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  • Did I set some sort of record....

    ....for pushing a Caterham (and I mean getting out of the car and pushing it )?

    Pushed the car one mile home today in this heat after it died yet again :mad:

    Perhaps I've set a record for the most number of problems with a Caterham too


    It's a real good thing this car is so awesome when it works

    .
    www.morgansegal.com

    The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

  • #2
    Commiserations....I am convinced somebody created a Voodoo model of your Caterham and is needling it mercilessly. By the way, does your wife like the car?

    Gert

    P.S.: Some good recommendations here ;-) There are also some qualified exorcists on the Yellow Pages.
    Last edited by slomove; August 30, 2009, 07:45 PM.

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    • #3
      We were talking about doing an exorcism for the car today :p

      As my friend from Jamaica would say "someone put the goats mouth on it mon!"


      Wife is indifferent to the car. She doesn't like riding in it though, she gets sick
      www.morgansegal.com

      The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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      • #4
        Well Caterham owners say their cars are officially part of the Lotus family.... after my experiences with a Europa, and yours with the Elan, perhaps it's true;)

        Or, the car just doesn't like the west coast...

        I've had a few issues with my 7 but (knock on wood) nothing to do with the honda S2000 engine/tranny (brake rotors, pothole suspension damage & fuel tank/pump issue).

        Hang in there, you do have a baddass car!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mondo View Post
          Well Caterham owners say their cars are officially part of the Lotus family.... after my experiences with a Europa, and yours with the Elan, perhaps it's true;)
          The irony is I bought this car in hope of it being more reliable than my Elan what with it's modern engine and electrics, ECU, fuel injection, etc, and so far it's made my Elan look like it was made by Toyota
          www.morgansegal.com

          The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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          • #6
            At least you didn't have to pay for a tow and got some proper exerice thrown in for no extra charge.

            I'd go with the exorcism just to be safe.

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            • #7
              I am pretty damn sore today that is for sure.

              The best part was when I was pushing the car uphill, covered in sweat, shirt soaked through and through, and some people stopped to ask me for directions " Do I look like I want to give you F'n Directions?!!!!!" LOL
              www.morgansegal.com

              The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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              • #8
                Did you get any photos of yourself to documet this historic event?

                Something to show the grandkids.

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                • #9
                  No, but I have a witness :p
                  www.morgansegal.com

                  The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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                  • #10
                    So what's the diagnosis?

                    Of the car, not you.:D
                    Chris
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                    A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                    • #11
                      Don't know, been too gutted to look at it. :(

                      Hoping it is just a clogged fuel filter ( a bit of a sucky job to take care of on my car though)
                      www.morgansegal.com

                      The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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                      • #12
                        Morgan,

                        One thing that came to mind after reading this and your other post about the foam inside the cell.

                        Ethanol tends to eat away the foam in the fuel cell, aluminum, fuel lines, etc and that may be your issue. I'd suggest staying away from gas with ethanol, but you'll likely have to go to a small airport to buy avgas in order to do that.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GWise View Post
                          Morgan,

                          One thing that came to mind after reading this and your other post about the foam inside the cell.

                          Ethanol tends to eat away the foam in the fuel cell, aluminum, fuel lines, etc and that may be your issue. I'd suggest staying away from gas with ethanol, but you'll likely have to go to a small airport to buy avgas in order to do that.

                          Yeah, I have been talking to some more people about it and it is being suggested that the CA gas is perhaps eating away at the fuel cell foam. I am going to look into removing the foam completely. If I could afford to do it right now, I would like to ditch the fuel cell for some alternative as for some reason the PO put a a 55 liter tank in the car and I wouldn't mind getting the storage space back.

                          Thanks
                          www.morgansegal.com

                          The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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                          • #14
                            Oy Vey!

                            So Magnus had suggested that I perhaps was out of gas, but I sort of dismissed it since my gauge was reading half a tank (it's never been accurate, but I didn't think it was that far off), the day before the drive I had put in 5 gal to what I thought was at least 3-4 gal in the tank and the other signs were pointing towards it being something else.

                            So tonight, I went to drain the tank and couldn't get anything out and the straw was coming out dry, so I added two gallons and the car fired up and revved but I didn't drive it since it was late though. Fuel pump sounded better too. I will take it for a quick spin tomorrow and see what happens

                            If I didn't actually have the 3-4gal I thought was in there when I added the 5gal, it would make perfect sense given the crappy mpg I get and that I drove about 80 miles

                            So this still leaves some questions:

                            -Why did the fuel pump fuse blow up at the rock store, could starvation cause it since I was going around a hard right corner?

                            -And if it was the case that I was running low on gas, then how did I make it the nearly 40 miles home without any other hiccups or anything indicating I was running out over those twisty roads?

                            -How do I get my fuel gauge calibrated to read correctly or even close?

                            - Should I still drain the tank and check the fuel filter (it's a bit of a PITA)?
                            www.morgansegal.com

                            The funny thing is my wife goes " What is that car a Morgan ? " and I said "No that's a Caterham but there is a Morgan driving it " -delise

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                            • #15
                              -And if it was the case that I was running low on gas, then how did I make it the nearly 40 miles home without any other hiccups or anything indicating I was running out over those twisty roads?
                              Downhill?

                              Get a new gauge maybe.

                              Drain it & check the filter.

                              Edit: you'll see a reduction in problems if you change the exhaust to exit on the correct (fire starting) side of the car.:D
                              Last edited by moosetestbestanden; September 6, 2009, 07:57 AM.
                              Chris
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                              A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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