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@  Francesco : (01 August 2015 - 12:39 AM) I forget who in the NCR was printing SGII brackets. max? It's that time of year when the heat inside my parked smart causes the heavy duty Velcro to unglue from both surfaces, which puts strain on the wonky RJ45 and causes the SAM to throw a P0113 code...
@  marchanna : (28 July 2015 - 11:51 AM) Yup. Sometimes the simplest is the best.
@  Mike T : (28 July 2015 - 11:07 AM) Best idea yet!
@  marchanna : (28 July 2015 - 08:39 AM) It fits nicely in the back of the Benz if I put the seats down. I just thought it would be novel to put it on the back of the Smart.
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 08:10 PM) Or wheelie bars
@  Mike T : (27 July 2015 - 08:07 PM) Preferably, use a larger vehicle.
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 08:05 PM) I would think a trailer is your only option. The physics is just wrong in a couple of dimensions to be hanging 300 lbs behind the rear wheels
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 07:27 PM) Check it out: can-drift.com
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 07:21 PM) It's an electric drift trike. I wanted to see if I could fab a vertical rack on the back of the Smart. The trike weighs about 200lbs - I could probably build an aluminum rack as light as 50lbs - but that still the exceeds the tongue weight of the hitches, thought maybe the towing bolt holes could hold a little more weight.
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 04:50 PM) even the trunk weight is recommended to be no more than 50 kg...
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 04:49 PM) Wow, I have no idea what you're attempting but that sounds like too much weight for the rear of the smart altogether, not just for the two bolts.
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 08:01 AM) I want to hold about 300lbs across of them.
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 07:59 AM) Yes
@  Francesco : (27 July 2015 - 07:43 AM) Vertical?
@  marchanna : (27 July 2015 - 06:32 AM) Anyone know how much load the towing eye bolt hold in the rear bumper of a 451 can carry?
@  NelsonSmart : (19 July 2015 - 11:59 AM) The ECU computer will have to be set with Star or Equiv to get light off.
@  Surturiel : (19 July 2015 - 10:10 AM) all, and all, the only damage was sustained by the tire (that was old already)(aside, of course, from the airbag...)
@  Surturiel : (19 July 2015 - 10:09 AM) yep, talk about overreaction. i hit the curb, the airbag blows up on my ear, and the car shuts down...
@  dmoonen : (19 July 2015 - 06:58 AM) Lol air bag went off? That's a bit drastic. The car shuts down in a case of an accident so cycling the key makes sense.
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 09:43 PM) (with the airbag...)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 09:43 PM) anyone have by any chance an used passenger seat for a 450 fortwo, passion? (dark gray)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:08 PM) turns out that you have to turn everything ( including the hazards) off to get the car to work again...)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:07 PM) (I mean, the car just DIED. I was there, stunned, trying to figure out why I couldn't get it running)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:05 PM) (that thing surely is loud, got me half deaf for a while. Also, the whole smart crash routine got me REALLY startled)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:02 PM) but do I need to do anything aside from replacing the airbag to get the light off?
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:01 PM) springs and everything
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 08:01 PM) will service the suspension soon
@  Mike T : (18 July 2015 - 07:17 PM) check the toe setting
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:41 PM) (the front wheel and suspension are fine, the tire needed to be replaced)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:40 PM) so, aside from needing to replace the airbag itself, do I need to do anything special to get the light off? (time to find a used passenger grey 450 seat)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:38 PM) (the seat one)
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:38 PM) but my smart, being the overprotective nanny that it is, decided that my integrity was at risk and BLEW UP THE SIDE AIRBAG !
@  Surturiel : (18 July 2015 - 04:37 PM) i hit a curb (because I'm a blind dumbass that misjudged the curb height) 

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Remove Old Oil Stains From Asphalt Driveway?


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#1 bilgladstone

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

Lots of professional car guys in here... in your experience, what is the best way to remove year-old oil spots from my asphalt parking space? Something where I don't have to do a whole lot of scrubbing? I can't reach the area with a hose, but I guess I can haul water buckets to rinse away residue.

And once I get the worst off, what is the best thing to put down outdoors to prevent oil spotting? Maybe something I can just leave lying on the space that won't blow away... It's a rental space, so I can't use asphalt sealer or the like.

Looking for a low-effort, low-cost solution.

[Please don't tell me to just fix my car]

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:03 PM

I have the same problem, but it is more of an oil puddle mixed with brake fluid, left by years of old cars, and on top of paving stones (the brick colour kind). I once used some Canadian Tire oil/degreaser with zero results. It kind of made the oil spot shinier at best.Pizza boxes are OK for a temporary fix, but wind will make them fly unless you filled them with stones.PS. Fixing your car sounds like the easy, lazy way. There's got to be a better option ;)
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:45 PM

Detergents like clothes washing powder will do some good. Get one of those heavy rubber floor mats with fuzzy stuff on it to catch your oil vent tube juice, they will never blow away.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:36 PM

Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product. Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.

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#5 bilgladstone

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:35 PM

Thanks guys! Might be time to bite into the balance of my courtesy card at Princess Auto and pick up some WD-40, a brush & bucket combo, and some kind of rubber matting. As a responsible tenant, I owe it to the housing association to keep my parking space clean.Bil :sun:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

http://www.jelmar.com/CLRgrease.htm have had good success with this, Can Tire sells it. other option is kitty litter, spread some down. it will absorb oil and will pick up a bit from the asphalt. clean up and spread some new stuff every few weeks
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#7 bilgladstone

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:16 AM

I think I'll begin with the cat litter - I can get that at the grocery store a block from the house. I suppose any old clay-based litter will do.B :sun:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

whatever you do with it, make sure NO to dispose of it in the toilet. Don't ask how I know that's a bad idea :unsure:
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

Bil, Home depot ( at least) sells an oil remover for when you are going to seal your driveway, I used it on ours before I sealed it, my spots were a few years old thoug, so it didn't remove everything ( and since I was sealing it, I wasn't worried about the stain itself so much as making sure the sealer would adhere to the spot), on the newer spots it did seem to remove most if not all of the traces o of the spots, it wasn't too expensive and at the very least will not damage the pavement. You just spray it on wait the specified time and rinse it off, for stubborn stains you can s rub a bit too as I recall ( will check out the bottle instructions when I get a chance). Hope that you can keep your spot clean ( and your landlord happy that you are a responsible tenant).
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

Among the thousands of uses for WD-40, stain removal is up there as a very effective use for this versatile product. Just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it soak for around 30 minutes. Then rub in a little dish soap and wash off.

Be sure to test that first. Even diesel fuel will dissolve asphalt and I would think that WD-40 would too. I have had the same problem on our driveway. Canadian tire sell a product that works if stain is not too old. http://www.canadiant...l.jsp?locale=en Write up here: http://joneakes.com/...-actually-works I have also used Simple Green or some type of Citrus cleaner I had . Anything that is water based is safest to use. When spill is new, kitty litter will soak it up quickly. I use cardboard to catch drips, but that is in garage . I also have some plastic trays that I found somewhere that I use if I know where a drip is. If you Google you can find oil drip trays from metal or heavy plastic. Like these: http://www.aircrafts...s/drippan24.php There are also rolls of oil absorbent material available. Just not too sure how well it would work outdoors, but it does work on a mix of water and oil in boats. Something like this: https://www.cleanups...oor-mat-s/2.htm. I need to do something myself - smart doesn't leak, but my two older cars both have small drips. Good Luck with it!
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:29 PM

Outdoors is a real problem. Since I started addressing this question, it's either been raining or snowing!B :sun:
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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

Uh...why not just roll used oil all over the driveway so that they all stain the same? then clean up the slippery stuff with some oil absorber?

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:35 AM

Not a terrible idea! Solvents like gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, hydraulic and brake fluid will dissolve bituminous asphalt concrete in a hurry, but oil drips (and Bil's PCV sludge) will just bind with the bitumen and the pulverized kitty litter (or "OilAbsorb" product, both based on bentonite clay and possibly diatomaceous earth) will actually stabilize the concrete. ;) A couple of oil changes' worth should cover a normal two-car driveway, but it will need quite a bit of OilAbsorb to pick up the excess, and -- legally speaking -- the oily kitty litter must now be disposed of properly, usually at a hazardous waste centre.My neighbour across the street parks one of his vehicles on my driveway's "fifth spot" throughout the winter in exchange for a big discount on snow clearing services (he runs two tractors with blowers and serves about 300 local driveways). Bad luck for me, one of his vehicles (tractors, 2003 F150, 1996 Camry) has left a huge oil stain in that spot over the winter. Next door (Service Foreman) Neighbour suggested spinkling it with Tide laundry powder and pulverizing it in, then letting it dissolve the oil gradually with each rainfall, and finally getting the driveway oil spot remover from Rona/Home Depot and using a pressure washer to power it out.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 07:10 PM

Easiest way to remove oil stains from a driveway is to pour coke in it. The acid in the coke will keep disolving the oil until it is gone. This is according to a post IT received on facebook to solve cleaning problems easily. It is worth a try. :D


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:43 PM

Problem is, things that dissolve the oil will also dissolve the bitumen tarmac driveway... :scratch:Addendum: OK, I googled the Coca-Cola idea and it might be worth a try. Coke and kitty litter. Yummy!Bil :sun:

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:23 AM

Coke won't work but to attract ants.That email has been making the rounds since email has existed. Oh, which reminds me. I have to reply to that Nigerian prince!

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:33 AM

Noooo! He's promised to share his inheritance with ME! :bangin:
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:36 AM

Do ants like oil? There might be something there... Genetically modified ants. I wonder if DuPont already has a patent on that one?
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