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I have recently bought a 1981 July build Lotus Eclat auto as a project. I believe it is a Domestic car, although has found its way to Australia. It has (among other things) a fairly severe current drain which flattens the battery in  a week or so. While trying to determine location of the current drain, I have noticed the fuse box in the engine bay has eight fuses, four in a top row, four in a bottom row and there are two spares. However nowhere in the fuse box or on the lid does it say which fuse is which. Can anyone assist me so I can narrow down the possible culprit of my power drain.

Also is there a good Lotus parts supplier / wreckers or new to obtain items like steering racks, steering wheel, ignition barrel etc...

Thanks 

George

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Lotusbits in the uk usually have most parts, they tend to be very busy so phoning is a better bet than email

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It sounds as if you have a Series 2.2 Eclat. It's a rare car, even more so as its an auto.

I can't help much but there is a 3rd fuse box in the rear, the fuel pump connects to it so thats worth a look as well.

Do you have a wiring diagram? This would help.

If you have a multimeter, you could check the current draw from each fuse.

Good luck :)


It's getting there......

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Thanks Rob and Tim ...

I will give LotusBits a call and yes I have a multimeter. I was hoping to get an indication which fuse controlled which circuits to narrow down the hunt. I have a wiring diagram..(about six actually) so I will plough through them and try to find one which matches.. Most have seven fuses, not eight as in my box. I also will check near the fuel pump in the rear. I haven't seen one there but I was fishing around for the breather pipes etc at the time... and boy was that plastic piping brittle! Thanks. Am enjoying the Lotus adventure already!George

 

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Welcome to our little section on TLF George!

Well done on saving an S2 eclat! Where about in Australia are you?

TLF's wedge section seems to have a growing Australasian membership :-)

From memory, the fuse map is on a sticker on the underside or adjacent to the fuse block, but I cant recall - I will have a look on my car and take a photo next time I'm near it.

Power drain is likely to be those sodding lights in the door/interior light circuit. Take the bulbs out and see if it goes.

The power steering rack is a ford item, and seeing as you got Capri's, Escorts and Cortina's locally, your probably easier getting the one you have rebuilt locally.

Original S2 steering wheels are hard to obtain. An aftermarket Mountney and boss kit will see you right. MB019 if memory seves - spline shared with midget and early range rover.

The ignition barel is a Waco item. I'm not sure how easy to find they now are. Have a look at the parts interchangeability spreasheet on here as a sticky - its a great resource.

best wishes


Dunc

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George,

Let me have an email address and I'll send you a revised corrected drawing for an S2 éclat auto. the fuse layout shown in the manual is incorrect.

Post some photo's of the car.

John

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