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Some questions after my first week (yes I searched)

Ive had my new (to me) '88 for about a week now, and ive noticed some things that i wanted to ask about... not sure if theres anything that can be done, or just a case of "they all do that, sir"...

- headlights shake/bobble over bumps, im sure its driving the people in front of me crazy

- the car idles around 1500rpm, warm

- the 1-2 shift gives a slight grind (a crunch) when shifting about 5K+... yes, clutch is fully depressed

- when does this stupid smile start to recede? i cant seem to drive the car without it...

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- when does this stupid smile start to recede?
It starts to recede the day you list your car for sale. Then it turns completely upside down when the new owner arrives to pick it up.

OR

It gets bigger because your money pit is finally leaving.


One or the other.
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the headlamp bobble is very common issue - the plastic buffers deteriorate - I used Top-DownSolutions.com - Deluxe headlight repair kit : 209280 and CNC aluminum gear : 602221 - to repair mine.

your idle - is the AC on? turns it off and see where is lands... (should be lower)

the 2nd gear grind is common. There are two potential issues
-one is 'red hose' - meaning that the clutch hose is a plastic hose that when hot and old can bulge and not allow as much pressure onto the slave cylinder as it should. This problem usually shows up more after the car is hot. The fix is to replace the clutch hose with a braided one.
- the shift translators are worn and/or mis-aligned. there are several rebuild kits for both the bearing and translators.

both fixes are fairly cheap and DIYer...
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Did you get the "E5PR1T" plate for the state of New York? Damn California rejected my order.

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Nope, the AC isnt on. Ill play with it over the weekend, was just wondering if its something i should be looking to fix, or normal.

good info on the headlights too, i ordered the kit and gear.

and yes, NYS processed my order and charged my CC, so i better get the plate... ask me again in 3-4 weeks. They did ask me to describe "why" i wanted it though; theres a new field on the website form for explanations.

thanks for the help so far!

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That smile can also disappear quickly if you have some expensive service work done. On a Lotus that happens occasionally. But it comes right back when you drive out!
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Ive had my new (to me) '88 for about a week now, and ive noticed some things that i wanted to ask about... not sure if theres anything that can be done, or just a case of "they all do that, sir"...

- headlights shake/bobble over bumps, im sure its driving the people in front of me crazy

- the car idles around 1500rpm, warm

- the 1-2 shift gives a slight grind (a crunch) when shifting about 5K+... yes, clutch is fully depressed

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Glad we taught you the


Headlight shake:

Yes, first replace the lift-motor plastic rollers. Another vendor is
Rodney Dickman's Automotive Accessories

READ the directions. If you don't, and you take the motors apart, they are difficult to re-assemble.

If they still shake, inspect 1) the pod pivot swivels and 2) the rod-ends on the motor lift linkages. Neither are expensive repairs. PS Lubricate those pod pivots so that they don't wear out!



Idle:

If the ignition timing is correct (check that first) and the A/C jacking solenoid is not stuck (inside the RH sail panel) set the idle speed to 1100 RPM with the lights, fans, and AC off. The reason can be summed up in two words: VALEO ALTERNATOR.

Make sure you release the TPS before setting the idle, and that you adjust it properly afterwards (unless you enjoy spouting 12" flames out the exhaust!!!!)

Shifting:

You should replace the clutch fluid even if you have the stainless clutch hose instead of the OE red plastic hose. And if you don't have any records, replace the trans fluid with fresh Redline MT-90.

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