Duck

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  1. [*]The parking pawl is actuated mechanically, via a flexicable running from the gear selector lever back to the transmission. It is not actuated electically! [*]There are two gear selector drums and motors. [*]Maximum allowable torque is 120 Nm. [*]The gear selector drum motors feedback position to the control module via a shaft encoder using Hall-effect sensors, not a potentiometer as in the 450. If the drum overshoots the desired position, it will self-correct (simulated servomotor). [*]The gear selection drum motor is deactivated after the shift cycle is complete, and held in place with a ball detent on the drum. [*]The transmission itself incorporates it's own internal r/min sensor, for the purposes of better clutch synchronization. I'm impressed with the design and concept of function of the new transmission, but not in it's execution. From an operator's standpoint, it doesn't seem to offer any advantages over the original unit (ie, no reduction in shift times). That's dissapointing. But mechanically it is just as beautiful as the original. -Iain
  2. I made this video for a friend of mine to show how to lubricate the clutch actuator. One of the easiest things you can do to extend the life of one of the main wear components on your car. Cheers, -Iain
  3. Still sitting dead for another year in the driveway at ~315 000 km...
  4. I bought a bike this spring (Trek Verve 3), and thought I did pretty good for a "newb" at 1000 km. I guess that's nothing! Well done Mike! There are fantastic trails in Kitchener-Waterloo and the main purpose of my cycling is to keep tabs on Light Rail construction.
  5. Is it OK to put stock 450 rims+tires on a 451?
  6. Looking for a set of used steel rims (or alloys for the right price) for a Gen2 gasser; with or without winter rubber on them.
  7. I'll answer my own question; looks like yup, according to some of the review videos coming out of the US o' A. Woot!
  8. Does anyone know if you'll be able to get the 453 electric drive with a glass (polycarbonate) roof? I'm thinking the 451 ED was never offered that option.
  9. Right on! How does one go about reserving? There doesn't appear to be any reference on the official website. Ahhh, gotcha. I met up with Dragon on the weekend and she let me take hers for a rip. Totally hooked! Pondering.
  10. Thanks Glenn! How'd you get your hands on one already? I couldn't find any info on thesmart.ca website.
  11. Will the 453 Electric Drive be coming to Canada?
  12. Just wondering, how come the ED isn't on the thesmart.ca website? It only has the 453 "Nosebear" gasser. Have they discontinued the 451/ED in Cnada?
  13. Looking through my records, my car's had 0W40, 5W40, 5W30... I read about all the different grades but still don't get it.My car's got relatively high mileage and I suspect lossy compression; starts bad or not at all in cold weather (sounds like there's blow-by). What oil should I be using? Thinner so it can coat easily, or thicker so it can clog the gaps?Thanks!-Iain
  14. That's adorable and hilarious
  15. What is a nose bear?
  16. Okay! So today, I finally got around to installing the mudguards on the front of my car. I'm over at my parents house right now for the holidays, so we thought it'd be a good chance to take a look and get them installed. Using Frognostril's guide on MBCanada.com as a reference, we got started. Turning the wheels all the way to the side for access to the side seemed to be the best idea at first, but you'll see later what we ended up doing for the other side...! Here's the area where we started on the front left mudguard. We dry fit the mudguard first just to get a basic idea of where it'd be going. We marked with a pencil along the same lines as Frognostril's suggestions and cut away the excess material... Cut cut cut... Dry fit again. I don't really like how that looks actually... I think this looks a bit better. I'll scan this in or whatever later, but here's the extra bit that I cut out from the right mudguard (which I cut before installing the left one). My dad drilled the pilot holes in the side, which was a bugger to get in at with the tire in the way. But they went in alright. Well, the first two did, anyway. For the third screw which goes into the rocker panel, we were both a bit stumped as to what was the best way to go about locating it... so we took it off, made a template, and started over. This worked really well, and we were able to re-use the template on the oposite side. Right side? Yeah, tire's coming off. Template! Lots of access room now. The fitted right mudguard. And voila, done. The left one took honestly 2 hours. The right one took all of 5-10 minutes with the template and taking the wheel off! Definatley the right way to go. I'm anxious to see how well these work, I'm optimistic that they'll be great! Thanks again to everyone for their suggestions and help leading up to this. Hopefully this will help a bit if anyone else hasn't done it yet! -Iain
  17. LOL, I bet MB is shitting their pants right now... I kind of admire VW actually - emissions testing is totally bogus right now because it doesn't measure emissions - it's all done through OBD and nothing coming out of the tailpipe is actually measured. They just said "Well fuck you back!" to the system.
  18. Car started making an erratic "clicking" noise under my feet while driving from time to time. Sounds like a relay closing and opening, mostly noticeable when letting off the accelerator (coasting/overrunning) and never occurs while at a stop. It's almost like that little "Brake check" routine that the car does a few seconds after moving off when you first turn it on, but a bit more pronounced (maybe because it happens when I'm not expecting to hear that little check routine). After a few minutes of driving, the Orange Triangle and (ABS) lights come on... What is under the driver's feet from a mechanical standpoint - is that the brake booster? Is that powered by an electric motor or something? Could a tooth missing on the tacho wheel that the little prox switch picks up for ABS be missing and that would cause it to fritz out? (if that were the case though, I suppose the triangle would flash like it does when ABS/ESP kick in)... -Iain
  19. I don't think it's the brake switch; the brake relay is over on the right-hand (passenger) footwell, and it's a very different kind of click (much louder, harder).
  20. Does the whole "check the engine mounts!" thing still apply in the 451? That was the thing people always used to freak out over in the 450's.
  21. What's wrong with that? They probably put hundreds of hours of hard work into it.
  22. Not today, but this weekend (eh, it still counts) - Went up to the Big Chute Marine Railway and drove around up North of Barrie for the rest of the day, 700 km or something. Just perfect weather here right in SW Ontario right now. Getting the "quit taking pictures and unlock the damn car" look here from the husbear. No one else wanted to park in this spot... still love doing this, haha
  23. Yep, every day is something new - I absolutely love working in automation. Never get tired of watching our systems come to life. I feel pretty damn lucky that my Venn diagram of interests, skills and career is pretty much a circle.
  24. Thanks, I enjoyed that.