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Randy Chase said:
Fill the hole with silicone.
I just had my recall completed last week, there is a more solid shift. I am very happy. The service guys showed me an enormus list of elise owners that have not had this recall completed yet. It is free, and a solid improvement, we pay for things like this when we purchased the car. You can check the lotus factory website using your vin number to see what recall need to be done on your elise; do not rely on the dealer to send you a notice. The new ball has a larger diameter base hole to accomdate the larger diameter shifter. Ask for your old shifter ball back and use it for a paper weight. I am drilling a small piece of granite and installing mine on that for my stack o papers on the desk. The techs have just been keeping them if you do not ask for it. They use them for the same thing in the shop.
 

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... You can check the lotus factory website using your vin number to see what recall need to be done on your elise; do not rely on the dealer to send you a notice. ...
Could you post a link to the web page that lets us check for recalls?
 

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Leans to the right...

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...Mine seems to be shifted (hehe, pun) fairly dramatically to the passenger side. It even seems to hit the console when shifting into 5th. I never noticed this with the old shifter, but it could also be that I'm paying more attention now that something is different.

Is there a reason for things being more skewed towards the passenger side? Has anyone noticed this interfering with passengers?...
Just had my shifter replaced on Thursday. It does feel a little bit more "solid" when shifting.

No doubt the new shifter sits dramatically to the right when in neutral position. So much so that reverse is where 1st used to be, 1st gear is where 3rd used to be...significantly leaning to the right. Is this easily adjusted?..or should I just leave it as is because this is the "new and improved" position.

On a side note, since I had the Lotus OEM leather shift knob on the original shifter, Lotus replaced the knob under warranty with the new shifter.
 

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I finally went to the dealer this morning to get my shifter recalled.

It might be a bit more "solid", but not enough that I notice it. The hole in the shifter ball is different than I expected. I though it would be near the bottom of the ball, but it isn't - it's in the middle of the ball. Instead of my fingers feeling the hole all the time, it falls between my two fingers about at the second knuckle. Not that noticeable - until I put my hand sideways on the ball (i.e. gentle shift into 4th). Then my finger tip lands right on the hole. I guess I'll figure out how to fill the hole, but it isn't a priority since it's not as bad as I was expecting.

I also had the rest of the "recalls" done. They did the ECU re-flash (mine's an early car and had not had it done yet). The car actually seems to idle a tad bit better, but no real difference yet. By the way, this does in fact, clear all the entries in the ECU. The computer thought my car had 17 seconds on the engine...

The headlight embellisher rings were added. They are not noticeable at all.

The duct tape has been added to the sharp metal under the dash (never touched it so I don't know if it was a problem).

The manual was "updated" with the air bag temperature warning.
 

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TimMullen said:
I finally went to the dealer this morning to get my shifter recalled.

It might be a bit more "solid", but not enough that I notice it....
Tim, does your new shifter lean dramatically to the passenger side now? See my previous post.
 

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Tim, does your new shifter lean dramatically to the passenger side now? See my previous post.
Nope. Because of other people noticing their's change position, I did a simple measurement. I placed my right leg along the console (where it usually sits, and measured the distance from my leg to the shift knob in first gear with my fingers (a little less than two fingers width). It was the same place with the new one.:shrug:

There are adjustments in the cables (at each end), that should allow the shifter to be positioned as needed. A bit of a hassle, but it shouldn't be hard to do. I don't know if the tech that changed my shifter adjusted anything, or just put the new shifter in, but it's just fine.
 

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Tim, what dealer did your recall, and how did it go service department wise?

Thanks,

Rod "too lazy to do the recall yet" ney
 

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Tim, what dealer did your recall, and how did it go service department wise?
I took it to Criswell, and they did just fine. They even let me keep my old shift ball, but it was chewed up because the tech had to use vise grips to remove it. If I had though of it, I would have used my rubber strap wrench at home and loosened it so it would have come off easily. Oh well. Now I have a project to machine down the knob and smooth it back out.

It took a little over two hours to do every thing (shifter, headlight rings, re-flash, duct tape, and warning in the owner's manual). The worst part is that the shop for Lotus is off of the Hummer sales area, so I had to wait with nothing to look at but giant Hummers.
 

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I took mine back last friday. They left a lot of dirt and some oil on the aluminum floor. The chief mechanic had gone and I couldn't complain.

By chance yesterday I realised that the leather cover around the gear stick is badly teared off , with big holes (normally not visible but they are there, and they were definitely not there before...).

Emailed the dealer and complained. He replied that they spotted the holes in the leather when I gave them the car and have ordered a new leather cover under warranty... funnily enough they had not told me this before... :)
 

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Spring on manual transmission

Hi everyone I just bought a 2007 Lotus Elise and love it. I notice one problem though...the manual transmission does not spring back to the center in neutral. I figure it could be due to the cold weather of Chicago or could it be something else?
 

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(on a more serious note, I have no idea. hopefully its the cold. My Prelude did that not too long ago & eventually I couldn't even put it in gear so I replaced the clutch.)
 

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Hi everyone I just bought a 2007 Lotus Elise and love it. I notice one problem though...the manual transmission does not spring back to the center in neutral. I figure it could be due to the cold weather of Chicago or could it be something else?
It's a Lotus shifter. Give it time, it will pop out of gear and back into neutral on it's own soon enough.
 

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Rise.. Rise.. Rise.. It's ALIVE!

(on a more serious note, I have no idea. hopefully its the cold. My Prelude did that not too long ago & eventually I couldn't even put it in gear so I replaced the clutch.)
Of course, if he hadn't posted his question here, he would have been admonished about a dozen times that he should've searched.
 

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New Shifter Issue?

Looks like the OG owner never had this fixed and I did not look when I took the console off!
Of Course I did the brace mod.
Will the dealer send me the round one? It sheared right off. Good thing I was on a local street.
 

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Looks like the OG owner never had this fixed and I did not look when I took the console off!
Of Course I did the brace mod.
Will the dealer send me the round one? It sheared right off. Good thing I was on a local street.
Unless you've got a good relationship with a cooperative dealer, doubt they'd just send you the shifter for you to install yourself, as covered by the recall. If you want to order and pay for one yourself, though, they'd do that.

Nearly all warranty/recall work I've seen must be actually performed by the dealer for there to be no charge to you. They have no control over the installation, right or wrong, if you do it, so they cannot back up the work.
 

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