ValgardForkbeard

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  • Birthday 10/17/1991

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  1. 2006 smart pulse coupe blue on black 162,000km $1500 Edmonton, includes summer on alloy, winter on steelies. SCU trailer hitch Car is in running condition, with some problems, so may be good as parts car. Turbo barely functioning, EGR has electronic bypass and clutch fork failed a couple of years ago (added brass acorn nut modification) Also, the drivers side window won't close - the piece that pushes it up seems to have broken contact valgard.forkbeard@shaw.ca
  2. to the moderators: Even though I am signed on, the site doesn't seem to let me create a listing in the "smart cars for sale" page. Could you please move this to wherever it needs to be, or contact me about what I should be doing differently. Thank you 2006 smart pulse coupe blue on black 162,000km $1500 Edmonton, includes summer on alloy, winter on steelies. SCU trailer hitch Car is in running condition, with some problems, so may be good as parts car. Turbo barely functioning, EGR has electronic bypass and clutch fork failed a couple of years ago (added brass acorn nut modification) Also, the drivers side window won't close - the piece that pushes it up seems to have broken contact valgard.forkbeard@shaw.ca
  3. I just had an airbag versus pothole incident; I hit a fairly nasty pothole, and the drivers side airbag went off. The engine shut off, and I coasted off the road. I didn't try to re-start the car right away, as I got out to check for damage and walked back to get pictures of the pothole. The car started fine, but for the trip home, the interior light would not go off. Also, no airbag light (all the lights still come on as normal when starting, then go out). After I got home, about 20 minutes later, I shut the car off, the interior light stayed on. When I locked it, unlocked it and locked it again, the light went off, and is working normally now. Any chance of claiming this as a warranty issue? Maxwell
  4. Hi Bil.The rod and nut are about an eigth of an inch longer, but there was enough adjustment when mounting the auctuator to allow for that. I put everything together, then loosened the actuator bolts enough to let it move back a bit. I will see about doing the relearn when I make the appointment for the door latch recall. When I finished and took it for a test drive, it shifted really smoothly.Maxwell
  5. Good day.So, about a month ago, in heavy traffic, while trying to merge into a turn lane, I got the 3 bars of death. Shut off the car, waited for the click, then restarted. Car started no problem, but trying to shift it out of neutral didn't do anything. Managed to push it off the road during a lull in traffic, then got help pushing it into a parking lot. Called my wife to come and help me with a couple of things. With the car stopped, engine off, I could hear the transmission shift, but no go with the engine running. With the snow covering the parking lot, and it getting dark, I decided to just get it towed home. Called AMA, and let them know it needed a flatbed. No problem, it was going to be 3 hours, but a contractor had just signed back in, and would be there in 20 minutes. When he showed up, his first comment was "Damn, I could fit that into the cab". With the car at home, I determined that the issue was the push rod had worn a hole through the clutch arm. MB wouldn't even give me a ball park figure without the car in the shop, so I searched here, and found some ideas.I could not find a brass arcorn nut anywhere in Edmonton, so I went with something called a flare cap. Drilled the threads out to the right size, used some silicon to hold it to the end of the push rod, and assembled everything with grease in the right places. Very smooth shifting.Costs: flare cap $1.59 with tax package of 10 disposable gloves (i used 2) $2.99 spray can of bio-degradable engine cleaner $3.99 the grease I already had.Maxwell
  6. Its no wonder she is having trouble, it looks like there is a major earthquake happening ... :-)MG
  7. Check with Neil, but when I was there in January 2012, I think he said he has the STAR diag machine and software now, as one of the items I asked about doing later this year is the brake fluid flush/replacement.MG
  8. Reminds me of the time a bunch of us were sitting on the front lawn on a nice summer day, watching a woman park a small car by feel; she repeatly hit the two cars she was parking between. When she finished and got out, she ducked and covered her face as we all applauded.MG
  9. Good day.I took a quick look at the site; most of the comments were trashing the sites owner, and half the pictures of smart cars were crash test photos.The internet: a great source of all kinds of information, and a bit of it is even accurate :-)MG
  10. Good day.While my car is a 450, this note should still be applicable: the symptoms on my car would be a steady hum at highway speeds, but it would go away on right turns, or when changing lanes. The front drivers side wheel had a bit of free play, and it did turn out to be the bearing was going. ($215 part on a 450)MGbtw I am very pleased with the service at Pug City Euroworks in Edmonton.
  11. good day.If you are standing in front of the car, looking at it, the washer fluid filler is under the small black grill on the left side. Use a key or a small screwdriver to turn the lock , and the filler hose is tucked underneath right at the front of the opening. A funnel helps.There is a pdf version of the owners manual around, but it is too big to post or email. Search the forums, someone may have a link to an on-line copy.MG
  12. Good day.Edmonton, Alberta - most places seem to be $1.229 or $1.239 per litreMG
  13. Good day, and good to hear that you are all right. I had a similar incident a few years back. The posts about it start here. The pictures are broken; I wonder if that is from the software restructering a couple of years back? The only visible damage was a dimple in the centre panel at the back, the hidden damage was the large dent in the crash box underneath. MG
  14. Overnite after a good rain can be enough rust the pads enough to stick. Easy break loose, just rock the car back and forth a few times.Oil change, check all fluid levels, tire pressure.You may have an issue with the fuel, if it has summer diesel, and it is sitting outside, the fuel could jell.MG
  15. Good day.I had to replace my block heater. The replacement part from MB was only about $175, and it takes about 5 minutes to change. Maybe the $333 includes a minimum 1 hour charge to replace it. MG