15 Sep, 15

Smart Car Clutch Actuator + Gear Actuator Repairs

Smart Car Gear Actuator FaultsThe SMART car transmission is unlike any ordinary 5 or 6 speed automatic. It is an automated manual gearbox which means the vehicle can be driven as a manual or automatic at the flick of a button. The vehicle does not have a clutch pedal and instead operates on sensors and ECU’s.

The system consists of a clutch actuator assembly, a gear shift actuator assembly and a gearbox ECU. Each of the actuators will also have position sensors which send signals back to the gearbox ECU to determine which gear the vehicle is in or what position the clutch is in. This information along with vehicle speed and other parameters will be used by the gearbox ECU to calculate the required gear, when the next gear change should take place and when to engage / dis-engage the clutch.

As many SMART car owners are already aware, this design has many faults and can render the vehicle completely un-drivable.

Common Clutch + Gear Actuator Problems
When the clutch and gear actuators fail on the Mercedes SMART car it doesn’t always give the same symptom, below we’ve listed the most common fault symptoms we are aware of so far:

  • 3 Bars / Lines Appearing on Gear Change Box
  • Slipping Out of Gears
  • Getting Stuck in Neutral
  • Failing to Select Gears

If your clutch or gear actuator has failed then you may already be aware at exactly how much it can cost to replace the unit. Each actuator is coded to the vehicle and can cost upwards of £700+Vat each to replace with coding. Furthermore the replacement unit will only come with a standard 12 month warranty and being that it is such a common failing part, it doesn’t give much confidence that the problem won’t re-occur.

We receive clutch & gear actuators for repair on a daily basis for the following vehicles:
Smart City
Smart ForTwo
Smart ForFour
Smart Roadster

We have also compiled a short list of part numbers associated to the failing clutch & gear actuator units. Note this is not a complete list of part numbers, only the most common part numbers we frequently see in our workshops.

000 3226 V01101 3981 007 101
000 3226 V01201 3981 000 022
000 3226 V01401 3981 000 066
000 3226 V01601 3981 000 070
A 451 250 00 62A 454 257 05 79

Smart Car Clutch + Gear Actuator ProblemsMy Mercedes SMART Car Actuator is Faulty – How can SINSPEED Help Me?

We specialise in the testing and repair of clutch + gear actuator units, not just for Smart cars but for all vehicle makes and models where the vehicles gearbox is controlled by electronic actuators. We’re able to fully bench test and repair the Smart car clutch actuator and gear actuator units. We use new genuine OEM parts when repairing the actuators to ensure each and every repaired clutch / gear actuator meets and exceeds OE specifications.

The repaired actuators will be returned to you with a Lifetime warranty for complete peace of mind and will not require re-coding when fitting back to the vehicle – simply plug & play!

If you have a Mercedes Smart Car with a clutch or gear actuator fault then give us a call today on 0844 847 9999.

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106 thoughts on “Smart Car Clutch Actuator + Gear Actuator Repairs
  • Hi there my 2003 450 snart was all fine untill i dissconnected the battery now ut wont start and has the three bars ?? Could thus be the sensor?? Any gelp be great thanks aswell as costs thanks

    • Hi Sue

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards


  • Hi,
    My smart car 2003 450, will not go from neutral into gear with the 3 bars showing on dashboard. Is this the clutch actuator? Could you please ley me know price.

    • Hi Sophie

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      We have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards


  • My mum’s smart car failed her last night on a busy road. It was in 5th gear, everything lit up, the 5th & 4th gear had an arrow pointing to go down the gearing. It seems like it went into limp mode. She started it up after 10 minutes, and it worked fine. Please, could you explain the problem?
    Thank you.
    Kind regards, Jan Gorman

    • Hi Janet

      Thanks for the enquiry,

      I have sent you an email with full information and pricing.

      Kind Regards


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