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in Esprit Chat
Posted May 7
Ok Bibs, I hear you !
Thanks Lotusman33 for the info. I shall get, in contact and get hold of a cert.
Hey all - is anyone keeping a database anywhere for this Registry ( eg Google open spreadsheet )?
I am particularly wanting to bottom out whether or not there are any other GT3 ( or other variant) in ‘Deep Purple’ out there. Bibs once told me that he knew of one other, but we never really concluded the conversation. Or is there a contact data base at Lotus that I could reference ?
Any ideas or info. welcome.
in Engine & Ancilliaries/Gearbox
Posted September 16, 2020
Looks like I am alone on this post folks.
Anyhow , for the benefit of the Forum, my update is that I approached two well known specialist lotus garages about the gear shift shaft seals and neither had encountered the job before so were unable to advise. This also perhaps indicates that it is a relatively rare Requirement.
A lot of Googling later I finally figured that it is possible to pull the spline with the gearbox in situ ( access obviously a challenge until the stock air filter stuff is removed, but fortunately I have an aftermarket cold air intake fitted which makes this, and a lot of other jobs so much easier). From there it is relatively straightforward to replace the two seals.
However, some further research and head scratching has led me to strongly suspect that the leak culprit is the gearbox oil breather, which may not be functioning properly. This can lead to seal leakage under high load and temp. Including the leakage that some have experienced from the strange plastic plug that seals a sensor housing on the Aisin box which Toyota use but Lotus do not utilise on the Evora.
So here is a general query - if anyone is reading this stuff - is it possible to remove and replace the breather plug assembly ( A132F6252S part 35 on the parts list.?.)
Posted September 4, 2020
Has anyone changed the oil seal ? I just traced an oil leak to the Boot at the top of the transmission where the vertical gear change selector shaft emerges from the gearbox.
looking at the parts diagram I am thinking it Is the seal A132F6143S which may be passing oil.
Question - how to remove and replace . Does the selector shaft need to come out and if not then how can the seal be removed over the Selector armature , as it looks like the shaft and armature are a single welded piece ?
Posted November 15, 2018
Just took delivery of a pair of Miguel's fantastic marine grade stainless mudguard brackets, having disassembled the wheel arch of my recently purchased launch edition Evora in order to 'get at' the sealed light unit (another story !). There was only 'archaelogical' evidence of a bracket having been there at some point ! Only a few slices of rust stuck to the mudflap.
I got intouch with Miguel, ordered and got delivery within 24 hours - plus a really interesting 'Lotus chat' on the phone.
Being a long-time Lotus fan and owner of a couple of Esprits, I am so dissappointed to find the amount of untreated mild steel brackets - and also clearly unprotected interfaces between metals promoting galvanic corrosion - on the Evora. That and the sun damage-prone facia is just not what you would expect to find on any reputable vehicle construction.
Well done Miguel for creating these brackets - which will outlast the car itself I am sure.
in Motorsport & Trackdays
Posted July 12, 2017
Been several times - both to corporate days and also independently to open track days. All very well run and the facilities are better than at most tracks. Also purpose built tracks means plenty of safe run- off rather than nasty concrete/ tyre/Armco barriers . Good luck and enjoy.
in TLF International Lotus Day | MBW/Brooklands
Posted January 13, 2016
Posted April 22, 2014
I must add to the long list of thanks and praise for the excellent day - well done Bibs and all who contributed.
Really bad luck with the weather - it was a pity that it curtailed some of the engine bay peeping and nattering, but seeing the long line-up made it all worth it, even in the rain.
(I live nearby and the following day was actually sunny and warm apart from a very brief bout of rain at about 4 PM - very frustrating)
Very impressed with MBW hospitality - let's hope they can have us back next year, and perhaps allow a few more spaces, as this was evidently a popular event.
Thanks again all.
Posted April 7, 2014
Edited April 7, 2014 by steamdriven
Happy to add my name to the list - particularly if there may be a need to make up the numbers.
never done a concours before.
Deep Purple GT3 fairly rare......and I only live around the corner
Posted February 18, 2014
Edited February 18, 2014 by Bibs
13. Steamdriven - Esprit GT3
Posted August 2, 2012
Just got mine back from a new windscreen fit at National Windscreens in Aldershot. It took a while to get the glass and trim sourced and sorted, but the guys did great job in the workshop today with the fit. They took plenty of care and pride in the result. Perhaps I am just a grumpy pessimist but I am surprised these days when I experience good service and workmanship ! If anyone needs an Esprit windscreen fitted then I'd recommend these guys.
in Lotus 70th Anniversary Party @ Lotus Cars - 29th September 2018
Posted July 23, 2012
Edited July 23, 2012 by Bibs
I am up for it on the Sunday
1. Bibs - Evora S IPS
2. Chipp - Elise S2 T49
3. Mattthesparks - Stevens Carb Turbo
4.dodge1979 - esprit s4
5.Changes. Esprit SE. modified
6. robcarter - Evora S
2. Hopo - S3 Esprit Turbo (hopefully)
3. Dodge1979 - esprit s4
4.Changes , Esprit SE modified.
5. robcarter - Evora S
6. Trevsked - ?
7. Ian P - Esprit GT3
Posted July 19, 2012
Matt - sounds like a horror story; i will need to watch out when mine gets done by National Windscreens. Are the trims for your model the same as mine (98 GT3) do you know ? And how come Auto Windscreens couln't fit them ? If they are the same for mine then I'd be interested.
Thanks for your reply. The same may apply to my car - looks like I will need to do a bit more research. Hopefully someone that has been through this learning curve before me (and with a 98 or later car) will jump in here and offer some advice. I find it hard to believe that trims are so hard to get for a 98 car as windscreen damage is going to happen.... (the windcsreen had to be made at pilkingtons - but the trims have proved to be very difficult to get)
Thanks all - I have now stripped-out the carpet and underlay on the drivers side and conducted several trials with hose pipe (now that veolia have at last allowed us to use our hoses again in Surrey). My latest theory is that the source of footwell water is probably from the door seals which commonly let-in a small amount of water, and also water unavoidably drips inside the car when opening and shutting the door in heavy rain. I think it is simply a matter that the water then has nowhere to go (except ofcourse for evaporation) and if it is allowed to get into the foam layer that sits beneath the vinyl underlay layer (due for example to a cut or tear in the vinyl) then it simply soaks-up and stays there. I am replacing my damaged foam-backed vinyl underlay and carpet and hope that this will sort the problem (in addition to trying to avoid taking her out in the rain of course - do you think summer will start anytime soon ?)
My GT3 (98) windscreen recently cracked and replacement is being fitted by National Windscreens under insurance (excess £75). They have sourced the glass but I am being told that they cannot get hold of the 'corner clips' trims ? (obolete apparently).
Does anyone know how to get hold of them ? Can they be recovered from the existing windscreen and re-fit ?
Posted May 15, 2012
Yes it has to be a watering can - what with this ridiculous hose pipe ban !
I guess I will have to try that - just wondered if anyone had encountered this before; the next question will be how to patch the leak !
After standing overnight in one of our usual incessant downpours recently, I found footwell carpet soaked (driver side).
Any ideas where this is most likely to be getting -in ?
Posted December 29, 2010
In my case, the problem turned out to be with the vac supply rather than with the control module. As you will find from the various threads on this subject, the most likely source of trouble with the HVAC does appear to be the vac lines which are vulnerable to dislodging and/or cracked rubber seals where the vac line attaches to the various solenoids and to the vac pump.
So fortunately I never had to source a replacement module, but i did try several parts suppliers and got the same story each time : declared 'obsolete' by Lotus.
A couple of experienced Esprit mechanics that I spoke to did report that very occasionally the HVAC can throw up fault which are difficult to trace and that in those cases it is a good idea to replace the control module with 'a known good one' - which is apparently what the lotus servicing manual recommends. This sounds like what you might need to do in order to progress.
The module is in the passenger footwell, behind the carpet at the 'feet' end of the well (nicely positioned so that it is vulnerable to damage from then passenger's feet !).
Posted December 1, 2010
Edited December 1, 2010 by steamdriven
"Ive noticed there should be a foam seal around the air intake flap in the front luggage comp,
I presume this should be shut when on de mist and dragging in unwanted cold air is not good."
This flap should be normally open, and it closes when you set the controls to 're-circ'. When i had my heater problems, this flap was fixed in the closed position and I found that it was controlled by a vac solenoid. If there is no vac supply to this solenoid then the flap stays shut.
"Ive had a slight temp rise on screen with poor air flow unlike facia vents a bloody gale out of those,
see what tomorrow brings"
If you look in the passseneger footwell, to the side of the centre console, you will find another vac operated solenoid. This solenoid operated a diverter flap which send air to screen rather than to facia. If you disconnect solenoid actuator you should find that you can then manually operate the diverter flap and test that you can send air to the screen, rather than the facia vents. This vac solenoid is operated when you set the controls to 'de-mist'. Again, this is the same problem that i had - and it sounds like your problem problem could be is a break in the vac supply to that solenoid - most likely at one of the rubber connection junctions, or a crack in on of the rubber connectors. (You should be able to divert that 'gale' to your screen !)
Posted July 6, 2010
See you there - staying at a Gites near Chatres Sur Loir with a bunch of other regular Classic attendees driving misc motors including couple of Elise's, and my Esprit GT3
Crossing on Brittany Ferry, Portsmouth - Caen at 08:15 on Thursday 8th.
Posted June 22, 2010
I have the opportunity to replace the rear springs and dampers on my '98 GT3 (getting the rear hub carrier assemblies replaced, so might as well change out the suspension whilst I am at it) ; Does anyone have any particular recommendations ? It is just for regular road use - not for track
Posted June 15, 2010
This thread does not do much for the reputation of the garage fraternity does it ! Sad but true. ( I once trusted an Esprit to the Lotus factory garage several years ago now, thinking that it would be the 'exemplar A1' of Lotus care.....how wrong I was, but that is another story)
Sorry to hear about the failure of your weld-repaired hub carrier Mike -could have been very nasty. I wonder whether it is advisable to 'repair' the hub carrier casting by welding ? Knowing what i know now, i think I would advise anyone to simply replace and not get fobbed off with anything less.