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OK,

(bear in mind this will be on it's way to the workshop, but i'd be

grateful for any theories you tech people may have on this, as

it may give some useful pointers, Especially if you have had

exactly the same problem)

Example:

4th Gear 70mph.

Floor throttle.

Revs rise all the way (car makes loud revving noise).

Boost needle goes all the way at the same time.

Speed creeps up to 75mph.

:(

Hoses to plenum checked, been suggested the clutch could

be slipping (as if i put it in neutral at that speed and floored

it then it would replicate the fault exactly).

One other thing, it's annoyingly intermittant. I drove it down

to steves for a quick look this week and of course it was back

to working just fine. So much so i began to doubt myself.

:lol:

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Clutch.

EDIT: Sorry, 1st reply was a bit blunt, sounds like Clutch to me, hope you get it sorted as cheaply as possible. You might have a slight oil leak into the clutch housing, seen it before (not on Esprits) but the oil lubricates the frictional plate then is quickly vapourised by the slip and returns to normal - should be a straight forward prob to fix, not the Esprit fault.

Either that or you might have a prob with the release fork sticking open. If I were looking at it I'd try and ascertain that the clutch is operating smoothly and the mechanism from foot to fork is working as advertised.

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If it is the clutch, and it sounds like it could well be, use it very gently or you'll damage the flywheel adding another

"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough."

- Mario Andretti

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Agree with all above...

Only think it can be is the clutch.... or if you've got an LSD and a broken drive shaft!!!

Me being silly... No definately the clutch.. If your going to drive it to the garage then just drive it with a gently foot and off boost and you shouldnt have a problem!

Simon

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7th vote for the clutch.

Not sure its a recommended technique but 3 different Lotus dealers have suggested the same method to prove clutch slippage - and it's very simple.

They say park somewhere suitable (not illegal, space in front of the car etc) with the engine running, engage the handbrake and put the car in 5th. Let the clutch up slowly and if the engine doesn't stall (assuming your handbrake keeps you still) the clutch is slipping. Dont do it for long though they said..

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Clutch master or slave cylinder not releasing due to corrosion/ fluid contamination/ seal material blocking ports ?

When was the last time you changed the clutch fluid, Paul?

That one can be intermittant as you described.

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When was the last time you changed the clutch fluid, Paul?

Paul change the clutch fluid? HA, HA, HA, HA, HA! That's a good one.

I don't think it's the clutch. I suspect the problem is the colour of the car. My advice is to swap it for a nice black one!

Ian

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...or the thought occurs:

Perhaps the car is so heavy that it is causing the clutch to slip...

How many Cadbury Creme Egg bars do you have in the boot? Is the problem intermittent in as much as you get the symptoms when you've a car full of chocolate and not otherwise?

Ian

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Hi Paul,

I had EXACTLY the same, even the intermittent part!!

It was when I had just bought mine, It went back to Paul Matty under warranty and they thought I was mental cos they tested it for 2 weeks without a problem then on the last day it did it for them.

Turns out it was the oil seal, it was leaking slightly causing the clutch to slip till the oil burns off like was mentioned above.

As it was warranty they fixed without telling me the cost, but it did require a new clutch plate and oil seal.

Hope its ok soon,

Jason.

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Tis true i would much rather have my hands covered in chocolate

than brake fluid. Despite not being polished, my car is serviced every

circa 3k miles so fluids of any kind are pretty young at any given time.

It's not that i'm some softie that wont get his hands dirty, more to the

point is that i'm on the tools all week and don't get any satisfaction working

the weekend on the car, as to me it's still work. I prefer to work the day and

give the money i earned to someone that does work on my car quickly and

far better than i would myself. I have no patience either.

Plus, if i've bagged enough hours in the week, i'm in the pub while my car's

being fixed up, now there's some fluid i don't mind draining!!!!

:lol:

Thanks very much for all the advice guys. :(

She'll be sat up for a week or two until i get the oppertunity to

get her to the shop. Will be only my second Esprit clutch in seven

years so i guess i'm due one now anyway, might get my 'crap'

brakes sorted at the same time maybe.

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  • 1 month later...

July 10th to August the 25th!

Thats how long i waited until i put my car in for a new clutch!

All good now, floor it and it actually goes somewhere. Flywheel needed a little

work but is fine. I drove it down to the shop but TBH it would not have got back

under it's own steam as the last 15 miles i had nothing there.

On reflection, when i had gear selector problems a few months back, i drove it

all the way to the workshop with no 1st, 2nd or 5th gears. After 50 miles of pulling

away in third there was a clutchy smell when i limped my way in. Not enough to kill

a good clutch, but enough wear to knock mine on the head probably.

That said, they are tough old cars really, and the two above mad moments mean i

can still say that in over seven years and many miles of Esprit ownership, it's only

once needed help getting to the workshop, and never once failed to get me home.

There are new cars that can't boast that!

:D

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Too true they can be hard nuts when looked after well, but tbh clutch is consumable, it's nothing Esprit specific so can't be hard on it for that. Glad you got it sorted, Steve Williams again ? How much incidently ?

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Too true they can be hard nuts when looked after well, but tbh clutch is consumable, it's nothing Esprit specific so can't be hard on it for that. Glad you got it sorted, Steve Williams again ? How much incidently ?

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Paul - I'm with you on the wasp (and bee) thing. 52 years old and never been stung once is probably the root of the problem - it's probably the fear of the unknown.

I have no problem with hypodermics from trained professionals, but freelance insects are a different phobia. I'm OK with dogs, luckily, even though they drool and lick their arses...

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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: "Wow, what a ride!!"

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