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Driving home in the very wet yesterday, hit some standing water car held (it is surprisingly stable given the tyre width and lack of weight) and the spanner appeared on the dash for a few seconds.

I have a reader, but, I know it's a silly question (and one I should know) but where is the socket? Any help would be appreciated - please don't mock


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The Spanner isn’t the MIL. If the MIL came on, it would stay on and the code could be read by a generic OBD reader. 

The Spanner is a Lotus thing and it refers to minor issues. I can’t remember the exact phraseology used but it’s worth reading the manual (to put your mind at rest). 

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If it was an issue, wouldn't the spanner stay illuminated?

If it comes on then goes out, I would have thought it might be something as simple as water where it should not have been and then goes away?

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Not always the case, when I had a  cruise control stalk issue, the spanner light was constant.

Correct it is not the MIL though, it's for 'minor' issues or similar according to the manual, and wont' be picked up by an OBD reader.

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It went in to Silverstone for its service yesterday (a great experience as always) and it turns out that it was the gearbox oil pump. 

it seems odd to have flagged a one off issue when under minimal load - a very wet motorway; I will keep an eye on it

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