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At 12:09pm on February 24, 2010, Todd Blackley said…
Super, That is good news Jack. The tire store that broke mine paid for the part (~50.00/latch). Easy to replace and now works as new.

Keep on smarting....

At 9:08pm on November 9, 2009, Todd Blackley said…
Hi Jack,

I have written up how to open the tailgate latch on a smart. It's in a PDF with photo's and everything. I will need to send you an email with this as an attachment. My email address is todd.blackley@gmail.com Send me an email and I'll send you the complete info. Take care, Todd

The text is this:

How to Open the Tailgate Latch When Broken
Steps to Open:
Using a flashlight, look into the thumb latch opening. There is a shaft that the lever rotates on. On one side of the shaft is a spring and on the other side of the shaft is a very small internal lever that is shiny. (fig A).
Using a strong paperclip (or cotter pin, etc), make a right angle bend on one end about 1/8” long. (fig B).
Place the bent paperclip so the “hook” is underneath that shiny level and pull to lever up towards you. You may need to repeat this a couple of times to open the latch.
Remember to block the side open so it does not re-latch.
Latch Price From Smart : ~$54.00 / each side
At 6:22pm on November 9, 2009, Todd Blackley said…
PS. I had the dealer order the part over the phone and ship it to me. I live 60miles away from the dealer and did not want to take a day off, etc.

At 6:20pm on November 9, 2009, Todd Blackley said…
I can tell you how to do this. It took me over an hour to learn how. I'll email you how I did it and how I made the little tool for opening it. The latch costs $54.00 / each (there is a right and a left side, if you need both). Once open they are real easy to take apart and replace. I needed to buy a torx drive set (12.00) for the screws.

Talk to you soon.
At 10:39am on November 3, 2009, Bob & Jan said…
Go to evilution.co.uk. It the european web site for smarts. It has much info about working on a smart. Use the drop down menu under electrical for info on changing lights.
At 10:54am on May 17, 2009, Teapots said…
It was great seeing you again...Glad you could make it. It sounds like you (just like the rest of us) are still having fun in your smartie.
At 1:35am on January 6, 2009, Teapots said…
Happy to see that you finally got yours. Will be on the lookout for you. We were at the Desert Museum this past weekend and a couple were admiring our "Pipsqueak". Come to find out, they are supposed to be taking delivery of theirs sometime in February. Big guys says Hi.
At 7:13pm on December 13, 2008, Teapots said…
Hi...It was great meeting you and your wife today at the Smart Holiday Open House. Hope you love your car as much as we do.
At 4:48pm on July 9, 2008, smart center Chandler said…
Hi Jack - we sure do! Give us a call and ask to be put on our interest list... 480-421-4340

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