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  1. Brake overhaul started this weekend with disassemble and clean rear callipers. Slides were solid on one side and the piston was very stiff to wind back in on t’other. New pads and a clean up of the discs which although have been on a few years had done very few miles so we’re retained. One ABS sensor had been replaced but the drivers side was original and in solid. I needed to clean it to hopefully eliminate an occasional ABS light flash so had to persuade it out and replace with a new one from SJ. 




    One of my pro tech damper adjusters has seized. Annoying after only low miles. Has anyone managed to free these off with lube or is it best left till replacement is required. They don’t need adjusting but would like the option.


  2. 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.

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  3. 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 had done the bodge they had at least put the pipes on the vac valves the right way round! The valves have a one way release valve in them and were pressurising but not releasing when the dial was turned.

    Escapes diagram proved invaluable and it was only during a passing thunderstorm that I revisited it again and noticed the problem. 

    Now fully operational HVAC with Air conditioning

    Thanks again to everyone who has interrupted their Sunday to give advice on this.

    Better go and get the seat put back in now and go for a well earned blast round.

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  4. 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?


  5. 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.


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  6. 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 get them all flowing?

    Also I note that the temp dial doesn't seem to vary the temp much on the footwell, windscreen vents. I get a range of slighty warm to a bit warmer than that. Never cold, never good heat. any ideas anyone??

  7. 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 system for £70. It would have been cheaper but he needed to do a full re gas and Esprits hold a shed load of the more expensive stuff!

    He explained everything as he went and talked to me about the sight glass under the ABS unit cover behind the headlight. If the system is fully charged (or completely empty) this will appear clear however with the engine and aircon running you will see a pulse in the fluid as the system operates. You will also see an occasional bubble. If you see lots of bubbles as the system operates it indicates you are getting ready for a top up. The joy of this system is unlike new cars which have to be emptied and a full charge added the technician fills using the glass as an indicator so can 'top up' with however little you need (meaning a cheaper job).

    Geoff also can repair hard and soft aircon lines and components so well worth bearing in mind for any older car with hens teeth parts.


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