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    Mark Seifert
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    1998 V8 Esprit
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    No Cats and No Mufflers.
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    Reisterstown, Maryland

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  1. Hopefully, you caught the issue quickly and you can start driving again soon. It sucks that this happened so quickly.
  2. I had the same issue years ago on my 98 V8. If I remember correctly mine just stalled in the driveway and would crank but not start. My immobilizer had been bypassed by a previous owner. After checking everything it ended up being where the immobilizer was bypassed by the ECU. A paperclip was used and it was loose. So you checked everything I checked, but now that I think I know a bit more I would do the following; We know it is air, spark and fuel. I think we can probably rule out air, so that leaves spark and fuel. If you take the engine cover off you can test the fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge. It is a Schrader valve located at the front of the engine on the right side looking from back of car. Pressure should be about 53lbs once you turn the key and the system pressures up. If that is OK I would check the spark by attaching an inductive timing light that clamps to the spark plug wires. This is harder to do as you would need to take off the top cover on the valve cover. Not hard just more work. If there is spark the light should be flashing and the flashing should be the same basically on all cylinders. There are others that are definitely sharper that me on here who hopefully can help. Mark
  3. The pressure at the Schrader Fitting should be about 53 lbs once the key is on prior to starting and the pressure should hold after shutdown for quite a while slowly going down. The injectors wont function or open at lower pressures if I remember correctly at around 30 lbs or so and most injectors will lock up under too high a pressure. I bought an injector cleaning machine and tried to clean and rebuild my original injectors in my 98 V8, I remember at lower pressures the injectors not wanting to work at all. Once they were cleaned they seemed to be flowing better but still didn't work well, so I did buy new injectors and the rest is history.
  4. Those 3 pins are in all OBDII sockets in all cars. They are manufacturer or Mark specific so that when a manufacturer has specific technology that they don't want others to be able to see they access the data through these 3 pins. All have these 3 pins, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Corvette etc.
  5. I just replaced my radiator and it was a pretty big job. I haven't had heat in m y car ever and I just ruffed it and am tired of it not working. I applied pressure to the diverter valve and it seemed to hold pressure when I did it while changing the radiator. That was the time to change it, but I thought it must have been something else, so I did not change it. From reading your post it sounds like it still could be the bad part ????? Michael was yours holding vacuum but still not allowing coolant thru because of all the junk it had inside of it? Thanks Mark
  6. Mine also leaks at the oil filter plate also. It would be interesting to see if a secure fix could be accomplished without tasking out the oil lines.
  7. The new Radiator seemed to work great. I don't want to say the L*** word for risk of an issue. Never talk about rain when playing ran great and temperature seemed to be pretty stable. I still need to burp the baby, so my question is will any air work itself out of the spots when there are bleed valves in the Radiator and also the top hose? I appreciate everyone's help with the radiator assembly.
  8. Since Mightymetro wouldn't / couldn't come to the States to help me........I had to step it up a notch. So I finished the install last night of the fans and wiring for the fans and rechecked all hose connections. I had to button up the AC lines in front of the Radiator and put on some new Green O -Rings. I also bought a new Receiver / Drier. but was having a problem with getting the electrical connector out of the old one, so I moved forward and put the old one in for now. The AC has never worked and I was too excited to let that hold me up. I changed the oil filter and drained the oil overnight. Today was the day.....spun a new Mobil 1 filter on, with a magnet on the bottom of the filter. Put 7 quarts of 15/50 synthetic oil in along with a container of liquid moly a product called Cera Tec, high tec anti wear additive. I filled up new coolant with Zerex coolant. I was excited to start her............and of course the item I forgot was the battery was not on my charger and it just did not have the juice, so I cleaned the car up and will wait for tomorrow to start her up.
  9. Front oil lines went in no problem then I put the inner and outer ducts in for oil coolers . Need some fasteners so work will continue tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow I will have it all tightened up. Still need oiler coolers in and oiler cooler lines done and 1 or 2 bolts here and there and fans put back in.... Guess I still have some work to do.
  10. The blocks of wood technique worked, finally progress. We'll see how many bolts I have extra.....or missing at the end. Now how was that wiring routed for the fans.......... Mightymetro.....don't bring me down brother..........I will see I think I can.....who need oil coolers anyway!!!!!!!!
  11. So I am working on the Radiator assembly again in between cleaning the house......keep wife happy and planting some plants outside....,.and feeling like that I am making progress. Ultimately I positioned the Radiator assembly underneath and yesterday I went to the Home Depot here in the states and bought (10) 2 inch x 4 inch x 2 foot boards and also a large package of wood shims that we would use to shim a door in place when framing. I stacked about 3 of the 2x4x2 under each side of the Radiator assembly, then I pushed up the assembly on one side and put a stack of shims on top of the boards in between the boards and the Radiator. I repeated on the other side and that got the assembly very close to where it needs to be. Then I started to attach the Y brackets on each side to help hold up the radiator. On the left side where the radiator hose is at bottom of the radiator, you really need to attach it prior to putting the Y bracket on to make your life easier. I was then close enough to get the front bolts thru the Radiator support in the front of the car. These are the bolts use have to access thru the front trunk assembly.; That is where I am currently as my lovely wife wanted to each lunch. I need to post some pictures.
  12. So, In this government mandated lock down I was out in the garage today and took out the radiator assembly that I installed without the Radiator in it. I also took off the front radiator duck / lip in the center of the lower grill. Once on the ground I decided to take the oil cooler line off and the 2 inner half shell ducts for the oil coolers. I believe that I can install those bits after the radiator pack is in. I have the car on a 4 post storage lift and while it helps it hinders a bit in clearance when you try to put the radiator pack in. The lift did come with a trolley that fits between the drive on ramps that you can put a jack on to lift something, so I was able to pick up the radiator assembly / package by myself. I hoisted it under where it belonged. It was much easier without the front oil line and partial duck work installed. I was able to get it close to where it belongs and roll the trolley underneath the assembly. Now I have it close, but need to inch it up by either blocks of wood underneath or as Ian Lord and Freek in the Netherlands suggested using long threaded rod and effectively pulling up the assembly. I feel like I am closer and once I get a bolt in.....anywhere to hold the assembly up I will feel like I really have done something. The Saga continues.
  13. I saw you did that and I might just do that as I don't have any help in this coronovirus world right now, I want to get this done and cross it off the list and start driving my car again. These cars are so rare that you just don't see them much here. I know there were a few cars that I did damage to in my life, so now I am committed to saving these rare cars and making sure they continue life. I am just a curator and caretaker for the moment. Thanks the advice is greatly appreciated.
  14. I tried to do the lifting of the radiator assembly with the housing / brace and ducting myself.... mistake #1, so I took it apart and bolted up the radiator housing assembly without the radiator pack in it......probably mistake number 2. I still had the triangular braces in and it just looks like it is too difficult to maneuver with them in, so I did take them out. I think before I remove the radiator ducting / brace I am going to loosen the bolts that hold it up that are accessed thru the front trunk area. I want to see if it is lowered or in the back if it will enable me to then install the radiator into the brace and bolt it in. If not I know I will have to remove the radiator housing assembly and try it again with the radiator pack all assembled together. Has anyone installed the radiator while not attached to the assembly and the assembly bolted in place maybe loosely? I will be glad if and when I finish. I need a pep talk.
  15. Well not sure I can compete.......Bought my 98 Esprit sitting on a storage lot. It had a blue tarp covering it. Knew it needed to be rescued.......I am not sure the car wanted me to rescue it. After a few months it stopped running in my Lotus people around..........I got the parts manual and dug in..........tried everything I could think of.....thought it might be alarm related as it was bypassed somewhere in its was the alarm system which took a local (Smart Guy) about 2 weeks to figure out......all good......then the miss happened........whats that........after much research and thinking I knew what it was I decided a coil went bad......much much work getting to the coils.....might as well do sensors and wires and plugs while in there and lets clean the injectors..........etc. etc. plugs had never been replaced at 36,000 miles and one was closed up....o well keep going......replaced plugs injectors wires and sensors under plenum and also thermostat. Put back together runs great..........alternator not charging.....take off get rebuilt.......axle seals leaking....still leaking........ABS light on most time........Vehicle speed sensor sometimes works.......sometimes not.......charging light is partially illuminated.....coolant leaking somewhere.......radiator is bad......pull radiator and get rebuilt..........still fixing it......No one has an Esprit that I see and so I don't care...... I am a caretaker and will continue to fight the fight. Love the looks and love the performance!!!!
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