Lotus Elan

cooling fan switch seal - Sprint

PostPost by: Mrozik » Mon Nov 13, 2023 5:09 pm

Hi
I was wonderng if there is a technique to fitting the cooling fan switch/seal to stop it popping out of the radiator which it did today?
e.g. should I use some silicone sealant?
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PostPost by: rjaxe » Mon Nov 13, 2023 5:24 pm

Mine is held in with a wire loop around the switch connector boss and rad return pipe. No sealant as far as I can tell. Pretty crude but it has been like it since I have owned the car. (Light weight too).
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PostPost by: Mrozik » Mon Nov 13, 2023 5:38 pm

Thanks I suppose I could do that - it does seem a bit crude though?
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PostPost by: MACCA.GLM » Mon Nov 13, 2023 5:42 pm

just done this myself on my sprint

if you use a fine lock wire it can look ok. No leaks or movement on mine

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PostPost by: Lyn7 » Tue Nov 14, 2023 8:48 am

When the cars were newer nothing was used to hold in the otter switch. You popped in the grommet and then the switch, which presumably expanded the rubber and gripped the metal. Mine was like this for many years , no problem. Nowadays with older parts and/or substandard aftermarket parts I use a black cable tie over to the top hose.
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PostPost by: Steve Brooks » Tue Nov 14, 2023 9:52 am

Hello, I thought it might pop out too but it never has and I have seen people using cable straps. I used locking wire just in case.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Nov 14, 2023 4:08 pm

The rubber ring into which the Otter switch seats is not especially tight, which is why some switches popped out.

Luckily there is a Volvo part that is a better and tighter fit, which is what I fitted to my Sprint. I did also fit a locking wire - belt and braces, so to speak!

Here is the link to the part: https://www.partsforvolvosonline.com/pr ... ts_id=5028

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PostPost by: Mrozik » Wed Nov 15, 2023 3:58 pm

Many thanks to all for all the suggestions.

I got a replacement Lotus seal today but when I fitted i it didn't inspire confidence so I've ordered the Volvo one and will add a couple of cable ties.
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PostPost by: 512BB » Fri Nov 24, 2023 10:37 am

Mr Ozik,

Have you received your Volvo seal yet and if I may, how much did they rush you for postage? I have a fear of being ripped off on carriage charges :( Thanks.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Nov 24, 2023 10:53 am

carriage cheaper than a breakdown wagon :wink:
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PostPost by: Mrozik » Fri Nov 24, 2023 11:18 am

I actually found it on eBay where postage was included
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