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Hi there!

 

This will be my first winter with my 2005 diesel smart car. It's been extremely cold these past few days and my car has not been able to start. I was told that leaving it plugged in for an hour in the morning before work using the block heater would help. I got the car used and unfortunately I don't really know much about cars although I'm eager to learn. There's what I'm assuming is the converter on the left front of the car, I was told the block heater was sold separately and directly from Mercedes-Benz. If anyone could provide some insight on this (ie. pictures of what either would look like?) or provide feedback on how they keep their cars going in the winter it would be much appreciated!!

 

Audrey

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Welcome to the club.

 

The '05 smart diesel doesn't come with a block heater.  The plug at the front of the car (see photo) has all the wiring to send power into the cabin near the battery.  Under the carpeting, you will find a female plug which will be "live" when the inlet at the front of the car is plugged in to household current.  It can provide power to a cabin heater (see second photo) or a battery heating pad.

 

Personally, I use an oil pan heater which was installed by "Uncle Glenn" and my car hasn't failed to start once due to the cold we've had this past week.  A short trip to London to see  "Uncle Glenn" will solve the problem of warming the engine oil.  He can install an oil pan heating pad while you wait.  Just click on the link to contact him to make an appointment.

 

Ron :bike:

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Just thought that I would chime in about what for me was a new Winter experience for my 2005 Cabriolet.

 

Christmas day at -15 C I spent one half an hour trying to get up my snowed in driveway going both forward and in reverse with the traction control intermittently turning on and off and in the process sending rooster tails of snow and ice across the street.

 

I didn't drive the car for two weeks and yesterday at -20 C even with a high current battery charger attached across the battery, the car wouldn't turn over.

 

It seems likely that I have the dreaded seized alternator issue and my only hope is that it is a result of ice build up from the rooster tails which will melt away as soon as it gets above freezing.

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Just a quick suggestion, in case you haven't already tried it.  Try 'cycling' the key on....wait for the glow plug light to go out, then shut the key off, turn it back on again .. Repeat two or three times, then try to start.

 

Good luck

 

Ron :bike:

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a battery warmer is a great idea...i dug one out of my hoard just a few days ago but havent installed it yet...i also have a silicone pad oil pan heater coming in the mail (coming from china hopefully it doest burn my car to the ground)...this is the first winter ive had hard starts...man its been cold

 

ill probably be wiring them both up to battery box cord and then removing that weird factory connector out front and replacing it with a normal male end plug

 

 

theres a thread here somewhere explaining how to make a plug to disable ESP temporarily...you just need an obd2 plug from ebay and then solder two terminals together (i dont remember which ones)....it will disable the ESP and the ABS ...only good for getting up your driveway ...you have to remove it and restart the car to safely go down the road 

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On ‎07‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 5:25 AM, Leadwing said:

Personally, I use an oil pan heater which was installed by "Uncle Glenn" and my car hasn't failed to start once due to the cold we've had this past week.  A short trip to London to see  "Uncle Glenn" will solve the problem of warming the engine oil.  He can install an oil pan heating pad while you wait.  Just click on the link to contact him to make an appointment.

 

I agree with "Leadwing". Glenn installed my oil pan heater 3 years ago and my '05 CDI has always started on the first cycle of the glow plugs..........even during the last 2 weeks of -15 to  -20 parked outside.

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Hello All. 

In the post above the 2005 doesn’t come with a block heater. Is that the same for a 2006? 

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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! Unfortunately I had to leave it at work overnight on Saturday due to the fact that it wouldn't start at all (even when attempting to jump start it). Yesterday we jump started it using a friends car, then used a charger on the battery for the afternoon and it started that evening after work.

 

I'm looking into getting an oil pan heater for it as that seems to be about the same in function as the block heater (as well as much cheaper). Hopefully it'll all work out and The Smartie will live through the winter!

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Just an update to my previous post about my car not turning over (seized) at -20 C even with a high current battery booster across the battery.

 

My speculation was that the open frame alternator had accumulated ice and snow from my 30 minutes of trying to get up my driveway which caused it to seize.

 

Today at +1 C I went out to start the car and it had no problem, first turn of the key.

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That's good to hear! I'm hoping that when I start mine this afternoon the same thing will happen :)

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