What did you do to your Vibe today?

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic » Wed May 13, 2020 2:52 pm

The other day I decided it was spring oil change time. And with winter + pandemic, it was a super short OCI this time. Dumped out ~4 qt of perfectly good Maxlife 5W-30 from October that had a whole 803 miles on it. Yeah, I know I could/should have ran this much, much longer... What can I say, I was bored! :lol:

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First time I've used one of those in 20+ years. Hey, it was convenient and inexpensive to acquire during these dangerous times. The engine grenaded before I could get it backed off the ramps, amirite? :lol:

Found some distilled water, was thinking doing some cooling system work this weekend but mother nature isn't going to let those shenanigans take place.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf » Thu May 14, 2020 5:54 pm

Picked it up (2004 Vibe GT) from my buddy's local garage/business where they made several repairs to it. They were slow due to the covid-19 pandemic and needed the work. Details here .... viewtopic.php?f=12&t=46475&p=529061#p529061
Best $600 I ever spent :D
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Caretaker » Tue May 19, 2020 3:15 am

I guess the question is, what did you do ON your Vibe today?

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by MikeReilly » Sat May 23, 2020 7:53 pm

Today I drained the transmission fluid and oil and then put in a new filter. Next I filled the oil and transmission fluid. I'll be doing another transmission fluid drain/fill in a week or two because you only get about half of it each time.

I last had the oil changed in Puerto Vallarta. They torqued the cap for the cartridge style filter on there hard enough I had to bust out the air tools. Why can't people use a torque wrench and get it right? It's supposed to be 18 ft lbs, not 180.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Caretaker » Sun May 24, 2020 6:07 am

I didn't think there was a torque spec for our Gen 2 Vibes with the plastic cup over the paper filter. Once it turns and hits the metal, that's it. There is a metal clip that is supposed to hold it in place and keep it from unscrewing but I never figured out what it did since my clip doesn't come close to the plastic slots that surround the outer cup.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by zbyers » Tue May 26, 2020 2:22 am

I washed and detailed mine a little bit yesterday. Got some life changes coming in about 5 weeks, so will be the only chance I have to make it look pretty this summer lol
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic » Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:51 pm

Yesterday I was going to replace the thermostat, the radiator hoses and heater hoses and flush the coolant... Then I thought to myself I should probably see how the 17 year old water pump was doing since I'd be working right next to it anyway. It's not leaking, but the pulley is looking a little rusty crusty. Took the belt off and spun the pulley - uh yeah, a little rough.

Ordered an Aisin pump from Amazon and put a soon to expire O'reilly coupon toward a new serpentine belt for good measure. Guess I'll be doing all of that next weekend...

And oh, replaced the radio antenna again. The lower portion of the antenna just likes to disintegrate from being out in the weather all the time. Used OEM last time but went with a lesser expensive one from ebay this time.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:01 am

ColonelPanic wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:51 pm
Yesterday I was going to replace the thermostat, the radiator hoses and heater hoses and flush the coolant... Then I thought to myself I should probably see how the 17 year old water pump was doing since I'd be working right next to it anyway. It's not leaking, but the pulley is looking a little rusty crusty. Took the belt off and spun the pulley - uh yeah, a little rough.

Ordered an Aisin pump from Amazon and put a soon to expire O'reilly coupon toward a new serpentine belt for good measure. Guess I'll be doing all of that next weekend...

And oh, replaced the radio antenna again. The lower portion of the antenna just likes to disintegrate from being out in the weather all the time. Used OEM last time but went with a lesser expensive one from ebay this time.
Funny, I just did my water pump, thermostat upper and lower hoses this past December. Water pump had a small drip at 269K. Water pump isnt bad at all. removing the alternator gives you full access to the pump and thermostat. The lower pump bolt is just a lil tricky.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf » Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:21 pm

This was a few days ago BUT I had to totally recharge my AC system in the 2004 Vibe Gt. It worked great all of last year and prior and I'm pretty sure parts of this year. At least in the defrost mode. Here were the symptoms for those of you familiar with refrigeration:

-Compressor DID engage, this told me there was enough pressure to close the low pressure cutout.
-Suction (low)pressure was about 35psi (good) BUT the line was NOT cold at all :(
-Discharge (high) line was 115psi (not good) and was not condensing the refrigerant
-Compressor on it's way out? Bad refrigerant?

Ended up dumping the charge and I didn't like the smell of it. Something happened OR changed and I'm clueless at this point.
Evacuated and recharged with 24 ounces of virgin R134A. High side now 185 & low side 35 and cooling big time :D

Went back to my buddies garage where they did the timing chain cover repair recently and ask them if they had to recharge the system. They said NO, but something tells me that they did something to where it altered the chemical composition of the charge. No big deal for me as I do HVACR for a living and had everything to correct this problem myself.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic » Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:26 pm

Ahhh!
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New KYB Strut Plus assemblies, Moog stabilizer bar end links, ACDelco Professional tie rod ends, a pair of inner tie rods picked up locally at Oreilly, one hack job driveway "alignment" followed by one at a shop.

The old stuff was clearly in great shape. :lol:
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Had a few surprises along the way - minor stuff, like snapping a stud off the driver's side strut when torquing the nuts down. :roll: Wasn't expecting to have to replace the inner tie rods either, but when I took the ends off it was obvious they were trash too. Found a pair locally, but nobody had the loaner tool to help replace them. Found an adjustable tie rod tool at AutoZone, fought with that thing for a couple hours but never could get them to budge. Had to track down a Harbor Freight that had their tie rod tool set in stock, that worked like a charm.

She drives and rides beautifully now. Quite an amazing transformation. Sure, I spent more than I had originally expected on tools and extra parts. Not to mention spent way too much time out on an asphalt driveway in direct sunlight wrenching on her. But she's worth every bit of it. 8-)
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by A Psycho Martyr » Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:51 pm

Trip to Lowe's for some 8ft 2x6's with my boy to help me load it!
Time to build a table!

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by radioarno » Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:25 pm

I sanded the lip of the fuel filler neck in hopes of removing the check engine light. I then drove 300 miles. It didn't work. I guess I have to spring for that new charcoal canister. I was hoping to avoid it...

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:23 pm

Had the '04 GT in the shop and while there I majorly polished the entire front of the car. Headlight lenses & all! :D Basically I've been driving a lot of sunset trips to the lake and the BUGS are terrible around sunset. Thank goodness for those Bounce fabric softener sheets as they work wonders on removing bugs from paint & glass. This nose has really been abused so it felt good to somewhat restore it to a nicer looking front end! ;)

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:44 pm

What a gorgeous Fusion Vibe, tpollauf! 8-)
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic » Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:22 pm

I solved the Vibe's unbearable vibin' at idle today! Not surprise here, it was the aftermarket front transmission mount which actually made things worse when I installed it a year ago. Installed a new OE ACDelco mount (P/N 88969066) and wow, what a difference. In gear/brakes applied/at warm idle speed, the only vibrations noticeable are nothing more than what I'd expect out of this engine (we all know the 1ZZ was hardly a marvel of refinement.) She's such a joy to drive now that I didn't even mind getting stuck at every red light during my test drive. :lol:

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I'm no NVH engineer, but it seems the Beck Arnley mount was just far too stiff. The rubber section in the center of the aftermarket mount has hardly any give to it compared to the new OE mount which will flex without too much effort. When I pulled the original mount a year ago I had noticed similar flexing but thought it was because the mount was just worn out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Oh well - I would say it's a bummer that I wasted money on the first mount and that I had to do the job again, but the smoothness more than makes up for that.

In other news, it has been over a year since the tires were rotated (2500 miles ago, LOL) so I took care of that. Greased up the tie rod ends and sway bar links. Sprayed some fluid film on random places.

And I switched out the sort-of dim cool white LED's in the dome lights to some warm white ones.
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03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 137k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 » Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:15 pm

ColonelPanic wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 7:22 pm
I solved the Vibe's unbearable vibin' at idle today! Not surprise here, it was the aftermarket front transmission mount which actually made things worse when I installed it a year ago. Installed a new OE ACDelco mount (P/N 88969066) and wow, what a difference. In gear/brakes applied/at warm idle speed, the only vibrations noticeable are nothing more than what I'd expect out of this engine (we all know the 1ZZ was hardly a marvel of refinement.) She's such a joy to drive now that I didn't even mind getting stuck at every red light during my test drive. :lol:

Beck Arnley aftermarket mount on left / GM on the right.
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I'm no NVH engineer, but it seems the Beck Arnley mount was just far too stiff. The rubber section in the center of the aftermarket mount has hardly any give to it compared to the new OE mount which will flex without too much effort. When I pulled the original mount a year ago I had noticed similar flexing but thought it was because the mount was just worn out. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Oh well - I would say it's a bummer that I wasted money on the first mount and that I had to do the job again, but the smoothness more than makes up for that.

In other news, it has been over a year since the tires were rotated (2500 miles ago, LOL) so I took care of that. Greased up the tie rod ends and sway bar links. Sprayed some fluid film on random places.

And I switched out the sort-of dim cool white LED's in the dome lights to some warm white ones.
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Thats good to hear ! Im in the middle of tracing down a vibration at idle as well. I think my problem was a mix of old/new mounts...so I redoing them all. I replaced the sides and front mount and that reduced the vibration dramatically. I still have a bit of vibration left....hoping the rear mount solves the rest. Its been almost 2 months and I have to to replace the rear mount, but Im going to pay someone to do it. Hope I didnt wait too long and ruin the new mounts again :roll: This is driving me nuts. The vibe has never been a smooth idling car, so anything more than that in unbearable. This is actually the first time I wanna get rid of the car and I have owned it for 14 years :(

As a side note how bad was the vibration with that one bad mount ? Its amazing that one mount solved your issue !
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic » Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:23 pm

cptnsolo77 wrote: As a side note how bad was the vibration with that one bad mount ? Its amazing that one mount solved your issue !
If I had to rate it on a scale from 1-10, probably about 11. :D This month we've put more miles on the car than usual and so far things are still quite smooth. Very happy with the way things have turned out.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by zbyers » Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:25 am

Saturday I finally put on the Tokico Blue struts I picked up from SlammedNiss.

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I need to replace the AC Clutch, and then I'll see how much better it rides with Tokico Blues.

I am going to pick up some Koni Oranges for a Corolla to throw on the rear eventually.
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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf » Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:38 pm

Finally performed oil changes to THREE of our vehicles. First the wifes G8GT sitting at 66k miles, had 9200 between oil changes and went 13 months during that time.

Then the 2004 Vibe GT, sitting at 151k miles, it went 8700 miles between oil changes lasting 15 months.

Finally my 2009 Vibe GT, sitting at 35k miles, it went 10200 miles since its last oil change back in May 2017 :o Yeah I somehow let that one slip as it doesn't get driven that much. All looked good and we're well lubed up for now ;)

Also replaced several random clips on the underside while up on the lift. I lost them due to driving through snowbanks, ice, and scraping a lot of those parking blocks.

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Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by CraftsmanQuad19 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:36 pm

Changed the oil in my 03 GT yesterday. Switched over to Mobil 1 both oil and filter. Only had about 2950 on the old oil, but I noticed it wasn’t staying in lift when I was messing around with an R/T the other night so I figured it was time
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