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    Evora 400
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  1. Thanks for the suggestions everybody. I've looked back at my diary for last year and I picked up the car at the end of July 2020 after its compressor replacement, so it has lost enough gas to stop the air-con cooling in 8 months or less. My understanding is that the dealer tried doing vacuum tests and putting in UV dye to try and find a leak, but had no luck. Are there sometimes leaks that only blow and don't suck, so a vacuum test will not find them? It will be going in for its 4 year service soon so will ask them to look at it, but I don't want to be throwing money away on jus
  2. It has never worked reliably on the car ever since I bought it new in March 2017 and it has stopped cooling once again. I'm beginning to think that working Evora 400 air-con is a subscription service. I had it re-gassed twice, I think, at annual services during the 3 year warranty period and it would work well through the Summer, only to be no longer cooling come the following Spring. Dealer did their best to find a leak but could not. Then last Spring the air-con pump seized, just out of the car's warranty, and was replaced as a good will gesture by Lotus. Air-con was working fine
  3. Looking at my PDF copy of the Evora 400 workshop manual, it seems that it did! Relevant pages attached... Front_seat_repairs.pdf
  4. No, I never saw a copy of the bulletin. Luckily, after my seat was repaired under warranty, I haven’t had any problems since.
  5. Filled mine in on census day online using Tor Browser. They're not getting my IP address. Government are probably wondering how I managed to fill in the form from somewhere in Russia...
  6. My Evora 400 is coming up to its 4th birthday! Under the new Lotus dealer fixed price servicing deal, the 4 year / 36000 mile service is available for £950. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/blogs/lotus-at-your-service/ As that is quite a bit more money than the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year services, I'm assuming that it includes an auxiliary belt change? Didn't Lotus change their recommendation to have the belt replaced every so often, rather than just inspected? I'm asking because I had a new belt fitted less than a year ago, as the old one snapped when the aircon pump
  7. Excited about the new cars, but when will they be in showrooms to test drive and order. When will they be delivered to customers? I'm worried that Lotus have announced this prematurely and just Osbourne Effected some of their dealers out of business. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect
  8. You know what that board needs adding? Some high power infra-red LEDs, "illumination for your dashcam at night". 904nm would probably do. They'd need to be pulse width modulated "to save on current and stop them overheating". Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. (not serious)
  9. Thanks. I'd never have guessed it was an interference suppression capacitor. I don't think that I've got much chance of re-attaching it where it is supposed go onto the front camshaft cover, as the supercharger is in the way: I can only just get a finger to feel the bolt hole, let alone get any tools into the gap. Luckily there's a nearby wiring-loom bracket bolted to the supercharger body, so I think that I'll have to re-attach the capacitor there instead. I've measured the electrical resistance between the supercharger body and the camshaft cover and it's less than 1 ohm, so I'm th
  10. I found this thing flapping in the breeze, hanging by its wire, on my Evora 400. Some kind of sensor? What is it and where does it belong?
  11. Paper maps for choosing where you want to go. Satnav to get you there.
  12. That's useful to know but also a little worrying. Changing an ABS wheel sensor, for example, is a simple DIY or local garage job. The car knows exactly which sensor is playing up, puts on a fault light, but it won't tell you which one it is. Your only option is take the time and expense of a trip to the nearest Lotus dealer for diagnostics, which may not be very near at all. If it's an intermittant fault then it could be a wasted journey if the fault has cleared by the time you get there. And don't forget that dashboard warning lights are now an MoT test fail, so the option of ignoring them is
  13. I had the traction light come on on my 400 the other day and I couldn't select Race or Sport modes. Luckily it soon went out of its ken accord, and hasn't been seen since. When it was on there were no OBD codes to be found by my basic OBD reader, which only reads "engine" codes. My question is: is there a home-use OBD reader that you can buy that can read other system codes on the Evora? (e.g. TC, ABS, SRS-airbag, TPMS, etc.)
  14. I've got one of those nets in my 400. It sticks reasonably well to the carpeted centre console using velcro.
  15. With the exact fit they could almost be a genuine Lotus part! They're certainly lightweight and are probably made out of some new advanced composite material from the Evija program. Either that or cheap Chinese plastic. I wonder if Lotus has been doing secret design and engineering consultancy work for Home Bargains?
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