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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: Insignia 2.0cdti auto as tow car
« on: Yesterday at 20:53:28 »
I keep coming across people with interest only mortgages these days.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Heathrow's 3rd runway
« on: Yesterday at 13:29:18 »
I thought Lockerbie was a bomb ?

It was.

I still take the view that increasing the density of aircraft in any one area, increases the possibility of a disaster, not necessarily by malicious intent. Where's my tin hat   ::)
Best look at a UK airways map then, and make sure you don't buy a house under any of them. Virtually all transatlantic traffic from Northern Europe overflies the UK and that amounts to many more flights than use LHR daily. Just look at all them blue lines :-)

https://skyvector.com/?ll=51.41256951653948,-1.7265014624360912&chart=304&zoom=4&fpl=undefined

And then there are the Military Training Areas, Military Air to Air Refuelling areas.

If a plane falls out of the sky you need a bunker, not a tin hat.

Might be the odd glider or two on a nice day, too:  ;)

http://glidertracker.org/#lat=51.198&lon=-0.984&z=11

.. but they aren't all predominantly 2 engined jets stooging around a couple of thousand feet up in prime bird strike territory like we have over London.

It might not happen often, but it happened to Sully. Luckily he had a big expanse of water to put it down in. Not sure a double engine failure at 3,000 ft above London would have been as survivable. :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: Insignia 2.0cdti auto as tow car
« on: Yesterday at 13:22:50 »
That's why everyone should have six months salary in their sav... garage waiting to be bolted together.

Any better?

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Omega General Help / Re: Hand brake woes ... :(
« on: Yesterday at 12:01:54 »
Handbrake cable is not too bad a job and mine was getting quite stiff, which may have been partly to blame for the brake sticking. Once it's done it will see the car out.. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Heathrow's 3rd runway
« on: 21 June 2018, 21:29:08 »
Now a few years ago,, some bright spark suggested moving ALL of the air-freight out of Heathrow and moving it to Alconbury, then the nimbys took hold,and that idea was scrapped, would have eased Heathrow a tad. 

UK PLC needs a brand new airport fit for use, including all the necessary road and rail infrastructure.
Well, they don't use Stansted for anything useful either... ::)

Got enough planes flying in & out of there now. Don't want anymore thankyou.  :P......other than that, they can build runways anywhere they want. I couldn't give a monkeys.  :D
Me neither.... as long as they don't want any restricted airspace around them. ;)

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Omega General Help / Re: Noisy differential?
« on: 21 June 2018, 09:42:39 »
Some play should be expected, to allow for fluid and heat. Flange nut is tightened for tension rather than torque but not sure if that would cause rotational play :-\

Two choices... Obtain and fit a new pinion and crown... Either brand new or a matched used pair.

Just as easy Much easier to throw another diff in  :y

FTFY. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Old name revival
« on: 21 June 2018, 06:20:48 »
If 'Southern' is anything to go by, rose tints and sepia will only allow so much tolerance... :D
What's the expression? You can't polish a turd.*



* - Actually, it turns out that you can https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiJ9fy1qSFI, but it's still a turd.

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Omega General Help / Re: Oil catcher tank?
« on: 20 June 2018, 15:25:59 »
The only real need for a catch tank comes when you've radically changed the intake setup - installed Weber carbs or injection throttle bodies or somesuch, or gone forced induction.

Production cars are designed to burn any rubbish that comes out of the breathers, so they don't need them.

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Omega General Help / Re: Code reading
« on: 20 June 2018, 15:23:18 »
Thanks Kevin: so forget the Cataclean and clear the codes just before testing time?
It has never failed on emissions before and Shell V-Power. Cataclean plus a spirited drive ahead of MOT has seen me OK, but now I musn't have the EML indicator on, apparently.  ???

Ron.

Yes, EML is now a fail. (mental note to fix the knackered post-cat sensor on mine)  :-[

Emissions was never an issue as the second larger cat always cleans things up. It's the smaller pre-cats that cause the problem.

I'm not convinced cataclean isn't snake oil, TBH.

Clear the codes before setting off to the MOT and you should be fine. For a permanent fix, relocate the lambda sensors. :y

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Omega General Help / Re: Code reading
« on: 20 June 2018, 09:49:20 »
I've got an as yet unused OBD2 code reader and I want to use it to clear the emissions light (waiting until I next see Serek to relocate the lambda sensor), so will it stay cleared forever - or at least long enough for MOT purposes?

Ron.

If it's just the P0420 and 430 codes relating to cat performance, it'll normally take a couple of days' use to come back on, so yes. :y

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Here We Go Again.
« on: 20 June 2018, 09:30:18 »
Getting to the bearing on the commutator end of the motor isn't too bad, but the bearing on the other end would require it to be removed from the car and the fan removed from the motor shaft, IME, which can be a bit of a challenge.

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General Car Chat / Re: engine under tray on MOT ?
« on: 19 June 2018, 22:39:00 »
Sound deadening panels have to be fitted now. I don't know if you could argue that an undertray was one - probably not.

In any case, I'd be arguing that it still doesn't make as much noise as the average clattery tractor engine!

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Here We Go Again.
« on: 19 June 2018, 15:24:31 »
I wonder if water ingress killed the hedgehog, and has now caused the motor bearings to fail?

Then again, could also be a loose connection.

As said, apply 12v direct to the motor and see if it works reliably that way. It's possible that the bearings have got a bit tight and it won't now start at low speed, or it draws more current than the hedgehog can supply.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Avation memorabilla
« on: 19 June 2018, 15:12:26 »
I've had sweet F all work for a few weeks but this morning, I got the chance all the electrics for a shop conversion in the town centre  ;)

Work is good, t_g! :y

You could always supplement your income by becoming a YouTube star, like this spark in London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqvLXSxQBR0 (no idea how much he actually makes from YouTube, probably not a huge amount with only 41,000 subscribers)
I pity the 41,000 people who've clearly run out of paint to watch dry. ::)
Then again, watching sparkies is less tedious than watching footballists. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Someone hates me!
« on: 19 June 2018, 15:10:09 »
So in fairness to mankind I don't bother and it has nothing to do with the steep hills here in West Darzet/East Deben! Honest.....  ::)

Yeah, right. I have a bike down there. I think I've only used it once to go to Bridport when I was stranded there with a dead Omega. Only 2 miles each way so no problem there, then. :y The journey back nearly finished me off. :o

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