Nice Job!! looks great!!
I would love to know how long and what you had to do in this a job.Success!! Tim, thanks for the insight on how to get the old fan unplugged. The fan I bought had wires with ends I could crimp and plug right into the existing connector no problem. I used your zip tie method as well.
Jimvw, I can't thank you enough for coming up with this DIY fix. Not only did it save me a boatload of cash, I feel like I have a much better understanding of my smart's inner workings now. I really appreciate the help!
I'd estimate it probably took me around 2 to 3 hours start to finish, since you have to drop the entire front body panel and that's a bit of a pain. Evilution (Evilution - Smart Car Encyclopaedia) has a really comprehensive guide on how to remove the front panel, though you have to pay the $3 ish membership fee to access the guide, but it is definitely worth it.I would love to know how long and what you had to do in this a job.
Thank you so much!!!! I am so relieved. I was thinking car rental and cost of a repair, so I was freaking out a little?I'd estimate it probably took me around 2 to 3 hours start to finish, since you have to drop the entire front body panel and that's a bit of a pain. Evilution (Evilution - Smart Car Encyclopaedia) has a really comprehensive guide on how to remove the front panel, though you have to pay the $3 ish membership fee to access the guide, but it is definitely worth it.
Once the panel is off, it was a matter of lowering the front of the belly pan (two bolts, if I remember correctly) and feeling around underneath the car for the existing fan wires. Once you've found them, you can unplug the old fan and pull the wires to the front of the car - they are plenty long enough. I got the new fan for about $50 on Amazon, it came with instructions on how to convert the fan to push/pull and then I added standard connectors (bought at AutoZone for like $5) to the end of the wires and it plugged right in to the existing connector on the car. I secured the fan with all-temperature zipties after drilling a couple holes into the plastic frame in front of the radiator to mount them, and then put it all back together.
All said it's not the easiest job, but it also was very doable once you get the body panel off. And definitely worth it to avoid however many hundred dollars Mercedes will charge you.
My case is different. The fan works when jumped. Relays were changed and I did read the thread about the guy who cleaned his SAM thoroughly, unplugged, cleaned with contact clearner and it started to work. Mine is also the SAM I believe, but I will look at it as an issue for the fan later in the year. I also think this was related to when I left the drivers-side window down once and the inside got soaked. It is said SAMs are very sensitive to moisture and prone to have something to fail when wet.Pretty sure this is the one I used..