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05-03-2015 07:42 AM
coupe1942 I got my Smartie backed up onto my metal ramps to do that trailer hitch thing today, but din't try to put the door back onto the cabing air filter just yet. I have on a pair of knee pads and that sure makes it much easier on my knees. Ran out of steam, as I didn't sleep last night, so I'll take a quick cat nap and try to do more on both projects later today. Those bolts are locked into place pretty well, so I have to find my breaker bar and see if I can get some oomph in removing them all. I have a good light to see with, but it had not been charged up and I had misplaced he charger for it. Got my serpentine belt protector off and basically ready to start removing bolts for the hitch installation. Got to watch the video one more time before I get ahead of myself.

I sure wish we were not on water restrictions here, as the bottom area of the car is sure dusty and dirty. I'd really love to hit it with a hose to remove a lot of the crap there. Can't do it though, as the water restrictions are tough down here.

The end of the album has the most recent photos of the car having the hitch put on. Hope this loads okay.
05-02-2015 06:50 PM
ca smartone If I lived closer, I'd offer to come over and button it back up..

Just did mine for the fourth time, took all of two minutes, start to finish.
No Spring Chicken here either
This is the little light I use, it lives in the car .....

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05-02-2015 04:06 PM
coupe1942 Thanks for the tips. My neighbors are starting up a petition to make me stop showing my "plumber's butt" as I bend over to work on my Smartie the next time. They forget that I am old and my First Alert button won't respond to me yelling, "Help, I've fallen and I cant get up.....and by the way, how do you put this damn plastic door back in the cabin air filter slot of my Smart Car?"
05-02-2015 02:40 PM
Smart Bob When I am changing my cabin filter or doing some under dash work, I simply drive the vehicle up on a set of ramps, which makes access easier to the under dash area. Using an LED headlight or visor light is also a good idea.
05-02-2015 02:21 PM
1983JZR3W I am old and have bad knees and a bad back. Just your typical old age maladies. Whenever I need to do kneeling work on my smart (installing the GoPedal for example), I borrow my dog's 4 inch thick foam bed and kneel on that in the garage. I also have small clip on lights that really brighten up the work area. They easily clip on to most any part under the dash and have worked for me really well for a while now.
05-02-2015 01:28 PM
coupe1942 I can relate, as my door still sits on the passenger seat at present. It awaits my body to once again contort to attempt to reinstall it. I need to pick up one of those headlight bands with the led light on them so I can see, as you mention. The original problem was that the cabin air filter I was trying to remove was about twice the thickness of the replacement one I installed. I put a tab on it and that should make it all the easier to remove and replace the next time around, for sure. Try as I may, my arms do not stretch out well enough to make putting that darn door back into place. My knees don't tke kindly to the driveway cement, either. I need to finish this task and be done with it though. Maybe a few jumping jacks and some knee bend stretchess may be in order before I attempt it though. That and increasing my life insurance policy.
05-02-2015 11:20 AM
NCC1701 For what it's worth, I had a heck of a time replacing mine as well. Not the actual replacement, but wiggling myself into position, opening and re-securing that little door gave me a headache. In my case, I learned that a properly positioned light source would've been a great help ... not being able to see what I was doing made it a lot harder. Properly lighted, I think my next one will be a lot easier. I'm no spring chicken either. And my eyesight ain't what it used to be.
05-02-2015 11:01 AM
jwight Here's a pretty good video:

It's not as simple opening the housing door as I portrayed it; the two tabs have to be squeezed in before the door pops open. And your idea of adding a tab to the filter is an easy way of avoiding having to fish the filter out with a screwdriver or similar tool.
04-28-2015 01:40 AM
ca smartone That's the one, I still use the Fram.... Mann-Filter CUK 2132 Cabin Filter With Activated Charcoal for select Smart models: Automotive
04-28-2015 12:21 AM
coupe1942 Picked up the spare Fram filter today, but immediately noticed that is is about half the thickness of the cabin air filter I took out of my Smartie. The one removed was printed on the side, but the writing is difficult to see clearly. Looks like Mann filter, CUK 2132. (like say, it is difficult to read the lettering now).

I'll still attach a tape tab for easier removal, but will also check out the filter I have at Advance to see what it looks like before deciding which to use first.

After this, all my routine maintenance is done for a bit, so I can then relax and just think about how to use my 36 minutes of wasted time left this year from worrying over my key taking so long to work on the car when I turn it on.
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