...
by vibedrivermatt
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: My reflections after 150,00 miles on the 2003 base VIBE 1.8 engine
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: (burrpenick)

awww dang man. The way I've heard seafoam being used is to put in, let the car idle for ten/fifteen minuets and then change the oil immediately afterwards. I dont have a can of seafoam here with me here at the moment so I cant read the instructions for myself but Im just guessing its not good to run...
by vibedrivermatt
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2009 Base model Vibe. Belt noise? or transmission?
Replies: 11
Views: 1542

Re: (vhoward1122)

there are service manuals for the 09 but you have to get the ones published by GM and they're expensive. Its P/N GMP09S. I wonder if theres books for the matrix that may be cheaper?you can get it at a few places, this site www.helminc.com has them as mentioned here looks like they cost $200 now. I b...
by vibedrivermatt
Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: gasoline
Replies: 24
Views: 1804

Re: gasoline (Old Tele man)

I like to fill my vibe with the 87 lawn mower gas. It doesnt have a high compression engine like a turbo or a tuned a 2ZZ-GE found in original vibe GT's. Also, I'd worry that higher octane gas would cause the engine to run hotter than its supposed to and over time be problematic. I remember hearing ...
by vibedrivermatt
Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Who makes sway bars for 09/10MY Vibe
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: Who makes sway bars for 09/10MY Vibe (marq)

TRD makes one for the 09 and up matrix. As long as your not GT or AWD that one is fine to use. As to whether the sway bar actually helps improve performance is a whole other debate. Theres two things I can say for certain about the TRD sway bar, it's red and VERY shiney! I like things that are shine...
by vibedrivermatt
Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:03 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: 2009 2.4 rear struts
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: 2009 2.4 rear struts (sideshowalan)

Struts for 09 vibes may be hard to order because they're not available at many parts stores yet. Theres a better chance of finding struts for the 09 vibe by looking for toyota matrix struts.

These guys have some good insights.
http://blog.nwautos.com/2009/0....html

Goodluck


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