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post #81 of 1182 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 05:38 PM
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Am unfamiliar with Esprits. Jenna wants to use silicone brake fluid and I've heard that this is not good with British seals and components.

Could one of you opine about that, pls?

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Do NOT use silicone fluid. Lots of reasons. Castrol is the way to go. Be aware that the fluid should be changed ANNUALLY in the brakes AND clutch. As for the circlip, if you have anywhere near 40,000 miles I would just pre-emptively replace the clutch and while there put in the heavy duty clip. If the original clip is still there there is no need to go into the transmission. Maybe also replace the nylotron washer with a bronze one too.
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Update,
Tonight's work was fun and relatively speaking clean, easy and fast.
I stopped the Snap On truck today while in Milford at the Post Office and bought a couple new 13mm wrenches,, one as a ratchet wrench, that Atwell prefers. Cheers my friend all the 13mm stuff is now yours, hehe. I also picked up a hot shot micro power unit. It is purrfect for testing relays in comfort and keeping in the car for Lucas Darkness Days. Please look into one as a part of your map box. So on we go,,
Due to the fact my cooling fans aren't turning on and my headlight pods aren't coming up and God only knows what else is not working. I took action at basic levels. I tested all 6 relays under the hood and 4 back by the coil in the engine compartment. I thought buy some just in case and I did not. Glad I didn't now,, all 10 worked fine at 12 volts and they all responded with proper continuity. So my problems are on a positive note headed in the right direction. I did find a connection unplugged back by the coil and hooked it back up. I got a feeling in my gut that is a big part of some of my problems. It was heavy gauge wire, big wire, heavy drain and load wire. I am liking this find. Unless of course my house and car burn down tonight because I put it back together. The car is under the house in the basement. I also checked three fuses back there to insure they function, one was an ancient Lucas 10 amp fuse with the name on a piece of paper in the fuse. Damn that has to be some kind of history there. lol
Next I had to deal with that dreaded vapor tube. Insert four letter words here. I hate this stuff huge. Again Atwell is spot on,, "Jenna replace this stuff, its another fire problem." Sounds simple right,, kinda looks like clear innocent soft hose easy to flex and deal with. The stuff is from Hell. Okay so I go over to look at the side where I set Atwell up with the hose,, Remember that? Get back time is now here. I touch the first piece of vapor tube and it does the shatter like thin glass or pasta precooked. Every piece I touch breaks and soon I have what looks like yellow tapeworms all over the place. No take this one off at a time and replace it. I have a mess on my hands. I remember a story Atwell told me about, "look up look at the routing diagram". Bamm its all there. I go back to work with a smile until I find a T on one shard of hose. Damn its not on the decal, It can be there,, Lotus says so. Bastards!!! Must be a friend of the distributor guy in the Pub.
I want warranty from Lotus. NOW! So I say Okay,, leave it move on put the hoses on the vapor can. 3/16th id hose and the sealing lug on the canister after I spend half hour cleaning it off is well over 5/16th plus some. There is nooo way this is gonna work. So First thought, lube it up and muscle it in,, well that didn't work, Okay get a torch and heat up the hose and vapor canister (bad idea) scratch that,, Okay hair blow dryer,, dangerous yes but no flame and my life insurance is more that adequate. Game on. I have most of the hose on now,, then the hose with the T, okay where does it go, its not on the decal. Earn it, I begin to fish around under the upper lip of the body. I fish around and start breaking off hose right up to the roof,,I got it finely it's the hose to the the other tank fill tube. Now how am I gonna fish that over there let alone get the old one out? It's time to order another ten foot of tube so Friday night I can entertain myself in preparation for the Saturday main event,,,,,,,,,to be continued
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Okay anybody have an idea why this lead is hooked to the battery directly or exactly on a 83 where the front relay panel mounts or where I get a jack stand and wrench set up?
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Is the extra wire connected to ground
or +12 ?
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When going over wiring issues, it is always good to check grounds first.
Failures can cause bizarre issues.
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I fish around and start breaking off hose right up to the roof,,I got it finely it's the hose to the the other tank fill tube. Now how am I gonna fish that over there let alone get the old one out?
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That vent hose is replaced by pulling the window surround carpet downwards. After you replace the hose with the new Tygon one, glue the carpet back in with automotive headliner adhesive. (Another trip to NAPA?)


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Nice tool, though not cheap.
Had to look it up online though.

There have been variations of this for years though, some out of production now.
You can piece together a lot of the options with weird snapon impact parts.
This is a useful one for building odd tools.
Useful by itself in tight places.
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That vent hose is replaced by pulling the window surround carpet downwards. After you replace the hose with the new Tygon one, glue the carpet back in with automotive headliner adhesive. (Another trip to NAPA?)


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Yeah... you really DID need more 13mm wrenches. Here's another Lotus Time Saver to ask Santa for:

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BUMMER,, I ordered more vaport tubing,, that 20 feet of it now a good run for the money on fuel line riflamo who was that engineer?
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Okay I pulled the right light pod motor tonight to take a peek and see how it looks inside. Motor looks brand new inside and the armature turns freely with the manual control knob. Does any one know how to bench test the motor before I pop it back in. What wires make it work anybody have a test sequence? You tube had no ideas.

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Okay I pulled the right light pod motor tonight to take a peek and see how it looks inside. Motor looks brand new inside and the armature turns freely with the manual control knob. Does any one know how to bench test the motor before I pop it back in. What wires make it work anybody have a test sequence? You tube had no ideas.

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Don't forget, I bench-tested the left side already by trying to turn the knob with the motor plugged in. OUCH That one works, for sure.

Seeing as how both side's pod motors are inop (both with the light switch and the flasher stalk) I'd look farther up the circuit. Check voltages in the middle and go up or downstream based on your findings.

Let me know if you need schematics. My G-car documentation folder has them in a separate document so they might not be in the PDF.

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Nice tool, though not cheap.
Had to look it up online though.

There have been variations of this for years though, some out of production now.
You can piece together a lot of the options with weird snapon impact parts.
This is a useful one for building odd tools.
Useful by itself in tight places.
I have one of those, it's amazing what you can do with it. A must have tool.

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Do NOT use silicone fluid. Lots of reasons. Castrol is the way to go. Be aware that the fluid should be changed ANNUALLY in the brakes AND clutch. As for the circlip, if you have anywhere near 40,000 miles I would just pre-emptively replace the clutch and while there put in the heavy duty clip. If the original clip is still there there is no need to go into the transmission. Maybe also replace the nylotron washer with a bronze one too.
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Wish I had known about the bronze thrust washer. If the cir-clip fails it is a very expensive repair. Been there, done that.

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The problem with this thread is that now I feel compelled to examine/replace every rubber hose on my car as well.

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The problem with this thread is that now I feel compelled to examine/replace every rubber hose on my car as well.
As well you should, Mike.

Anything as old as our cars will have deteriorating rubber. Especially if it's near the engine or gasoline.
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As well you should, Mike.

Anything as old as our cars will have deteriorating rubber. Especially if it's near the engine or gasoline.
I actually already have new hoses for the fuel tank cross-over pipe.

Have you replaced the hoses from the tank to the fuel pump, to the next fuel pump, to the accumulator? They aren't normal rubber fuel hose, and look to use special fittings, so not sure what to do there.

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Tank to fuel pump hose is available from an Alfa parts specialists in Virginia. JAE gave me the name. Unfortunately I use CHAOS to keep track of my files, so I can't find it right now. <SIGH> I'll continue to look.

EDIT: No wonder they changed owners

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MrDangerUS Has crossed a good replacement hose for the spiral-wrapped ones, with the banjo bolts.


PS I just noticed you replaced the Saturn? What do you have against plastic cars, anyway? **TSK** LOL

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