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DRIVERS SIDE HEAT SHIELD REMOVAL

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The heat shield (drivers side USA) that is attached to the header with two nuts has cracked. I can remove the rearward nut easily. Problem lies in accessing the forward nut. I purchased an extra long 7mm spanner for the nut, can barely get in on. I have removed the turbo intake plumming etc...

The only way I can see to get it out is to first remove the AC pump which appears quite the task.

Any suggestons? The passenger side looks quite easy, but it hasn't cracked yet!

Thanks for any input.

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This was the subject of a fairly recent thread and yes, you will need to remove the AC compressor to aid access, for the LHS.

Even with the turbo out of the way, it is practically impossible to get access.

The RHS is a doddle, but the LHS is a real pig!

Cheers,

Mike S


1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

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I have no idea of the truth in this (and haven't even looked if it's possible) but someone told me if you loosen the engine mount and lift the engine up a little you can get to the nut in question.


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