I guess many 'hellos' on this forum start with a problem?
I live in rural North Herefordshire and have had my old 1998 S1 parked up in a barn for 10 years. I've recently decided to resurrect it and have hit some early problems with the immobiliser/alarm system. I used to use this car as an everyday driver but I'm unable to remember what the starting process is, what key to press, how to 'match' the keys.
Mine was fitted with (I think) the 6422 Cobra - there is a small 'touchstick' which matches a small slot on the column above where the starter key goes. There is a small siren unit under the dashboard on the passenger side with a key in it. Keyfobs are rectangular, with two buttons - one is flat, the other has a 'pip'. On the back on the keyfobs is Cobra logo and some hard to read numbers.
The car has been battery disconnected for most of the previous years, I've just put a new one in place and the ignition lights up, lights/indicators work, there is a small whine from the fuel pump. I've read about using the touchstick to 'relearn' the fob, doesn't seem to work for me but I'm not even sure the fob batteries are OK (I have three fobs). I've ordered some fresh fob batteries, I'm guessing they wear out with age even when not used.
Where do I start, what should I be checking?
Am I likely to have killed the cobra by not having a battery disconnected (I read that it has it's own NiCD power supply).
If the immobiliser/alarm unit is FUBAR what are options for replacing it?
Is there a Lotus specialist anywhere in the Herefordshire/Worcestershire area? (the car was previously looked after by Max/Tim @ Lakeside Engineering)