Top 20 1989 Lotus Esprit Questions & Answers

Check engine light, running extremely rich or lean,bad gas milage....

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HI, sorry I am not closer, but the mechanics are very easy for any good mechanic, if you get a workshop manual from a UK Lotus specialist (sjsportscars). they do all parts mailorder the manual is very detailed, if you have a standard model, if you have the US high spec most race shops can tune the engine

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have to be quick ,got to get er indoors from work,or an earbashing .right back to car talk --not exactly sure what iam dealing with here ,carb or injection ,it has a distributor if its an 86 but does it have points or a module inside the distributor or just a pick up with the module under the coil ,Also this turbo ?? someone put new bearings in?? or the rotors as well .must dash i have 5 mins to go and get the old dragon

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you meant does not crank, (starting is next after cranking it first)
the gear shift works in park or neutral , you operator guide states that.
yes that means the PRNDL switch in or on the gear box is bad.
or wires to it corroded pins or damaged,

also called range switch.
or TRS , tranny range switch,
easy no? you found the hard proof and told it.
when bad switch or bad wires to it.

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Your owners manual should show you how to reset it.

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it is in and or under the back seat. put it toward the middle of the car. if not you will brake it and the truck will not close. So you might want to go to the dealer to find out if there is a fix now to get the cable replaced so if you try to open it the wrong way at least you can close the trunk

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You just go to the link I attached I'm sure you will get the solution of your problem
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There is a manual trunk release that is inside the car near the rear seats. You must make sure to pull the release towards the tunnel/middle of the car, not out away from it. Apparently, a number of sales people have tried to demonstrate it and by pulling on it incorrectly, broke the inner workings leaving the trunk then incapable of latching closed. The repair is not simple. Something about the cable being encased in a tube that is not straight but curved, so that when you pull on it the wrong way, it breaks something. Lotus is redesigning that component.

Also note you may need someone to gently lift on the trunk as you pull the lever. It should be a yellow lever.

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The usual culprits are bad ignition relay, bad module or coil(s). Ignition switch also possible.

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sounds like the coil packs , get the OBD codes read to confirm

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Normal operating temp for any car is 150-170 F, Your thermostat is set for these amounts, water boils at 220 F and coolant boils at 260 F, but the boiling of anything in there is not good, it creates pressure, something is going to give. Your radiator cap has a temp on it too, about 165. It will bleed off the pressure before it explodes. So, you can check your thermostat, they do freeze up, check your coolant, don't run straight water. and then check the inside of your radiator, they do clog up. Hope this helps.

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Resetting a Vehicle Anti-Theft System
This is how you reset an anti theft system if you have the anti-theft light on, or your car is cranking, but you have no spark.

Doing a full reset of the anti-theft system.

Disconnect both battery leads for at least two hours.
Hold the negative and positive leads together for 5 minutes to fully discharge any power.
Put the key in the ignition, but not turned on. VERY IMPORTANT!
Connect the positive lead.
Connect the negative lead in one swift movement.
Wait 15 minutes for the system to fully reset.

Posted by Andrew... on Jan 14, 2018

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It's the barrier between the engine compartment and passenger cabin.

There are dozens of ground bonding points located across the vehicle.

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It is difficult to guess - it is presumably the original ECU that goes with the car that is coded to that VIN and will talk the same language as the other modules?

Poor connections are possible, the current and voltage on some of the pins is very small so dust can stop data reaching the ECU. The exposed terminals of the ECU and socket can quickly form an oxide coating that also resists the flow of current.
Touching the exposed pins, if you are the sort of person that charges with static electricity, can damage the ECU.

It could of course coincidentally be something entirely different, the immobiliser failing to disarm perhaps. Time to find a wiring diagram and begin checking voltages, continuity, etc.

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Open the hood of your mystery vehicle.

The transmission, drive shafts, CV Joints and suspension struts are all behind the pedals. Also possible that your brake pads are worn to the metal.

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