Lotus Elan

Rear brake caliper bolts - Locking wire

PostPost by: PaulH » Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:38 am

A friend spotted that I'd forgotten to fit locking wires to the rear caliper bolts on my Elan. Here's a video showing how I fitted them; might be useful to others.

https://youtu.be/qmhmYwr62pQ

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:00 pm

Thank you Paul...a very useful detail.

I have always wondered, never dared ask!

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:25 pm

So that’s how it’s done. Another one to bookmark.

Thanks Paul
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PostPost by: Verve » Fri May 01, 2020 8:01 am

Great Stuff Paul !

I recently had a front brake caliper mount ( fitted by a PO ) come loose .... one bolt nearly all the way out , the other starting to ... made one hell of a racket ... sounded like it was coming from the back , whilst on the move ... fortunately I caught it in time !

What do you recommend for ultra securing the fronts ( apart from shooting the PO ; ) ?

Cheers ,

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri May 01, 2020 8:16 am

Only rears were wire locked maybe because the fixing bolts go through alloy lugs in Chapman strut.
For myself when i bought my first Elan i used to wire lock rear caliper.
Then after i stopped bothering and haven't wire locked for 45 years no problem
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Fri May 01, 2020 8:22 am

Paul,

That's a great video, but why are you fitting locking wire to the caliper bolts?

As far as I am aware, the car didn't leave the factory with it.

Thx,

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri May 01, 2020 8:32 am

For me the rear calipers were wire locked when they left the factory
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workshop manuel section "J" page 10
To replace paragraph 1. "wire lock after tightening"
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Fri May 01, 2020 9:00 am

alan.barker wrote:For me the rear calipers were wire locked when they left the factory
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workshop manuel section "J" page 10
To replace paragraph 1. "wire lock after tightening"

Thanks Alan, I had never seen that before.

I have 2 Elans, neither has the rear caliper bolts wire locked. Something to add to the to do list.

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PostPost by: tonyr27 » Fri May 01, 2020 4:58 pm

First time I took my wife out in the newly acquired Plus 2 a rear caliper bolt fell out resulting in the caliper spinning and breaking the strut, hence no brakes.
So I always wire the bolts after any maintenance.
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