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    Mine is sat outside and has only been fired up...

    Mine is sat outside and has only been fired up twice since March 2019 and apart from the seized alternator that last time, no problems. The front brakes - a different story...

    Thinking about...
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    Give us some more info and maybe we can help. Is...

    Give us some more info and maybe we can help. Is it cranking not cranking etc etc?
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    Good work - result!

    Good work - result!
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    Probably just sticky. Hose in some penetrant to...

    Probably just sticky. Hose in some penetrant to the mechanism and work it with a screwdriver as John suggests. My 450 used to this when it froze in winter.
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    Yes to the above. But suspect more...

    Yes to the above.



    But suspect more brutality will be required if the drums and shoes are fused together.
    I'd skip heat unless the drum has taken hold and its centre - and much more heat -...
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    Smoke and mirrors cloaked in the Union Jack.

    Smoke and mirrors cloaked in the Union Jack.
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    My smart has been laid up outside since March...

    My smart has been laid up outside since March last year. Alternator was fine in the autumn last year. Spring time this year it isn't.
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    Should have mentioned mine never had air con - so...

    Should have mentioned mine never had air con - so no air con rad to obstruct coolant rad.
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    My experience with mine was that it never...

    My experience with mine was that it never overheated on the move - only stationary. Twice during MOT emissions tests and once stuck in heavy snow with chains on trying to get moving. Even then it was...
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    Is it in front of the coolant rad blocking...

    Is it in front of the coolant rad blocking airflow?
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    Wiring another light to eliminate the possibility...

    Wiring another light to eliminate the possibility of a chafed wire shorting is the easiest and cheapest of all the options. Start with the simple and cheap.
    If such a light still lights up then...
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    Usually there's a by-pass valve for that...

    Usually there's a by-pass valve for that eventuality.

    That it only occurs 8 minutes in might imply bearings - or an electrical short.
    If this was my car I think I'd wire in a temporary auxiliary...
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    Is the oil level correct? Absolutely correct?

    Is the oil level correct? Absolutely correct?
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    Is it more prone to the problem than at other...

    Is it more prone to the problem than at other times?
    Is it worse when up to heat?
    Does it occur during heavy cornering, braking?
  15. Result! Nice when the end's in sight - an...

    Result!
    Nice when the end's in sight - an absolute ballache until then.
  16. Best bet as far as I can see is make up a small...

    Best bet as far as I can see is make up a small jumper lead and with one end connected to the battery positive, find the fuse for the roof, remove, insert the other end of your jumper cable than try...
  17. On a 450. ...

    On a 450.

    https://www.fq101.co.uk/how-to-guides/fortwo-450/exterior/129-manual-cabrio-roof-control
  18. I don't think he's gone that far - still at the...

    I don't think he's gone that far - still at the hoping the key will turn stage.



    Straight to motor bypasses the controls for stopping it when it reaches its closed position. I wouldn't want to...
  19. For the above, safer to energise the relevant...

    For the above, safer to energise the relevant circuit directly from the battery then use the roof switches. Via the appropriate fuse is where I'd look first.

    OP: You probably need to dismantle...
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    Yep, monstrously powerful subs! The...

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    Yep, monstrously powerful subs! The old guys who've been there, done that and have the shirt and coffee mug advise that they had to fit bigger alternators - and that they've grown out of...
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    I can't quite match you on mileage but mines the...

    I can't quite match you on mileage but mines the same one that was attached to the car when it left the factory 15 years ago. Even survived being laid up from March to September without any...
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    Winter tyres on a fortwo transforms it's ability...

    Winter tyres on a fortwo transforms it's ability on snow. Ground clearance becomes the limiting factor.
    I have a set of summer and winter tyres on their own rims and the swap over is easy. If you...
  23. Thread: Quick 450

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    Don't know. Maybe I misheard - seeing as I've...

    Don't know. Maybe I misheard - seeing as I've just checked stock Blackbird output. I'll ask when next I see him.
    Whatever the power, it is seriously rapid.
    Maybe it is quieter now. When I was in...
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    I get the need for high zddp re valve gear -...

    I get the need for high zddp re valve gear - which isn't a feature of oils for petrol engines anymore (and may be the reason the oil I use in my smart which was dual use previously is now sold as an...
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    For the Cerbera and 928, what specifically do you...

    For the Cerbera and 928, what specifically do you look for in oils and do they have cats?
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