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and the day after the successful SAM rewiring ...

 

Tranny trouble.

It has been 'slow to shift for a while.

But today at a stop it stayed in 4th ... and would not shift or proceed

Shut it off ... could tell by the thump that the clutch re-engaged before the engine came to a complete stop.

 

It restarted after 2 cycles, and then at home consistently did the stop-thump thing.

So the actuator is now disassembled  on my workbench, waiting for a trip to CT for spray fluids.

Hoping that a thorough cleaning n re-greasing will clear what ails it.

 

Who, needs an active life, when you have an old 450 for fun !!

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and today I cleaned and regreased reassembled and reinstalled my actuator

sure is a lot quieter now

but there is still some hesitation on shifts ... minor delay on the 'new' gear showing on the indicator

but that is a secondary issue now ...

 

went for vodka

got vodka ... good

started car ... good

in gear ... good

released handbrake ... good

released footbrake ... good

ABS and ESP lights come on ... bad

shut down ... wait ... restart ... same ... deep heavy sigh

drive home, back into parking ... see there are NO brake lights .. WTF !!!

 

at least I have vodka

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Just shy of 179k km and had to replace the alternator on my 2011.  New belts went on at the same time replacing the originals.  Excellent day outside, went for a drive by the lake.

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On 2017-02-26 at 7:08 PM, cadillacman said:

ABS and ESP lights come on ... bad

shut down ... wait ... restart ... same ... deep heavy sigh

drive home, back into parking ... see there are NO brake lights .. WTF !!!

 

I rechecked the wiring outputs for the SAM plugs

Noted that N11-3.3 was for the Brake Light

 

so, out with the SAM, remove plug N11-3, visual check pins, all OK, replug

and now I have brake lights again, and no ESP or ABS

 

Upon doing this I thought that the N11-3 plug seems to seat itself with a lot less effort than I would have expected. High current connections (headlights, fuelpump) should have a more secure grip than this.

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The canada1 coupe got an early oil change today at around 102,500 kms

I need to get an air filter for it early next week

after that, it'll be time for a really good interior detail, and another annual leather treatment

I've had the car about 18 months now and driven it roughly 12,000 kms

I expect to do about 8,000 kms a year on it - it's great to burn into Vancouver with - easy parking and getting around

 

maintenance due would be preventative on the electrical system, coolant, brake fluid, and possibly a clutch relearn and lubricate the actuator....

with much other work already done by the previous owner to me, this car should be smooth sailing for a few more years without any significant bills....

 

it's still available in theory for someone who knows what it is and has $6k kicking around, but otherwise..... I'll keep it parked underground and in a well maintained state

 

 

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and after reading of some of the work other members out east are faced with, I'm sure glad to have a nice west coast car.....! but kudos to those who are keeping their 450 going even as it approaches 200,000 (and some more)

 

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We went to a photo session yesterday for our 50th anniversary.   About 5 minutes out, I made a left onto the access ramp to hwy. 401.  Put my foot on the "go" pedal ....... NOTHING!  Pulled over to the side on the ramp and checked ....... hmmmm .......... motor is running, but no go.   Then I noticed the display ....... OH NO !!!  The three bars of death!  Shut it down, counted to ten and turned it back on.  Ah, success!   All is good .... back to normal.  The rest of the trip was uneventful, but will have to see Uncle Glenn when he returns from his journey to "the rock".

 

There is a first time for everything, and up to this point, I have been lucky, I guess.

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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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On 2017-03-14 at 2:33 PM, cadillacman said:

Upon doing this I thought that the N11-3 plug seems to seat itself with a lot less effort than I would have expected. High current connections (headlights, fuelpump) should have a more secure grip than this.

 

And the brake light quit again 2 days later.

remove SAM, remove N11-3, reseat, repeat twice

OK. Car werks wonderful for 2 days

 

Day 3 ... tranny has NO indicated response to gear change requests. None.

Gear indicator is blank ... select R ... blank ... select 1 ... blank

After shutdown-pause-restart, get 3 bars and P702.

Shutdown-pause-restart, still nada ... but

I noticed by attempting to roll the car, that it actually sometimes changes gears.

 

Out with the ECU, the intercooler, jack car up, unplug all tranny wires and examine wiring, and find gear position sensor has a broken off wire.

 

Who, needs an active life, when you have an old 450 for fun !!

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Put my summer wheels back on.

Test drive ... happy happy

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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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