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No. You have to remove the panel to get to the bolt. It is completely within the door structure. Realistically, don't be so afraid of the weather sheathing. I think most people's problem with it is they try to take it off too fast. The goo which holds it to the door is meant to be pulled apart, then you can re-stick it when you put it back together. You ...


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No, you cannot change that bolt without taking the panel off, you'll have to bite the bullet on that one. Don't worry about the plastic, go slow and use a paint scraper or butter knife to help pry it off. If it tears duct tape is your friend. If rust prevention is your aim you'll want that panel off in any case so you can inspect the inside of the door for ...


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Disabling an air bag component doesn't seem like a good idea. I think on some systems if you disable a piece of it, it can disable the whole system. I'm not any kind of an expert but messing with an airbag system seems like it could be very dangerous to you or your passengers.


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That is way too much money for a serpentine belt and a tensioner pulley on any vehicle. If you cannot do this yourself, take it to a different mechanic and have them do it. A serpentine belt is not at all critical to the overall health of the engine. If it fails, you put a new one on. It may be inconvenient after it breaks, but it's not going to ruin ...


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Regarding your question of how critical the belt may be, it is very critical. The 4-cyl Vibes run the water pump with the serpentine belt. If the water pump is not running it can overheat your car very quickly. The $400 price seems steep for your vehicle, I recommend using the NAPA auto repair estimator to give you an idea before talking to a mechanic. ...


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Dealing with mechanics If you're going to take it to a mechanic anyway, you are probably better off letting that same mechanic do the diagnosis and obtaining the correct part(s). Bringing parts and a diagnosis to a mechanic is likely to get as warm a reception as bringing your own eggs and raw bacon to a restaurant and asking them to cook you breakfast. ...


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It sounds like either the solenoid that activates the lock has failed, or the linkage connecting them has come adrift, or there is a problem with the wiring going to the solenoid - the solenoid failing is usually the most common of these. You'll probably have to remove the door trim (either get a manual or look on youtube for a guide), in order to get ...


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That looks normal for a Vibe the only cover should be over the blower motor. As to the missing plug I believe it's a white or black plastic retainer with a large flange. I think this is it. 20478294


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Four things can throw this P0420 code, Bad catalytic converter bad upstream O2, bad downstream O2, fuel ratio problem, rich or lean, which can be even more complicated to sort out as suggested in the article.


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It is unsafe, don't drive this car 2500km unless you get it fixed. The heat could cause a brake failure, it's just not worth the risk. At the very least you'll get a warped rotor and you could end up needing to replace several components at high cost. You either have an emergency brake with isn't releasing, or a brake caliper which isn't releasing, which ...


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I would bet the O2 sensor is not removed. The reason I say this is, you'd hear a very annoying puffing sound from the hole left behind. Instead, I'd suggest the O2 sensor is probably in there and hooked up, but the car has not completed its drive cycle yet. A drive cycle is the where the car does its readiness checks for the emissions related items it looks ...


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Update: reddit nailed the problem. I like @blacksmith37's way of thinking, but @Ben was closer. What probably happened was, back when I paid other people to do my oil changes, some underpaid mechanic at Walmart wanted to get his day over with and haphazardly jammed the metal oil gun into the filler too hard, which bent and broke the oil baffle, which can ...


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Use the rusty bolt at the top-center of the image. This puts it closer to the front and you won't be putting as much weight on your lifting point. While where you put the circle can probably take the increased load, it would be quite a bit more, considering it is closer to the center of the vehicle. The forward most of the two bolts which are attached to ...


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Since you've flushed the system, we can assume the coolant is free to flow where it should. It could very well be that your water pump isn't circulating your coolant very well anymore. First make sure the belt is driving the pump properly (make sure the belt isn't loose). If the belt looks good, a new water pump shouldn't be too expensive or too difficult ...


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If anything is done to the Airbag system that causes the light to come on, will cause the entire system to shut down. The only way to properly disable the passenger airbag is to unplug it and replace it with a SQUIB simulator. The simulator is a diagnostic tool that fools the Airbag computer into thinking that a functional SQUIB is still plugged in.


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It sounds as though your serpentine belt is worn out or that the tensioner pulley is not doing it's job (or both). As you start the engine, there is a high draw on the battery, which power must then be replaced via the alternator. When this happens, there is a large demand put on the alternator. If the serpentine belt or tensioner are not up to the job, then ...


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