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Toyota Matrix, Lights, Electrical, Wagon
#32 of 57 Re: 2009 Matrix, Doors won't stay locked when in park [etched]
Apr 29, 2008 (7:56 pm)
Personally, I find the unlocking of all doors absolutely brilliant. The efficiency and convenience was well thought out. The owners manual is very explicit about "customization" of the door locks in automatics as versed in the sub chapter "Customization" residing in the "Vehicle Specifications" chapter near the rear of the manual. Again, efficient and convenient. The default of opening the doors while putting the transmission into "PARK", can be customized to OFF. Setting and canceling these functions resides in the sub-chapter of "opening, closing and locking all the doors" in Chapter 1 of "before driving".
1. Close all doors with engine switched to "ON".
2. Shift lever to Park or Neutral, then hold the driver's door lock switch (on the arm of the driver door) in the door's lock position for 5 seconds.
3. When the setting or canceling operation is complete, all doors are locked and then unlocked.
Otherwise, your Toyota dealer can complete this function.
Ah, I would suggest that not parking in such a parking lot where "young men" circle the lot is the best prevention. The more direct route of assaulting the driver extricating themself from the vehicle, is more effective then vaulting over rear seats through unlocked back doors. Should they enter the back seat, pull out the keys and leave, thus immobiling the vehicle. Then press the panic button on the key remote to signal for assistance.Then run for safety. May the safest and secure driving follow you.
#33 of 57 Re: 2009 Matrix, Doors won't stay locked when in park [irishtiger]
Apr 30, 2008 (7:35 pm)
I tried those steps already and still it doesn't change. So, I tried contacting Toyota's chat line, that was a bust. Called the dealer and he said they could do it in seconds, we shall see.
#34 of 57 Blown LED on my Matrix's radio
Oct 05, 2008 (5:06 am)
I recently had body work on the rear door and quarter panel my 2004 Matrix that caused the shop to disconnect the battery. When I picked the car up, I noticed that a portion of the radio face plate's LED screen is unreadable. A small bulb behind the screen must've blown out. Of course the body shop insists that nothing they did would've caused this to happen, but it seems unlikely that it would have happened coincidentally.
Anyone with any thoughts on this?
#35 of 57 Suggestions on headlight control issues
Oct 31, 2008 (8:55 am)
I've tried the Pontiac forum and thought maybe someone with a Matrix could help on this problem. I have a new 09 Vibe, luv it, but you can not turn off the headlights at night with the ignition turned on, not even to the park lights. The headlights work properly without turning on the ignition, like any other car you can turn them to park and then to full headlights, but as soon as you start the car all that goes away. Very frustrating when you are sitting somewhere needing to dim your lights to park for any reason, the only way you can do this is to shut the car off. No luck whatsoever with GM's customer service on this issue and the local dealer told me that it was built into the computer that way. He told me that the Vibe was Pontiac's low end car and what did I expect to get from a low end vehicle anyway. Well I didn't think it was asking that much to be able to have some control over your headlights at least. The one thing I did learn from all this is that the local Pontiac dealer in North Platte, NE will never get any of my business again. Any ideas from anyone?
#37 of 57 Re: Suggestions on headlight control issues [circuitsmith]
Nov 03, 2008 (10:16 pm)
Thanks for the info and taking the time to reply. I'll try to figure all this out on the 09 Vibe and see if it doesn't work for me. Thanks again.
#38 of 57 Re: Suggestions on headlight control issues [kjt]
Nov 07, 2008 (4:56 pm)
The 2009 DRL control module is located in a different place from the previous years. It's behind the glove box, much easier to get to and work on. Just remove the glove box completely to make it easy. There are 3 white plugins behind the glove box, the bigger and farther to the right is the DRL plugin. The #12 pin that you're looking for is located directly under 2 bigger wires, one is brown and the other white and the 09 models changed the wire color, you are looking for a small blue wire. You can either cut the blue wire or have a service tech remove it from the plug, takes a tool to do it, but at least you can put it back in if you trade the vehicle etc. Either way make sure to tape the ends of the wire. This eliminates the daytime running lights completely and auto headlights at night, but you have total control over your headlights. If you're intent on having daytime running lights (which they are nice to have) you can simply cut the blue wire and wire it into an extra switch on the dash somewhere. Then you can turn the switch off at night and have control of your headlights like any normal vehicle. Either way works, I just use my headlights in the daytime anyway, so don't have any use for daytime running lights and don't have to worry about an extra switch and other wiring to mess up. Once I figured out where to look and what to do, it took the Toyota service tech about 10 minutes to complete the job and get me on the road.
Just remember, the 09's is the #12 blue wire, not red. Thanks goes to this website for your help and especially to 2 great Toyota service techs at the local dealership here who took the time to research and solve my issue on a Pontiac Vibe.
Note: 2009 Matrix, Vibe and Corolla are all located in the same location, behind the glove box
#39 of 57 Battery, alternator or belt?
Jan 17, 2009 (12:29 pm)
My wife's 2006 XR (with 71K miles on it ) has the original battery which displays a green indicator for good battery yet the car will not start and once jumped runs for about 10 seconds then dies. The belt has about 3/4 on an inch of play at it's longest reachable testing point is that too much play? Any feedback is welcome...
#40 of 57 Re: Battery, alternator or belt? [sage3]
Jan 18, 2009 (12:07 pm)
Once running a loose belt or weak battery will not make the engine die. Does the check engine light come on?
#41 of 57 Re: Battery, alternator or belt? [circuitsmith]
Jan 18, 2009 (4:17 pm)
Yes, the light was coming on at low RPM's.
I thought it was the alternator so I exchanged it for a new one. Now the car will run without dying but i hear a whine that fluctuates with the RPM'S. The vehicle will not start without a jump so I was planning on getting a new battery tomorrow.