Friday, 26 January 2007

MOT and Service

The Elise is booked into a local garage to get a new MOT and an A service. I have contacted an oil guru to see if I can get a thinner oil so it warms up more quickly (I mainly do short trips) and have been recommended a decent 5W-40. I'll pop down Halfrauds or a local motor factors to get it. I have also arranged to borrow a CAT for a few days to get through the MOT emissions test. I also need to get hold of a new washer for the sump, an oil filter (Mann W719/15 is supposed to be the best) and some gaskets for the CAT. Most of it should be available at a local motorfactors or the ex-Rover dealer.

The internal heaters are also getting on my nerves, they're not as hot as they should be. I think I'll take the plunge and sort it myself, the Lotus service notes imply its not a difficult job so I'm gonna get my hands dirty.

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Rattle sorted...permenantly!

The heatshield rattle that has been on the car pretty much since I bought it has finally gone. I got the car on ramps today and spent most of the afternoon fixing it. There were 2 rivets holding a fold in the metal in place which has a lot of play in them. It was a bitch of a job but i removed the rivets and put a nut and bolt in their place. I cant see it coming loose again.

and..the spray bar rocks ":-D"

Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Washer Mod

Ive been having a few problems with the screen washers recently, they're a bit crap and water tends to dribble out of them instead of squirting. There's a simple mod that some Elise owners have done that involves fitting a Peugeot spray bar to the wiper arm. Full details here. I nipped to my local Peugeot dealer today and fitted it this afternoon. Very simple, the hardest part was removing one of the jets to run the tube through the hole. Much better now ":-D"

Its also MOT and service time again. Its only due an 'A' service which basically consists of replacing the oil and giving it a good once over to make sure nothing's gonna fall off. Seems a bit pointless going all the way to Horizon to get this done so I'm waiting for a price off Westtek. My only problem will be the MOT - I don't have a CAT to do the emissions test. I'll see if I can borrow one as they're quite expensive to buy.

Thursday, 11 January 2007

AA Result!

Looks like the AA have come up trumps and have sent me a cheque to cover the new radiator! Yay. The old rad is now on eBay since I have no use for it.

The old claim for the starter motor is still with the ombudsman though ":-("

Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Roof fitted

My new roof has arrived and is now fitted to the car. Doesn't seem to have made much difference to the leaks, water is still pissing in ":-(". I think some new seals and possibly cant rail rubbers my be in order. Anyway, whilst I have a spare roof I may aswell send my original roof back to Lotus for a refurb and sell the spare once its back. I'll probably end up keeping the original roof since its a bit easier to fit than the replacement - its probably been stretched over time.

Lotus have quoted £41.14 for the refurb but Im still waiting to find out if I have to go through the dealer, fingers crossed I will be able to post it directly to Hethel and avoid having to deal with Stratstone.

On another note, my touch up paint a wheel nuts have arrived from eliseparts, just need to wait for a dry day before fitting them.

Friday, 5 January 2007

New roof

The roof on the Elise is starting to show its age and the plastic clip has recently snapped, luckily I spotted a nearly new one on SELOC for £250 so that'll be another purchase made. I should be able to recoup most of the cash by selling the original one, i might get it refurbed by Lotus and eBay it.