This is the SE Drive as it appears removed from the car.
The ignition ring unclips and the gear stick cover just slides off with the spring.
On each side are 3 clips, you don't need to push them in to take it apart.
It's easier tobend the walls away from the middle and pull the inside out.
This is the inside straight after sliding from the cover.
The Locking Mechanism
The smart should ALWAYS be locked in reverse when left unattended but the keys
can also be removed when the car is in neutral. It's a very simple but strong mechanism.
For starters, as is the case with most locks, you can only remove the key in one position.
Below shows the bar that locks the gear stick in position.
The ignition barrel is connected to a graduated disc, in this case,
the disc is in the on position so the pin is held up by the spring.
When the car is turned off, the graduated ring pushes the pin down
into the path of a large metal plate that attaches straight to the gear stick.
The below picture shows the SE Drive in reverse, the pin is free to move down.
The metal plate can just be seen protruding from the opening.
This shows the SE Drive in neutral, the plate is now clealy visable. Notice the cut out
from the plate, this allows the pin to drop and the key to be removed in neutral.
This shows the SE Drive with the stick pushed over to the centre of the gears.
The pin has now been covered so the key cannot be removed.
This shows the SE Drive being held towards the 'down gear' position.
The pin is just covered so the keys cannot be removed.
This shows the SE Drive being held towards the 'up gear' position.
The pin is covered so the keys cannot be removed.
The SE Drive uses a simple device of a sprung wheel and an undulating surface.
The wheel naturally sits on the highest or lowest point depending on how it is mounted.
The front of the SE Drive insert shows a ridged surface. A sprung loaded wheel
will sit securely in either side of the ridge. neutral/reverse side or + and - side.
The SE Drive doesn't use standard mechanical switches to operate the gear. The non contact switches will last much longer. These switches are called hall effect sensors.
On the end of the gear stick is a magnet, as this magnet passes over the hall effect sensors it switches them momentarily. This is sent to the SAM unit which then changes gear.
The hall effect sensors are circled in red. Circled in green is the sprung wheel
that gives the stick a positive movement from side to side.
The Difference Between Semi And Full Auto
There isn't a great deal between the semi auto and full auto SE Drive.
Below is the PCB for the semi auto.
And the picture below is the PCB for the auto, circled in red is the only difference.
This black connector has a microswitch pluged into it which switches from semi to auto.
Adding this switch is easy, the PCB is already drilled so you could solder straight to it.
The switch has no polarity so any momentary switch wired to these 2 terminals will work.
Of course if you want full auto fitted, smart will charge you for a
new SE Drive just because they didn't fit a 4p plastic connection.
Ignition Won't Turn Or Lever Won't Move
Remember, the gear lever won't move unless the key is in the ignition and turned to position 1.
If the key won't turn in the ignition, take a look at this possible fix. Here.