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It's a "launch control" thing, isn't it?
Is this something new for the '08 cars? If this is like the valve units on the BMW clutches it should be easy enough to remove. You will have to gain access to the clutch slave cylinder (pull off the engine undertray and look on the forward side of the engine/trans. at the bell housing area) and check the point where the flexible hose attaches to the slave. If there is one of those valves there, remove the flexible line from it, then remove the valve from the slave and lastly reattach the flexible line to the slave. You will then need to bleed the clutch hydraulics and you will be good to go.I applaud you trying something new, but please do not put the clutch dampener on any more cars...
UNLESS you can figure out a way to bypass it in all but 1st gear...
Having the clutch pedal go stiff and with the clutch half engaged for 1-5 seconds and having to guess when the clutch is actually engaged is detrimental to the clutch and makes the driver look incompetent.
now since lotus doesn't want to tell me what I need to remove it or even where its located... has anyone taken theirs off that can give me some pointers?( I read the BMW thing but thats for BMWs)
I tried to keep this on the down low but its getting worse I dunno if something is clogging the valve or what but it makes driving spiritedly difficult(which is why I bought the car) and its the only real complaint I have, and I need some direction pronto
pushing in the clutch quickly ONCE results in a half engaged clutch I can't do anything with till it makes a fart noise to release the pressure... sometimes even slowly... I will be sitting at a light and when it turns green I try to push in the clutch and it feels like someone put a supra clutch in my car while I was waiting for the light to change
I just want a normal clutch that I can modulate myself -poke-
It is quite possible that the valve is located elsewhere, but on the Lotus it is going to have to be mounted either near the clutch slave cylinder or the master cylinder. It should be easy enough to find it by pulling the undertray and checking around the slave and following the hose and line back to the drivers side where it enters the rear of the rocker panel. If it isn't there, just pull off the the access panel on the front of the car and check around the master cylinder. The farting noise is most likely just the fluid being shot back into the reservoir and not actually coming from the valve.Random comment, but they had these back in '95 on the DSM's (Talon, Eclipse). They were somewhere random in the car, not at the slave cyl if I remember right.