This is the first Smart mystery where I cannot find anything that makes sense.
I hit a small deer early in a 1000 mile trip. At first the damage seemed isolated to the passenger side front. A half tank of gas later the oil light started going on intermittently. I stopped and added 2 quarts bringing it to full. I stopped and added at least a quart every half tank until I got home. I used OBD2 (Torque Pro) to monitor temperatures finding everything staying in range. No smoke and no oil top side of the engine compartment. It was obviously leaking. After parking it overnight I found an oil spot about a foot in from the front passenger/damaged side.
What is oil doing way up front? No turbo and no aftermarket oil cooler. Is there some component of the PCV system up there? What else might it be?
I sure appreciate your help. A mechanic who does not known Smart cars will take a look but I need to give him some guidance / details.
Emm, I'd check and see if the oil filter is loose. Maybe you might wanna change the oil filter. Now I know that you mentioned that there was no sign of any leaks around the engine. SO, yeah, it's a longshot.