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Lotus Esprit Turbo won't maintain idle

Car starts, runs for 1 - 2 seconds, shuts off. Will do that many times in a row, will not maintain idle. It's getting gas, could it be coil issue or voltage to coil after ignition?

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It could be several things. I have a 1991 Lotus Esprit SE and if you have a cut-off battery switch installed ,which totally cuts the battery off like I do, I don't drive it every day. It does this to regain its ECM settings. The esprit is known for battery drainage because the delco system always being on. Have you tried Freescan it will show you the faults.
http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGuides/EMaintenance/freescan.html Mine had a bad ECM because the previous owner was jumping the battery to start it and fried a few things . I bought a cross-referenced Delco one of ebay for $75 stuck in my chip and has worked fine ever since. Start with checking your fuel filter 1st. then check your throttle position sensor it could have come loose or dirty they become sticky on the return. It might need cleaning. Hope this helps?

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Fuel filter,tune up,could be crankshaft sensor.

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the se esprits the s4 and s4s series are programmed to speed up engine rpm and close off the exhaust back pressure valve to speed up the heating of the catalytic converter to operating temperature and is quite normal regardless of engine temp. if you quickly blip the throttle pedal a few times it should settle as the cat temp rises if that is the case then it is all working as normal.

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SOURCE: looking for a lotus expert mechanic in nj

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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SOURCE: 2003 Esprit turns over ...will not start .?.

first you got to figure out if it is fuel or electrical. spray a little starting fluid into the intake andtry to fire it up, if it starts for a few seconds it a fuel issue, if it does it may be a electrical problem. Fuel issues range in fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel rpessure regulator and so on, elctrical issus revolve around spark plugs and coils and such

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SOURCE: HOW TO REFIT A 1989 LOTUS ESPRIT REAR QUARTER

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