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  1. I shook my head when the high speed on the wipers started to work again.
  2. +1 for what Loose Lug Nuts said. Had issues with the cabin temp on my 05 CDI so swapped out for a new thermostat and now it is toasty. On the complexity level it is harder on the hands than on the mind and can be done in an afternoon with straight forward tools. Hope that helps. Lonnie
  3. Well I need to do some work that will require me to drop both belly pans on the 05 CDI (read as upgrade horn, and rewire lights and fuel pump through relays). The last time I had to venture into that closed in little space I noted that not all the fasteners were stock. They have been replaced or MB has started to use random varied screws of various drive configurations to hold the Smart together. (read as the cursed Philips head pieces of cr.....) Does anybody know what is used to match stock or completely replace all stock that isn't going to cost me a small fortune? Also does anybody have a diagram or picture of what are stock locations for the fasteners? Even a handraulicly reproduced version would suffice. Lonnie
  4. That makes sense. Simple is better.
  5. Thanks guys. This makes sence and I figure this is well within my skill set so should not be an issue. Would you guys recomend having the relay for the fuel pump tripped by the line off the sam or should I install a master kill switch for the fuse block that would turn that off? It would end up being my own anti-theft system. Lonnie
  6. I'm not super adept with electrical related minutia. Would you be able to draw out a basic wiring diagram and provide any specificss on the relay or fuse panel you used? Lonnie
  7. Have you added any? I was thinking of just mounting a sperate switch for the low beams and using my automatic hand to control them. Perminantly wired as a circuit on its own. Lonnie
  8. So here is the history. 05 cabrio had the dim headlights issue. I changed the bulbs to oem and replaced the male sam plug. Was fine for 3 weeks then had the same issue. Pulled the sam out, had a good look at it an the male plug was toast..... again. The Pins in the female plug for the sam were very degraded for the low beams and were beyond cleaning up. I opend up the sam and had a look at the solder points and they were not good. Since i have issues with very fine detailed work I had a computer shop unsoldier then directly solder wires to the board and I then put a more robust disconect into the wire harness. It worked great until this morning (about 3 monthes after the fix) when the lights dimmed out again. My question is this. Has anybody done a workaround to properly fix this issue short of buying a new sam? I am thinking along the lines of a switch that would control the low beams only and a relay and totally bypassing the sam altogether. I love the car but the light issue is rediculious and always packs it in at the least oppritune time. Any input would be appreciated. Lonnie
  9. I agree with Boony. I admire the effort and the skill level that you can craft items at, but it seems that the amount of effort for the return is very out of proportion. I changed out the very obviously malfunctioning thermostat with a new OEM one and have not regretted it one bit. Swap time was minimal and only involved the back of my rather large right hand being sore from forcing it into the space between the engine and front of the engine compartment opening. Swapped it out in less than an afternoon with no special tools and not having to take other portions of the engine off. The cabrio now gets hot enough to make the wife happy, and she hates the cold. Lonnie
  10. I swapped out the old stock one that wasn't working with a new one and have tons of heat now. -21 tonight rockiting across the 401 at 120 kph and had 3 blobs and toasty warm in just a t shirt. I did have the top up though, so that might have helped. I also have 3 blobs in 4-5 km, even at these temps. Just my $60.00 though. Lonnie
  11. Willys its simple supply and demand. They control the supply, so we have to pay what they demand.
  12. Willys I didn't know you made videos in your garden shed?
  13. Willys I have found that when I get my hands free and am frustrated at whatever I am working on, I place my tools down and go have a tea. I calm down and tend to not break things or mess them up. This normally ends up saving me time, money and the terrable cycle of getting even more frustrated. Lonnie
  14. If while you have the engine lowered a bit you take the time to clean up the starter spade connector and put some dialectic grease on it, you will save your hands from a real beating and hopefully avoid having issues with it not starting for want of a better contact. Lonnie
  15. Apperently light bulbs are a very odd item for mb to carry. The closest one they had in the system was in Calgary. I ran to crappy tire and got 2 of the last 40 they had on the shelf. Swapped the bulb, pulled off the battery cable for 20 min, then fired it up and did a lap of the block. Right as rain. note to self, check to make sure it is the correct bulb being replaced. Lonnie