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Is it possible to remove the Pontiac Vibe's rear door handle from the outside?

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 ...
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Is it possible to remove the Pontiac Vibe's rear door handle from the outside?

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 ...
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Disconnect seat switch to disable airbag?

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 ...
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How critical is a Serpentine belt replacement and is it worth $400

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 ...
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Torn metal found beneath oil filler cap, need help identifying part and severity

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 ...
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How critical is a Serpentine belt replacement and is it worth $400

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 ...
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Does P0420 on a Vibe result from a pre- or a post- O2 sensor?

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 ...
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Vibe: Rear door lock no longer affected by remote

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 ...
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Am I missing a cover in the underbelly of the glove compartment?

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. ...
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Does P0420 on a Vibe result from a pre- or a post- O2 sensor?

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 ...
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2009 Vibe 2.4L rear driver-side brake heating up

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 ...
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Should my check engine light be on if an O2 sensor is physically absent?

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 ...
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What is the proper front end jack point for a 2005 Pontiac Vibe?

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 ...
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No heat in my 2008 Pontiac Vibe

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 ...
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Disconnect seat switch to disable airbag?

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 ...
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My 2009 Pontiac Vibe makes a screeching noise at startup but stops after it starts up

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 ...

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