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G'day to all

I have the gerbox out at the moment, installing a new Exedy Custom replacement.

The box was only rebuilt about 4000klm ago so theoretically should not have any dramas, however it has been leaking through what looks to be the front of the main shaft.

I think it would be a front gearbox seal on the shaft and believe it would be a relatively easy fix, however before diving into the tool box, I was wondering if there was anything tricky about doing it.

Knowing Lotus, ( and Citroen), i will undo the first few bolts and then twang! a spring or something will pop out and fly across the workshop never to be seen again...

Any and all advice welcomed and appreciated as usual.

Regards

Justin


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Hmmmm

Do you mean the input shaft? i.e. the one the clutch plate sits on? If so, there is no seal! There is a scroll that drops oil into the bellhousing. A leak here suggests you are simply overfilled. Could be a very cheap repair!

There is no particular drama in removing the bellhousing if you want a look. Only need to remove the drive shaft housings first - bearing in mind that these are shimmed to adjust the diff pre-load, so all shims and gaskets need replacing as they are removed.

cheers Steve

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Hi Steve

Yes it would be called the input shaft, thanks...lol

I will give it a good clean up and change the oil.

I think you are right, the last service centre did change the oil and are not a Lotus Specialist so i would say they have overfilled it.

From memory the gearbox only takes about 1.8 litres, would that be right?

Thanks again, headache dissapated

Justin


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Justin

Cant remember exact capacity. On the side of the box there are 2 bolts, the lower of the 2 is the level plug, i.e. fill the gearbox until oil runs out, or in your case hopefully remove plug and let excess oil drain out!

cheers Steve

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Yeah thats right, I remember now.

I will drop the oil and replace it anyway, I think that they might have put the wrong oil in to begin with as the change was a bit grabby and notchy when they changed it,( and overfilled it).

I believe it was a large contributor in why and how i missed 5th gear, (190kph) and hit third, positively Grenading the clutch plate!

I found pieces of the fibrous plate on the outside sitting on the belhousing...was lucky there was no real damage, although i will not know until i get the box back in and mobile again.

I did here a bearing type squeel when it happened and upon revving the engine, as the car did still drive, ( although i trailered it immediately), but i suspect this was the rivets from the clutch plate spinning around and grooving the pressure plate, which my mate is going to skim for me today!

Thanks again Steve, will let you know how i get on mate.

Cheers

Justin


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