Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'dead battery'.

More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


  • Welcome
    • Special Announcements
    • Site Feedback
    • Introduce Yourself
  • Smart Car Discussions
    • One-off Questions and Other Things Asked Often!
    • General Discussions
    • In News & Entertainment
    • enviro-mileage
    • Vehicle Distribution and Tracking
  • Technical Discussions
    • Operation and Maintenance: 450 Model, 2005-2006, diesel
    • Operation and Maintenance: 451 Model, 2008-2015, gasoline
    • Modifications and Performance: 450 Model, 2005-2006, diesel
    • Modifications and Performance: 451 Model, 2008-2015, gasoline
    • How-To: 450 Model, 2005-2006, diesel
    • How-To: 451 Model, 2008-2015, gasoline
    • Electric Drive
    • Fortwo 453 - 2016 and newer
  • CsC Community Discussions
    • Auto Talk
    • Community Chatter
    • Eco-Matters
  • Market Place
    • Buyer's Guide
    • Member Classifieds - Parts and Accessories
    • Member Classifieds - smart cars for sale
    • Self Promotion
    • Dealer Showroom
    • Stuff I've Found / Stuff I'm Looking For
    • Trading Post
  • Regional Forums
    • Canada Wide Events and Trip Reports
    • Southern Ontario
    • Ottawa, Toronto and The Rest of Ontario
    • Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
    • The Rest of British Columbia
    • The Prairies
    • Atlantic Canada - Quebec to Cape Spear
    • United States and The Rest of the World
  • Site Administration & Archives


  • Community Calendar


  • Smart 450
  • Smart 451
    • Gas
    • Electric Drive
  • Smart 453
  • Club smart Car News
  • Events


  • Technical Wikis
    • 450 CDI Model (2005-2006, diesel)
    • 451 Model (2008 and newer, gas)
    • 451 ED Model (2013 - now, Electric Drive)
  • Informational Wikis


  • Service Options


  • Canadian 450 VIN Database


  • US G&K 450 VIN Database

Found 1 result

  1. car died today, dash went blank. I'd done most of my morning errands, starting and stopping several times. The last time, however, I started the car, backed out of the parking spot, and just started moving forward when it bucked, the dash went blank, came back on, then went blank again. No power anywhere. Radio doesn't work, no four way flashers, no power to windows, no bells, clicks, nor any other noises. Red cable from positive post of battery goes to the Sam, if it is powered separately, all the lights, locks, windows, and the radio work (radio needs the codes reset), but not the starter. The black cable appears to have a solid short, but I can't locate the end of it (car is still sitting in a parking lot). Does anyone know what it connects to? Is it the starter, the alternator, or something else? I'll be going back tomorrow with more tools and a fully charged battery, the one in the car was quite warm and reading less than 4 volts, even though it was enough to start the car initially. Not sure if it's a co-incidence or not, but the bucking happened at roughly the same time as the alternator usually activates.