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by ParknVibe
Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:13 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Really poor traction up front
Replies: 11
Views: 1273

Re: Really poor traction up front

With these tires, sliding, turning, acceleration, the way the vehicle drives are all predictable. If I were to leave these systems on the car would try to correct a problem that doesn't exist or interfere when not expected to. Interesting??? I'll have to learn more about how the Stability traction ...
by ParknVibe
Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:07 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 09 tuneup, now has horrible gas mileage
Replies: 12
Views: 812

Re: 09 tuneup, now has horrible gas mileage

Mark wrote:Forgot to mention another obvious culprit: tire pressure. With the stock 205/55 tires on mine it's really almost impossible to spot a tire that's down to 20psi just by looking. But boy can that suck the mileage down.


Yes,... always check your tire pressure!!! ...at least once a month,
by ParknVibe
Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Really poor traction up front
Replies: 11
Views: 1273

Re: Really poor traction up front

The yellow lights: traction control off, stability control off. Oh Okay...I never turned those off....so I never saw them before on the small display hole. I first thought that was the low fuel light. But that is a red or blue light over the gas gage. Now I am wondering why you have them OFF drivin...
by ParknVibe
Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Really poor traction up front
Replies: 11
Views: 1273

Re: Really poor traction up front

I learned very early on that the gas pedal of the Vibe has a very fine line between idle and full throttle when taking off. Learning how to control wheel spin takes much care and attention to what you're doing with the clutch. Winterforce are great tires, I used them (studded) on my Vibe and have t...
by ParknVibe
Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:25 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Really poor traction up front
Replies: 11
Views: 1273

Re: Really poor traction up front

Just a tip....I had to learn early on... that I have to be very gentle on the gas pedal....i.e. keep a very light foot on it when starting from a stop.
by ParknVibe
Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Really poor traction up front
Replies: 11
Views: 1273

Re: Really poor traction up front

I'm not sure if this is just how the Vibe is, so I'll see what you guys say. Compared to my old Grand Am, and even my GF's 2010 Corolla, my 2009 Vibe has really poor traction from the front wheels. It's not uncommon for them to slip on wet pavement or even the slightest bit of snow where other cars...
by ParknVibe
Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: new shocks an struts
Replies: 43
Views: 6676

Re: new shocks an struts

I have 17 inch alloys on the Vibe and a 225/50 tire on it for Summer. The tire is a Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum (dumb tire name) that I keep at 38 front and 36 rear. Not a lot of sidewall (next Summer tire will be 225/55 17), but the tire is fairly soft and the tread is pretty quiet, which was the spec...
by ParknVibe
Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: new shocks an struts
Replies: 43
Views: 6676

Re: new shocks an struts

I have an interesting question though. I am not a fan of OE struts. They just seem to go bad too fast. But what is original equipment? It should be the Toyota part number right? Whatever GM sells would be an aftermarket acdelco product correct? I'd like to believe that the GM part is an upgrade fro...
by ParknVibe
Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:02 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Smoother ride please
Replies: 5
Views: 1101

Re: Smoother ride please

I keep all the tires (with the 17" wheels) at 36-37 PSI.....It actually helps with ride..plus better MPG.
by ParknVibe
Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Unintended Acceleration?
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: Unintended Acceleration?

What's weird is I never got a recall notice on my 09. I only got one to replace a seat belt part on my 03. Did you buy the 2009 VIbe ..brand new from a dealer?.....or Used?.....You can go to a dealer (Buick) to check if yours has Recall notices pending..... There are new recalls as well in the past...
by ParknVibe
Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:54 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Unintended Acceleration?
Replies: 7
Views: 660

Re: Unintended Acceleration?

How did you get involved with a Class Action lawsuit? .....I do not recall anyone offering me a Class Action. ...And I have 2009 Vibe. I did have the recall done to replace the accelerator pedal.
by ParknVibe
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe

I found the Ignition Pin by turning the key on, and probing all of the sockets in the OEM connector until I found one with 12 Volts. Then I turned the key off, and verified the voltage went away. I had to remove the pin with the Red wire from the Metra connector, but I broke the pin in the process....
by ParknVibe
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: My Monroe Quick-Strut Story
Replies: 24
Views: 4858

Re: My Monroe Quick-Strut Story

I hope you tighten all the nuts easily, equally, and evenly before you begin the torquing of each bolt. Perhaps that one nut/bolt was over tighten before you torqued it.
by ParknVibe
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:50 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe

I had about about 125 bucks for a radio. I really wanted just a SD card / usb drive. We already have a decent garmin that me and the wife share between cars. edit: I have about 50 cd's in my car completely scratched up. NO MORE CDS I need the screws that you screw the mounting kits into the car not...
by ParknVibe
Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe

You can use one of the screws from the OEM radio...perhaps....

I am surprised that you didn't get a system with a CD player and perhaps Navigation.
by ParknVibe
Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe

They still make those power antenna boosters? I have not seen one since the 70's Did you try to program the radio with the Local/Distance options? What is the new Radio Brand?....Model? I just installed the Jensen VX7020....only because of the low price...plus I had to add a $120 Onstar interface kit.
by ParknVibe
Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: stereo ignition lead dead?
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: stereo ignition lead dead?

Did you say that this is the OEM stock radio in the car?
by ParknVibe
Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: stereo ignition lead dead?
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: stereo ignition lead dead?

So are you saying that the car can not start? Or is just the radio dead?

I can not help, for I don't have the 2003 just have the 2009 Vibe.
by ParknVibe
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:07 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe

I took the RED wire (12 volts Switched Power) at pin#1 connection in the Metra connection and relocated to match up with Pin #13 of the X1 connection of the OEM connector plug. (the ignition voltage) The Metra connector plug has a white plastic "locking pin" running through the case, if yo...
by ParknVibe
Mon Sep 22, 2014 5:51 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: Radio issues using AM 2009 vibe

In order for the AM radio to get its antenna signal, you must connect the "blue" color power antenna & amp cont. There is a power antenna booter type amplifer in the back of the car..... So you must make the connection to your new radio... You may have thought that this blue wire ( on ...
by ParknVibe
Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:16 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: new shocks an struts
Replies: 43
Views: 6676

Re: new shocks an struts

"Suspension The Vibe's suspension is constructed for the optimal blend of crisp, sporty handling and a smooth ride consistent with Pontiac's brand character. The front suspension is designed with a leading-arm MacPherson strut type with a high caster angle. The rear suspensions of the base and...
by ParknVibe
Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Backup Camera Wiring
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: Backup Camera Wiring

kumquat wrote:Bumping an old thread... I've got the service manual with full radio pinouts for my 2009 Vibe, but I don't see a reverse wire labeled. Which one is it?


There is no reverse wire at the radio's OEM plugs. Are you goes to keep the Onstar? that another long story on my part.
by ParknVibe
Sat Sep 06, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Backup Camera Wiring
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: Backup Camera Wiring

Bumping an old thread... I've got the service manual with full radio pinouts for my 2009 Vibe, but I don't see a reverse wire labeled. Which one is it? Look in Volume 2 book page 11-144 fuse block I/P X1 (bottom left of page) Pin #30. "backup lamp control" then look at the fuse block fron...
by ParknVibe
Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: new shocks an struts
Replies: 43
Views: 6676

Re: new shocks an struts

I just replaced my rear struts on my 07 vibe and I haven't noticed any significant improvement in my ride. It is still very harsh, really hell on my back on long trips. My old shocks were no where near worn out. Basically a waste of 400 bucks to purchase the shocks and have them installed. I am goi...
by ParknVibe
Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Backup Camera Wiring
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: Backup Camera Wiring

Th easiest location would be at the light. But that is only if the camera wire is a short length. (that is only met to go to the light) You still have to add a wire from the radio....the reverse lead) My Clarion camera came with a special short multi cable and a special plug extension wire that exte...
by ParknVibe
Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:29 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Backup Camera Wiring
Replies: 7
Views: 1365

Re: Backup Camera Wiring

Okay, You take the reverse wire from the radio, The red wire from the camera, (assumed it is red), and take a tap from the backup light lead (between the light and the fuse block). and attached them all together. I made up a Y-plug so that I can unplug the thing from the radio. Plug your yellow RCA ...
by ParknVibe
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

Perhaps you can add a small spacer block to the back half of the camera's mounting flange to force the camera to view more down the road. You have to tilt it up a bit... so that the vertical line match or parallel the edge of the asphalt along the grass.
by ParknVibe
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

Do you have a DVD/CD player in the Pioneer unit? I just don't see a disk slot from your front picture.
by ParknVibe
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:51 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

You should place a reference line on the road/or your driveway. Backup to align the lines and then go back there and measure with a ruler from the bumper to the reference line. Then write the numbers down and just keep them in the car. Your numbers looks like 1.5 meters etc..... I don't have any num...
by ParknVibe
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

You should place a reference line on the road/or your driveway. Backup to align the lines and then go back there and measure with a ruler from the bumper to the reference line.
Then write the numbers down and just keep them in the car.
Your numbers looks like 1.5 meters etc.....
by ParknVibe
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

Yes I would of like the fixed type of camera you purchased, but I thought about how would I adjust the aiming of it. My is stuck on with pre-mounted tape. ..So I first used "poster putty ..that I just happen to bought beforehand....And used it to hold the camera temporary in place. and made the...
by ParknVibe
Tue Aug 19, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: My new Radio story
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Re: My new Radio story

Sorry about the pictures, I just fixed the links to them.
by ParknVibe
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: My new Radio story
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Re: My new Radio story

Another correction or adjustment I did was to make the radio come forward within the trim ring about 5/32 to 3/16 inches..To allow me to grip the volume control knob with two fingers. I did this by cutting off the plastic frame ring on the two sides and the bottom edges that touch around the front e...
by ParknVibe
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: My new Radio story
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Re: My new Radio story

I learn how to set the distant line/bars ..I think.....As I had my car backed up in the driveway, I tilted down the camera until the vertical lines ran flat along the plane of the driveway. In other words as if you are seeing the lines painted on the concrete surface....Looking down a one point pers...
by ParknVibe
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

Great to hear that you finally got it working. Let see a picture of how you mounted the camera. I was able to test the camera while I was holding it in my hand sitting in the driver's seat....and then I mounted it. I learn how to set the distant line/bars ..I think.....As I had my car is backup in t...
by ParknVibe
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

Disregard the following instruction.....This only happened when I had the car in reverse....without the radio reverse signal wire attached... I was wondering why I was not seeing the radio switch to the video... But you will have to turn on the backup lights as you are driving forward....I seen a ca...
by ParknVibe
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:14 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

You lost me about what you are trying to do??? That is since yesterday... I'm trying to install a backup camera. Same project as 2 days ago :lol: Which part I confused you about? Why are you fooling around with lighters, and PCM, and behind the glove compartment? Did you ever take that panel off to...
by ParknVibe
Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

You lost me about what you are trying to do??? That is since yesterday... You have to locate the wire at the rear backup light. Note the color of that wire....(most likely it will be a red color wire)..The other wire will go to ground and most likely it will be a black wire. What ever the color, fol...
by ParknVibe
Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

After reading the list of cables and possibilities in the thread I mentioned in previous post, I think I may have a solution: I should connect, using of of the cable I routed to the back, the camera power (RED) cable to the Accessory GRAY(+)RADIO HARNESS. That way, the camera should get power all t...
by ParknVibe
Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: new shocks an struts
Replies: 43
Views: 6676

Re: new shocks an struts

>>>>Good point. I was not familiar with them. Are you using them on any vehicle?<<<< No, But I have been wishing to install them for 6 years onto my 2009 Vibe..... I just have very, very low mileage ....would you believe less then 15,000 miles. The Monroe Struts for the 2009-2010 Vibes only became a...
by ParknVibe
Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: new shocks an struts
Replies: 43
Views: 6676

Re: new shocks an struts

I am surprise that none of you guys in this thread or topic about the struts...did not look into the Monroe OEspectrums Then should give a better ride then the stocks. They are Monroe newest struts designed to minimize the rough shock of the road.
by ParknVibe
Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

Yes you are showing the correct wire at the radio. A backup light is normally a White lens light.....You would use a TAP-In squeeze connection....I used a Radio Shack # 6403053 for 22 to 18 gauge wire at the fuse block. The fuse block connections you show are very different then what I have.... Chec...
by ParknVibe
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

I think you listed your car with a manual transmission??? Now that is something that I can not help you there... Only that it is best to locate the backup light wire at the fuse block....(left side of the steering wheel) you have to pull off the plastic dash panel to see the wires. (I am only guessi...
by ParknVibe
Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

I am very sure that the OEM radio connector plugs are NOT "backup camera ready" or wired. Your best bet is to go back to your installer and ask him how he wired the radio to the OEM GM plugs.... Nearly every aftermarket radio has there own wiring harness.. Metra can provide you with the wi...
by ParknVibe
Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: My new Radio story
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

Re: My new Radio story

http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z430/kolgreg/Vibe/My%20New%20radio%20story/P7120581.jpg http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z430/kolgreg/Vibe/My%20New%20radio%20story/P7190589.jpg The Jensen VX7020 .The GPS antenna was simply placed on top of the radio with magnate. http://i1189.photobucket.com...
by ParknVibe
Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:54 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

I somehow sent you a private reply...I don't see it here posted... However, I looked again at your camera galley of pictures...my mistake...you have the same special plug but then a second short set of wires that exits out with the RED wire, Ground wire, and a RCA plug. And then you have a long leng...
by ParknVibe
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:00 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe
Replies: 50
Views: 8583

Re: Installing backup camera on 2008 vibe

I just installed a backup camera in my 2009 VIbe. The wire that you shown in your camera link is nearly exactly like my Clarion CC510 camera...with that special thin four wire plug. So that all the wiring must be wired up under the dash and to the radio. You must locate the backup light wire feed at...
by ParknVibe
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:53 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: shocks and struts, what kind??
Replies: 23
Views: 2128

Re: shocks and struts, what kind??

The OEM struts for the Vibe are KYB...it is stamped on the body of the Struts and shocks... Made for Toyota.
by ParknVibe
Sun Aug 10, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: My new Radio story
Replies: 5
Views: 1357

My new Radio story

I just install a Jensen VX7020 navigation DVD radio, a Clarion CC510 rear view backup camera, and the Meta/Axxess GMOS-Lan-01 Onstar interface into my 2009 Vibe. I used the Scosche TA2102B trim mounting kit. The Metra trim kit in my opinion is poorly designed and molded. The left bracket does not se...
by ParknVibe
Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:57 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Any Aftermarket Parts To Smooth the Ride?
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

Re: Any Aftermarket Parts To Smooth the Ride?

My wife constantly complains about how rough the ride is with my '09 GT compared to her Mazda 3 HB. I've got to admit, she's right. But there are too many things I like about my Vibe compared to her Mazda. I know those 18" wheels with the low profile tires contribute greatly to that, and I am ...

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