My first tentative drives were a little fraught…!
Bearing in mind I’d never properly driven an Esprit before and I’d just carried out a major overhaul I was pretty paranoid! Couple that with an ECL that kept popping up for 10 secs then clearing – I was a bit worried! So after a bit more research on the forums and borrowing an ALDL cable from SuperDaveLotus I established it was just a high idle causing the ECL. I cleaned out the IACV and things calmed down a bit. So I started to drive the
So after a day or so I realised that it wasn't going to fix itself so I cracked on with it!
Access is 'interesting' for most things as I found out!
First things: Service.
I object to paying people to change the oil and filter, plus I like to know that it's been done!
So I serviced it myself using the lotus service schedule.
All the fluids were changed: oil, coolant, gearbox oil, power steering fluid and brake fluid.
Plugs changed, new belts on and everything else looked over carefull
So the deal was struck and I was the owner of an Esprit S4!
It did however need a fair bit of work that I knew about, as it had been off the road for around 2 years:
Major service required.
Cambelt 4 1/2 years old, 10,000 miles
Headlights, one stuck down and all 4 rusted beyond help
Drivers seat bolster worn through.
Gear linkage needed attention
Oil leak from the front of the engine.
I had it transported down from it's old home in Moffat to
It has been suggested that I keep track of my ongoing love/hate relationship with my Esprit S4 as a blog so I'm having a go.
I'm an engineer by trade, not a hands on practical engineer, but a jack of all trades master of none fault investigator.
I currently investigate military aircraft component faults and sort them out for a living but with all the current cuts I might need a new job before too long!
Mechanical stuff doesn't phase me particularly but that does mean I get in over my he