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Time for a specialist?

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Well, I have got my S3 through its MOT, at second try.

I've executed essential maintenance, repairs, upgrades etc.

It runs, has taken me to work 3 times, all with no incident and it looks good.

An achievement I think.

Problem is, its not right.

I'm sure its running rich, if fuel gauge, smell and exhaust deposits are anything to go by. It backfires and stutters. Idle is leagues better than it use to be but still not a purr or growl. It has an unhappy rasp at 3000rpm up and down.

I'm thinking its time to take her to someone who knows, has some expertise, some fancy machines and wont rip me off.

Christopher Neil is fairly close to me so I thought that might be the place - any opinions?

There is a Christopher Neil 'supplied by' sticker on the car, so it must be known to them at least.

Or maybe you think I'm giving up too soon?

After all, I bought the car to work on. I do, however, recognise my own limitations and whilst I'm happy to supply elbow grease, logic and applied knowledge from the forum, I feel expert ears are now required.

Advice as usual please!

Simon


"Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them." Albert Einstein

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Tuning fuel / air mixture is an art, if you want to you can spend days / weeks / months yourself or get a specialist to do it, however, if you haven't checked float height, checked for debris etc it's worth at least doing that first. Trevsked got his TE carb settings sorted, he found a great web site and followed their instructions, and the car runs well, so maybe check out that site.

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Thanks as usual Andy,

My work is in healthcare. I think I'm quite good but thats only because I have 15 years experience. In another 15 years, I hope I will be much better than I am now. I think most jobs are the same, particularly, as you say, if they have some 'art' involved!

Well, Trevor (Greenman) loaned me his tuning carbs book along with his tuning tools, a fine chap, and I have religiously checked float levels etc.

I do have to confess though, whilst I have a new fuel filter from PNM, I havn't yet fitted it. DUH! No, I have a disproportionate worry about losing fuel after my mini engine bay fire and I dont want to drain down my tanks for fear of sucking in debris. Its odd because no other jobs have worried me. I also havn't changed the air filter, mainly because it looks pristine and also because disconnecting the air-box whilst the engine runs has no effect. Other than that, I think I have followed recognised wisdom and done things appropriately. Dont get me wrong, my Esprit is soooo much better than when I bought her, but as is reflected in many posts here, the aphorism, 'the evil of good is better' clearly does not apply!

I will check out that Trevsked website though......

Cheers


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I wonder whether Christopher Neil will now have the Esprit expertise, particularly of the older cars, to do what you need. I guess for the last 20 years they have got used to plugging into and ECU! I agree, it is an art if its is carb tuning that's required rather than a faulty part. You have a couple of genuine independent Esprit specialists not too far away. PNM on Merseyside, who I have no experience of, but I hear good things about, and have been used by many on here, and Esprit Cars at Hazel Grove, who I use all the time and who have provided excellent service to me and some others on here. Esprit tuned the carbs on my S2 recently and transformed it.

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Thanks Robert,

Hazel Groves Isn't too far from me. Maybe thats where I should go.

Long ago I moved away from any car mechanic who relied on a computer readout to 'fix' my cars. - " we have uploaded the most recent program for your car, so the brakes should be fixed now" type of thing.

Cheers


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Hi Simon,

I agree with Robert, CN probably won't touch Esprits now. I use PNM all the time for past 6 years, they specialise in Esprits. My V8 is in there at the moment having a new clutch fitted along with some other work. Went in this afternoon, should be ready tomorrow night. They are doing some development work on the exhaust system so it may not be completed by tomorrow night.

Anyway, I would recommend them.

David Walters

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Another alternative would be to ask windy ridge garage near Cranage , Homes Chapel. I have used them for my esprit and David (blue V8 in Holmes Chapel) takes his excel there so they do work on old Lotus models. In fact they work on many types of old car, very good price and dont rip you off.

CN will do esprits, they still have th eguy there that has worked on them many years, pricey and no gaurentee as with any garage, but they still do fix em up

tel 01477 532285

Edited by Alex --GT3--

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Can certainly recommend Simon at Windy Ridge - 01477 532285. When I first took my Excel there for a tune up about 12 years ago - he asked did it have a stutter at about 3000 revs? - yes - he knew exactly how to rejet the carbs and has been keeping it in tip-top condition ever since. Excellent value too. He has 3 Lotuses himself including an S2 Esprit and has always done an excellent honest job for me on both the Excel and Esprit.

I've continued to get the Esprit serviced at CN to keep up the FDSH, no complaints, but any interim work gets done by Simon.

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anyone used Kev at Esprit Cars recently?.......


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