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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 15 February 2018, 23:12:50 »
Lost most of my expansion tank's coolant. I thought I had found why - water pump - but opinions here differ and I'm confused.
If the pump is leaking then coolant will dribble out of the drain hole on the underside of the pump body. You can't see the drain hole when the pump pulley is in place - you need to undo 3no 6mm bolts to get the pulley off to check.

2 possible sources of coolant dribbling down the front of the engine are the aluminium plate on the oil cooler (they corrode if the coolant isn't changed periodically) or the thermostat body / transfer tube (again they corrode if the coolant loses it's anti corrosion properties due to being too old).

If you can definitely see where the coolant is leaking then you have found your problem and are well on the way to fixing it  :y

If you are not certain then I strongly recommend that you make/get yourself a test cap for the coolant tank so that you can pressurise the system when the engine is cold. It is so much easier to find a leak (or leaks) when the engine is cold. (and you need to have the intake plenum off to be able to see the oil cooler plate and thermostat...............)

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hello from Turkey, Questions Questions
« on: 13 February 2018, 22:52:02 »
I really struggled to get my hands in behind the engine to even find the leak.

At one stage I thought it might be a weeping core plug but decided that, if it was, I wasn't going to be able to swing a hammer hard enough to tap a new one in  (hence why lifted the engine out)

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hello from Turkey, Questions Questions
« on: 13 February 2018, 22:44:01 »
Many years ago I had the head gasket fail on the rear of 'bank 2'. A small amount of coolant leaked out when the engine was hot but the car was drivable.

I took the engine out because I had the equipment and I didn't want to work on the engine outdoors.

There are two core plugs in the back of the cylinder head (hidden behind the bracket for the ignition coils). (sorry about the flash in the last picture)

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Hello from Turkey, Questions Questions
« on: 13 February 2018, 22:32:59 »
I would say coolant leaking from the driver's side behind the engine could well be the heater bypass valve...

Certainly worth taking a look. :y
I assume that this car has the steering wheel on the left side :-\ (so heater bypass valve on passenger side)

General Car Chat / Re: Ford Galaxy - cable window regulator
« on: 11 February 2018, 11:30:05 »
Doors must open from inside and out,window operation not tested :y

General Car Chat / Ford Galaxy - cable window regulator
« on: 10 February 2018, 22:45:52 »
Poxy things. A while ago I fitted new cables and drive pulley to the mechanism in SWMBO's 2002 Ford Galaxy.

Yesterday it self-destructed again, leaving the drivers window fully open. I had to go out in the dark and pull the door card off so I could cut some pieces of wood to length to hold the glass up in the closed position.

Looking back through ebay correspondence it is almost 2 years to the day since I bought the last repair kit >:(

I was just about to book the thing in for an MOT but I have a nagging doubt that it might fail if the drivers window cannot be opened  :-\ Last time it happened it was a royal pain in the arse operating barriers on multi-storey car parks >:(

This time I will buy a kit including new runners etc assembled and ready to fit (not fit new cables to the old runners).

Does anyone have any experience of Shalahambra (Sharan/Galaxy/Alhambra) window regulators? can anyone recommend a particular make for the replacement?

Genuine appear to cost about 105, pattern 25-30. If they are all the same crap design as the VAG original then I don't see any point in buying anything but the cheapest......

General Car Chat / Re: Curiosity question
« on: 10 February 2018, 22:27:23 »
GPS speeds are only that accurate when you are travelling on level roads, DG; they under-declare if you are on an incline, up or down.

Straight and level. Depending how often your GPS updates it's location it might make a major underestimate of your speed if you are travelling along a winding road.

I think ETS/Eternal must have some issue with type approval and regulations in some countries (German TUV?) that prohibit fitting anything but genuine/type approved parts.

I think that they might have type approval for pre-facelift models (eg up to 1999) but not for facelift. We know that the exhaust systems are interchangeable, they know it, but it is verboten for them to say so.

If you ever ask a question that indicates that you want to fit the exhaust to a vehicle for which they do not have type approval then your order will get cancelled ::)

Omega General Help / Re: What is this hose? Y32SE
« on: 09 February 2018, 09:14:28 »
Yep, I have one of those, but what a mess it makes!
It's only due to this thread that I wondered if using the vent pipe were feasible - worth a try?

How did it make a mess?

I managed to stay clean and free of 'eau de ATF' when I dropped the sumps and changed the filter on my Elite .

Omega General Help / Re: What is this hose? Y32SE
« on: 08 February 2018, 21:17:45 »
I bought a sprayer from screwfix for 9.99

It makes the job easy and at that price it seems perverse to go looking for a more difficult way of doing it ::)

Omega General Help / Re: What is this hose? Y32SE
« on: 08 February 2018, 20:31:56 »
Silly question, but could this hose be a less messy way of topping up the ATF? I know you still need to undo the level plug, but you wouldn't need the garden sprayer/lance to annoint you with fluid..... ???

You need to have the engine running to get the gearbox oil level right.

With the inlet manifold in place I don't think I could reach the gearbox breather pipe :-\ (and even if I could I don't enjoy wrestling with the top of the engine when it is hot :()

General Car Chat / Re: Strange LPG issue - Corsa 1.2
« on: 05 February 2018, 22:29:48 »
The vapouriser doesn't need a particularly high temperature - (room temperature is high enough to turn liquid into gas). What it does need is a good flow of coolant.

General Car Chat / Re: Strange LPG issue - Corsa 1.2
« on: 05 February 2018, 21:33:00 »
Also seems odd that it runs better when the tank has very little liquid in it :-\ I wonder if the pressure regulator in the vap is shagged

General Car Chat / Re: Strange LPG issue - Corsa 1.2
« on: 05 February 2018, 21:29:59 »
You don't mention cleaning/checking the filter(s) in the LPG lines - guessing there should be something in the vap (and maybe something in the tank :-\)

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Strange result
« on: 28 January 2018, 22:55:34 »
An NCDC has never asked you for a code, as the only way to insert code into NCDC is via tech2.  Your old TD would have asked for a code, maybe this is where the confusion is.

So the fob isn't unlocking/locking car? Correct sequence is:
All doors closed (and remain closed), window open (for safety, in case you mess it up and somehow deadlock yourself inside)
Ign to II
Press either of the buttons several times on one of the fobs - the doors should lock and then unlock, signifying fob has been sync'd
Repeat last step for other fob(s)

Above only works if the fob has been programmed to the Alarm ECU previously via Tech2.

Not sure about the last sentence, as the key was synched OK to the currently fitted switch before.
I'll try that tomorrow, thanks. :y
You are confusing me now :-\

My understanding is that the switch is 'dumb' - it doesn't synch with anything.

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