Saturday, 25 November 2006


The wet weather has highlighted the problem with the seal at the top of the A-piller on the drivers door. Its leaking quite a bit of water so the shower cap has come in handy. To fix the seal it should just be a simple case of adjusting the window, or at least it would be if the screw on the window winder wasnt rounded off and stuck. The only way its coming off is if i drill it out. With this in mind I've bought some replacement alloy window winders and a alloy tax disc holder that finally arrived today. Depending on the weather i might try to fit them (and adjust the window) some time next week.

Monday, 13 November 2006

Waterpump wonders

After what seemed like forever in Birmingham yesterday, the Elise is fixed. Horizon have kindly replaced the faulty water pump free of charge. They also fitted a new cam belt and fixed some of the rattles - there were a few loose bolts and fittings.

The car is quieter than ever ":-D"

Still need to sort some rear tyres though...

Friday, 10 November 2006

Waterpump woes

I should have learnt by now that things are never simple with the Elise. I repaired the split pipe and theres still steam coming from somewhere. My local mechanic has ruled out HGF with a sniff test and seems to think the problem is with the water pump. A quick check through my receipts and the water pump was replaced by Horizon earlier this year so is still under warranty. Already spoken to Horizon and they have agreed to fix it free of charge if its the water pump thats gone.

Making the trek to Birmingham Monday.

Thursday, 9 November 2006


Looks like its just a split pipe! Had a quick look with a torch in the carpark and theres a 2mm or 3mm split in this pipe...


It doesnt even need a new pipe, theres enough slack to just chop the end off the damaged one. I'll get my craft knife on it tomorrow.

Just when things were looking up

Looks like I may have a problem with the Elise. The temperature over the last few days has averages a few degrees higher than normal despite the cold weather. The car normally sits at 87/88 petty much constantly, it got to 92 yesterday. Checked the coolant and it was down a bit so topped it up. Car is driving fine, no loss of power, not stuttering etc.

Noticed today a little bit of steam coming out from the engine bay. Initially thought it was just the header tank blowing off the excess from yesterdays topup but it appears the steam is coming from the right hand side of the engine bay. There is a patch of moisture on the undertray and and smell off coolant.

Trying not to think about head gasket failure at this point (a common problem with the K-series engine) so took a look at the Lotus service notes...


Could just be a leak where I have highlighted. Anyway, I'll take a look a little later this evening, once its had a chance to cool down.

Fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 8 November 2006

Bits and noise...again

Seems the rattle thats been noticeable since getting the exhaust fixed is getting worse. Sounds like its the bloody heatshield on the downpipe...again! Its been looked at by various garages about 3 times and it keeps coming back! Argh! Think I'll do it myself this time, if the weathers half decent this weekend then I'm gonna get her up on ramps and have a look at it. Im also planning to drill the window winder screw off to adjust the window angle. Ive bought some second hand alloy winders and an alloy tax disc holder off one off one of the chaps on SELOC since drilling will undoubtedly cause some damage.

I still need to route the cable for my iPod tidily, thinking about running it down the centre console...not sure yet. No doubt that this will be a royal pain in the ass but I'm sure it will be worth it. It should also give me a chance to fiddle with the driver's seat - its still not right.

Oh yeah, a big thumbs up for RainX, it works a treat!

Thursday, 2 November 2006

K&N Cleaning

Forgot to add that I bought a K&N air filter cleaning kit a few months back from Halfords and finally got around to using it today. Easy job and should help the engine breathe better.


iPod and winter essentials.

iPodding the Elise
Decided to hook my iPod up to the Elise recently and have been doing some research on how to get it all working with my JVC headunit. A quick flick through the manual and it seems I haven't got any AUX in points. The only input is via the CD-changer port, there is a converter cable to change this to to RCA (phono) sockets but it was £30 which is expensive for what it is. A bit more digging and I find the CD changer uses a J-link protocol and found a partial pinout...


That'll do nicely! My CD changer cable was already sliced and diced from the install so hacking it up a bit more was no great shame. A few minutes with a multimeter and I found the left and right audio channels (red and white) and their associated grounds. Plugged it all in but couldn't get any sound. A few minutes googling and I found that I needed to change a setting on the headunit. It works! I now need to tidy it up a bit and route the cable out of sight.

There are a few downsides, the headunit doesn't control the iPod and my CD changer cant be connected at the same time. No major problems, the iPod is the same size as my PDA so I can use the same holder on the dash and I wont be missing my CD changer with 30GBs worth of MP3 goodness.

Winter blues
It's now pretty obvious that winter has arrived, the worst time of year to own an Elise. I've decided getting hypothermia on the way to work is not the way forward so I'm selling the car....only joking. Nope, it's time to get something to warm things up a bit quicker....

12V Portable Ceramic Heater
þ Instant Auxiliary Heat
þ Foldable Handle Design for Window Defroster
þ 2m Power Cord with 15A Inline Fuse
þ Brushless Motor for Silent Operation
þ Detachable 360° Swivel Base
þ Fan and Heat Dual Control Switch
þ 12v Operation

Fingers crossed it will help with de-misting the screen and stop me having a cold, shivering death. An eBay special this one £9.48 delivered so it could be a bit of a bargain if it works.

Another little winter comfort to help the Elise's shitty wipers...


A few people on the Lotus forums have recommended it and it's only a fiver so its worth a go.