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    The 450 was originally a left hand drive car and...

    The 450 was originally a left hand drive car and therefore the wipers and demister were designed to work that way round best. When the car was converted to right hand drive, they didn't change the...
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    Test by having engine running, turn main lights...

    Test by having engine running, turn main lights on. Switch of engine and open door - buzzer should sound to remind you lights are on.

    John
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    run "system restore" on your windows 7 computer...

    run "system restore" on your windows 7 computer to put it back to a date before you noticed that your program was not working.

    John
  4. Thanks for the info. I am not sure if the local...

    Thanks for the info. I am not sure if the local garage I was hoping to use has any experience replacing a clutch on a ForTwo, but the mechanic is pretty good with the other vehicles we have given him...
  5. As far as doing it myself, No time.... Work full...

    As far as doing it myself, No time.... Work full time and then have babysitting duties at weekends now. So in general not really enough time to spend groveling under the car outside in the cold and...
  6. Current pricing / hours for replacing a clutch in a 1999 Smart City Coupe + Passion

    I realise that labour rates vary depending on the size and reputation of the company involved doing the job. What I am really after is a realistic time for replacing a clutch and cost of the parts...
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    MB Star, WinStar, and I believe a Delphi...

    MB Star, WinStar, and I believe a Delphi diagnostic unit can program keys (The first two definitely).

    John
  8. If you are using a relay to run your illegal main...

    If you are using a relay to run your illegal main beam lights, then they will not be on the fuse in the fuse box if the relay contacts are welding together because they can not cope with the current...
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    Tolsen, have you removed all the unnecessary...

    Tolsen, have you removed all the unnecessary plastics from your car to save weight for your faster acceleration? I doubt you would be able to show, even under test lab conditions, the improvement in...
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    I've been using those 17mm wheel bolts with both...

    I've been using those 17mm wheel bolts with both steel and alloy wheels for years now - no issues. Junked the 15mm ones as soon as the 17mm ones became available.

    John
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    Metal on metal grips quite well, just think of...

    Metal on metal grips quite well, just think of trains.... steel wheels on steel tracks. Also you are working against an inclined plane - the finer the thread the less slope the inclined plane has,...
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    I fitted one of the Smart front suspension clear...

    I fitted one of the Smart front suspension clear plastic covers on mine. Slit down the length and held in place with a couple of zip ties. Only reason for the slit sown the length was it was an after...
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    If you have access to a Vice, a Hammer and an...

    If you have access to a Vice, a Hammer and an Angle Grinder then it is possible to replace the UJ. Hold the steering rod in the vice. Use the angle grinder to cut the old UJ out. Use the hammer and...
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    Did mine in a day, similar to tolsen's but I just...

    Did mine in a day, similar to tolsen's but I just used a centre punch to burr the end of the holes over rather than make nice bolt on covers.
    Bought this...
  15. Remedies for a sticking hydraulic valve tappet

    I think I have a sticky hydraulic valve tappet. I wonder if there is a simple thing I can do to clear it? Something along the lines of an additive I can add to the oil maybe?

    It's either that or...
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    A "sticking" rear wheel might not be down to a...

    A "sticking" rear wheel might not be down to a sticking wheel cylinder.... It could just be the brake shoes getting stuck on a rusting drum. How often is the car used? Once a day? Once a week? Once a...
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    broken crank shaft? broken push rods? broken...

    broken crank shaft?
    broken push rods?
    broken cam shaft?
    broken flywheel bolts?

    Definitely sounds like a full engine strip down is required.

    John
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    Does it matter? Gives you more time down the...

    Does it matter? Gives you more time down the Pub...
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    Have you tried getting MB STAR to read the vin...

    Have you tried getting MB STAR to read the vin from the ECU? It might be because you are selecting the wrong model.

    John
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    Biggest headache is the connection of the two...

    Biggest headache is the connection of the two handbrake cables to the handbrake lever spring system under the car between the petrol tank and a cross brace.
    Once you have taken off the brake shoes,...
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    Have you though that it might have been you water...

    Have you though that it might have been you water pump? They are also prone to problems. Might be time to check your antifreeze concentration.

    John
  22. You could visit a Merc dealer or Independent...

    You could visit a Merc dealer or Independent Dealer with full Diagnostic kit and get the ECU software updated.

    John
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    No photos to be seen, only the dreaded...

    No photos to be seen, only the dreaded Photobucket "unlock your account" image! Think they have stoppered the workaround!

    John
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    Free shipping if you buy 4!

    Free shipping if you buy 4!
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    Obviously you have been "cutting" or "moving" the...

    Obviously you have been "cutting" or "moving" the "X"'s and "Z"'s rather than copy and pasting them. That is the only way you would have "used them up".
    Copy and paste could be use ad-infinitum!!!
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