"I just had what I hope was a false alarm over the upstream lambda sensor.
Story goes like:
Tuesday it rained a lot. Car was parked at the office in the rain all day. Tuesday afternoon the car started very rich and nearly coughed it's…"
I can see how the problem can easily occur... in fact by my understanding, it would be hard to avoid. (I don't have MHD on my 2008 pulse; have only test driven MHD stopping on level roads).
The inherent problem is in timing the engine…"
"Look on the Evilution smart car site: http://www.evilution.co.uk/index.php?id=493
Gives a good illustrated guide... and as they say... disconnect the battery and wait a while for the side airbags in the seat to deactivate before doing anything. That…"
"Your best bet is to either remove the old one and take it to a battery centre; or look at it and note the amp hour rating, width, depth and height and terminal postion... then go to either a smart service centre or a good battery centre.
It's not just volume of smarts in Europe..
The fault lies with smart USA and the special transmission shift and programming for North America.
France, UK, Australia... in fact most the world, have the original transmission shift…"
Manchester UK, not Manchester NH?
smart 450 (pre 2008) with engine replacement?
If you have to rev it a lot before it starts moving in first, then it's probably a clutch adjustment or faulty clutch servo. If the engine has been…"
It seems that the smart USA 451 gear shift lever and programming are a kluge... a variant pasted together for the US market. The shift lever is different to the Euro / World shift which only has N and R on the right and push to the left for 1…"
I'm curious which component is causing the most grief; aka:
1) the USA shift lever, programming and associated electronics?
2) the clutch mechanism - servo failure, clutch plate failure?
3) mechanical innards - inside the gearbox?
My dealer finally got a Brabus, so they now have a price list for the special bits. Brace yourself: Front Lower Skirt = $499. USD. Rear Fender Mouldings = $113. per side (!) Yikes! It's good to sell smarts! Hey Detroit, check THIS out!
That's interesting that smart will deliver anywhere IF you have the part number. I have tried to order a Brabus part, but my dealer can't access that order until they have a VIN to enter into the computer, and since the Brabus has not yet been delivered to my dealer, they can't order the part or see the part or price the part. Since we don't get the Pulse here, those tires will probably be locked out of our U.S. parts list.
I have a set of 6 spoke pulse wheels on my smart and I love it. The problem is that my smart passion came with 155 in the front and 175 in the back. Not a good ride so I replaced them with pulse 175 in front and 195 in the back. But the problem that I am having is what is the proper preasure for pulse tires? I need your help on that. Please let me know what is recomended tire presure for pulse 6 spoke tires. Thank you, Dan
Ian, take the tow eye bolt that comes with your smart (under the carpeted foot well, passengers side) and show it to a machine shop. they can decipher the pitch of the treads and duplicate it for you. I you are going to put something lightweight back there I'd use a good hard aluminum. If used to design a towing contraption... use steel. they will use a round rod blank in the lathe and in minutes come up with your "bolt"
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