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  1. Thank you Barry and Atwell, Thats very helpful, was planning on taking of the under tray and getting a good look at the vacuum pump , look for leaks.. Now I know to test it and what to hope for with vacuum. Will post my findings, thanks again everyone. Chris Herbert
  2. Glyn Harper, CarBuff, CHANGES,, BarryKearly, Thank you for all the information! I am glad to hear that I can do something to muffle the Whistling sound. I am of course very concerned that the diaphragm has failed as "Quaking Duck" is a better description of the sound i am hearing. The weird thing is that the noise really seems to be made from the end of the hose, Like i said before same kind of effect like blowing over the top of a beer bottle. Next step is going to have to be to test the vacuum pumps performance which I am not entirely sure how to do at this point but with some research i can figure that one out. Thanks again everyone! the Comradery on this Forum is amazing, I wish there was some kind of a Event were Esprit Owners from all over the world were in one place so I could meet everyone.
  3. I have had my 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo for maybe 3 years now, mainly at idle there has always had a Chirping or Whistling sound coming from underneath the Engine. Today I took a Stethoscope and found the culprit. There is a black rubber hose underneath the driver side (USA Specs) strapped to the bottom of the frame. Its not the Engine Crank Case Breather tube which is on the opposite side of the Engine. This rubber hose is blowing air out almost as if it were exhaust. I traced it to were it disappeared somewhere around the back of the firewall and engine. In the next few days I plan on jacking up the car and crawling underneath to figure out exactly were this "breather hose" is coming from. So point being this hose has like a whistling effect almost like if one was to blow on the top of a beer bottle.. Sounds Cheap and uh just not right. I of course do not want to do anything to hinder its function, However I was wondering if i cut a notch in it possibly the whistling effect would change" Can I put some kind of little muffler on the end of it? Anyone have this experience? I am pointing at it with the handle of a Garage Magnet in the photo attached.. any thoughts of suggestions much appreciated!
  4. Escape and Ginger pig, Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your input was critical in figuring out my front turn signal woes.. I started by cleaning the ground behind the driver side door, (i had previously cleaned the grounds under seats and underneath the vehicle) With some experimenting i figured out the single filament sockets were crusty beyond repair. I do not fully understand why this is, however not until i took the green wires from the now defunct light socket and grounded them out instantly my signals work without any hyperflash and nice and bright! My previous attempts i had very weak turn signal as far as lumens.. and with hyper flash, I almost put my front fender back on with the less than desirable results and would have never been happy with my turn signals. Again I cant thank you guys enough, Trying to get any information on line was near impossible.. The only information you can find about hyperflash is in relation to LED"s
  5. Ginger pig, I am curious if you ever figured out the issue with your front turn signals? I have a similar gremllin. I took off my front bumper of course to try and find out why they weren't working at all. With some cleaning of all my connections I seem to be able to make the signals on both sides work.. However this can only be accomplished if the red wires aren't connected.. Turn signals work and they are hyper flashing, (no LED conversion, Original style bulbs) Now if I hook up the red wires the signals work normally but with a new twist.. The headlights pop up when i use the signals! they do go back down,, but this is certainly an annoyance.. If i can't figure this situation out I may have to omit the red wires and live with hyper flash..
  6. Does anyone know why Lotus put carpet on the engine cover and engine compartment side covers? My best guess is the carpet is to absorb glare from hitting the rear window? The carpet on my engine cover was brown and ripped, i was thinking about putting another material there but i am reluctant as I am not entirely sure of the carpets purpose.
  7. Thanks for the pictures and tips! Very helpful. I actually have a 1989 Esprit Turbo with the Renault Gearbox. I have a friend who is looking to buy a 1988 with a Citeron Gearbox, It was the Gearbox that made the Car inoperable.. So doing some research on Citeron Gearboxes.. again that you for the pictures and information.
  8. I realize this article is 5 years old, However I am curious if anyone with a 1988 Esprit has actually pulled a Citroen gearbox and installed the Renault UN1 gearbox? I currently own a 1989 Esprit that has the Renault gearbox. I am looking at possibly purchasing an additional Esprit, 1988 , has the inboard rear brakes and a Citroen gearbox that is apparently the culprit for the car being non operable. Not sure if trying to fix the Citroen gearbox is the best option or trying to locate a UN1 Renault and going thru whatever the conversion would entail.
  9. 194 Miniature Wedge base Bulb is what I used to replace the Larger 2 Prong bulbs on the back of the Tachometer and Speedo. Be sure to order the bases with wires.. You will find that they fit in nicely after pulling the plastic base off and wrapping the connectors to the bulbs tightly with electrical tape. I am sure some of the other bulbs would work nicely as well and you may find your own way of doing all of this. I used quick dry JB weld to help attach the bulbs.. Strong enough to hold but doesn't crack the back of your plastic gauges when you have to take them out! Be careful not to get any JB weld on the part of the LED's that produce the light or you will find that gauge will be really dim and have to take it back out and do over like I did on one of the bulbs..
  10. Wanted to add to this thread as I just replaced the gauge back light bulbs with LED's on my 1989 Lotus esprit Turbo. Picked them up from SuperBrightLeds.com. I am very happy with the results. I was worried about BUSCAN problems however Ramjet told told me I shouldn't have any issues and He was correct. GlynHarper recommended I shouldn't replace leave the Alternator Bulb with an LED as there has to be a specific amount of resistance. So I ran the original bulb to another location and spliced the wiring off one of the other Gauge Bulbs and installed a LED into the back of the alternator gauge and it worked beautifully. I have attached some pictures so you can see the main bulbs I used. They fit very nicely on the smaller bulb holes. You will also need 3 larger bulbs, I didn't think to take a picture of the ones I used. However SuperBright Led's has a filter so you can look at the LEDS they recommend for dash light bulbs. The larger bulbs I chose had a LED on the tip and on the sides.(the bulb looks yellow when its not powered) I have also included comparison pictures the first one is a picture were I have the LED on all the gauges ..The last picture is before I replaced the bulb on the alternator gauge. (please note the pictures look like the backlight is so bright its blowing out the gauges so they look "foggy" this is just the exposure it doesn't actually look like that in reality) They actually look pleasantly bright but not obnoxious by any means.. Hope this is helpful to someone. And by the way thank you: eeyoreish, ramjet, Glyn Harper, snowrx for all of your tips!
  11. Wanted to add to this thread as I just replaced the gauge back light bulbs with LED's on my 1989 Lotus esprit Turbo. Picked them up from SuperBrightLeds.com. I am very happy with the results. I was worried about BUSCAN problems however someone on the Forum told me I shouldn't have any issues and they were correct. This same person told me that you shouldn't replace leave the Alternator Bulb with an LED as there has to be a specific amount of resistance. So I ran the original bulb to another location and spliced the wiring off one of the other Gauge Bulbs and installed a LED into the back of the alternator gauge and it worked beautifully. I have attached some pictures so you can see the main bulbs I used. They fit very nicely on the smaller bulb holes. You will also need 3 larger bulbs, I didn't think to take a picture of the ones I used. However SuperBright Led's has a filter so you can look at the LEDS they recommend for dash light bulbs. The larger bulbs I chose had a LED on the tip and on the sides. I have also included comparison pictures the first one is a picture were I have the LED on all the gauges ..The last picture is before I replaced the bulb on the alternator gauge. (please note the pictures look like the backlight is so bright its blowing out the gauges so they look "foggy" this is just the exposure it doesn't actually look like that in reality) Hope this is helpful to someone.
  12. Thanks for the tips Glyn Harper, Very informative.. Got me thinking maybe I will go with LEDS. Just out of curiousty; Do you think my 1989 Esprit is fitted with a CAN BUS System?
  13. Hey Ramjet A.K.A. Michael, Thank you very much, your comments were very helpful, Took the Binnacle off today and pulled some of the bulbs out and tested, defintly have a bad bulb behind the Oil Pressure Gauge. It seems SJ Sportscars doesn't sell replacement bulbs for dashboard. I see a lot of Esprit Owners are going with LED's I remember reading this disclaimer on the Super Bright LED website that only vehicles equipped with a CANBUS system can simply "plug and play" with there products. They also mentioned that the lower power draw can cause the blinkers to hyper blink.. I do know that you shouldn't replace the alternator backlight bulb as the Esprit system needs a certain amount of resistance to work properly.. oh.. to go with LED's or not,, will i have problems? May have to go with LED's if I cant find standard bulbs somewhere.. Below is the disclaimer on the Super Bright LED's Website: CAN Bus means Controller Area Network Bus. This system monitors your vehicle and reports operating conditions. CAN Bus systems are commonly found in European vehicles such as BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Porsche, and in many American vehicles. While most late model American vehicles have CAN Bus systems, it is always good to check with your vehicle dealer to see which system your vehicle has before purchasing electrical products. Any thoughts on this subject? anyone?
  14. if anyone reading this has any experience with replacing the back light bulbs on the gauges please give me a clue! The Oil Pressure gauge backlight is burned out on my 1989 Esprit Turbo, Couldn't find anything in the Service Notes or much on line either. As far as I can figure you have to take the thin plastic face off the gauges to replace the bulbs, I took my driver seat out and crawled underneath the dash, doesn't seem to be anyway to replace the bulbs from this direction. So I started taking out the small screws that hold the gauge face off, have one pain In the ass screw left, I am pretty sure i can get it out with some effort. My big dilemma is I am afraid I am going to crack the plastic cover when I go to pry the dim dials off. The plastic is old and seems brittle, However It appears you have to take these dials off in order to take the gauge cover out of the binnacle. If anyone has any tips on this procedure I would greatly appreciate the help! Thank you
  15. DaKa, Thanks for the response, I was just curious to hear from an Owner with a Citeron Gearbox. Reverse is a little hard to find sometimes with the Renault as well. Really takes getting use too along with all the gears really. Takes a bit of finesse for sure, However, Once you get it driving is a true pleasure. . I think everyone probably struggles to get it into first and second initially . Your Lotus Looks great, Finally have mine running great and now working on mainly cosmetic stuff. Are you doing any repairs or modifications to your Esprit at the moment?
  16. Sparky, Glyn Harper & CarBuff, Thanks for the responses, It makes sense now.. CarBuff I noticed you have an 1988, Citeron Gear box? Curious about it. My Renault gearbox seems great, I have wondered what Owners with the Citeron Gear box have to say.. Oh and special thanks for the tip on the Jeep Shifter Boot! Chris Herbert
  17. I noticed the other day that I am getting hot air coming up through the leather boot around my shifter.. Is this normal? My car seems to be running great and shifting well but it feels as if there is a hair dryer blowing hot air right through the leather shifter boot.. Strange? or Normal? Any thoughts on this I would greatly appreciate! Chris Herbert 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo
  18. Thanks for everyones input, I completely understand the Purist who wants a period stereo.. I am not that much of a purist.. I was just thinking of going with Blaupunkt as that was what seemed to come in the Porsche's, Lotus and some other High end cars here in the United States. After doing some more research on Blaupunkt a.k.a. Shanghai Limited of China.. I have concluded that Blaupunkt is literally just a Licensing company now that will put there name on anything and everything at a cost. I am not sure which one of you guys said it but I think you are right just about everything is made in China nowadays, However the key is finding a company that takes there name seriously and cares about quality and has the Chinese manufacture there electronics to exact specifications..Unlike Blaupunkt who just Whores out there name to whomever will pay for it. All that being said I am putting a Pioneer DH80 PRS single DIN in my Esprit.
  19. The factory stereo is long gone in my 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo, Previous Owner never had it so who know were it is. I have been starting to look at car stereos as part of my interior refurbish. My original thought was going with a Blaupunkt as not only that was the stereo I had in my 1971 Porsche 911T but Blaupunkt has always seemed to me the epitimey of fine German Engineering and most appropriate for an exotic mid engine exotic car. As I started looking into the Blaupunkt Company today it appears that they are owned by "Shanghai Limited" of China.. Huh? I also looked at there website and the thing that was most notable to me was how they are pushing there Licensing agreements for manufactures to use the Blaupunkt name to sell there goods easier.. Is Blaupunkt just a name now? and literally nothing more? It almost seems to me they don't manufacture anything.. Just sell rights to use there name for factories in China who can't sell there electronic equipment without a recognizable name.. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME I AM WRONG!? hope i am,, but its looking bleak.. What brand stereo do you have in your Lotus?
  20. THANK YOU Vulcan Gray for the photographs and the picture in the Service Manual, I am guessing I have that picture in my Service Manual but didn't look hard enough. It all makes much more sense. Especially the photographs make it all clear. One question: in the first picture you sent that very bottom plate with the threaded holes on that bottom plate... Mine looks the same, Nothing every went in those threaded holes?
  21. I am fairly certain every Esprit Owner who has done work on there car has seen the last 4 of there vehicle identification number under a panel somewhere. Today I took of the panel that holds the rear view mirror and sun visors on my 1989 Esprit Turbo, I was surprised too see one of the Guys from the factory signed His name, Just thought this was kind of interesting. Made me wonder if the Guy who signed it is still at the Factory? is He still alive? Does Anyone reading this know who this Person is?
  22. Shifting my Esprit is sometimes a little problematic. I understand that this is known as part of the breed, However I got to thinking about getting a linkage kit and took a look underneath the shifter boot and yikes! Look at all the metal shavings.. The bottom of the lift tube seems to be disconnected somehow. It just floating there. I also don't have a spring underneath the shifter knob. If anyone has a picture of what its supposed to look like when its properly installed. I can see that I might be missing a couple bolts.
  23. Thanks Glyn and Jacques, I looked inside the engine bay this morning, found my broken alternator belt just sort of hanging out in the engine bay.. Luckily it didn't get the chance to get wrapped up into any of my other belts.. Ordered New belt, pick it up tomorrow and will put it in right away.. Plan on checking the alternator output after i Install it. just to make sure its doing its job.. Thanks again, If I had purchased my Esprit before the internet and the Lotusforums I would have most likely been up the creek with out a paddle!
  24. I realize this thread is 12 years old, However, I had my alternator replaced last month. I have put just over 150 miles on my 1989 Esprit Turbo and today the "battery not charging" tell tale lamp has come on and my Esprit is running like SH*%T! also the headlamps turned off on there own as I was driving down the road. Car really seem to be struggling to stay running. Too late and dark out to work on Her anymore tonight. I had my Local Lotus Guru put a German made alternator in which He recommended. I am guessing I should get my multimeter out and see if the alternator is making any electricity for starters.. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
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