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Lotus Esprit X180 1988

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Hi Guys , My Esprits Battery was low, it started ok but I noticed the lights being dimmer than normal. I took car to the end of the drive way and it stopped. I tried to start but I was getting a click click clicking noise. I pushed car back to my garage and change over a brand new battery. There is a click when I turn the key. The click noise is coming from a unit fixed on the drivers side (UK car) in the upper rear panel. My lights and radio etc all work so im pretty sure its not a battery connection. Any thoughts?

Thanks Guys Robert 

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By upper rear panel do you mean above the fuel tank.   From memory you only have the  tank sender  and purge pump in that area.

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On 31/01/2020 at 16:13, Neil Potter said:

Do you have an immobilisor?

Yes I have an immobiliser Neil 

1 minute ago, Rob1234 said:

Yes I have an immobiliser Neil 

Any ideas? Much appreciated 

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Link out the immob to rule that out

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7 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

Link out the immob to rule that out

Thanks Barry. I think my immobiliser is in foot well of passengers seat. Is it a big job to link out? 
 

Just now, Rob1234 said:

Thanks Barry. I think my immobiliser is in foot well of passengers seat. Is it a big job to link out? 
 

Under glove box 

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Depends on the location of the device and the make - they pretty much all work the same way. Pop me a PM if you need some guidance - this sort of activity isn’t best openly explained. 


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I would start by charging the battery (assuming it will hold a charge), they all tend to make a clicking noise when the battery is too low to turn the engine over.

If it all seems OK with a fully charged battery you should probably check the alternator and the ability of the battery to hold a charge.

I would expect mucking about with the immobiliser is less straight forward than it sounds.

cheers

-Chris 

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Having seen a photo of the solenoid - it’s poor connections on that I expect - let’s await some good news 👍


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Anyone got a copy of the wiring diagram for a 1987 x180 ??

particularly the ignition and starter page is what we are looking for


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This what you're looking for? The manual says 88-92, but I'm sure an 87 X180 should be the same?

Filip

 

NA start-charging.pdf

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Cheers Filip. That’s the one I’ve got and wasn’t sure if it was correct or not


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Thank you guys for your help got it started. It was the fire wire joiner that just needed to be cleaned off. Thanks so much 

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