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If your Lotus has broken down or you need an important Lotus milestone service or general maintenance in the Ipswich area it can be quite stressful choosing a mechanic familiar with your Lotus model or type of Repairs repair if you haven't had time to build up a relationship with a local garage
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If your Lotus needs an urgent repair, a new timing belt , brake pads or just a general service and oil change and you're looking for a garage or mobile mechanic in the Ipswich area then use our simple form to arrange a quote; Perhaps you need a specialist mechanic or a garage in the Ipswich area experienced with diagnosing common Lotus problems or with the OBD equipment to identify & reset factory service faults and take care of those service warning lights
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Lotus Ipswich Repairs

Lotus Repairs Ipswich

Ipswich: Lotus Parts Fitted

Lotus Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Lotus Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Lotus Exhausts
Lotus Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Lotus Exhausts fitted & welded

Lotus Performance Spares
OEM Lotus parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Lotus Suspension System
Lotus replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Lotus Clutches
Lotus clutch repairs Ipswich - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Lotus Clutch kit

Lotus Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Lotus Body Panels
Replacement Lotus panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Lotus Panel damage repairs

Lotus Timing Belt - Lotus Cambelt
Lotus Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Lotus service or if the Timing Belt on your Lotus has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Lotus Cooling System
Replacement Lotus radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Lotus engine at its optimal operating temperature

Lotus Autoelectrics
Lotus electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Lotus engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Lotus Alternators
Replacement Lotus alternators fitted

Lotus Engines
Lotus Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Lotus Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Lotus paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Lotus different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Lotus Starter Motors
Replacement Lotus Starter motors installed

Lotus Brakes
Routine Lotus servicing, replacement Lotus brake pads & discs fitted, Lotus hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Lotus Electrical Components
Lotus electrical faults repaired using Lotus OEM components - Lotus sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Lotus EGR Valves
Replacement Lotus EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Lotus - The EGR valve helps your Lotus burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Lotus engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Lotus Gearboxes
Lotus Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Lotus gearbox

Lotus Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Lotus model

Lotus Garage Services - Lotus Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Lotus brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

Modern Lotus braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Ipswich Lotus Brake Repairs

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Lotus rear wheels

Lotus disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Drum Brakes are an older system than Lotus disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Lotus Brakes - Lotus Brake Servicing and Maintenance

Lotus brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

Lotus Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

The brake pads on your Lotus should wear first

if the Lotus brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

If the Lotus brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

Lotus Brake Servicing & Inspection Ipswich

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Brake drum condition

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Wheel cylinder condition

Brake pipe Condition

Hand brake linkage condition

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Handbrake function and travel

General brake disc condition

And carry out the following maintenance of your Lotus braking system:-

Adjust handbrake

Brake calliper operation

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

ABS warning light operation

Lotus Steering System

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Lotus steering system is uneven tyre wear

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

Common symptoms of Lotus steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Lotus tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Lotus Steering, Wheels & Tyres:-

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Lotus Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Steering Condition

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Lotus Brake Servicing: Brake Discs, Pads & Hydraulics

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Replacement Lotus Timing Belt or Cambelt

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

Generally Lotus belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Lotus that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Lotus Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

Since Lotus Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Lotus

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Lotus parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Lotus timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Ipswich Replacement Lotus Clutch

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

The Lotus clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theLotus transmission system

Lotus Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Lotus clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Lotus Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Lotus Clutch kit:-
Lotus clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Lotus clutch slave cylinder

Lotus Fuel Injection

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Lotus fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Lotus Engine Mapping
The Lotus ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Lotus vehicles

Lotus Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

Lotus Re-Mapping Ipswich
The Lotus ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

Lotus Maintenance - Oil & Filter Change Ipswich

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Lotus recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Synthetic Oil Change - Ipswich
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Oil & Filter Change
A new Lotus oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Lotus engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Lotus engine fails

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Lotus motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Lotus engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Lotus performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Lotus engine increases

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Lotus engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Lotus running smoothly

Lotus Replacement Exhausts Ipswich

The Lotus exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

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Lotus ABS

  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Control Unit
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Ecu

Lotus Air Conditioning

  • Lotus AC Evaporator
  • Lotus AC Radiator
  • Lotus AC Receiver Drier
  • Lotus AC Pump
  • Lotus AC Condenser
  • Lotus AC Fluid Top Up
  • Lotus AC Compressor

Lotus Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • Lotus Transmission Filter Kit
  • Lotus Air Filter
  • Lotus Oil Filter
  • Lotus Fuel Filter
  • Lotus Cabin Air and Pollen Filter

Lotus Electronic Sensors

  • Lotus Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Lotus Oxygen Sensor
  • Lotus Temperature Sensor

Lotus Electrical

  • Lotus Antenna
  • Lotus Ignition Coil
  • Lotus ECU Mapping Remap
  • Lotus Alternator
  • Lotus Heater Blower Motor
  • Lotus Spark Plug HT Leads
  • Lotus Heater Core
  • Lotus Bulbs
  • Lotus Parking Light
  • Lotus Thermostats
  • Lotus Tail Lights
  • Lotus Fuel Pump
  • Lotus Starter Motor
  • Lotus Headlights
  • Lotus Cooling Fan
  • Lotus Lambda Sensor
  • Lotus Fog Lights
  • Lotus Spark Plugs
  • Lotus Eibach Pro Kit
  • Lotus Water Pump
  • Lotus Window Motors
  • Lotus Electronic Control Unit
  • Lotus Oxygen Sensor

Lotus Wheel Components

  • Lotus Ball Joints
  • Lotus Control Arm
  • Lotus Axle Assembly
  • Lotus CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Lotus Tyres
  • Lotus Alloy Wheel Repairs

Lotus Brake Parts

  • Lotus Brake Servo
  • Lotus Brake Discs
  • Lotus Brake Rotor
  • Lotus Brake Master Cylinder
  • Lotus Brake Calipers
  • Lotus Brake Pads
  • Lotus Brake Compensator Valve
  • Lotus Brake Drums
  • Lotus Brake Slave Cylinder

Lotus Clutches

  • Lotus Clutch Cable
  • Lotus Clutch Kit
  • Lotus Clutch Pedal
  • Lotus Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Lotus Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Lotus Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Lotus Flywheel
  • Lotus Dual Mass Flywheel

Lotus Exhaust Systems

  • Lotus Lambda Sensor
  • Lotus Silencer
  • Lotus Exhaust
  • Lotus Exhaust Box
  • Lotus EGR Valve
  • Lotus Exhaust System Complete
  • Lotus Oxygen Sensor
  • Lotus Muffler
  • Lotus Tailpipe
  • Lotus Exhaust Pipes
  • Lotus Exhaust Manifold
  • Lotus Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)

Lotus Engine Parts

  • Lotus Pistons and Cylinder
  • Lotus Timing Belt Kits
  • Lotus Timing Chain Kits
  • Lotus Ignition Coil
  • Lotus Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Lotus Engine Mounts
  • Lotus Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Lotus Fuel Injector

Lotus Gaskets

  • Lotus Valve Cover Gasket
  • Lotus Cylinder Head Gasket

Lotus Lubrication System

  • Lotus Oil Sump and Plate
  • Lotus Oil Filter
  • Lotus Oil Cap
  • Lotus Fuel Cap
  • Lotus Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Lotus Oil Pump

Lotus Parts

  • Lotus Struts
  • Lotus Throttle Body & Cable
  • Lotus Power Steering Pump
  • Lotus Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Lotus Hood Emblems
  • Lotus Serpentine and V Belt
  • Lotus Shock Absorbers
  • Lotus Tie Rods
  • Lotus Power Steering Hoses
  • Lotus Windscreen Wipers
  • Lotus Steering Rack
  • Lotus Radiator
  • Lotus Wiper Blades
  • Lotus Radiator Pipes

Lotus - Suspension & Springs

  • Struts
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Idler arm
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Ball Joints
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Lotus Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Spring Condition
  • Suspension Struts
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Lotus bush wear
  • Lotus Additional Suspension Components
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Tie Rods
  • Sway Bar

Lotus Problems

  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Judder when braking
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Lotus Check Engine Light On
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Lotus keeps stalling
  • My Lotus Won't Start
  • My Lotus Does Not drive Straight
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Clogged Lotus air filter
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Engine Misfires
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • Lotus check engine light on
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Heater Not Working
  • Coolant Leaking
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Engine Overheating
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Knocking sound
  • Warning Lights On
  • Lotus Headlights not working
  • Window stuck
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Clutch juddering
  • Can't get into gear
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Lotus Immobiliser
  • Lotus Lights not working
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Lotus Radiator fan not working
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Engine Stalls
  • Slipping when cold
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Vacuum Leak
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
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