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Lotus Servicing & Repair

If your Lotus has broken down or you need an important Lotus milestone service or general maintenance in the UK 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 UK area then use our simple form to arrange a quote; Perhaps you need a specialist mechanic or a garage in the UK 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 Repairs UK

Lotus Repairs UK

We can help source most Lotus Parts for local fitting

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

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

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

Lotus Alternators
Replacement Lotus alternators fitted

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

Lotus Starter Motors
Replacement Lotus Starter motors installed

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 Services - Lotus Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair UK

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Modern Lotus braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

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

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

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

Lotus Disc Brakes and Drum Brake Systems

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

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

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 Brake Servicing - Lotus Brake Discs and Pads

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

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

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.

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

The brake pads on your Lotus should wear first

Lotus Brake Inspection Elements

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

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

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Handbrake function and travel

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Brake drum condition

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

ABS warning light operation

Wheel cylinder condition

Brake pipe Condition

Brake calliper operation

General brake disc condition

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Hand brake linkage condition

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

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

Adjust handbrake

Lotus Steering - Steering System Inspection

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

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

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

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.

Your Lotus steering inspection can include:-

Steering Condition

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Lotus Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Lotus Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

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.

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

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

Replacement Lotus Timing Belt or Cambelt

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

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

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

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

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Lotus Clutch Replacement UK

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 Injectors - Fuel Injection

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

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

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

Lotus Engine Oil Change

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 - UK
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 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.

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 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

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

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

UK Exhaust Fitting Lotus

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

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

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

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

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Lotus ABS

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

Lotus Air Conditioning

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

Lotus Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

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

Lotus Electronic Sensors

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

Lotus Electrical Systems

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

Lotus Wheel & Axle

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

Lotus Braking System

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

Lotus Clutch Kits

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

Lotus Replacement Exhausts

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

Lotus Engine Repairs

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

Lotus Gaskets

  • Lotus Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Lotus Valve Cover Gasket

Lotus Lubrication System

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

Lotus Parts

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

Lotus - Suspension & Springs

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

Common Lotus Problems

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