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Messages - Andy H

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About 20 years ago I was struggling with big nuts and bolts on rusty Land Rovers and Range Rovers. My 1/2" ratchet is banana shaped because I tried (and gave up) trying to undo the bolts holding a tow ball onto a drop plate.

Local factors had an offer on for a 3/4" socket set - I can't remember how much but 60 comes to mind. I can barely lift it.....

Took it home, slipped the correct socket + ratchet handle onto the ball joint bolt and....... the bolt sheared clean off.

I don't use it very often but I have found time and again that forcing a tool beyond it's limits results in breakages and often injury too  :( so I don't feel that I wasted my money.

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Omega General Help / Re: Rear wheel bearings?
« on: Yesterday at 23:18:56 »
I have done one and it was tight.

If I can remember to order some extra long XZN bits I will happily change the other side if it gets noisy.

I could probably do the job in 2 hours if I could find all the tools (without having to turn my workshop upside down) and didn't drink too many cups of tea  ;D

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Omega General Help / Re: Rear wheel bearings?
« on: Yesterday at 21:11:23 »
Tools that I used / couldn't have done without which I don't think most people have in their tool set are

3/4" socket set to undo the drive flange nut (a long 1/2" breaker bar might have worked but I don't like the amount of spring in a 1/2" bar)
3/4" torque wrench to do it up again afterwards
FWD bearing puller / removal set (same as NickW's)


If I had an extra long tri-square XZN spline bit I would have been able to remove two of the brake backplate bolts  and then use my bearing puller /separator set to press the axle out of the suspension arm (or I could have spent a couple of hours digging out the welder and finding suitable bits of scrap metal to make a copy of NickW's tool).


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Omega General Help / Re: Rear wheel bearings?
« on: 19 October 2018, 20:14:02 »
With some basic tooling, rear wheel bearings are a simple job. 30 part and 2 hours in the street for your first one.
You are too modest. Your idea of basic tooling goes a bit beyond the norm.

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General Car Chat / Re: How Far Would You Go For The Right Car?
« on: 13 October 2018, 22:47:53 »
I bought my Elite in Poole and drove it home to Cornwall (150 miles?)

I bought Mr Rog's MV6 Estate from James (and then accepted his generous offer to deliver it) - I should have travelled about 200 miles to collect it but James saved me the bother (and he collected it from Wales when he got it)

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Omega General Help / Re: High revs at cold start
« on: 12 October 2018, 23:20:37 »
Could it be the idle air control valve (IAC)?

Is yours working OK? Is it a secure air tight fit in the plenum?

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General Car Chat / Re: Problems with rhe Ford Ecoboost
« on: 11 October 2018, 18:08:54 »
Probably letting coolant get far to low, then overheating. Sensor changed to ensure higher coolant level?

Possibly ... ???
ford forums are saying that a level sensor is not fitted as standard

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General Discussion Area / Re: Internet Providers
« on: 07 October 2018, 12:06:48 »
Yep,  you won't regret going with zen.
Getting a domain name is the best way to give yourself flexibility. Might as well do it now and only suffer a change of email, erc. Once imho.
Right -  registered my own domain 6 weeks ago and signed up with Zen to get it hosted.
The new email has been working fine so I pressed the button 2 weeks ago to switch phone and internet connection as well.

Switch should occur tomorrow - mobile phone doesn't work in this part of Cornwall so should be interesting if the new connection doesn't work first time.....

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Omega General Help / Re: 3.2 issue.
« on: 30 September 2018, 06:40:10 »
where does the engine ECU live on these ?
somewhere that gets wet via rust holes or scuttle flood  :-\
In the triangular fuse box next to the battery.

The wiring to the cam sensor hops across to the front of the engine - IIRC it is one of the cables that has to be evicted from the cable tray across the front of the cam-belt cover each time the cam-belt is changed :-\
Not so, pops out of the end of the 246 cable tray and lives on the front inlet side of 2 above the thermostat pipe.

Done with no improvement. Although known good second hand.

Incidentally this car has previously had a cam sensor changed... One of only two 3.2s I have encountered with a 0340 code.
Wiring fault?
Possibly, but no evidence of rodent intervention.
I was thinking of something more subtle (like a crimp connection hanging on by a single strand)

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Omega General Help / Re: 3.2 issue.
« on: 29 September 2018, 17:31:20 »
where does the engine ECU live on these ?
somewhere that gets wet via rust holes or scuttle flood  :-\
In the triangular fuse box next to the battery.

The wiring to the cam sensor hops across to the front of the engine - IIRC it is one of the cables that has to be evicted from the cable tray across the front of the cam-belt cover each time the cam-belt is changed :-\

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Omega General Help / Re: 3.2 issue.
« on: 29 September 2018, 17:02:08 »
Done with no improvement. Although known good second hand.

Incidentally this car has previously had a cam sensor changed... One of only two 3.2s I have encountered with a 0340 code.
Wiring fault?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Broken Smartphone Screen
« on: 25 September 2018, 23:06:02 »
Turn my back for 5 minutes and my thread is covered in piss, poo and animal sphincters ::)

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Because of the lack of space around the oil filter I doubt that there would be space to change a filter fitted to an adapter plate once the engine is in the car. :-\

If you must fit an external cooler why bother messing with an adapter plate? The existing oil cooler is plumbed in to the holes just above the oil filter. Make your connections there.


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General Discussion Area / Re: Broken Smartphone Screen
« on: 23 September 2018, 06:56:51 »
Thanks Rods
I have tools (and the screen came with a selection ). I didn't buy a complete screen and sensor assembly for the reason aluded to by Tunnie.

The bit I expect to have most trouble with is separating the broken glass from the screen and sensor.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 22 September 2018, 22:21:21 »
Drove it - after nearly two weeks of driving the new (to me) Galaxy/Mondeo Van around the country.

Surprised how small the MV6 Estate feels  :)

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