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Keith, someone is selling a nightrun in Langley for $9K.  The C-1 coupe is certainly worth more than a nightrun.

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First drive in over a month.  We have had an unusually cold winter this year, three separate snowstorms!

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I have placed my two pairs of snow chains back into storage. Might put summer wheels on next week weather permitting. 

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The '05.... into Glenn's today for a rebuilt alternator, belts and various lubings and tightenings.

The '06.... Canada1 out last Wednesday for a 50km peanut run to Picard's.  All systems functioned normally.

Next week will be a tire swap on the '05 and wash the winter off of both of them.

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I watched another video on this amazing swivel design!

 

This is perhaps the best trailer design in the world to carry an electric scooter, motorcycle,or any size cargo that will fit on the platform! (weight constraints obviously apply) 

 

Apparently there is no one here in Ontario that I've been able to locate. Its a good think I'm a certified welder.

 

 

 

 

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Had "Sally" prepped up yesterday for the warmer weather. Oil and filter change, Air filter change and the usual full mechanical check. Panels were changed from her "Phat Reds" over to her "Bay Grays" along with her newly acquired Passion Wheels.. Mucho Thanks to Uncle Glenn for all of the hard work. I think that I may have a hording issue now that I've got 3 sets of panels: White, Phat Red & Bay Gray along with 3 sets of Rims & Tires; Steels, Pures & Passions.

 

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Had an E-test done on the Canada1 this morning...... and it passed !!

It appears the trouble with the Ontario DriveClean program and the Smart diesels has been corrected.

Many thanks to George in Tillsonburg who chased their technical people to both clarify and correct the trouble.

Thanks to Glenn in London for trial & error testing on un-mapped, mapped and re-mapped cars.

Also thanks to Dave, manager at Mufflerman in London (also a Smart owner) for all the vehicle testing.

For those that didn't know, our little diesels have been consistently failing the E-test lately.

This has been happening because the test and measurement criteria changed somewhat this year.

Glenn and Dave confirmed the situation, and George took the program's technical people to task for a resolution.

All ’05's and '06's appear to be testing properly as of last Monday afternoon.

Thanks again guys for all your efforts.

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Picked up my canada1 coupe from fasteddy in Richmond, BC, where I had had a number of service items done - coolant, tranny fluid, long term solution to AC line rattle (no thanks to MB in Langley who misaligned everything on this car), fuel pump relay from battery (preventative), clean up clutch actuator, clutch relearn, brand new OEM battery, check condition of brake fluid, replace a number of bulbs etc...... not super exciting stuff to be honest, but the car is driving great. Have one more item needing attention, and the car will be 100% again. Right around 103,000 km

 

An Alberta smart owner has expressed interest in my C1

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10,000 behind me

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50,000 ahead of me.  Will be doing a battery today.  Sitting in storage for a year has hurt the Red top battery that I purchased a few years back.  Still under warranty but can't locate the receipt.

 

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I replaced original battery in my '06 Canada1 a few years back, but still have it.  Anal, maybe?

My '05 had snow tires swapped out today bu Glenn, and a re-installation of the map.

It appeared a while ago that the remapping was causing E-test failures, so Glenn removed it from my '05 for the test.

Testing was required for my '06, not my '05.  How's that for stupid?  My stupid!!  Can I blame it on age?

Anywho, the '06 passed with no problems, once the government's system was changed (see other references).

Sure did miss the remap on my '05.  Truely gutless without it, once you've become used to it.

 

 

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Wow, no one doing much with their cars the last couple weeks! LOL

Except if you have a C1 - nice to see my old cabrio again! Thanks for posting!

I've had my coupe out and about and up the Fraser Canyon. Was looking at a house in North Bend.

 

This car is still attracting attention if you can believe.... must be the paint!

I figure the car ought to be worthy of 300,000 kms perhaps, without an engine rebuild.... so I have just under 200,000 kms left on it!

 

Oh, today I got some new energizer CR1225 equivalent batteries in the mail.... so I've changed out the fobs and can actually open the car from far away again!

 

A wash and full detail is in order very soon, and I will try to get some new or newer floor mats!

 

Also looking at installing a sub-woofer soon, supposed to be one sitting at a previous owner's house in Port Moody! (red pxl!)

 

Hoping to be on the island in May or June.

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Took off oil pan, peeled off old gasket, made new gasket(RTV sealant). I will put oil in tomorrow, then in 2 days I will know if its leaking or a correct fix. 

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I went to replace the cabin air filter, it was really dusty and had a lot of spider webs and pine needles. The engine air filter was packed with dust, the whole housing was full of a thick powder. I had to vacuum it out then wiped the housing down with a wet cloth. I tried to buy new air filters but the two shops i tried didn't have any in stock. Ill order them online. Before i put the filters back I vacuumed them and cleaned them the best I could, it was amazing the amount of dirt i got out of them. It might be a placebo but i swear the car runs a lot better, I vacuumed out the car interior and cleaned the dash and with the clean cabin filter the car feels like im in a  clinical dust free zone.

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A couple weeks ago, I filled up with fuel from a newly built gas station, and about 50 kms away the engine just died, leaving me to coast the the side of the road. I shut the ignition off until the ECU ran down (takes about 20 seconds I think). Restarted the car and kept driving. Check engine light was now on. I managed to limp the car home the remaining ~150km, having to "reset" it a few more times along the way. I noticed that it tended to cut out when I was accelerating. 

Thinking I had water in the fuel or something I added some treatment but that didn't help on the jaunt between home and my shop the next day and I had to reset the car again. Once hooked up to STAR I read the code was low pressure in the fuel manifold or something to that effect. 

So I replaced the fuel filter / water separator, luckily I had one on the shelf waiting to go in.

When I cut the old filter open I found that the element was badly collapsed, so it was surely clogged right up to generate enough pressure differential to collapse the filter element like that.

So, a bad batch of fuel from the new gas station, or it was just due, take your pick, probably a bit from column A and a bit from column B. Anyway it was a reminder for me, and I'll be ordering a couple more filters to do the other smarts in the fleet which are probably similarly over-due for replacement (none of them came with a service history when purchased).

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It looks like the fuel got too hot and melted the element.  Were you running the tank really low?

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Not particularly, I normally don't end up with less than 4.0-4.5L, often I don't even get that low as most of my travels are long distances and I'll "top off" before leaving. No signs of thermal damage to the fuel hoses, O-rings, etc which were all in good shape. Hasn't been particularly hot here either, 10-20C mostly. But who knows, could be that the restriction from the filter being clogged, and the resulting low rate of fuel flow meant the high pressure pump had to work extra hard and got the fuel extra hot.

 

Come to think of it I didn't check the brand of the filter I took out, but it seemed to have been changed at least once before in the car's life (worm gear clamps on the fuel hoses). It had a black housing with a silver top like a MANN though.

There was quite a bit of junk in the fuel that backwashed out of the housing when I dumped it out into a clear container.

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After thorough cleaning of switch contacts, apply battery pole grease and the switches will outlast you. 

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I agree with Tolsen. I have a tube of Permatex dielectric grease that I bought about 10 years ago. I apply it to everything electrical to prevent corrosion and arcing. It's also high-temp so you can use it on spark plug boots also. 

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Met up with Barry, Graham, Bob, Tina, Lyn and Leonie.  All the way from Australia, they have shipped their 1960 Peugeot 403 to North America for another big overland adventure!  California-Alaska-eastern Canada-southern USA via Route 66.  This car has driven all over the world, 400,000+ km.

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Its been awhile since I've posted...After 1.5 years of the car sitting in the corner in pieces, finally got enough motivation to put it back together!

 

With the help of kdubya's STAR machine, I installed/activate a tach, installed a hitch that was laying around, repaired a few cracked panels, charged up the A/C, and had a friend wrapped the car.

 

Though it is officially for the school's marketing department, I get to drive it once in awhile. Missed these little smart cars a lot.

 

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