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This is my first post to the smartcar forums. I've been lurking the past half a year since I bought a 2014 smart fortwo. Since I got the car, I've learned that my driving style is a lot like a semi-truck -- slow going uphill and fast going downhill.

It's the perfect car for my needs. I have a 25 mile commute to work. I install solar panels with ReVision Energy - a great worker owned company serving Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. One of my work benefits is free vehicle charging. And when I get home from work, I plug in to a solar powered home outlet. Life is good!

I have to admit I was a little concerned abut surviving the winter. In late December we saw high temperatures that barely broke 0 degrees F. During that stretch, I think I used 70% of my battery charge just going one way!
Generally speaking, though, I use between 40-50% of charge either going to work or coming back home.

A couple days ago a message popped up: CareServ. in 30 days. Does this mean I have to go to an authorized smartcar shop? The nearest one is definitely outside of my driving range, so I need to figure out what to do.
Also, I need to have my brakes looked at. Can my old mechanic replace the brakes, or is that something that needs to be done by a smartcar specialist?
Thanks for any input!
Eric
 

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The brake systems on EVs are no different that regular gas powered cars. The smart ED has hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; similar to most cars on the road. As for all the other maintenance, it's actually much easier than a gas powered car. If your smart has a BAP contract in place, your best taking it to a smart center. If you don't have BAP, take it to a local mechanic that you trust.
 

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Read over the required maintenance tasks in the manual and you will see that there isn't much to it, brake fluid and desiccant cartridge at two years, check/change the cabin air filter yearly and inspect a lot of other things. All easy stuff to DIY and a piece of cake for a mechanic.

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2014 EV Cabriolet 4,500 miles
 

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Hello!
This is my first post to the smartcar forums. I've been lurking the past half a year since I bought a 2014 smart fortwo. Since I got the car, I've learned that my driving style is a lot like a semi-truck -- slow going uphill and fast going downhill.

It's the perfect car for my needs. I have a 25 mile commute to work. I install solar panels with ReVision Energy - a great worker owned company serving Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. One of my work benefits is free vehicle charging. And when I get home from work, I plug in to a solar powered home outlet. Life is good!

I have to admit I was a little concerned abut surviving the winter. In late December we saw high temperatures that barely broke 0 degrees F. During that stretch, I think I used 70% of my battery charge just going one way!
Generally speaking, though, I use between 40-50% of charge either going to work or coming back home.

A couple days ago a message popped up: CareServ. in 30 days. Does this mean I have to go to an authorized smartcar shop? The nearest one is definitely outside of my driving range, so I need to figure out what to do.
Also, I need to have my brakes looked at. Can my old mechanic replace the brakes, or is that something that needs to be done by a smartcar specialist?
Thanks for any input!
Eric

Hey Eric,
Where in NH? I'm from the dealer in Lynnfield, MA and we are likely the closest dealership that can complete authorized service on the vehicle.
Most of our NH clients who live beyond the range of our dealership choose to recharge in either Manchester or Portsmouth depending where they are coming from. We have (gas) loaner cars available while the vehicle is being serviced and recharged.
 

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Hi! Welcome to the EV Club! My car was sold to me by Key Auto center in New Hampshire. It was originally leased in Boston, MA.

The annual maintenance for the electric model is really only the cabin filter and windshield wipers. Every other year is a brake flush and the desiccant filter for the battery. I made a video on replacing the desiccant filter: https://youtu.be/BxzT8Q-m7g4

Any SAE mechanic can do the brake flush or the brake pads and rotors. The other items (filters & wipers) you can do yourself for about $107 and 25 minutes of time.

You do need a T90 to remove the battery's filter, but there is a thread about alternatives here: http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f170/ed-desiccant-filter-tool-147722/
 

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Nicely done video!!

Len
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Any SAE mechanic can do the brake flush or the brake pads and rotors. The other items (filters & wipers) you can do yourself for about $107 and 25 minutes of time.
Replacing the brake fluid is fairly easy to do yourself - the procedure is the same on any car. You can find some pretty good guidance on youtube.
 

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Replacing the brake fluid is fairly easy to do yourself - the procedure is the same on any car. You can find some pretty good guidance on youtube.
Yeah, braking systems are not something I'll touch. I have a fun story about being young and broke with a 73 VW... that didn't stop and wound up in a neighbors yard after I did a brake service on it. I'm more than happy to pay someone else for that work.
 

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Yeah, braking systems are not something I'll touch. I have a fun story about being young and broke with a 73 VW... that didn't stop and wound up in a neighbors yard after I did a brake service on it. I'm more than happy to pay someone else for that work.
Working on the brakes is only slightly harder than changing the desiccant cartridge and you handled that great. :) I'm FAR from a mechanic and if I can do it, then darn near anybody can.

As for brake fluid flushing, I highly recommend the Speedi-Bleed pressure bleeding system. Been using it for years. It's a one man operation and very easy to use. One other really nice thing is that the owner seems like he runs a one man operation and he is very quick to respond to questions and provide parts if ever needed.

https://www.speedibleed.com/

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Len,

That looks great! Looks like it goes up to 29 PSI (2.0 BAR) that I could have sworn is the pressure advised to bleed the ASR/ABS....
 

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Yeah, I usually crank it up to 25 to 27 psi. Been using the system for close to twenty years I bet. Pays for itself the first time you use it.

Len
2014 EV Coupe 15,000 miles
2014 EV Cabriolet 4,500 miles
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