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by ColonelPanic
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 872
Views: 124053

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

130,000 as of this evening!
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

These cars came with 5W-30 conventional oil from the factory. Synthetic for these cars is more of a preference, not a requirement. If you wanted to switch to synthetic, all you need to do is drain the old oil and refill with the new. I've used conventional oils of various price points (store and nam...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: How To: HVAC Backlight Replacement
Replies: 11
Views: 2375

Re: How To: HVAC Backlight Replacement

Thanks for those infos! I broke the bulb while trying to pry it out. :( What's left of it won't come out of the brown holder. Anyone know the part number for it? Cheers! cyth The bulb/socket is sold as one piece. All you'll need to do is pick up the bulbs from Toyota (part number in the pic in the ...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Genvibe server downtime?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Genvibe server downtime?

LOL, as soon as I click Submit, it hangs with 'Waiting for forums.genvibe.com' :lol: I always find a way to jinx myself.

I opened up a new tab and went back to the site and my post was there. Flip back to the other tab, still waiting...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Genvibe server downtime?
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Genvibe server downtime?

I have noticed the same for a while now... Sometimes it doesn't load on the first try, a reload will bring it back up. Once I am here, I haven't noticed any further issues - for me, its just the first attempt that seems to be the problem.
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Replace 2003 Moon and Tunes Stereo
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Replace 2003 Moon and Tunes Stereo

I tried it with and without the speaker level converter with two aftermarket radios on two '03s with moon & tunes. While the aftermarket radio did work without the speaker level converter, a level of white noise was introduced that I found was unacceptable. Without the converter, it may not be t...
by ColonelPanic
Wed May 23, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Keyed fuse for hardwired dash cam install
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: Keyed fuse for hardwired dash cam install

The CIG fuse is what I've used for various switched accessories over the years. Hot while on accessory or run.

It's in the uncomfortable-to-access fuse panel under the drivers side of the dash.
by ColonelPanic
Tue May 22, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: what car in this video at 1:17?
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: what car in this video at 1:17?

Definitely a Matrix. Can't be a Vibe as there is no inverter.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3527
Views: 331442

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

The plasti-dip has been flaking off the roof so it had to go. It's been such an ordeal trying to get it all removed so I've been working on it gradually for the last few weeks. FINALLY got all of it off today, exposing the failed clearcoat in all its glory once again. Washed the car and broke out th...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 235

Re: Is something broken under oil fill cap?

The baffle gets bent downward by careless oil change techs as they jam the oil gun down in the filler hole. The bent baffle can get in contact with the camshaft which causes a ticking noise and damage to the baffle. IIRC Toyota had a TSB about this. Hopefully there isn't anything of significance flo...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: brake caliper and bracket corrosion
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: brake caliper and bracket corrosion

Probably "normal," for better or worse. We had a seized caliper on ours several years back and the shop replaced both with re-manufactured... They too ended up looking like that in no time. When it was time for the next brake job, here's what it looked like: old1.jpg From what I understand...
by ColonelPanic
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Very dim instrument panel light
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: Very dim instrument panel light

I did not believe you, and thought this was a pretty funny April Fool's joke, but having never been in an 09, I looked in the 09 owners manual, and sure enough (page 5-3) that's where the dimmer control is. Teehee. :D It always struck me as a goofy location. A cost savings possibly, albeit at the e...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Very dim instrument panel light
Replies: 7
Views: 335

Re: Very dim instrument panel light

They moved the dimmer control to the trip odometer reset button in the gauge cluster for the 2nd gens. Give it a twist and see if that helps.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The first Vibe forum I have seen
Replies: 66
Views: 11838

Re: The first Vibe forum I have seen

Happy 16th!!!!
by ColonelPanic
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2003 models are 15 years old now
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: 2003 models are 15 years old now

Just looked it up, it's 25 years in Indiana. I was hoping it was 20 because I would definitely have to do that. :D I also learned in this state that if you register your car as a "collector" you can use a plate from the year of the car. I still happen to have the 2003 vintage plate from my...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: 2003 models are 15 years old now
Replies: 8
Views: 514

Re: 2003 models are 15 years old now

Could be 16 depending on how early of an '03 it is!

Ours will be legally old enough to drive itself in October. :D
by ColonelPanic
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB: Grommet for hood support rod
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: WTB: Grommet for hood support rod

19204818 is what I ordered last year from gmpartscenter.net. It's similar to the original except for it being white in color. But of course it is no longer available for purchase. If most other GM parts sites are showing it is discontinued (which it seems that they are,) I would assume its long gone...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

Yeah, there isn't much to them.

The 2ZZ in the GT used a slightly longer filter. Those will fit the 1ZZ and provide a small increase in oil capacity. I've ran many of those over the years.
by ColonelPanic
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: '06 Vibe, which fluids?
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Re: '06 Vibe, which fluids?

I used to prime the filter. Sure, it may have made the oil pressure light go out just a little bit sooner. But I stopped doing that when I had to walk to the parts store mid-project for another new filter. I had two 5 qt jugs of oil, identical in appearance from the outside. One had new oil inside a...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Newbie to the forum
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: Newbie to the forum

Welcome! Good luck with the restoration!
by ColonelPanic
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3527
Views: 331442

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Got my airbag recall done. Removed the radio, radio and HVAC trim panels as well as the glovebox BEFORE taking it in to insure the techs don't break anything !!!..... ^^ Wish there was a like button here. That's something I plan on doing since I had to replace all of that trim after getting the fil...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3527
Views: 331442

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

dusted off ash from yesterday's evacuation. I'm keeping the Vibe loaded with our earthly goods in case the fires start back up with the wind tomorrow. The interior will need a good fumigation. Smells like a camp fire. :shock: Glad to see you're OK! Hopefully you can get the smell out. Probably not ...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3527
Views: 331442

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Washed the Vibe on Saturday, then broke out the DA and put some cleaner wax on, followed up with Collinite. The plasti-dip over the roof's failing clearcoat has exceeded its useful service life but it's too late to do anything with it now. I'll just have to keep her under the cover as much as possib...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: First Vibe oil change - woah tight filter!
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: First Vibe oil change - woah tight filter!

That'll happen! When I started changing my own oil again, the prior shop had the filter on so tight I couldn't get it to budge. Tried a socket/wrenches/pliers, nothing worked. Stopped shy of the screwdriver trick - filled it up with oil and drove it the 1/2 mile back to that shop and made them chang...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3527
Views: 331442

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I dug out the air compressor and spent some time this morning getting the tire pressures in order. Don't forget the spares - all three of our vehicles were down to 40-something. :o Cleaned up the interior of the Vibe a bit and did the usual weekly checking of fluids. I was hoping to get a wash in, b...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Water damaged speakers !!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: Water damaged speakers !!!!

Check derf's thread and video on the subject. That's what lead to the demise of a cheap pair of Kenwoods I installed. I later noticed that the black trim on the door at the bottom of the glass was pushed toward the rear of the car, leaving a sizable gap at the front. Slid it as far forward as I coul...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Washing, Waxing, Cleaning
Topic: Collinite 845 wax
Replies: 3
Views: 1465

Re: Collinite 845 wax

I've read quite a bit about Collinite 845 over the years but never tried it until this spring. Wow - wish I would have started using it years ago! 8-) The Vibe's paint is long gone, so it (or anything else) doesn't do a lot of good there. But on the other two with good paint, it's been amazing. Easy...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Stupid heat/HVAC question
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: Stupid heat/HVAC question

If it is the outer vents on the driver and passenger side, that's perfectly normal. They will always blow air regardless of the blend door position. That's for the 1st gen, not sure if you have a 2nd gen and if they behave the same way. If any of the inner vents have air coming out when in floor or ...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Serpentine belt question
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Serpentine belt question

Just went out and checked ours - same here with the deflection. This is with a relatively new belt and tensioner (replaced both last year with GM parts.)
by ColonelPanic
Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: set belt buckle discontinued - 2003 Vibe
Replies: 10
Views: 1346

Re: set belt buckle discontinued - 2003 Vibe

That's frustrating that the Matrix one didn't work 100%. It looked to me like the seat belt buckle switch and seat track position sensor are integrated into that connector. Both tie into the air bag system. Luckily my wobbly buckle was from a thin spring washer broken off that's supposed sit between...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: power steering fluid exchange
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: power steering fluid exchange

Empty reservoir via transfer pump/refill with a store brand Dexron III ATF/repeat is all I've done thus far. First time was at 13 years/112k mi. Personally, I wasn't too concerned with mixing since the power steering fluid cap states Dexron ATF. I went with the assumption that despite the color diff...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: new windshield = $155.=
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: new windshield = $155.=

That's a good deal! I was expecting much more than that. Thinking about how much it might cost kept me from calling around, but perhaps I need to make some calls.

Who is the manufacturer of your new windshield if you don't mind me asking?
by ColonelPanic
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Touch-Up Paint Code Chart 2003~2009 (Freshly Updated!)
Replies: 26
Views: 26147

Re: Touch-Up Paint Code Chart 2003~2009 (Freshly Updated!)

I have a 2003 base. Can anyone decided the manufacturer paint lingo and spell it out plai9nly? Mine is white. The white color is called Frosty. You will need the correct paint code for finding the proper paint, see the paint codes in the first post. You can also find the paint codes on the service ...
by ColonelPanic
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 872
Views: 124053

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Hit 125k last week.
by ColonelPanic
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: cleaned battery,now rough idle--
Replies: 4
Views: 382

Re: cleaned battery,now rough idle--

I had the battery disconnected when I did some work on the Vibe last year (the list included replacing the timing chain tensioner.) I have to say it kinda scared me with how rough it ran at first, my mind instantly went to somehow I managed to knock the timing off on the thing. Then I thought about ...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)
Replies: 27
Views: 1481

Re: Pre Vibe were you a Toyota or GM person? (Or neither?)

GM.

The Vibe will be the first and last "Toyota" in this household.
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3527
Views: 331442

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Repainted hubcaps with Krylon brilliant aluminum and painted steelies so it wouldnt show the rust behind them. Best 5 bucks I ever spent. That looks fantastic! I desperately need to do the same, I'm just waiting on figuring out a way to get the Pontiac logos back on. Although on a couple wheel cove...
by ColonelPanic
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)
Replies: 46
Views: 17484

Re: Finally a good Fix! (Window Bezel)

I'm sure it'd work better with the photos, but alas, Photobucket put the screws to the recipient's posting :evil: I don't want to think of how many other helpful how-to's across various forums they've made not-as-helpful overnight with the change in their terms of service. :cry: Fortunately, all th...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: New member

Welcome! Good price on the Vibe, that sounds like a nice project you have there. :)
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New member from Hatboro, PA
Replies: 5
Views: 421

Re: New member from Hatboro, PA

Welcome, glad you found us after all these years! Post some pics when you get a chance!

Indeed, it would be nice if they still made 'em.
by ColonelPanic
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Another New Member
Replies: 9
Views: 571

Re: Another New Member

Welcome! If the oil leak is on the rear of the engine on the passenger side, check the timing chain tensioner. Very common for the O-ring to fail and oil to leak out from around the tensioner on the 1ZZ engine. The tensioner can be replaced or the O-ring can be replaced on the existing tensioner. ht...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Oil Disappearing!
Replies: 12
Views: 681

Re: Oil Disappearing!

Might not be a bad idea to also check the timing chain tensioner (passenger side of the engine on the back.) The O-rings are problematic, though I don't know if it would cause *that* much loss.
by ColonelPanic
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: What dash and door lights are SUPPOSE to work at night?
Replies: 7
Views: 553

Re: What dash and door lights are SUPPOSE to work at night?

Nothing on the doors light up except for a faint green AUTO on the driver's window switch. They were pretty skimpy on the backlit controls. As far as the white piece for the HVAC controls, I've never figured out how exactly that thing clips in. There are just two bulbs, one to either side of the fan...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Aftermarket stereo pops when turned on, off, or up from zero volume
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: Aftermarket stereo pops when turned on, off, or up from zero volume

This has come up a few times before but I don't recall if anyone had ever found a way to resolve the popping.

Using the level output converter will do the trick though. I bought a JVC radio a couple years ago from Crutchfield along with the Scosche SLC4, it has worked out fine.
by ColonelPanic
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Clock/radio LED fading
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: Clock/radio LED fading

Here's the link for replacing the radio bulbs:

viewtopic.php?f=17&t=26889#p305136
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 872
Views: 124053

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

A month ago:
Image

A bit over 124k now.
by ColonelPanic
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3527
Views: 331442

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

I installed a pair of Strongarm 4079 on my 05 today. They are certainly better than the weak old struts. But when the gate is opened, it will go up and hesitate a little in the midway, then continues opening quickly until it hits the gate's opening limit. The car will shake a bit because of the mom...
by ColonelPanic
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: 2004 blend door stuck on heat.
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: 2004 blend door stuck on heat.

I would say to start with sticking your head under the passenger side of the dash and turning the temperature knob... Make sure the cable is still attached to the white damper piece and that it moves freely.

Here is a thread with a post showing the part.
by ColonelPanic
Wed May 24, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Bulbs for center console climate control dials
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Bulbs for center console climate control dials

Might be a good idea to buy extras as you stand a good chance at losing some down the dash while trying to replace. You may or may not ever see them again. Just speaking from experience. ;)
by ColonelPanic
Sat May 13, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Weak Fm Radio Signal
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: Weak Fm Radio Signal

The longer antenna is for AM/FM. I always found the reception with the factory radios in the Vibe to be excellent. It's not as good with my current JVC, but I can still pull in some fairly distant stations. Given the size of the antenna, an amplifier was necessary. Unfortunately it is integrated int...

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