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Hot Air coming through shifter boot?

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I noticed the other day that I am getting hot air coming up through the leather boot around my shifter.. Is this normal? My car seems to be running great and shifting well but it feels as if there is a hair dryer blowing hot air right through the leather shifter boot.. Strange? or Normal?

Any thoughts on this I would greatly appreciate!

 

Chris Herbert

1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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Common issue.

 

A rubber shift boot from a Jeep CJ is a common replacement part. Inexpensive, too.😊

 

Only requires a little bit of 'fettling' (trimming). :hrhr:

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Sparky, Glyn Harper & CarBuff,

 

Thanks for the responses,  It makes sense now.. 

CarBuff I noticed you have an 1988, Citeron Gear box? Curious about it. My Renault gearbox seems great, I have wondered what Owners with the Citeron Gear box have to say..

Oh and special thanks for the tip on the Jeep Shifter Boot!

 

Chris Herbert

 

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What do you WANT me to say about the Citroen trans? :scared:

 

You can PM (message) me if you want.

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I can say that the Citroen gearbox does take a bit of getting used to with reverse never easy to find in a hurry and a bit of a whine in 5th, but I do still need to fit my linkage refurbishing kit bought from PNM.

 

The posts that I've read suggest the Renault box is better?

Finding a specialist for such boxes is only going to get harder I feel? 

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DaKa,

Thanks for the response, I was just curious to hear from an Owner with a Citeron Gearbox. Reverse is a little hard to find sometimes with the Renault as well. Really takes getting use too along with all the gears really. Takes a bit of finesse for sure, However, Once you get it driving is a true pleasure. . I think everyone probably struggles to get it into first and second initially . Your Lotus Looks great, Finally have mine running great and now working on mainly cosmetic stuff. Are you doing any repairs or modifications to your Esprit at the moment?

 

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If you're struggling with any gear selection, then you need to check for wear or incorrect adjustment in your system, starting with translator bearings and joints at the box.  Set up correctly, gearchange should be effortless.

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I appreciate your message Gary on this and other topics about the bearings and was looking in the boot this week to work out how to open up access so that I can fit the PNM kit from above (or below) that has been on my shelf for 6 months now.

I've recently resprayed my rear bumper and rear wheel arches that had some minor damage/scuffs, so next on my list Chris will be the bearing kit.

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Easiest way to access the top of the Esprit gearbox is to un-bolt the floor and rear engine wall (its all one piece).  Instead of disconnecting anything, just tie it up to the latch 'bullets' at the corners of the hatch.

 

Be aware that if it's the first time it was ever done, the floor will have been glued down by the factory.  Also, be sensitive to the possibility that the anchors for the bolts might be corroded...don't let them spin.  (In other words, raise the back of the car first with ramps or jacks & stands in case you need to crawl underneath.)

 

If you need to remove the chassis cross-brace for your repair, post back.

 

PS: During the 1990s, consensus was that the Citroen box was easier-shifting than the Renault. I've never had issues finding reverse...

 

 

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