TO Ed

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  • Birthday 01/01/1955

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  1. Our 13 year old battery simply stopped working. No flashes or warnings. Fortunately other remote still worked. Independent dollar store is cheapest place for batteries.
  2. Our 05 diesel smart ac worked until 2 years ago. (History: Was repaired once under warranty many years ago. Red tek recharged by myself to extend life about 2 years. Unfortunately even Red Tek stopped working.) So I ripped out compressor on the weekend. Saved 10 lbs weight and drag from belt. We live in Toronto where heat and humidity means car will no longer be used during hot summers. It is an old car. No point in spending $ to fix. My vote is to rip it out.
  3. Thank you tolsen! I knew you would know where to get the intercooler for the best price. I will try to fix old intercooler first. If unsuccessful will order $193 part. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  4. Tolsen thank you for the suggestion. I happen to have a MIG welder. If I weld in situ will it harm the electronics?
  5. Thank you Nigel and Willys! Excellent information. I will try fixing it. I am retired so my time is plentiful.
  6. Never thought of that! What is an emulator and how does it work?
  7. Damage looks old. Likely occurred when originally installed in car. Those fins likely do not work to provide cooling. Probably not relevant as the intercooler was over 90% plugged when removed.
  8. I have several bolts where the torx heads have rusted until there is very little left. Bolts are also seized. Two are on EGR (large and small) so can no longer remove for cleaning. 05 smart fortwo diesel in Toronto Canada where they use lots of salt on the roads during winter. One option is to grind off remaining head then use vice grips on bolt shaft in the hope it budges. Any suggestions?
  9. Day 3. After removing and cleaning intercooler found 7 vertical cooling fins worn through and another 4 with wear marks. So likely time to get a new intercooler. Dealer wants $452.31 Canadian plus 13% tax. Can't find a cheaper source. Any suggestions? Car is 05 smart fortwo diesel in Canada.
  10. We also had the older technology FleetCarma monitoring device on our smart ED. It worked well. Our i3 also had technology issues. So we received the "your specific vehicle is not supported by C2 technology" message. I suspect that C2 technology is the new compact dongle that FleetCarma is using. Our issues were resolved two days ago. So I suspect that you can expect a favourable response shortly.
  11. Catalytic converter broke loose on our 05 a few years ago. Sound drove me crazy. Dealership said they wouldn't cover it under warranty. So cut into muffler and removed the white ceramic honeycomb cat. Welded muffer back together with great difficulty. Two think layers of stainless steel are not easily welded by MIG. Got a cheap used muffler a couple of years later and replaced it. Hard starting likely due to dead or dying glow plugs. Easy to check and replace. Search on this forum for more info. Not expensive to buy.
  12. I have used a big metal hammer and whacked the cast iron drum many times to free it. Never broke the drum. Those drum are tough!
  13. Yes. $1000 is for the 5th seat. So smart ED is 3 seats short. My guess is that instead of getting $8,500 for smart you can now get $10,000. $3,000 for extra large battery will likely not apply to current smart battery. This may encourage MB to install a larger battery. Up to $1000 towards installation of L2 charger is still available.
  14. Here is a very good article on efficient refrigerators. http://solarhomestead.com/how-to-choose-a-refrigerator/
  15. They are generally quite inefficient in comparison to electric compressor models...eg...residential types. It depends on what you mean by efficient. Compressor models are far more effective at cooling compared to the weaker cooling system in an absorption refrigerator. However where the cost of the energy source comparison is between natural gas (or propane) used in the absorption system and electricity used in the compressor systems, the absorption refrigerator can be cheaper to operate.