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  1. Hi all, 

    Had my car in to have some work done at a local independent. My gearbox was rebuilt 8years ago by a dealer with new input shaft and clutch the big ticket items. I was experiencing issues with quickly changing the gears 3 to 4 and 4 to 5 plus the gear lever would move half an inch when going on /off the power. So put the car in to a local independent to have some work done.

    The clutch was fine e.g. no judder before the gearbox was worked on and now i have significant clutch judder which is just and I mean just about tolerable when moving off but when come back down the gears and using the gearbox I now also get judder which i've never had before? Does anyone else experience this or is it something else?

    I was told that the garage had significant difficulty splitting the gearbox from the engine and was told that due to this the clutch splines may be damaged and I should consider a new clutch. @£1400, to late to stop the work

    The clutch was replaced 8 years ago and has 6000 miles on it. Whilst the gearbox work appears good and the grating when quickly moving up the gears has gone I'm a further £2K down and have a less drivable car than I had before. So i'm a bit miffed

    What's my options, without replacing the clutch or sending it off to PNM to recondition @£644 + VAT

    thanks All

  2. I've been torn on whether I should write this as I don't want to add to the hysteria but I was similar to some of you posting in my dismissive attitude to this COVID-19 palaver until my brother got it. He picked it up in Austria skiing last week with 12 mates, all of which have symptoms with two being confirmed that rest will not be tested due to change in UK policy and are self isolating. 

    Based on his case I'd not underplay the seriousness of this. He's early forties and fit but lives on his own and that's why its really serious. He's a bloke like most of us on here so pretty crap in keeping in touch let alone when he's ill. He had described his symptoms as just like any post lads holiday comedown.

    What transpires, he was confirmed as having COVID-19 after attending a local hospital testing booth 2 days prior. Basically the virus affected him to the point that he couldn't move haven not eaten or drank for a significant period of time. He was able to raise the alarm by using his mobile calling me.

    The emergency services were sent and broke into the property.  They found him on the floor in his lounge. He was taken then to the Newcastle RVI Ward19 where he was fully assessed and given fluids. He was released a day later after the hospital felt that he was well enough to look after himself, we as family had a monitoring plan and there were as you'd expect higher priority cases. The performance of NHS teams were great but it was clear from conversations  that they are learning on the job and don't have all the answers as yet as its still early days.

    Look who knows what could have happened if he was unable to make the call but to you all, have a good think about loved ones on their own and make sure that you have some sort of agreed monitoring with them. From my experience its people on their own irrespective of their age that are also at risk from this virus. Hope this helps you all.

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  3. On ‎09‎/‎07‎/‎2019 at 23:41, MD355 said:

    Any updates ? Did the guy you were speaking with ever build for you a chargecooler for the V8 ?

    I spoke many times to Alex after chasing him many,many times. He would always sound interested and wanting the work but frustratingly I was always the one to chase. I had a enough of the waiting and wrote to ProAlloy stating that I need a commitment from him to take the project forward otherwise I'll look elsewhere. Unsurprisingly I received not response, shame as the product was exactly what I wanted.

    Since then, new job, country etc has got in the way so if someone else has more luck I'd be interested in a group buy?

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  4. Update. 

    The car is booked in on Saturday for the emissions retest having checked the filters and found them to be a little dirty.  So cleaedn and oiled them, first time I've done it in 4K miles and 8years since fitting them. 

    Next check was the OBDII and the O2 sensors which are operating as they should. 

    Next was checking the cats and the exhaust for leaks. Slight blow between the silencer and the cat so used the exhaust gum. Then found the my cat has a crack which I've repaired using the gum. That said I'll speak to Pete @pnm as I would not have expected the stainless steel to crack as only a few years old. 

    The last check was the cat to turbo and again a slight leak. So gummed it up. 

    I'll let you know the outcome on Saturday. Thanks all. 

  5. HI Guys, 

    Big mistake not running the car much and dropping it in for its MOT test. I had thought that giving it a spirited driver before hand would be enough. The up shot is a major failure. I've posted the readings which are the best of the banks. Lambda was way out and the higher the revs the worse it got, up to 1.357. have a look at the results I'm guessing that the CATs are ok as the CO and HC are low?

    I'll check the:  Lambda sensors via OBDII, Clean the K&Ns filters and Check the exhaust for leakage....anything else?

    I replaced the battery and recharged the A/C which meant that I had to reset the relearn idle on the ECU. Did the standard relearn x3 cycles the a/c on then 40mph for the required time. To be fair the A/C did when switched on did cause the idle to drop and take a few cycles to get balanced. Do you think that this could still be effecting the emissions?

    thanks in advance Steve 


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  6. A simpler cause could be a faulty O2 sensor(s). Do you have a OBDII? if so check the operation of the O2 sensors closed and open loop as had a similar flame event which was traced to a faulty o2 connection which was frustratingly intermittently loose causing over fuelling. The consequence was back fire on lift off also causing flames out the back, (driving during the day so not immediate apparent to me), however there was a hesitation on acceleration, dry to nurse the car back now with the EML I got the car recovered.  I replaced the connection and needed a new cat but right as rain now. 

    PS I've always had popping on my car

  7. I'm trying to get more comfortable driving my V8 and have tried all I can with my standard v8 seats at 6ft 3" i'm probably at the extreme of being able to fit in it but I was wondering whether there is any significant improvement with fitting GT3 seats? I tried some Evora seats when I was down at SWL but they are too tall.

    Does anyone have a V8 with GT3 seats that I could have a sit in? I'm in Bristol so can travel to meet up.

    Or if someone has already done the exercise then let me know the outcome. :)



  8. Hi Guys,

    I need to source a replacement O2 sensor 4 pin connector, the one that is attached to the wiring loom. It appears that there have been many repairs on this to the point that at best I've done a temporary fix. So has anyone gone through this exercise? SJ etc don't stock it. Plus should there be anything I need to be made aware of when fitting a new one?


    See the picture of the offending connector.Bank 1 Sensor 1 connection block.jpg

  9. After lots of searching and the preference to have a matching set I went for Toyo's T1Sports as I managed to get the fronts in France. I spoke to Toyo UK and they said that they would not be making the fronts anymore, the last batch run was in 2014? So for those like me who's tyres age before they are worn out be mindful of age of them when purchasing.

    In terms of the ride, I had 8year old half worn Goodyear Eagles asymmetric 2s and in comparison, strangely the new Toyo's are much harder. That said I have not had the chance to get them really warmed up as yet.;)


  10. On ‎13‎/‎04‎/‎2015 at 22:28, alias23 said:

    espritmania, MPx, Rick Edwards, mayesprit, SWLC, elite503chris, rafphillips, splodge s4, malcolmS, JayTwo, Simon350S, Alex Carter, paul1972, blueg33, swindon_alan, Tris..., alias23

    espritmania, MPx, Rick Edwards, mayesprit, SWLC, elite503chris, rafphillips, splodge s4, malcolmS, JayTwo, Simon350S, Alex Carter, paul1972, blueg33, swindon_alan, Tris, alias23, esprit17,

    Hi all looking forward to catching up with real enthusiasts in the SW having spent 5 years abroad

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  11. Quick update.

    There was limited negotiation with 3 hours being knocked off as a gesture of goodwill as the garage cited that they had already trimmed time off to get to the  9hrs?? I collected the car last week and drove it back to Paris, it certainly is much improved but I'm not sure it was really worth the price of £410 + the parts I supplied.I just wanted the car collected as the owner of the garage had said previouslty he wanted "rid of the car", this was out of the blue and instantly made me loose confidence in them. I had intended in getting other work down there ready for the winter but for obvious reasons this was now not going to happen

    I'll be having a good look at the car and the work done this weekend and feedback but at this stage the work looks good with some nice addtions like fitting clips to hold the wire from the 02 sensors to the boot floor. However, at this stage I cannot recommend UK Sportscars as the level of communication, comments made, costs, etc. have as a customer made be loose faith in them.

    It wasn't just the alignment there were other things that didn't make sense e.g. a £90 fuel bill for diagnostic of the misfire, road test and road testing the car after the wheel alignment. That's enough for me to drive to Paris from the Newcastle 500miles.?? As I said I just wanted the car as I was getting paranoid and didn't have the energy for further discussions on the matter.

    Up to you all if you want to use them I'm just sharing my experience the good and the bad.

  12. Hi Che, 

    If the car has been sat outside there may be water in the spark plus wells causing a weak spark which becomes an issue when you are at higher revs as the fuel extinguishes the weak spark, thus you get a mis-fire. There are a number of threads on the forum relating to missing at speed so also check the other threads

    That said I had a similar problem which turned out to be one of the HT leads had been trapped when the plenum was refitted, over time the lead got worse to the point of mis-fire, so check the leads, spark plugs. Don't run it too long or you may damage your 02 sensors and cat.

    Good luck

  13. Hi all,

    I've just been presented with a bill of £661 labor to complete a geometry check and make the necessary alterations by a well know independent lotus specialist. To be honest is double what I was expecting, the breakdown is below.

    Set up the machine 1 hr
    These were the rears (toe) needed adjustment 4.5 hrs. 
    Disconnect front suspension top ball joints, replace the worn mounting bolts and reassemble with selected shims for caster and camber 1.5 hrs
    Carry out geometry check and adjust and make final checks 2 hrs

    9.5 hrs @ £58 + VAT = £661

    I'm really quite shocked at the hours spent on the car, is this normal?  As for I've rebuilt the front wishbones and its a 20 minute job to remove the wheel and and the two bolts before moving the shims in the relevant direction, the caster adjustment is again popping out the two shims and then putting it back together before putting the wheel back on. Not sure how long it would take to re-secure the alignment dish? but say 15mins.

    The rears I'll admit are more problematic but as I understand it the V8 has split shims which means that the whole thing does not need stripping to fit them? if there is too much tow in then you unscrew the bolt and add another 1mm washer.

    I asked them for a quote before hand which never materialized, but I did explain that the dealer had started the work before realizing that their test equipment was incorrect and out of calibration, I had agreement to take it back to the dealer to get redone so I was only really getting this company to do it because it saved me collecting and then taking to the other garage to get done. 

    What is your thoughts?


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