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  1. I didn't make it either (well I did but couldn't download the app or stay online for more than about 10mins at a time) gave a couple of goes but computer said No.

    Internet seems to be working again now after it going completely for a few days (funny how it miraculously seems to stabilise after you contact them even though they apparently can't see anything wrong, not the 1st time)

    On the plus side I got me jeep alternator back together with its new bearings in,doesn't grumble anymore. Amazing it still worked to be honest, half a bucket of mud and rust fell out during stripping.

  2. I've never zoomed before so I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

    HGF is indeed Head Gasket Failure. No emulsion in the oil but it just kept spitting its coolant out and a fair bit of brown gunge, the teller was the radiator stank of fuel/combustion it was probably lacking power but its a bit hard to tell. Upon removal the hg was definitely FUBAR!!!.  

    Anyway, 40 notes for a gasket kit not bad, the engines back together now but just tidying a few bits/sheared bolts etc while the manifold and tubes are out the way.

    Poor Lotus has been sat outside for a couple of days in the damp. 

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  3. Steve

    Sounds like you have a good plan. I am really jealous of your roads, were I live is rural and although there are lots of nice drives the condition of our roads is pretty SH1T.

    Its great to hear that there's enthusiasm for these little cars outside of our small country.  Let us know how it goes, if you need any help/info there are some really friendly and knowledgeable guys on this forum who are always happy to help another sufferer of the Lotus syndrome.


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  4. Hi Steve, happy I could help.

    I don't know if you tinker yourself but if you do, get someone to have a listen from outside as you drive past. This is what I did, you may find that it is just one end or a particular wheel.  The bits are cheap and its really easy to work on so its worth doing yourself if you can. I do find I have to unbolt the rear calipers (at the sliders) to remove the pads, I think this may be contrary to the manual and is probably due to the extra thickness of the sticky pads. 

    I had also never seen a white S1 until mine (although its a few different shades), I know I'm biased but its my favourite.

    Just had a look at Schwäbisch Hall on Google it looks absolutely stunning and reminds me a bit of heidlberg, I originated from a small town called Ulm, not a million miles from you.

    Best of luck getting it sorted, I'd be interested to see what you find.


  5. Hello Steve, 

    Welcome to my world. I have a 97 Elise S1, also had horrendous brake squeal when I got it. It gets really annoying but it does warn other road users and can be used to great effect at scaring cyclists.

    However, I have spent a bit of time working on my car over the few years I have had her, you can check out some pics in my TLF garage.  I have tried pretty much everything at some time. And at times have completely eliminated the squeal but it does occasionaly return only as a much quieter sort of scraping noise which is bearable, I do also have 1 disc which has slight groove in it.

    The bits you have listed can be of use, but there may be other issues at play. I believe the anti rattle pads on the front don't effect squeal they just stop a clock from the pads.

    Mine were in a sorry state and the rear pad springs had been incorrectly installed. I replaced all the pins, springs, etc,rebuilt the rear calipers with new sliders, sanded the pads flat. As well as bleeding etc during the rebuild. After this they still squealed.

    Eventually I bought some of the anti squeal stick on pads and ceramatec grease used sparingly. The squeal had now completely gone. 

    Since then stick on pads came unstuck, so I restuck them with an aerospace high temp contact adhesive.

    Now the squeal is massively reduced/eliminated but occasionally reoccurs, usually I just clean and regrease the back of the pad and it goes. (In fact I just redid the rears recentlly)

    Something I believe may occur is a slight inconsistency in the surface caused by having the parking brake on especially after washing the car.  When I have had a light squeal I have found that it has gone away simply from driving the car in a spirited fashion, really working the brakes and then leaving the handbrake off when parked ( Either with chocks or in gear). 

    I never really determined exactly what issue caused the squeal and it may have been a combination of things. (Something else I did was to file a small chamfer on the leading and trailing edge of the pad)

    I hope my verbal ramblings may be of use to you if not only too assure you that it can be eliminated.  


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  6. I really feel for you, been through this a few times and it never gets easier.  19 is a great age and she's clearly well loved.  I've only had vet intervention but being with them to comfort them at the end was important to me and if the dogs in pain at all you really have no choice.  As you can imagine it is extremely unpleasant emotionally but it seemed completely painless (other than the injection), I think they sedated Max first so just fell asleep while I stroked him and he looked quite peacefull (he was a young dog with untreatable cancer and was in a bit of discomfort). 

    Dogs are remarkably tough little animals and seem to put up with things alot better than us.  Passing peacefully at home seems a sad but good option if advised by a vet.

    Getting another dog is obviously a personal thing, sometimes life changes and not having a dog does free you up a bit.  Me, I gave it sometime about 6 months ish (After Willow,the last of the previous 2 went, I did need a bit of time to grieve) then went to the dogs trust, its then a bit late to not end up with one (or two) once you've looked into the big brown eyes and been jumped on and licked.

    It is a sad fact of dog ownership, that they seem to have such short lives but its what we all sign up for when we open up our lives and hearts to them. The brightness they add is only slightly diminished by their passing and as long as I've got the time to commit to their needs I wouldnt be without them.(but I am a soft git when it comes to dogs, whats that Archie? You NEED another biscuit)

    Take care, 

  7. Kenny, your cars so bloody fast you probably can't help but get there early.

    If its like school will we have to drink in our vests and pants for turning up without a Lotus?

    I was wondering if loving Lotus classes as a religion (or maybe just a mental disorder) as I believe there's exemptions.  Lot of similarities when you think of it, blind faith that it'll get you there being the obvious one.

    Hope all are safe and well.

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  8. Sounds like a plan.  

    Having some trouble here with TLF, lost half of website and can't interact.  I am now on a different browser which currently seems OK (probably updated something somewhere) Anyone else having issues, or is it just me?  

  9. Hopefully I should be there all being well and I am always happy to talk lotus especially technical stuff.  Let me know if you'd like me to bring my little meter along and show you the basics (it probably will only take about 2 mins as there's only really a couple of settings you'd ever need)

    In case there are any specific questions you could bring the wiring diag. along.  Hopefully pete will be able to make it, I believe he's a bit of an esprit guru.

    On a completely separate note I've been driving the elan today for the 1st time since declaring it a death trap (to the old mans annoyance) the new bits/changes he's made have transformed it (it still perhaps needs a little bit of adjustment) But its really weird driving the 2 Lotus back to back they really couldn't be more different.  I imagine its similar for you, although yours are at least both mid engine.

    Happy tinkering,   Tony

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