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I think I remember this problem being discussed here but can not find the thread. On my 2nd Smart, a 2008 Passion I got at the end of 2019, there has been an occasional problem where the starter would stay on after the engine was running. I am a mechanic so I know the difference between the secondary air pump and the starter. This was getting worse so I decided to check it out. I see only 2 possible problems. Mechanical or electrical. I thought I would connect a test light to the starter and run the lamp into the driver's area where I could see it. I backed up on my ramps and looked to see what I would need. I noticed how easy the starter was to get at, so I removed it. Took it apart, cleaned and lubricated everything, put it back in and this solved my problem. In fact the starter sounds better overall.
 

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Lube continues to be the 451 Smarts Achilles heal. If we could just dip them in oil from time to time... My starter does that every now and again. So I will either do or have the same thing done with my starter. Now to hear you say the starter sounds better I'm really interested. I just installed a new Sila side exhaust muffler, it hums so nice on start up. I posted the other day how if I could just have a better sounding starter..lol. Question.., can the alternator be lube while still on the car?
 

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Lube continues to be the 451 Smarts Achilles heal. If we could just dip them in oil from time to time... My starter does that every now and again. So I will either do or have the same thing done with my starter. Now to hear you say the starter sounds better I'm really interested. I just installed a new Sila side exhaust muffler, it hums so nice on start up. I posted the other day how if I could just have a better sounding starter..lol. Question.., can the alternator be lube while still on the car?

The alternator has sealed bearings, so no there is no way to lube it.
 

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So in the alternator case where they become frozen is it that the sealed bearings fail or some other part which may be lubed causes the failure.?
 

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So in the alternator case where they become frozen is it that the sealed bearings fail or some other part which may be lubed causes the failure.?
Normally it would be a bad bearing. The parts are available and they are not hard to change.
 
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