Lotus Elan

leak?

PostPost by: rocket » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:36 am

drove my plus 2 first time in heavy rain last night and water leaks onto my shin..any ideas where to start looking?
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PostPost by: peterako » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:29 am

:D

I have my +2 for over two years now and have still not managed to eliminate all the (water/rain) leaks.

Main places to check:

- Glass rubbers, especially the bonded windscreen on the front.
- Door fit and door rubbers (If the door is hanging a bit low the water WILL get in!)
- Engine bay......holes galore that all must be sealed....

The shin drop may be the windscreen, or peddal box/other holes in engine bay.....

Keep us updated as to how you get on!

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PostPost by: ppnelan » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:26 pm

Wet shin does sound like the windscreen. My badly fitted bonded one leaks. I attempted to seal the bottom corner, but it still leaked. Then I saw that there was a gap down most of the side! When it poured the wind blew it up the sides, round the glass, down behind the dashboard ( :shock: electrics :!: ) and onto my leg. I have attempted to seal it again and not been out in heavy rain since... :wink:

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PostPost by: stuartgb100 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:10 pm

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"and not been out in heavy rain since..."

Matthew,

Being in Norfolk and all, then you'll be leading a pretty sheltered life, these days ?

I'm down the road in Suffolk, and the weather's been poor enough here.

Mind you, if I don't get this weird misfire sorted soon, then I might as well continue the winter layup until summer ...... if there is a summer.

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PostPost by: peterako » Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:17 pm

Summer :?

What's That???

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PostPost by: ppnelan » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:46 am

Stuart, I siad HEAVY rain... :) Yes, it does go out in rain but not so heavy that my leg gets wet!
It's purpose is to be a weekend family car so I really only use it to get cheap & convenient entry into steam, railway, classis car, etc shows. Although I do try to use it at least once every couple of weeks (shopping & school runs!) especially over winter to make sure the brakes etc don't stick. :roll:
After recently fitting 'new' engine, radiator, gearbox, propshaft & tyres it is a lot better than it was - no cooling system pressurisation, no vibration problems, better acceleration, etc. Just got to get the 'rebuilt' Stromberg carburettors working properly to make it a bit smoother to drive. Then there's the brakes - can they ever feel as good as a non-servo 2-seater Elan? But it's all good fun, if you can find/make the time... :wink:

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PostPost by: rocket » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:34 pm

water seems to come thru above legs under dash maybe thru heater vents?
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:17 pm

I'd go for the pedal box - the mounting holes can get elongated/torn. It needs to be sealed with a gasket and/or silicone sealant.

You could try putting some gaffer tape around it to see if it reduces the water entry to try and pinpoint the source
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PostPost by: rocket » Thu May 01, 2008 8:23 am

i see a few of you have attempted to seal around window..did it work,what did you use? i was thinking clear silicon sealant..
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PostPost by: Stuart+2 » Thu May 01, 2008 8:39 am

I would start with the most obvious and go from there, ie shin = pedal box.

Volunteer with goggles below and lucky volunter with hose above.

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PostPost by: rocket » Thu May 01, 2008 9:05 am

thanks Stuart but iv conducted an intenense investigation and the water leaks via window seal,runs under/through dash and drips onto shin..
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PostPost by: Stuart+2 » Thu May 01, 2008 10:09 am

Well done, Holmes
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PostPost by: rocket » Thu May 01, 2008 11:57 am

elementary my dear stuart...
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Fri May 02, 2008 2:57 am

I recently read a contemporary +2 road test where the car leaked as described, when new. Publisher and writer thought it was the door seal... As hand built collector cars with individual differences perhaps water leaks can come from several sources dependent on year of construction/age. Was it your window or windscreen?
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PostPost by: Keith Scarfe » Fri May 02, 2008 7:08 am

IME, this is a leak around the wiper spindle. There are are rubber grommets under the metal angled boss's. Try sealing these better both to the boss and the body.
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