2008 Smart Fortwo: Damage Repair, Part 1
May 19, 2008
We drove the Smart Fortwo back to our garage folowing the crash. Turns out we couldn't just crawl underneath it to diagnose the damage as hoped. We dusted off our backs, went to the local tire shop and put it on a lift. We were in for a surprise.
Our local shop is Stokes Tire Pros in Santa Monica. They were our third option. We'd already called two Mercedes-Benz dealerships to locate alignment specs for the Smart. Neither had access to them, or a clue where to look.
Stokes techs found alignment specs for a Euro-Smart in their database. US-specs were unavailable. It was the most progress we'd made so far. We decided to have the alignment measured but not adjusted. Cost: $25.
The right-rear tire was toed out. A visual inspection seemed to back that up. It appeared that a portion of the muffler (top of pic) was pushed into the right control arm on impact.
In the back of our minds, we wanted to repair the Smart ourselves. When we confirmed the alignment was out and control arm bent it was time to turn it over to the pros. We found even the pros were unprepared for this car.
Stay tuned for more.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Coordinator @ 2,460 miles