What is this part called for the HVAC?

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What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby ElanBRG » Mon 26.02.2018, 02:21

I can't find this part in the parts manual or on sites like SJs. They have part number A100P0096F that has the right description, but doesn't look at all like the rubber foam connector on my car.

Can anyone help? Mine looks ok in the pic, but if I touch around the top, it's deteriorated.
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby lotusrepair » Mon 26.02.2018, 03:02

As long as this is the connection in the front wheel arch we are talking about the same part. Mine were in bad shape also. It is just a rubber ring. I used a section out of an inner tube and it worked fine. Cheap fix.
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby ElanBRG » Mon 26.02.2018, 05:03

lotusrepair wrote:As long as this is the connection in the front wheel arch we are talking about the same part. Mine were in bad shape also. It is just a rubber ring. I used a section out of an inner tube and it worked fine. Cheap fix.
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby John_W » Mon 26.02.2018, 09:15

That’s what everybody else does. Mine has a bit of tyre inner tube and tie-wraps.
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby ElanBRG » Mon 26.02.2018, 18:13

John_W wrote:That’s what everybody else does. Mine has a bit of tyre inner tube and tie-wraps.


I had SJs put one of their couplings in an order I placed last night with the other items I was needing. I don’t have any inner tubes lying around, so it would be more trouble than it’s worth to get one than to pay $10 to SJs for their purpose made version.
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Mon 26.02.2018, 19:09

The picture on SJ's site is that of an original sleeve. I just got 5 A100P0096F from Lotus UK and that is exactly what they look like.

£6.83 when you are already paying for something else to ship, is a "no-brainer". BTW, £6.83 is the current Lotus Retail price, so any dealer can get you one for that price.
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby RonR » Mon 26.02.2018, 19:18

I'm sure these were supposed to have an outer skin over the sponge to stop water from getting into the heater fan housing.
The one I got from SJs about a year ago was spongy but with very little in the way of skin, so I wrapped some neoprene sheet around it anyway.

P.S. Don't forget the long Tie-Wraps
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Mon 26.02.2018, 19:32

Mine were not true foam. They were a rubberized product and I don't think they would allow water in.
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Re: What is this part called for the HVAC?

Postby ElanBRG » Sat 10.03.2018, 01:38

I replaced this coupling last weekend. The one I got from SJs turned out to be a very permeable foam! I know because I put it under running water and it went through like there was nothing stopping it.

So I emptied about half a can of Plastidip onto the outside of the foam to make it water proof while still being flexible. Problem solved.
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