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
User avatar
ColonelPanic
Posts: 8388
Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:48 am
Location: South Central Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic »

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:

And ZOMG ORANGE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111
ocod.jpg
ocod.jpg (72.37 KiB) Viewed 1993 times
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.
03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 140k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

Image

'21 Elantra Limited - 2.0L/IVT, 5k.
'15 Escape SE - 1.6L EcoBoost, 75k (hers)
Image Image
tpollauf
Posts: 3789
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:37 am
Location: Toledo/Oregon, Port Clinton Ohio
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf »

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
Image
2009 Vibe GT (manual), 2009 G8Gt, 2009 Vibe GT (auto)
2014 Silverado, 2004 Vibe GT, 2003 Vibe GT (project car)

"everything is modifiable"
Caretaker
Posts: 2095
Joined: Sun Dec 14, 2003 4:11 am

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Caretaker »

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

Image
Live it up: There will be plenty of time to be old when you die.
* '09 Vibe: 1.8 liter *
* '10 Hyundai Elantra Touring *
* '07 Honda Fit Sport *
On Deck: '23 Sportage/'23 Crosstrek Wilderness/'23 Honda CRV
MikeReilly
Posts: 32
Joined: Sat Oct 16, 2004 2:56 pm

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by MikeReilly »

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.
Caretaker
Posts: 2095
Joined: Sun Dec 14, 2003 4:11 am

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by Caretaker »

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.
Live it up: There will be plenty of time to be old when you die.
* '09 Vibe: 1.8 liter *
* '10 Hyundai Elantra Touring *
* '07 Honda Fit Sport *
On Deck: '23 Sportage/'23 Crosstrek Wilderness/'23 Honda CRV
zbyers
Posts: 1715
Joined: Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:12 pm
Location: Sheffield, Pennsylvania

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by zbyers »

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
'74 Thing, '79 El Camino, '83 VW DoKa '91 Vanagon, '03 Base, 04 GT
'06 CRV, '06 AWD, '07 Base, '12 Highlander Limited, '17 Frontier CCLB

Byerscrew Garage, GenVibe Facebook, How-To Index
Everything You Need To Know About the Pontiac Vibe
User avatar
ColonelPanic
Posts: 8388
Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:48 am
Location: South Central Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic »

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.
03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 140k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

Image

'21 Elantra Limited - 2.0L/IVT, 5k.
'15 Escape SE - 1.6L EcoBoost, 75k (hers)
Image Image
cptnsolo77
Posts: 1630
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:05 am

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 »

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.
* 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
tpollauf
Posts: 3789
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:37 am
Location: Toledo/Oregon, Port Clinton Ohio
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf »

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.
Image
2009 Vibe GT (manual), 2009 G8Gt, 2009 Vibe GT (auto)
2014 Silverado, 2004 Vibe GT, 2003 Vibe GT (project car)

"everything is modifiable"
User avatar
ColonelPanic
Posts: 8388
Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:48 am
Location: South Central Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic »

Ahhh!
done.jpg
done.jpg (151.78 KiB) Viewed 1712 times

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:
old-new.jpg
old-new.jpg (299.79 KiB) Viewed 1712 times
ends.jpg
ends.jpg (366.71 KiB) Viewed 1712 times
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-)
03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 140k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

Image

'21 Elantra Limited - 2.0L/IVT, 5k.
'15 Escape SE - 1.6L EcoBoost, 75k (hers)
Image Image
User avatar
A Psycho Martyr
Posts: 2597
Joined: Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:13 am
Location: Cullman, Alabama

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by A Psycho Martyr »

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

Image
radioarno
Posts: 50
Joined: Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:07 pm

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by radioarno »

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...
tpollauf
Posts: 3789
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:37 am
Location: Toledo/Oregon, Port Clinton Ohio
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf »

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! ;)

Image
Image
2009 Vibe GT (manual), 2009 G8Gt, 2009 Vibe GT (auto)
2014 Silverado, 2004 Vibe GT, 2003 Vibe GT (project car)

"everything is modifiable"
User avatar
ColonelPanic
Posts: 8388
Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:48 am
Location: South Central Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic »

What a gorgeous Fusion Vibe, tpollauf! 8-)
03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 140k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

Image

'21 Elantra Limited - 2.0L/IVT, 5k.
'15 Escape SE - 1.6L EcoBoost, 75k (hers)
Image Image
User avatar
ColonelPanic
Posts: 8388
Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:48 am
Location: South Central Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic »

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.
mounts.jpg
mounts.jpg (743.22 KiB) Viewed 1186 times
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.
dome1.jpg
dome1.jpg (128.11 KiB) Viewed 1186 times
dome2.jpg
dome2.jpg (179.87 KiB) Viewed 1186 times
03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 140k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

Image

'21 Elantra Limited - 2.0L/IVT, 5k.
'15 Escape SE - 1.6L EcoBoost, 75k (hers)
Image Image
cptnsolo77
Posts: 1630
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:05 am

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 »

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.
mounts.jpg

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.
dome1.jpg

dome2.jpg
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 !
* 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
User avatar
ColonelPanic
Posts: 8388
Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:48 am
Location: South Central Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic »

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.
03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 140k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

Image

'21 Elantra Limited - 2.0L/IVT, 5k.
'15 Escape SE - 1.6L EcoBoost, 75k (hers)
Image Image
zbyers
Posts: 1715
Joined: Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:12 pm
Location: Sheffield, Pennsylvania

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by zbyers »

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/CM_-USOBw3M ... _copy_link

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.
'74 Thing, '79 El Camino, '83 VW DoKa '91 Vanagon, '03 Base, 04 GT
'06 CRV, '06 AWD, '07 Base, '12 Highlander Limited, '17 Frontier CCLB

Byerscrew Garage, GenVibe Facebook, How-To Index
Everything You Need To Know About the Pontiac Vibe
tpollauf
Posts: 3789
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:37 am
Location: Toledo/Oregon, Port Clinton Ohio
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf »

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.

Image

Image
Image
2009 Vibe GT (manual), 2009 G8Gt, 2009 Vibe GT (auto)
2014 Silverado, 2004 Vibe GT, 2003 Vibe GT (project car)

"everything is modifiable"
CraftsmanQuad19
Posts: 64
Joined: Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:34 pm
Location: Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by CraftsmanQuad19 »

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
“I don’t do nothing well.” -Keith
tpollauf
Posts: 3789
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:37 am
Location: Toledo/Oregon, Port Clinton Ohio
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf »

Had to replace the alternator on my son's Blue 09 GT automatic. Actually I let my friends shop perform the repair so that my son can PAY somebody else for the repair. I do enough freebies for the kid so this way he takes a little financial responsibility :lol: At just over 150k miles this was the first engine accessory component that went bad. It all started with his radio display going out, then the dash wend dead. With the car still running, he drove another 15 minutes before the engine finally died. Battery light on dash NEVER came on :o It did however finally come on when we drove it to my buddy's shop so the system does somewhat alert you about the problem
Image
2009 Vibe GT (manual), 2009 G8Gt, 2009 Vibe GT (auto)
2014 Silverado, 2004 Vibe GT, 2003 Vibe GT (project car)

"everything is modifiable"
User avatar
ColonelPanic
Posts: 8388
Joined: Sun Jan 05, 2003 8:48 am
Location: South Central Indiana

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by ColonelPanic »

Did my spring oil change this afternoon. 7 months and 1,548.1 miles on this OCI. :lol: Valvoline Maxlife 5W-30/Fram orange can out, Meijer high mileage 5W-30/PureOne PL14477 in.

I think the next order of business is to replace the door checks, they're shot.
03 Vibe base. Born 10/14/2002 06:07 AM
Auto, Moon & Tunes, power package. 140k mi.
Neptune/dying clearcoat/primer grey. :lol:

Image

'21 Elantra Limited - 2.0L/IVT, 5k.
'15 Escape SE - 1.6L EcoBoost, 75k (hers)
Image Image
dale321
Posts: 14
Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 8:06 pm

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by dale321 »

since getting the vibe about a month+1wk ago .. , i have put on ~ 1500 miles .. the first thing i noticed when i got it (it was very clean) .. soon , the dash got dusty and i wasnt even driving in dusty conditions .. cleaned cabin af then replaced with reusable af.
another thing: it turned over kinda slow .. dead battery ? checked the water level in the battery (which may be from 2011?) and it was low ..
put distilled water in .. had tested at autozone .. apparently 84% is good enuf .. it seems to have regained strength and keeps good charge and turns over fast enuf .
Replaced the AF (though pretty clean) with reuseable , higher flow engine AF. - I notice the MAFs gets close to 300 cfm .. i dont take it much over 3k .
I notice the restriction in the cold air pipe .. there is def. a choke point / bottle neck .. have pod filter and pipe to replace air box but the problem:
air box is a mount point and cable strain relief for MAFs and some other wiring .. will require some time to hack it in at a later point.

I know the rotors (now with 39k miles) will be going in the next 10-20k .. so got drilled rotors and ceramic pads .. the price on these kinds of parts has increased about 1/3 or more in the past month or so .
(i have no idea what the drum looks like and dont look forward to fooling with it but thought about the possbility of replacing with rear discs -- as others have done ..)
- because i live in a hot climate, i feel lucky to have found a seat cushion which air pocket fan . yes a kind of air cushioned seat mat.. kinda noisy but it does have 2 speeds as well as a back massage with a few different settings/patterns .
Seat covers came but have not installed yet.

As there were periods of sitting .. tires have prob flat spots which u hear the humb at higher speeds -- tires will be replaced and why not get aluminum hweels to match .. (future wish list ) .. in the meantime ill suffer with these tires that still have over half the tread left ...

couldnt find the droid fone with torque pro installed , dont know what google acct it was paid for with and
just went ahead and bought torque pro again and put it on another old droid phone ..
it is great being able to monitor just about any engine parameter .. but to get a tranny temp, i think requires a 3rd party sensor install and wiring a guage to inside the dash ? if u ever r gonna do much towing , this is a real good idea to have ..

oh yeah, forgot abmout those pesky day time driving lights .. stock are incandescent/halogen and the plastic lenses get real hot to the touch ..
got some cheap LED replacements and saved some wattage and heat output, thought not super happy about the bright setting ...
would really lyke to shut the lights off during day .. like most normal cars .. in very bright daylight, they don't really do much ...

would like to get some window tinting -

oil change will likely be mobil 1 full synth , not sure what filter recomendation .. i had a ford contour that had a problem with cold start and really neeeded a special filter with 'anti-drain back silicon valve' to reduce the nasty timing chaing noise on cold start ..
andrewclaus
Posts: 375
Joined: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:38 pm
Location: Golden, CO

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by andrewclaus »

The other day I put in new coils and plugs in my '07, 190K miles. Then I drove it on a 240 mile camping trip in the Rockies and it ran fine, maybe a tad more power and fuel efficiency. Didn't quite use half a tank.

I also changed the cabin air filter. I didn't see a couple of leaves fall into the blower, and next time I put the blower on high the whole dash was shaking. I took that apart today to clean it and all is well.

The PS airbag finally got changed at the dealer, a year after I got the notice. Of course, they broke one of the tabs on the plastic cover. I may try to fix it. I could see it from below when I had the blower motor out. I may try to figure out a way to stiffen the tab.
dale321
Posts: 14
Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 8:06 pm

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today? (bodhi_tree777)

Post by dale321 »

bodhi_tree777 wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:20 am finally got rid of the stock battery, 6 years and 75k miles
the 2 kinds of LA bat are sealed and mtc .. or maintanence (fill caps) and type 2) mtc free ..
guy told me that the fill caps bats last alot longer (because u can refill) whereas the sealed , whilst sexy and all, dont last as long because , unless u drill fill holes, u cant put more water back in and they dry up !
cptnsolo77
Posts: 1630
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:05 am

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 »

Gave these LED fogs a try. The LED technology has been improving so I thought why not. They are nice a bright, but they makes the yellow halogens look silly at night. Yellow headlights and white fogs....and yes my headlight lenses are clear :lol: The bulb base doesnt fit that snug though as the halogen. So im on the fence.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078S3MR7B?ps ... ct_details
* 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
cptnsolo77
Posts: 1630
Joined: Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:05 am

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by cptnsolo77 »

Been a busy week:

-New tires. Bridgestone ECOPIA 150. Guys....these tires are super quiet. It will REALLY help with road noise if thats an
issue for you. I had Cooper Evolution Tour tires prior to these and I thought the Coopers were quiet :o . The
Bridgestones
are quieter than the Coopers. I couldnt believe it. Trust me on this one.

- Oil change and upgraded dipstick for 4.4 QT capacity. I dont know why I didnt do this sooner. It MAY help with the oil consumption from a post I read here. It may not affect anything due to my mileage. If it doesnt....oh well. It least I have the correct oil level after 14 years :lol:

- Had my mechanic replace lower control arms, inner/outer tie rods, stabilizer links, rear struts and sway bar bushings with all Moog parts. Of course an alignment. After seeing what used cars are costing....its worth spending some money on the Vibe. The prices are ridiculous for used cars :shock:

- Turtle wax polishing compound, Meguires NXT wax followed with turtle wax seal and shine for the headlight lenses.

- All new wipers

Off to Orlando on Friday.....with 280K on the odo :D
* 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
tpollauf
Posts: 3789
Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:37 am
Location: Toledo/Oregon, Port Clinton Ohio
Contact:

Re: What did you do to your Vibe today?

Post by tpollauf »

Changed oil and got the kids Vibe ready for winter. Also had to reattach the rear "mid section" heat shield. It was rubbing on the cat & exhaust components. Made oversize washer type supports and fastened them in place. It will take quite awhile for these to rub & break through. Anti-seized the S H I T out of them too!

Image

Image
Image
2009 Vibe GT (manual), 2009 G8Gt, 2009 Vibe GT (auto)
2014 Silverado, 2004 Vibe GT, 2003 Vibe GT (project car)

"everything is modifiable"
Post Reply