smartdriver

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  1. After building a number of these for my cars and spending $40 each time for a Mercedes plug and cable, for the last one I used some number 10 gauge household wiring, stripped off the insulation and made my own pins.
  2. On 11/22/2016 at 6:13 PM, tolsen said: My advice is forget and bin those emulators, clean up your EGR valve and just blank off exhaust supply to the valve. ====================================================== HUH???????
  3. It has been a number of years and without re-reading the entire thread on the topic, am I correct in remembering that you did some keyhole surgery in a thermostat and epoxied the check valve in place?
  4. My comment was intended to be somewhat facetious. It would have been virtually impossible in 2005 when the smart was first introduced to North America to have predicted that the starter solenoid connection would ultimately become corroded and would require dismantling the car to access it. This also goes for a chronically clogged EGR valve, a stuck wastegate, a frozen alternator, stuck rear brakes, split reluctor rings, broken front springs and water incursion on the wiring harness to the SAM, seven common problems which were only revealed by time.
  5. The next time that I buy a new car I will be sure to dismantle it before using it and spray an oily solution on all the electrical connections.
  6. My car had this error occur after driving about 2 km and going up the same hill while going to work every day. Removed the rear panels and freed the wastegate.
  7. It would appear from stickman007's post that the numbers do not match.
  8. Did you not receive instructions from stickman? Your Pin 1 and Pin 5 are correct. I'm surprised that you didn't take the time to read the previous post thoroughly. By clicking on the stickman007 link you will see a photo with pin numbers that may or may not be the same as the pinouts on your emulator. They are not necessarily 1.2.3.4.5. Perhaps stickman007 can chime in. You can confirm the correct pinouts by comparing the physical circuit to the schematic below.
  9. Just a comment about the fuel pump and headlight corrosion problem. A number of years ago I had serious water incursion into my SAM and a number of pins on the connector were also corroded. The speculation at the time is that there was a windshield leak. My feeling is that the problem is in fact due to cold weather or air conditioning condensation accumulating on the wiring harness and wicking down into the SAM. This problem is likely compounded by having an unvented 12V battery in the passenger footwell. After fixing the SAM and using a contact cleaner on the connectors, I jammed a sponge around the wiring harness just above the SAM. Five years later, parked outdoors in a Canadian climate, no further problems.
  10. The SAM output to the starter solenoid is on connector N11-6 Pin 1. Measuring the voltage there when starting the car would determine if the SAM is OK or if it is starter related.
  11. What was your educated guess about the emulator pins?
  12. The EGR valve has a variable resistive feedback element which tells the ECU what position the solenoid valve is in. It can wear and bounce causing electronic noise for which Mercedes Benz sold an accessory cable with a high value resistor placed across the resistive element to prevent the ECU from seeing an open circuit. You didn't install the emulator?????
  13. The EGR valve has a variable resistive feedback element which tells the ECU what position the solenoid valve is in. It can wear and bounce causing electronic noise for which Mercedes Benz sold an accessory cable with a high value resistor placed across the resistive element to prevent the ECU from seeing an open circuit. You didn't install the emulator?????
  14. One of the more common problems causing limp mode is a stuck or misadjusted wastegate valve, although it usually throws a code. Remove the rear body panels (7 Torx bolts), good luck on removing the 2 front Torx bolts and move the wastegate arm with vice grips and lubricate with high temperature lube.
  15. A number of years ago I had significant water ingress into my SAM. At the time, the consensus was that this was caused by a leaky windshield seal. My feeling is that it was more likely moisture condensing on the wiring harness which is above the SAM and wicking into the connectors and likely a contributing factor to the fuel pump and headlight connector problems. After repairing my SAM, I jammed a sponge above it into the wiring harness. Five years later, parked outside in Canadian winter climate and no further issues.
  16. I am not familiar with the ventilation system of the car and I have a question. What advantage would there be in blocking off the cabin air intake if the car heating system is switched to recirculate?
  17. I had originally posted this in another older thread, but it did not appear on the front page. For this reason I had to start a new thread. Yesterday, I took my 2005 Cabriolet with 75,000 km on it on the highway for the first time in a long time. After parking the car, when I restarted it, I noticed a check engine light.. A scangauge check revealed P0380 which indicates a glow plug problem. I couldn't clear the code with the scangauge. When I started the car today (no problem starting) , the check engine light came on and the glow plug light stayed on for over a minute, but then the glow plug light went out leaving only the check engine light on. After reading this thread I was convinced that I needed new glow plugs. Later on in the day, I started the car, drove 30 km and when I restarted the car again both the glow plug light and the check engine light were off and everything was behaving normally. I was hoping that someone who had experienced a P0380 problem could comment on the possible reasons that a code such as this can possibly fix itself.
  18. Thanks for the reply, good thought, but after starting the car on numerous occasions, the problem has not recurred. One thought that I had was that the glow plugs draw large amounts of current which the ECU likely senses to determine if one or more plugs have failed. A possibility exists that there could be corrosion on the glow plug connector or a marginal ground from the glow plug driver.
  19. Yesterday, I took my 2005 Cabriolet with 75,000 km on it on the highway for the first time in a long time yesterday. After parking the car, when I restarted it, I noticed a heck engine light.. A scangauge check revealed P0380 which indicates a glow plug problem. I couldn't clear the code with the scangauge. When I started the car today (no problem starting) , the check engine light came on and the glow plug light stayed on for over a minute, but then the glow plug light went out leaving only the check engine light on. After reading this thread I was convinced that I needed new glow plugs. Later on in the day, I started the car, drove 30 km and when I restarted the car again both the glow plug light and the check engine light were off and everything was behaving normally. I was hoping that someone who had experienced a P0380 problem could comment on the possible reasons that a code such as this can possibly fix itself.
  20. I am somewhat surprised at the negativity associated with preparing to use a gasoline generator to charge an electric car in emergencies. For myself, if I had only an electric car, it seems to make a lot of sense as well as it does to the huge number (over 46,000 reads) on this Leaf thread on the subject. http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=5792
  21. You are lucky that you don't live in Houston, Florida or Puerto Rico. Even Toronto and the East coast of the U.S had long power outages in 2003 and a few Winter storms that did the same.
  22. Because it would be a simple solution if there were ever a possibility of being stranded. The cost of a small portable generator is likely close to the cost of a tow. If you check the Leaf and I-miEV forums, there are a number of large technical threads on the subject of using portable gasoline generators as chargers. There appear to be a lot of immoral electric car drivers out there.
  23. Isn't this requirement only necessary when the generator is used permanently connected and used as a backup in home systems so that ground faults are properly detected?