I like to look at my engine every now and then. Not that I would be able to do anything to it, I just like to know it's still there.

First, though, you have to find it. I got out the manual to find out how to get to it, and of course it had the usual photographs with indistinguishable details. I tried to follow the written instructions, just imagining what the photos would have looked like if they had been big enough to see. I didn't get very far.

You're supposed to pull the carpet up by a little string, raise it as high as you can, and "hook" it to something. I couldn't find anything to hook it to. The hook on the edge of the carpet looked like it might hook to something if it were facing the opposite direction, which of course it isn't, so you think you must be doing something wrong and maybe if you just keep raising and lowering the carpet, sooner or later it will latch onto something. It doesn't.

Anyway, I finally just held the carpet up with my head and unscrewed the engine cover. At least that was easy. But it's really hard to check anything with carpet backing in your face. I haven't mastered the braille dipstick yet.

Anyone else having any problem looking at their engine? Maybe I should just crawl under the car and look up at the bottom of it.

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Comment by Monty on June 4, 2009 at 7:51am
Thanks, mrbadexample. The retaining ring must be that little circle that falls off every fricking time I unlatch the lid. I think I lost it last time.
Comment by tommyk on June 3, 2009 at 9:45pm
Comment by Monty on June 3, 2009 at 12:08pm
Hmmmm. After looking at the picture of the hand, it looks like the hook WASN'T on backwards. This one looks just like mine did before I turned it around. Funny that I got it to work the other way, though. Now, I'm wondering if I should turn it back around again. I don't know how something this basic has to be so difficult. If they had just used bra hooks, I could have got it the first time. With my eyes closed.
Comment by Monty on June 3, 2009 at 11:58am
Thanks, everyone. Gosh, I never expected so much help. I was right about the hook. It was backwards. At least one of the hook-the-carpet-to-the-little-square-hole people at the smart factory is dyslexic. The end of the hook that "grabs" the carpet is very tight. It was difficult to remove and even more difficult to get back on, as it attaches to the outside edge of a slot in the carpet, which is very flexible.

It kept bunching up when I tried to slide it on. But I finally got it. Even after I got the hook in the right direction, though, it was very difficult to stick in the square hole. The hook is actually not quite long enough to reach the hole. You have to try to stretch the carpet to get it there.
I never could get it to work from the cargo area. I moved the passenger seat forward and leaned the back down and was finally able to get it hooked, working from the passenger compartment.

Thanks for the picture of the engine bottom. I see the oil filter. Could you draw me a little John Madden yellow arrow or circle around the drain plug? Not quite sure where that is.
Comment by Jim Yedor on June 3, 2009 at 9:51am
When I first brought TINIBNZ home my son crawled underneath to have a look. After he got out from under he said "Dad, Have you seen your oil filter? It's Adorable!"
Comment by tommyk on June 2, 2009 at 10:21pm
seems to me he just wanted to look at the engine. and i think mr x did the right thing by sending him the pics. he can just look at the pics. maybe even make a coulpe of wallet size to have with him anytime he gets the urge to look at the motor sometimes the answere to a problem is very simple lol
Comment by Ryan on June 2, 2009 at 8:33pm
and.... how exactly is that view helping him figure out how to keep the carpet held up and out of the way so that removal of the engine cover and access to the engine isn't difficult?
Comment by Mr. X on June 2, 2009 at 7:27pm
Engine: looking up
Comment by Mr. X on June 2, 2009 at 7:25pm

Comment by Mr. X on June 2, 2009 at 7:13pm

I got it up!

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