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I have decided to attempt to service my own car. I have been watching the videos and decided, why not? I'll have supervision. I am gathering supplies and came to stuff that should make sense, but doesn't, to me.

QUESTION: 3-in-1 Silicone Spray, or 3-in-1 White Lithium Spray?

I can't find 3-in-1 Silicone Spray. I can find 3-in-1 Slide Out Silicone Spray, but not regular (no nasty comments, please). I can find 3M but not the other. Also, what's the difference between silicone and white lithium? Is it clear vs white? I want clear. Wished I could use baking spray. I need to spray inside the clutch actuator. Can someone give me some other product names of the stuff. I am sure I don't need volumes of it. I could of swore that I have heard everywhere that WD40 fixes everything!

Also, what a drag trying to find matching brand names of the outside air filter and the inside cabin filter! Charcoal or no charcoal for inside? If you're gonna change one, you're probably gonna think to change the other, why can't they sell them together in one box?

Here's another one: Oil pan. I want the type of oil pan (not a big bowl) to drain oil right into the hole, not on top of plastic that slowly drains it down into a hole (what a mess to clean up!) And I don't want the oil pan that is part of the car! Morons, I am doing service, not rebuilding an engine.

Geez, why do I have to come up with a bunch of names to get one part? :eek:
 

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Walmart, carries everything. Oil pans, white white lithium grease, cabin filters, air filter, Mobile oil, oil filters. I’ve used Wix air and cabin filters too, from Advance auto. I’ve never lube the clutch actuator.

The smart, is the easiest vehicle, I’ve ever worked on. Except the engine air filter replacement. Spark plugs, can be a pain too.

Get yourself a ratchet wrench like this to loosen the oil plug.



I’d change the transmission gear oil, before messing with the clutch actuator.

 

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Walmart didn't have any of the air filters, or silicone spray except "slide out" by 3 n 1. The oil pan they had was too, too big. I did get Mobil 1 oil and an oil filter, but all in all it was a major disappointment shopping wise. Thanks for the suggestion though.
 

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Amazon or Rock Auto online have all the filters, plugs, brake pads, etc.

Whatever you end up with for an oil pan, make sure it can be transported for disposal without spilling the used oil.

If you intend to lube the clutch actuator, what you want is white lithium grease in an aerosol can. Try local auto parts or hardware stores. :)
 

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I have decided to attempt to service my own car. I have been watching the videos and decided, why not? I'll have supervision. I am gathering supplies and came to stuff that should make sense, but doesn't, to me.

QUESTION: 3-in-1 Silicone Spray, or 3-in-1 White Lithium Spray?

I can't find 3-in-1 Silicone Spray. I can find 3-in-1 Slide Out Silicone Spray, but not regular (no nasty comments, please). I can find 3M but not the other. Also, what's the difference between silicone and white lithium? Is it clear vs white? I want clear. Wished I could use baking spray. I need to spray inside the clutch actuator. Can someone give me some other product names of the stuff. I am sure I don't need volumes of it. I could of swore that I have heard everywhere that WD40 fixes everything!

Also, what a drag trying to find matching brand names of the outside air filter and the inside cabin filter! Charcoal or no charcoal for inside? If you're gonna change one, you're probably gonna think to change the other, why can't they sell them together in one box?

Here's another one: Oil pan. I want the type of oil pan (not a big bowl) to drain oil right into the hole, not on top of plastic that slowly drains it down into a hole (what a mess to clean up!) And I don't want the oil pan that is part of the car! Morons, I am doing service, not rebuilding an engine.

Geez, why do I have to come up with a bunch of names to get one part? :eek:
I have found AutoZone to have most the things needed to self service my Smart.

I prefer the WD-40 Specialist water resistant silicone Lubricant. I don't like the way the white lithium cakes up around what its sprayed on.
 

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The smart, is the easiest vehicle, I’ve ever worked on. Except the engine air filter replacement. Spark plugs, can be a pain too.

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The engine air filter is very easy and quick to change once you know how. After you un-clip it. The top cover, just raise it enough to move it to the right and it lifts right out. Just raise it just a little and slide it to the right it then clears and lifts right out. After you do it once it will take you five minutes to change the engine air filter from then on.
 

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I used WD-40 for years and thought it was great....until I tried PB Blaster. Blaster has a smell I hate but to soak into rusted bolts etc,... and lubricating bolts where it will stay liquid and not evaporate "IN MY OPINION" PB Blaster is far superior. I have compared it many many times working as an auto mechanic WD 40 versus PB Blaster. WD 40 does have it's merits as it is good to displace water out of switches and distributor caps, remember those? I don't know how PB would work for lubing your suspension as opposed to white lithium grease. Lithium stays liquid but on anything that rotates with any speed it will not hold to the part and intertia will fling it off and all over everything around it with large smears. But my other thought on this is if it stays liquid it will collect dust and dirt around anything you spray it on. Keeping the rubber parts soft and supple would be a plus to eliminating squeaks at pivot points. Good old grease fittings are a thing of the past. Remember in our day an oil change always included a grease gun to lube ball joints, tie rods ends etc,..providing you didn't over fill the joints and blow out the rubber boots. DCO
 

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Thanks for the info on the lubricant. All I want to do is spray a little into the clutch actuator. Should I get the clear stuff then and forget this white lithium? Hmmm. You brought up some good points and now I am thinking I should just leave it alone. What would you do?
 

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Thanks for the info on the lubricant. All I want to do is spray a little into the clutch actuator. Should I get the clear stuff then and forget this white lithium? Hmmm. You brought up some good points and now I am thinking I should just leave it alone. What would you do?
For the clutch actuator and sifter gears I would think the white lithium would do well, any splatter would be contained in side. Too easy to do just to not do it or pay to have it done. Youtube is your friend.
 

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Parts and supplies...

Second the RockAuto recommendation.

For transmission fluid, use a GL-4 oil. like Redline...
https://www.redlineoil.com/mt-90-75w90-gl-4-gear-oil

For engine oil, use a MB 229.5 rated oil. I use Pennzoil Euro 0W-40 from Walmart..
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pennzoil...hguid=76864292-0b6-166bce3dbf42d8&athena=true

Oil filter, I use a Fram 7317 or equivalent rater than the 6607. A third longer, same base and bypass

RockAuto has air filters, cabin air filters, and spark plugs.
Advanced Auto has engine and cabin air filters, but not as cheap as RockAuto...

O'Reilly Auto also has spark plugs, I put in the Denso Iridium long life, SXU22HDR8
 

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I did it! I serviced my car just as everyone on here and on YouTube told me to do. All went really well and I had no problems removing any of the filters and changing them.

The only thing I didn't do was spray into the clutch actuator. I couldn't decipher where it was while underneath the car. I saw about 5+ rubber boot cone-like things and decided not to take a chance. I'm not young like I used to be and able to jump up and down anymore so once I got out from underneath, I wasn't going back under. Too hard on my body. My friend was a big help with strength.

I survived invasive breast cancer this year with a recent double mastectomy, so I feel like I really accomplished several things I have never done before and it's a good feeling. THANKS to everyone for their comments and help. I really appreciate it!

Diane
 

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The engine air filter is very easy and quick to change once you know how. After you un-clip it. The top cover, just raise it enough to move it to the right and it lifts right out. Just raise it just a little and slide it to the right it then clears and lifts right out. After you do it once it will take you five minutes to change the engine air filter from then on.
You don’t own a 2008. With the stiff elephant intake Schmechel
 
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