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    Vanessa
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    Lotus Elise

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  1. Hi Guys, Can anyone suggest a good breakers yard, or anyone have one for sale? I am looking for a front grill for an Elise S2. "Cheap" because my baby is turning in to a money pit lately. Somebody stole my grill, Many thanks x
  2. Wow ! you're great ! it worked that was a simple solution. Thank goodness x
  3. Hi Guys, My car has been left standing in reverse for 3 months, as I have been out of the country. The last few days I have driven it but when making each gear change, it was making a clunking sound but would go in to all gears. I parked it up last night and as it was on a slight hill I left it in reverse. Went to start it this morning and it is stuck in reverse and there is no shifting it ! Could it be the gear linkage? Please do not say it is gear box Any advise would be greatly appreciated x Sorry it is a lotus elise s2 x
  4. Hi Guys ! Just to let you know had the test done on my car. Good news it was just a split in the hose the one with the bleeding nipple. So Woo Hoo ! no expensive bill for me and my baby is back on the road. Thanks for all the advise, the garage looks at me in dismay when I start spouting out all this knowledge x
  5. Thanks Andy, I will take it on Monday for that test and flutter the ole eyelashes and hopefully get that done free and at least then I will know what I am dealing with. The Freelander cooling system is Landrover yeah? Somebody did mention to me about landrover parts being used on the k- series rover engine. If all else fails I will look at that. I just hope it is not HGF again x
  6. Hi Guys, Yes i have ordered a new cap as I've read these are recommended to be replaced at every service anyway and they are only a couple of quid. Michael, you asked about the heater core? I don't know whether this could be anything but ! the heaters do not work properly I did post a thread on this problem previously. The garage did a quick fix not sure what they did but the control dial on dashboard is fixed to (floor) and not screen and I was told do not touch it or I won't get any heat at all. I have heard the trickling of water running to the front before aswel. Travis I was wondering whether it could be a split or the hose has withered and slowly releasing the coolant and pressure. I will get these checked before I take it to the shop and get a "Ooooooh now it is going to cost you this much " response. As for Lotus owners in my area, I think there are a few I need to make friends Thanks guys I will keep you informed x You would be suprised a few garages turned me down for tyres because they didn't know where to put the Jack Lol x
  7. Hi Travis, Hmmm, now that could be a simple option to look at also. I don't really think it is the head gasket which has failed again. I do feel it is something easy and cheap to sort out but the first thing everyone says to you is "HEAD GASKET" So any ideas from you guys is greatly appreciated. x
  8. Hi Michael, Yes the overflow coolant bottle I meant. The garage who initially fitted the new head gasket had a look at it briefly because I thought if it was a head gasket problem then surely this would still be down to them as it should not have gone so soon after having it done. They said it was unlikely it was the head gasket but there was a lot of pressure causing the symptoms. They need to have it in and investigate further. Another thing I noticed when I stopped the car I could hear as if the water was running through to the front somehow. If that is any help? Shortly after buying the car the head gasket went on it. The car overheated and I presume blew the gasket and on this occasion I did have the oil mix in with the water which gave the creamy substance. That is when I booked it in for repair with Stratstone who is one of the main lotus dealers in Cardiff as nobody really wants to work on them. So that is why I took it back to them yesterday and I was told once they had it in and performed more tests, if it is the head gasket I wouldn't be covered as the warranty had just run out. So I would have to fit the bill again but yet I was told previously that the new head gaskets are modified and are unlikely to fail again. I love this car and wanted one as long as I can remember but haven't had much luck with it since I have had it. As I said if I had some idea of what it could be before I am told otherwise by the garage, that would be a great help. As I don't really trust garages . especially with a lotus pound signs in their eyes. x If I do the leak down test and If by some miracle it is not the head gasket (fingers crossed) and turns out to be a major blockage somewhere, how would find out where and be able to solve the problem? I had a similar problem with my MGF head gasket replaced and then same symptoms as if it had failed again and was told "Oh no head gasket gone" but it turned out to be something simple like a worn pipe.
  9. Hi Guys, I had a new head gasket fitted on my lotus elise S2 about a year ago. The last couple of weeks I've noticed I have had to keep filling up the water tank. The the other day while stopped at traffic lights I could hear the water bubbling and my reading went up past 100. This soon came down once I started moving again. By the time I had got home the tank was empty again. It seemed to be the same symptoms of head gasket but there was no mixture of oil to water etc. As the Lotus dealer had done the work for me, I took it back there and on quick inspection they said it was not the head gasket but there was too much pressure causing the water to spill out of the tank or elsewhere. They want me to book it in to have a look but as they charge £150 an hour labour, I was hoping someone might have an idea of what it could be and if it was something if it was simple, I could get it done myself, rather than pay through the nose to the garage. I don't use the car that much only really for pleasure on the weekend so it hasn't had high mileage since the new gasket. Look forward to your replies Vanessa x
  10. Yes everything seems to be connected okay. Nothing is working at all now. No lights on dashboard etc, just the immobilizer light flashing and a clicking noise which sounds to be coming from the dashboard x Hi Bibs, Doh ! I just disconnected it all again and screwed it as tight as I could and hey presto it works. Now I feel the fool ! How stupid am I ? not to check the obvious. I love you guys ! Thank you x
  11. Hi Guys n Girls Its been a while ! I went away for 5 weeks and left my car (Lotus Elise S2) standing battery died so replaced battery and car has worked fine for last 4 weeks. I drove it briefly this morning everything fine, went to start it just now and put the key in, lights came on pressed alarm fob to start the car and nothing. When I tried it the second time there was no lights displayed at all. Left it for a few seconds and my immobilizer light started to flash but not as intermittent as it usually is. I could hear like a bleeping noise which seemed to be coming from the left hand side of the dashboard. Then I tried it again and nothing. Any help would be greatly appreciated before I get it taken to a garage where they could tell me anything x
  12. I will try and upload a pic of the wheel. Stratstone Cardiff are a waste of time, They did my head gasket that was ok but I have been waiting a few months for an alarm fob as mine is really on its last legs. They keep saying they will ring back and never do, very frustrating ! I must be the unluckiest lotus owner in the world everything that can go wrong has x
  13. Had a look on ebay everyone on there apart from the ones ive got on mine. Looks like replacing a whole new set rather than just the one x
  14. Hi everyone, Any advise where to get a front wheel I think its 16in for Lotus Elise S2. Mine has a buckle and twist in it apparently. x
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