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  1. Thanks for the advice guys. How long can I put this off...!
  2. I find that when driving around the voltmeter on the dash reads about 13v. When the engine is idling it drops to about 11v. If I use the headlamps while driving the gauge drops from 13v to about 12 - 12.5v. As my S3 is only used every couple of weeks (or less in the winter) I have invested in a trickle charger to keep the battery topped up (the imobiliser was draining it). Prior to the trickle charger, even quite a decent journey (30 mins) was not really charging the battery (post a jump start). I thought that would be enough to completely replenish it. The battery is less than 6 months old so I don't think that is the problem, although it has been drained almost flat by the imobiliser several times. Are these symptoms indicative of an alternator reaching the end of it's useful life? I'm guessing that is the problem and if so is there a reccomended replacement (more modern/efficient?) Also - how hard is that to do? Bloody tricky I'm guessing! Any advice appreciated, Scotty
  3. I'm not too worried about getting my car looking the same as when it left the factory. Like you say they're such nice looking cars I don't think a little bit of fiddling here and there matters too much. Having said that I'd like to return mine to black bumpers just because I think they look cooler! To complete the look I'd like to get new tyres with white writing on them (very 80s) and perhaps even a turbo boot lid with louvres. If anyone has a spare one hanging about?...
  4. My Y reg S3 seems to have a number of unoriginal bits then. I know it was a right off once and started life red. It is blue now and has body coloured bumpers and a sunroof. I think the sunroof must be aftermarket - I quite like it - except it leaks when it rains hard! Thanks for all the info guys - think I might look out for some black bumpers - love that reto look! Scotty
  5. Interesting. Any idea what they might charge for a C service? Esprit Engineering, also in Salisbury reckon they can do it for
  6. thanks goose, will continue to investigate.
  7. I assume you removed them - how fiddly is that?
  8. My third post tonight! Son is now 6 months and sleeping - finally had a chance to look at my poor neglected esprit! I quite fancy having a bit of a tune up and hear that rolling roads might be the way to go. I'm not after doing anything too clever - just to check that the ignition and carbs are delivering what they should be. The car is running fine but is just a bit spluttery at low revs. However - I can't help but think that if I turn up at a tuning place in the centre of town in an early 80s esprit - the people running the place are going to be more geared up for an Impreza or Citreon Saxo. Does anyone know if that is the case - and if so are there any (old) lotus friendly places in the south. (Based in Southampton) Cheers, Scotty
  9. Hey Goose, Very impressed with your spraying guide. Still not sure I dare do mine. Were your black bumpers fibreglass then and not rubber?
  10. The sump of my 83 S3 has a tiny half inch crack in the bottom. The car runs fine but is steadily leaking onto the garage floor. I continue to use it but have to top up with oil every few weeks. I am contemplating getting a secondhand sump from Lotusbits - I am praying there are not dozens of minutely different versions of the sump. If and when I get one is it pretty straightforward to drop the old one off and wack on a replacement? Is it the kind of thing to tackle on axle stands or leave to Geoff at Esprit Engineering when I get C service in a month or two?
  11. I've tried and failed to find answer for this elsewhere on the site. Did all S3s have body coloured bumpers (with plywood) and turbos have black ones or is it a mix? My 83 S3 has body coloured bumpers and I wasn't sure if they were original. I quite like the look of the black bumpers... I know that's not a very technical question but I'm sure someone must know the answer. Cheers, Scotty.
  12. On my S3 the pressure stays very high for the first 5-10 mins, up at about 75-80psi. As the engine gets fully warm (about 80c) then the pressure drops to about 30-35psi for normal driving and down to about 5psi at idle. I always get a bit worried at the start that I might blow a gasket when the engine's cold. The warm figures seem fairly textbook so I've never worried. Is the high pressure initially normal? and if so why is that? what is the mechanical explanation - my small brain hasn't worked it out.
  13. I'm with Goose on this one. I love the look of the turbo too. Unlike your car Goose mine has no rubber bumpers - they are all body colour. Not sure if that is standard or a previous mod. Would the slatted rear boot lid be a straight swap for a standard glass bootlid my 83 S3? That was the only mod I was thinking of trying - what does anybody think?
  14. I have recently had pointed out to me that my 1983 S3 has a slight sag to the right. Like a proud new parent (had it since january) I had managed not to notice this imperfection (along with numerous others). Now it has been pointed out, I notice it all the time and it's bothering me! At the back the rhd side is definitely about an inch lower than the lhd. I'm pretty sure all the suspension is original so I'm not surprised it's a bit tired. These questions might sound a bit daft, but what the heck: Which component(s) are tired? Is it the springs, shocks or both? Do springs wear out? (i assume they must do eventually). Are adjustable shocks worth it? - ie mine is a road car and not really for the track. Can anyone recomend a good road set up? (not too expensive) ps good luck with the lowering. I can't lower mine any more as the only ramps I can get access to for free are for lifting Tanks and they are a bit steep.
  15. Guys, thanks for the advice. I changed the thermostat at the same time as fixing the fans and am pretty sure it works. I tested it by having someone keep a hand on the radiator when starting the car from cold with the new thermostat. As expected it stayed cold until the temp gauge reached 80ish then it warmed up as the thermostat opened at 82. My reasoning was that this proved the thermostat was working. Either the voltage regulator is knackered or my car just runs cold?! Better than hot I suppose. Cheers again, Scotty
  16. Don't know if it's of any interest but my car (1982 S3) seems to run constantly at 70 degrees. I haven't had it long and to start with I assumed that the gauge must be broken so considered buying another. After stripping out the whole cooling system and fixing the fans - neither of which worked I put it back together and it still runs at a steady 70 degrees. Obviously it heats up if left standing for a while and the fans do now cut in at about 90. My fuel gauge seems a bit doubtful though - could someone explain the previously mentioned link between the readings of the gauges? I naively assumed they were totally seperate? I have recently done several 200 mile + journeys and apart from the leaky sunroof, broken heater, knackered windscreen wiper and dodgy battery the car has been great! Love the website, Scotty
  17. guys, thanks for your help - and offer of more help. Unfortunately the car is tucked up in a garage in norfolk while I am in Southampton so I haven't had a chance to do any real investigation yet. I'll try and suss it this week and let you know. Cheers again, Scotty
  18. Has anybody got any experience on windscreen wipers? Mine has developed an annoying habit where it flicks up when you turn them on and then gets stuck at the right hand side of the screen in the fully up position. This wipes the screen once - I then have to drive as far as possible (till I'm blinded) turn the wipers off and then stick my right arm out the window and flick the blade back down again with my hand. When it gets stuck you can see the arm flexing a little like it wants to go back, it just doesn't quite make it. Could this be just the wiper arm slipping on the drive shaft? - and if so - any ideas on how to fix it. On a quick check the wiper didn't want to come off at all - that may just be old age. My manual seems to have nothing about the wiper system in it anywhere. Any ideas appreciated, a slightly damp, Scotty
  19. Thanks - that's all very good advice - seems to make sense. I have now got to wait another two days before I can get under my car and have a good investigate. Very frustrating! Any final consensus on the air filters? Good idea/bad idea in our temperate climate?
  20. Thanks - hopefully another job I can manage!
  21. Continuing the gearbox theme - there is a page on oil changing on Stevens cars on LEW - is it pretty much identical on G cars? I haven't had a good look yet but is there a fill level bolt on one side of the gearbox which you fill to and then replace once the oil level has reached it? That seems to be the theme for Stevens cars and looks relatively simple. Cheers
  22. Having been a lotus owner for a couple of weeks now I am slowly uncovering the full extent of bodges carried out by POs. My main concern at the moment is the cooling system where it appears the thermostat has been removed to try and compensate for fans that aren't working (old collision damage). Am I correct in thinking that the single wire from the top of the water pump is the one that goes to the temp gauge and that the pair of wires coming from the coolant pipe, fwd right in the engine bay control the operation of the cooling fans? Is this an otter switch? How exactly does this system work and is it likely that this is knackered or are the electrics fairly robust? (unlikely I suppose!). I have a new thermostat and fan to fit but want to suss the system first. A very amateur electrician. Also - an armchair mechanic recently suggested I replace my extremely tatty original air filter set up with small K&Ns strapped straight to the carbs breathing the air from around the engine - is this a bad idea? (I'm guessing it probably is or Lotus would have done it themselves?)
  23. Guys, thanks for all your help. My other half wasn't overly impressed with the idea of helping fill the car up! I think I will have to go over the cooling system with a fine toothcomb and check it out. As for the wipers I haven't figured out what is wrong there but thanks for the offer of help. I work away a lot and am now massively frustrated that I can't just step outside and have a tinker as the car is 200 miles away! Cheers again, Scotty. ps what does anyone think I should be paying for a secondhand/replacement bonnet for a 1982 S3 as mine is a bit knackered?
  24. I am a brand new S3 owner. I love my new and scruffy 1982 esprit but like most of them it seems to have a few niggles. Having picked it up I have driven it about 100 miles to it's new home. (quite chuffed it made it). It drove pretty well but seemed to run very cold. The whole way on the motorway it didn't seem to ever get much over 70c. Is this normal? or could the electric fans be stuck on? I wasn't able to check as I finished the journey in a storm and the wiper had packed up and water was flooding in the sunroof! The oil pressure looked pretty good - dropping to about 5 on idle but picking up well to about 35/40 at 3500rpm. The other problem was fillng up with petrol where I seemed to end up covered. Is there a tank breather blocked somewhere? If so where is it? Finally if anyone has a workshop manual (and owners manual), -even a scanned in copy on disc I could really do with one or advice on where to get one. Ebay seems all out. Thanks in advance for any help. PS love the LEW site and forum
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