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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-29-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Angry Issue : Smart ED fails to move forward after backing up

I have seen an issue three times now on the my Smart ED.

Issue:

1. Start car (with key)
2. Place selector in R to back up, move about 15 feet backwards, brake to dead stop
3. Place selector in D to drive
4. Press accelerator pedal, nothing happens

In step 4, I've seen 3 occasions where the car does not move when switching from backing up to driving forward.
The 3 incidents would be out of a total of perhaps 50+ successful attempts to back up followed by driving forward away.
The workaround is to quickly turn the car off and back on, whereupon you can drive away.

Is this a known issue, has anyone else experienced this?
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I've experienced this, but not in the same manner. I've found that if I'm too quick to hit the accelerator after having turned the car on, that I can't move forward. At least three times I've been too fast, throwing it into drive after turning the vehicle on, and hit the pedal only to feel the frustration of no forward motion.

I've since learned that I need to be a bit slower and just do things a bit more methodically.
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After you turn the key on, wait until you see the word "READY" on the dash. It is a well-known issue.
I understand that this happens sometimes with the ICE Smarts as well. They have to shut the key off for a minute then restart it.
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After you turn the key on, wait until you see the word "READY" on the dash. It is a well-known issue.
Like I said, I'm too fast. I've noticed that the dash doesn't always show the "ready" and pushed forward anyway. But its good to make note of it
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After you turn the key on, wait until you see the word "READY" on the dash. It is a well-known issue
One time that it happened, I put in "R" and backed 100 feet out of a driveway. And then when I switched to "D", there was no response to accelerator.

Are you telling me the car could reverse for 100 feet and then decide it wasn't ready?
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Check with your dealership and see what they say; I just know it has happened to others and was warned by the delivery person to always wait for the "Ready" light before putting it in gear.
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Haven't experienced that.... matter fact haven't experienced any problems, car has been flawless.


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transmission leaking

Hi All, I now have 700Km on my new 2014 Smart Electric and have noticed that it is leaking gear oil from the transmission. Has any other owner noticed oil on the ground?
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apparently, on a number of cars, the seal wasn't installed as well as it could have been and there's a leaking issue. I had taken my car back a week or so after picking it up, to get a tail gate case for the top rails to replace the case for the evse and the service tech was aware of the issue and checked the car, finding the seal to be leaking.

Dropped the car off a week later for repairing/replacing the seal.
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