Originally Posted by jwight
If they've never seen a smart, be prepared to walk them through the basic stuff - how to remove the service flap, removing the engine cover, even opening & lowering the rear hatch. Seems basic to us but not to other folks. Even starting the car can be an issue if they think they have to hold the key in the start position. Better to tell them too much than not enough.
Originally Posted by GetSmrt28277
He is wanting to be the local go-to-guy on the smarts if all this works. He has asked me about the common issues with the smart since they have been here, some of the common modications, and maintenence issues.
Just me rattling off everything I can think of...
Of course, he'll need to pick and choose what he thinks will be popular/profitable and worth his while.
- Where the tow hook, air compressor, etc. are located and how to remove the carpet/styrofoam to get to it
- Location of battery and due to the electronics, how important it is to disconnect it before doing any electrical work
- Have proper oil, oil filter, drain plug washer, engine air filter and cabin air filter on hand
- Have proper spark plugs and upgraded plugs (Iridium) available and have proper tools to install
- How to remove/install body panels including the proper way to remove the side skirts (send to Evilution's site for this and other common items)
- Have headlight and other bulbs available and know how to replace them
- How to adjust headlights so people don't flash you at night
Be aware of:
- Crazing panoramic roof issue
- Clutch issue
- Brake interlock switch issue
- Shifter lubrication issue
- Purge valve (tap, tap, tap) issue and solutions to reduce/eliminate
- Bulb replacement can be an issue
- Electrical grounding points
- Some devices that plug into the 12V DC socket can throw codes
- Odd noises that smart makes that are normal (startup air pump, ABS test, etc.)
- How to install an Area451 and/or MDC cruise control
- Installing four equal size wheels/tires including two OEM rear wheels/tires up front and third party wheels/tires (e.g., Rial 15x6 with 195/50 tires all the way around)
- Window tinting
- Touch up paints for the basic colors and Tridion
- Aftermarket air filters (aFe, K&N)
- Aftermarket air intakes, hoses, etc.
- Aftermarket exhaust installs
- Aftermarket engine mount installs
- Rear cargo lighting solutions
- Rear cargo management solutions
- Install OEM clock/tach pods
- Install OEM foglights
- Install HID headlights
- Tow hitch installation with wiring for trailers, etc.
- Baseplate to tow smart behind RV with wiring, etc.
- Replacing stock door speakers
- Stereo, GPS, and other electronic installs