Remove the interior fabric insert from the door.
Due to lack of good and regular maintenance, the 450 door exterior cable tend to snap. The problem here is that the cable is not available from smart. You have to buy a whole new handle. Or you could buy a 2nd hand handle from eBay and hope the cable is OK. I was...
It has been known for the cable to come off or snap so let's have it apart and have a look.
There are few reasons to remove the door panels but it's always nice to know just in case.
The standard speaker setup is rubbish, the upgrade is better but the sound all comes from the front, it needs spreading out.
Another way to better the sound in the smart fortwo.
It is now becoming a more common problem with older smarts, the ABS rings rust and fail
Do you have oil on the ends of the driveshaft where they enter the transmission? If you do, there is good possibilty that the seals are not doing their job properly and need replacing.
The ECU (or MEG) controls all of the engine parameters ensuring that it is running as best as it possibly can.
Changing the oil on a smart isn't like most other cars. You can't just undo the sump plug and let it all drain out, the main reason is because it doesn't have a sump plug. You have to adopt the same service technique as used in boats, the oil is sucked out...
Fit a different exhaust, free up a bit of power and make the smart sound a bit beefier.
Remove the filler flap to fit a colour coded or after market flap. You may have snapped off the locking tab and need to change it.
The rubber boot surrounding the filler neck seals the tridion to stop fluid ingress. Being rubber and being exposed to fuel and stress, they can perish and become damaged.
The wing mirrors should sit in a certain position but should fold if forced. However, some people reported that their mirrors just flap about and don't lock. Let's see why. If you take all of the screws out of the mirror, you eventually end up with this....
The fog light bulbs shouldn’t die too often as they are rarely used but if they do give up you will need to get them fixed for the MOT.
Alloy widths, offset and PCD.
This page covers the AC belt and alternator/water pump belt. Air Conditioning Belt Look at the right hand side of the engine. It's not easy to see. Find the tensioner pulley wheel. Use a Torx45 bit to loosen the screw arrowed in the photo below. Push the pulley...
There are a lot of bulbs, make sure you get the right ones.
The clutch doesn't last forever. It wears down causing slipping and poor pull away.
Very popular with Ricers. Upgrading the engine earth can release more power and torque from your engine, make your stereo sound better and increase your MPG.