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    If you use a screw driver in place of the bar...

    If you use a screw driver in place of the bar that is on the door jam, can you get the hook to go round the screwdriver and stay shut? If so, then loosen the screws holding the the D ring on the door...
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    Depends on which bit of the handbrake is stuck. ...

    Depends on which bit of the handbrake is stuck.

    Handbrake lever: dismantle the cowl round it. Disconnect the cables from underneath, and remove the handbrake lever and clean and lubricate until it...
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    Flush the cooling system before you start...

    Flush the cooling system before you start replacing things. Any sort of extra vibration / noise in the car? if so most likely water pump.

    John
  4. Well just checking that there is oil in it is the...

    Well just checking that there is oil in it is the first step (just because it is easy to do). What you need to know is how much oil is it using per mile - That can only be found out by making a note...
  5. I doubt it..... He has a 451 which has a...

    I doubt it..... He has a 451 which has a different roof mechanism from a 450. I don't know of any similar how to for the 451, so if he has figured it out, maybe he can post some details.

    John
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    Well, mine has had a sub fitted for the last 15...

    Well, mine has had a sub fitted for the last 15 years, so unless you are talking of very high power sub's which you obviously don't need in the small space of a Smart. There should be no need to...
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    I really don't understand why you have had to...

    I really don't understand why you have had to change the alternator every three years..... the one in my 1999 450 ha been on there from new and still works ~ 337,000km's later!

    John
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    They have paid the bill as it is back online.

    They have paid the bill as it is back online.
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    Domain expired - no money to pay the bill?

    Domain expired - no money to pay the bill?
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    The extra cable could be for the Air Conditioning...

    The extra cable could be for the Air Conditioning unit - does it have a green connector on the end?

    Does the belt "squeal" - make noise when you rev the engine? If yes, then it probably needs a...
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    I am sure others will agree that there is no way...

    I am sure others will agree that there is no way the starter motor overheating could be the cause of the engine cutting out.... Sounds like they don't know what is causing the problem and have...
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    Have you had the codes read on a suitable...

    Have you had the codes read on a suitable diagnostic platform? Something like a STAR or a Delphi? Although your car should be fully compliant with the OBD standard, there might still be some things...
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    This happens even if you don't remove the seat as...

    This happens even if you don't remove the seat as the connector is known to come apart and obviously produces the same effect. Plenty of posts detailing the issue and the fix - some cable ties to...
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    Put a bit of tape on the fuse which blows, that...

    Put a bit of tape on the fuse which blows, that way you can see which fuse to pull out quickly.
    As to why it blows, obviously it is getting excess current draw. Usually frayed wire ends or chaffed...
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    Could be cam chain? Try lifting the cam chain off...

    Could be cam chain? Try lifting the cam chain off the sprocket - the slipper auto tensioner is known to break.

    John
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    450's suffer from the alternator seizing, the...

    450's suffer from the alternator seizing, the rear brakes sticking, clutch seizing and flat batteries if left to sit for too long in this country. So, if you have the time, the skill, the space, the...
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    Run the engine every other day get it up to...

    Run the engine every other day get it up to normal running temperature - go for a drive round the block to make sure the brakes don't seize.

    John
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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
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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
  25. 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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