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  1. I've got the same color combo from 2002 with only 8k miles on it and I'm in that ball park, a little higher, but 10k less miles thanks Andrew
  2. P0128 P0128 Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature) 14 on a 2002 esprit. Funny this code is not setting of the check engine light, but it is in the system and I can't seem to clear it with my OBD II reader. I mean Ican't even clear it for a second. refuses to delete. thanks Andrew
  3. Replaced the wires, plugs and cleaned the contact points where the coils mount. There was a little corrosion but not much. Still having the same problem. Anyone know a good chicgo area lotus mechanic? Or have any other ideas? Check the grounds etc? thanks Andrew
  4. Thought I got 12 ft/lbs when I took them off with my torque wrench Thanks for the help, I don't want to screw anything up Andrew
  5. Thanks Feff. PS gonna send in that membership today Andrew
  6. Thanks! Are you saying that I could reuse those gaskets if intact? I have new ones on the way, but could i re-use or put a little gasketmaker on there? Thanks Andrew
  7. Hi folks, I'm trying to take off the plenum so I can get to the coils and plug wires. Have most of everything off. But am I supposed to only break the two plenum to manifold gaskets and leave the gasket throttle body/EGR manifold to plenum gasket in place, thereby removing the plenum with this part? If I do that, I have to seperate at the intake elbows and take off a whole bunch more stuff. thanks Andrew
  8. BTW- Are the V8 coils 2 of the 4 cylinder ones? Or from another vehicle? thanks Andrew
  9. Hey there, I was wondering if there is any good way to test/inspect the coils with them off the car or to inspect them? I got H2o/moisture and I'm going to replace the wires and plugs and take the coils off the engine to inspect their mount/ground position. thanks Andrew
  10. Come to think of it, I never even looked if one existed. Andrew
  11. Hi folks. Wouldn't there in theory be a way to make the portion of the ecu connected to the gear position sensor think that the car was in 5th gear all of the time, thus changing the boost curve for all gears-economically without reprogramming the ecu? now even if one could get the gear position sensor to output 5th gear all of the time, I am not sure if this system affects other parameters involved with fuel delivery, etc that would make a non viable condition. I am guessing someone knows why this wouldn't work, or perhaps someone would have tried it Thanks Andrew
  12. Ok Now I am told by JAE to consider checking out the coils, by removing them and cleaning the surface between the engine and coils, coating them with a light dielectric grease and reinstalling. Could be a bad ground there. Then new wires and new plugs. Will give this a go Andrew Gotta take off the darned plenum though. I wonder if there is anything else I should do now that the plenum is coming off... Andrew
  13. Hi there folks. I removed the plugs and found that the plug wires did show evidence of previous moisture I believe. There was some chalky white material on the boot and the orange-white crud on the ceramic portion of the plug. Some black debris on the plug's boot connection area. Here are pictures of the plugs and wire. Looks like someone coated the plug threads with a little oil So I am guessing I need new wires and plugs? I wonder if the coils could get corroded? I made an attempt at cleaning the plug end of the cables with a wire brush and conductive gel. Feels like there is a little more power in the early rpms, but still hits this stumbling around 5500 rpm. Do you have to remove the plenum to replace the wires? Arg. That looks like it would take gaskets. I wonder how long that would take. Thanks Andrew
  14. The car is definetly missing. I can hit a fictious rev limiter like wall at various rpms but 4500 - 5500 usually. Lots of power loss. pulled the pplug wires, no water to speak of. May be I'll pull the plug also? I looked at the coil area, but didn't see any water there either. Any ideas? I can pull the wires to the coils, they seem to be hidden under the plenum thanks Andrew
  15. Will check that right away Coil etc Dunno.
  16. Hey folks, have a 2002 V8. Things have been going well for a not quite a year yet, but I've developed a problem. The car isn't making full power and it is hesitating and stumbing. This can occur in any gear really. And in second gear it was hitting around 4500 rpm and it was like hitting the rev limiter. On off on off on off. same thing at 5500 rpm in 5th gear. Although I can't reliably tell you that it would do it exactly at these rpms in those gears every time. I gave the car a look over, don't see any loose wires, disconnected hoses anywhere. I gave it some fresh gas and reset the ecu by removing the battery for 30 min. I was hoping this was another simple electrical issue. The only thing I can think of is that I has washed my car a week or so before and this time put some armor all on the engine and may have rinsed it off with the hose. This leaves me to think I may have gotten water in somewhere I shouldn't have The only other thing I can think of the the car is reading a perpetual P0128 coolant temp below thermostat regulated level that won't erase with my hand scan tool. I looked on the cd rom and I didn't even see that code listed! Any thoughts before I pay through the nose at the a service shop or dealer? Thanks Andrew
  17. Does anyone out there make muffler bypass pipes for a 2002? thanks Andrew ps-for that matter cat bypass with a unit that won't set off the light? thanks
  18. Have a 2002 that creates decent heat in -5 F temps. Have to close the center vents because they blow through cold air no matter what the heat setting. AV
  19. My 2002 manual sows that lotus recommends mobil 1 0w40 , 5w50 , 5w30 in all climatic conditions. What are most people going with? Didn't see the 15w50 on the list either, although lotus on the next page recommends a max low of 15 and min high of 40, so I guess it would meet the requirements. Thanks Andrew
  20. Hey does anyone know if Lotus original factory oil filters for a 2002 v8 are supposed to be white without Lotus written anywhere on them or the boxes and only say 910E6000? Or did I get some OEM equivalents? Thanks Andrew
  21. Could you please explain how a cat is responsible for incomplete combustion? Thanks Andrew[ quote=bimmabimma,Nov 9 2005, 05:51 PM] and ferrari owners are not exactly the most knowledgable enthusiasts either. rotten cats is sulfer dioxid being emitted due to incomplete combustion. when cats go bad... rotten eggs come. I highly recommend getting either high flow hangar 111 cats or just doing straight pipes if emissions are not an issue. <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
  22. Does anyone know how to program a new remote from the old remote? For example if I purchase and remote or immobilizer from england on ebay? Thanks Andrew
  23. Hey folks, might be headed to Road America this weekend for an event. I am wondering what types of things I should be careful about in specific to the esprit? 1) Transmission- I have heard going from on to off to on in 5th gear is a bad idea. Should I take it easy on the 1st and 2nd gear shifts or syncros? 2) Revs- Don't allow over revs 3) Oil- This engine is dry sump? If its wet do I need to do a quart overfill? 4) Handling- My 911 would swing the tail around if you let off the throttle in a high speed corner. This took a a little time getting used too. Are there any handling issues to watch out for on the lotus BTW I have a 2002 with stock SP9000 tires(Which I've never liked. I have put 9000's on an m3 and I've found the tread height to be so high that the tire introduces slop immediately compared to the stock tires I had) 5) Brakes I think I am ok with Anything I'm not thinking about? Thanks Andrew
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