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Well, Mercedes says I need a new one of each and I am not letting them do the work. (Way to much) I'm checking options online and at junk yards for parts while I wait on install prices from a shop I deal with, but it's not looking good. This may be the end of my Smart, so if so I might part out the entire car and go from there with the money I make, or sell it out right.

Not felling great about this. Ideas, or comments are welcome.
 

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Sold my 2009 Pure with a low cylinder on Facebook for a decent price considering it had 160,XXX miles and a bad cylinder. Used that money to buy a different car. With all the used smarts around, I would think you could pick up a newer model quite reasonably. There are always people looking for a car that needs some work.
 

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I think they are out there. How did you sell a car on Facebook?

I'll probably try Craig's and eBay first. I don't do facebook personally, but I use it for business and my business account.

I have a lot of new parts on the car, so parting out might be ok, but it takes forever to sell everything.


Anyone know what a clutch kit does when compared to replacing an entire clutch? I see several clutch "kits" listed online.



Sold my 2009 Pure with a low cylinder on Facebook for a decent price considering it had 160,XXX miles and a bad cylinder. Used that money to buy a different car. With all the used smarts around, I would think you could pick up a newer model quite reasonably. There are always people looking for a car that needs some work.
 

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I think they are out there. How did you sell a car on Facebook?

I'll probably try Craig's and eBay first. I don't do facebook personally, but I use it for business and my business account.

I have a lot of new parts on the car, so parting out might be ok, but it takes forever to sell everything.


Anyone know what a clutch kit does when compared to replacing an entire clutch? I see several clutch "kits" listed online.
There are lots of for sale' sites and I picked one close to where I lived so there wouldn't be any shipping hassles.there are 'vehicles for sale in northern (pick a state) you can chose from too.

The problem with parting them out is you have to store what is left until it sells. Much easier to sell it as a unit and then it is gone.

Years ago, a clutch kit was a clutch, pressure plate and a bearing. sometimes it had a flywheel too. depends on where it is from I guess
 

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Good point about for sale sites and I agree about the parting out part. I thought about the atoarage too. Technically it could sit in my garage as long as I don't sell wheels, etc. so I can move it around. I like the idea of selling it out right though.

There are lots of for sale' sites and I picked one close to where I lived so there wouldn't be any shipping hassles.there are 'vehicles for sale in northern (pick a state) you can chose from too.

The problem with parting them out is you have to store what is left until it sells. Much easier to sell it as a unit and then it is gone.

Years ago, a clutch kit was a clutch, pressure plate and a bearing. sometimes it had a flywheel too. depends on where it is from I guess

Loosen 3 bolts holding actuater in place, move 3/10 inch toward drivers side,tighten 3 bolts.Might fix for no money!!.............
I'll see if I can do that this weekend, if it doesn't rain. Worth a try.
 

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Elongated slots...............

The 3 bolts have slots,so you can loosen the bolts a little,slide the actuator and retighten the bolts. You DO NOT have to
remove the 3 bolts. In your photo is 1 of the 3 bolts. It is the bolt with slot and"ripples"on the slot. The second bolt is inline
with the first,side to side on the car. The third bolt is behind the curved part of the actuator.........
I think you will discover,taht as soon as you loosen the 3 bolts,the actuator will move by itself by 3/10 to 1/4 inch,so the
clutch can contact the flywheel again.................
 

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Ok thank you. I have not tried to adjust it yet, because it rained last weekend. If I can get a few dry hours Saturday (calling for several days of rain this week) I will try to move the actuator a little. I am letting the Smart set until I can try to adjustment. It sure would be great if a little movement corrects the issue and saves my 451. I have to go back and look at other threads as to what size and type of bolt that is. I would like to make sure I have the proper tools

Let's hope.

The 3 bolts have slots,so you can loosen the bolts a little,slide the actuator and retighten the bolts. You DO NOT have to
remove the 3 bolts. In your photo is 1 of the 3 bolts. It is the bolt with slot and"ripples"on the slot. The second bolt is inline
with the first,side to side on the car. The third bolt is behind the curved part of the actuator.........
I think you will discover,taht as soon as you loosen the 3 bolts,the actuator will move by itself by 3/10 to 1/4 inch,so the
clutch can contact the flywheel again.................
 

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I suffer from C.R.S. (can't remember s**t)

I seem to remember it was a 10mm torx socket,that I used. But check to be sure! Once under the car,it only takes the one
ratchet/socket and 5 minutes,to loosen move and tighten....................
 

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It is a 5/16. As I type this I have just finished adjusting the position of the actuator and disconnected the battery. I am just waiting for the 40 minutes to pass, before I reconnect the battery and test things out, so I'm just sitting here on the ground reading threads, etc. while I pass the time.

Update to come.

I seem to remember it was a 10mm torx socket,that I used. But check to be sure! Once under the car,it only takes the one
ratchet/socket and 5 minutes,to loosen move and tighten....................
 

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So I have been driving the Smart for two days since the adjustment and it did NOT correct the issue, however it did make the problem less evident. Same issue, but not as bad.

This weekend I'm going to adjust the actuator a little bit more to see if more equals more improvement. I will update Saturday.

Did the adjustment help anything??................
 
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