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  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. Paper maps for choosing where you want to go. Satnav to get you there.
  5. 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
  6. 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.)
  7. I've got one of those nets in my 400. It sticks reasonably well to the carpeted centre console using velcro.
  8. 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?
  9. I was wanting to transport some tools and pots of paint in my Evora 400 and have found that two 45l storage boxes from Home Bargains (£3.99 each) fit snugly on the back seat. The front seats don't quite slide back all the way with them in place but I generally have the driver's seat slid almost all the way forwards while driving, despite being 6' tall. They also sell less tall boxes which would also do, and some really tall ones that I thought would be too awkward or impossible to get in and out through the doors. There you go.
  10. Far more likely to be a sensor or injector issue than the CPU. Common things are common. Is the MIL light on? OBD readers are cheap as chips now and I've come to the conclusion that it's worth carrying one in your glovebox. One of the bluetooth/wifi dongles that synchs with your phone would do the trick. After my broken drive belt breakdown , I have installed one of these: I've just wedged it between the windscreen and dashboard, shoved the cable down the crack behind the dashboard and plugged it it. Looks a bit retro but seems to be a w
  11. Throttle position sensor or airflow sensor sensor would be my first suspects.
  12. Have you got an OBD fault code reader? That may give you a clue.
  13. Not sure about Porsche, but I'm sure that they have just as many breakdowns in warranty as Lotus do. Cars are complex things and the odd one goes wrong now and again. McLaren on the other hand...
  14. Collected the car yesterday afternoon, all fixed and working well. Glad to be back behind the wheel after two months. I'd forgotten just how brilliant the Evora is, so instead of heading straight off home up the motorway, I went for a random tour of the A and B roads of the Midlands until it went dark. Much fun was had. Thanks to everyone on TLF who helped me out with this, to Lotus Cars for honouring the just-expired warranty, and to Lotus Silverstone for doing the work with the impeccable service that they're famous for.
  15. That would be great if you could get some made. I would certainly be interested in ordering a stainless hinge for my car. There are also a couple brackets that support the rear diffuser that are already pretty rusty on my 3 year old Evora 400: I imagine that stainless versions of those would be a popular upgrade too.
  16. As per my other tread I need to get my broken Evora 400 transported from Merseyside to the Midlands, a distance of around 160 miles. I've asked for quotes on and I am getting figures of between £200 and £350 for the job. The main thing that I'm worried about is handing my car and keys over to a random bloke off the internet! Are the people on generally reliable, I wonder? I know that there is a feedback system but I suppose that that could be faked. What's the best way to get the car shifted without it disappearing in transit?
  17. Update: Lotus Cars and my dealership have agreed to fix the car as a goodwill gesture under warranty! It goes without saying that I'm very pleased and a big thanks to everyone in the Lotus community involved in helping me out. It's things like this that make me glad to be a Lotus driver, rather than the owner of less friendly make of car.
  18. You can slide the cover off the hinge? Never knew that. My cover has never got stuck up or down, but it's never sat central in the bodywork hole and the uneven panel gap around it upsets my OCD. Maybe I can take it off and adjust its position to get it dead in the middle...
  19. That belt is also branded Toyota so will be from their supply chain, and be a good quality belt, probably identical to the one that was on your car from new, just not the latest upgraded specification.
  20. Why doesn't that surprise me? Looks like the financial services industry has dusted off the manual from the 1980s when HIV/AIDS first came on the scene. Merely having had a test made you a leper as far as they were concerned. I was offered a Covid antibody test yesterday and I'm glad that I politely declined.
  21. At the Hethel Lotus 70 open day, in the design studio, there was exhibited a fancy computerised 3D polystyrene block prototype part milling machine thingy, or something like that. The control box had a box sign on it "Master", while the bit that did the cutting had "Slave". Hydraulic cylinders, camera flashes, railway locomotives and computer parts are among the things similarly named. Aparrently there are campaigns certain industries to have the machinery parts renamed so as not to cause offence. At the time it didn't cross my mind as being offensive and I'm sure that the machines involved d
  22. I can understand why people are wanting certain statues removed but that is possibly missing a chance to educate the public about the issues involved. I imagine that most people don't know much about the histories of the persons depicted in the statues. Leaving the statues up and attaching a plaque explaining that certain members of the "great and good" of that era managed to get to the top of society by actually being nasty pieces of work who were involved in the slave trade, might serve a better purpose?
  23. Thanks for all the advice and offers of help everyone. I've had another look at my car, trying to remove the clutch plate, and come to the conclusion that my aircon compressor clutch is seized in an engaged position and so could not release. In addition to that, either the compressor itself or the pulley bearings are seized too, preventing rotation of the pulley and snapping the drive belt. I'm waiting to hear back from Lotus to see if they can help out with the cost of the just out of warranty failure. I really hope that they can, as the list price from Lotus of a new compressor and
  24. My VIN ends in H H C 1 02xx. Which gives: H for 2017 model year. (G would be 2016) H for Hethel. C for RHD Other markets. (H would be LHD Motorsport) 1 for manual transmission. (2 would be automatic transmission) 02xx serial number. Not sure how GH 21289 fits into that series? Can anyone work out if I have R1234yr of R134a in my A/C system from the VIN? If not then I'll have to take out the front wheel-arch liner and have a look at the refill ports, and no doubt break or have to drill out those pesky clips that hold it in place...
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