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#2879 of 2977 Re: Center wheel disc [raythegerman]
Jan 28, 2009 (11:27 am)
"However he discovered there was a service bulletin that just came out in which Pontiac is coming out with a revised wheel disc and once they come in, he will replace each one with the new type. This is to be done at Pontiac's cost... "
The NHTSA website http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/tsbs/ does not list any service bulletins for a 2009 Vibe. Raythegerman if you could get the number from the service rep and post it we would all appreciate it.
#2880 of 2977 Re: Center wheel disc [repoman1]
Jan 28, 2009 (1:42 pm)
From Generation Vibe website: They have released a service bulletin concerning the center caps falling off the '09 Vibes.
08-03-10-011: Loose orMissing Wheel Cap Repair Procedure - (Aug 22, 2008)
#2881 of 2977 Transmission fluid color
Jan 28, 2009 (3:53 pm)
I just recently had the tranny fluid changed on my 05 Vibe at 60K mi. At the last oil change (66K) the mechanic (a different garage) noted that the tranny fluid was dark and should be changed. When I said, "it just was" he said to take it back and have them do it again. I checked with the original garage who then said that the "Toyota" tranny fluid is darker than the normal GM or Ford stuff. My question to the forum is, "is this true". Are Toyota fluids generally darker than others?
#2882 of 2977 Re: Transmission fluid color [mjb56]
Jan 28, 2009 (7:40 pm)
At the shop I've been going to this last decade and more, they told me that Toyota transmission fluid darkens very quickly. As in "you could have a factory transmission put in your car and ten thousand miles later, it'll look dark and burnt. That's just the way it is."
Because I had the same issue some thousand miles after the change. I've now got 103k on the vehicle ('03 Sienna, 4sp auto) and it's absolutely fine.
On my Vibe, it's a non-issue 'cuz it's a stick... like everyone should get when it's available ;->
#2883 of 2977 Re: Center wheel disc [repoman1]
Jan 29, 2009 (9:44 am)
I checked the work order on my car and it lists bulletin 08-03-10-011A and that is for the revised new caps that replace all your caps (lost or still on the vehicle)....Hope this helps.....
#2884 of 2977 Re: FWD Vibe in the snow [suydam]
Jan 31, 2009 (12:11 am)
Thanks for you input to my post Suydam. I had my alignment rechecked by the same reportedly reputable garage. They found they had used the wrong specifications when doing the allignment. They seem to have used the front wheel drive specs. They realligned for free using the correct specifications and the car performs on ice and snow terrifically. I just wanted to post this to alert other all wheel drive Vibe owners that mis-alignment can cause serious fishtailing problems, even on slightly slippery roads, to the point of being extremely dangerous. I suggest anyone experiencing fishtailing problems have the alignment checked before purchasing new tires. Clearly my alignment was the issue and not my tires.
#2885 of 2977 Viscous Coupling Outrageous Part Cost
Feb 06, 2009 (8:44 pm)
I just purchased a used 2003 Vibe AWD for $6000. Afterwards I noticed a noise that is caused by the Viscous Coupling that attaches to the differencial and drive shaft. The cost to purchase this part is a whopping $2,800. I am not really interested in spending this much money for this small part so I am wondering if the car can operate with the VC and drive shaft can be removed from the vehicle?
#2886 of 2977 Tire Question?
Feb 10, 2009 (5:34 am)
I'm posting here because I think more people visit here than the Vibe tire thread.
I have one front tire (passenger side) that is down to the wear bars. Probably because of a low inflation problem I did not immediately spot. The driver side is still fine... probably half worn. Can I get away with replacing just one tire on the axle or will I have handling, etc problems? Also the tires I'm looking at have two narrow, solid center tread strips that circle the tire, then decent aggressive tread left and right. Tires are directional. Tires are from China (Haida?) but dealer says most tires are from China... like it or not. My question is... will the two center strips help with noise or create even more road noise. I test drove a 09 with GY RS-A's and they were unbelievably loud! What creates the noise... more tread (rubber) on the road?, more air space?, uninterrupted solid tread, or tread pattern that is less uniform with lots of direction changes? Thanks.
#2887 of 2977 Re: Tire Question? [CapeCod]
Feb 10, 2009 (3:43 pm)
Yes of course you can just replace the one, as long as it is the same brand and type of tire you are taking off, so it will match the passenger side. Mixing treads is not a good idea. Assuming price is not a serious concern, I would recommend the Michelin Primacy MXV4 or the Michelin Pilot Exaltos. Both are great tires. Either way, you should go to tirerack.com and do your homework, for when you decide to purchase a pair or set. As for the Goodyear RS-A's, they are pretty good tires on dry pavement and I don't find them all that noisy after 5000 miles. However, they are pretty bad on snow and ice. I will be taking them off before winter next year. I took a chance this winter and seemed to have missed the bad weather.
#2888 of 2977 Re: Viscous Coupling Outrageous Part Cost [gary81]
Feb 14, 2009 (10:38 pm)
Hi Gary, I was wondering what kind of noise you were hearing and how did you find out it was the viscous coupling? I recently purchased a 2004 AWD and I hear a whining noise coming from the back and recently discoverd the AWD isn't working.