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  1. 48 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

    Yeah - try liftech they are great B7CFE160-5820-44A9-9141-6765FDD75593.thumb.jpeg.386f2d382c586fb5809e3ef83e1acfe3.jpeg


    Sadly don't have room for something like this, but it would be the dream :)

    46 minutes ago, Reindeer said:

    Race Ramps.......Strange foam things. 

    Very good and quick and easy. But not cheap!

    Cheers, I had heard of race ramps in the past but forgot the name. Will take a look.

  2. Just back from the dealers. As I suspected it was the AC Compressor clutch.

    They said it had some swarf on it from fitting the new one (seems odd, but whatever). Said everything looks good and I can no confirm the sound has gone. YAY.

    Now to hopefully enjoy it again as the good weather is back, just need to keep the AC on all the time to ensure never have these issues again :) didnt notice quite how noisey the AC compressor was before, takes the attention of the transmission noise I guess. Just sounds like got ALL the fans going from the outside even on low, lol.

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  3. Just got my Evora 400 back.

    All is well ish ... I mean its working again and I have aircon, but if I turn off the aircon there is a serious rattle coming from the AC Compressor area (I am guessing its the AC Compressor Clutch rattling). Sent the garage a video, and guess another 200 mile round trip in my future and time off work. Frustrating but 1st world problems.

    Will update for others benefit once all fully sorted.

  4. 10 minutes ago, Bibs said:

    I understand the AA ones are quite well thought of. 

    Cheers Bibs, I remember back in the say when I had my first Lotus Elise people liked them for HGF issues. I might look into it and see whats covered, cost, etc.
    I think in general I shouldnt worry, as its a proven engine etc. Then get these issues and suddenly brain goes into panic mode :)

  5. Still no car, but was informed yesterday that Lotus have decided to pay for any repairs to my Evora 400. This is fantastic news as my year in general so far has been abit crap.
    Will update this post again once I get it back with more info on what went wrong and had to be replaced.

    I do now feel abit anxious on when I get it back, is there something else waiting to go wrong ... do I keep it ... do I sell it?
    I love my Evora 400 and its the best Lotus I have owned (my 4th one), and although I sometimes think about selling as I don't get to use it too much, I end up going for a drive and continue to love it.

    I assume there are no worthwhile aftermarket warranties to provide abit more cover?

  6. 10 hours ago, philcool said:

    Generally all cars have a high and low pressure cut out.

    The problem when they loose gas be it through the input glandseal usually through lack of use or else were as the oil in the system is misable with the refrigerant you loose that as well.

    Now there's proberbly only about 700grams of refrigerant in the system and only a few fluid Oz of oil so it doesn't take much to loose the oil charge.

    Now as the compressors don't have a sump they rely on a mist of oil returning with the refrigerant for lubrication.

    Now unfortunately 2 things are against you when you loose refrigerant 

    1 with any loss of gas a certain amount of lubricating oil will also be lost 

    2 if the system is running low on charge the velocity of the returning gas from the evaporator (cooling coil within the car) decreases and leads to oil starvation to the compressor as it leaves it behind in the evaporator.

    So golden rules 

    Always run the A/C to keep the input shaft glandseal lubricated. It requires a thin film of oil on the carbon and polish steal faces to seal and stop refrigerant loss.

    If the A/C is under preforming don't run it untill it's repaired/re gassed

    And try not to engage the A/C at high engine revs as it puts undue strain on the magnetic clutch and the compressor as it's forced to match the engine revs instantly 

    Although I understand this directly does not help your situations it may help you in the future 


    Cheers for the info Phil. I guess all I was mentioning is the potential coincidence, and also I have never had any aircon issues on any of my cars up until now.

  7. Sorry if reviving this post is not appropriate, but think I might have the same issue as the OP.

    Went for a drive today, then all of a sudden high pitched squealing, smoke from the engine bay and then it cut out.
    I have been recovered home as its Easter weekend, but the AA will be collecting it to take to Lotus Silverstone on Tuesday. Whats interesting is, I had my 3 year service 139 miles ago, so out of warranty by 4 months now, but when I took it in I said my aircon wasnt working, and apparently it was out of aircon fluid, so they sorted it, but told me to always leave aircon on to avoid future issues.

    So if this is the same issue, and with such little mileage, I hope I have chances of fixing as a good will gesture. Car has only done 8000 miles.

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