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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......

Omega General Help / Fitting poly bushes to front wishbones
« on: 17 January 2018, 22:29:51 »
Last time I fitted poly bushes (to my Elite) I changed the rear bushes and balljoints as well so I removed the wishbones from the car first.

I think I have seen reports of front bush replacement being possible with the wishbone still attached to the car.  :-\

Is my memory playing tricks? and if it is possible is it actually a method that one would choose to repeat ?

General Discussion Area / Smartphone screen replacement
« on: 15 January 2018, 22:42:51 »
I finally managed to crack the glass screen on my Samsung Galaxy S5 when it fell out of my pocket and landed on a tiled floor :'(

Has anyone here got any experience of fitting a replacement glass? It still works fine so I imagine it just needs a new glass (and not the much more expensive screen and touch sensor)

The process appears to be similar to (in principle) to repairing an Omega headlamp (eg warm it up enough to soften the glue and allow the front to be prised off)

Plan B is to do nothing seeing as it still works.................

Omega General Help / Rear subframe bushes - where to buy?
« on: 13 January 2018, 22:44:14 »
The ProjectMV6 is in dire need of new doughnut bushes on the rear subframe.

Has anyone bought any recently? Any makes to avoid?

I think I bought Genuine VX last time I bought some for my Elite :-\

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Wanted - headlamp washer pump
« on: 24 November 2017, 10:22:18 »
For the project MV6

It is a 2003 facelift estate (but I suspect that a pump from any year/model would fit)

The GM part number on the  faulty pump is 90 508 709


Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Interior lighting wierdness
« on: 11 November 2017, 16:17:32 »
After 7 weeks away I opened the project MV6 rear drivers side door to refit a child seat.

When I closed the door the interior light stayed on and  nothing I do will turn it off now.

I have disconnected the battery for now.

Any ideas anyone?

General Discussion Area / Ooops - server hard drive failing
« on: 22 July 2017, 23:21:12 »
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: FAILED!
Drive failure expected in less than 24 hours. SAVE ALL DATA.
See vendor-specific Attribute list for failed Attributes.

I have been running a little home server using an HP microserver with 3 hard disks set up in a RAID array with two disks mirroring each other and one hot spare. I cannot remember how long ago I put it together  :-[ it is looking very dusty so probably several years  ::)

I normally switch it on in the morning and walk away but this morning I watched it start up and noticed an error at start up on one of the disks.

It appears that the software RAID has done it's job and switched from using the failing disk and is now using the spare.

my problem now is that I want to replace the failing disk with something equivalent and I haven't been paying attention to who owns which HDD manufacturers and which manufacturers to steer clear of.

Model Family:     HP 250GB SATA disk VB0250EAVER

I don't even know if I can still buy a 250GB SATA disk.  :-\

General Car Chat / Jump Leads
« on: 30 June 2017, 22:21:41 »
Melted >:(

I have had them for years but never really needed them to carry any serious current.

My old Range Rover had been sat for 3 years. I charged the battery a couple of weeks ago and it started and ran fine. Today I needed to start it to load it onto a trailer and the battery was FUBAR.

I tried jumping from a slave battery and also from SWMBO's Galaxy with the engine running. All I managed to do was melt the useless POS jump leads :(

Any recommendations for decent jump leads?

Omega General Help / Facelift wiring diagrams - TIS?
« on: 28 February 2017, 13:40:37 »
Am I correct in thinking that the only way of getting up to date (or up to 2003 at least ::)) wiring diagrams for a facelift Omega is to get hold of a TIS DVD and install it on an old 32 bit windows PC?

(I think that might be three separate questions :-\)

As above. The radio in the Project MV6 picks up the channels preset by Rog fine (apart from the Welsh ones....) but the auto tune fails to find any working stations at all, it just keeps going round and round.

I can't find any reference to this in the users manual but I have this notion that FM in Europe uses a different size step between transmission frequency to FM in the US.

A consequence of this would be that a radio configured for auto tune in one area would be rubbish at finding stations in the other area.

1. Am I halfway correct in this?
2. Does the CCR2006 have a way of switching between US and European frequency steps?

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Wanted - FL load cover end caps
« on: 18 February 2017, 11:34:22 »
I am not sure if that is what they are actually called but I am missing the pieces that complete the side runners in a facelift estate.

General Car Chat / Project MV6
« on: 16 February 2017, 22:43:12 »
Finally got myself sorted a week ago ready to start driving the project and the battery had gone flat >:(

I didn't want to leave a charger under the bonnet with an extension lead back to the house so I went to extract the battery so I could charge it. First thing I found was that the retaining bolt was pretty well rusted in - it did come out though with penetrating oil and persistance  :)

Second thing I found was this.

I think this car is going to be a little more trouble than I anticipated :-\

General Car Chat / DVLA - Change of keeper - how long???
« on: 03 February 2017, 10:54:25 »
So... James delivered the MV6 to me in mid December and my intention was to SORN it over Christmas then tax &insure it January. One way or another it has taken till now to get around to sorting out insurance quotes but I still don't have the V5 from DVLA so I thought I ought to try declaring SORN online.

This is what comes up  :( so I have to assume that they lost the change of keeper slip that James sent them  >:(

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Make a SORN

BETA This is a new service – your feedback will help us to improve it.
Tell us you’re taking your vehicle off the road
Unable to use service

Unfortunately you cannot use this service yet as the previous keeper of the vehicle has not told DVLA that you are the new keeper.
You should either:

    Wait until you receive the V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) in your name, and then use the reference number from it to make a SORN online
    or complete the forms V890 (make a Statutory Off Road Notification), V62 (application for a vehicle registration certificate) and send with your V5C/2 to DVLA Swansea.

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