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Omega General Help / Creak sound back
« on: 21 May 2018, 07:19:02 »
Occassionally get a creak sound from back end if for instance reversing into drive and on a bit of an angle or manouvering slowly on a twisty bit of road, i.e. camber a bit off from front to back. Is it doughnut bushes perhaps starting to go?

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Hazards start flashing
« on: 10 May 2018, 13:32:50 »
When i came back to my car today the hazards were flashing, when i unlocked it they stopped, but then started when i opened door. Is this a sign of something about to go tits up? I also notice if i unlock car with key they flash, then go out when ignition on, this is a seperate issue i dont know if related to first, as that just happened today.

General Discussion Area / accessing car's computer tech2
« on: 27 April 2018, 13:36:16 »
I've read about every tech2 question in forum and still not sure exactly what it is you need. So starting with software, i know there is a lot of vendors, downloads, ones people are saying might work, or only work with certain cables certain operating systems, ones that can reset codes, ones that cant, ones that can read live data and not etc. etc.

I've got to a point where i've ordered a kit off ebay as i really dont know what it is i need, so bought a cheap 19 pound kit with cd, adapter cable.

I do have access to software from 0p com but hadn't a clue what cable i needed or an adapter. Can anyone clear up  what i actually need, i've a 64 bit laptop, not sure if it's got serial port,  if that is what i need, it has the other port with more pins, and of course usb ports. I want something that i can read live data and diagnose any sensor issues, both out of a diagnostic perspective and interest.



Omega General Help / torque convertor lock up
« on: 20 April 2018, 10:37:53 »
On my old senator A, and my current senny B you feel the TC lock about 60 65 does the omega box do the same? I certainly cant feel anything or a noticeable drop in revs. It's 2.6 02 plate i have. I believe this gives a mechanic lock between engine and box.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / dimmer for dash flickering
« on: 03 April 2018, 10:42:49 »
Oddly enough this happened when giving the car a bit of a tanking, realised it was probably just the Gs doing it, but when you roll the wheel up and down it doesn't dim, just flickers a bit. Guessing need to take light switch unit out and give the pot a dash of WD?

General Car Chat / spotted silver saloon m8 glasgow airport
« on: 28 March 2018, 10:36:49 »
Seen yestetday about half 4, Westbound at glasgow airport. It was a bit ahead and i was turning off a737, but managed to see it was 03 plate, looked good nick likely a cd model.

Ps do we have a spotted thread in here ?

General Discussion Area / Is this the end of VX
« on: 23 March 2018, 13:13:20 »

General Discussion Area / Can you do this other role too?
« on: 12 March 2018, 07:46:14 »
Had the director of our department approach me and in a roundabout waffly way, ask me if i can fill a role that someone just left, because i already have experience in that team. Claims it will mean that they wont have to advertise and train someone up (cheapskates) and that their budget is "challenging".

Im happy in the role i do and this role is more a information analyst building reports, my current role is more techy, which i like. Apparently i wont have a say in it because contract hasn't changed, and it says any other work deemed necessary for the organisation (public sector, healthcare) guess who?

Anyone been in a similar situation and how to approach this? My manager said they found it a bit of a shock as they never knew until last minute but said they got to work with resources they got. Boss said you probably notice when someone retires or leaves they dont replace, as they got cack all money left.

General Car Chat / Omega morphed into a monza!
« on: 28 February 2018, 15:32:59 »
With the snow lol, check it out.

Starting to get a spoiler on the bootlid now too!

Omega General Help / meg tank does it fit senator?
« on: 07 February 2018, 10:45:58 »
As above, new teplacements are really expensive, and metal so thinking plastic meg one would be beter option

General Discussion Area / Couple of megs in u pull it Edinburgh
« on: 06 February 2018, 22:02:56 »
thought this might be of interest to anyone in and around North england/Scotland area - maybe me!

Ones a funeral limo!

Omega General Help / stalled
« on: 06 February 2018, 07:30:55 »
While pulling up to my drive yesterday i knocked it into neutral and the engine went splat. Never had that, i then reversed into drive and while doing so it stuttered and nearly stalled again. Also when at my folks i went to start and it just churned and churned and never started. I then turned key off then back to starting and it went. It did do this a couple of weeks ago but thought cause i had been lying fora while and in the cold. Seems there is a problem developing, what can i check, is this a known problem? I seen flashing spanner while trying to start it.

Currently have the p0150 or whatever it is code for O2 sensor, which is going to get looked at soon and exhaust change. It's drive by wire 2.6 v6. Done pedal check, seems only O2 sensor one and no others.

Update: just read its likey crank sensor, much are they from vx and does anyone have part number? Now i think on it i remember reading about this a wee while ago.


Has anyone had to fix or replace this, it's the bit at back inner sill where subfframe mounts to. On senator i have one of the little extensions where one of the bolts goes into was rotting away. Got 2 replacement panels from germany. However bit of a balll ache to get it removed, chiseled along behind it to release join to sill section, drilled out as many spot welds as can get to. Think will have to replace floor panel aboce it as had to chisel into above where spot welds were.

Once i manage to get section removed, will have to offer new bit up, align it via 3rd mount for it at back of floor pan, swing it into place and weld up. Trouble is i've got a stand and block of wood holding back end up. This is where 3rd mount is on chassis, cant jack car anywhere else on back as have split the rear sill, and this panel compromises part of the jacking point.

Only option i can think is long block of wood along sill under door and jack up spreading weight, but difficult still where to put axle stand. Not sure i want a senator face plant lol!

Got an old cavy with the 1.8 rice pudding skin non-puller in it. I'm wanting to change this over to a SRI 130 engine I got from a pre-cat model. I've read up on various sites about updating the car details with DVLA regarding emission testing but I'm still not clear on it.

From what I gather, I can change the engine over, tell DVLA that the car has this new engine, have to get a confirmation from VX using engine number that it is pre-cat, give this to DVLA and they will update their system so that when I go to MOT and they put car reg in it will say no cat test required. Has anyone any knowledge if this can be done like this?

I'm kind of half doing this because had all sorts of probs with emissions (car runs fine) but it just happened that this engine was the only one available in my area at the time, complete engine, box and loom with ECU, not to be sniffed at out of an SRI 130.

General Car Chat / VX parts prices up due to VX takeover
« on: 23 January 2018, 21:23:22 »
Just been ordering parts from autovaux, parts that I'd been quoted for a couple of weeks ago, they told me the parts price had went up due to the VX takeover by Spewgeot! Beware if you are thinking of buying anything the price quoted might go up. Not be long till they start discontinuing all the old parts still available.

Glad I own a pre-spewgeot vx!

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