Lotus Elan

Fuel Gauge/handbrake Light

PostPost by: flyingvee » Wed Apr 21, 2004 11:28 pm

Hello All!
My petrol gauge never shows more than half full when the tank is entirely full (makes long journeys to airshows a bit of a lottery!) and my handbrake light seems to suit itself as to whether or not it works (this month it says "No!"). As for the oil gauge...don't even get me started..... :blink:
Any pearls of wisdom?
Many thanks!
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Thu Apr 22, 2004 12:20 am

Fix the oil gauge, (quickly), read the discussion on "Faulty Petrol Sensor Level", and remove the handbrake bulb, just make sure your handbrake is off when driving?
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PostPost by: type36lotus » Thu Apr 22, 2004 12:25 am

I don't know about +2s but on my Elan the pin in the switch was really gunked up. If yours is the same clean it with some solvent (beware of plastic) and re-lube it.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Apr 22, 2004 1:39 pm

If it always has shown only half, maybe it's badly out of adjustment, ie, the float arm is bent.

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PostPost by: Roy Gillett » Thu Apr 22, 2004 2:33 pm

Just might be a poor earth from the instruments. They all earth to the bolt that holds the body to the chassis, on the right hand side of the transmission tunnel just behind the dash. I had instruments that pleased themselves when they worked and what they said. Fixing the earth fixed the problems. One added symptom on my S130 +2 was that when the headlights were switched on aqll the readings changed and when switched off they changed back again.

Just a thought.
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PostPost by: flyingvee » Fri Apr 23, 2004 9:42 pm

Thanks Everyone!
Much Aprreciated! :D
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