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  1. Don’t forget, the reason for running a semi-synthetic oil is to encourage initial wear and fully bed the piston rings to the cylinders; this maximises compresion and engine power - and reduces blow-by gasses reaching the sump. Changing the running-in oil too early, to a full synthetic, is detrimental to the engine. The manual recomends 1k - 1.5k miles with max RPM being limited to 4K.
  2. The modern VW (TFSI) engines do seem to use a fair amount of oil - requiring regular monitoring and top-up. My Scirocco, from new, has always used about 1L/2k miles. By contrast, the Toyota powered Loti generally appear to be very frugal and not require any topping-up between services. Both my 2010 Elise SC and 2014 Exige have [touching wood] never appeared to use any oil at all between annual services.
  3. Yup - that’s the one. You’ll need to create an account - and part with your credit card details
  4. Having checked the service notes, you might be able to partially disassemble without complete removal....
  5. You’ll have to remove the entire wing mirror/pylon from the door frame. The only part you can unclip is the mirror glass from the mirror housing.
  6. Check the spade connector that feeds the starter solenoid; these seem to corrode. Speaking from personal experience, having spent some hours testing the battery, circuits and control relays, I can attest to the fact that corroded/dry joint on the solenoid will cause intermittent starting problems. You should be able to reach the solenoid connections through the left side of the engine bay. The solenoid is located above the gearbox towards the firewall.
  7. Another observation within this thread where some contributors appear to advocate unlawful behaviour - display of a malformed or undersize number plate is a greater offence (with higher penalties) than not displaying a plate at all...
  8. I guess the plinth/bracket - and its bolts - fell off as well
  9. Imteresting. You’ve added-back a few grams of paint that Lotus “saved” in their “lightweight lab” (cost saving). The original Exige pig-snout was intenally painted black from the factory
  10. It’s a different mointing arrangement. Your Exige has a number plate plinth screwed on below the lower edge of the radiator air intake. By contrast, the 410 has a metal grille incorporating a totally different number plate mounting - and the grille is bonded to the clamshell. To move the number plate, you’d have to improvise an attachment point.
  11. If the high-pitched noise is from the engine bay, then it is likely to be from the throttle actuator (stepper motor) on the throttle body. On most Exiges, the noise from the throttle housing is usually most evident when the ignition is ON - but with the engine NOT running; the whine stops as soon as you turn-off the ignition. Most of us owners have had our hearing so wrecked by the noise from the engine/exhaust (or wind roar with the roof off) that we’re half deaf anyway - or we’re sufficiently old that, due to natural aging, we can’t hear high pitched noise
  12. All A/C systems will lose some gas over time. If I recall correctly, assuming no faults, Lotus recommend initial re-gas of the system at 3 years - then every 2 years thereafter. If you’ve run 5 years without servicing the system, then you’ve already done well.
  13. LotusPilot

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    Nice car! The Nautilus Blue is a great colour - and the gunmetal wheels set it off far better than the Silver. Aims, Matt and the Tech’s at Silverstone will certainly look after you.
  14. Stewart. Good to hear that you found the drawing useful. By all accounts, the moulding falling off the roof is not an uncommon occurrence. The double-sided tape sticks very well to the smooth roof panel, but very poorly to the rubber seal. The positioning/orientation of the detached seal isn’t at all obvious; the seal, designed for an entirely different application, isn’t intended to be used as Lotus have done. The channel formed by the flexible steel carrier is designed to be pressed into place over a lip - and is sunsequently held in place on the lip by the backward-pointing rubber ridges/barbs - whereas the creative folks at Lotus have instead elected to “stick” the molding onto the roof panel with double-sided tape. With the roof installed, the seal is nominally kept in place by lateral pressure. Once removed, the adhesive on the tape relaxes its grip on the rubber - and it falls off. The squeeking you describe is likely the hard contact points at the outboard rear latch points. Squeeking from these points is again not uncommon - and is relatively easy to fix. If this is the source, simply stck some felt tape on the inside of the roof before fitting. Here is a picture of where the felt (green) needs to be placed:
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