Fred Bauer
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Fred Bauer replied to jackb's discussion What size wrench?
"Yes, 24mm should fit just fine. Use a good quality wrench; I've seen cheap wrenches that are off by a bit. Also, my preference is to use a wrench, not a socket."
Jun 21, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Papa Turtle's discussion LIFE of ENGINE?
Jun 8, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Papa Turtle's discussion LIFE of ENGINE?
"In other words, contact the dealer... (the car dealer, not a Castrol dealer)"
Jun 8, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Papa Turtle's discussion LIFE of ENGINE?
"BOT 328 is available from any smart dealer."
Jun 8, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Papa Turtle's discussion LIFE of ENGINE?
"30,000 miles seems an unreasonably short for manual transmission gear oil. Remember, this is a manual transmission, not an automatic. Remember, the dealer makes money by doing routine maintenance... (and, Jiffy Lube lost a class action law suit a…"
Jun 8, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Papa Turtle's discussion LIFE of ENGINE?
"No, it's not compatible, the transmission uses GL-4, not GL-5... and a very specific formulation (Castrol BOT 328). Check out http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/forums/f25/mobil-gear-oil-smart-transaxle-30957/ for a thorough discussion."
Jun 7, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Ryan Correia's discussion Self Servicing the Smart - Thoughts for the novice
"Yes, DOT4 can be purchased anywhere, but it's not what the smart wants. MB specifies Dot4 Plus for the smart, which is harder to find."
Apr 20, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Larry G's discussion where are the smart dealerships
"It looks like you have 3 fairly equal choices, depending on which way you want to head... Charleston, Atlanta, or Charlotte."
Apr 16, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to donnyonee's discussion motor removal?
"For something major like this, you might want to pay a little and get the official word: http://owners.smartusa.com/Subscription_Plans.aspx"
Apr 15, 2010
Fred Bauer commented on Jackie Kroll's blog post Radio problem
"Does your Brabus have the auto wipers/headlights? That was known to kill batteries, and owners were apparently upgraded to larger batteries. If it's a smart radio, and it's causing problems, perhaps the radio needs to be replaced. I…"
Apr 6, 2010
Fred Bauer commented on Tom Robertson's blog post No Title
"No precautions, instructions are here: http://owners.smartusa.com/Oil___Filter.aspx Service reminder reset instructions are here: http://owners.smartusa.com/userfiles/file/Maintenance%20Counter%20Reset%20Final.pdf"
Apr 6, 2010
Fred Bauer commented on Tim Devinney's blog post Smart Maintenance Schedule
Mar 29, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Alexander Palasz's discussion Brake over-ride the accelerator
"As an interesting side note, the Maryland Drivers test has the question "What should you do if the accelerator sticks?" The correct answer is "Turn off the engine." This was on the test long before Toyota's problems became…"
Mar 5, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Alexander Palasz's discussion Brake over-ride the accelerator
"Remember, it's a manual transmission. Any time you are stopped, the clutch will be disengaged... at that point, it doesn't matter if the transmission is in gear or neutral, there will be no power to the wheels."
Mar 5, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Ron H.'s discussion Smart car in Chevrolet commercial?
"If you go to the Cobalt site, it's got a comparison between it and up to three other cars. The default is that it shows Chevy is better in every category... only because it beats ONE of the cars in that category. If you specify just one car for…"
Jan 26, 2010
Fred Bauer replied to Ron H.'s discussion Smart car in Chevrolet commercial?
"This one? http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid40911272001?bclid=40917322001&bctid=45344726001 Let's see, comparing the Passion to the Cobalt 2LT (alloy wheels and ABS)... Cobalt doesn't have ESP (that's only on the…"
Jan 24, 2010

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