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  1. Hi Dave, we've managed to sort new keys and locks out already hopefully, and for not much money either seemingly which will be nice if it works out, the alarm and immobiliser though is a whole different kettle o fish as it will have to be removed completely and then a new one installed, so it's gonna cost to get the old one removed and then again to get the new one fitted!!! Hopefully though it won't work out too costly in the end fingers X! Re the new door locks for ya house then i know a chap at work was looking into this recently and everywhere he tried had sold out of the size/spe
  2. Hi fellas, I've already addressed the lock situation, been out n got some new ones to replace the standard crap that's in, hopefully new ones will be MUCH tougher to get round!
  3. As per title my house was broken into yesterday in the wee hours by a/some theiving scrotes, and to cut a long story short ALL the keys and alarm remote fobs have been stolen so i now cannot start/move/open or even further immobilise the esprit (A 97 V8 TT if it matters!) as i cannot get into it or disable the alarm (for obvious reasons!) I have spoken to my insurer and they WILL NOT honour the Boomerang Tag key replacement cover i have because i forgot to put on the TAG on the car keys (stupid me dropped myself right in it!), and our house insurance apparently does not cover us for loss/th
  4. Hi peeps, Below is a post i put on last night in an attempt to warn as many folks as poss about an alarming issue that i myself have now become victim of!!! I know a lot of you will probably be aware of this issue, But just incase you're NOT then i'd like to take this oppurtunity to warn as many of you as i can so you can make pre-emptive manouvers to potentially atleast SLOW DOWN if not stop potential theiving scum from breaking into your house and stealing your car keys and valuables etc! Basically My house got broken into this morning whilst we were asleep and seve
  5. As an end to this and for anyone who's interested the car was shipped off to Peter smiths for this fault to be sorted aswell as a knackered starter motor, and it turns out it was the ABS unit itself that was knacked! Ended up having a bill for nearly £4k for a replacement stater motor, new ABS unit and replacing a pair of outer rear CV boots that had split! Seems like even simple jobs with what you'd think would be cheap parts cost ££££'s to put right with this car (ABS unit being the exception - yes!)
  6. As per title can anyone provide me with a guide (maybe with pics!) on how to get the dash binnacle off please - this is the bigger/older style binnacle by the way! We need to get it off as the odometer and trip counter have packed up on the speedo unit and we need to remove the speedo so it can be sent off for repair! Many thanks in advance Matt!
  7. As per title my car has developed a fault on the ABS system somewhere and now the ABS light is permanantley on (when driving the car!), We have had the wheels off and popped all the sensors out and cleaned them and also looked at the reluctor rings for signs of damage to the teeth etc, but they all seem fine, We were also adivsed that we could use a multimeter to test the sensors to see if they are Ok (test them for resistance) and all then sensors had the same kind of resistance to them too! We have also had a quick look at fuses and at the ABS modulator block assy to see if there were an
  8. As another possible source - can any of you guys advise as to whether it's possible to source new parts more cheaply for the complete assembly!? I've been looking on SJ and the parts catalogue I have and it appears that if we go for proper lotus parts it will cost over £2k for the whole thing as you have to buy the bumper/valence and splitters all separately, But when you look up the part numbers on SJ they don't list the lower front valence for the V8's- just the bumper!!! Are they selling a copy of the lotus parts as a complete assembly instead!? (I did try ringing them several times yest
  9. As above does anyone have a complete front bumper assembly (the bumper/valence & lower splitter assy) to suit a 97 V8 esprit???? I was out in mine last night (already been a good 35 miles in it) & was almost home aswell, when i turned off the main Rd onto a side road to go into Wingerworth - I was only doing about 15mph in 2nd and as soon as i breathed on the throttle to start pulling me up the hill (& i do mean breathed i was being soooo gentle because of the conditions!) the inside wheel broke traction and spun up and the car spat me side ways into a grass verge and it's basi
  10. Hi Mike, You're right i suppose i could do with getting hold of a w/shop manual, But due to the fact that i'd have to buy new kit to set the actuators up i think i'm gonna simply take the car to a specialist n let them do it!
  11. Just a wee bump of sorts, But as above What is the proper setup procedure for the actuators please!? We've got the alloy actuators fitted in place, and have roughly "guessed" how to set them (the rod end is adjusted so it's "just" holdding the wastegate shut! - or so we think anyway! I tried without luck to source a hand pressure pump with gauge yesterday so we could pressurise the capsule with 5psi and see if the actuator rod moves, but tbh I have no idea "how much" it's supposed to move when it does, and what the correct procedure for setting them up is anyway! If we get done today
  12. Well were "nearly" there! We've got all but one of the pipes fitted (you can probably guess which one has been left till last!) What i could do with knowing is whether (when we attempt to/look at dropping the AC compressor) will we need to drain it, or can you leave it connected!?? I ask because the pipes that come off it are metal jobbies and not flexi's so i can see it being a huge PITA, and from weve been told even after dropping the compressor there'll still be little room to work! This is NOT a job i'd ever want to do again- everything has been a massive PITA, from stupidly innac
  13. Hi Mike- Cheers for the reply! I do know that there is a heatshield that's going/rattling, but because of how much i've already spent i never ordered any as it's not that bad atm, Question is though if whilst were doing the pipes we do find the culprit and we do decide to try and remove it is it a must that it's replaced!?, or do some folks run without them!? I did see some uprated jobbies on Ramspott, but like i say i didn't commit due to the money i've already committed so far! Cheers Matt!
  14. As part of attempting to do this job tomorrow (oil and collant pipe renewal) I have been advised that we'll need to drop the aircon pump out of the way to get access to one of the unions/pipes - is this accurate, and if so how do we relieve the tension on the serpentine drive belt!? Is it done by going off the bolt on the tensioner itself and cranking it counter clockwise or i see there is a square slot further up on the arm- do you use this, and what size is this whole (1/2"???) We will be doing this without the aid of a ramp btw (don't know whether that will have any bearing!?)
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