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  1. Glenn was recommending the motor be turned over by hand. You would not turn the ignition on and therefore not have fuel spraying out. His method would be very effective to know if you have enough compression to start the car, and requires no special tools.
  2. For what it's worth, all the equipment I have gets nothing special for fuel, just 87 octane, in winter when I'm storing things I just add some fuel stabilizer that lists compatibility/effectiveness with ethanol fuels, and have never had an issue with the ethanol rotting anything out. Even after a couple years of sitting I just flush the fuel tank out, fill with fresh, and fire it up. In case that might apply to anyone storing their smarties.
  3. Welcome! Without hearing it, based on your description, it sounds like your Secondary Air Injection Pump is getting noisy. It is located on top of the rear subframe on the passenger side. If the noise happens on cold starts for ~5-20 seconds and then shuts off, and does not happen on a hot restart of the motor, I think it's a good bet that's what your noise is.
  4. I'm all for going to higher ethanol content fuels and developing the infrastructure/cars to use it. I honestly can't imagine it would be that difficult, I see so many people on the "performance" end of things building their cars to run E85 for it's high power potential (thanks to it's cooling effect and anti-knock properties). I think the ideal situation would be to sell a coloured "off road" non-ethanol fuel for use in small engines, like they do with diesel for farm/commercial off road use, which should be cheaper due to not having to pay road taxes. Then have an ethanol-based fuel for road use. If you phase it in over a long enough period of time, there shouldn't be any issues. I mean they already sell flexfuel cars, and, like the leaded-only cars of yesteryear, enthusiasts/collectors will just adapt (grumpily I'm sure). If the ICE is going to stick around, it's pretty much going to have to run on ethanol or biodiesel as we continue to tackle the problem of net carbon emissions reductions. I'd rather see biodiesel get pushed but we all know how diesels are being bullied out of existence.
  5. Out of curiosity have you confirmed you have no significant restriction in the intake? Easy way to test it i sto just remove the rubber hose from the EGR to the intake manifold. If the EGR is full of carbon to the point of restricting too much airflow, the motor will start but as soon as it starts to draw a vacuum you lose compression and it will quit. Weird that it would run with #3 GP out though... Anyway, something to try if you haven't already, and a very easy test.
  6. One of our 451s "caught fire". The sound deadening material above the catalytic converter had delaminated and fallen onto the catalytic. It started smoldering but luckily we noticed the smoke and doused the material before it could do anything. I then removed the remaining material from the area near the catalytic. I wouldn't be surprised if this is a common cause of the fires, as I have noticed most of the 08-09 451s I've had hands on suffer from the same issue of the sound deadening material just coming apart and drooping onto the engine. Being in the engine bay, and especially the stuff located near the catalytic, you'd think they would have used something more durable or at the very least non-combustible. Maybe the later versions were updated with that, I'm not sure. Anyway I now know to keep a close eye on our other 451s for this issue. Perhaps failed flex pipes and hot exhaust gases in the engine bay make the material deteriorate? All the 451s I have had my hands on have the telltale melted rear valence from the flex pipe failing and the muffler flopping forward.
  7. In my experience with them, all they ever do is take your money and give you no results.
  8. He means if you return the turn signals to the headlight housing as they are in Europe, you can use the "Canadian" turn signal housing in the grille, with an LED bulb (or whatever) as your daytime running lights, or replace them with fog lights or a different DRL light/housing.
  9. With any luck a glut of Car2Go 453s hitting the market will drive used prices down and mean that I can pick up an inexpensive manual 453.
  10. Hmm, will have to try it out and see. Or I need to figure out how to get significantly more clearance in the front end to run a bigger front tire. I really dig the extra ground clearance from the fat rear tire, would be especially nice when the snow starts to fly.
  11. So here's a tidbit for the day. Was doing a tire shuffle around today and I had some 195/65-15s kicking around. I mounted them on stock 450 steelie rears. I also mounted some 155/60-15 fronts on stock 450 front steelies, and put them on the car. The 195/65-15 rears are HUGE. I doubt I could have squeezed anything bigger than these into the rear wheel wells. But they fit and didn't rub. When I took the car for a spin to see how it went, I didn't get half a km up the road before the dash lit up like a christmas tree, the ESP light, ABS light, and (!) brake light all came on. Interestingly, the speedometer stopped working and went to 0 while moving. I got back and read the codes and there were about 5 different codes set, all relating to "both front wheel speed sensors bad signal", "CANBUS wheel speed sensor fault" etc So the big difference in tire sizes was enough to upset the ESP module. The 195/65-15 rears are just over 10% larger than stock while the 155/60-15 fronts are just a hair under stock size. So maybe 10% divergeance is where the ESP module draws the line? Anyway, gonna have to mount up some 165/60-15 fronts and see what happens, as that should bring the size difference delta to just over 8%. Or perhaps some 175/55-15s on some 451 rear steels on the front.
  12. We have "The Panda Car" white panels on black tridion. Also "The poop emoji car" with choco brown on silver. "The Brabus" which is self-explanatory. The other ones are just boring names... "The grey car", "the black car", "the blue car" etc
  13. Please be sure to report back on the fitment of the 185s on 451 rears at the front of the car. I found 165/60-15s on 4"/ET27 to be a real tight squeeze, but maybe the different offset helps. I'm very curious to know how they'd fit.
  14. While I agree the difference is small, a narrower rear track does increase a car's tendancy to oversteer (not really an issue with the smart), and increases body roll as the moment arm between the car's center of gravity and contact patch is decreased. I was just considering all the variables.
  15. The 451 front steels ARE bigger than the 450 front steels. The 450s being 3.5" and the 451s being 4.5". Rear steels are all 5.5".
  16. So here's my couple of cents: I upsized all 4 tires a while back, but the front were like a 1.8% upsize while the rears were like a 0.4% upsize. I noticed that in some rare situations I would get a tiny "bzz bzz" of ABS from the traction control when turning and going over a bump just so. I attributed this to the variation in wheel speed caused by the different tire sizes. That being said we managed to put some 40k km on them and had no issues. Now the rears are worn out. Interestingly, with the front still having much tread and the rears being essentially bald, thus a greater difference in rolling diameters, I haven't noticed any intrusion from the traction control system. So maybe it was a fluke when I had originally put them on, some other system that wasn't working 100%, or some combination of steering angle sensor, yaw sensor, wheel speeds, each just being slightly out of whack, who knows. So maybe the difference in size is irrelevant unless it was a huge difference. I've run all kinds of different combos of bigger and smaller fronts/rears on several different cars and haven't come across the same situation. I had thought about doing 4 front wheels for winters, where the narrower tire would help with traction. My hesitations are as follows: 1. There is only a small selection of tires that will fit the smaller front rim, whereas the rear rims fit a much wider variety of tires. I keep an eye out for tires on sale and can often pick up rear tires at half off or more, making them often close to $50 a tire. The front however I have a much more difficult time finding on sale, combined with less selection, means no matter how you slice it I usually end up having to pay $90-120 per tire. That savings alone makes it worth running the fatter rear rims, not to mention, if you really wanted to be cheap, you can often find decent used rear-sized tires on Kijiji for like $20-40 per tire. The front sizes almost never come up. 2. The 450 rears have -1mm offset. The fronts have offsets in the 20-30mm range (same as 451 fronts/rears). So when putting the front wheels on the back, the centerline of your tire will be in some cases nearly 30mm inboard of stock. Meaning you would end up with nearly 60mm less track width in the rear. Handling issues from that? Maybe, maybe not, you might not even know until you encountered an emergency situation and had to make a brisk maneuver, which isn't when I would want to find out that I had a handling issue like a significantly greater tendency to flip over. You could run spacers. I wonder if the camber wear would be less pronounced if using skinnier tires on the back. I would guess it should be, but I'm spoiled because I have a tire machine so I routinely flip the tires on the wheels to even out the wear, so it's never really been an issue for me.
  17. It would be interesting if we had a sticky with a list of all the different types of special edition 450s, 451s, and 453s sold in Canada, with production numbers. I have a feel for what's out there just from reading around, but thought it might be cool if we collected all that info in one place. Mike is doing an amazing job tracking VINs, but I find it tough to navigate all the registries to get to the bottom of how many of which "special editions" were sold. I see a lot of ads for smarts with people claiming "super rare xxyy edition!!", and I thought it might be a useful resource for someone looking into the special editions to have a quick reference to find out just how "rare" or not, what they are looking at, actually is, in Canada specifically. I know I'm missing a ton of them. 450s: 4 x Canada 1's 50 x BRABUS Nightrun 200 x GrandStyle ...? 451s: 1 x Ultimate 10 x BRABUS edit10n 50 x Greystyle ? x BRABUS (the all-black with BRABUS exhaust, monoblocks, badges etc?) ? x Edition high style ? x Edition 1 (Light Blue Metallic) ...? 453s: ...?
  18. Just curious to see if anyone would be interested in having a get together somewhere in the Kingston/Ottawa/Montreal kind of corridor this fall?
  19. My 451 was making a horrendous noise on cold starts. Traced it back to a loud Secondary Air Injection Pump. I've removed and disassembled the pump and confirmed that the shaft support bearings are bad. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck "servicing" the air pump motor. Or do I just pony up and order one from M-B?
  20. I wouldn't have even noticed if it had quit, but unfortunately it still works, just makes a terrible racket. I suppose it would be easy enough to open the circuit in the motor and put it back in. No CEL with the failed pump? For now I grabbed a pump from the other car and have put it in, still functional and quiet, but I'll need a solution for the other car when it's ready to get back on the road.
  21. Je crois que ta batterie est morte.
  22. For what it's worth I recently cut out the flex pipe on my 451, and replaced it with a generic flex pipe section from Canadian Tire. It was $45. I used a TIG and mild steel welding rod (not sure which alloy to be honest, but nothing special). I replaced the gasket at the flange as well, and to do so, ended up cutting the bolts and then shearing the welded nuts off the backside with an air chisel. I replaced with generic bolts for easy future disassembly if needed. In any case, while welding it all up, I didn't notice the OEM steel to have any particularly different characteristics as compared to the new flex pipe.
  23. I recently replaced the spade terminal on mine due to similar intermittent starting behaviour of the car. Although the spade wasn't too badly corroded it was obviously making poor contact. I cut the spade off and soldered on a ring terminal which I bolted to the starter post using the bolt that holds down the flat terminal. Haven't had any issues since. I also took the opportunity to install a restrictor plug in coolant bypass line and clean up (get rid of) the EGR cooler hoses, since I had the motor lowered.