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Been there done that. Sadly... you must drill a hole. fortunately the switch panel covers it.
407: I don't mind drilling a hole but have no idea where to do this. I've got a wire coming from the big vent hole, behind the gas peddle and up to through the passenger compartment, then all 9 feet of wire are spooled and sitting in the package tray. Can you provide some direction??
 

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Scott, I Just discovered that there is no access from the radio slot to the wiring grommet that goes to the HVAC console.
There are two reasons why the airflow is restricted;
1) I believe the ducts to each cabin discharge vents are too small.
2) The footwell returns were blocked because on a cool day with the heater/fan off there would be a backflow of cold air through the returns. Apparently owners were complaining and Lotus used this method to address it. The disadvantage is that it also inhibits the airflow in, thereby restricting the flow out of the cabin discharge vents
Michael
Just a quick point of correction...there is access between the radio slot and the HVAC grommet--that is how I wired my ipod adapter. On mine there was a plastic panel taped in place that hid the grommet from the radio slot, but it comes right out.
 

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Just a quick point of correction...there is access between the radio slot and the HVAC grommet--that is how I wired my ipod adapter. On mine there was a plastic panel taped in place that hid the grommet from the radio slot, but it comes right out.
Thanks for that information.
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Just a quick point of correction...there is access between the radio slot and the HVAC grommet--that is how I wired my ipod adapter. On mine there was a plastic panel taped in place that hid the grommet from the radio slot, but it comes right out.
Interesting find, I had completely missed that. So, no need to drill a hole. yellowvert, remove the "A" post panel cover on the passenger side by removing two screws inside the cubby hole. Feed the wire along and behind the passenger airbag untill you can see it trough the A post opening. In the corner where the parcel shelf and the side sill meet there is a little rat hole big enough to feed wires trough from the A post area to the under dash area, you could route it around to the vent opening or as I describe in post #25 to the front side of firewall and fish it between firewall and fan.
 

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Ok this is what happened :( anyway to fix this solution without taking it to the dealership??? HELP ASAP. Car turns on fine.
 

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You obviously disconnected it inside the blower and will have to try reconnecting it with a pair of long nose pliers or equivalent.
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Ok but the end wire i showed in the photo is burned to a crisp, so is there any point of reconnecting it again.
 

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Ok but the end wire i showed in the photo is burned to a crisp, so is there any point of reconnecting it again.
You can either use a new #12 awg wire with a new connector attached or cut off the fried end and splice a new wire into it. BTW, hemostats would be good as they lock.
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