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    Bob G
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    Esprit V8 SE, 2001

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  1. Brilliant thanks and thanks also the Peter England for persuading Lotus. I have downloaded it in anticipation of getting the engine/box back in and seeing if it will start. my earlier should have said “now got the box fixed by Lakeside” Bob
  2. Hi all, long time since I contributed to this site, my 2001 V8 has been grounded since the gearbox broke in 2015. Not got it fixed by Lakeside and looking at putting everything back together. is there now a recognised way of achieving all the Tech 1 tool functionality without actually owning an original Lotus tool? I believe they are like hens teeth... thanks
  3. Noted the excellent comment on a better stronger box and where from, sadly since my incident of stuck in fifth and no drive the Esprit has languished outside the house with a cover over but must sort this before the winter. As I’ve got to go to the cost of getting the box removed and fixed as the least expensive option it has to be the best time to consider the stronger box and I agree with those who said don’t spend cash til it breaks! I will make enquiries on latest news and prices/availability etc and advise Cheers B
  4. Hi all, having just read this and thought I would add my recent experience. I own a silver 2001 Esprit SE for four odd years. Car has been great and I have loved it, not used in winter and mainly dry roads in summer, done about 39k miles. I have had the usual exhaust manifold studs, stuck waste gates and tick over issues all pretty much resolved and I fitted last year the PNM centre exhaust kit. Engine is standard and the box has never been touched (yet). Well last Sunday, lovely sunny morning accelerating up through the gears and not full throttle (I discovered last year that th
  5. Well what I can say is it very fragile, I had to buy a new sump plug with a new sensor and plug and then rewire it to the sender cable. However I am not clear at all what this sender does- another EVU input? What I do know is if you disconnect it the CEL light does not come on Cheers Bob
  6. Yes many thanks all sensible thoughts and I do have a vacuum gauge. Will try this in next few days Cheers
  7. The attached photo shows my engine all rebuilt, and the BOV vacuum boost pipe is indeed tee'd into a spigot on the front of the engine close to the brake servo outlet. I am still suffering from high tick over and have run out of options - can find no evidence of induction leaks and have tried all the helpful suggestions, going to have to turn to expensive advice as next step.
  8. That's really helpful. And I assume it does learn after being reconnected- I drove the car on weekend and initially it would not tick over less than 2500 rpm! Then slowly it came down to 800 but only when car stationery. I am hoping next time it will be less initially and a developing trend.
  9. Ok I stand (or crawl) corrected! I found the tensioner needed all my strength (maybe I need to go to the gym more) and the four foot access was critical
  10. interesting, will try this test.
  11. This might help those of you attempting to replace the alternator with the engine in place. If I knew what I know now it wouldn’t have taken two hours! These are my personal experiences- I am not saying the only way but worked best for me. There is a gap between the gearbox cables and the sump through which you must push the alternator. Firstly, pulling out the circlip on one of the cables on a bracket connected to the gearbox and then removing both cables from a rubber clip under the engine allows both cables to be pushed more out of the way. Cutting the cable ties around the water
  12. Thanks Günter, so you are saying that when driving the ECU will hold the revs up higher, based on a whole load of inputs to the ECU and therefore the IAC, including normal or fast driving, the gear, speed and revs. This makes sense to me as it will help the next gear if the revs haven't dropped too far back. However sitting in a garage at tick over, why would the revs take so long to come back down to 800rpm? Assuming that you cleaned your idle valve (IAC) in a solvent as you previously described. And it can only be these two components the IAC and the ECU- there is nothing else that woul
  13. Effect of new IAC valve: Finally got it all together again with brand new IAC valve installed and engine started. However it ran immediately at 3000 rpm, was pleased I had turned the engine over without the fuel relay in (been idle for 12 months) to get the oil round. Engine was rattly initially then settled down. Important thing is that after the fourth start up the revs settled down to less then 1000 rpm but it still does what it did before- when you blip the throttle the revs take a long time to come back to less than 1000 rpm. I am assuming this is a characteristic (weakness) with the E
  14. Stuart which side bits are you missing? The only photos I could send you will look the same as the photos you have already put up on your post Cheers B
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