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  1. I don't know what chargers Lotus supply but the best way to keep a battery in good condition is to use something like a CTEK "maintenance charger". I use them and keep it attached and powered on at all times. It only charges if and when it's needed by continually monitoring the battery. That way your battery won't do a total discharge and potentially become unrecoverable. 

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  2. On 20/08/2016 at 22:02, Yellow Peril said:

    Put me in in Saturday please Bibs

    yellow peril S4 '94



    1. Bibs - Elise 111s


    2. Danny - LF1 #27


    3. CocoPops - Evora 400 Hethel Edition


    4. Alfa2Evora - Evora NA 


    5. Rick - Elise 2.2


    6. DaveC72 - Evora S


    7. Mcx- Evora 400 


    8. Nigel Scott - Esprit S2


    9. Martyn - Esprit SE


    10. Kalli - Exige V6S 


    11. JAWS - Evora NA


    12. Hedgehogfromhell


    13. Marky68-Exige 350 Sport 


    14.  Yellow Peril Esprit S4


    15.   robinmgb - Elise S1




    1. Bibs - Elise 111s


    2. Danny - LF1 #27


    3. Ian & Shan - Esprit S4s


    4. Alfa2Evora - Evora NA


    5. Rizla603104  S4


    6. Mbes2 - Exige V6 Matt Black


    7. Rick - Elite 2.2


    8. Sparky - Esprit GT3


    9. Viper - S4s


    10. PaulCP - Essex Evora S


    11. Sizona - GTE (unless separate area for GTE's)


    12. DaveC72 - Evora S


    13. bp81 v8 esprit


    14. Neil - S2 elise


    15. Barrykearley - Esprit "im gonna punish you good for buying me" V8


    16.  Marky68-Exige 350 Sport
  3. Hi. Firstly apologies if this repeats another thread. I'll explain the symptoms of the problem and would appreciate any advice / pointers to check.

    Took my S1 (MY2000) out this morning. When I went to start it hesitated on turnover as if the battery was a bit flat. Tried a few times and it fired up fine. Took it out of the garage, parked it up, turned off. Locked garage. Started car - fine. Drove down the road and back. Stopped. About 30 mins later, started OK. Drove about 10 miles. Stopped and then started OK. Stopped to fill up. Wont start. Turns over but wont fire. I think initially it burnt any fuel in the intake (a slight pop) but after that once or twice, nothing. 

    RAC came and said the plugs are dry - he expected it to be flooded so suspected the fuel pump. Checked the 20A in the rear-left of the boot - it's fine. When you turn on the ignition you can hear a click and what I believe is the pump running for a couple of seconds (to prime the system?).

    I suspected the immobiliser - is that possible if it turns over?
    I have an EliseParts immobiliser bypass supplied by the PO but cannot see where it goes  - nothing matches the instructions with it. Is it for a Cobra alarm or just the original alarm Lotus fitted?

    Not sure what to check next. Could it be something like the crankshaft sensor failed?

    I believe there is an ADL diagnostic port in the boot just above the fuel pump fuse but is there an equivalent of Freescan or Esprimon to diagnose what the ECU is seeing? Are there any diag tools available ? (I havent been able to find anything yet)


    HELP !!! (please)

  4. 2 hours ago, Paul93Lotus said:

    I'm no psychic but I'll bet money you will have another problem as this is a band-aid fix both in practice and looks.  :cry: Don't become one of the "Dreaded Prior Owners" with these type of repairs. How will you know if it has cracked underneath the foil?

    THOSE RUBBER ELBOWS ARE PROBLEMS WAITING TO HAPPEN and are the source of an untold number of Esprit driveability issues!!  Replace with some black thick wall silicone hose from the intake to the MAP sensor of the correct size and you will never have a problem again.  The factory lotus elbows were never good enough for an engine compartment environment (or probably anywhere else on the car as they crack at the ac controls causing the diversion valves and defrost flap to cease functioning and your electric vacuum pump to run continuously if you have a later model stevens).  I have had this happen on both my deceased 1993 and my current 1995.  It is no coincidence either. Putting some foil on it won't solve the underlying issue. Just bite the bullet and get rid of the plastic tubing and elbows completely.  When the elbows crack they don't immediately create an issue, but you can bet they have an effect on fuel trim because the reading at the MAP is not exactly correct as you are bleeding off pressure/vacuum, which results in less power as the MAP is not getting the true reading for the condition of throttle.

    The plastic tubing can even blow out of these elbows if they get oily enough in the engine compartment. 

    The foil was to act as a heat shield. I have a spare supply of elbows in case a swap-out is needed. However you;re probably right that it would be better to have a different tube from one end to the other and ditch the rubber elbows completely.

    Likewise I'm reverting my single coolant header tank into two - one for the engine and one for the chargecooler. But's that's for a different topic....

  5. Ian, thanks but unfortunately I didn't see your post in time today but I did figure out from Rich H's post and the manual that it needs to be N/O rather than N/C. So I removed the fuse I used to link the two wires from the sender (why I didnt try it before I have no f*cking idea) and the light went out. Code 26 gone. All back in business.

    (May see you next Sunday morning if I end up going to my car engineer in Otham)



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