450 Dash Pods
The Fortwo can have a clock and a rev counter fitted onto the dash.
On the rear of the clock pod are two buttons.
Single presses of either button will alter the clock back or forward by one minute.
Holding either button down for more than two seconds will allow the time to to
be adjusted at a faster rate.
The clock can be rotated to suit the driver.
The clock illuminates when the headlights are turned on.
Installing A Clock Pod
Remove the safety triangle from the top of the dash and slide the foot of the clock in place. Use 3 screws to hold it down, the holes are already in the top of the dash hidden by the safety triangle. Look at the base of the safety triangle you will see two electrical connections, the clock plugs into the smaller of the two connections.
It has been noted by a some that the clock can start losing time, sometimes losing hours every day. The fault has been tracked down to one or more of the solder points drying up and cracking.
This generally happens because of the vibration through the car and years of heating up during the day and cooling down at night. Click here to see how to fix this fault.
The only way to fix it is to dismantle the clock and get out your soldering iron to remelt all the joints.
If the clock doesn't work at all then you should look at the connector and wiring, multimeter time.
The rev counter, believe it or not, shows the revolutions per minute of the engine.
Correctly using the rev counter will help you save fuel and reduce the stress on the engine. It’s best to keep the revs around 2000 – 3000 during normal driving.
The rev counter can be rotated to suit the driver.
The rev counter illuminates when the headlights are turned on.
Installing A Rev Counter
Remove the speedo pod and the safety triangle. Slide the foot of the rev counter in place and screw it into the existing holes with 3 screws. The green wired connection plugs into the rear of the speedo. Running the cable is easier if you lift the front of the dashboard up but that involves a lengthy disassembling. See here.
Once the rev counter is in place and wired up there is a good chance it won’t do anything except light up with the other dash lights. If it doesn’t work you will have to have it activated at smart. There seems to be no set price for the activation but some will charge a full hour for labour plus the dreaded VAT on top of everything.
Rev Counter Problems
If it doesn't work and never has then chances are you just need to have it activated
at your local smart dealer. If it used to work and then stopped, check the green
connector and the pins that it pushes into on the back of the speedo. Make sure
the cable isn't damaged and check the joints on the board.
Firstly remove the coloured outer ring, they clip straight on and come off easily.
Place a thin headed screwdriver next to 1 and 6 on the tacho (3 and 9 on the clock)
and lever to unclip the 2 clips (circled in red).
Lever the hands off with a strong fork
Place the knife down the side of the dial and slowly lever both sides.
Going from side to side the dial and backing will slowly come up and come out.
If you have aftermarket dial faces they can be fitted now, to fit the speedo dial, look here.
With the dial out of the way, carefully unclip the ribbon connector from the circuit board.
Using your thumb, bend back 1 clip at a time (circled in red) and pull the PCB forwards.
Circled in red is the 509T twist fit bulb that you can change, these also take
the standard twist fit bulbs used in the speedo console.