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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 08:09 AM
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the key error was a red herring. the car wouldn't start because there wasn't enough juice in the battery - a whole other problem. CAA (AAA but for Canadians) did a battery test for me and it turns out my alternator or wiring is to blame, as the battery was not collecting from the charging system. he boosted me and the car ran fine, but without 12.6V running to the starter, the car won't start on its own.

the key error is stupid. i wish it could have been a battery light on the dash so i would have known what was going on.

the fortwo is now at the mechanic i'll update with what he says he can do for me.

thank you to everyone who contributed to this with key suggestions though! hopefully someone else with this problem in the future sees this thread and saves the time i wasted.
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The alternator is a swine to change. Glad you found the problem though.
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The alternator is a swine to change. Glad you found the problem though.


What's a ballpark labor and parts cost for a Smart? I think I had a civic alternator replaced for around $400 at CT before.
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$1000 parts and labour if you have M-B do it.
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You have to drop the engine a bit or at least undo an engine mount or two to even get at the smart alternator. So the labour charge is intense.
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I had mine next to out trying to put in a Barney mount. It's doable for a home mechanic as long as you have a decent amount of tools.
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it ended up being a wiring short that fried the alternator.

$1100 fix
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it ended up being a wiring short that fried the alternator.

$1100 fix
You don't have to be rich to buy a Smarty but you may have to be rich to fix one. Sorry for your problems.
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