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Thread: Roadster - Losing Gear When Stopped, Now Failing to Find It too

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    Roadster - Losing Gear When Stopped, Now Failing to Find It too

    Hi All,

    I'm looking for a bit of help and advice if possible. I have an 07, Roadster Finale... Its my second roadster, so I do know they are prone to a few things, but I'm also quite lacking in mechanical ability and knowledge....

    I've had a look around the forum and found a few things that do refer to something similar, but was hoping to get some more expert advice from people here.

    Few weeks ago, I noticed as I was crawling along in traffic, sometimes the roadster would appear to have slipped out of any gear. The display was blank where it would normally show N or the gear number, and as I accelerated (or tried) there was nothing there. It seemed to happen as I was slowing for traffic, or a roundabout, like it got confused on which gear it wanted to be in, or just lost it all together.

    It wasn't to much of an issue until I pulled out into a roundabout and realised I had nothing to play with, that's when I figured I better get it looked at.

    On Friday, I got a new development.... This time, it didn't lose the gear or display, it made out it was fine in 1st gear, however when I accelerated, there was nothing but revs... almost like I was accelerating but with the clutch held down.... then suddenly it sprung off in a jump, found its gear and set off. This happened several times, until I could find a spot to pull over. After turning the engine off for a minute, then back on, it was fine.....

    Has anyone experienced these things? or have advice on what it could be?

    I have the car booked into the garage on Wednesday, with their impression being that it could be the actuator sticking - I'd love to have some info to go to them with, so it doesn't cost me a fortune!

    Thanks

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    Hi & welcome.
    One thing I'd be looking for is chaffed wires that go to the gearbox & clutch motors, quite a common fault.
    There is a lot of info on gearbox faults on Evilution. Worth a read through for some ideas.

    http://www.evilution.co.uk/index.php...trical&mod=168

    also

    http://www.fq101.co.uk/how-to-guides/fortwo-452/gearbox

    Hope this might help.

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    I would look under the car for any loose gears.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    Thanks for the reply, and for the welcome.

    I was thinking on this last night, and the roadster has done 50k miles now - I was reading how its possible the clutch and actuator will need replacing at as low as 30k. Is it likely that I'm going to need to replace these soon? I do around 15k-20k miles a year, so if I'm going to need to replace them, is it worth just biting the bullet now and getting it done?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somni4uk View Post
    I was reading how its possible the clutch and actuator will need replacing at as low as 30k. Is it likely that I'm going to need to replace these soon? I do around 15k-20k miles a year, so if I'm going to need to replace them, is it worth just biting the bullet now and getting it done?
    Have the current problem correctly diagnosed and fixed and forget about preventative replacement of stuff that may well be aok, is my advice.
    A decent smart specialist will be able to determine the clutch status.
    You're so money supermarket and you don't even know it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinaldo_is_spam View Post
    Have the current problem correctly diagnosed and fixed and forget about preventative replacement of stuff that may well be aok, is my advice.
    A decent smart specialist will be able to determine the clutch status.
    Thanks for the advice - Does anyone happen to know a Smart specialist near to Sheffield (Yorkshire)? I knew one in Nottingham a few years back but can't for the life of me remember who/where

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