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My Smart car is using a lot for water. Refill at least once a day. Don't see any water leaks. Overheat in slow moving traffic.

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  • masterprop Oct 22, 2009

    Hi Karaman,
    Problem is that I have to refill the car at least every second day, the driving that I do is between 100 and 200 km per day. I do not see any water leaks, nor any place where it might steam out. It used to run at 80, now specially on a hot day with lots of traffic temp goes up, then if I check the water the water bottle is empty and I have to refill again. Since I posted my problem, my gears dissapeard. No gears 3 stripes on the dash.

  • masterprop Oct 23, 2009

    Hi Karaman,

    Thanks for the feedback on my overheating problem. Problem solved. Have'nt had any overheating problems so far today.
    Next question. No gear selection. Feels like a knuckle that does not go into joint. Also 3 stripes on dash.


  • SPEEDY CAR WORK SHOP May 11, 2010

    Do you have temperature problem , I mean do you feel that it is not like before , like goes up more than before?



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OK , even though it is hard to know without physically checking the car , but my guess is that possibly you have air in the radiator as first option. So what you need to do is open the temp gauge sensor (located in the back , top of the engine) and please make sure to open the lock and not to lose it as you will need it to tighten the sensor in its place. Open the water bottle and pour water in it and let the water come out from the back (the sensor) , you will see air bubbles coming out with the water , but keep on pouring water till you see no bubbles what so ever. put sensor back in its place while water bottle is full and while water is still coming out from the back to make sure that no air escapes inside with the water.You might need another person to help you pouring water while you are in the back. Start the car and let it warm up and let it run till it gets to 100 temp and watch how fast it comes back to 80 for couple of times , and while car running check the water bottle cap if its loosing any water. Let me know if you need more help Good luck

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  • SPEEDY CAR WORK SHOP Oct 23, 2009

    I am glad that your over heating problem is resolved.
    In regards to the 3 dashes , usually that refers to transmission problem. Most probably you have a problem with the motor of the transmission, Could be that it needs to be re calibrated or replaced.
    To recalibrate you need to loosen the bolts on the motor (in the back above transmission) and let the motor take its place (don't push the motor either way , just let it take its place) fasten bolts back and check the dash.



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