How is the search going for your replacement rims?i'll go on record stating i prefer the old style steering setup. easy, to steer, repairs easy to make and will last a lifetime if maintained. i owned a civic and cruiser and the cars were constantly drifting and pulling even tho the alignment was always perfect. then it dawned on me the other day that these cars have rack and pinion too and they don't drift or pull. now that could be due to the smaller wheels or the narrow front track or the outrigger wheelbase. but either way it is a joy to drive a car the drives like the older american cars.
my main reason for not ordering it on my car.Not all smarts have power steering. Maybe yours doesn't have it. Or, maybe yours doesn't work. It's such a lightweight car, I'm surprised any of them have power steering. IMO it's probably something they should have left off completely and lowered the price of the cars by $100. Other than parked at a complete standstill, you probably won't notice much of a difference in steering.
Electric steering is maintenance free on the smart, just like the ball joints. Think of it this way. The car is so light in the front end, if the assist goes out you may not even notice, so forget about it.I was told if you had
the steering wheel idiot light on the right side of the cluster when starting the car then you had steering assist. I just can't find any reference as to how it works and if any maintenance can be done on it. the ball joints do not have zerk fittings to allow greasing