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  1. Yes it's gearbox oil... You are right it has a particular smell....
  2. Filip, thanks for the encouragement.... I guess I better just bite the bullet...
  3. Thanks Sailorbob...... Looks like a nightmare but I think I'll get the House of Commons to make no leak illegal and that should solve it....
  4. I knew it was too good to be true. Car has been running well but now it seems to be leaking something that looks like brown gravy from the bottom of the clutch bellhousing. The engine doesn't seem to be losing oil, so i guess it must be the gearbox seal. It's the Renault gearbox. Has anyone had a similar problem and how difficult is the fix? Many thanks Alan
  5. Many thanks Dave. I never seemed to get anxious before I had a Lotus........
  6. After 5 years my 1989 SE turbo project now has an MoT and is actually on the road...!!! ...However, panic set in when I got the dreaded flickering oil pressure light and low/zero reading on the guage at idle and flickering lights on gear changes once it got warm. I have removed the sensor and fitted a temporary manual gauge and am very relieved to find 60psi at idle when cold which drops to just under 30 when hot. At 3500 I get about 50 psi (hot). Because I suffer from extreme Lotus anxiety, I'm now wondering if that is too high as it seems to be well above the manaul spec? I guess i obviously need a new sender unit. Any recommendations?. many thanks Alan
  7. I have always had problems get a decent idle on my 1989 turbo esprit SE project, but maybe I have stumbled on the cause of the problem? It will start from cold and behave itself more or less all the way up to 85C and beyond (can't go much further as the fans won't kick, which is another problem to sort..)..If I restart when warm it idles badly and usually eventually stalls. However, if i restart when warm with the O2 sensor disconnected, it seems to idle reasonably well. But why does it not stall when started from cold and run up to temperature? The system goes closed circuit because the idle speed drops, so the sensor is doing something. The sensor is an SJ alternative. I can't road test yet as I haven't got any door yet... Before I lash out on a new Lotus sensor, does any of this make sense?
  8. Bob, It looks like you are right. Sj can't source it... So scratching my head now for a solution... I'll try the other spares outfits and scrappers, but if anyone has any ideas please let me know. Thanks
  9. Barry, Thanks for the reply. I can only get a voltage if I rotate the tps clockwise about 30 degrees, to give the required 0.5-0.7 volts. I have to clamp in this position as the holes are way out of line. The throttles are closed and it will start and run (unevenly) in this position. I think the previous owner had dismantled the bodies for powder coating, but i can't see how you could reassemble the butterflies the wrong way round anyway....very puzzling. I got a new tps from SJ and it's just the same as the one the car came with. i will get some photos tomorrow Alan
  10. Hello, I've finally managed to get back to my 1989 SE project.. I can't get the tps to align properly with the screw holes on the end of the throttle bodies and get the right voltage and my mate is convinced that there is an adaptor missing from the end of the throttle spindle. The shaft end is basically a small flat spade on the end of the shaft which fits into the tps. It does operate the switch...... but should the be an adaptor on the end of the shaft that fully fills the 'hole' in the tps... And if so where could it get one...? Many thanks
  11. Great stuff guys. Until you sent the photos I was trying to fix the dampers in completely the wrong place....disaster avoided.
  12. Thanks Atwell, Photos would be great as it looks I will have to make some, unless someone knows where to get them??? Alan
  13. Hello I have two questions about tailgate dampers Firstly, I have two dampers, one seems shorter than the other and it has a electrical spade connector at each end. Which side is which and what are the connectors for? Secondly, the parts manual shows the car end bolting to a bracket which fits to the body. SJ say that part is obsolete. Do they bolt directly to the body or do I have to make some kind of bracket. If so, anyone know what it looks like? Many thanks
  14. Its just like the original in the photo above. I will give Rock Auto a call...Can't find a 427 online Great stuff gents
  15. Barry It won'reassemble, it won't engage internally at all. I'm not even sure if the old one is the right one because when I restarted the car after refitting it, it still idled badly. It kept cycling up and down.. I reset the IAC with freescan, and it has slowly improved. Should I have bought a Dacia Sondero instead???
  16. So look what I found when removing the IAC............. It was brand new less than 9 months ago and the car hasn't done a mile on the road yet.. Hopefully that will solve the problem
  17. Crikey, thanks guys... Step by step now for me.................IAC first Will keep you posted Great stuff
  18. Thanks Barry, I will try replacing the IAC...I fitted a new one last year but still have the original...I will give that a try Maybe I will try adjusting the idle screw as it does seem to run below the ECU desired speed consistently. I tried another run this morning after cleaning the plugs (all carbon coated) and it was better, it just gets lumpy once it reaches 60C (closed circuit, I think) 21 august run 1.csv
  19. O2 sensor was fluctuation (quite widely) especially as it got hot. I have attempted to reload the file again here 20 august16 run 2.csv
  20. Great Cleared all fauls and restarted ...not too bad all the way up to 60 C and then things started to go strange. The hotter it got the more unstable it became. I got a code 35 and later a 44. All could be reset, and didn't reappear. I have attached the freescan run...ignore anything above 65C as by then I had started messing about disconnecting/reconnecting and cursing 20 august16 run 2.csv The first parts of my last post has gone missing somehow. It said.. have reset TPS to 0.7v (extra page in my manual says updated from ~0.5) Restarted and much better, but not smooth, all the way up to 60 C and then it all started to go strange.... Thanks for all the help
  21. New fuel. I previously had no CEL's but go an intermittent 26 and 'Low idle' speed yesterday that went away. I soaked the O2 sensor overnight and brushed the carbon off it this morning and tried again. All good until it was warm and the I got a code 44 'lean mixture' code. Never had one of those before. As suggested in the manual, I tried disconnecting the MAP sensor and it slowly went back to running OK. SO maybe its a failing MAP sensor???I have attached a freescan run in case anyone can make sense of it for me Many thanks ALan 20 aug16freescan.csv20 aug16freescan.csv
  22. Some months ago I finally got the car to idle reasonably and then moved on to all the other jobs (I'm 2 years into a very slow full rebuild). I connected up the intake hoses (by- passing the intake silencer) and when I next started it, it was idling poorly. As it warmed up, it got more erratic and once hot, it sounded like it was only running on 3 cylinders and was close to stalling. After checking everything I could think of, I tried starting it after disconnecting the O2 sensor....and it idles much better..but, still the odd popping noise on releasing the throttle. It's never been on the road, (as I still don't have any brakes)........could it be a dodgy O2 sensor???? ( SJ- non Lotus part bought 2 years ago)
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