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About MissMercedes

  • Birthday 11/30/1992

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    Illinois-Wisconsin border, USA
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    Passenger jet aircraft, smart, technology, swimming, dating...er...dresses?

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  1. Just being able to have the car elevated will help a lot. I actually now have a bunch of neat methods to getting the bolts out, including penetrating oil plus freezing the bolts, a bolt extraction tool, etc etc. The better news is that the car is home and I no longer have to panic about getting a disabled car out of a storage unit. The best news is that my star machine works! I never tested it when I got my first 450 (coupe) last year.
  2. Update: I got desperate and disconnected the battery. Upon reconnection, not only did the car drive buttery smooth, but it passed the teach-in procedure! Holy smokes. I still want to remove the clutch actuator for a thorough inspection, but it looks like getting the grease in there helped immensely.
  3. Good news and bad news! Good news! My MB Star works! The only code stored in the system that is current is a P2022 clutch system fault. There were a dozen other faults, all caused by the time I plugged my UltraGauge into the OBD and the car wasn't fond of it. I was also able to lube the actuator through the method posted in here that doesn't require taking it out. And finally, I fully fixed the cabrio roof. Works brilliantly. Bad news! This is VERY MUCH a winter car. Not only were all the actuator bolts stuck, but they were corroded enough that simply touching them with my E10 caused them to start disintegrating. Ugh. Combined with my lack of a floor jack or jackstands means my revival project was solely in the hands of the Star machine. The Star machine couldn't get the clutch to engage or disengage, it stayed open. So every operation failed. As it stands, the car won't even bother to attempt to engage gear unless you get up to 3k rpm. As for the brake light, I'm not sure if it's caused by the super rusty parking brake cable or the brake switch. Either way, the car's going home on a trailer today.
  4. You're welcome! Admittedly, I haven't even gotten to my 3 bars issue, either. I just need to get the car ten miles by next Monday, though I would like to fully fix the issue.
  5. Sounds good to me! It just needs to get me fewer than ten miles to my parents' place. Once I'm there I'll have a power source for my star machine. Since none of my smarts are daily drivers anymore (motorcycles are my current daily drivers), I'm going to try again to make the 450 cab the spring, summer, and fall smart.
  6. Wanted to update this post! So, I've had a lot of stuff happening in life lately, so I haven't been able to get to the clutch actuator. Welp, I have to move out of my storage unit in a week, so I have to get this done! Looks like some grease and two bolts separates the cab from freedom. I do want to ask, though. If in a worst case scenario, will the clutch actuator out of my coupe (same year) work in the cab without my Star machine on hand?
  7. Yes, please send me a bunch of cdis for my collection!
  8. I am by no means an expert in these older smarts, however I am learning a lot about them through experience. How's the battery in your roadster? A flat battery will cause all sorts of fun in the electrics (my cabrio's roof likes to open by itself if I let the battery get too dead), including the 3 bars of death. Secondly, when was the last time you had the clutch actuator serviced? Taking it out, making sure nothing's broken, lubing it up, then putting it back in can apparently solve a lot of issues. My 450 cab had to get towed home last Friday because my clutch actuator didn't want to play nice. In fact, what you described here happened to me to the letter: I'd follow the suggestions the wonderful guys gave me in my thread.
  9. Will do on both! Thanks guys! For the time being it's chilling out in my storage unit while I continue to find a new place to move to. Servicing the actuator (and lithium greasing the top tracks) will definitely be an upcoming Saturday or Sunday project.
  10. Update: I went out to my storage unit this morning. No oil on the floor, so it’s safe to assume the “leak” I observed wasn’t my car. The car also fired up and drove normally for a test drive. Well, the worst case scenario didn’t happen! I think my constant disconnecting and reconnecting of the battery was also a factor in my cascading failures last night. In reality, I should have let it sit disconnected for a while. My next steps will be learning how to use my STAR machine to do an actuator reteach and checking out the brake switch. I’m just happy the car didn’t have a catastrophic failure. And I’ll let this be a further lesson that I shouldn’t daily drive a project 450.
  11. As it just so happens, I got a STAR machine with my other 450! My main worry yesterday was getting the car to a safe place. And now that possible oil leak is on my mind. It’s good to have spare cars in case one gets knocked out of the action. I think my next step is getting my other 450 running (needs a new battery) and teaching myself how to use the STAR. It’s sort of amusing how the 450 I got for free has fewer issues than my 451, yet the 450 I paid for is a restoration project. Semi-related question. Is adding pods a plug and play addition or do they need to be activated through the STAR? I’m trying to figure out why my supposedly “new” clock pod lights up but otherwise doesn’t work.
  12. Both did appear alongside the brake light once I got the car moving. When I was aligning the car for the tow, no warning lights were on. When it was time to get the car off the tow truck, I noticed a small puddle of oil a few inches behind the engine on the flatbed. I know this car didn’t leak oil since I’ve owned it (storage unit floor is spotless) so somehow today’s events caused an oil leak or some other car left that there... I’ll check back tomorrow and see if it’s leaking. Regardless, despite a lack of brake light and gear indication in the cluster was operational, it still wouldn’t move. It sounds like AAA would definitely come in handy..
  13. Alright, so I think I know what the issue is. I confirmed that the brake is released, so the light was most likely the brake switch. Sure enough, if I revved the engine to 4k, the clutch actuator decided to do its job, albeit poorly. I made it to the first red light outside of work before it 3 bar’d again. I ended up coasting down a hill to a safe shoulder and disconnected the battery. 20 minutes into waiting, a police officer pulled up and recommended I call in a tow. I complied... Right as the tow was pulling up (35 min after battery disconnect), I connected the battery to put the car into Neutral and put the top up. Surprise! Brake light was off and the car engaged gears like normal. I was able to easily align the car to the flatbed and everything *Sigh* Oh well, I guess $150 is good insurance that I make it home in a timely manner tonight.
  14. Well, crap. It gave me three bars of death this morning on the way to work. I was trying to double downshift through a fast apex and the transmission just wasn’t having it. Alright...battery disconnect, reconnect, then back on the road. As I left work today, I noticed the brake light was illuminated and the cluster kept beeping at me. Foolishly, I stopped to see if my handbrake wasn’t fully releasing. I haven’t been able to move since then. The brake light is still on and I see a 1 on the cluster, but no gear engagement. I tried to cycle through the gears and got a three bars of death. Oh boy. Battery disconnect, reconnect, try again. This time as soon as it got out of Neutral, 3 Bars... Sad thing is I know exactly when these issues started happening. I was trying to inch forward in line in traffic, the clutch actuator seemingly dropped the clutch then immediately engaged it, then from that point forward it never quite drove the same.
  15. That's what happened! I was so happy when I found out about it! I have to say that I'm really amused by this. "The top doesn't really work" was one of the reasons I got this car for so cheap. As it turns out, the problem was that neither of us knew how to use the top!