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Newbie Welcome Area / Re: A new 2.6 V6 to the forum!
« on: 23 September 2018, 20:23:13 »
The locking and hazard oddity is:

Door lock motor in that door is shagged. Easy fix with a 2 switch - see Guides section
Your alarm horn is shagged - replace...   ...and rip out the electronic power sounder whilst you're at it.


Help questions will get better answered in the Help sections :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 23 September 2018, 20:13:44 »
Maybe a very overdue Oxford meet & curry could be in order?
YES!

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General Discussion Area / Re: Broken Smartphone Screen
« on: 23 September 2018, 19:13:31 »
.. and, of course you'll get the battery and DIY. I can't see you lasting 5 minutes at a "genius bar" without being escorted from the premises (as I would be, in fairness). ;)
Last time I was there was getting the screen replaced on her gayPhone (also glued glass on digitiser, but the digitiser and LCD were also damaged), because genuine crApple was something like 65 and el-cheapo chinky LCD was 60 plus delivery.  It was actually a surprisingly hassle free experience...

...however, best not mention the previous experience when I dared turn up to the shop to buy something without an appointment...

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Not aware of anyone attempting it, as the standard oil in water coolant is the better option for the standard application.

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Omega General Help / Re: front lower wishbones
« on: 23 September 2018, 19:08:06 »
Who are Lemforder and why are they so superior, TB?

Ron.
Lemforder are now part of the ZF group, based in Germany.  They manufacture quality parts for both aftermarket and OE.  Sadly, because of their name and reputation, there are a lot of fakes around.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thanks to TB and NickW
« on: 23 September 2018, 16:33:55 »
Correct on the boards.  There are 2 main boards on the top half (ignoring the CD mech, and the Nav receiver), the forward board is the "clever" one, dealing with anything that needs processing, and the rearward one that has the amps, inputs and so on.

You can change the rear one without worrying about coding.

Its in your capability, just take your time.  Make sure amp chip is properly secured so it can thermally transfer heat to the case...   ...not that it gets much of a thrashing on Bose cars.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Mrs May's speech Friday afternoon
« on: 23 September 2018, 16:28:46 »
Because the rules allow them to. This will change soon though. The screams from all and sundry are just too loud to ignore now.
Why?

Brexit or no Brexit, deal or no deal, they will pay limited corporation taxes in this country because they are not based here.  Simples really.


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Omega General Help / Re: front lower wishbones
« on: 23 September 2018, 16:26:03 »
Not used Mister Auto, but have seen ATP wishbones (poor) and tried to use ATP (never posted the boot struts).

If your current wishbones are GM and have good balljoints, stop dicking around, poly the fronts (50) and press new GM bushes (about 20 each) in the rear, then take if for a full geometry check (not 4 wheel alignment or "laser alignment" of any other substandard tosh) to WIM settings, then worry about the rearward bushes again in 3 to 4yrs (probably much longer, as you clearly don't use the cars capabilities).



If you *MUST* have shiny wishbones, GM are too expensive (and you should be able to negotiate significantly better than 10%), so your choice probably becomes Lemforder from a reputable supplier (too many fakes about).

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General Discussion Area / Re: Mrs May's speech Friday afternoon
« on: 23 September 2018, 16:18:06 »

Amazon have traditionally done well, being one of the first, slick, efficient online retailers,
Mainly due to the fact they Employ Zero Hour Contract workers on Min Wages and hardly paying any Taxes on their Profits.  >:(
They pay the taxes they are supposed to pay.  The UK media are like safari park chimps over it, but Amazon Europe are NOT a UK company, so have limited their UK tax liability.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thanks to TB and NickW
« on: 23 September 2018, 16:14:32 »
For the love of all that's holy, don't tell me this NCDC has a fault....   ...and a fault I've seen before.  Your luck has to change soon, surely.


I seem to recall when I saw this before, replacing the back board in the top unit of the NCDC cured it, so if you get no joy with battery, try swapping that over.  The coding is in the front board, so no issues swapping rear board over.

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 23 September 2018, 13:55:14 »
Also fact live data still says 0v to the motor pump as well.  :-\
What does it say on a working one?  Is that the return pump? If so, that would only be activated under antilock conditions.

Oh.

I can't test a working one, unless you mean try the Omega?
I don't know what live data your reader provides, hence I was asking/suggesting if its the return pump, I suspect it would read 0 under normal conditions.


It is a different unit to the Omega ones, so the comparison is meaningless.

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Omega General Help / Re: front lower wishbones
« on: 23 September 2018, 13:52:46 »


Those particular ones are apparently not suitable for my 2003 3.2 anyway according to their "suitable vehicles" lists.

However DG and others have set me on a course now to source quality but less expensive "control arms" :y


The Lemforder wishbones from ECP are as good as any Lizzie and much cheaper again.  :y

If they're good enough for TB and Chrisgixer.....  :)
The last Lemforder ones from ECP I saw were fake.  Very, very obviously fake Chinese tat.

I would source them from a reputable supplier, if that was the route I was taking.  Obviously, I would much rather refurb my existing GM ones if they were still serviceable.  Hence, TBE is on original GMs. Granted, its on its 3rd or 4th set of rear bushes, and is poly'd at the front.

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 23 September 2018, 13:48:35 »
Also fact live data still says 0v to the motor pump as well.  :-\
What does it say on a working one?  Is that the return pump? If so, that would only be activated under antilock conditions.

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General Car Chat / Re: Zafira Tourer - Service ESP
« on: 23 September 2018, 13:47:40 »
OK, still check the connectors though.  It probably wont take long, and if its a free fix, you'll be pleased.  But sounds like you'll be swapping the part out.

Check if part replacement needs programming in, or if its simply plug and pray.  If it does need programming in, those repair services look a lot more appealing ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: Car shopping
« on: 23 September 2018, 13:45:05 »
VCDS is a big plus as well, it so easily gives all data/programming/scanning needs.
Diags would not be a deciding factor on any car I was going to buy.  TBH, you can get half decent diags equipment on virtually any brand for sub 300...  ...and for those reprogramming to accommodate new modules, that's why the dear Lord invented the 20 bung ;)

For eg, everyone here knows I have a pretty comprehensive GM diags capability. But I can't see me having another GM vehicle any time soon.

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