451 smart fortwo

smart Car

My wife is having a problem with her car not going in to gear. It generally seems to show up when she is trying to quickly shift from forward to reverse like in doing a 3 point turn or parallel parking. When this happens it does not go into gear. You can move the shift lever to forward or reverse gas it and nothing happens. After several restarts generally it will go into gear. It has only happened once while I was around and cleared itself up with the first restart so I am not sure if it was a brake pedal depress or what that cleared the problem. This seams like it could be a potentially dangerous problem... Any ideas?

Views: 2179

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

You may want to look up the gear shifter lube issue. Sounds like the issue people are having with lubracation.
A 3 point turn in a smart???? Come on.....Sounds like tha same problem a lot of people have had. I ahve been lucky so far....
I got my car in September 2008. I was having the same problem. They had it in the shop and had to replace something. (I can't remember but I'm thinking something to do with the clutch). They got the part in but then realized they had to have a special tool to put it in so they had it a few extra days. No problems since they fixed the problem. Said it was something they discovered after my car had left the assembly line.
Thanks Barbara... That is the conclusion I came to through my research. This is not a gear shifter issue. The lever you can always move the lever as I stated. Also it is not a 3 bar engine management issue. Don't get the 3 bars... I saw somewhere that they needed to swap out the existing clutch with one of a different material. However, I am still trying to get it into the shop.
Change your wife, problem solved...................If that dose'nt work you must rember that the car must be at a standstill with the brake pedal pressed, I don't know what the difference is in the states but reading this forum you seem to be having a lot of problems with the shift lever not engaging a gear. I am a 10 year veteran Smart owner and am now on my 4th Smart sence 1999 and all i have ever had to do was change the filter and oil..................
If it is a problem with the Smart and not your wife take it back and demand a replacement car until its fixed free of charge.

Roger
Roger, good to hear you believe the smart to be a reliable car. We will soon see how the 451 holds up. My wife averages around 40k miles a year. So it won't take long. The car we replaced was a 2000 Subaru still going strong after over 250K miles. I had to have the front axles replaced once (CV Joints), did the timing belt twice and I have went through some brake pads and a couple of batteries. If I can get the same reliability out of the smart I will be more than happy. As to the shifting issue, The gear lever issue I believe is that it pretty much locks up... will not move. Mine will move but will not engage a gear. Some times even after multiple restarts and pushing the brake pedal down very forcefully.

Darin
Hi Darin
I hope you are correct.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

smart 451 ECU Tuning


SMART MADNESS ECU Tuning

MADNESS GoPedal

Members

Latest Activity on 451s

SMART MADNESS posted a discussion

Team Dynamics Wheels for smart

Give your smart a whole new look and improve the handling at the same time with the newest style of…See More
10 hours ago
SMART MADNESS posted a discussion

Need a Baggage Compartment Cover?

A must have item for your smart fortwo!Keep your valuables safe and out of prying eyes with this…See More
yesterday
SMART MADNESS replied to SMART MADNESS's discussion 2016 Smart ForTwo Brabus Spotted
"Should be here in the Fall, if not - 1st quarter 2016 "
Friday
George replied to SMART MADNESS's discussion 2016 Smart ForTwo Brabus Spotted
"Nice........when will we get it in the states?"
Friday

smartCar on Facebook/Twitter

© 2015    

Badges  |  Bug Report  |  Terms of Service

Disclaimer: This is a user generated "Web 2.0" community, smart GmbH, smart USA and smart Canada are not responsible for the maintenance or creation of this page.
All brand names and/or trademarks used are for reference only and are the property of their respective holders.