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by Redexcel
Wed Mar 26, 2008 02:52
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Air Filter
Replies: 20
Views: 2814

Re: foam filers - erm

Wingnut wrote:
Redexcel wrote:This is also why the 'two prods on the throttle' cold start procedure is risky.
:shock: And I've always given mine 3 prods :shock:
If I were you, I would buy a fire extinguisher, or move next door to a Fire Station. :)
by Redexcel
Mon Mar 24, 2008 15:14
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Air Filter
Replies: 20
Views: 2814

Re: foam filers - erm

Personally I wouldn't go with any sort of foam filter on a Lotus 9xx engine. They can easily have a flame back situation, in a normal paper filer that has a nice long tract that's not too bad, but a foam filter mounted like the ones I've seen will simply burn. And we all know what that leads to on ...
by Redexcel
Sun Mar 23, 2008 23:57
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Air Filter
Replies: 20
Views: 2814

Whether you refit the short old seal or get a new one, you must ensure that the join of the seal is along the top edge of the filter. If it was on the bottom edge, its theoretically possible that petrol could leak out on to the dizzy and cause a fire. Sorry if this is a grandma/egg sucking scenario :D
by Redexcel
Sun Mar 16, 2008 19:22
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Genuine oil filter
Replies: 25
Views: 3500

It depends where the pressure is measured, if it's before the filter, then filter size could impact oil flow to other areas. If it's measured after filter then a given pressure will result in the same oil flow to other parts of the engine as if it had a larger filter. It seems from the manual ours ...
by Redexcel
Sun Mar 16, 2008 09:19
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Genuine oil filter
Replies: 25
Views: 3500

I think the question that needs to be answered is who supplied Lotus with the oil filter in the first place? They certainly don't make them in house. I don't think that would be of much help, unless it was a standard type without any modification for the Lotus application. If it's a 'special' to Lo...
by Redexcel
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:49
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Starter circuit problems
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

I've had starting problems twice in my 13 years of ownership. Once it was the earth connection on the block, as per Steve's suggestion. The return current was using the speedo cable as an earth, and it melted the speedo's innards :shock: The other time it was the start relay, one of the bank of rela...
by Redexcel
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:38
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Genuine oil filter
Replies: 25
Views: 3500

The Lotus filter is larger (much) and so I guess the no return could be holding more oil. As I see it, a bigger filter means a higher flow rate through the filtering medium due to greater surface area. If the flow rate was too low, it could mean that the oil doesn't reach the extremities of the the...
by Redexcel
Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:13
Forum: General
Topic: Supra diff and power steering info
Replies: 4
Views: 822

Dr_G wrote:The steering rack is a RWD Ford Sierra Cosworth Toni rack with unique track rods.
IIRC the ratio is different too, so you can't just change the arms in a Sierra rack, although things like seals and bearings are probably interchangeable.
by Redexcel
Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:24
Forum: General
Topic: it keeps dropping cylinders....
Replies: 12
Views: 1081

Just to state the obvious, you haven't got two of the plug leads swapped have you? Its easy to do, especially at the distributor end. :wink:
by Redexcel
Sat Feb 23, 2008 17:13
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: Spotted in Aylesford, Maidstone.
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Spotted in Aylesford, Maidstone.

White F reg in car park of Aylesford Retail Park at about 3:45 this afternoon. You were just leaving as I arrived (not in my Excel).
by Redexcel
Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:11
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: Cars in the Park
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Where's Bolton Abbey then? (I assume not Bolton :? )
by Redexcel
Sun Feb 17, 2008 13:48
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Cambelt tension again.
Replies: 2
Views: 1190

tonypoll wrote:Excellent article - thanks for posting it.
Can you give a link to the Yahoo Lotus 4 seater forum? (I've tried looking, but haven't found it). Thanks.
Try

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/lotus4seaters/
by Redexcel
Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:11
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Cambelt tension again.
Replies: 2
Views: 1190

Cambelt tension again.

Another extremely interesting post by Tim Engel on the Yahoo Lotus 4 seater forum. This was written in reply to someone who was concerned that his cambelt was too tight...... The belt tension increases as the engine temperature rises... it does get tight when hot. Always check the tension with the e...
by Redexcel
Fri Feb 15, 2008 13:49
Forum: General
Topic: Motor Insuance Database
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Mine comes up as 'Lotus Excel SE 2174'.
by Redexcel
Wed Feb 13, 2008 23:20
Forum: General
Topic: Engine Noise - Rebuild, replace or transplant?
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Depending on the age of your car, you may have the "engine management" series of valves which increase ignition advance qute dramatically when the engine is cold, from around 10 deg BTDC to around 30 deg BTDC at tickover ... This temperature operated valve disengages at around 60 degrees (water tem...