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  1. No its too confusing, whenn you press the key button the alarm pips so do you do it when its in the ignition or what -its not clear.
  2. Yes these are the instructions in the actual Lotus Elise tech manual. - see attached New Microsoft Word Document.docx
  3. My spare key has been sitting for quite some time, so now it doesnt work. I checked the batteries - all good. Has anyone done the press key 17 times thing to re-initialise? If so can you give me some more in depth description? My main key is working fine but I really want to get my spare working.
  4. Are you sure you need an alarm fob? Maybe the alarm button is on the main key like my car - its a 2001 K series 2. Hold the button down and it sets the alarm to off/on depends on what system you have - mine is the Meta M36 T2
  5. No it doesn't matter but wouldn't you just love to know? I'm intrigued!
  6. Hi guys. I would love to know the answer to this question. Lotus will not reply to me. Its easier to explain in a video so have a look and come back and tell me what you think.
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  8. Yes more than likely. Anyway order the Gates K series timing belt with tensioner and they will give you an auto Tensioner. Even if you had the manual tensioner go with an auto one when you replace it. I did mine as you can see back in December. the job wasn't super easy but I'm just an average home mechanic and did it no problem. Any other questions feel free to ask. The other guys or I will be happy to answer for you.
  9. I wonder if you can buy a car bra for an Elise or any Lotus for that matter. I suppose you can buy just about anything these days. Not that I would fit one to my Elise, They are a bit of a wank as far as I'm concerned. But one thing I think Lotus should look at is... Training lips for new owners. Seriously this would save much in the way of repairs. My Drivers side front lip (right hand side) is seriously damaged and has been since I bought the car. I fibre glassed it and did a rough sand job but within three weeks I had hit another sharp angled driveway. I would say that it was a good five weeks before I became fully conscious of potential damage to either front lip. Now I approach every driveway entrance on an angle and am fully aware of any damage that may occur. A removable aluminium lip with a couple of small countersunk cap screws would be ideal. Leave the training lips on until that period has passed and if they are not damaged just leave them on. If they are damaged fit the spares that come with the car. I'm talking about solid aluminium pieces the shape of the front lips that will screw onto a flat area, not just an aluminium protector. Also any time you damage one or both lips you can order new ones -standard Elise (and other Lotus) lips and just spray them yourself or buy them pre-sprayed for a bit more. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
  10. Wow yes great site... that'll do it!
  11. Yep any Lotus at all - I'll have to start watching some 'Bond' movies!
  12. I don't remember seeing any Lotii in movies apart from the '89 Esprit in "Pretty Woman' (they spoke to Ferrari and Porsche first but neither wanted to participate because the movie had a prostitute in it. Last night I was watching 21 Jump Street, (the movie) and there was a glimpse of a parked silver series 2 Just the front corner of it as the camera was focused on some American muscle car. Oh and of course who can forget the Lotus inspired DMC DeLorean?
  13. Thanks for your help Gary and everyone else. The Elise is perfect now and drives like a dream, Cheers
  14. Hey all. I am in the process of doing the (fun) Timing belt change on my 01 Elise. I have the pulley off. There is an unused belt bell which I assume is for the MG power steering. Is it OK to machine this off? I want to turn it off for two reasons. 1. I can then get my tension wrench in because it will give me more room and 2. it will reduce weight. Or is it all finely balanced and need it like a flywheel or something>? Thanks guys,.
  15. Thanks Gary - just went out and did it (got the timing belt pulley off (OMG it was tight!) Hope I can get it bloody tight going back on! Anyway if anyone is reading this I have another question. The Alternator belt pulley has an unneeded belt bell on it (Probably for the MG power steering) would it be OK to machine it off? I will post a new post over this one as well.
  16. Again, thank you. I did find it yesterday after a few minutes of searching but it was getting dark so I really only had a minor attempt at undoing that darn tight bolt - (with a specially purchased short 22 MM socket and long piece of pipe) - going out to finish the job once and for all shortly.
  17. You said to shout if I need more help so here goes. Do you have to remove a plate to find a place where the allen key or screwdriver goes to jam the ring gear? or is it visible from underneath?
  18. Wow Gary, thank you thank you. That is a superb run through and most helpful, cheers
  19. Hi GT111 - you said when you have time you will go through the steps you did to change the timing belt. / I got the wheels off wheel lining out rocker trim cover off and top timing belt cover off then I saw it, It appears that you need to remove the engine mount, I cannot see any other way of getting the belt off. Is this correct. Are you able to go through those steps for me? Thanks in advance.
  20. That's OK we all make mistakes but I truly value the help and input from everyone here.
  21. OK, guys no need to worry, Who knows what was going on but I had to push the Lotus out of my garage today to clear room to do some work so it was baking in the hot Oz sun although only 26 C tops. For some reason when I put it away and hit the alarm it went off as normal - just two pips. Don't know why it was having a hissy fit but now its all ok. Check out my youtube video to see my Ruby Red Elise. Do a search for ratcat 'that aint bad' (second one down) then click on ratcat where I say "Great band" and my videos will come up - yes a long way to go around it but I cant post the link here. or can I?
  22. Just noticed a new problem, after taking my car to the mechanic who lifted it up at the back removed both wheels and wheel trim, to see if he could do the timing belt (not capable) now when I push the alarm on the key I get four beeps. This means that either one of the two front panels is off or the engine lid is up. It did not do this before I took it to my mechanic. The black push down switch - alarm activation on the engine cover is totally missing the plug and wiring! I looked everywhere in the engine bay but cannot see it although I don't know if it was already missing when I bought the car, never noticed, can anyone with an S2 Elise please have a look and follow the wire back to where it comes from so I can check? Please? The colour of the wires at the front sensors are black - black - red red/green, and covered with that black plastic segmented type electrical hose with the slit in it. I hope I have explained myself, a picture would be even better - thanks. Oh if you don't quite understand, when you lower your engine lid there is a spring loaded rod with a white cap to give the lid some tension and the alarm sensor is to the left of that - its black, cheers
  23. OK well thank God I heard from you before I attempted that! I don't know if my car is the VVC what is VVC? Variable Valve control? Mine is a 2001 K series engine that's about all I know. I have a Lotus repair manual on CD but the engine numbers don't match my car. Hmm Maybe Bibs thought I meant locking the engine whilst fitting the new belt, (rather than undoing the crank pulley bolt) maybe you could try all at once - Handbrake, in gear, glamourous assistant and cam locking plate, but I am a toolmaker and not totally daft and have a fair bit of mechanical aptitude so thinking out loud I feel that the locking plate would not be such a good idea. My Engine number is 18K4FN0GM474701 My service manual has 18K4F/M/L/H/K etc but no 'N'' although it states that the service manual covers M47 (in the prefixes) which is in my engine number. Is it cold in England now? Its getting warmer here, not even Summer and we are already having days up to 30C but todays cool thankfully, only about 17C at the moment just 7 minutes past midday.
  24. Ok well that's even better! (than trying to lock the flywheel!
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