What did you do to your Vibe today?

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf » Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:06 pm

Finally got the new CV halfshaft axles installed on my 2004 Vibe GT. I have to confess though due to me working 7-10's continuous lately, I had my buddy who owns an automotive shop perform the work. All I can say is WOW ... what a difference !!!. So today I was cruising south on I-75 and the ride was so smooth that I was doing over 80 (3400 RPM roughly on the six speed tranny) and didn't even realize it. Quickly backed it down as Ohio has one of the worst states for getting pulled over by the highway patrol as they are everywhere on major interstates :o I provided the parts (thanks to RockAuto) and they only charged me $175 for the labor. This included tire rotation, topped off all fluids, added tranny lube (lost some when one of the axles was removed) and an oil change (I provided oil & filter). Car is at a young 139k miles now and drives like brand new :D
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:27 pm

tpollauf wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:06 pm
Finally got the new CV halfshaft axles installed on my 2004 Vibe GT. I have to confess though due to me working 7-10's continuous lately, I had my buddy who owns an automotive shop perform the work. All I can say is WOW ... what a difference !!!. So today I was cruising south on I-75 and the ride was so smooth that I was doing over 80 (3400 RPM roughly on the six speed tranny) and didn't even realize it. Quickly backed it down as Ohio has one of the worst states for getting pulled over by the highway patrol as they are everywhere on major interstates :o I provided the parts (thanks to RockAuto) and they only charged me $175 for the labor. This included tire rotation, topped off all fluids, added tranny lube (lost some when one of the axles was removed) and an oil change (I provided oil & filter). Car is at a young 139k miles now and drives like brand new :D
Thats great to hear.I didnt think new CV joints would make the ride smoother. At 260K My boots are torn....so im waiting for the infamous CLICK....CLICK on turns, so i guess I have a smoother ride to look forward to upon replacing :lol:
* 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?

Post by Bookworm » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:50 pm

cptnsolo77 wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:27 pm
tpollauf wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:06 pm
Finally got the new CV halfshaft axles installed on my 2004 Vibe GT. I have to confess though due to me working 7-10's continuous lately, I had my buddy who owns an automotive shop perform the work. All I can say is WOW ... what a difference !!!. So today I was cruising south on I-75 and the ride was so smooth that I was doing over 80 (3400 RPM roughly on the six speed tranny) and didn't even realize it. Quickly backed it down as Ohio has one of the worst states for getting pulled over by the highway patrol as they are everywhere on major interstates :o I provided the parts (thanks to RockAuto) and they only charged me $175 for the labor. This included tire rotation, topped off all fluids, added tranny lube (lost some when one of the axles was removed) and an oil change (I provided oil & filter). Car is at a young 139k miles now and drives like brand new :D
Thats great to hear.I didnt think new CV joints would make the ride smoother. At 260K My boots are torn....so im waiting for the infamous CLICK....CLICK on turns, so i guess I have a smoother ride to look forward to upon replacing :lol:
I've gone through four or five CV joints over the years. If the boots are torn, you need to either get new boots on there (there's a boot kit that wraps around), or replace them. They don't always grind/click on the turns - until your wheel is about to come off.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:35 am

Did this all in Dec but failed to post.

Replaced the front and side engine mounts .
All OEM Toyota replacments from here: https://parts.conicellitoyotaofconshohocken.com/

How to replace all engine mounts:
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Also replaced rear brakes:

Parts: Disregard what Amazon says....it DOES fit the Vibe.
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* 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?

Post by petervivian » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:19 am

Finished a 2500 mile trip in 3 days in last week. Gas tank being too small is still the only complaint.
05 Vibe (Frosty), 13 VW CC (Fortana Red)

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by andrewclaus » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:17 pm

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First failure to start

Post by andrewclaus » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:18 pm

Well today was a first. The Vibe didn't start!

Nothing, completely dead. I'd replaced the battery preventively six months ago.

Getting a jump was a little problem. I didn't realize you can't put the AT in neutral without battery voltage. I wanted to push the car out of the garage for better access to the battery. I was able to maneuver the jumper vehicle just barely close enough for my cables. It started right up then.

Now I just realized that there's a bypass button for that reason on the console next to the shifter. First time I needed it and I forgot.

Of course, I had to reprogram the door locks. Then I went to reset the aftermarket radio and it was completely dead. I had to get the manual out to find a reset button behind the faceplate and then that worked.

Then I found the problem. Somehow I'd left the cargo area dome light "on." I don't remember ever touching it. I haven't driven in a week. Weird. Anyway, after a couple of niggling details, all is well.

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Re: First failure to start

Post by tpollauf » Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:00 pm

andrewclaus wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:18 pm
I didn't realize you can't put the AT in neutral without battery voltage.
Yet another reason the manual tranny's are so much nicer than the auto's :lol: Glad it was nothing major ;)
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Re: First failure to start

Post by andrewclaus » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:55 am

tpollauf wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:00 pm
andrewclaus wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:18 pm
I didn't realize you can't put the AT in neutral without battery voltage.
Yet another reason the manual trannys are so much nicer than the autos.../quote]

Yeah, I agree. In fact that's why I replaced the Vibe battery last summer. My other car is a manual Subie and I can always push start that. I live in a mountainous area and usually park facing down hill for that reason. Hey, it's cheaper than a new battery. (I put the VIbe's old battery in the Subie because it was 'only' nine years old or something like that.)

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by SSizler » Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:56 am

Replaced the rear shocks today.
I used Monroe quick struts P/N 171373L and 171373R.
Had no problem with the process.
I DID reuse the original fasteners as the new nuts/ bolts provided by Monroe looked inferior. :)
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Bookworm » Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:37 pm

SSizler wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:56 am
Replaced the rear shocks today.
I used Monroe quick struts P/N 171373L and 171373R.
Had no problem with the process.
I DID reuse the original fasteners as the new nuts/ bolts provided by Monroe looked inferior. :)
How long did it take you? Just curious.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by SSizler » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:07 pm

Bookworm wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:37 pm
SSizler wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:56 am
Replaced the rear shocks today.
I used Monroe quick struts P/N 171373L and 171373R.
Had no problem with the process.
I DID reuse the original fasteners as the new nuts/ bolts provided by Monroe looked inferior. :)
How long did it take you? Just curious.
Bookworm, since I recently purchased the car I am slow, cleaning and reconditioning everything I touch. :roll:
I spent 2 evenings doing the shocks, one night of disassembly / cleaning / painting and one night reassembling everything.
If I was just doing the shocks in a get-it-done fashion, it was probably a 3-4 hour job.
Being the compulsive clean it up type, I also had to clean the lug nuts / lugs, front and back side of the wheels, wheel wells, check the brakes, clean and paint the drums, scrub the interior floor of spilled stinky crap after removing the rear plastic and spare, etc.
I also spent quite a while trying to find the correct torque values for the fasteners, finally settling on 39 foot pounds for the small bolts and nuts on top, and 80 foot pounds on the large nut at the bottom of the shock. I have about 16 total hours in the job. :shock:
I enjoy making my cars look like new. The dirtier they are to start with the more satisfaction I get from the final results, and this car is family / 2 carseat kids filthy...... :lol:
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Bookworm » Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:48 am

SSizler wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:07 pm
Bookworm wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:37 pm
SSizler wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:56 am
Replaced the rear shocks today.
I used Monroe quick struts P/N 171373L and 171373R.
Had no problem with the process.
I DID reuse the original fasteners as the new nuts/ bolts provided by Monroe looked inferior. :)
How long did it take you? Just curious.
Bookworm, since I recently purchased the car I am slow, cleaning and reconditioning everything I touch. :roll:
I spent 2 evenings doing the shocks, one night of disassembly / cleaning / painting and one night reassembling everything.
If I was just doing the shocks in a get-it-done fashion, it was probably a 3-4 hour job.
Being the compulsive clean it up type, I also had to clean the lug nuts / lugs, front and back side of the wheels, wheel wells, check the brakes, clean and paint the drums, scrub the interior floor of spilled stinky crap after removing the rear plastic and spare, etc.
I also spent quite a while trying to find the correct torque values for the fasteners, finally settling on 39 foot pounds for the small bolts and nuts on top, and 80 foot pounds on the large nut at the bottom of the shock. I have about 16 total hours in the job. :shock:
I enjoy making my cars look like new. The dirtier they are to start with the more satisfaction I get from the final results, and this car is family / 2 carseat kids filthy...... :lol:
Hey, I fully understand. I buy used fountain pens and razors :) Cleaning is half the fun.

Going to be interesting when you get to the front end. Going to do a full disassembly and replace all the tie rod ends, ball joints, sway bar links, etc, while you do the shocks? Motor mounts :)

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by SSizler » Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:27 am

Bookworm wrote:
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:48 am
SSizler wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:07 pm
Bookworm wrote:
Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:37 pm


How long did it take you? Just curious.
Bookworm, since I recently purchased the car I am slow, cleaning and reconditioning everything I touch. :roll:
I spent 2 evenings doing the shocks, one night of disassembly / cleaning / painting and one night reassembling everything.
If I was just doing the shocks in a get-it-done fashion, it was probably a 3-4 hour job.
Being the compulsive clean it up type, I also had to clean the lug nuts / lugs, front and back side of the wheels, wheel wells, check the brakes, clean and paint the drums, scrub the interior floor of spilled stinky crap after removing the rear plastic and spare, etc.
I also spent quite a while trying to find the correct torque values for the fasteners, finally settling on 39 foot pounds for the small bolts and nuts on top, and 80 foot pounds on the large nut at the bottom of the shock. I have about 16 total hours in the job. :shock:
I enjoy making my cars look like new. The dirtier they are to start with the more satisfaction I get from the final results, and this car is family / 2 carseat kids filthy...... :lol:
Hey, I fully understand. I buy used fountain pens and razors :) Cleaning is half the fun.

Going to be interesting when you get to the front end. Going to do a full disassembly and replace all the tie rod ends, ball joints, sway bar links, etc, while you do the shocks? Motor mounts :)
Actually, I have no plans to replace any front end parts yet.
The struts are not leaking or bouncy or clunking. The car drives straight and true.
The brakes were replaced by the previous owner just before I purchased the car.
So, I will just be removing / cleaning the wheels front and back, scrubbing the wheel wells, painting as needed and checking all parts for wear.
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by SSizler » Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:34 am

Replaced a crusty PCV valve today.
Added some Marvel Mystery Oil to the fuel and the crankcase - 4 ounces each.
Hoping for some slow, gentle sludge cleeaning.
I will be changing oil and filter at 1,000 mile intervals for a while.
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Bookworm » Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:33 am

SSizler wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:34 am
Replaced a crusty PCV valve today.
Added some Marvel Mystery Oil to the fuel and the crankcase - 4 ounces each.
Hoping for some slow, gentle sludge cleeaning.
I will be changing oil and filter at 1,000 mile intervals for a while.
If you're going to do that, don't bother with changing the oil. Just put in a new filter, and enough oil to compensate for the pint or so left in the filter. You want to remove the contaminants; the oil won't have broken down enough to be an issue. (edit) You could even swap one out after two fuel fill-ups, or roughly 500 miles. That's usually the break in period for an engine.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Mark » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:59 pm

Yesterday I finally got around to replacing the map light bulb with an LED on both the 04 and 05. The 04 burned out so I bought a pack of led bulbs on Amazon so I could do both. Somehow managed to blow the fuse on the 05 while I was putting the new bulb in, but lucky for me the fuse is in the engine compartment block. I used the 15a spare then picked up an assortment when I went by Walmart later. I think I remember getting to the inside fuse block on the 04 once many years ago, seems like I had to lay on my back across the passenger seat and wiggle myself down till my head was by the pedals. I think I'm too old and fat to attempt that move again.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by SSizler » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:24 pm

Mark wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:59 pm
Yesterday I finally got around to replacing the map light bulb with an LED on both the 04 and 05. The 04 burned out so I bought a pack of led bulbs on Amazon so I could do both. Somehow managed to blow the fuse on the 05 while I was putting the new bulb in, but lucky for me the fuse is in the engine compartment block. I used the 15a spare then picked up an assortment when I went by Walmart later. I think I remember getting to the inside fuse block on the 04 once many years ago, seems like I had to lay on my back across the passenger seat and wiggle myself down till my head was by the pedals. I think I'm too old and fat to attempt that move again.
I recently had to get under the dash to replace a lighter fuse I fried while replacing bulbs.
I ended up taking the drivers seat out. :lol:
It was just four bolts and the seat belt / airbag electrical connector, much easier than the contortion act required otherwise.
There is plenty of room under there. Not sure why they had to put it right behind the dashboard. :x
2003 Vibe Base / Frosty Mono / Moon & Tunes / Auto / Well equipped / 183k mi
2002 Tundra Limited 4x4 / Thunder Gray Metallic / 115k mi
Many other 2 & 4 wheel toys :mrgreen:
38 years with a wonderful woman / 2 adult kids

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