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Driveshaft worn / leaking gbox oil issue


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Ok - so I have the above.

As in - and please forgive me if I don't use the exact correct terms - there is gearbox oil loss.  It's leaking where the seals join the driveshafts (?) where the rubber physically wears a groove into the surface of the drive shaft.

SGT have tried the wet'n'dry emery method - no good

SW Lotus attempted a movement of where everything 'sits' - no good.

So - basically - I'm looking at 'full correction' as opposed to more attempts to stem the leak.

I would guess this means two new driveshafts and the capable hands to fit it all.

So here is the question(s)...


Are driveshafts available?

If not is there an alternative non-Lotus equivalent?

Is it a multi - hour job leading to .....

What sort of cost are we talking about.


I *think* I remember Taff saying that there's a 3 month lead time on ordering them.


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Terms used above may not be exactly the correct in regard to actual names and procedure, including description of 'wear and tear'.



Thanks in advance for any help - I know this forum has a good collection of bloody good minds and I appreciate that.  God bless the internet!

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Both Taff at SGT and Steve at SW Lotus have spent considerable time grinding etc (with the car , not each other ). There places of wrk are about 2 miles apart which is handy.  If there was a method to make it work , they've individually had a go at it.

I believe that if i remember correctly - Taff said he spent a few hours on and off with pages of emery cloth .   Each attempt starts with success and ends with failure (which is actually a quote from enoch powell about politicians, so it goes).

Ultimately the 'full' way of doing the job is to replace those driveshafts.

I remember him saying that Lotus quote 3 months back order on those bits - and they under estimate.

I  can't remember the cost of the units and labour as my mind was still repeating 'three months ' over and over.


I think Steve at lotus tried the double seal thing.


I was just wondering if anyone else had to go down that avenue and how much?

And equally are the driveshafts actually re-purposed for the lotus from a different car (renault, vauxhall, etc) to avoid the lotus track altogether

Any help will     ....etc    ....etc

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Well - having driven it for a few weeks with new 'old' bits I'm no longer leaking.  So to speak.

Infact I was under the car 2 weeks back using rust converter on all the sites fr surface rust and without thinking too hard I noticed how clean two 'things' were before remembering they had just been put on.

Steve hinted at costs versus living with it and more or less said - a bit of oil dropped on the floor spreads quick and for the amount of oil that in there it can usually be safe but with a top up at each service.

So thats another angle on it

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Sorry about  not responding  Sorry for the lengthy come come back regarding the situation but Ive been off the roads due to to lack of money ( almost a year) however i found  on eBay  a pair of drive shafts on eBay and went fir the risk of them being ok.  I had to pay for then because price was very acceotabe.  They sat in my house for ages and when i got an  income due to finding work (hooray) they were the  first to be attended to .


What a perfect decision!  I have two professionals  work om the old ones in every way they good but it cost money to being told it wasn't quite right especially when it leaked  until a week or two.


I'm happy with the route I took.  Get your eBay  to show daily  Lotus parts and scan every post to east to west (etc) and crossed fingers/.

I might create  a list of obsolete parts  and make a parts bin- one by one

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