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  1. I hate when you park a perfectly good working car then something goes wrong in the garage. I would say a combination of seized alternator, moderately gummed up fuel system, and slightly degraded oil. If they haven't had an oil change for a while i would recommend sea foam in the oil before change. Spirited driving with some diesel fuel conditioner/cleaner(i linked what i recommend) for the next 5-10 fill ups. For the alternator spray some penetrating oil in it, hopefully that will loosen it up a bit.
  2. Replaced reluctor rings. It wasnt too bad but i would recommend undoing the bottom shock absorber bolt to make it 100% easier. Sanding the rust off was a pain, i did 1 coat of rust paint on the new ring and will rust seal the whole underside of the car before this winter. Housemate recharged his 451 ac with too much refrigerant and we could hear it slugging. I told him to stop and not use his ac until we take out some refrigerant. The next day he sent me a few videos of the slugging noise(no idea why as i told him i knew what it was and not to use it). I got angry at him and told him to not use it at all until we have time to reduce refrigerant or he will break his compressor. He completely disregarded, and now his ac compressor is broken.
  3. I just used a bucket of dish soap and water and a cheap dish sponge, then dried it off with kitchen towel. If you can park your car on level ground that will help a lot.
  4. Good idea, when i get time ill do it. it is sounding a lot quieter now but cleaning it out wont hurt.
  5. Thanks, ill lube it today and see if that helps edit: the squeak was 100% the clutch actuator, lubed it with silicone spray lube and now its really quiet. There was also about 2 teaspoons of sand in the boot
  6. I went to replace the cabin air filter, it was really dusty and had a lot of spider webs and pine needles. The engine air filter was packed with dust, the whole housing was full of a thick powder. I had to vacuum it out then wiped the housing down with a wet cloth. I tried to buy new air filters but the two shops i tried didn't have any in stock. Ill order them online. Before i put the filters back I vacuumed them and cleaned them the best I could, it was amazing the amount of dirt i got out of them. It might be a placebo but i swear the car runs a lot better, I vacuumed out the car interior and cleaned the dash and with the clean cabin filter the car feels like im in a clinical dust free zone.
  7. In general does the car sound normal? My diesels in the past have all sounded loud and this is how my smart sounded when i bought it. The dash lights are due to a bad wheel speed sensor electrical connection, and a glow plug problem(or glow plug connection problem)
  8. They fit, its not an exact fit but its close.
  9. ill try my floor mats in my friends 451 and let you know tonight. As a guess i would say yes. they have a very similar layout.
  10. Not wired in yet. 2x 12 inch subs and a 300W amp. I need to figure a way to bolt it down. It weighs about 100+lb and takes up 80%of the trunk. It is honestly too big to live with. Ideally I would get 1x 8 inch sub and put it behind the drivers seat and 4x 4" speakers(replace fronts) and one behind each seat.
  11. Took off oil pan, peeled off old gasket, made new gasket(RTV sealant). I will put oil in tomorrow, then in 2 days I will know if its leaking or a correct fix.
  12. Ha yeah, I want to make the car as reliable as i can. I will winter drive it and road trip in the car
  13. List of things im going to do(front to back): Tint rear windows 20% (safety + cooler interior) Done polish rear side plastic windows Done Restore wing mirrors + trim Done Polish headlights Done Change headlight bulb Done Take video for smart forums Done paint grey patch on grill Done A/C re gas Done Brake bleed+ new fluid Tested, not needed Coolant change Tested not needed Check tire pressures(44psi) Done(Raised them all 24 psi) Clean and paint brakes Done Clean and paint rims Done thoroughly Clean interior Done Clean windows with shaving cream(de fog) Done Oil leak detection+ replace gasket Done Check block heater Done Check all seals and clean engine Done Check sam Done Lube clutch actuator Done oil+ filter change Done buy and Change reluctor rings done Check wiring Check electric interior pre heater remove door handles and lubricate Buy sound deadening and install Buy scanguage Change trans fluid Wax car clean corrosion off windshield wiper mechanism restore faded black plastic splitter and diffuser Rust protection paint on all of underside of car Replace cabin and engine air filter Change fuel filter Buy and Change glow plugs Intercooler mount, problem fix Nightshade side marker lights and plastic side windows Fuel system cleaner Re flash ecu Re set transmission Buy windshield sun shade Buy side window shade Wrap roof(keep car cooler) Buy turbo timer and install 40+ things. edit: Updated list, underlined tasks mean I dont think I need to do it. How they currently sit
  14. I have a similar leak on the right side of the car, my leak looks like its coming from the bottom edge of the oil pan. I will try and clean it and have another look tomorrow. Edit: Its the oil sump gasket, instead of spending a few hours searching online and waiting 2 weeks for a gasket im going to take off the sump, clean it then use RTV sealant to reseal it. It should work out then i dont have to worry about leaving a black dot everywhere i park. Edit 2: It wasn't the oil sump gasket, it was the oil filter o-ring leaking. I put new oil in when i did the sum. Looks like i will have to do a new filter as well(for the new rubber o-ring)
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