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  1. I'm glad to hear your car is sorted, @Gareth44. I'm still having some slight problems with my car, but I'll be back with a more detailed report when I know what's going on.
  2. Mine’s done just short of 60k miles. Mostly enthusiastic driving on country lanes, with a couple of long road trips around Europe. I’ve always been wary of abusing the clutch, so very few aggressive standing starts.
  3. @Gareth44 good luck getting yours sorted. Mine’s now booked in for September 14th, so yours will probably be done before mine.
  4. Simple explanation for that is the AA bloke gave me bad information. Subsequent examination of the pipe suggests it’s still a very good fit when connected properly.
  5. I think you’ve been lucky! I’ve had 10 Lotus over that past 30 years and I’m sure most of those have broken down at some point! I’ve definitely found my last two to be the most reliable - Toyota power seems to be an advantage!
  6. Sorry, the connection is directly underneath the throttle body, really hard to see it, yet alone get a useful picture. Honestly, don’t even worry about it. It seems to be just a total one-off following the engine-out job.
  7. Nobody else has experienced this in the Facebook group either!
  8. I’m really not sure. The AA guy said something about the pipe having a moulded shape so it should click into place. He said that removing a refitting the pipe takes the edges off so it doesn’t grip so well. No mention of a clip. I’ve been advised to get the pipe replaced urgently, and Mike Kimberley told me on the Lotus Evora Owners Group on Facebook that Lotus need to issue a service bulletin.
  9. Had a little excitement this morning. The high pressure fuel pipe popped off, and sprayed petrol all over the engine bay! Fortunately, I saw the spray immediately in my rear view mirror, and I stopped the car as soon as I could in a small lay-by. The AA were able to reattach the pipe, and get me mobile again, but I'm obviously very concerned about driving the car now until I can get a new pipe fitted. Has anybody else heard of this happening on Evoras in the past?
  10. Ah, I misread your question. No, my noIse only goes away when the clutch is fully depressed. Thanks
  11. Yes, the sound mostly goes away, but that doesn’t really narrow it down much. I’ve had 4 mechanics listen to it, the consensus is it’s probably the friction plate, but we won’t know until it all comes apart again.
  12. I have no idea if it's even possible to fit the friction plate the wrong way around, but Lotus Silverstone have done a few clutches in the past, I'd be surprised if they've made any such silly mistakes. I'd be even more surprised if it's possible to do the job without removing the clam, and given how awkward it would be to separate the engine and gearbox with the clam in place, I'd be yet more surprised if that actually saved any time! Well, the latest news is that they managed to locate a friction plate this time. However, now they're short of a pressure plate
  13. I don’t know much about it, but I assume nothing pushed the spring out. I guess either the spring, or the area where it’s mounted suffered a failure. At that point, you’ve got a spring and some small bits of metal churning around the clutch, causing all kinds of damage until the engine stopped.
  14. Ok, I'm well overdue an update. Lotus have approved a parts warranty claim for a suspected problem with my replacement clutch I now have to wait whilst they check on parts availability before we can book the car in to have it all taken apart again The car sounds really quite rattly, and I'm occasionally having some difficulty engaging gears, but generally the car drives well, so at least I can enjoy it during this nice weather.
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