Smart Car of America Forum banner

Not cranking

2106 Views 6 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  vadsoom
Hello everyone. It has been awhile since my last posting. Looking for help.
My 2008 Smart ForTwo has never had any starting issues until now. The car has been sitting in the garage unused and unrun for a year. I charged the battery, turned the key and NOTHING. Plenty of voltage, lights, radio and all accessories work. When I turn the key, no battery draw at all, no starter. Is there any kind of system reset that needs to be done due to battery being dead for so long?
Thanks in advance for any help.
1 - 1 of 7 Posts
It’s possible that the brake switch is flaky. It’s not a great location to get to - the belly pan needs to come off, then there is a cover over the switch and that has a sticky rim that needs to come off before the switch can be accessed. Do the brake lights come on ok? The brake switch has 2 sets of contacts. I suppose one set or the other could be wonky. A continuity test on both sets of contacts would tell if the switch is ok.

I suppose the battery could be weak, but in my experience, that means a slow crank, not zero crank.

Have you tried shifting it into neutral and trying to start it?
A weak battery means no crank not slow crank. These cars are very picky on battery level. My 2014 will not turn over at all if battery weak. It doesn’t turn over more slowly like every other car in the world.
1 - 1 of 7 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.