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  1. Ah well, how quickly things turn around, and can only confirm good tools make life easier ! Couldn't understand why the battery did not sort the problem so checked the connection and it showed the jump leads used were knackered and minimal power was being transferred - honestly gob smacked it could be something as simple as that ! So I hooked it up again with new leads and just for one moment the dash all came to life ! This gave me a little hope so tried to charge it a little more, no joy, checked the battery and it was as dead as could be. Raced off to get another battery, replaced it and
  2. Thanks all for the advice, however no luck. Hooked her up to my mates motor but the car would not start. Engine management light on now ! Checked the fuses and all ok there. Not having a lot of luck this month Any suggestions welcome
  3. Thanks Trevor, will try that tomorrow and take it from there.
  4. Hello all, been a while since I posted and this one is just as vague lol ... Car was due in for MOT but failed due to 1 x leaking Shock on the rear, have ordered a Bilstein and will have replaced within a day or two when it arrives, however once the car had been tested I drove it home (approx 3 miles) and put her safely in the garage ...left her for the Bank Holiday etc and went to check on her today .. nothing registered ..alarm ..nothing .. Tried again and the alarm worked, so sat in, key in and only some of the light came up on the dash but she wouldnt start or tick over or anything ... li
  5. Thank you Gunter for the great advice, will check this over.
  6. Hey Mat Yeah I guess so, just wanted to try and sort the problem myself if at all possible rather than end up with an expensive bill a mere 4 months after buying the car. I am fortunate to have two cars so at least I can get about while she is being serviced, although the other is a crappy little old nissan micra ...not quite the same performance from a 1.0 engine ahahahha Elise parts items are almost here (tracked) so these will be fitted along with the new cap and then to Wallasey for a diagnostic on these problems ! God help my bank account
  7. Ok ... next update if nothing else but to give some of you a bloody good laugh So I had made an appointment with the Rover Specialist and took the car to him at 2pm only for the prat to turn around and tell me he couldn't lift the car using their equipment, so essentially wasted yesterday and got no further at all. Disapointed was an understatement !! Having had no luck with either of the previous garages I decided to call one of my customers who is a specialist tyre company, they also have a mechanical dept. Being one of my clients I felt I could at least be assured they would give me
  8. Hello Gunter Thanks for the info, I have a 2002 Elise S2 so that should not be a problem should it ?, however tomorrow should prove not only interesting but informative when I get underneath the car, since I need to learn as much about this as possible now. Regards Gav
  9. Well, for anyone even remotely interested quick update on today .... Went to the garage having made an appointment to see the guy at 10am, and no-one was there lol not so reputable ! Headed home and looked up a Rover specialist in Red Marsh Ind Est, went down and he had a scan over and sniffed the engine. He reckoned it smelled like the clutch (which I had discounted?) but having driven it agreed that the clutch and movement etc seemed perfectly fine. He was unable to hoist the car and get underneath due to current work but will look and see tomorrow. I did however have worn brake pads and
  10. Hello all , sorry never got back regards this. It was merely me being very paranoid as I had only just bought the car, can only assume it was moisture in the exhaust as it never happened again Thanks again though for all your replies and suggestions.
  11. Well more investigation has produced a variety of possibilities, which now makes it very hard to determine what exactly is the problem. Have been told this won't likely be the alternator by PNM in Wallasey. He said I would have various other problems if it was the alternator ; would not start or would provide error warnings and lights. Its quite strange as the temperature remains at around 78-83d and isn't over heating or anything else. He suggested the following potential issues :- 1. Exhaust bung come loose, broken off and possibly burning due to the level of heat in this area ? 2. E
  12. Thanks for the tips so far, have eliminated the clutch as I really didn't rev her enough to have done that. I have checked the oil and no gunk so not the head gasket going on me which I gather was a problem with the earlier 2001 K series. So this points to the alternator as GKP suggests, however without removing the engine floor panel I am unable to look at this I have however fired her up again just now and checked to see if anything was happening and sure enough the smell appeared again (almost smelt like chlorine ? - maybe just me ! ) anyway it produced quite a lot of heat just behind th
  13. Thanks GKP Is there anything else it could be other than this ? Just so I can do as many checks as possible to ensure I am tackling the problem. Also how easy is it to fit another one, can I do it myself or will I have to take it somewhere ? Thanks for your help, greatly appreciated. Gav
  14. Hello all ... Been a while since I logged onto the forums, more or less because of the great weather and the fact I have only owned the car since May so have been happily driving her as much as possible, anyway ramble over and to the point :- The car has been great so far and has only had a fuse go since I got her however today I went out for a while - very sunny day and parked up on Blackpool Prom, all was well, got back in 20 minutes later and set off (did rev her a bit tho) then all of a sudden could smell something like we had been burning rubber ? I pulled over quickly and inspected t
  15. Ok so you have me worried now like this engine is gonna cause me alsorts of problems ? I am far from knowledgable about cars, websites and graphics yes, cars - NO lol so anything that needs doing will have to be carried out by a proper garage as I would prob make a hash of it I am guessing this K series is the one known for the head gasket issues and other probs ? (looks at meager bank account) Oh F*** Will keep an eye on coolant level, only just topped this up and have done at least 800miles since I got her and only needed topping up a little now. Any other input or suggestions regard
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