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Clutch help required by new esprit owner

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Hi

I have just purchased an 1988 esprit 2.2 turbo god knows if this was a wise purchase but ive always wanted one.

The said car has stood for five years and i had to tow her home due to the clutch not working/ the previous owner said when he parked the car up all was ok but he thinks the clutch is seized on as the clutch pedal just pushes down to the floor with no resistance and you cannot select a gear. if he is correct how do i release the clutch ? or if you have any other possible suggestion t what may be at fault please feel free to voice them.

Cheers

Tony

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Check that there is fluid in there, 5 years is plenty of time for it to leak out.

It's probably a good thing you had to tow it home, no chance of an old cambelt snapping.

Welcome to Esprit ownership and the forum :welcome:

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clutch plate stuck on the flywheel trolly jack it up and spin engine over in gear might free oft :rambo:

ps >>take coil wire oft to stop it starting :smoke:

oh and welcome :welcome:

Edited by mc21.8

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Doubt if it is stuck in.(Pressure plate0

Heavens only knows why you purchased the car ........perhaps it is because you want to frequent the forum LOL

Check the hydraulic fluid and try bleed that system .standing so long would potentially mean that the seals are poked ...not a train smash.You can also push the clutch fork and if it goes all the way in and out ....MC is correct

I think that that is the least of your problems though .Not trying to scare you but rather save you a lot of loot !!

You would be wise to do a cam belt change ,an oil change ,generally all fluid change

If the cam belt pops ,you will definitely wonder why you purchased it.As a matter of interest ,if you dont mind me asking ,approximately how much did you manage to secure it for.

We like pictures so if you can post one or two ...that would be great.

Welcome to TLF

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Yeah, likely to be clutch hydraulics to start with. How long was it standing? And whereabouts are you?

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Hi All

First and foremost thank you everyone for the warm welcome to your forum I don't feel so helpless now knowing that advice and help is just a keyboard away.

I will work through all your suggestions and keep you posted on my success rate and I will certainly be changing fluids and belt as a matter of urgency cannot afford an engine rebuild especially as the car had one 1000 miles before it was laid up.

I am based in Birmingham Uk and i will take some photos as soon as i can

Thanks again for your help

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Anthony,

Welcome on board, You are also in the NMEG area which have some very dedicated Esprit followers.

I am based in Wolves... which is just round the corner so to speak.

I have a little experience on and repairing and rebuilding these cars and will gladly pop round and advise you on

all aspects involving your Esprit , and the best way to go about it.

Any problems you may have will have a solution, its just knowing the best way of dealing with them on Esprits.

You Will find a plethora of info on this forum , or one on one advise if preferred...

no task to tedious .

Dave

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HI Dave

Cheers for the offer I may be calling on you for advice or help.

Regards

Tony

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Welcome Tony!

First real thing to do (and I'm surprised Bibs hasn't already kindly suggested it) is to become a full forum member.

This gives you all sorts of benefits and the access to the parts manuals - exploded diagrams of every aspect of your car.

Even if you are not going to do all the work yourself, you still need it.

A service manual is also very useful to give you fluid volumes, torque values, procedures etc etc.

Hope to see you on one of the NMEG runs. Photos please!!

((((btw, do probably don't own a lous, do you?? - car description ;) ))))

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HI Dave

Cheers for the offer I may be calling on you for advice or help.

Regards

Tony

No Problem , I am happy to pop round and asses situations and advise suitable solutions, anytime.

I will PM you my phone number ,

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Anthony,

Welcome on board, You are also in the NMEG area which have some very dedicated Esprit followers.

I am based in Wolves... which is just round the corner so to speak.

I have a little experience on and repairing and rebuilding these cars and will gladly pop round and advise you on

all aspects involving your Esprit , and the best way to go about it.

Dave

Ah yes, the Great British Understatement....(!)

The friction plate can stick to the flywheel when the car is not used for a lengthy period. If your clutch hydraulics are working OK but you can't get the clutch to release, then this is what has probably happened. There are various ways of freeing this off...Club Lotus used to recommend spraying the clutch assembly with WD40 through the opening in the bellhousing. This sounds drastic but WD40 ultimately evaporates without residue (so they say!) and thus won't do any harm. When it's happened to me, I fixed it by jacking up the rear and putting it on axle stands, being very careful that it was firmly supported. Then start the engine and warm it up.....and turn it off again. Engage a gear and start up again....as the clutch is stuck, the rear wheels will revolve. Then I depressed the clutch, and used a "heel and toe" ...actually, the sides of the right foot...to apply the brake and throttle simultaneously. This put increasing load on the stuck friction plate until it parted company from the flywheel and returned to working properly. The procedure is a bit sphincter tightening, but less so than some others I've seen suggested!!

I would recommend that you change the cambelt before you start the engine...they can and do snap without warning, and the only defence is to change them regularly as per the manual....which, for us low mileage types, means every 2 years.

Welcome to this happy band of greasy fingernailed strugglers....just keep telling yourself how much fun you're having...(!)

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yes what john said^^ :rambo: or take coil wire of to stop it starting :smoke:

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Welcome to the Lotus world! It takes a brave soul to start with a project Esprit as their first Esprit. In addition to the above, I would recommend spending loads of time reading through this site before start doing anything with the car:

http://www.lotusespr...enanceMods.html

Edited by lotusespritse

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Hi

Thanks for all the advice I eventually made time to investigate the clutch problem today.

I found the following causes

1 bleed valve was open

2 Slave cylinder seized solid

3 while underneath the car found gearbox selector had come adrift.

I have fixed/replaced all the above and now been able to give the car a very short run around the block which has highlighted my next job which is a seized break on the front off side. Job for tomorrow if time allows.

Does anyone have a comprehensive list parts used by lotus from other manufaturers to build the esprit?

Many thanks again

Tony

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Remember to do both calipers simoultaneously ....better that way.

forward me your e mail and i can help with a list.

your parts source though for the seals will be a brake specialist ....should be quite a few around.Take the caliper and sample seals and you will get it easily.

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Easy solution, if you become a full member of the forum your abke to download a pdf of the actual factory manuals for each esprit. Definately worth it. Youll be able to do anything using these. An essential item for all owners. Also, look under the cross section for parts somewhere on here, it will tell you where parts came from other vehicles and often save you some dollar..

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