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  1. My cable is in good condition, but I've got a spare wire attached and dangling over the arch liner. Nothing as neat as your solution though.
  2. Weird halogen bulbs on the S3. Think they are H9B for main beam and HB3A for dipped. Take a look and see if that matches what you see. Limits your options for fancy replacements.
  3. The ignition timing is controlled by the ECU pulling the coil or coils to earth whenever it feels the need. It determines the engine position using a reluctor ring on the flywheel, which has missing teeth. VVC engines have an additional sensor on the camshaft because they use fully sequential fuel injection. Any messing with these sensors would affect both the ignition and the fuel injection, so results might not be good, assuming you could even think of a way to do it. On distributor cars you also run the risk of exceeding the dwell if your advance and advance for other reasons get too bi
  4. My trip to Asda this week took about as long, but I forgot to take a face mask. Still, the tank is full of petrol now so not a complete waste of time.
  5. Double-Posting Muppet system? I was out in a blizzard a couple of weeks back, not entirely on purpose. Only had to drive a couple of miles in it, but a bit hairy with summer tyres on an S1 which has no driver aids at all. Only really lost traction once, trying to burn away from the lights.
  6. If the only paint imperfections are *inside* the engine cover, keep it to yourself and be thankful. I'm not sure I'm seeing what you describe. In the two photos? The main imperfection that you get on a Lotus is bubbles under the paint, can happen anywhere but especially common on early S2s. Other than that the paint tends to be quite good and lasts well. Old coolant! Most people have switched to the OAT type, but no matter. Something to consider if you fancy flushing the system. More important, the normal level for the coolant is at the "min" mark, not above the "max" mark. Consid
  7. Timing chain on the Toyota engine, something you don't have to worry about snapping.
  8. The fuse box is alarmed? Now that's security!
  9. Indicators only work with the ignition on, wipers work on the accessory position. Double-check that for your model, but it suggests a fuse or ignition problem rather than the dash itself. Check what does and doesn't work. Reversing light might give a good clue. Hazards? Any tell-tales at all on the dash, such as an alarm light or main beam indication?
  10. Usually attributed to moisture, especially when it gets trapped against the paint, but it can also be caused when moisture gets at the back surface of the shell. Annoying when it shows up on the visible surfaces like this, it is more common in hidden areas like under the doors. You're unlikely to get rid of it without a respray, and even then it is hard to make sure it doesn't come back. The bubbles represent areas where liquid has collected in voids in the GRP, so at a minimum you need to clean back the gelcoat and dry out the glass. Then good ventilation and possibly sealing the back
  11. That is the vacuum hose to actuate the supercharger bypass valve. Doesn't need a clip. You could try seating it more fully if you want, but should be OK as is. I don't think most Exige 350 owners work on their cars much, so technical knowledge is probably a bit thin on the ground. Not sure why the other hose is sleeved. Do the two hoses touch?
  12. Doesn't sound right. Especially if only on one side. All sorts of suspension bushes and ball joints that can squeak when they get a bit past their best. Early Lotus Elise suspensions weren't renowned for whisper-quiet refinement but they weren't super-squeaky when new. Can't imagine they should be on a newer model.
  13. Removing seats isn't too hard. Hard with the roof on! Four socket screws in the base of each seat. Slightly tricky access for some of them but an allen key will do it easily enough. They might be threadlocked so tough to get started. Be very careful putting them back not to cross-thread them. Start them by hand and they should go in fairly easily. Undo the seat belt attachment on the door side and lift the seat out. Or leave the seatbelts attached but you won't get the seats very far. Remember the order of the various washers. Carpets on your car I'm not sure, but OEM ones wo
  14. The timeline misses out some variations, including the non-serif Elan version, similar to the black one shown but in green and yellow. Lotus seem to be going with black and silver for the Evija, Some people have fitted them on Elises, works better on some colours than others. Or green and yellow really doesn't work with some colours if you want to look at it that way.
  15. The Lotus badge has changed a number of times over the years, so don't get too hung up on the heritage. I wouldn't be keen on having a nose badge that's looks like a child's sticker on my car though. Haven't seen the new design on any dealer signage, but I try to stay away from shiny pretty (expensive!) things. Or maybe it was only ever intended for paper and online, not real 3D objects. The new design is all over Norwich City though, so maybe they're still working on the nose badges.
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