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  1. The good news is it is much easier to change the thermostat now :)
  2. Strange but true. The waterways don't really do much on the basic manifold. Except leak occasionally! One is blind and the other is only for self-bleeding.
  3. Really can't tell where that's coming from, but check the inlet manifold first because it's much easier to take off although sometimes a pain to get it to seal again.
  4. Everyone will tell you that what they have on their car is the best, and everyone has different expectations. Bilsteins are generally considered to be the most compliant on the road, but some complain that they're a bit soft. The Nitrons seems to evoke all sorts of responses from brilliantly compliant to so hard they're unbearable, but perhaps just differently adjusted. I never really thought of the NSS2 as a cheaper option, perhaps put off by the inevitable cost when they inevitably start leaking or just get plain soggy. On a budget, also consider Gaz Monos (not any other Gaz!), probably
  5. High pollen count. Might be dust from the Sahara sometimes, but not the last few weeks. Are you sure it isn't just seeing things on a very clean car that you wouldn't notice if it was covered in mud?
  6. Yes, you can use 195/50 tyres on the front. 195/50 is about as close as you can get to the same rolling radius as 175/55 while properly fitting on the rims. People also used to do this to reduce the understeer of the OEM setup. You don't have to of course, but the 175/55 tyres aren't made by many (any?) manufacturers now. 195/50 gives you a good choice to match your budget and driving plans, perhaps taking into account whether you're going to swap to winter tyres or drive year-round on the same ones.
  7. A standard K-series S2 doesn't have an oil cooler. Some people have fitted them, although not usually up front. I think the 111S had an oil cooler as standard. Are you sure it is engine oil? Could it be brake fluid? Damper fluid?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Timing chain on the Toyota engine, something you don't have to worry about snapping.
  15. The fuse box is alarmed? Now that's security!
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