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by lambert.john
Sat Mar 10, 2018 22:28
Forum: General
Topic: Coolant loss
Replies: 7
Views: 418

Coolant loss

Ever since I have had my Excel, I have had to top up the coolant regularly. It seems that when the coolant expands with the heat, some is transferred, as it should, from the first chamber of the header tank to the second chamber. However, it does not return, as it should, to the first chamber when i...
by lambert.john
Thu Jan 04, 2018 23:07
Forum: General
Topic: starter motor jammed.
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: starter motor jammed.

[quote="bash"]I presume you've tried the old fashioned quick fix, twatting it with a two pound vernier adjusting tool ?/quote]

Yes, of course, that's worth remembering! It could get me out of trouble if I find myself stranded.
by lambert.john
Wed Jan 03, 2018 22:07
Forum: General
Topic: starter motor jammed.
Replies: 8
Views: 391

Re: starter motor jammed.

Thanks, Angus. That's just the steer I needed!
by lambert.john
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:28
Forum: General
Topic: starter motor jammed.
Replies: 8
Views: 391

starter motor jammed.

This morning I went to start my SA, it started to turn over but came to an abrupt halt - the starter's jammed! Unfortunately, being an auto I can't "rock" it free. I can get the breakdown service in who will free it for me - until the next time! Has anyone replaced a starter motor recently? Are they...
by lambert.john
Wed Jul 12, 2017 20:21
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Esprit has all the fun
Replies: 9
Views: 361

Re: Esprit has all the fun

I have seen a black Excel with the golď JPS lettering and coachlines. I just can't remember where!
by lambert.john
Wed May 31, 2017 05:53
Forum: Engine and Gearbox
Topic: Why does rpm increase after a throttle blip?
Replies: 9
Views: 521

Re: Why does rpm increase after a throttle blip?

Rust in the tank? Blocked fuel filter? Broken throttle return xpring?
by lambert.john
Fri May 12, 2017 17:40
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Alternator appears not to immediately start charging
Replies: 9
Views: 508

Re: Alternator appears not to immediately start charging

I have been following this thread with interest. Having owned my Excel for only 15 years, I had not twigged that there was a battery warning light in addition to the voltmeter - it has never worked! I had wondered about the "lazy" voltmeter when starting off in the morning but it was no hardship to ...
by lambert.john
Thu May 04, 2017 15:24
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Fuel filter
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Fuel filter

I'm none too impressed wirh the Mann fuel filter replacement element. The one I received had a malformed seal! After struggling to fit it satisfactorily, I found a pool of petrol on the garage floor, and I believe I may have deposited half a gallon along the A6. ( I eventually re-fitted the old seal...
by lambert.john
Thu May 04, 2017 15:10
Forum: General
Topic: Emissions data
Replies: 70
Views: 6893

Re: Emissions data

Ah, that's where they went wrong!
by lambert.john
Wed May 03, 2017 21:30
Forum: General
Topic: Emissions data
Replies: 70
Views: 6893

Re: Emissions data

MOT pass today. Emissions given:

CO - 0.004
HC - 20

Too good to be credible?
by lambert.john
Sun Feb 26, 2017 15:34
Forum: General
Topic: Noises!
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Noises!

A young passenger of mine has said she can hear a high- pitched metallic graunching noise at motorway speeds from the rear. ( It is outside my - rather elderly - hearing range). Could this be wheel bearings (I've not yet re-greased these)? Any other suggestions?
by lambert.john
Sun Feb 26, 2017 15:19
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Errrr !
Replies: 7
Views: 509

Re: Errrr !

It's a '78 so I'd be concerned about the chassis.
by lambert.john
Wed Feb 15, 2017 17:17
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Which Oil filter
Replies: 63
Views: 8722

Re: Which Oil filter

Important update : Halfords have changed the design and/or supplier of the HOF202 filter which I have used for the last 4 years (after they originally looked it up on their computer system as their recommended type). The thread of the revised design is more recessed away from the seal face and it w...
by lambert.john
Tue Jan 03, 2017 13:32
Forum: General
Topic: A little help & advice please
Replies: 43
Views: 2046

Re: A little help & advice please

Auto mpg on a run is around 30 in my experience. In town, it will drop to around 20. Overall, I get around 24/25.
by lambert.john
Sun Dec 25, 2016 22:30
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Calendars and Window Frames
Replies: 20
Views: 1859

Re: Calendars and Window Frames

Unwrapped Santa's present of a Lotus calendar this morning. As usual, a very profesional looking product. However, there must have been a shortage of submissions for the calendar this year; three of the twelve pictures feature the same car and one picture is a carry over from the previous year.