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Omega General Help / Re: Locking wheel nut problem
« on: 07 December 2017, 13:07:05 »
Most 'sensible' people put the wheel bolts they've removed in the tray in the plastic wheel bolt box with the locking key.
I presume you have looked? :D
Then again it depends whether the previous / first owner was sensible.....
I will guarantee that if you go to any scrappy, and have a look on the ground near any Vauxhall, you will find more than enough for your needs. They are invariably just left where they fell when the wheels are removed.
They have a weight stamped on the head - just make sure they are all the same as your existing bolts.
Failing that, I'm sure most OOFers on here will have a surplus of them.
PM me if you are struggling.....

Omega General Help / Re: Locking wheel nut problem
« on: 06 December 2017, 23:33:48 »
Judging by all the methods of removal outlined here, is there any point in having locking wheel nuts? The great unwashed will already know this and will borrow your wheels in a trice if they want them.....


This might have been the case years ago when alloy wheels were a bit of a rarity and were only fitted to more prestige vehicles, but these days most cars have alloys, and usually only base models have steel wheels.
I don't think that alloy wheel theft is an issue today unless your vehicle is some exotic vehicle with rare or particularly expensive wheels.
This was another reason for getting rid of the locking wheel nuts on my Omegas.

General Car Chat / Re: Rumble in the Jungle!!
« on: 05 December 2017, 20:58:21 »
I think the suggestion of a rear wheel bearing into the equation has gone away from the possible cause. I have had a similar issue which was wear in the ball joint on the wishbone 'wobbling' on uneven surfaces combined with wear in the anti roll bar drop link (stabiliser).
A wheel bearing noise tends to be a 'droning' which is consistent, only varying in intensity as the speed increases, or with the load on that particular wheel during cornering.
Easy enough to check too.

Omega General Help / Re: Locking wheel nut problem
« on: 04 December 2017, 01:02:09 »

Is there a master LWNT for Vauxhalls? How is this problem overcome in the trade?

Most main dealers should have a master set of locking wheel nut keys. They use them when cars come in for service or tyres and the customer either hasn't left or the mechanics can't find the locking wheel nut key. It's usually a case of trying similar ones until they find the one that fits snugly. There is a letter stamped on the end of the key, which will identify it, and from this the correct one can be purchased if you haven't got the code.
If you intend to bin them (as I have), and can't get the car to the garage, I would take a photo of the pattern of the locking wheel nut, visit your friendly Vauxhall garage, and depending on how well you know your them, see if you can borrow the keys that are possibles. Take four ordinary bolts with you, and remove the bolts replacing them with the ordinary ones, before returning the master key.
It's better however if you can go in the car and do it on their forecourt, but if they know you, then they may help you out by lending you them, but it may depend on how much you've spend over the counter in the past!
I've done this before when I have bought cars without a locking wheel nut key, before finding out the hard way at the roadside with a flat tyre.......

General Car Chat / Re: Strange Corrosion advisory on MOT
« on: 02 December 2017, 01:16:00 »
I sometimes wonder if MOT testers sometimes record advisories on older cars just to appease VOSA, when in fact there wasn't anything specifically amiss, but just so that it appears they have done a thorough test (even though they actually have).
I take a couple of classic Triumphs for their annual MOT and they always record an advisory as 'underside covered front to rear with underseal'.
They both have the original dealer applied underseal, which isn't particularly thick, and any 'dodgy' welding would be quite obvious. In truth, neither have ever been welded. Whether they think that regularly passing cars of this vintage with no advisories would raise an eyebrow within VOSA circles, I'm not sure.
I have previously had advisories commenting about panels that are covered, such as cills on the Omega, or full length underbody shields, such as on certain Audi's.
I think a lot of it is just 'arse covering' with older cars. Unless the corrosion is quite obvious, then I wouldn't worry about their comments unduly. I wouldn't think there are many Omegas out there without surface rust on the front and rear subframe areas, which some MOT testers may warrant an advisory.

Omega General Help / Re: Self levelling shocks
« on: 23 November 2017, 18:02:05 »
As I said in my previous post, no other manufacturer does a exact oem self levelling shocker for the Omega - the Monroe version needs a reasonable amount of modification to the pipework and fittings to work, and I understand they have a tyre valve fitting as in the old style Cavaliers to manually alter the system with an airline. The valve on the Munroe shock is positioned lower down the body of the shocker as well which may need an extension to the original pipe work alone, never mind the connections and compressor side of things.
I did quite a bit of reasearch into the options when I needed to replace mine. I ended up with genuine GM and have not regretted it , and I tow a heavy trailer regularly, with genuine s/l springs as well.
Many of those in the link are just standard shock absorbers.
For the difference in cost, I'd try a few dealerships for genuine GM self levellers. You could be surprised at the differences in prices from dealer to dealer depending on whether they are in group stock or whether they have to order them from Luton or Germany.

Omega General Help / Re: Self levelling shocks
« on: 23 November 2017, 11:42:38 »
My understanding is that the correct self levelling shocks were only made for GM - no aftermarket company to my knowledge has made them. There are Munro shocks advertised as self levellers, but these are not a straight swap, and the pipe work and compressor system is different.
Personally, I would go with the German listed GM shocks - I have looked a them previously, and there nothing to suggest they are anything other than originals, especially as no other manufacturer does a like for like replacement.

General Car Chat / Re: 3.2 MV6 in interesting colour
« on: 27 October 2017, 00:10:13 »
My 2002 3.2 Elite saloon is that colour - definitely Petrol Blue. As said, a rare and unusual shade for an Elite.

How about these? Early facelift 17" alloys. EBay item no. 253051554963.
Not in perfect condition, but located in your end of the UK - Kent. Nearer for you than the set I have!

General Car Chat / Re: Guess who
« on: 25 October 2017, 00:35:43 »
According to the DVLA, it's last MOT on the original reg expired in May 2014, but it seems it had another MOT on the Irish reg which expired in May 2015, but nothing since. Both were done in Grays. Due to high mileage, my bet is it is now in a thousand pieces being shared around other Omegas.......

General Car Chat / Re: couple of questions
« on: 17 October 2017, 21:52:23 »
Audi 1.8 turbo petrol. I bought this back in april and the guy said it drinks a bit of oil.

You don't say how old your car is.
Sorry to sound patronising, but if the seller said it drinks a bit of oil, why did you buy it? I would have been put off straight away. Surely there must have been other Audi A3/4 or even 6's with this engine for sale at the time?
There has been a more recent issue with the 2.0T engine using excessive oil, and Audi have replaced the pistons under goodwill, even if the car is out of warranty, but unfortunately this won't be applicable to your car (I presume your car is 'older' anyway).
Some Audi's display an orange oil warning light which advises to top up as soon as possible, but if the oil light displayed is red, then the engine should be switched off immediately.
The handbook should explain the relevant action with your particular oil light.

Omega General Help / Re: Air Hose Kit AK-29 to Rear Shocks
« on: 13 October 2017, 12:20:09 »
I presume you have tried GM / Opel dealers? I don't know whether they are still available though without asking the question.
My experience of some dealers is that they sometimes say items are not available, when actually there is stock in warehouses in Europe.
The pipes come in various lengths depending on their position on the car, and come with the relevant connectors.
If you need the part numbers to ask the question of your local dealer, please see the attached link and list of the part numbers of the pipe work.

GM   Name   Quantité
2   90473520   437690   PIPE,PRESSURE,1140MM LONG   1 
3   90473519   437691   PIPE,PRESSURE,500MM LONG   1 
4   90473521   437688   PIPE,PRESSURE,275MM LONG   1 
5   90251877   437689   PIPE,PRESSURE,730MM LONG   1 
6   90473522   437693   PIPE,PRESSURE,860MM LONG   1 
6   90473522   437693   PIPE,PRESSURE,860MM LONG   1 
7   90447414   437692   PIPE,PRESSURE,4050MM LONG   1 

Hope this helps.

Omega General Help / Re: Mintex
« on: 13 October 2017, 00:23:53 »
To be fair Mintex are priced in the midrange category.
Because of the name ;). Their aftermarket spec pads are definitely not god enough to be classed as midrange. They are budget.

Brembo also do (expensive) cheapo pads, which are also shite. And not to be confused with the decent stuff sold through specialist outlets.

On an Omega, you have a simple option for cheap - TC pads. Nothing in the sub £50 bracket comes close. Only downside is a dead feeling for the first 100 yards when they haven't been used for a few days. Around £15+VAT on TC, or free with the (also very good) TC disc sets.

Why oh why people piss around with other cheap pads on an Omega is a complete mystery to me.

Not wanting to be argumentative on the subject of Mintex pads, but my thoughts about Mintex has to be formed on the basis of my own experiences - I have fitted Mintex for many years in different cars ranging from Honda, Audi, VW, Kia, Vauxhall, Renault, Peugeot, Ford (can't remember all the other vehicles I've fitted them to), and I've never had any complaints, either about pedal feel or noise. Fitment has always been good too (no filing to fit). Their pads that I have fitted to my own cars have also been very good.
So I personally don't quite get the statements that Mintex are shite - just as similar comments that Bosal exhausts are cheap and nasty, which I also have to disagree with.

General Car Chat / Re: Anyone had a RFL rebate recently?
« on: 12 October 2017, 23:12:49 »
SORNED 3 cars at 23.30 hrs on Saturday 31st October, and the three refund cheques arrived in three different envelopes on Thursday 5th October! I too was impressed with the speed of sending the refund.
Modern technology is instant now I suppose, rather than previously filling in a form, sticking the surrendered tax disc to it, posting it to Swansea where it no doubt sat in a pile until physically opened and dealt with......

General Car Chat / Re: Exhaust trim
« on: 12 October 2017, 22:51:10 »
Original GM in the UK never had chrome tips early pre -facelift had gloss black though.

Yes, you are absolutely correct about original GM never having chrome tips.
The original OEM tailpipe tips were actually stainless steel.

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