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slick7
09-14-2004, 10:22 AM
I'm no expert on these cars yet as I've only owned mine for a couple months. I'm also no real expert on driving turbo cars or the typical behaviors and performance characteristics f turbo cars.

I thought I was, now I'm not so sure.

Here is my problem and I'm hoping for some answers or assistance from you all, my brethren.

I've noticed that around 4,000 RPM that what I can summarize as the turbo, kicks in. Once I am accelerating by increasing my pushing on the gas pedal, the RPMS fly up big. Here's the problem. When the RPMs reach 4-4500 they really fly up but the speedometer does not. Its alsmost the feeling that the car is in neutral. If I let off a bit on the gas, the car gradually accelerates but nowhere near the aggressive climb in accelaration that the RPMs would indicate.

Additionally, if I'm going through the gears, each gear seems to do this and my RPMs are flying up in each but my speed is barely changing and I also get a smell very similar to that of heavy braking. Maybe this is typical and maybe I need to push harder on the gas to trigger the acceleration, I don't know. The smell is weirding me out and I don't think this is typical.

Any ideas here? Are these symptoms here or am I not driving this car the right way?

PLEASE HELP!


Thanks,

Phil
1991 SE Turbo


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alan
09-14-2004, 11:37 AM
The smell similar to heavy braking would be your clutch getting fried. That is consistent with your description of the RPMs flying up but the car not accelerating. Pushing harder on the gas won't help--it will make things worse.


--Alan

slick7
09-14-2004, 02:46 PM
Thats fabulous. The previous owner just had the clutch replaced in 2002. I can't tell you how thrilled I am that this is the case. Nothing more I want to do right now then shell out a ton of $$$$$$$$ to drive a car I've had for only a couple months.

On a serious note, thanks Alan for your help. I'll be taking it to the dealer next . . . I'll keep you all posted.

Phil :(
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Del-Esprit
09-14-2004, 04:24 PM
I would agree on it being the clutch slipping. Sounds just like what happened on a few others I know of.

How many miles has the clutch done since being installed ?
It is worth checking the clutch adjustment bolt on the clutch fork. If incorrect the clutch can give the symptoms of a worn clutch a lot earlier than expected.

Del
95 S4s
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slick7
09-15-2004, 09:29 AM
I truly appreciate your input and will keep this info. as I take the car to the Lotus dealer in my town.

Phil
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Thomas Bohmier
10-20-2004, 10:54 PM
Shop around on for a better clutch, before you drag it to the dealer. Try a performance speed shop. Get the specs from Lotus.


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