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  1. Hi everyone, hope you all had a great day yesterday. My problem is this.

    I was driving a couple of weeks ago when the front end of my '98 V8 started shuddering. I drove a little further and it soon became obvious what was wrong. The brake pedal was rock hard and the front brakes were almost locked on. I limped home and as you can imagine the fluid, discs and pads were cooked. These were all replaced including calipers but the problem still remains. The hoses were also replaced although these were still fine. The car seems ok first thing in the morning but the front brakes almost lock on and the pedal goes hard after a couple of miles. Obviously I don't want to do more replacement so I'm not using the car.

    Thanks everyone,


  2. Any one else had rubbish work from Andy Salter at North West? (See my thread on whine/singing, and see the way it's turned out)

    I remind everyone, avoid this bloke like the plague, he works in a poky little hole and he's useless.

  3. Hi everyone, been a while. Too long a story to go into but my car is still with Andy Salter at North West. I wish to God I'd never heard of him. After forking out £3000.00 and seven months of waiting, my car is worse now  with more problems than ever. He's rubbish. Long story short it's now going to court as he wants MORE money for diagnostic work. I urge you to avoid this man like the plague.

  4. Hi everyone. It's been a while but still ongoing. The latest from NorthWest is a real loud noise from one of the oil cooler pipes(this is after somemore big money has been spent on numerous things, including engine mounts, idlers etc., even ANOTHER brand new steering pump!) Where the f**** is it coming from? and why is it obvious in one of the oil cooler pipes?

  5. Just an update people. I went daft and bought every spinny thing to fix the problem(Air con compressor, alternator, power steering pump, water pump) They are all fitted now and heaven sent----no noise. Still don't know what the problem was as the old components look ok.----PEACE.


  6. Hi all.

    I've just purchased a round 2004 gearknob for my '98 V8 GT. It already has the alloy gearknob on, but I want to replace it with the smaller 2004 one. I have been assured it can be retro fitted, but I don't see any way of getting the old one off. I've heard Lotus just glued the old one on but it seems mighty strong glue. Can anyone out there help please.


  7. Hi Dave, thanks for that but the V8 compressor is different from yours, otherwise I would have taken your hands off. Cheers.


    Hi James,


    I just had mine replaced with a unit sourced from the States.


    The company is "AC parts house" "10632N - New V5 A/C Compressor" this is the line item in their product range. It's a straight replacement for the Esprit unit. Not sure what american tank its off but it works. Cost me $156.


    I had it shipped to my girlfriends in LA so not sure if they will send to the UK.


    If they won't ship abroad, or its crazily priced then I may be able to bring one back for you in November.


    Hope the info helps,



    Hi Stu. handy to know. I've sent them an e-mail and will let youknow how I get on. Thanks a lot,

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