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  1. Just had mine completely refilled with the R12 equiv. 1300g If its just a top up watch the sight glass and do by eye. See here..... Bottom of page.
  2. Wow! My poor S4 lives outside and is driven 12 months a year and has no where near that amount of corrosion. The before pictures look like they have been continually sprayed with salt water for years.
  3. ‘‘Twas a loose connection on the sender. I must have nudged it at oil change.
  4. A full day today sorting all the HVAC system and reversing some heinous bodge work by a ‘Lotus specialist’.Just been for an extended test drive on a warn moist muggy evening with air con blasting out resulted in almost frozen face! Result indeed. All the work under the dash seems to have sorted several annoying squeaks and rattles too. Bonus.
  5. Thanks for all the help gents, we have a winner!!! So here is the answer to the puzzle. On a previous repair on behalf of the p.o for which I have the receipt from a 'reputable' Lotus specialist they had taken the recycle flap out of the loop and removed the T-Piece (the elbow at the recirc. actuator was crumbled and obviously couldn't be arsed to skin the required knuckles to get to it. It transpired that when they put the remaining bits back together they used the wrong vac valve. I swapped that back, reinstated the recirc pipe and T piece but STUPIDLY assumed when said specialist
  6. OK all plumbed in correctly now but still having issues. Once the valves have been opened and pulled the front flap down for outside air and the vent flap for windscreen demist is engaged when you close the vac valves surely there should be some kind of de vacuuming happen to allow the recirc flap to raise and the eyeball vents to be fed with air?
  7. Not my Halfords Barry. Managed to get some 3mm ID vac hose and that's done the trick. I think the outlets from the Vac valves are on the wrong way round. Luckily I haven't put the car back together yet. Scone and a cuppa time. That diagram isn't for my car Ian. Nos 18 and 45 are not there.
  8. OK, heater fan shroud removed and actuator located. Where the hell am I going to fine 2m off 1950s vacuum pipe and elbows on a Sunday???
  9. Found it! Took the seat out and assumed the position. Another 'Lotus specialist' bodge. The lower of the two vac valves has been taken out of the system as has the t piece. The vac pump is only supplying the vent flap which when up to pressure is engaging the flap but when you turn the rotary dial the vacuum has nowhere to be released to so the flap cant return to the eyeball vent position. Ian. Where does the outlet from the disconnected pipe connect. I can see its another vac actuator on the fan housing but cant see it under the centre console. any clues please?
  10. Ok got impatient and started stripping. Fairly sure its the heater flap valve. I can see the rotary cam next to it turning but the plunger on the top is not moving. At least its not in a reeeeaaly arkward place to get to!!
  11. So a quick update. Checked the vac pump run time on the car and its around 30 secs to stop. However if I move the vent Past 3 o'clock the pump starts up again continuously. Before I start taking things apart can anyone suggest which elbow might be responsible?
  12. Thanks Ian. The trunking is all in place as when I start the car before the vacuum has chance to build I get cold air from all the eyeballs. Once the vacuum is present I only get air from one. Very strange. As an aside I was contemplating a V8 but read 43 pages of Barry's V8 woes last night. Decided to pickle my own eyeballs instead, seems less painful.
  13. Having now got working aircon I have noticed that, as expected until the vac pump is up to pressure all you get is cold air from all the eyeball vents and no adjustment to the other vents i.e functioning as expected without vac. Once the system is active (for want of a better phrase) and the vent dial is turned it cycles through its various settings however when turned fully anti clockwise to the windscreen symbol only the drivers right hand eyeball emits anything. Its as though the dial isn't turning the full distance. Is there any kind of adjustment possible on this via a cable possibly to g
  14. Speaking of fresher I never thought I would say this but I now have ice cold air con!! Having been quoted daft money to go through the system and re-gas with the correct gas I had been putting it off for a fair while. Then I remembered having an older 911 done by Geoff at at Chesterfield. Gave him a bell to confirm he still had all the old equipment and popped over this morning. Geoff is a bit of a petrol head himself and genuinely has a passion for working on less common stuff. He went through the whole system, sorted a wiring issue and re gassed the sys
  15. New bits all fitted last week along with sorting out the centre rad fan (slightly seized so occasionally blowing a fuse and getting 'Fan Fail' warning'). The new head unit looks very in nice with no nasty flashing graphics and the like. Now have iPhone charging and play, DAB (thank god), Bluetooth connection for Android and Apple and hands free phone with voice control. The higher power head unit runs the Infinity speakers far better. Front number plate was looking very tired so popped a new one on. Car looks much fresher now with lip and plate.
  16. What was the issue on the ABS light Barry? I'm hoping to put together an ABS fault check list for new owners to work through rather than having to trawl the web for inspiration.
  17. I can only suspect an earthing problem then to affect more than one dial.
  18. Give the rad pack a good coat of looking at. Check for and remove debris and sort any corroded connectors. Make sure you use ceratec lube or similar to coat the fastenings when you put em back in the rebuild in case they ever have to come off again. Don't overtighten the corner fastenings on the corner of the bumper, they strip the nuts glassed into the body quite easily. Replace the horn if its on its way out.
  19. My temp gauge has started to meander dependant on throttle load a smidge. I know the early cars had a voltage stabilizer to stop this that can, in time fail. Does the S4??
  20. Thanks. Not done much on the Esprit over the last year but I have a few little jobs I will be attending to and posting on in the coming weeks. Postie bought some parcels this morning so I can crack on. Have a retro motorised mask head unit at the moment but can only listen to a cd so many times. Taken the plunge and upgraded to DAB, hands free etc head unit. This pioneer unit looked fairly understated so should look in keeping.
  21. Finally bit the bullet and ordered the new heater control graphic to replace the crumbly one in situ at present. Bizarrely she is currently running better than ever and barring a mystery clunk over speed bumps I really don't want to take spanners to anything and temp the Norfolk gremlins into showing their faces. Guess ill just drive and enjoy instead.
  22. Would it not sell for a higher price if Sparky worked his skills on it first or are we now looking at donor engine etc??
  23. Took her out for a good hours 'test drive' and everything feels solid and tight. Quick wipe down and back to storage pending any late February chills.
  24. Well the 944 has moved off to its new owner. He lived nearby and had watched its rebuild before popping in with a cheeky offer. So while there is space on the drive I thought I would have a day on old Yella. Oil and filter change (no pics needed im sure) Fluids topped up (chargecooler seems to have a slow leak somewhere as this needs a quarter of a pint every 6 months or so) Still getting a very faint aroma or petrol on occasion and I was aware that when replacing the breather pipes I had left the ones connecting to the canister alone as they appeared sound. Another inspection s
  25. Good effort! Looks like you have many of the jobs I went through working on my S4 18 months ago. Don't give up on the wing mirrors, they can usually be repaired and adjusted. There's a walk through on my resto blog
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