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Driving home in the pouring rain (unusual for L.A.) and the Lotus suddenly won’t accelerate. Engine is on, but when I push the pedal the car won’t move, just sort of shudder forward.

I park the car, turn off the engine and try again. No luck. Engine warning light is on.

A call to Lotus of Beverly Hills and Allen, the service manager once again goes out of his way to help. Allen says he will stay open and wait for me to arrive.

He calls a flat bed tow truck that specializes in Lotus cars (Wilson & Valley towing in Los Angeles at 310-450-1139). The truck shows up promptly, I give him my tow hook that I keep in the car and the driver pulls it right up.

I meet the tow truck at Lotus Beverly Hills. The car is unloaded flawlessly.

Allen attaches the computer in ten seconds and he sees that a few major components in the engine are not working.

He thinks for a minute and tells me that he’s seen this once before on another Lotus.

The 7.5 amp fuse in the right side fuse box has blown.

He replaces it for free, checks to make sure everything is working properly and gives me a spare to carry, also for free.

He checks my oil for the heck of it, and I’m heading home.

Only cost? $150 for the flatbed tow.

Business is business...but to find a mechanic like Allen is a really unbelievable. :D

In the meantime, it might pay off to carry spare fuses in your car....although I bet a lot of you already do.
 

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Does it make you wonder why your fuse blew in the first place?

But :up: to Allen
 

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Does it make you wonder why your fuse blew in the first place?

But :up: to Allen
Yes. Allen asked if I had recently jump started my car. I said no, but I did recently get a new battery.

Allen said it's a mystery, but if it happens again they have to dig deeper.

I hope it doesn't happen again.
 

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What fuse does it do, what function?
What did Allen say about the fuse, what caused it to blow?
Will it happen again or was it a freak/fluke?:confused:

Looks like it was a positive story for you, Allen, Beverly Hills and the Tow company. :D

But what did you do cause the fuse to blow? Driving like a maniac in the pouring rain? Picking up chicks, left and right? Just curious.:confused:

I don't want to write another letter to Lotus about "7.5 amp fuse mode"rotfl

--Hal
 

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You beat me to the questions.

BTW: ONLY yellow Elises allowed on this thread.

akandok: paint your elise yellow.
 

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My dad pulled a McGyver trick when a main fuse blew out on our 1980 Buick station wagon. Main fuse blew on the highway in the middle of nowhere. So, my dad looks around on the shoulder and finds an aluminum gum wrapper. He ties it up and replaces the fuse with it. Started the car and drove to the nearest autoparts store for a proper replacement :)
 

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R6 controls the VSV, IAC, VVT and VVL functions of the engine.

It could be a fluke or water ingress, i hear its been raining a lot in LA.

might want to give everything a visual make sure things that should be sealed are, the fuse box cover for one, harness, wires etc. Make sure its all nice and dry.
 

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You beat me to the questions.

BTW: ONLY yellow Elises allowed on this thread.

akandok: paint your elise yellow.
I was considering white... I dont know about yellow... :nanner2:

 

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R6 controls the VSV, IAC, VVT and VVL functions of the engine.

It could be a fluke or water ingress, i hear its been raining a lot in LA.

might want to give everything a visual make sure things that should be sealed are, the fuse box cover for one, harness, wires etc. Make sure its all nice and dry.
That's what it showed on the readout at the shop. 4 functions down (not working) in the engine.

Was VERY wet outside, but Allen didn't know if it was that or not.
 

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Anyway, keep this fuse thing in mind if the car ever has these 3 symptoms:

Engine running, but when you accelerate it sputters badly and the car lurches forward and barely moves.

Engine warning light on the dash is lit.

You can't fu*king believe it. :crazyeyes
 

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Larry, great to see you on Lotus Talk again!
Larry is the few that drives a Lotus in the rain in Southern California!

I only drive my Elise when the roads are clean and dry, the sun is out, the temperature is between 78.3F to 86.8F, the humidity is 10.5% to 20.7% and Jesus' second coming is just around the corner.

Sometimes I drive it at night when the Blue Moon happens.

--Hal
 

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Driving in the pouring rain in a Lotus Elise is....


Uh...

Well....


INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:crazyeyes
 

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Had a similar thing happen on the late Spyder. It turned out to be a grounded wire off the cam possition sensor. Fixed the wire, replaced the fuse, problem gone. Hopefully it was a fluke, but you should deffinitely keep a watchfull eye on it for the time being.

Cheers,

Brian
 

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Nice, heartwarming story with a positive outcome.

But, one could look at this and think "Why didn't he check the fuses before calling the dealer (& tow truck)?" Being a nce guy, I thought nothing of the sort....

Yes, I am sure most of us carry spare fuses. I have some in each car, a habit from the 60s. Of course, many old Brit sports cars had only two (!) fuses, as Lucas had a huge overrun on their production of 2-fuse boxes back around 1920.

I also carry a 12v tester and in my Elan, a DVM. Not that I didn't trust the car or anything.
 
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