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Toyota Matrix, Lights, Electrical, Wagon
#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.
#42 of 57 Re: Battery, alternator or belt? [circuitsmith]
Jan 18, 2009 (4:27 pm)
The battery light comes on; not the check engine light. The car manual states that if this light comes on when the engine is running the charging system has a problem?
Once I put in the new alternator the light comes on erratically but the car does not die. Is the battery low on charge or dying?
#43 of 57 Re: Battery, alternator or belt? [sage3]
Feb 01, 2009 (10:26 am)
Replaced the alternator and battery, all is working fine for 2 weeks now. The noise from the new alternator was from a disconnected ground wire.
Feb 05, 2009 (1:12 pm)
I have an 09 and the tire warning light comes on some times. The tires are fine with proper inflation. The dealer said this can happen in cold weather. If this true I am gald I live in Florida. We do not have many cold days. Does anyone else experience this?
#45 of 57 Re: 2009 Matrix, Doors won't stay locked when in park [etched]
Mar 05, 2009 (12:07 pm)
You have a faulty master switch on the drivers door.Could be caused by excess moisture...
#46 of 57 Re: Tire Light [DON__FLORIDA]
Mar 09, 2009 (12:52 am)
Sounds more like a problem with the dealer.
Have driven a few cars with tire pressure systems..... If temp falls from 60 F down to -10 F I'd have to check them otherwise nada. The temp range in FL at this time of year shouldn't be an issue.
Makes notes on conditions when the warnings are coming on. If it continues sounds like a system fault.
#47 of 57 2009 Toyota Matrix XRS 5 speed manual
Jul 15, 2009 (5:22 pm)
Should I buy this car. Are these any problems with it? What is the standard maintenance milestones?