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  2. Thanks Guys, Luckily I bought a few spare plugs as it took 3 attempts (and about as many weeks) to finally get it in square and water-tight. Access through the wheel arch is not good!. -Keith
  3. Hi Folks, I've had one of the cylinder head core plugs rot through (just above the exhaust manifold). It's been a devil of a job getting it out with only limited access through the rear wheel ach, but finally had success last night. I've got the new plug but I've read various advice on fitting them on the 'net. Some seem to advocate that they are put in dry, other's say to use Hylomar or similar. Does anyone know the official story? Thanks, Keith
  4. Typical, I only found this thread after I installed mine last night! On my hi-wing I didn't fancy dismantling the dash so I installed it above the LHS fuel tank near the sender unit. I picked up power from the O2 sensor loom which also runs through there. An old cushion placed on top of the engine prevents having "LOTUS CHARGECOOLER" permanently embossed into your chest! Cheers, Keith
  5. This rings a bell! When I first got my SE, occasionally just after starting the engine ABS lights on and no heater fans. Usually it would sort itself out after a few minutes, on other ocassions I had to switch off and re-start. Like you I suspected a relay so took the highly technical approach of pulling every relay (front and back compartments) and giving all the contacts a clean. One relay at a time I hasten to add! The problem has never come back. When I finally got a workshop manual I had a brief perusal of the electrical schematic and think the most likely suspect is the 'start drop-out relay'. This looks to feed the heater fan switch and ABS control circuit amongst others. As my problem has not re-appeared (touch wood!) I haven't investigated further so I stand ready to be corrected. Attached are what I think are the relevant pages... MK_Electrical_90MY_on_sheet2A.pdf MK_Electrical_90MY_on_sheet30A.pdf Cheers, Keith
  6. Hi Stephen, No, I'm afraid the car you saw wasn't mine. She's laid up in my garage waiting for my starter motor to return from being refurbished. Hopefully I'll be back on the road by next weekend. Cheers, Keith
  7. Both items are now SOLD. Thanks to everyone involved. Cheers, Keith
  8. I'm having a clear out of these noisy bits removed from my '92 SE Hi-wing. 1. Larini club sport exhaust - twin exit. I purchased this when I found my standard exhaust was blowing. I fitted it and was horrified at how loud it was. I then removed and re-fitted it again just to make sure it wasn't a leaking joint or something but no, it is just LOUD. In total I think it was only on the car for about 150 miles max. I managed to get my standard system repaired so it went back on. Sorry about the pre-amble but just want to make sure any prospective purchasers know that these exhausts are a lot louder than standard! It should also be noted that (on the SE at least) a small semicircle has to be removed from the rear valance to clear the second tailpipe and the mesh grille cut back to let the pipe through. Otherwise it is a straight bolt-on job. The only bolts not provided with the exhaust are the long ones for the clamp ring. You might be lucky and re-use your original bolts but mine were totally corroded and I replaced them with st. steel (M8 x 100 if I remember correctly). This system cost me well over 400.00 GBP so bargain at 300.00 GBP + postage at cost (I'd guess about 15.00 GBP in UK mainland) 2. Bailey Motorsport Dump Valve This was fitted to my Esprit when I bought it but the 'Fast and Furious' whooosh noise drove me mad. Dump valves are a worthwhile addition to turbo cars however so I've replaced it with a quieter re-circulating valve. Please note this is the valve only, no silicone tee piece, vacuum hose etc. There is a slight mark where the red anodising has been rubbing on the engine cover (see photo). 30.00 GBP + postage at cost.
  9. I've been looking at the graph with the TPS curve added in. Injector PW follows TPS fairly closely which makes sense I guess. Foot of throttle, injectors stop squirting... Afraid I'm definetly out of my depth here! Keith
  10. First of all I must start by saying I am definetly no expert in these matters! The best have I managed to do is compare your graph to a brief run I recorded in my car along with much referral to Dermot's excellent manual. The thing that really leapt out at me was how high the BLM value is on your graph. If I understand the manual correctly, any figures over 128 indicates a lean run. On my graph I never see more than 120, on yours it goes up to 255! At some points when BLM is around 245, the fuel injectors PW goes to 0. This seems odd to me, in my simplistic approach to how things work, I would expect the ECU to be trying to chuck fuel in to richen things up rather than going the other way? Certainly from the graph of my beastie, the injector PW seems to increase slightly with BLM value. Unfortunately I do not know what these figures point to as a possible suspect, indeed I could be barking up the wrong tree entirely! Hopefully someone more knowledgeable will be along soon
  11. Remember to click 'interact' in freescan. If not you only get a few readings and all others read 0 (if I remember correctly.) I hope you get to the bottom of this frustrating problem. Cheers, Keith
  12. Hi Sanj, Yes it was the 380 070 250 50. 24.00 GBP + VAT + Shipping. Cheers, Keith
  13. Hi Folks, Just to close off this thread. I had a devil of a job finding an alternative sender for my 0-7 Bar oil pressure gauge. Lotus had one but I considered 125.73 GBP a bit expensive. VDO were about 60.00 GBP but unfortunately, after I had placed the order, VDO Germany e-mailed back that the combined 0-7 bar sender with warning light switch was unavailable. A bit of phoning around followed without much success, a few people offered a sender without the light switch but I was hoping for both. A chance comment from Lotusbits took me by surprise though. Apparently Lotus fitted the 0-7 Bar sender to cars with 0-5 gauges and 0-10 bar senders to cars with 0-7 gauges. That seemed odd but looking through the parts list they do sort of look to be grouped that way. Anybody know why? Anyhow, long story short, 0-10bar opened a few more possibilities so I purchased a VDO 'clone' from ETB instruments 30.10 GBP including VAT and postage. Their technical chap was very helpful and the only spec difference we could find was the low oil light warning on their sender switches at 0.5 bar, I believe Lotus state that the minimum acceptable oil pressure is 0.35 Bar so it may switch on too early. After dismantling half the engine bay then removing the starter motor for access, I got the old sender out and the ETB jobbie in. Only mod required is to unbolt the smaller spade connector from the old sender and fit it to the warning light connector on the ETB unit (it is supplied with two 'standard' size spade terminals). After getting the car back together I am pleased to report normal oil pressure gauge service has been resumed and no warning lights. I'll hold off posting it in the 'alternative parts' thread until I'm happy that there's no flickering warning light issues once the oil gets hot, still bloomin freezing up here and didn't get too much of a run today. Cheers, Keith
  14. Starting a collection Trevor? I assume you will have already found this forum?Clicky and ebay are dangerous , I've a driveway full of Loti to prove it! Cheers, Keith
  15. Mine may well be original from '92 but I only have decent history documentation from '99 onwards. Hence have plumped for 11-15 years... Now also touching wood! Cheers, Keith
  16. Les, Good to hear you got her back! I hope the thieving low-lifes haven't done her too much mischief. Shocking to hear of this going on so close to home... Cheers, Keith
  17. WC Engineering S4s chip + socket 40.00 GBP (+ postage if outside U.K.) Removed from my '92 SE following a recent upgrade. This chip was a big improvement over my standard SE one, most noticeably a whole lot smoother at lower rpms (moving off etc.). I have included the socket that it came with for those of you who are adept with the soldering iron. For easier fitting I can thoroughly recommend that you purchase a separate adaptor board (available from WC Engineering or P.U.K.). These make changing chips 'plug and play' plus lets you revert back to your standard chip at any time. Cheers, Keith
  18. Well, just got through kicking myself! My oil pressure gauge has recently taken to reading a little higher than usual so thought I would check the sender contacts. After removing the air box for better access I managed to get to the sender and, sure enough, the terminals were a bit on the green, furry side. I have a handy little brass-bristled wire brush which I thought would be the ideal tool to clean them up. And so it was....right up to the point when it shorted the starter solenoid to the oil pressure sender terminal! I don't know what current that pulls but it all went to ground through the sender. Perhaps not surprisingly it doesn't work anymore, oil pressure gauge goes to full scale. Grounding the sensor wire puts the gauge to zero so I suspect I now need a new sender. It looks to be a right bitch to get to as well! Oh well, a lesson learned..working on engine electrics DISCONNECT THE BATTERY Cheers, Keith
  19. What Andy said..^^^ Parts ordered from Steve around noon, delivered to N.E. Scotland 10am next day..outstanding!! Cheers, Keith
  20. Hi Simon, Afraid I've only just spotted your post so perhaps you're sorted already. I live in Oldmeldrum but I work elsewhere so I'm only really there outside of normal business hours. But, if I can help out at all, let me know. Cheers, Keith
  21. I was running my Excel SE pretty much as my daily driver up until last month when her radiator gave up. My Esprit has made a few trips to work but has mainly been used as my weekend 'toy' so I can't really give you a true picture of how good a daily driver she is. Like most Lotus, I have to say the more she is run - the better she gets. The Excel seems to be the 'forgotten Lotus' in many ways. It's maybe not the fastest thing on the road these days but the handling really is superb. At the risk of upsetting some on here, I actually prefer my Excel's handling over my Esprit's (but that's probably more down to the Excel being more predictable with my limited driving skills!) plus the Excel has power steering, sheer heaven after wrestling an Esprit SE around at slow speeds. As far as reliability goes, my Excel has been superb. Only ever throwing a wobbly if you don't drive her too often (oh.. and the radiator giving up after 20+ years!) Depending on model of Esprit (I have a 92 SE) I think you'll recognise most service items from working on your Excel but, oh boy..they are nowhere near as easy to get to! Doing anything on the Esprit seems to involve removing twice as many components than it would on the Excel. Access to the timing belt in particular is a bit of a swine, I've done the Excel belt myself but I'm afraid I chickened out on the Esprit. To be honest, any troubles I have had with the Esprit have been more 'annoying' than 'serious' though. Faulty ABS sensors, horrible vacuum operated heater controls failing, perished fuel tank breather hoses, rattling sunroof, corroded electrical terminals etc etc. My gut feeling is that, so long as she is used regularly, you could get away with running an Esprit daily. I'm sure there are some others on here who do just that... One thing I do miss when I have jumped from the Excel to the back seats to chuck your jacket on! Cheers, Keith
  22. Bummer Gordon Easily forgotten though until the road tax renewal comes in! As you say, an unfortunate hit to the wallet but at least no points. Due to lousy planning both my Loti MOT's are due this month. Thankfully the Esprit has just sailed through. Excel is off the road with a busted radiator at the moment and now it's ticket has just run out. Keith
  23. Gosh, I'm slow on the uptake! I've only just spotted that we have LEW Scotland on here... Hello, I'm Keith from up in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire. Being a glutton for punishment I have a couple of Loti, a 92 SE Hi-wing and an '87 Excel. I too hope we get a chance to have a get-together sometime. Cheers, Keith
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