Cary's Garage: Smart Car Struggles

Hey Cary,

I have a 2009 Smart car that seems to be having some issues and I was wondering if you might have some advice on what I should do. I went to drive it recently and the transmission seems to not shift or do anything at all. I put it in drive and the engine just revs, if I restart it a couple of times sometimes it will go into gear and move. What should I do?

Thanks, Phil.

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Cary's Garage: Through Thick and Thin

I had a friend ask me recently about my experience with older air-cooled vehicles and what my feeling about the right oil weight to run was. Well, I have driven air-cooled vehicles for many years and many thousands of miles and have experimented with oil to see what had the best results.

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Cary's Garage: Citroen Hydraulic Blues

Cary,

Here is kind of an odd one for you. I have a ‘71 Citroen D series car and it seems there is an issue finding the Hydraulic Mineral fluid for the system. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for me?

Thanks,

Mark

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Cary's Garage: Bringing an Engine Back From the Dead

Cary,

I was wondering if you had any good tips and tricks for bringing an old car back to life that’s been sitting for a long time. I’ve read and heard different things, but I want your advice on what you have ever done.

Thanks,

Tom

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Cary's Garage: Oil Striction

Recently I was talking to several people I know about maintenance and care for a couple of Powerstroke Diesel engines and was surprised that neither had heard of oil stiction and the effects it causes.

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TTAC Tech Column: BMW Valve Adjustments

Hi Cary,

I have a question for you about some maintenance on an older BMW I recently bought. The car is an E30 325i and I was told that it needs to have a valve adjustment. I am new to having an older car as everything I have owned prior has been much newer. Any advice on it and what to keep an eye out for?

Thank you for any information.

Ronnie

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Cary's Garage: Getting an Old Diesel Going
Cary,I recently purchased a fairly rare vehicle that has been sitting. It’s a 1983 Chevrolet Celebrity that has a 4.3-liter V6 Diesel. I have two questions I n…
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Housekeeping: Tech Q and A Will Return Next Week

Our tech Q and A columnist is dealing with a family emergency, so the column will return next week.

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