The New Great How-To Maintenance Index

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The New Great How-To Maintenance Index

Postby vibrologist » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:06 am

This is the DIY index to replace zionzr2's "The Great How-To Maintenance Index!" His index was a fantastic tool until software changes damaged the links and wiped out the pictures in many threads. Zionzr2 deserves all the recognition for this idea and the work he did.

Please, do not reply to this thread. PM me with the link of a how to that you wrote or found here or somewhere else. I will add it to the this index. Over time it will have lots of direct links to the various threads on this site and other sites as well.

Moderators, please keep it a sticky.

Thanks to zbyers many of the files are also available on Facebook:

Fellow Vibers, recruit more members: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=26365&p=297852&hilit=Flyer#p297852

Here is an excellent overview of the Pontiac Vibe: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=40003

On the ToyotaNation forum you can find the analogous thread. Almost all of the how-to articles apply to our Vibes: ... ticky.html

And there is an expansive list of parts-numbers: ... hread.html

If you are shopping for a Vibe it will be a used one. Here is a check list for used car buyers: download/file.php?id=3765

Check for open recalls using your VIN:

Find your Owner's Manual here: viewtopic.php?t=755


Touch-up paint chart: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=15802

Exterior light bulb replacement guide: viewtopic.php?t=5438

Gen 2: replace headlight bulbs: viewtopic.php?t=41889

Gen 2: replace license plate light: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=37001#p414673

Rewire the fog light switch: viewtopic.php?t=31518

Disable DLR: viewtopic.php?t=897

Fix loose window regulator bolts: ... owfix..doc

Bumper Cover Removal: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=44874#p509495

Replace door window surround: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=45951

Reattach loose Door Molding, Door Cladding: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=44681#p507900

Replace Rear Wiper Blade Inserts: viewtopic.php?t=6134#p62760

Remove the Roof Rack:


Remove seats and carpet: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=36163

How to remove dash panel, bezel:

Clear clogged drain tubes for the moon roof: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=44835

Replace the light bulb for the gear indicator on automatics: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=43746

How to replace the clock spring (Gen1):

how to remove center console, Gen2: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=45343

Replace blend door actuator:

Recirculation gear fix: viewtopic.php?t=23692

Fix window rattles (remove door panel): viewtopic.php?f=20&t=19269

Window clunks on the way down, door strap clearance: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=35798

Radio Lights: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=26889#p305136

Radio Upgrade, Sound Insulation: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=40421#p477811

Radio Knob in Gen2: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=34757

Pet Barrier: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=43345
and: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=5789&hilit=pet+barrier

Remove Blower Motor and Blower Motor Resistor: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=29211&hilit=change+cabin+filter

Change Cabin Air Filter, Pollen Filter: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=6135&p=62765&hilit=change+cabin+filter#p62761

Lumbar Support: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=43419

Armrest: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=25396

Driver's Seat Raised: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=43476#p499779

Affix Cargo Mat so it won't slide: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=44221&hilit=nerdydaddyo
also: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=43476#p505263

Fix for loose Power Window Switch Bezel: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=36996&hilit=door+switch+bezel

How to tie down the hatch: viewtopic.php?f=33&t=45221

Suspension, Brakes, Steering:

Trouble with the lug nuts? viewtopic.php?f=20&t=45885#p517673

Front Brake Tutorial: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=24417
Part 1:
Part 2:

Power steering return hose: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=45361

How to remove the steering wheel (part of clock spring replacement): viewtopic.php?f=28&t=45702

Front Sway bar removal and installation: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=2888

Rear Drum Removal Tip: viewtopic.php?t=21087

2nd gen FWD parking brake adjustment: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=46371#p520808

Steering Column Assy:

Drive Train:

Starter relay location: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=46084

Persistent erratic idle issue: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=46175&sid=228d6b64e59261373f2d6bff615dfd5a#p519584

Replace belt tensioner and broken bolt: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=45824

Gen1 1zz oil dip stick: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=37406&p=437602&hilit=tsb+dipstick#p437602

1ZZ only: Replace timing chain tensioner:
2ZZ heads up! on timing chain tensioner: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=44901

2ZZ high idle with cable operated TB: ... dle-98214/

Catalytic converter Replacement: viewtopic.php?t=44508 and: viewtopic.php?t=17587
Catalytic Converter Replacement AWD: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=45854&sid=12710e2d84e22c3209902e40d6fa89cc#p517462

Compression test: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=43155

Check Valve Lash:
Replacement Valve Lifter Shims: download/file.php?id=2671

Mystery ticking noise (lifter noise?): viewtopic.php?f=11&t=45178#p512306

Servicing or replacing the VVT oil control valve: ... sstrainers

ATF Transmission Fluid Change: viewtopic.php?t=40411

Manual Transmission Fluid Change, Gen1 GT:

Fuel Filter Change: viewtopic.php?t=30013

Replace PCV valve, 2003-2008: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=35419

Replace PCV Valve on 2ZR-FE engine:

Add a PVC oil trap: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=45634#p515873

Intake manifold Gasket: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=33056#p475654

ISC and IACV: Idle Speed Control, Idle Air Control Valve, clean and replace gaskets (with pictures): viewtopic.php?f=17&t=36489

Drive by Wire reset: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=20191

Replace fuel pump video:


Gas mileage drop: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=6088&#p65128

Disable TPMS: viewtopic.php?f=28&t=39913

Remote Start Installation: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=40426

Washer Pump Replacement: viewtopic.php?t=38090

Dash Cam: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=44688

Make room for a hydraulic jack: viewtopic.php?f=29&t=45026
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Re: The New Great How-To Maintenance Index

Postby zbyers » Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:13 am

Funny...I was getting on here today to start doing just this. Thanks for putting forth the effort to update this vibrologist! I'm going to follow most of these links and turn them into PDFs in hopes of preserving them just in case there are any future issues with the site.
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Re: The New Great How-To Maintenance Index

Postby vibrologist » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:45 am

You are welcome, Zack! Converting them to pdf is a great idea! Are you going to start a new thread for that?
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Re: The New Great How-To Maintenance Index

Postby treesleavedents » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:10 pm

The VVT link to the toyotanation post is dead.
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