What did you do to your Vibe today?

Discuss any maintenance you've done to your Vibe & Matrix and ask how to perform maintenance on your vehicle
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibrologist » Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:15 am

cptnsolo77 wrote:Replaced door glass window run. Very easy !.....however this strip of rubber cost me 60 bux ! The only reason I replaced it because Im getting my windows retinted and 2 places have recommended it being replaced, or it may ruin the tint. At least it was easy to do 8-)

I beleive this is a genvibe member. Very helpfull.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby cptnsolo77 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:44 am

New wiper blades, rain x wiper fluid and a can of seafoam in the tank 8-) Going steady at 230K 8-)
* 2003 Vibe Auto Satellite Silver w / Moons & Tunes
* Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
* Polk DB651-Speakers
* Soundproofcow Roadblock R sound deadening in all doors
* Drop In K & N Filter
* NGK Iridium IX Plugs
* 27 MPG City/Highway with AC on

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibenvy » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:47 pm

Last Saturday I did the 80,000 mile oil changes and quick interior details on both Vibes.

My Vibe on 04.03.18
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My mom's Vibe on 04.04.18
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby cptnsolo77 » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:06 pm

Busy weekend ! Friday was a Bad battery, but that was fine. Saturday my radiator was leaking. Had a crack on the plastic tank. $130 bux at advance auto. Easy job except for those stupid OEM hose clamps...made new curse words removing them and trying to reuse. I ended up picking some worm gear clamps instead. Piece of cake afterwards. Everything turned out great in the end. Even replaced the lower radiator hose and hosed the AC condenser since i was there. Next chance I will replace the upper hose and tstat. Just needed to get her back on the road for monday :roll:
* 2003 Vibe Auto Satellite Silver w / Moons & Tunes
* Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
* Polk DB651-Speakers
* Soundproofcow Roadblock R sound deadening in all doors
* Drop In K & N Filter
* NGK Iridium IX Plugs
* 27 MPG City/Highway with AC on

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby KingKrab65 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:54 am

Changed the wiper blades, front and back. Washed and waxed the Vibe too.
2003 Base Vibe

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibenvy » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:21 am

This past Wednesday (April 11th), was the 9th anniversary of bringing my Vibe home!
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby cptnsolo77 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:36 am

Fun repairs this time :lol: :lol: :lol: Replaced my 7 year old Polks with the new DB652 series in the front. Unfortunately the old ones were water damaged. Replaced both door runs, used one of those speaker baffles ( had to modify cause they kill the bass ) and repaired the door trim prior to install to ensure it doesnt happen again. Got my tunes back though !!! 8-) 8-) 8-)
* 2003 Vibe Auto Satellite Silver w / Moons & Tunes
* Kenwood Excelon KDC-X597
* Polk DB651-Speakers
* Soundproofcow Roadblock R sound deadening in all doors
* Drop In K & N Filter
* NGK Iridium IX Plugs
* 27 MPG City/Highway with AC on

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby SeattleJeremy » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:38 pm

Fresh air filter today. Boy, was that old one nasty. I had been replacing it every year or so, I think I went two years. Turns out it was one too many.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby MacGyver » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:04 pm

Checked air filter. Last changed Apr 27 2017, still clean. Applied RainX to the windshield. Fixed a loose connector behind the airbag that was causing the steering wheel controls to flake out.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby ColonelPanic » Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:22 pm

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 the DA for a coat of cleaner wax. Cleaned the interior up. Ol' car looks as good as it possibly can.

Changed the cabin air filter. I'm tempted to change the oil - it was last done back in August but I'm only 2600 mi into this OCI so I guess I'll hold off for a little while.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby tpollauf » Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:56 pm

ColonelPanic wrote: I'm tempted to change the oil - it was last done back in August but I'm only 2600 mi into this OCI so I guess I'll hold off for a little while.


What's the rush :lol: My vibe has only had three oil changes in it's 9 year life so far (still sitting at 25k miles) :o Got yelled at by the oil analysis people when I sent in oil from my 1992 F-150 after a 7 year oil change interval and approximately 9000 miles during that time ( it finally just turned over 60k miles). Surprisingly there was not any major engine damage done. Was advised to change oil every two years regardless on the mileage.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby andrewclaus » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:19 am

tpollauf wrote:...Was advised to change oil every two years regardless on the mileage.


How about tires? Someone I know said tires have a limited safe life span. I heard four years.

My driving habits changed a few years ago and I only drive a few thousand per year. I change oil every year, at least.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibrologist » Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:05 am

Someone I know said tires have a limited safe life span. I heard four years.


I bought a set of used tires fro my son's Hyundai Sonata. I did not check the production date imprinted on them. it's an oval with 4 digits showing week and year. I.e. 2508 = 25th week of 2008 or summer 2008. I just looked at them when I swapped from the winter tires. They are 10 years old! I've seen some minor cracking in the sidewalls. They do hold air, are nicely balanced and have good tread except for one of them. Of course the grip is now reduced but still good to very good. You rarely ever go to the limit anyway. I am sure winter performance would suck, but we have dedicated wither tires anyway.
In my opinion they are due, so I am looking for a good deal. Is it urgent ? No. Not for our way of using the car. It's a judgement call.

What happens in year 4? If you have a tire with a 90000 mile warranty and the average yearly mileage in the US is about 12000 shouldn't you get 7 to 8 years out of them?

In my opinion the 4 year limit is arbitrary and probably put out there by someone who has an interest in selling more tires.
Scotty Kilmer made a video referring to tires: https://youtu.be/6PM3M6lWGHM
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibenvy » Sat May 19, 2018 1:23 pm

Finally had time to get the 18s put back on our Vibes this morning. I also gave my mom's Vibe a much needed bath. I wanted to do mine too, but it's going to rain tomorrow :(.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby andrewclaus » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:07 pm

I just removed automatic A/C from the defrost control in my '07. I unplugged the two-wire connector at the back of the heater control. It's easy with the radio out, takes about 1/2 hour.

I live in a dry, temperate climate, where I seldom use A/C. Once in a while I get a carload of wet skiers on a cold day, and I need the A/C then. Most conditions, heat only works just fine. I also know to manually turn the A/C on once in a while to circulate the refrigerant. (I'm such a efficiency wienie, I do that on long mountain grade descents, as an engine brake of sorts.)

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby vibenvy » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:47 am

Replaced the hatch struts on both Vibes today for the first time in the just over 9 years we've had them.

I ordered them from GMPartsCenter.net for $18.42 a piece. In case anyone needs or wants the part numbers...
09-10 Vibe right hatch strut: #19184244
09-10 Vibe left hatch strut: #19184245
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby andrewclaus » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:11 pm

I replaced the factory radio with an inexpensive Boss brand from Crutchfield today. Total cost was $70. It seems to work fine, playing the radio, CDs, and audiobooks via Bluetooth. It's the best-looking after-market installation I've ever done.

The Crutchfield free installation kit worked out alright, but the instructions with the mounting bracket/bezel were pretty much nil. I was just lucky to figure out there was a removable insert behind which the radio case mounted. I was about to do some cutting. I had to cut some unneeded mounting brackets off, too, but that was self-explanatory. Otherwise it fit great and went together easily. Total time was less than an hour.

I'm happy to see the last of the broken factory radio. The clock didn't even work on it any more, with most of the display lights burned out. Neither the tuner nor volume knobs worked reliably or consistently. It was not worth trying to fix it.

We drove the VIbe up to the Continental Divide this morning with our bicycles, and cycled the Bakerville-Loveland Trail (BLT). The two road bikes fit nicely in the cargo area with front wheels off. We also drove to a trailhead on a rough road above Georgetown and did a little hiking in an historic mining area. Front wheel drive was all that was needed, and clearance was just high enough. It was a nice two-sport day with the Vibe.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Postby ehoff121 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:55 pm

Finally got around to changing out the Valve Cover gasket. While I had everything apart, I replaced the air filter, changed the spark plugs a little early, and took care of a stripped screw on the IACV (then cleaned it out and changed the IACV gasket!). Finished with a Simple Green of the engine compartment.

Have to wait until 5:00 PM EDT tomorrow to start her up- the two dabs of RTV on the valve cover need 24 hours to cure...

EDIT 6/17: She started up just fine and when she warmed up, the idle was pretty steady at 800 rpm, which is a bit higher (750 +/- 25 rpm) than pre gasket change. Will report back if any other noticeable differences...
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