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  1. I searched, and surprisingly did not find this posted anywhere. A "friend" of mine just taught me an interesting trick. If you want to temporarily disable the ABS/traction control/stability control on a 451, all you have to do is: -press and hold the two buttons to the left and right of the odometer -with buttons pressed, start car. Makes it a two person operation unless you have a tool that can press both buttons at once. To return to normal, just turn off the car and restart. Easy-peasy!!!! Now, if only there was a way to do it on the 450's!!! Still looking at finding a way.. Again, use this at your own risk....blah blah blah blah... ------ This technique works on the Electric Drive also!
  2. I would look at the Toyo GSi5's. I prefered them over the Blizzaks, and they last much longer.
  3. The flat rate time for the job is 5.5 hours!??!?!?
  4. Unfortunately the bearing is toast. Time for a new pump. I have never seen any coolant come out of the weeping hole on a pump that was still good. I have replaced 100's of water pumps, any that had signs of coolant coming out of them had worn bearings.
  5. I have one permanently mounted in the car, plugged into the spare outlet in the battery well. Charges the battery any time the block heater is plugged in. Similar to the smaller one you listed, same brand but is completely weatherproof and a little bigger. Would take quite a while to charge a discharged battery at only 1.0 amp, would probably take days.
  6. Thought about it, but don't want to track a brand new engine.....quite yet. :)Will be visiting these guys: http://www.rent4ring.de/en/
  7. YUP!!! [jeremy]The greatest driving road ....................................... in the world[/jeremy]
  8. Just looked it up. Looks like it is 32 Euro now. Looks beautiful!!!!!!And Stelvio, well, how do you not have fun with a car with 360 hp!! Anybody else have any recommendations? We will be landing in Munich, spending several days there, picking up the new car on Tuesday (and touring the BMW factory and the museum at the Welt) Next day head to Vienna for several days, then Northern Italy for several more, then the south coast of France for several, dropping off the car in Nice, then finishing up in Paris before we head home. The car will then meet us back home 4-6 weeks later.
  9. Awesome! Thank you! We will be spending 4 days in Vienna, will have to check it out.
  10. Thanks guys. Going to miss this forum. One of the most close knit forums I have been on.Yes, will enjoy the Autobahn, luckily my car is limited to "only" 260 km/hr. Although I think I will enjoy the Stelvio Pass much more.
  11. Thanks, I am sure I will be around from time to time.We are replacing the smart and our Civic with a new BMW 135i (pretty much the exact opposite of the smart, other than small, fun and impressive engineering) we pick it up in Germany (doing a European Delivery for our Honeymoon) on June 4th. We moved into a condo so we are going down to one car and the Vespa.
  12. No, it is the clutches wearing out. There was a problem with the clutch disks sticking on the splines of the output shaft on the tranny. Caused premature clutch wear. There is a bulletin about this, and when installing the new clutch there is now a special grease that must be placed on the splines to prevent it from happening again.$3000 for a clutch??!? WTF? The flat rate time for the job is only 5.5 hrs, and it is less than a grand for a new clutch assembly, which includes the flywheel. Should be around $1500 MAX.
  13. Bought him new. Was picked up the day before Canada Day in 2007. Was actually the last 450 smart that Ogilvie Motors sold.Very sad day. My wife was crying.Sold him to a very good friend of mine, so I will still see him once in a while. Hopefully he remains my friend after this...
  14. Not really. Was talking to the parts guys at our sister dealership. They told me they have SEVERAL clutches in stock for our cars. Very common.
  15. Today I sold Moby. :(So long folks.............
  16. Oh CRAP! Ignore my previous comment. I got Fisker and Tesla mixed up. It is Fisker that just layed off 75% of their workforce, they probably won't be around much longer. Tesla seems to be taking off. May be time to reply to the job offer I got from Tesla to be a tech for them.
  17. No, you are not the only one. I just can't be bothered to reply.... I usually just ignore most of Tolsen's posts.An air filter is not going to make a difference in performance. Best you can do is to always have a clean filter. This is why I have 2 K&N, keep a clean one ready to go at all times, usually swap it every 5000 km. Less waste for the environment.
  18. That is if they are still building them.....
  19. Is this an OEM or aftermarket alarm? If aftermarket, I would say with 90% certainty that is the culprit.Step 1 in diagnosing weird electrical issues like this is to look for, find and remove all aftermarket electronics. Most of the time that solves the issue.
  20. Is it still not there, just a PetroCan now?And about refineries...The base fuel does not really matter that much. It is the additive package that makes the biggest difference between them. So, different brands will be different.It is like saying all cakes are the same because they are all made with flour.
  21. Petrocan sells 94, that is what I use in my Civic now after the "tune". This is since they bought all the Sunoco's in Ontario. So it is probably just Sunoco 94.
  22. If it is not being driven much, could just be seized brakes, parking brake cable or alternator.
  23. It is because the new etest procedure is just reading what the On Board Diagnostics is telling it. This is a lot more accurate and much harder to get a fake test done. There are many readiness codes that the computer stores after performing various self diagnostic tests. There are tests for the O2 sensors, O2 sensor heaters, EGR tests, EVAP system tests, catalytic converter tests, misfire tests etc etc etc etc. The estest is confirming with the ECU that these tests have been completed and passed. If you reset the PCM, these readiness codes are also reset. It usually takes several hundred km over several drive cycles from engine cold to perform all the tests.A bad glow plug will absolutely increase the emissions.
  24. Nope. the newer OBD plug test is for all vehicles 1996 and newer. Had my 2006 tested, passed with a remap and an EGR emulator.
  25. Oil

    My smart always gets 5W40 as well. I really like Motul products, and run Motul 5W40 (8100 X-Cess) that I buy by the case from Amazon.com. It is a true, full synthetic, most are not anymore. Just have it shipped to Ogdensburg and go down and pick it up.http://www.amazon.com/Motul-007250-4PK-X-c...motul+5w40+8100