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  1. See if this fixes the problem.
  2. Although I haven't used it on my smart, I have used it on other tires and it works! I am referring to the liquid tire sealant in the plastic container that is stored in the foam footpad under the passenger seat carpet. Remove the tire valve, inject the liquid into the tire, replace the valve, pump up the tire, drive the car to spread it around.
  3. How are your tire pressures?
  4. My 2005 Cabriolet had a water leak on the front passenger side. When I took it through a car wash, water could be see dripping from the pillar. Later after rolling the roof back I noticed a significant amount of dirt and debris in the rubber flashing which seals the top at the front. Cleaning it out fixed the problem which I proved with another car wash check.
  5. It is my understanding that it is possible to add a knob with a pushbutton and I believe also a software change to enable "Tiptronic?" shifting.
  6. 75,000 km on my 2005 smart. After unseizing my alternator, a few weeks later I also experienced the no charge indicator light on my dash. I'm not a happy camper and am curious what type of fault (from corrosion?) occurred a few weeks after the alternator was unseized.
  7. Thanks for the tip. Clever thought. The tach is steady at 800 RPM when idling. I was curious if any one of Canadian Tire's fuel additives would be an asset to cleaning the injectors? Any suggestions?
  8. My 2005 Coupe with 75,000 km which I haven't driven for a while has a distinct vibration which you can even feel in your seat and in the shift lever when idling at 800 RPM. I smooths out, however, when a bit of throttle is added. Not being a car guru, I was hoping to get an opinion on what it might be. Two uneducated suggestions are motor mounts or missing on one cylinder at low RPM.
  9. Oil Hands work on oil rigs.
  10. You are quite correct. I misspoke. I should have said that I put the car into reverse. CUNNINGHAM'S LAW "The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it's to post the wrong answer."
  11. Although I don't disagree about adding the relays, it is corrosion on the contacts which is causing high resistance and heat damage to the headlight and fuel pump connectors. Some apparently had compounded the problem by replacing the stock headlights with high intensity headlights.
  12. The SAM is located above the driver's knees under the dash and is covered underneath by a cardboard cover which must be removed for access. The wiring harness is very short. Moving the SAM would be an issue. Re-orientating it by rotating it 90 degrees might be possible so that the water won't wick down the wires into the SAM. It is my opinion that sealing the SAM is unnecessary. The water is wicking into the connectors, not the SAM cover. I had one pin badly eaten by corrosion. Fortunately there are spare, unused pins, one of which I was able to remove and use as a replacement. It also might be of advantage to use a contact cleaner on the connector pins such as such as Deoxit. My opinion is that contact cleaner and simply placing a sponge between the harness and the SAM is likely adequate protection.
  13. One of my smarts had a dead battery. and was parked on my inclined driveway. I put the shift lever in Park, got out of it and it immediately started rolling backwards down my driveway, costing me two Phat red rear body panels as it crashed into a brick wall.. It is no longer Phat red.
  14. My first smart had a severely damaged circuit board due to water incursion. The problem was compounded by the fact that it had a sick battery which I frequently overcharged and it is likely that sulfuric acid fumes from the unvented battery (there is supposed to be a vent hose) combined with the moisture to create acid which ate away metal traces not only on the board,but on the integrated circuit chips. Where did the moisture come from? In my case I am certain it was not a leaking windshield. My belief is that it is condensation from a cold environment or the air conditioning which collects on the wiring harness and wicks into the SAM. After repairing my SAM, my solution was to place a sponge between the wiring harness and the SAM to collect any condensation that might accumulate on the wiring harness. So far, so good, four years later of being parked outside in the worst Toronto weather, no further problems. My feeling is that all smart owners should do this as a prophylactic measure to not only protect the inside of the SAM, but also eliminate corrosion on the connectors which has lead to so many headlight and water pump failures which then requires the relay fix.