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    Default Smart wont go into gear

    Today i was driving as normal when my smart fortwo (2003) started to make a 'rattle' sound as if the exhaust was loose whil idling at about 900rpm, i checked and all was fine so continued on my way then about 30mins later the car started to 'donkey and loose power then gain power in low revs.
    I stopped then pulled over, turned the car off and back on then the car wouldnt go into gear, it tries and you can feel a thumping sound from the engine as it tries to put it into gear but nothing happens.
    Then 3 horizontal lines show in the (N) position.

    Any advise on what could be wrong would be very much appreciated as my local smart garage aint open till monday now and need the car.

    P.S where do you fill the gearbox oil up on them as i cant find a duct, is the engine oil and gearbox oil 'as one'??

    Gav


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    Default Re: Smart wont go into gear

    Quote Originally Posted by gav213 View Post

    Any advise on what could be wrong would be very much appreciated as my local smart garage aint open till monday now and need the car.


    http://www.fq101.co.uk/faq/444-i-hav...isplay-is.html

    Don't bother with the oil unless you have had an obvious leak, but if you really want to , there's a how to on that same site.

    It's a semi auto (A manual cog box) , not a true auto, so oil will not have a effect on operation at all (Unless it's bone dry or something )
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    Default Re: Smart wont go into gear

    Thanks for that, quite a good site that(i like the pictures), il be out first thing 2moro morning to make the best of the light so i can see what im doing, im not very good with cars so dont really know what to do but il have a look at those manuals and see what possible problems i can eliminate.
    i hope its not going to be too costly.
    engine ticks over perfect so its definatly a gearbox issue.

    Is such problems rather common with smart fortwos?

    With regards to the excessive clutch wear, it only has 69k on the clock, is that considered alot of miles for one of these?

    Gav

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    Default Re: Smart wont go into gear

    Quote Originally Posted by gav213 View Post
    With regards to the excessive clutch wear, it only has 69k on the clock, is that considered alot of miles for one of these?

    Gav
    Clutches can go at any time really, sooner if badly adjusted in the first place

    Clutch adjustment check should be done fairly regularly to keep on top of it.

    A star diagnosis machine (at the indies or merc) can tell you how much % adjustment is left before it's 'unadjustable'

    Three lines isn't uncommon, though not widespread . Same with the clutch really , but it's a seven year old car , anything could be worn/broken
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    Default Re: Smart wont go into gear

    well clutch adjustment is the first thing il check then, is there any specialist tools that i need for this job or would a spanner suffice?

    you can feel it trying to put it into gear as the engine rocks and makes a thumping sound.

    if it was the clutch would i not have felt it 'on the way out' as it seems odd how it would just go all of a sudden?

    i know its only speculation at the moment as to whats wrong with it but im useless with stuff like this so trying to act like a sponge and absort as much info as possible before i start.

    Gav

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    Default Re: Smart wont go into gear

    It's clutch actuator adjustment that does the adjustment, take a search on FQ for clutch actuator and you'll find several articles on it. Like so http://www.fq101.co.uk/component/search/clutch%2Bactuator.html?ordering=&searchphrase=all

    I'd start there, a sticking actuator or poor wiring to it would cause 'odd' operation that you're experiencing
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