Lotus Elan

Elan won’t start

PostPost by: gazzamuffin » Sun Mar 17, 2024 8:15 pm

Hi All,

My elan has been sat for a months while the new garage was being built. Now it’s done I’ve tried to start her up but no luck.

Replaced the fuel, Webber carb jest seem clear fuel gets through, spark is there on all plugs from the electronic ignition.

Car did run with electronic ignition before it was stored while garage being built.

She refuses to fire up, I’m at a loss

Please help
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Sun Mar 17, 2024 8:41 pm

Hi
Fuel deteriorated. Drain and refuel with fresh petrol
first step.

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PostPost by: gazzamuffin » Sun Mar 17, 2024 8:58 pm

Hi John, yeah I thought that so drained and replaced with fresh fuel.
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PostPost by: marklowe » Sun Mar 17, 2024 11:13 pm

Hi,
Have you cleaned the contacts in the distributor cap? Corrosion can affect the strength of the spark.
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PostPost by: Foxie » Sun Mar 17, 2024 11:30 pm

Bradex "Easy Start" sprayed directly into the carbs with the throttle fully open !

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Mon Mar 18, 2024 1:18 am

If you’re in Gazza, there could be other issues. Hope your okay
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Mar 18, 2024 3:57 am

check you have fuel in the carbs. The float valves can gum up and stick closed
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PostPost by: reb53 » Mon Mar 18, 2024 5:35 am

rgh0 wrote:check you have fuel in the carbs. The float valves can gum up and stick closed


And do that by taking the cover off one of the carbs and checking that the float bounces up and down when you poke it, ( carefully.....), with a thin wire. If it doesn't, you're not getting fuel through.
Then pull a plug wire, hook it onto a spare plug that's resting on the cam cover, use the push up button on the bottom of the starter solenoid, and see if you're getting a spark.

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