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hello everyone. I am new to the smart car's. I traded my atv for mine. My smart needed a transmission gear selector. I purchased one used and installed it. It came with a new key but my car didn't recognize it so I swapped out the ignition cylinder. It now recognizes the key. when you turn the key on, all the lights come on and everything but when you turn the key to start it ya get nothing. ugh... Any one have any clues? Also, How do I tell exactly which Smart car I own now?
 

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Is the chip in the key programmed for your car? Is the battery still good?
well I'm not sure to be honest with you. When I got the car the owner had put a trigger on the "starter" I'm assuming, to bypass the ignition. You had to turn the key in the on position then pull the trigger. He told me it needed that gear selector assembly. That is the part I replaced. It has the key as part of it. When I got the car home I must have pulled the connectors off the starter because now It doesn't work. So when i got the part it came with a key. when I installed it the little key symbol came on the dash so I put the old key cylinder in it and now the car recognizes the key but wont turn the car on
 

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Sorry about your key situation, at any point did the original key start the car with out the "trigger mechanism" ? I would have the last owner redo the trigger.

Now for the members, is this a method around our expensive key replacement. We know we can get inexpensive keys that will turn the lights on but not start the car. At that point would a nicely installed push button start " trigger" be an answer. Would be the same as the BMW key slot then push button to start. I would actually like that.
 
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