Lotus Elan

Engine will come out-- Re: Loose Flywheel

PostPost by: davidwinegar » Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:20 pm

Hi Everyone,

Thanks again for the suggestions--sorry I haven't looked earlier--job
comittments taking up the time.

I have decided that the engine must come out this winter and am now
trying to track down an engine hoist and hope to be able to do the job
in about 3 weeks.

I know that you can see a bit of the flywheel when you pull the
started out so I might poke around there a bit as I have to pull the
starter out anyways to get the engine out.

Any advice about pulling the engine--I have never done this kind of
thing. A more experienced friend will help me but don't think he has
ever done it on a +2--baby Elan yes. Anything I should be on the look
out for?

Thanks again.

David


--- In ***@***.***, "Tony Vaccaro" <[email protected]> wrote:
Yes..you can see the flywheel when you remove the starter. But what
Roger

was referring to is the lower shield that covers the bottom 1/3 of the
flywheel. It is right behind the pan. On some cars..like my
crossflow in

my seven?this shield is "cut" in a manner that allows you to remove this
shield without taking off the top bell housing bolts and moving the
engine

out about ? to clear the ,for lack of a better word that I cannot
think of,

locating nipples?.or bushings.. I know on my early ?lans?.it was a
solid

piece?like a BIG U.



You only see a small portion of the flywheel when you remove the
starter and

it would be tough to get enough leverage to see if it was loose.



Tony



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Subject: [LotusElan.net] Re: Loose Flywheel



Again, not an owner yet of the Elan. But is it really true that neither
an access plate/dust cover nor sufficient access is available through
the starter hole to let you pry the thing and determine whether it's
about to fall off? If not, seems very odd... Not much access would be
needed for this level of assurance.

If you can't get at the flywheel, how do you guys read timing marks?

Tony's right that it fits the symptoms, but I hope for your sake he's
not on the money. running a loose flywheel is sure to make for some
nasty cleanup.

-- Doug Nicholls, 54/1822 Ma~









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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:07 pm

--- In ***@***.***, "david_c_w" <[email protected]> wrote:
Hi Everyone,

Thanks again for the suggestions--sorry I haven't looked earlier--job
comittments taking up the time.

I have decided that the engine must come out this winter and am now
trying to track down an engine hoist and hope to be able to do the job

I must have missed an earlier post but did you confirm its a loose
flywheel?? If it is, I'm sure there'd be some funky clutch symptoms,
too. Just making sure its really justified.

Greg Z
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PostPost by: davidwinegar » Sun Oct 01, 2006 10:48 am

Haven't confirmed the loose flywheel yet--I'm taking the engine out
next weekend and will update everyone at that time if I find
something. Even if it is not that, I think that the engine still must
come out for a rebuild--oil leaks are increasing and I can not be sure
what was done in the last supposed rebuild so it is best to take it
out and do it right now.

I will keep all up to date as to what I find.

David

--- In ***@***.***, "Greg Zelazek" <[email protected]> wrote:
--- In ***@***.***, "david_c_w" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> Thanks again for the suggestions--sorry I haven't looked earlier--job
> comittments taking up the time.
>
> I have decided that the engine must come out this winter and am now
> trying to track down an engine hoist and hope to be able to do the job

I must have missed an earlier post but did you confirm its a loose
flywheel?? If it is, I'm sure there'd be some funky clutch symptoms,
too. Just making sure its really justified.

Greg Z
'72 Sprint

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