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by Caretaker
Sat Oct 23, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: 2009 Vibe wheel specs
Replies: 7
Views: 3424

Re: 2009 Vibe wheel specs

this is from Kitt and our other geniuses who built our "everything you need to know about the Vibe" found under the Vibe Lounge section, first link:

Wheel information
Lug pattern:
-03-08: 5x100
-09-10 1.8l: 5x100
-09-10 2.4l: 5x114.3
by Caretaker
Sat Oct 16, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: 2004 base ignition coils
Replies: 21
Views: 693

Re: 2004 base ignition coils

I've been monitoring this closely, since I installed 3 new ones from the guy in February. All came in tamper sealed boxes with original Toyota labeling. Perhaps I have been fortunate that I've had no issues with them. While multibrandusa is still active on ebay, they no longer have any of the 673-13...
by Caretaker
Fri Oct 08, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: alternator discrepancies
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: alternator discrepancies

I can only hope that Denso's own part search program works properly. Here is the link to their site. It shows that the 210-0395 is the proper alternator:
https://www.densoproducts.com/electrical-denso
by Caretaker
Wed Oct 06, 2021 4:28 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Howdy from Texas
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Howdy from Texas

Having spent a lot of time in the oil fields of Midland, I might be one who would dissuade you from pouring a lot of $$ into a 15 year old car. However, two things work against you if you are looking for a car right now: 1. the computer chip shortage has decimated the auto industry. Inventory is woe...
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Motor mount failed in about an hour?
Replies: 21
Views: 404

Re: Motor mount failed in about an hour?

Just crossed the GW Bridge and was in Harlem when.....bang......... Good thing everyone was home watching the Mets-Yankees game on TV. I had lots of people rush out to give me water, food, encouragement while I waited hours for a tow truck.
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 88
Views: 6635

CRV and Highlander and Stop/Start

CRV and Highlander: both excellent choices. I sat in my friends 2021 CRV and found that the Vibe has more driver's leg room. I'm looking forward to Honda's HRV and CRV updates next year. Interesting update on the Crosstrek on Motorweek to start their 41st year off. Rarely do they have a negative wor...
by Caretaker
Mon Sep 27, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: uh oh! for the first time ever my vibe almost left me stranded
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Re: uh oh! for the first time ever my vibe almost left me stranded

Well, if you have the Maxx Ever Start battery from Walmart, it was rated one of the best just a few years ago.
by Caretaker
Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Motor mount failed in about an hour?
Replies: 21
Views: 404

Re: Motor mount failed in about an hour?

It is often easier for people to think of cars this way: car years and dog years are the same when it comes to reliability. Although nearly all dogs die by age 15 and cars can last decades, I wouldn't go for a morning jog with my 15 year old dog nor would I consider a lengthy road trip in a 15 year ...
by Caretaker
Sun Sep 26, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Motor mount failed in about an hour?
Replies: 21
Views: 404

Re: Motor mount failed in about an hour?

Yep, real bad time to be thinking about a new car. Just one case as an example: Heuberger Subaru in CO Springs has 4 Crosstrek, 1 Forester, and one Outback in inventory. Considering they started the season with 140 Crosstrek and similar numbers for the other models......AND considering that the larg...
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Never change manual transmission fluid??
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: Never change manual transmission fluid??

fluids always need to be changed. Some of these manufacturers no longer putting in a transmission fluid dip stick is frightening to me. Toyota techs learned their lesson with the World Standard fluid in the auto trannys. The recommended 120,000 mile intervals quickly turned into slipping and bucking...
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: GenVibe Garage
Topic: 2010 PCM recall; never knew; how GM help replace what’s been damaged because of it?
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: 2010 PCM recall; never knew; how GM help replace what’s been damaged because of it?

GM Customer Assistance: "Hello and thank you for calling GM. How may I help you?"

You: "Yes, hi. I have a 2007 Pontiac Vibe that has mechanical issues related to your PCM recall campaign."

GM: "I can help you with that. Can you first spell Pontiac for me?"
by Caretaker
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Hi from Jacksonville
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Hi from Jacksonville

I'm of the camp that synthetic oil is a complete waste unless you are protecting a $300,000 Lamborghini. Stick with the conventional oil and should you be a victim of Toyota oil consumption, you'll be glad you did. I have not wavered from 5,000 mile changes with 5w20.
by Caretaker
Sun Sep 12, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Intake System Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Intake System Questions

I'm assuming that's a flood car purchase?
by Caretaker
Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Help with strange noise.
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Help with strange noise.

;)
by Caretaker
Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Help with strange noise.
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Help with strange noise.

I'll let a smarter person on these boards opine about a particular brand. That's the sort of repair that I'd go to Pep Boys to replace in order to get a nice warrantee should anything go wrong over time. But regarding the water pump, with a strong flashlight, do you see any pink residue or seepage u...
by Caretaker
Wed Sep 08, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Help with strange noise.
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Help with strange noise.

I hear a constant whirl which sounds like a pulley or the water pump. Has the latter ever been replaced?
by Caretaker
Sat Sep 04, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 88
Views: 6635

Used Cars

Haven't had any showroom time lately. I've been busy helping a man, just weeks away from homelessness, to buy a used car. I found him a 2003 Buick Century, loaded, with only 100,000 miles. The car has been well maintained and we even put a call into the (former) owner's mobile mechanic to discuss th...
by Caretaker
Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Denso coil bad after only 3 years ?
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Denso coil bad after only 3 years ?

To recap, you have a 2003; you replaced all 4 ignition coils three years ago. Was that the first time they were ever replaced? Now 3 years later, you had an issue with the same cylinder's ignition coil in set #2 as with the original factory set. Is that right? I was at 140,000 miles when I put in my...
by Caretaker
Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Denso coil bad after only 3 years ?
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Denso coil bad after only 3 years ?

I have read sooo many reports of people having little to no luck when replacing ignition coils one at a time with Japanese engines. I don't have a mechanical reason why, although I often expect most people are replacing one at the time (mileage wise) just when the entire set have run their course. I...
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 31, 2021 3:30 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: New brakes brake-in
Replies: 5
Views: 95

Re: New brakes brake-in

I too only use Akebono pads; they are brilliant. I did not know that they don't require the break in procedure, nor have I ever done the break in procedure in over 40 years of driving for that matter.
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 26, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: 2009 Vibe 2.4 Auto Arced Alternator - No power
Replies: 9
Views: 114

Re: 2009 Vibe 2.4 Auto Arced Alternator - No power

Well done; congrats. When I'm upside down looking at fuse boxes, I feel like Jim Lovell trying to maneuver the LEM as sweat pours all over me.
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 25, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: "transmission bearing"? - 6speed '03 GT making noises
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: "transmission bearing"? - 6speed '03 GT making noises

Good luck with your decision. At nearly 19 years old, the car is not going to get any more reliable with time. As far as "the devil you know," that is why I stress that people buy a used car from the owner and not from any crooked dealer. The owner also "knows their devil" and should be able to quic...
by Caretaker
Sun Aug 22, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Maintenance Bay
Topic: Calling all HIGH mileage Vibes !
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Calling all HIGH mileage Vibes !

Those numbers seem right on. I was at 1.5-2 quarts burned in between every oil change (5,000 miles). I've stopped calculating both oil consumption and gas mileage since I know I'm going to run this car into the ground as best as possible and I am still waiting for that next perfect car to come along...
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 18, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: "transmission bearing"? - 6speed '03 GT making noises
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: "transmission bearing"? - 6speed '03 GT making noises

No need to "shadow." Nobody's taking away your right to post your opinion.
by Caretaker
Wed Aug 18, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: "transmission bearing"? - 6speed '03 GT making noises
Replies: 7
Views: 153

Re: "transmission bearing"? - 6speed '03 GT making noises

Well, you've probably read my unending rant on this one, but here it is again: the car is 18+ years old. It has done its job and is going to keep asking for "a raise" the longer you keep it. I know it is age discrimination, but I'd be looking for a younger car. If funds are short and you think you'l...
by Caretaker
Tue Aug 17, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: '08 stall unless keep foot on gas, check engine light
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: '08 stall unless keep foot on gas, check engine light

repairpal.com says $ 288 - $ 314 for your vehicle year
by Caretaker
Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Handling, Suspension, & Brakes
Topic: Advice On Replacing Rear Axle Control Arm Bushing - 2009 Vibe Hatchback
Replies: 3
Views: 152

Re: Advice On Replacing Rear Axle Control Arm Bushing - 2009 Vibe Hatchback

all I can say is that you have a VERY attentive mechanic. As I wear my '09 into a pulp in the twilight of its service, ignoring every rattle, squeak and thunk.........after reading your post, I'm left wondering how one could even come to conclude that such an innocuous part is worn out (other than t...
by Caretaker
Thu Aug 05, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Re: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response

So when the Sam's Club tire guy scanned my TPMS, two of the sensors had gone bad. He told me that 12 or 13 years is about the end of life for the first generation sensors; even less lifespan for "today's" sensors installed on cars. Once the two were replaced, he then had trouble getting a reading of...
by Caretaker
Mon Aug 02, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 88
Views: 6635

Re: Auto Show Hunters

Yep, my '69 valiant with the slant 6 and the square door vents under the driver's and passenger's legs was brilliant. Its not about buyer's remorse, but sharing information. Your comment about the cx5 is spot on: the rear passenger seating area is pathetic and poorly designed. Comments like that hel...
by Caretaker
Sun Aug 01, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Re: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response

checked all 4 tires this morning. All reading 30psi "overnight cold." The drive home will determine if the warning light was simply from over inflation. But after 12 years, I'm guessing the sensor batteries must be near the end. Post trip edit: nope, the light started flashing after about 15 minutes...
by Caretaker
Sat Jul 31, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Re: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response

Thanks gents. I can definitely rule out the snow chains on Marco Island. :lol: Once I see how tomorrow morning's drive goes, I'll perform the reset procedure. If no resolution, I'll check on the sensors at RA when I get home and see if Sam's will do the installation. Again, thanks for taking your ti...
by Caretaker
Sat Jul 31, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Re: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response

thanks very much for that reply jolt. Your second sentence is spot on. When they started going bad on my HET, short of swimming to South Korea, I couldn't find anyone with the proper tool to read the sensors. Even my Hyundai dealership could not guarantee they would be able to properly read it due t...
by Caretaker
Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Wheels & Tires
Topic: Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Flashing Tire Light: Quick Response

I'm about 3 hours from home, escaping the red tide in favor of some clear ocean water. My tire light is flashing and then going solid. When I stop the car, it goes off, or once I slow down it goes off. I stopped twice along the way and all the tires are holding air just fine; I let air out to make s...
by Caretaker
Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission
Topic: name this mesh/screen part
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: name this mesh/screen part

windshield cowling. Conicelli Toyota parts department calls it a cowl grille.
by Caretaker
Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 88
Views: 6635

Re: Auto Show Hunters

the new Tucson feels a LOT bigger than the Rav 4. The interior design is stellar. For me, a single driver, I don't need that much steel following my b&tt around all day with no specific purpose. As a solo driver, I love the size of the last Tucson and current Sportage. Sadly Kia is bringing the long...
by Caretaker
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Audio, Electronics, Electrical
Topic: Recent gaming idea
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Recent gaming idea

I've been wondering the same thing about the elongated screens soon to be found in the Kia Sportage and other vehicles. I can envision these panoramic screens turning into "monitoring the ponies at Saratoga" as one "keeps their eyes on the road." I'm sure glad my child is no longer of the age of pla...
by Caretaker
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Lift gate bumpers
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Lift gate bumpers

I have long ago shed my days of the Poconos Garden Lodge, Mercyhurst College and touring the flames of Centralia. I can still sing the phone number from the PGL commercials (226-0841); a jingle that can never leave one's head. Yes, look up the part number at any Toyota or GM dealership on line and t...
by Caretaker
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: Lift gate bumpers
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Lift gate bumpers

Actually yes........every time you walk through a large parking lot, keep your eyes to the ground. It is amazing how many of these rubber bumpers I see in Walmart parking lots and elsewhere. People put packages in their hatch and they knock them off. The things bounce all over the place making it ha...
by Caretaker
Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Another battery light (charge system issue)
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Another battery light (charge system issue)

right up until the end of your note, my money was going to be on the alternator; still could be. The classic signs are when the car has been running for 20 minutes or more and the wires inside fail from overheating. The car then stalls and cannot be started again .....click, click, click.....until t...
by Caretaker
Mon Jul 19, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Poor acceleration
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Poor acceleration

again, replaced the spark plugs with ?????? Denso??? or another manufacturer that small Japanese engines throw up like brussel sprouts?
by Caretaker
Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Problems & Warranty Issues
Topic: Poor acceleration
Replies: 14
Views: 326

Re: Poor acceleration

again, the answer to nearly all small Japanese engine issues is fresh Denso spark plugs and ignition coils. It is money that must be spent and worth trying if they are old in age or high in miles. If they haven't been done recently and once you give that a try, it is often easier to diagnose from th...
by Caretaker
Fri Jul 16, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Tech Info & Do-It-Yourself Info
Topic: Tail lights don't light with headlight switch, dash dimmer doesn't work
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: Tail lights don't light with headlight switch, dash dimmer doesn't work

thank you very much for sharing that. This is why I've been disappointed with the huge amounts of people who signed up to be members, yet never posted a single thing. Your one post could help many, many people; especially those who might do a generic internet search with the terms genvibe and headli...
by Caretaker
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: VWs that never were
Replies: 0
Views: 55

VWs that never were

Here are the replacements VW considered as follow-ons to the people's car. I like the 1966 sedan. Looks very Peugeot-like:

https://media.vw.com/en-us/releases/1570
by Caretaker
Fri Jul 16, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Blue Oyster Cult: Ahead of their time
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Blue Oyster Cult: Ahead of their time

BOC seemed to predict the future with their hit, Burnin' For You. If you have 1 minute and 30 seconds of time, watch today's Autoline Daily (beginning). All I can say is, come on hydrogen. I'm not a fan of plugging in every couple of hours for hours at a time, and now have to worry about the batteri...
by Caretaker
Fri Jul 09, 2021 5:02 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 88
Views: 6635

Rogue

I'm driving a brand new Rogue Sport. I've never been a Nissan fan and this hasn't changed my opinion. I found the interior to be reasonably impressive although the seats are way too soft. I much prefer Hyundai/Kia firm seating. The Rogue has good visibility and I do like the lane change warning ligh...
by Caretaker
Mon Jul 05, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Vibe Coolant
Replies: 56
Views: 10088

Re: Vibe Coolant

Well let's first clarify a few things. You responded to a 6 year old post, that when you read back, were as much incorrect then as they are now. Any Toyota or GM dealer that would blindly follow the incorrect owner's manual does not absolve them of doing the wrong thing. The fact has always been and...
by Caretaker
Sat Jul 03, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: How many miles on your Vibes?
Replies: 1016
Views: 201960

Re: How many miles on your Vibes?

Given the current hyper inflation of used car prices, post that picture on your local craigslist and you'll have 30 dealership trolls all over you like flies on fly paper. One of the only times in history where you'll find yourself "in the driver's seat" when selling a used car. Something to think a...
by Caretaker
Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: The Vibe Lounge
Topic: Great vid on oil consumption
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Great vid on oil consumption

My crappy old school Hyundai engine and my Honda VTEC burns ZERO oil per 150,000 miles. Low tension oil rings? Sorry Toyota. Perhaps you should consult one of the H companies to see how its done. I've burned enough oil to compete with the Valdez spill. That's why, like Exxon stations, I just drive b...
by Caretaker
Sat Jun 19, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: The Others
Topic: Auto Show Hunters
Replies: 88
Views: 6635

Ya Me Voy Taos

I've mentally taken the Taos off of my list. I've been watching a lot of video reviews. The cheap interior with hard plastics is a total turn off. Anyone who has owned a Hyundai/Kia product can't turn a blind eye to a cheap interior. Moreover, the driving tests online have revealed a (perhaps typica...