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General Car Chat / Corsa C new key/chip?
« on: 27 January 2019, 23:12:01 »
Hello chaps

My sister has gone and got herself a first car, Corsa C 1.0 12v. Seems a decent one, very low mileage, few niggles, but good for a 15 year old car.

Key started to get a little troublesome, the spare works perfectly. So... whats involved in getting a new key coded? I'd assume it's the same basic setup as a MFL/FL Omega. The physical key works fine, buttons etc, it's just the chip which clearly isn't talking to the immobiliser 100% reliably all the time.

So whats her options of getting a new key coded, anyone fancy the job / recommend anyone?

It's that time of year again - potato-sized stone decided to smash a chunk out of my 3-yr old screen 'tother day.

Having had about enough for one lifetime of Autoglass and their levels of service, anyone got any recommendations for alternative routes for a repair (hopefully it will be just a repair not a replace)

Ta in advance  :y

General Car Chat / Courtenay Omega spotted - xxxx LOZ Coventry
« on: 07 January 2019, 10:53:06 »
Just walking home from work and spotted a very clean Courtenay badged FL Omega (in rare Star Silver) in the Polski car wash. Looked like Irmscher tailpipes, but split and mounted widely spaced, symmetrically on the car, for a nice look. 5 spoke Elite/MV6 wheels.

Sadly no chance to get a pic anyone know of it?

General Car Chat / Tracing your car's history...
« on: 24 November 2018, 22:15:41 »
Just wondered if anyone's had any experience on tracing their car's history - specifically the original Dealer which it was sold from? I have no paperwork dating that far back, only some from when she was a rep's car in her first year on the road, but nothing with an address on.

'OH' reg is Birmingham, so unfortunately I have maybe about half a dozen dealers to choose from (many of which I suspect have since closed/merged etc)

Any thoughts? Bit of an odd one, I know  :)

Well, nearly home and the old girl overheats close to 100oC after careful driving and parking up, I discover that the main fan ain't on, as it normally would be after shutting engine down - which seems pretty conclusive.

Coolant temp sensor new, some pipes changed, not lost any coolant, radiator less than a year old, HBV genuine and low mileage, all the usual suspects are 'fine', it has to be the fan, surely.

So, given Miss DBG isn't very keen on driving the car without a fan - has anyone got one? Obviously a couple of days time I can have from from ebay/similar, but we're ideally wanting something even quicker!

Can OOF help??  :'(

Omega General Help / o2 Sensors - is this ok?
« on: 12 October 2018, 23:12:06 »
So digging around various parts sites I notice your PFL V6 o2 sensor p/n is 90509169, which corresponds to Bosch p/n 0258003447

However, theres also listed an o2 sensor which fits Vectra, Sintra and Calibra 2.5 V6s (Bosch p/n 0258003765, Vx p/n 855338 , 90541930 , 90570582)....anyone have any good reason why they shouldn't be interchangeable? I mean they're literally the same engine. All 3 wire, same multiplug by the looks of it.

EPC doesn't seem to have any cross-pollination, but my usual example is HT leads - Vectra B ones are a totally different p/n but they do fit, even though 'computer says no.'  :-\

Anyone got any thoughts?!  :y

So, before i go ripping my knackered old cats off and replace them, i would like a spare 'just in case' I manage to snap/destroy the original sensor, or indeed I cant get the bleeder out!

I know they aren't the earth for brand new ones... at the same time if my original is working fine I see no need to throw it in the bin for the sake of it, nor waste money on a branny which will then lay 'on the shelf' forever and a day  :y

Hoping a known good 'uns kicking about somewhere. Thanks in advance.  :y

Omega General Help / Headlamp-on Dingalingaling - what/where!?
« on: 17 September 2018, 18:05:58 »
Looking for the relay that controls the lights-on warning tiddly. I've been over the forum for a while now I think it's behind the glovebox, just looking for a location and part number.

Mine's becoming more and more erratic, and for someone as forgetful as me a headlamps-on warning device is a very useful thing.

Extra: I seem to recall that FLs have a buzzer, whereas mine and other older stuff like Cavs have a dingalingaling noise. So for originality/pedant's sake, looking for that early type. 

Thanks in advance  :y

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / WTD: V6 Cats - non-DBW ones.
« on: 17 September 2018, 16:32:06 »
As above. I'm just seeing what's out there.

Need to be earlier, as per title - to the best of my knowledge later 2.6/3.2 cars' cat sections aren't desirable.

Just the OS needed, though of course if offered only as a pair I'd happily take both. Ideally i'm after ones from a low-mileage car. Can travel to pick up, rather than trusting Postman Pat with these fragile items. 

And cheap as poss, please

Also the shirt off your back while I'm at it  ;D :D :D

Thanks all in advance.

General Car Chat / ABS Significant anniversary year...or not?
« on: 29 June 2018, 22:47:26 »
More, perhaps a specific question for anyone involved in Club business for the Autobahnstormers, really... just been looking on the Harborough VBOA this year an we have, being celebrated....

50th anniversary of the Viva GT
40th anniversary of the Chevette HS
35th anniversary of the Vauxhall Nova
30th anniversary of the Cavalier Mk3
25th anniversary of the Corsa
20th anniversary of the Astra G
20th anniversary of the Vectra GSi
10th anniversary of the Insignia

Surely something will be on the ABS stand for the rather important anniversary of 40th anniversary of the 'V-Cars' Carlton / Viceroy / Royale / Commodore / Rekord / Senator / Monza?
I been sort of looking forward to a big play to be made of this in 2018; and let's be honest its effectively the founding vehicles of the club, so pretty important, really! Can anyone answer this? Bit surprised I've not seen anything yet, is all.  :)

General Car Chat / Tech 2 at VBOA?
« on: 15 June 2018, 17:39:50 »
It's something I tend to have at the back of my mind every year, but never really make enough of an effort to try and sort something.

Is there anyone going to the VBOA this year who has Tech 2 abilities, that would like to do a tweak or two for me? I would like some plips coding to my car. Monetary reward would of course be included.

I'm sure no-one would want to turn their weekend break into a 'working holiday' as such, but if one or more of us wanted some Tech 2-ing doing whoever did it would quite possibly end up in the black, for literally minutes work. I did something similar once doing sketches of people's cars for a few hours one year and ended up paying for the entry fee and petrol money with the proceeds.  8)

Anyone fancy it?

General Car Chat / late 80s 'unobtanium' Bonnet Griffin
« on: 10 June 2018, 00:24:15 »
On the heebay....

no connection with this, but may be on interest to some LC/LO Owners, or someone in the ABS? Cant get these for love nor money, apparently. Not mint, but also starting bid of 1p so it's not even out of my price range...  :D

General Car Chat / Little Milestone...
« on: 09 June 2018, 22:12:30 »
Just thought I'd share this...

200,000 miles, been a long time coming - and she turns 22 years old end of the month too!

Bosch part number 0580453976 if that helps, far as I'm aware the 4 pots use a different p/n (well the Omega fuel pump I had as a spare certainly ain't the same, sadly!)

They seem to be what I'd call crazy prices new, but if anyone's got one they can sell me for cheap give me a shout.

Would consider a used one, but would really need to be from a low mileage example, plenty of used ones out there with starship mileage on them, which seems a false economy.

Thanks very much in advance if anyone's got one! (or can offer an alternative - Y26/32 engines may be different but compatible?)


Omega General Help / Earth Wire - where?
« on: 03 March 2018, 22:35:35 »
OK, further to my other thread where I'm trying to pinpoint a potential battery issue, I've discovered there's apparently a whole wire missing! It appears this should run from under the air con pump the the earth point under the battery tray, however I've just had a kind OOFer send me some images of his scrap motor and I can't see this. Am I wrong, or is there just a wire missing on his pics?

As my earth strap is missing, I don't actually know what it looks like, does anyone happen to have a handy pic?

As a side issue, could someone explain the technical function of this strap, please? I find it odd the car's been running (apparently) fine for maybe years without.

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