Roger

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  1. The site is running every slowly, almost unusable at this time 2:35 am PDST . Only 2 members but 35 "visitors" from AhrefsBot and MSNbot. Ok it is 3:15 am. the site seems fine with 1 member and 31 vistors. How much traffic can this site handle before it slows down?


  2. 12V is a tad low for a battery that's charged, in fact I would suspect that as the cause even more now. Try a jumper, just to see.

    Once the battery gets down to a certain set level the computer stops working and will not let the engine run. If you fool around with it trying to jump star it and changing batteries the computer can go into a safety mode and not start even with a 100% fully charged brand new battery.If it goes into safety mode, once a good battery is in place, you have to go though the starting cycle 10 or more times with the right amount of waiting time between tries (forgot how long- somebody ?) before the engine will start ,then like magic it fires up like nothing was ever wrong. People who were not aware of this have wasted many hours fretting away on the fuel system , SAM unit and electric wiring harness, some have even given up on the car all together thinking there was some huge problem that would cost too much it fix.

  3. Took the smart in to TPM Victoria on Monday because it would not start even after installing a new battery , picked it up this afternoon . They foundseveral stored fault codes for undervoltage. Tested generator as per DTC P1615 (supply voltage low).Recorded intermittent no/low output from generator. $513 for new alternator$220.50 for labor$646.57 total with 10% Mercedes-Benz discount program$214 for B service$120 antfreeze replacement with pressure test$94.84 brake fluid flush$43.05 to renew r/f marker light$13.61 to renew r/f parking light$13.82 to renew l/s license plate light$12.98 misc. chargestotal $1298.94


  4. My well maintained 2005 cdi with 53350 km and no previous problems would not start, it was cranking over slowly so replaced the battery with the official smart car replacement two days ago (total cost $146.33 from TPM) still will not start. Have to get it toted to TPM Victoria for 8 am Monday, the earlest they can fit me in. Can't wait to see how many thousands it will cost to fix.


  5. 500,000 th 451From www.leftlanenews.comBy Drew JohnsonMonday, Oct 3rd, 2011 @ 9:50 am Although it hasn’t been a smash success here in the United States, Smart’s second-generation Fortwo city car has just crossed a major milestone, selling its 500,000th example worldwide. Smart’s second-generation Fortwo launched a little over four years ago, with the city car still proving popular around the world. So far this year 69,073 units of the Fortwo have been sold, representing a 6.6 percent improvement over the same period last year.“Our Smart has long since evolved into an icon, which is indispensable in the cities of the world,” Dr. Annette Winkler, head of Smart, said of the achievement.Smart is expecting continued growth in the coming years thanks to two new products. Smart will launch an electric versions of its Fortwo city car during the spring of 2012 with an electric ebike to follow sometime during the second quarter of 2012


  6. Rent first to see if it will work for you. By Drew Johnson www.leftlanenews.comFor those people that love renting cars and saving the environment, Hertz has the perfect solution. The rental company announced this week that it has inked a deal to offer electric versions of Smart’s ForTwo.The Electric Smart ForTwos will be offered through Hertz’ Connect by Hertz car sharing program. The EVs will be available for rent in New York, Washington DC and San Francisco, beginning December 15.“Hertz’s partnership with smart USA is another strategic element of our long term plan to provide consumers with electric vehicle access on a global scale,” said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With its worldwide recognition, smart was a logical choice for our program and we’re excited to begin offering the smart electric drive to our customers later this month.” Hertz has yet to announce rental pricing for the Smart EV, but the company says it will eventually roll out its electric vehicle rental program nationwide.


  7. "Driving to" somewhere after your 1988 or newer car ( computer controled engine) starts to sound or feel like it is not running right will only cause more damage. When one cylinder stops firing the unburned fuel collects in the catalytic converter and over heats and melts the insides blocking off the exhaust . Do not drive anywhere, get towed to wherever you are going to get it fixed.


  8. The GREAT and Mighty "Mike T" has spoken. "MFRs have to certify cars to meet emissions spec for 130,000 km and 8 years. Anyone in Canada whose EGR is failing before 130K km ought to do the right thing and get it repaired free of charge at the dealer." If your EGR has failed before 130,000 km and 8 years and you had to pay to get it fixed take your reciepts back in and get a refund. If they don't respect the law go to your MP if that does not get things moving the only thing left is a class action lawsuit .


  9. I maybe wrong but I thought Bonalume used to make a clutch for the CDI with the same power rating but better friction material than the clutch supplied to Smart. Why not write them and see what they can do for you ? Would not a stronger clutch require a matching stronger clutch actuator ? Good luck Bill you "little engine that could". PS. Have you got your reservation for a camp site in the Tofino - Ucluelet area yet? In "Prime time Season" I have seem 300 campers lined up at 6 am trying to get into a site that couldonly hold 100 cars and No Camping signs on every level piece of land out side the park for many miles around.


  10. Dear Bil. Why "fire up the milligan's account" won't the LubeCorp Additives do the same thing? What is your current recipe for fuel ? I am using Power Service Diesel Kleen in summer and their winter stiff when near or below freezing. The engine runs slightly smoother with it than without.


  11. From Joe Rich News " Just had a call from Kelly Silverthorne at Targa west with a update on the May event. To please the Ministry of transportation they went door to door in the affected Goudie area on Saturday and found about 60% of residents at home. About 1 out of 6 residents were against the event with most wanting to give it a try. This met the highways departments criteria but timelines for the Big White area could not be met so they have pulled the plug on this years event."


  12. Well the clutch actuator and shifter motor are all external - so with enough brackets and thingies you could make it work - shifter would be the toughy unless you could put up with the lack of feel that a hydraulic system would give you. Cable shifter might work but getting everything in place would be a challenge. VW used to use a hunk of pipe in bushings - sort of like they do on some of the kit planes for the joy stick - that approach might work.Then again building a formula ford or something might be less work.Cheers,Cameron

    Had a hydraulic clutch actuator in my Datsun truck , it worked as good or better then any other clutch actuator I have ever used (extreme heat 105F Okanagan,extreme cold -50C Yukon, ice,snow,mud,empty,full load). I checked the fluid every time I checked the brake fluid, changed it 2 or 3 times in 20 years it always worked beautifully as did the truck as well.

  13. www.canadiandriver.com“Right to Repair” passes second reading in CommonsOttawa, Ontario - The “Right to Repair” bill, which will require automakers to make information, software and tools available to independent repair shops and allow them to service newer, more sophisticated vehicles, has passed the second reading vote in the House of Commons.The private member’s bill, Bill C-273, was introduced two years ago by Brian Masse, New Democrat industry and auto sector critic. The bill passed by a vote of 247 to 18.A similar bill is gaining ground in the U.S. Congress, while the European Union passed a “right to repair” law almost two years ago.In response to the bill’s passage, which still needs to go through several phases before it becomes law, Canada’s automobile manufacturers and distributors said they have confirmed a pledge to create a voluntary agreement with independent vehicle repair shops to provide access to service information, diagnostic tools and training.“The vehicle manufacturers and distributors have overcome some major hurdles to get to a position where we can address legitimate service, repair, training and tooling information needs of the automotive aftermarket through a voluntary solution,” said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA). “When Bill C-273 was first introduced, our industry was challenged by the Minister of Industry to develop a voluntary framework to address the concerns being raised by the aftermarket automotive industry. We have responded aggressively and positively towards creating this voluntary framework that will ensure that all automotive manufacturers are providing this information in the near future. In fact, many companies are already making this information available today.”Masse said that a law is needed, instead of voluntary compliance. “Today, the House of Commons chose to side with every vehicle owner in the country, with protecting the environment, with the public’s safety instead of a group of foreign companies,” he said. “No environmental or consumer protection rule is voluntary. No public safety measure is voluntary. A law is the only real protection for vehicle owners that is available. Bill C-273 provides for Canadians to make those decisions.”www.canadiandriver.com“Right to Repair” passes second reading in CommonsOttawa, Ontario - The “Right to Repair” bill, which will require automakers to make information, software and tools available to independent repair shops and allow them to service newer, more sophisticated vehicles, has passed the second reading vote in the House of Commons.The private member’s bill, Bill C-273, was introduced two years ago by Brian Masse, New Democrat industry and auto sector critic. The bill passed by a vote of 247 to 18.A similar bill is gaining ground in the U.S. Congress, while the European Union passed a “right to repair” law almost two years ago.In response to the bill’s passage, which still needs to go through several phases before it becomes law, Canada’s automobile manufacturers and distributors said they have confirmed a pledge to create a voluntary agreement with independent vehicle repair shops to provide access to service information, diagnostic tools and training.“The vehicle manufacturers and distributors have overcome some major hurdles to get to a position where we can address legitimate service, repair, training and tooling information needs of the automotive aftermarket through a voluntary solution,” said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA). “When Bill C-273 was first introduced, our industry was challenged by the Minister of Industry to develop a voluntary framework to address the concerns being raised by the aftermarket automotive industry. We have responded aggressively and positively towards creating this voluntary framework that will ensure that all automotive manufacturers are providing this information in the near future. In fact, many companies are already making this information available today.”Masse said that a law is needed, instead of voluntary compliance. “Today, the House of Commons chose to side with every vehicle owner in the country, with protecting the environment, with the public’s safety instead of a group of foreign companies,” he said. “No environmental or consumer protection rule is voluntary. No public safety measure is voluntary. A law is the only real protection for vehicle owners that is available. Bill C-273 provides for Canadians to make those decisions.”www.canadiandriver.com“Right to Repair” passes second reading in CommonsOttawa, Ontario - The “Right to Repair” bill, which will require automakers to make information, software and tools available to independent repair shops and allow them to service newer, more sophisticated vehicles, has passed the second reading vote in the House of Commons.The private member’s bill, Bill C-273, was introduced two years ago by Brian Masse, New Democrat industry and auto sector critic. The bill passed by a vote of 247 to 18.A similar bill is gaining ground in the U.S. Congress, while the European Union passed a “right to repair” law almost two years ago.In response to the bill’s passage, which still needs to go through several phases before it becomes law, Canada’s automobile manufacturers and distributors said they have confirmed a pledge to create a voluntary agreement with independent vehicle repair shops to provide access to service information, diagnostic tools and training.“The vehicle manufacturers and distributors have overcome some major hurdles to get to a position where we can address legitimate service, repair, training and tooling information needs of the automotive aftermarket through a voluntary solution,” said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA). “When Bill C-273 was first introduced, our industry was challenged by the Minister of Industry to develop a voluntary framework to address the concerns being raised by the aftermarket automotive industry. We have responded aggressively and positively towards creating this voluntary framework that will ensure that all automotive manufacturers are providing this information in the near future. In fact, many companies are already making this information available today.”Masse said that a law is needed, instead of voluntary compliance. “Today, the House of Commons chose to side with every vehicle owner in the country, with protecting the environment, with the public’s safety instead of a group of foreign companies,” he said. “No environmental or consumer protection rule is voluntary. No public safety measure is voluntary. A law is the only real protection for vehicle owners that is available. Bill C-273 provides for Canadians to make those decisions.”www.canadiandriver.com


  14. Welcome, get the fuel filter at a Dodge (Sprinter) dealer.

    Mike T, does the Dodge (Sprinter) built by MB share any other parts with the Smart ? Do the techs who work on the Dodge (Sprinter) use the same computer as the Smart? Does this mean Freightliner service centers can work on the Smart? (oh please please please)

  15. Has anybody checked out these site. http://www.s-smart.com/ . " the largest Chinese internet shopping mall for SMART car." This looks interesting.

    SMART REAR EXTENSION ADJUSTABLE PILLOW BALL TENSION RODS $190.27CAN

    I would get Fast Eddy to check this out ,test it out on the track and set it up for street use before using this as it would radically and probably dangerously change the car's handling if it is not set up correctly.