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  1. Never in a Smart to date, but I've had failing starter solenoids do just that in other vehicles. Dragging bendix drive linkage which wouldn't release quickly and held the high current contacts closed until engine vibration or a smack with a hammer caused it to disengage.
  2. There is a definite wet weather influence to the ABS error. Dry weekend, no issues. First drive after an overnight storm and the warning returns within 1km of driving. Time to start following harnesses...
  3. Thanks for the tip Glenn. The warning lights went out after a front pad & rotor replacement, and so far have stayed off for about 55km. It occurred to me later in the day that there may a wet weather influence... I didn't notice anything off about the front sensor harnesses while doing the brakes, but I will look more closely at all four corners when we swap the summer tires on. We'll also try to pay more attention to what the conditions are if the warnings return.
  4. Yup, I know, I just don't feel like laying on cold damp ground and having a winter's worth of crud fall on my face unless I have to.
  5. G'day, Does anyone happen to know if the 451's rear reluctor rings are as similarly prone to cracking as those of the 450? Our 450's rings failed around 56,000km; our 451 just rolled over 136,000km. and an intermittent ABS warning from late last week has now become permanent. I can't scan it at the moment as my wife ran away with our truck which just so happens to have my OBDII dongle in it.
  6. Do not attempt to connect a standard vacuum gauge or (gasoline) fuel pressure gauge set to the injector rail. Common rail diesel pressure is generally 100 bar or higher, which is well outside the range of those tools.
  7. Sounds like a compression test is in order.
  8. I would think that calling a tow company which also provides lock-out services would be an option?
  9. I'd wager that the writers and/or editors of the owner's manual may have had "chicken brains" as well. From the above: "...use the tachometer to judge the level of fuel in the tank."
  10. So the "trigger point" then lies somewhere between 6 rev/km and 39 rev/km. 145/65 front + 175/55 rear (stock 450): rear turns 3 revolutions per km less than front 155/60 front + 175/55 rear (stock 451): rear turns 6 revolutions per km less than front 155/60 front + 175/65 rear: rear turns 39 revolutions per km less than front 155/60 front + 165/60 rear: rear turns 12 revolutions per km less than front Which side of the border the 12 rev/km combination is on, is the question. The answer to which may be buy-it-and-try-it.
  11. Thanks, that's a similar calculator to what I used earlier to determine the revolutions per km change. Not that I would expect them to, but neither calculator answers the question of at what point a deviation from the OE tire sizes will confuse the ESP/ABS system. As for the width change vs. potential handling issues, it's a double-edged sword. With a wider (winter) tire comes a greater chance of floating on top of snow or slush rather than slicing through it and making ground contact.
  12. G'day, Does anyone know if pairing 165/60 rear tires against the OE 155/60 front will cause undesired ESP/ABS intervention? Last season's Hakkapeliitta R2 fronts are in great shape, but the mystery brand rears are done and Nokian does not provide a the OE 175/55 rear tire. 165/60 rear should turn approximately 12 revolutions per km less than the fronts, which is double that of the OE 175/55 rear. Whether or not that will trip the nanny system, I have no idea. Hopefully someone out there has tried this combination and has some feedback to share.
  13. The cups which you are referring to are part of the flex pipe. Shapes & sizes vary, but I have never before seen a flex pipe which isn't sold in this format:
  14. Define "cheap". The flex pipe which just failed was from CTC, and in the $40 range if my memory is working. I replaced it with a pipe from NAPA on the weekend, which appears to be a re-branded Walker part. Less expensive than its CTC counterpart, slightly different construction. Only time will tell...
  15. That was the missing piece, thanks. The supplied installation instructions used more pictograms than words, none of which (to my eyes, at least) indicated that this component also had to be replaced with new or salvaged from the old shocks.