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  1. i realize this post is 8 years old, I am sure everyone knows that you can get these covers at SJ Sportscars now. I am guessing they are having them manufactured as Steve told me a couple years back the relay cover was Obsolete. I purchased one and the only downer is it didn't come with the mounting hardware. My Esprit has never had this relay cover during my Ownership So i don't know what the attachment points look like. Can anyone show me a picture of the hardware that holds this cover down?
  2. Once again, Thank you everyone for your expertise, I did do a temporary fix on the drivers side Oil Cooler line. I had to add a considerable amount of oil to get it back to the high mark on my dipstick. Before I started the engine I pulled the spark plug wires and turned the engine over several times. I am not 100% if this does much however someone recommended doing so after the turbo rebuild to circulate oil.. Being on the paranoid side I was hopeful this would get some oil pumping thru my engines veins. Ran her several times back and forth to work. Engine sounds great like it always has.. The fix served its purpose my Motor seems perfectly fine, I do hate having something like this jimmy rigged! So i ordered a new oil cooler line from SJ Sportscars, Just came in the mail. So now I am starting to contemplate getting the old Oil Cooler line off without destroying it. Thinking I will try making up some caustic soda with Lye Pellets and Water.. Figure I can get just a little bit in the right spot with a syringe.. If I am so lucky to make this work the next contemplation is routing the new line in using the old one as a guide. Someone mentioned using rope.. I looked to for a short piece off all thread to connect the two ends together. No such luck. Still may look for the right piece to connect the two. That or I will buy some fairly thin coated cable to run thru the center of both oil cooler lines. I have heard that you can only pull the oil cooler line one direction thru the chassis. Start from the rear of the car and pull toward the front I am speculating? Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Christopher Herbert 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo (no charge cooler)
  3. BarryKearley, Changes, Thank you for the tips very helpful.. the driver side line was jerry rigged already as you can see in the pictures. and has clearly been seeping a bit of oil by the hose clamp. Still on the fence about just getting a new oil cooler and replacing both lines.. Considering everything both of you said. Escape, I definitely scraped the drivers oil side on the curb, will be much more careful with routing the new line. I will of course be sure it cant hit the tire either. Thank you guys, your input is always priceless Chris Herbert (hebertharvey)
  4. it appears the curb on the drive way tore a hole in the driver side oil cooler line. i have ordered a new one from SJ Sports Cars. Steve tells me that you pull the new line thru the chassis with a wire. I am hopeful someone can elaborate on this? I am guessing you run a fairly thick wire thru the new line and old so you don't lose your path. Somewhere on this forum i read it's best to have 2 people one to push and the other too pull and to duct tape the two lines together.. Thinking i will go with the wire method rather than tape.. i know I would lose my connection. Anyone who has done this please tell me about your experience with this procedure.. wondering if I should have ordered a new oil cooler as well, I have heard the horror stories of that connection cracking right off. And lastly does anyone know what size that collar is? My Metric set of Spanners only goes up to 20mm.. I know i need to get some larger ones, just wanna be sure i get the correct size with the set i end up purchasing.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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..
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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..
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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?
  18. 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
  19. 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?
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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?
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