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Omega General Help / Re: 2.5 petrol manual estate misfiring
« on: 14 August 2018, 22:32:50 »
Today I changed the radiator. I thought the engine might be overheating. This produced no change. I give up.
I will drive this car around, and ponder what is going on. It's not a bad misfire, it only occurs occasionally, when pulling full throttle at low rpm.
Did you check/change the spark plugs?

The erosion of the outer electrodes causes the spark gap to increase quite dramatically as the plugs age.

I will post a photo when I get my web hosting working again.....

General Discussion Area / Re: Internet Providers
« on: 14 August 2018, 17:49:48 »
If you have a proper name, you don't need a number ::)

Or if you got in there Google have been reading your email for years ago..  :D

FTFY. :y
I did have the sense to pick a decent Gmail address a long time ago and very useful it is too  :y But I do assume that Google is reading everything I send and receive  hence the desire for a separate email account.

General Discussion Area / Internet Providers
« on: 13 August 2018, 23:31:34 »
Many years ago I signed up with Nildram for broadband, email and some space for a website.

After a few years Nildram got taken over by Tiscali. The new owners didn't manage to break my internet and I didn't want to lose my email address or the web space so I stuck with them.

After a few years Tiscali got taken over by TalkTalk. The new owners didn't manage to break my internet and I didn't want to lose my email address or the web space so I stuck with them.

Until last month that is when TalkTalk turned off my web space. >:(

Not sure which way to jump now. There were two things that had me hanging on to a ridiculously slow connection at an inflated price - an email address and a  web space address that I have been using for 15 years. Now the web address has gone it is just the email address that I am clinging on to. I will be switching to a new provider as soon as I can.

Thinking of going with Zen this time.

I don't really want to bother with registering my own domain  :-\ but I think I will have to if I want to be able to switch provider and have some control over my email and web space.

Omega General Help / Re: X30 block with y26 head
« on: 12 August 2018, 17:47:45 »
Do the coil packs need the retaining bolts to give a good earth/0 volt path to the cylinder heads?

If not then the rubber boots will probably stop the coil packs from moving (much) :P

Omega General Help / Re: 2.5 petrol manual estate misfiring
« on: 11 August 2018, 14:57:14 »
So, what can be wrong with this silly car? have not yet changed either plugs or plug leads,

plugs are a consumable item (and cheap). Change (or at least inspect) the plugs before changing other parts

General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler being replaced.
« on: 10 August 2018, 22:55:24 »
All bar the most recent plumbing (done during the extension work) is proper copper pipes, with soldered joints.

Do you know what the specification of the new pipework is? If it is plastic then it MUST have an 'oxygen barrier' (hence the term 'barrier pipe') to prevent oxygen from the air migrating through the walls of the pipe.

Omega General Help / Re: Radiator fans
« on: 05 August 2018, 22:44:27 »
The refrigerant circuit has a pressure switch that stops the A/C working if there is insufficient gas in the system.

Checking if the ECO button is pressed is easy. To check the gas pressure requires a set of pressure gauges.

IIRC the front fans run at half speed whenever the A/C is working and only switch to full speed if the radiator is stupidly hot (so engine temperature gauge reading 100+)

I never seem to have an A/C system that lasts for more than 3 years before needing attention so my assumption is that yours will need re-charging :(

General Discussion Area / Re: 21 years....
« on: 04 August 2018, 23:03:15 »
Sorry to read your sad news :'(

I remember reading your posts last year when your wife was unwell.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Magazine not staying in
« on: 11 July 2018, 22:31:57 »

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 09 July 2018, 22:38:00 »
Drove the project MV6 for the first time since fitting a new wheel bearing. :y

Omega General Help / Re: Wheel Bearing??
« on: 06 July 2018, 11:07:50 »
Finished at 10pm :) then noticed that there was a locking washer left over that I should have fitted to the drive shaft nut after I had torqued it up to 220 ft lb >:(

After stopping   for something to eat I took the CV joint off again to fit the washer and finally finished at midnight

Omega General Help / Re: Wheel Bearing??
« on: 06 July 2018, 08:50:04 »
Well done Andy. :y I must admit, I paid my local Indy 40 to do mine. :-[
He won't be in a hurry to do the other side at that price  ;D

Omega General Help / Re: Wheel Bearing??
« on: 05 July 2018, 18:05:06 »
Much to my relief the job is progressing as planned.

There was a brief interlude when I couldn't get the brake disc/drum to let go of the hub and a longer interlude when I discovered that I couldn't use my triple-square spline bit to get the backplate bolts out because the hub was in the way.

The new bearing is safely installed and the hub/shaft is half pulled in to place. Having another interlude now while assisting with the monsters dinner/bath/bedtime. Once they are tucked up in bed I should be able to finish putting it all back together :y

Omega General Help / Re: Wheel Bearing??
« on: 05 July 2018, 17:57:40 »
In the meantime, I found turning the music volume up fixed the bearing for a few months. ::)
That worked well (until last week) ;D

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