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|06-03-2015 06:41 AM|
I took it in for its annual service on Monday and was told that there was a modification that had to be done to the starter-generator, so I told the guy that mine had already had its starter-generator moved over to align it with the other pulleys, but apparently MB have now issued an instruction for something additional to be done on a "you bring it in for any work and we add three hours' labour for this fix" basis.
Anyhow, they kept it there overnight, which meant that I had to get a taxi home Monday afternoon and walk to work yesterday morning - the joy of living less than 2.5 km from work! - but in the end there was one small part they didn't have, so they couldn't perform the fix anyway and it will have to go back at a time when they've received the part and it'll be more convenient for me.
I intend to ask them what exactly it is they'll be doing this time around that wasn't done in the first instance after my V-belt had broken.
|05-27-2015 11:45 AM|
We have horrifically low levels of driver compliance to traffic laws here, and in resistance to that I try to stay in the habit of actually coming to a stop at stop signs, amongst other things, but the mhd, in a sense, is discouraging that, if you don't like the idea of the engine turning off every couple of blocks, that is.
|05-27-2015 11:37 AM|
|05-27-2015 11:34 AM|
|FlossyTheSmart||I think the point that was being made is you wouldn't want the engine to turn off as you come to a stop at a stop sign with no other traffic, but if you stopped at a red light, it should turn off. Toggling the switch on and off when you do/do not want the car to turn off If you're toggling the switch, you might as well just be turning the car off and on yourself.|
|05-27-2015 11:28 AM|
|05-27-2015 11:11 AM|
|jwight||I thought you can disable the stop/start feature....?|
|05-27-2015 09:09 AM|
The main issue with the mhd is that the starter-alternator's pulley, in it's original design, wasn't absolutely perfectly aligned with the other pulleys on the engine, causing it to wear prematurely and inevitably break. I was lucky in that mine broke either within a block of when it last started the engine or possibly even in the parking lot where I parked and where it wouldn't start again, so there was very little to no damage to the engine. The fix is to add a spacer or two before fitting the starter-alternator to move it over just a millimetre or two so that it's aligned. There was no recall for this, but I believe there should've been.
I use it most of the time, except when my AC or headlights are on, because then I believe the drain on the battery is too much, but I really can't say how much difference it makes to the fuel consumption. I just wish they'd set it to switch the engine off about 15 seconds or so after coming to a stop, because as it is now it switches off at every stop, even when you would like to start moving again right away. I would like it to work mainly during longer periods of being stationary, such as at traffic lights or in really heavy traffic jams.
|03-31-2015 07:00 AM|
But I read it on the internet . . .
At some point, "news" can become history unless of course it's 2 a.m. and someone is surfing SCoA . . .
But then again maybe the automotive press can pick this MHD 2007 news up in a Google search and include it along with the 453's all-new aluminum "tridion shell," as they write about the NY Auto Show?
|03-31-2015 05:17 AM|
|jwight||Looks like some "news" is never too old....|
|03-30-2015 04:40 PM|
BTW, no MHD, and the smart diesel is dead...
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