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    Question Kangaroo Smart

    Hello everyone, I'm new to this so please be patient! My Fortwo Passion (Smartypants) has a problem with slow-moving traffic on steep hills. This is annoying as I live at the top of a steep hill! If I am caught in traffic (or snow/ice) and have to move very slowly/stop/start for any length of time, uphill, the engine starts to chug and 'kangaroo jump'. On one occasion, it totally cut out and was difficult to re-start. It sounds to me (in my complete ignorance of motors, engines, etc) that the engine is being starved of fuel even though the tank is more than half-full. Can anyone help with an explanation or, better still, a remedy please?

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    Sounds like an actuator problem, watch this space and I'll try and find you a link.

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    I recon it could be the clutch needing an electronical and manual adjustment.
    Costs 20-50 and resets the bite points.
    Also worth greasing the actuator first, if possible take it off to do:
    http://www.evilution.co.uk/index.php?id=533

    Then do this and make sure you take it to someone like cheqeuredflag for an electronic adjustment.
    http://www.fq101.co.uk/how-to-guides...-actuator.html
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    If you feel confident enough, you could try this simple remedy before taking it further

    http://www.fq101.co.uk/how-to-guides...-actuator.html

    If not, try and get it to a garage who can run a diagnostic for you. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell you where your nearest independant is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPoo View Post
    If you feel confident enough, you could try this simple remedy before taking it further

    http://www.fq101.co.uk/how-to-guides...-actuator.html

    If not, try and get it to a garage who can run a diagnostic for you. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell you where your nearest independant is.
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    I did this job with no previous mechanical knowledge and found it quite easy and it made such a difference. The car also felt alot quicker afterwards due to being adjusted properly. It cost me 10 for the brake cleaner and grease plus 20 for the adjustment so wasn't too pricey.
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    Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions. Smartypants is booked in for a service and her first MOT in a couple of weeks time so I will mention it to the garage then. I daren't touch it myself! Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsosmartypants View Post
    Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions. Smartypants is booked in for a service and her first MOT in a couple of weeks time so I will mention it to the garage then. I daren't touch it myself! Thanks again.
    Where have you booked it in??

    It's a B service, remind them that it's 6 plugs, not three!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsosmartypants View Post
    Hello everyone, I'm new to this so please be patient! My Fortwo Passion (Smartypants) has a problem with slow-moving traffic on steep hills. This is annoying as I live at the top of a steep hill! If I am caught in traffic (or snow/ice) and have to move very slowly/stop/start for any length of time, uphill, the engine starts to chug and 'kangaroo jump'. On one occasion, it totally cut out and was difficult to re-start. It sounds to me (in my complete ignorance of motors, engines, etc) that the engine is being starved of fuel even though the tank is more than half-full. Can anyone help with an explanation or, better still, a remedy please?
    If you are wheel spinning then it suddenly finds grip it will stall. Mine does it all the time.
    If your problem is there when there's plenty grip - then fault with car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPoo View Post
    Where have you booked it in??

    It's a B service, remind them that it's 6 plugs, not three!!
    Also only smart/a smart independent can adjust the clutch as it requires special software. If it's smart/merc themselves, I doubt they'd regrease the actuator and would probably just bill you for a new one (200 part alone!). If you go to an indie, they'd probably regrease and adjust it if you asked them to.

    http://www.chequeredflaguk.co.uk/
    Or http://www.puresmart.co.uk/

    Are the 2 indies I know of in kent. My personal choice would be the second if they have the software to change the clutch, if not they might be able to regrease it and drive it somewhere for an adjustment.
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