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Battery And Other Stuff

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Folks,

My Elise (S1) has not been on the road since December 2011. The battery will be well and truly knackered so I am not even going to entertain trying to resurrect it. Going to get a new one. Can anybody suggest a place that won't screw me over on price? I have got a battery conditioner now so I will use that in future so it doesn't knacker up again. Also, I have no doubt that the fuel will have gone off so I will have that to contend with as well. What I would like ideally is to get the car over to Unit 4 in Burton on Trent so I can have it serviced and have the whole lot looked at and MOTed. Does anybody know anybody in the Derby / Burton area with a flatbed that could get it transported over there?

 

Any help much appreciated

 

Andy

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Andy, pleased to hear you still have it :) Im sure Gav will sort it out.

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Andy, pleased to hear you still have it smile.png Im sure Gav will sort it out.

Martin,

Nice to see your still keeping tabs on things MLOC related. I don't think I could contemplate not owning the Lotus unless things got really bad financially. However, I am going to have to be sensible about the cost implications of getting it back on the road (Insurance, tax, service, mot etc), but I am determined to get some enjoyment out of it in the not too distant future.

 

PS. How do I rack up 'Warning Points' Lol :)

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Martin,

Nice to see your still keeping tabs on things MLOC related. I don't think I could contemplate not owning the Lotus unless things got really bad financially. However, I am going to have to be sensible about the cost implications of getting it back on the road (Insurance, tax, service, mot etc), but I am determined to get some enjoyment out of it in the not too distant future.

 

PS. How do I rack up 'Warning Points' Lol smile.png

 

Not driving your Lotus for 3 years will probably do it tongue.png

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If you book a car in for a MOT in advance, you can drive it to the test centre. So maybe save the transport costs for the insurance or battery.

 

Jamie, i think Andy is more concerned about starting it after all this time? If it were mine i would put a drop of oil down the bores turn it over a few times by hand via the crank pulley bolt and then try it.

 

Its not mine though :-)

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The MOT station also has to be within a reasonable distance............... Derby to Burton might be stretching it a bit.

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The MOT station also has to be within a reasonable distance............... Derby to Burton might be stretching it a bit.

I used this "technique" to drive a project home from northampton to leicester. Had an mot booked and had day insurance perfectly legal if plod stops u!

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Do you know anyone who can tow a trailer with the Lotus on? It would be cheaper to then rent a trailer for half a day.

 

I would suspect you need.....

Battery

Fuel drained and flushed

Oil changed

Brake fluid swap

Brakes serviced

Water flush and replace

Possibly plugs, dizzy.

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Hi guys,

Thanks for all of the advice on this topic. I have got the contact details off a friend of mine for the transport of my car on a flatbed and he says it will be sub £100 so that is progress (and a bit cheaper than Burrows Recovery) if i decide to go down that route. As Fish says, I think there are going to be a few things that need sorting if I am to have a settled conscience around starting the car and driving it initially. My car has a de-cat so a cat will need to be fitted (at least for the mot) and Gav at Unit 4 says he has one he keeps on one side for just that purpose smile.png . I am thinking that it would probably just be better to get the car ferried over to Gav and have him present me with a working car ready for April / May when I will get it insured / taxed again.

 

I am in no massive rush to get it sorted as you can see, but I am thinking its going to cost to get it into a position where its road worthy so if i tackle this problem now, then it will give me a few months to put some cash aside for insurance and tax.

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