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    Bob Silk
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    1982 Esprit S3 N/A

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  1. I read this post several times a while back, thought about it and decided to have a go, because my handbrake has always been a bit naff. In case it did'nt work, I've initially bought just a nearside Audi A6 caliper (brand new & only £20 on eBay) which I've found you need to fit on the offside in order place the bleed nipple uppermost. There's a bit of a knack to getting the calliper in place because there isn't much space - the rear chassis loop that runs under the gearbox gets in the way. This loop also runs very close to the bleed nipple, so bleeding the rear brakes may be easier said than done. Anyway I got the calliper in and then fiddled a new set of A6 brake pads into place and bolted it up, no problem and it slides without fouling the carrier. The bracket on the calliper that retains the handbrake cable outer ferrule needs to opened up a little so that it will slide in. Once this has been done, the cable fits and works as normal. I opened it up with a conical grind stone in a drill. Routing the nearside handbrake cable is up the side of the engine bay, past the coolant header tank and the down to the caliper. No problem. Last job is the brake line. This is a different fitting at the calliper end - it needs a banjo. I'll call PNM tomorrow to see if they'll sell me a set. Bob
  2. I read this post several times a while back, thought about it and decided to have a go, because my handbrake has always been a bit naff. In case it did'nt work, I've initially bought just a nearside Audi A6 caliper (brand new & only £20 on eBay) which I've found you need to fit on the offside in order place the bleed nipple uppermost. There's a bit of a knack to getting the calliper in place because there isn't much space - the rear chassis loop that runs under the gearbox gets in the way. This loop also runs very close to the bleed nipple, so bleeding the rear brakes may be easier said than done. Anyway I got the calliper in and then fiddled a new set of A6 brake pads into place and bolted it up, no problem and it slides without fouling the carrier. The bracket on the calliper that retains the handbrake cable outer ferrule needs to opened up a little so that it will slide in. Once this has been done, the cable fits and works as normal. I opened it up with a conical grind stone in a drill. Routing the nearside handbrake cable is up the side of the engine bay, past the coolant header tank and the down to the caliper. No problem. Last job is the brake line. This is a different fitting at the calliper end - it needs a banjo. I'll call PNM tomorrow to see if they'll sell me a set. Bob
  3. 82s3

    MISFIRE

    Fixed it! On removing the carbs in order to the clean them out on case something was blocked, I found that a couple of the inlet manifold o-rings had swollen and weren't seating properly, causing an air leak. Cleaned the carbs, replaced the o-rings - sorted! Bob
  4. 82s3

    MISFIRE

    And it's not the Accuspark unit either because I replaced it this afternoon and it's still misfiring. And yes, the timing is spot-on. ...am completely stumped! B
  5. 82s3

    MISFIRE

    No, it's definitely not a lean mixture. Bob
  6. 82s3

    MISFIRE

    It won't the float levels. Max of Max 500 sorted the carbs for he earlier this year when I was having a hot running problem. Is it possible to check an Accuspark unit with a multimeter? Bob
  7. 82s3

    MISFIRE

    Well, it's definitely not, > The ignition timing because I have checked it again. > The new parts because it was mis-firing before I replaced them. > The valve timing, because I have just checked that too and it's fine - the cambelt has not slipped. .... this just leaves the Accuspark unit or the fuel pump, I think. If it's neither of them, then I all out of ideas! Bob
  8. 82s3

    MISFIRE

    Damn car! BACKGROUND 1982 S3 NA - starts ever time but misfires,, particularly under load. This is what is definitely NOT causing it. > Coil, ballast resistor, plug leads, distributor cap, rotor arm, plugs - because they are all new. > Compression - because I've checked it; pots 1-4, 155, 150, 140, 150 psi respectively. > Ignition timing - because I have checked it. > Vacuum takes-offs for the heater box and brake servo - because I have checked them too. > Inlet manifold, carbs/ mixture, etc. - fully rebuilt by Max 500 a few months ago. I doubt that it's the alternator because the gauge on the dashboard shows it's output is OK. Can't be valve clearances because that would have showing up on the compression test. What this leaves as far as I can see is the fuel pump, ignition module (Accuspark), valve timing (could the belt have slipped by one tooht - tension is OK though)? QUESTION What have I missed; any ideas? Bob
  9. So, I have got the car back and it runs like a dream. Max didn't find an obvious fault but suspects There was an issue with the choke circuits in one or both carbs. Anyway, in exchange for two thousand seven hundred quid this was the work carried out; Compression test & cylinder leakage test. Checked the entire ignition system. Stripped & rebuilt carbs, re-set mixture and balanced. Checked the ignition timing. New cam belt & tensioner. Stripped and rebuilt rear brakes as they had seized up during about 12 month of non use. Replaced all gearchange bushes and seized cross gate cable, ... which has completely transformed the gearchange. Labour was near as dash it fifteen hundred, the rest was parts. Bob
  10. Who did the respray and, if you don't mind me asking, how much did they charge you? Bob
  11. Thanks for everyone's input; appreciated. Having tried everything and become exasperated with it, The car is now in th care of Max 500 in Guildford who comes highly recommend. I hope to be able to collect it in a few days and will let you all know what he found and how he fixed it. Bob
  12. Thanks for your feedback guys. Responding in no particular order. 1) I haven't not taken the car on the road for quite a while as it has been out of MOT. I have however started it regularly and run it up to operating temperature. I was about to take for it's MOT when this problem cropped up. It'll drive OK around the garage complex where it is kept. 2) All of the components, etc. that I have renewed have been a response to the problem and none of the bits and pieces that I have replaced/ work done have eased it. I do not therefore think that I have replaced anything with a component that is faulty out of the box. 3) The fuel pump seems to be working OK as I can see it pulsing fuel through the fuel filter. Then again, there's no harm on checking it. 4) Between "2" & "3" it runs fine. It only when you turn the engine off when it is hot, leave it for a while and then try to turn it on again that it runs badly. Perhaps I'll go back to basics, check the float heights again and set the mixtures with a Colourtune. Mind you I don't understand how that will fix the problem when on first start up it runs OK right through the temperature range. Bob
  13. I own 1982 Lotus Esprit S3 N/A which runs very poorly when hot. The symptoms are as follows: 1) Starts from cold relatively easily and picks up well on the throttle with no flat spots. 2) Continues to run well up to temperature and also when the fans cut in, albeit as the temperature rises the idle drops from 1000 revs to about 850 revs. 3) Turn the engine off and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes and it is then difficult to restart, runs poorly and eventually dies. And so something is breaking down in some way due to heat. I have checked and or replaced the following: a) New speak plugs. b) New distributor rotor arm. c) New electronic ignition module (Accuspark). d) Distributor cap, HT leads and plug caps are less than two years old during which time the car has covered less than 2000 miles. e) New ignition coil and ballast resistor. f) New inlet manifold gasket. g) Carburettors ultrasonically cleaned. h) Carburettors balanced with Morgan Carbtune. i) Compression checked 170 psi for each cylinder +\- a couple of psi across the four cylinders and so I do not think that the engine has worn piston rings, cylinder bores or a blown head gasket (no “mayonnaise” in the oil filler cap). j) Vacuum hoses from the inlet manifold do not seem to be leaking. k) New fuel filter. So, I have now run out of ideas. Question, .... what have I missed? Bob Silk
  14. Where did you get it done and how much did they charge you?
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