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Everything posted by Atthelimit

  1. Hi, Nice car, LDC had a mini tour in the Cotswolds earlier this year and will be repeated next year, come and join us! Welcome to LDC!
  2. Hi Neil, Car looks fab! Hope you can make it to some LDC meetings. Enjoy the car.
  3. Thanks to everyone for a great weekend, especially of course to the organisers Adrian, Marie, Chris and Lynn. Despite your very best efforts we managed to see some wonderful sights that were not on your route! Weather fantastic, company even better, just one complaint, too much food! A brilliant weekend. Kim, Jules & Lottie
  4. Hi Mike You really need to plug it in and get the codes off to be able to tell what the problem is. My local car shop that sells parts/accessories etc will plug their reader in if I am struggling for anything. Armed with the codes you can google them and normally find out whats wrong. The Elan M100 site is a good source of information, below is the common fault codes for M100s Error Codes Code Fault 12 None 13 O2 sensor (or circuit) malfunction -- see CommonParts replacement 14 High Coolant Temperature (relative to other measurements) 15 Low Coolant Temperature (relative to other measurements) -- see CTS write-up 21 Throttle Position Sensor (Signal Voltage High) 22 Throttle Position Sensor (Signal Voltage Low) 23 Manifold Air Temperature Low (relative) 24 Vehicle Speed Sensor 25 Manifold Air Temperature High (relative) 31 Manifold Absolute Pressure (Turbo Overboost) 33 Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor (High voltage / Low vacuum) 34 Manifold Absolute Pressure Sensor (Low voltage / High vacuum) 35 IAC error IAC motor not controlling the engine to the desired speed 41 Cam Angle Sensor (Hall Effect Sensor) -- see CAS write-up 42 Electronic Spark Timing circuit 43 Electronic Spark Control (Knock Sensor Circuit) 44 Lean exhaust 45 Rich exhaust 51 ECU Fault ($$$OUCH$$$--get a new ECU) 53 Over voltage (system voltage high) 54 CO-Potentiometer circuit 65 Fuel injector driver circuit (or output) problem
  5. Gee, Hello and welcome. Another S1 Elise member, Hurray! When I go to meetings now, an S1 is something of a rarity swamped by current Exiges and Evoras! Kim
  6. We have a few customers that when buying a car from a dealer request and ECU Dump. That way they can see if the car is likely to have been a track day warrior or the little old lady, one carful owner car. If they are not willing to share it, you might ask why? As Dave says, you can't identify the owner so there is no data protection issue. It may be that Lotus information is not in real time but I believe some cars are which can be even more useful/incriminating! Kim
  7. It's great to see the various driving adventures on offer to LDC members and I understand these are already well on the way to being fully booked and that may in fact already be the case. Whilst far from clear or certain there are potential issues looming for those driving abroad should there be a no deal Brexit. People driving abroad may need a "Green Card" as proof of insurance and possibly an International Driving Permit. The Brexit deadline of the 29th March is looming and we should know the situation by then, unless of course there is an extension to article 50. I believe the LDC European tour to Germany commences 27th April and I thought this a timely update on what may be required for those taking part. Insurance At the present time, the European Insurance Authorities have agreed to waive the need for green cards, however this has not been confirmed or agreed by the European Union Commission, without such an agreement, Green Cards will be required. These will be issued by your insurers who are gearing up for the worst case scenario, the problem is of course that as yet, none of us know how this is going to end or indeed when. In the event of a no deal scenario, insurers will be inundated with requests for Green Cards and you will need to allow time for this to be processed, we would suggest you apply in good time, perhaps 30 days in advance would be a good idea. It's not clear if there will be any charge for this additional administration. Driving Licence In the event of no deal, it is likely you will need to have an International License Permit and these will be available from post offices from the 1st February. There will be two types and for some countries you will unfortunately need to have both. At this point it looks like the popular destinations of France and Spain are countries where this will be the case. It's not just LDC tours we are talking about of course, any holiday, trip to the 24hr Le Mans etc. Travel Insurance Whilst we would never have suggested you relied on the EHIC cover as the best form of travel insurance, should a no deal Brexit occur then these will cease to be valid. You should therefore source travel insurance that meets your requirements. Kim
  8. Looking forward to it Eddie, will be taking the covers off the Elise tomorrow, see you there. Jules
  9. Hi and welcome to the club, Plenty going on nationally on the events page and for you perhaps if you contact Ian at i.rymer@lotusdriversclub.org.uk who runs the Wessex area group and he can put you on his mailing list. He is based near Poole and they arrange a lot of events in your part of the world and surrounding areas. Go Enjoy! Kim
  10. Ditto that, its a shame the first date conflicts with the LDC AGM, but it will be most likely be wet and cold and a Sunday roast and open fire at the Stagg wins this one for me I think.
  11. Santa brought me lots of nice goodies for Christmas as I have been a very good boy! In the Lotus selection there were, Lotus cufflinks, Lotus slot car, Lotus Ford Thames Van, yes really! and a magazine from the early 80s featuring Lotus Elans, inside there is a spread of a young looking Malcolm Rickets extolling the virtues of Elans. The magazine was a present from an "uncle" Santa and they had no idea that we know Malcolm very well, what a nice coincidence. What Lotus goodies did LDC members get? Kim
  12. Most of you will be familiar with "askmid" but not so many will know about askmid-roadside. Google it and save the website in your phone. If you are involved in an accident you can find out if the other party is insured and the details of their insurance company. It's important to have this in your mobile, a couple of years ago we were involved in a hit and run, but we managed to get his registration number. We were then able to contact his insurers even though we never spoke to their driver. Things like this happen very quickly and without pen and paper we were able to punch this in and find his details. It's also very useful when someone who does stop but won't give you their insurance details. If you look on a desktop computer there is a £4.00 search fee, on a mobile its free! Unfortunately the Christmas and the New Year period is when a lot of these incidents happen as people don't stop if they think they might be over the limit. If you can grab their registration number before they disappear you will have a fighting chance of making a claim against them. But please also remember the golden rule of non fault accidents, registration numbers and witnesses first. Witnesses don't often jump out to help, they are too busy trying to get around the accident to get to work, pick up the kids etc. If you let them go without their contact details you have lost them for good. At fault drivers who admit things at the time have been known to change their story later, without witnesses you are sunk. Even if they ran into the back of you, they could change this to "you got the wrong gear and reversed into me", the damage would look the same and without witnesses you can't prove anything! Mobile Phones, use them, take photos of the damage to all cars, the road layout, the other driver, and use the video or voice recorder to capture their " I'm sorry" speech, it will all help you if the claim starts to go sour. Have a safe and accident free Christmas. Kim Routen Chaplin Insurance
  13. Looks like I'm going to have a new wife by then! But if not I will bring Jules instead. Kim
  14. I have spoken to Dave, unfortunately I don't think we will be able to do the full weekend but he is saving me a slot on the Zip wire, I will shoot up for the day, do the Zip wire thing, have lunch and wander back. I think lunch afterwards is a good idea to avoid any blowback! kim
  15. Happy Christmas to all, and may Santa bring you lots of Lotus goodies. The office will be closed: 24th December, 25th December, 26th December, 31st December and 1st Jan 2019 The KGM 24 hour claims unit works throughout and should you need to contact them please call 0333 555 5909 Kim Routen Chaplin Insurance
  16. Winter Tyres may not be an issue for your Lotus, but it seems that more and more people are fitting “winter tyres” in time for any bad weather on their “normal” car. Having driven on these myself I can see the benefit; the car is better controlled and can reduce stopping distances considerably. I would suggest that you advise your insurers as these tyres may not have the same speed rating of the standard equipment. We generally find that if the tyres are of the same dimension’s as the standard equipment insurers are normally ok about this, unfortunately one or two do take a different view. It’s worth checking with your insurer before spending the money only to find its not acceptable to your insurer or they want a large extra premium! Speed Awareness Courses are offered to drivers who have been found to be speeding. Most people offered the course jump at the chance, no points on your licence, no fine and no load to your insurance premium. But that is NOT always the case! You might have only been “a little bit naughty” but never the less you were speeding and some insurers consider this to be a material fact. A material fact is, “anything that might influence the acceptance of the policy or influence the premium should be disclosed to your insurer”. The good news is that most take the view that as you weren’t convicted of the offence they will not penalise you. However, there are one or two that do, and it seems that some of the “direct” insurers are choosing to load premiums. However, please don’t “forget” to mention it as failure to do so might invalidate your cover, but, if the company you are with do intend to load the premium you should seek alternative quotes.
  17. Eddie, think we're gonna need a bigger table!! Looking forward to it.
  18. If they need someone to go out there and round them up, they can give me a call!
  19. l0tu5, I think my last set of Yokos came from Black Circles or might have been Tyres on the Drive. Like Ian said, as long as its a good tyre it doesn't matter who sells it to you. From past experience I found it cheaper to buy the "fitted package" than then trying to find someone else to fit them as it can work out more expensive. Kim
  20. Chris, Thanks for the comments, I think I sent something in a while back and it didn't make the editors cut. Insurance is a bit boring, no one wants it till they have had a bump, and us mortals that work in it are often thought of as sharks or worse, lower than estate agents! So I'm not sure longer articles are required, I'll keep dripping information here if it seems relevant, short and sweet. Next up winter tyres and speed awareness courses? Watch this space! Kim
  21. Key-less entry on cars was once the preserve of Range Rovers, BMWs and Bentleys etc, but you are now just as likely to find this on a Ford Focus, Toyota Prius or a new Mazda MX5. Whilst this nifty innovation is no doubt convenient, it has also presented car thieves with a golden opportunity to steal cars. About 20 years ago, car theft was a major problem and manufactures improved security with immobilisers etc. Thwarted by not being able to hot wire cars, thieves started to break into houses to steal keys or fished for them through the letter box as many of us leave them just inside the door on a convenient table. (Don’t) However, with keyless entry they now use a signal scanner and with a range of between 5 and 20 metres, they can stand outside your house as the scanner can transmit through doors, windows and brickwork to pick up your keyless entry information and clone it. Your car door is opened and with one press of the starter button they are literally “Gone in 60 Seconds” or less! Car theft increased significantly in 2017 and again this year and the up turn is attributed to keyless entry. Because of the vulnerability of keyless entry cars, some insurers do not wish to quote for them and some will increase the premium meaning you may pay more than you would for the equivalent car with a normal key. However, you can defeat thieves with some very low-tech solutions, the simplest way is to place your “key” into a metal tin. This acts as a Faraday cage and the scanner can’t pick up the signal, you could even wrap your keys in tin foil and it would have the same effect. Old fashioned crook locks saw an increase in sales as owners realised their vehicle was at risk and this low tech device would deter thieves. You will find bespoke key protectors for sale through the likes of Amazon and E-bay and also wallets and card holders to stop your credit cards being scanned in the same way. These are a cheap, simple and an easy way to protect both your digital information and car and are well worth considering. Kim RC Insurance
  22. Great show, well done LDC to all the car owner's, stand staffers, cake makers, regalia sellers and the volunteer talkers. But, of course a special mention for Chris, our IT technical guru, drone pilot extraordinaire and now fully qualified Barista! Well done everyone, great effort all. Kim
  23. A client of ours who bought a "near" classic car from a dealer has just had his money returned in full after finding a major defect. The car in question was a 2001 Subaru Impreza, a car much revered in its day and prices are rising for good examples as collectability takes hold. The car was bought over the internet from a classic car dealer sight unseen, not something I would do for a £10K car but some people do. On collecting the car it looked great and drove well and came with a full tank of petrol, what could go wrong? Having picked the car up mid-week it was not until the first weekend when the buyer had chance to have a good look at his new toy. Getting it up on axles stands to remove the wheels he discovered some rust, not a little bit of surface rust but some pretty major structural rust. This was not the car he had been expecting. The consumer rights act 2015 states that the object, in this case a car, must be "fit for purpose" be "of satisfactory quality" and "as described". This car would fail on all three counts but as you might guess, the dealer was initially "reluctant" to refund the client. However, the act goes on to state that you have a right to reject something and are entitled to a full refund within 30 days of purchase if any of the above criteria are not met. So, you need to act fairly quickly as the short-term right to return goods expires after 30 days but in this case the client did act quickly. The car had been described as "excellent" when clearly it was not, was not fit for purpose as the car was in fact in a dangerous, and even though the act allows some discretion on "satisfactory quality" because of the vehicles age, this car would not have passed that test in this instance. With the aid of his local Citizens Advice service who pointed out the situation and that should the matter proceed to court the dealer could be responsible for court costs, they, "as a gesture of goodwill" decided to take the car back and fully refund the buyer. It's good to know these things but beware, the protection for cars bought privately is much more limited and revolves around the car meeting the legal requirement to be driven on the road, the buyer shoulders the responsibility for "fit for purpose" and "of satisfactory quality" so you need to be much more careful when buying privately. A good result for the customer and a lesson learnt. Kim Routen Chaplin