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NeilGC last won the day on September 20 2019

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    Elise 'S' 2007 (Toyota ZZ1 engined S2)

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  1. NeilGC

    My S2 has conked out

    Thank you Ian - very helpful.
  2. NeilGC

    My S2 has conked out

    Latest update: My mechanic friend's expensive-looking professional computer thingy has managed to read the fault code. There's only one: P0606 "Processor control module". Researching this, it seems to be a pretty generic report that the PCM has had a wobbly. Mechanic friend cleared the code, and we ran the car up to temperature, revved it, left it idling for 20 minutes, revved it, and the MIL stayed off. Clearly I now need to give it some beans around the block (with wife or son following in potential rescue car!) and see if the problem recurs, but in advance of that, would anyone like to offer any immediate thoughts? No rush - please do finish your evening of fine dining with expensive wines, and report back sometime over the weekend. Thanks!
  3. NeilGC

    My S2 has conked out

    OBD reader displays “Unable to connect to ECU”. Reader is known-good. Does this means the ECU itself is trashed? The frenetic clicking is without a doubt coming from the throttle body.
  4. NeilGC

    My S2 has conked out

    Yup, I know them well, and I like them a lot. I’m just trying to minimise the financial implications ATM! But I’ll be off to Allon White in Cranfield in due course, I’m guessing.
  5. NeilGC

    My S2 has conked out

    Thanks Eddie. South West Lotus serves Milton Keynes??
  6. My Elise S (Toyota 1ZZ engine) hadn’t been driven for 2-3 months, but it had been sat happily in the garage on a CTEK battery conditioner the whole time. I took it out yesterday, and after starting perfectly, 400m down the road it misfired once, the engine light came on, and then it staggered home increasingly slowly, misfiring all the way. Towards the end it stalled, and whilst it reluctantly restarted a couple of times, it ultimately refused to go at all. My lovely wife and our friend (also female) pushed the car the last 50m while I sat in it and steered (or at least claimed that I had to )Once on the driveway, I noticed that when I turn the ignition on I can hear a whiring (which I think is the fuel pump) but also a frenetic, rapid clicking of a relay. It’s as if the relay is hunting, trying again and again to stay closed (or open) against some condition or other.I measured the battery voltage. It’s 12.4V in the car with no load, and 11.7V with all lights and heater fan on. 12.6V out of the car. The Lotus driver’s manual says it should be 12.4V. I don’t believe the problem is the battery because:1. The engine cranks perfectly vigorously, but as soon as it catches it misfires and stops.2. The little indicator on the battery shows green with a red dot, which it says means “fully charged”. It also looks pretty new, although the ‘fitted on’ date isn’t filled in; I’ve owned the car for 2.5 years. 3. The relay ‘hunting’ carries on even with the CTEK connected. 4. A friendly passing mechanic (my neighbour’s brother in law as it happens) has traced the clicking to the throttle body. He’s suggested (I) reading/resetting the MIL codes, then (II) carrying out a throttle body reset. Any thoughts? Many thanks.
  7. Thanks all. I will follow up on all of your suggestions.
  8. Hi all My annual service revealed a "very minor" gearbox selector shaft oil seal leak. I'm advised that the cost of the seal is £5.03, but that it requires the gearbox to be removed in order to fit it (10 hours labour: £750!!). Does this seem right? I’m stunned. (2007 Elise 'S' with Toyota 1ZZ engine.) Thanks
  9. My RHD 2007 Elise 'S' doesn't have the little footrest for the driver's left foot on the central tunnel like my previous S1 did. Is that normal, or has it fallen off? Thanks.
  10. The previous owner of my 2007 Elise 'S' fitted a Blaupunkt DAB radio/CD unit (I don't think this was standard Lotus spec, even with the touring pack). I get a decent FM radio signal, but can find no DAB stations at all. I suspect that it doesn't actually have a DAB aerial, but how can I tell? Secondly, assuming it doesn't have a DAB aerial, what type is easiest to fit in an S2? The S2 doesn't have the boot-mounted aerial like the S1 of course. Thanks for your opinions.
  11. Hi all. Joined up just before Christmas, unashamedly to get the Elise special edition of 'Chicane'! The S2 is about to come out of hibernation properly (It has stuck its head out once or twice in between the coldsnaps); anything happening in the Milton Keynes area? Regards.
  12. These guys are very good. You get to drive at Millbrook into the bargain. That doesn't just mean Alpine courses and banked ovals; there is also an awesome racetrack-like 'handling circuit', a skid pan and an intriguing 'mile-long straight' where you do emergency stops from 100mph :-0 http://catdrivertraining.co.uk/
  13. [quote name='A7ESK' date='11 July 2011 - 01:05 PM' timestamp='1310385954' post='3645'] Simon and I were looked after by Julie, great day out what can i say, Pig Roast, Wine, Beer ,Pop ,Tea and met some Lotus drivers aswell and yes pudding too. Thank you Allon White's [/quote] I managed to miss the end of the hog, by virtue of gassing with the two of you for 30 minutes when I arrived! Was starvig by 2.00. Good to meet you both though. Getting the car booked into Guglielmi next week to look at those toe links etc. Neil