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by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Is something broken under oil fill cap?
Replies: 7
Views: 60

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: 4
Views: 36

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: 148

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: 148

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: 11167

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: 211

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: 211

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: 175

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: 13
Views: 228

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: 13
Views: 228

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: 179

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: 3505
Views: 317319

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: 3505
Views: 317319

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: 3505
Views: 317319

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: 208

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: 3505
Views: 317319

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: 160

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: 1046

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: 204

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: 217

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: 1179

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: 248

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: 293

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: 24968

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: 856
Views: 118069

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: 283

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: 1168

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: 3505
Views: 317319

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: 16029

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: 287

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: 345

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: 483

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: 586

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: 485

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: 469

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: 359

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: 856
Views: 118069

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

A month ago:
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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: 3505
Views: 317319

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: 358

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: 380

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: 289

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...
by ColonelPanic
Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: New Member 2003 Vibe -- Lucy
Replies: 7
Views: 534

Re: New Member 2003 Vibe -- Lucy

What a wonderful find - that's a gorgeous Vibe. For a 2003, it must have been garage kept with as great as the paint looks. I wish ours that sat outside all its life looked half as good as yours!

Enjoy the car and if you have any questions please ask!
by ColonelPanic
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3505
Views: 317319

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

The Vibe has been sitting around collecting bird poop for over a week. :lol: Washed it and cleaned up the interior yesterday.

Installed a new hood prop rod grommet today, GM P/N 19204818. The original wouldn't have made it too much longer. :o
by ColonelPanic
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: The first Vibe forum I have seen
Replies: 66
Views: 11167

Re: The first Vibe forum I have seen

Happy 15th, GenVibe! :)
by ColonelPanic
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: JVC HU has Steering Control Wire in Harnes, Where to connect?
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: JVC HU has Steering Control Wire in Harnes, Where to connect?

Doesn't look like you can just connect the wire to something on the car's harness. I'm not familiar at all with the 2nd gen, but a quick check on Crutchfield indicates you will need an adapter to integrate the new radio with the steering wheel controls. I've only set up one of these things once (for...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: kostby's Ford C-Max thread
Replies: 45
Views: 5690

Re: kostby's Ford C-Max thread

Glad to see you're still enjoying the C-Max! And I'm still envious. ;) Are they even building the C-Max anymore or did they just really scale back on production? They never were in abundance, but it's even less so now. There are only 28 within 100 miles of my zip. Kinda kicking myself for never stop...
by ColonelPanic
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: Oil change questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1025

Re: Oil change questions

Here is a thread on the updated dipstick. I never bothered with getting one, the car doesn't burn oil and the 2ZZ-spec filter (Wix 57145 usually) bumps up the capacity enough for me. I got a deal on Maxlife a while back so I switched switched the Vibe over to it on the last change. The 1ZZ runs smo...
by ColonelPanic
Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: 2018 Toyota C-HR (exceeds the non-traditional styling of Nissan Juke?)
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: 2018 Toyota C-HR (exceeds the non-traditional styling of Nissan Juke?)

(I think maybe C-HR stands for Corolla - Highly Repulsive?) Very accurate. You hit the nail right on the head there! And I thought that they couldn't possibly make anything that looked worse than that new Prius (especially from the rear.) Toyota has managed to do one better with this thing. :o
by ColonelPanic
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: What did you do to your Vibe today?
Replies: 3505
Views: 317319

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Installed a new pair of Strongarm 4079 liftgate supports. They fit perfectly and work great, plus they're American made. Around $43 plus tax. Yay, it opens fully all by itself now. :shock:

The glass needs a pair too, but it never gets used so those will wait.
by ColonelPanic
Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:05 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: First-time Vibe owner/New member
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Re: First-time Vibe owner/New member

Welcome! Sounds like you've found a great car! Well maintained, clean Vibes are getting hard to find. Kudos to the first owner for taking such good care of the car. Keep up with the maintenance and that car has many more miles of good service to provide.

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