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Hi guys, looks like my trickle charger has packed up as my battery has gone flat, how do you open the front access panel to get to the jump points?

I think this may be a sign that I need to start using it more :-)

Cheers.

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Paul. Stand on passenger side at top of panel centre there is a small plastic capped lever, push away from you, it will release panel. Danny

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Thanks Danny, I'll get it jumped later, hopefully the battery is recoverable.

At least I know the Tracker works as they have rung several times to check the car is OK :-)

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The panel release clicks “home” two clicks - so you may have only released by the first stage.  The panel corners adjacent to the windscreen pillats also engage with a pin into rubber socket; gently pull each corner vertically upwards to release each side.

You’ll likely find that, upon releasing the latch, that the panel will only spring by the first click - but will fully release after pulling the panel corners free of their respective sockets.

When refitting,, aligh the pins with the corresponding rubber sockets and gently press downwards to engage - then firmly press the centre of the panel downwards at the latch; it should click down by two stops.  If you only push down the the first click, the alarm system may not set (the associated pin-switch is just forward of the latch mechanism.

In practice, this sounds far more complex than it is in reality...

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On 6/18/2016 at 09:11, Vipers said:

Thanks Danny, I'll get it jumped later, hopefully the battery is recoverable.

At least I know the Tracker works as they have rung several times to check the car is OK :-)

From what I understood you're NOT supposed to jump a lithium battery since that could damage the battery.

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8 hours ago, LotusPilot said:

The panel release clicks “home” two clicks - so you may have only released by the first stage.  The panel corners adjacent to the windscreen pillats also engage with a pin into rubber socket; gently pull each corner vertically upwards to release each side.

You’ll likely find that, upon releasing the latch, that the panel will only spring by the first click - but will fully release after pulling the panel corners free of their respective sockets.

When refitting,, aligh the pins with the corresponding rubber sockets and gently press downwards to engage - then firmly press the centre of the panel downwards at the latch; it should click down by two stops.  If you only push down the the first click, the alarm system may not set (the associated pin-switch is just forward of the latch mechanism.

In practice, this sounds far more complex than it is in reality...

Thank you for the explanation! :)
Worked perfectly and ofcourse the alarm went off when I pulled out the corner pins. :D 

 

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2 hours ago, mark248am said:

From what I understood you're NOT supposed to jump a lithium battery since that could damage the battery.

Do Lotus actually provide the right charger for the lithium battery ? And I have heard the same, you should not try to start it, but send it for inspection .. 

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21 minutes ago, chumaxa said:

Do Lotus actually provide the right charger for the lithium battery ? And I have heard the same, you should not try to start it, but send it for inspection .. 

My Cup didn't come with a Lithium battery since I live in Kuwait and they aren't shipping lithium batteries in the Exige to Middle Eastern countries, but according to the supplement manual which came with my car (you can get it here http://248am.com/files/380cuphandbook.pdf) the car does come with a charger. Attached are some screenshots

 

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  • 4 years later...

Appreciate this is an old thread but just back from holidays and dealing with the same issue. Trickle charger connected but won't go past the SAVE stage 😬. Any thoughts? The voltage was ok when we first got back but took a sudden dive.

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  • 4 weeks later...

For anybody that comes across this in the future. I was connected by the front terminals but not well enough. Mechanic connected a power source (battery) to the front terminals which allowed me to unlock. Once connected to the oem plug in the boot it charged happily and I stopped crying.

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