TheHandyHobbit

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  1. Sign up: 1. Liz & Glenn 2. Bill 3. Ron & Dot 4. Larry & Gail 5. Todd 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.
  2. SIGN-UP 1) Bill 2) Liz & Glenn. 3) Larry & Gail 4) Ron & Dot 5) Dave & Lu 6) Todd 7) 8) 9) 10)
  3. SIGN UP 1. Bill 2. Ron & Dot 3. Liz & Glenn 4. Todd 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
  4. She's really taken a toll on me with the last few weeks of winter. I've missed several days of work and Life just isn't fun anymore. Trying to justify keeping her but the insurance on 2 vehicles in London is outrageous. Still trying to figure out my options at this time.
  5. What Did You Do To Your Smart Today? UNFORTUNATELY............nothing Good! After almost 5 years as a "Daily Runner", I took my '05 CDI off the road. Not quite sure what to do with her.
  6. I'm Jealous! Had the Oil Pan Heater plugged in last night. -21 and finally had "1 Blob" 15 minutes into my drive to work this morning. BRUTAL! Only a high of -19 today so a little concerned about her starting after work to get me home. Can't plug her in.
  7. Odd enough.........my Airbag light just came on today. Looks like a trip to see Glenn is in the very near future. Luckily he is only 10 minutes away. This after having an injector replaced last weekend. This better not turn in to a sliding trend.
  8. Hong Ping sign up: 1. Liz & Glenn. 2. Bill 3. Ron & Dot 4. Todd 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Racing sign up: 1. Glenn 2. Liz 3. Todd 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
  9. Sign up: 1. Liz & Glenn 2. James E. 3. Dot & Ron 4. Larry & Gail 5. Bill 6. Dave & Lu 7. Todd 8. 9. 10.
  10. 5 years ago when I bought by 450; MB ordered 2 keys for me (2 blades, no fob) using my ownership. Took a week and cost $90.
  11. Coffee & Donuts with Uncle Glenn this morning. Changed over to the Winter Tires/Rims. Oil & Filter Change. Air Filter. Clutch Actuator adjustment and re-teach. "Sally" is officially "Winter-Ready".
  12. Sign up: 1. Liz & Glenn 2. Dot & Ron 3. Bill 4. Larry & Gail 5. Wild! 6. Todd 7. 8 9. 10.
  13. Sign up 1 - Ron 2 - Bill 3 - Liz & Glenn 4 - Bob & Candi (tentative) 5 - Todd 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 -
  14. Have any of you disassembled the Block Heater Cord? Mine is starting to experience stress where the wiring enters the plug. I'm assuming it comes apart since it has a plastic hex nut threaded into the plug body that is designed to accept a wrench. Seems pretty simple except I didn't know what to expect inside. Didn't want to open it up only to find it doesn't go back together without excessive grief.
  15. Correct. By removing the hex nut from the cable end and then carefully holding the "Gland" (protected with a cloth) with a set of channel locks, you can spin the barrel and un-thread it. It didn't come apart easily as there are 3 rubber grommets tightly holding it all together. I left the wiring as is, since it was still working. The insulation sheath on the cable had broken where it was connected to the clamp. I simply put the cable in the sun to warm it up and then worked (stretched) a long section of the sheath towards the plug until the 2 met again, as shown below. Sorry, not a very exciting thread, but maybe someone else has the same problem.
  16. My 2005 had the standard 3" "Transistor Radio" speakers. Swapped them out with the under dash factory Speaker boxes with the stock 6" Speakers. Night and Day full range sound difference now.............considering what we're working with.
  17. I agree. I find a very fine line for Tire pressure. 1 lb. or 2, up or down, makes a big difference. I check mine every couple of weeks. Never see any changes but it is a peace of mind thing. How many Smarts are running tire pressures of 40 psi (as an example) because a shop set it that way? Going to the other end of the spectrum; how many are running with 4 litres of engine oil in them? I've heard of a bunch over the years. People assume Service Shops know everything about everything. But what the the shops don't understand is that our unique vehicles are pretty much unique in every way and don't follow the same rules as "the norm". A few minutes a month is all it takes to check the basics and look for any oddities.
  18. Did you try googling the Part Number that is on it? I've done this on obscure items and found results.
  19. Same here; I received 3 fob cases and 3 key blanks from China about 3 months ago. The buttons are hard plastic with close to "Zero" flex. Seeing that, I didn't even try to swap over my circuit boards in fear of damaging the boards. Only cost me $5 CDN and thought it was too good to be true. A lesson learned!
  20. I like it, but how is it secured? Looks like the 4 corners are secured with some type of pressure pin connectors.
  21. Won't be able to start the car without the original Electronic FOB programmed specifically to your cars electronics. Somebody please verify this for me; but I believe you need the actual original key FOB to clone a 2nd FOB using a "Star" or similar machine. I had my original FOB when I had the "Backups" cloned.
  22. I have 3 sets of panels and have been toying with the idea of wrapping a set. Have finally settled on 3M 1080 Gloss Liquid Copper. Most pricing I've seen is is around $280 CDN for a 5' X 15' Roll. From the looks of things, the Speedfix clips can be easily removed to break the panels down into smaller sections and wrapped separately and reassembled so that the vinyl doesn't span any panel joints. Project is expected to commence this winter. Luckily I have the black Tridions, so the Copper should compliment them quite nicely.
  23. I ordered 2 keys from MB of London. Keys only, No FOBS. when I went to the Dealership, they only required my VIN # directly from my ownership along with Drivers License. They didn't confirm it against the car. The keys had to be cut in Germany based on the VIN #. It cost $90 and took a week to receive.
  24. From Above; "OE thermostat from Smart CDI is inadequately designed, only OEs are perfectly functional. This is the main reason that has prompted me to replace the thermostat (as a system) with that of the metal casing. Previous attempts to adapt a rubber sealing wax element have had a limited effect - in both DIY and AM versions. Therefore, I want to change the entire thermostatic body, the choice was everything, from aluminum and wax element with rubber gasket. The closest element is the WV T5 / 2.5TDI engine, Topran 112244. The body of the future thermostat is made of several pieces of aluminum that require many hours of milling. The diameter of the main tray of the wax element is 40 mm. The diameter of the spring support is 52 mm. The main tire is with rubber gasket without valve. Opinions about the present work?"
  25. It was definitely a crowd pleaser and always is. Here are the shots I have