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Alcester Smart Repairs

Smart Repairs Alcester

Smart Parts: Supply & Fit

Smart Timing Belt - Smart Cambelt
Smart Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Smart service or if the Timing Belt on your Smart has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Smart Clutches
Smart clutch repairs Alcester - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Smart Clutch kit

Smart Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Smart Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Smart model

Smart Autoelectrics
Smart electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Smart engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Smart Brakes
Routine Smart servicing, replacement Smart brake pads & discs fitted, Smart hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Smart Exhausts
Smart Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Smart Exhausts fitted & welded

Smart Engines
Smart Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Smart Body Panels
Replacement Smart panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Smart Panel damage repairs

Smart Performance Spares
OEM Smart parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Smart Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Smart Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Smart Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Smart paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Smart different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Smart Alternators
Replacement Smart alternators fitted

Smart EGR Valves
Replacement Smart EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Smart - The EGR valve helps your Smart burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Smart engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Smart Starter Motors
Replacement Smart Starter motors installed

Smart Electrical Components
Smart electrical faults repaired using Smart OEM components - Smart sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Smart Cooling System
Replacement Smart radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Smart engine at its optimal operating temperature

Smart Gearboxes
Smart Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Smart gearbox

Smart Suspension System
Smart replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Alcester Brake Fitting - New Disc Brakes & Pads

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Smart brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

Modern Smart braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

Smart Hydraulic Disc Brake and Drum Brake Systems

Smart disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Smart rear wheels

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Drum Brakes are an older system than Smart disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Smart Brakes - Smart Brake Servicing and Maintenance

if the Smart brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

The brake pads on your Smart should wear first

If the Smart brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

Smart Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

Smart brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

Smart Brake Inspection Elements

Adjust handbrake

Brake calliper operation

General brake disc condition

ABS warning light operation

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Wheel cylinder condition

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Hand brake linkage condition

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Brake pipe Condition

Brake drum condition

And carry out the following maintenance of your Smart braking system:-

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Handbrake function and travel

Smart Steering System

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Smart steering system is uneven tyre wear

Common symptoms of Smart steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Smart tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

Smart Steering, Wheels & Tyres:-

Steering Condition

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Smart Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Smart Services Braking System Servicing and Repair

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Smart Replacement Timing Belt or Cambelt Alcester

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

Since Smart Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Smart

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Smart parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Smart timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Generally Smart belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Smart that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Smart Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

Alcester Replacement Smart Clutch

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

The Smart clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theSmart transmission system

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

Smart Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Smart clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Smart Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Smart Clutch kit:-
Smart clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Smart clutch slave cylinder

Smart Fuel Injectors - Fuel Injection

Smart Engine Mapping
The Smart ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Smart vehicles

Smart Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

Smart Re-Mapping Alcester
The Smart ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Smart fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Smart Maintenance - Oil & Filter Change Alcester

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Smart engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Smart performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Smart engine increases

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Smart recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Smart engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Smart motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Smart running smoothly

Oil & Filter Change
A new Smart oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Smart engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Smart engine fails

Synthetic Oil Change - Alcester
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Smart Replacement Exhausts Alcester

The Smart exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

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  • Uneven Tyre Wear?
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  • Smart Wheel alignment
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  • Riken
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Smart ABS - Anti-lock Brakes

  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Control Unit
  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Modulator

Smart Aircon (Air Conditioning)

  • Smart AC Fluid Top Up
  • Smart AC Evaporator
  • Smart AC Compressor
  • Smart AC Pump
  • Smart AC Condenser
  • Smart AC Receiver Drier
  • Smart AC Radiator

Smart Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • Smart Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • Smart Fuel Filter
  • Smart Transmission Filter Kit
  • Smart Oil Filter
  • Smart Air Filter

Smart Sensors

  • Smart Temperature Sensor
  • Smart Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Smart Oxygen Sensor

Smart Electrical Systems

  • Smart Fuel Pump
  • Smart Starter Motor
  • Smart Bulbs
  • Smart Tail Lights
  • Smart Fog Lights
  • Smart Alternator
  • Smart Spark Plugs
  • Smart Electronic Control Unit
  • Smart Window Motors
  • Smart Oxygen Sensor
  • Smart Lambda Sensor
  • Smart Antenna
  • Smart Eibach Pro Kit
  • Smart Heater Core
  • Smart Heater Blower Motor
  • Smart Water Pump
  • Smart Ignition Coil
  • Smart Parking Light
  • Smart Cooling Fan
  • Smart Thermostats
  • Smart Headlights
  • Smart ECU Mapping Remap
  • Smart Spark Plug HT Leads

Smart Wheel Components

  • Smart Control Arm
  • Smart Tyres
  • Smart Ball Joints
  • Smart Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Smart Axle Assembly
  • Smart CV Joint Boot Kit

Smart Braking System

  • Smart Brake Master Cylinder
  • Smart Brake Servo
  • Smart Brake Rotor
  • Smart Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Smart Brake Discs
  • Smart Brake Pads
  • Smart Brake Drums
  • Smart Brake Compensator Valve
  • Smart Brake Calipers

Smart Clutches

  • Smart Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Smart Clutch Cable
  • Smart Clutch Pedal
  • Smart Clutch Kit
  • Smart Flywheel
  • Smart Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Smart Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Smart Clutch Slave Cylinder

Smart Exhaust Systems

  • Smart Oxygen Sensor
  • Smart Tailpipe
  • Smart Exhaust Pipes
  • Smart Muffler
  • Smart Silencer
  • Smart Exhaust Box
  • Smart Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Smart Exhaust System Complete
  • Smart Exhaust Manifold
  • Smart Exhaust
  • Smart Lambda Sensor
  • Smart EGR Valve

Smart Engine Parts

  • Smart Engine Mounts
  • Smart Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Smart Pistons and Cylinder
  • Smart Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Smart Ignition Coil
  • Smart Timing Belt Kits
  • Smart Fuel Injector
  • Smart Timing Chain Kits

Smart Gaskets

  • Smart Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Smart Valve Cover Gasket

Smart Oil & Hydraulics

  • Smart Oil Cap
  • Smart Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Smart Fuel Cap
  • Smart Oil Pump
  • Smart Oil Sump and Plate
  • Smart Oil Filter

Smart Parts

  • Smart Radiator Pipes
  • Smart Radiator
  • Smart Shock Absorbers
  • Smart Steering Rack
  • Smart Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Smart Windscreen Wipers
  • Smart Hood Emblems
  • Smart Wiper Blades
  • Smart Tie Rods
  • Smart Serpentine and V Belt
  • Smart Power Steering Pump
  • Smart Power Steering Hoses
  • Smart Throttle Body & Cable
  • Smart Struts

Smart - Suspension & Springs

  • Struts
  • Smart Additional Suspension Components
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Idler arm
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Smart bush wear
  • Ball Joints
  • Spring Condition
  • Smart Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Sway Bar
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Suspension Struts
  • Tie Rods
  • Rubber Grommets

Common Smart Problems

  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Smart check engine light on
  • Coolant Leaking
  • No pick up for first gear
  • My Smart Won't Start
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Engine Overheating
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Clutch juddering
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Smart Check Engine Light On
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Knocking sound
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Smart Lights not working
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Vacuum Leak
  • master cylinder leaking
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • Warning Lights On
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Heater Not Working
  • Judder when braking
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Smart Immobiliser
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Clogged Smart air filter
  • Engine Misfires
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Smart Radiator fan not working
  • Smart keeps stalling
  • Slipping when cold
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Window stuck
  • Smart Headlights not working
  • My Smart Does Not drive Straight
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Can't get into gear
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Engine Stalls
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