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General Discussion Area / Re: Big vote tomorrow.
« on: Today at 00:39:50 »
Cannot see May delivering anything that fits ď leave the EUĒ

Problem is, that means different things to different people.

May seems to have interpreted it as "stop free movement and let us make our own trade deals".

Others would probably be happy for free movement and trade to carry on as before but to bail us out of the "ever closer integration" conveyor belt towards a federal Europe.

... or somewhere in-between.

A full-on shitstorm no-deal is probably the only thing that would satisfy all leavers. Anything else and we may as well remain.  The number of people it won't satisfy is probably about the same in each case! ;D


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General Car Chat / Re: VED rate
« on: Today at 00:28:59 »
Look at LPG prices in your area, itís no way near as good as it used to be.

Petrol around here is now around 1.15/L.

LPG is still 78p  :(

Also remember you need to do at least 10k a month, before itís even worth considering.  :y

 :o

It's 69.9 at Fleet services currently.
The other station in Fleet is being refurbed. I think they may be taking out the LPG pump. That was always low 50's. :'(

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Yep, it's not going to be nearly as reliant on the fan as a V6 Omega. If it hasn't actually overheated I would concentrate on the main issue which is oil pressure.

Does the oil pressure light come on now, and under what conditions?

High revs / Low revs / Idle revs?
Hot engine / cold engine?
After a long motorway run?
After a long period of idling?
etc.

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Finished fitting all the consumables required for MOT.

THEN noticed the hole in the floorpan. :(

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General Car Chat / Re: Unfortunate choice of words...
« on: Yesterday at 09:52:38 »
Yeah, there's an advert on Amazon that has the giant hashtag above their heads and them looking at it with a look of "That doesn't look right" ..

I imagine it's a play on this from Iceland:


Which was itself probably a parody of this:


"So that's why mums go to Iceland!" :o

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 January 2019, 22:43:43 »
Replaced one of the post-cat lamdbas. PITA to get it out, but a mixture of ATF, acetone, heat and impact wrench did it in the end. :y
Blimey Kevin... You're clearly taking the whole MoT thing quite seriously  :D

EML is a fail now, IIRC, and given that the heater in the sensor was open circuit, it didn't take that long for the ECU to realise that it was shot following a reset. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 January 2019, 19:54:28 »
Replaced one of the post-cat lamdbas. PITA to get it out, but a mixture of ATF, acetone, heat and impact wrench did it in the end. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 January 2019, 16:01:16 »
Stupid German automotive "engineers" cars...

FTFY.. Jesus! Batteries fail. People jump start cars or shove a new battery in when that happens. Normal cars just work when you do that. A car that can't deal with it is not fit for purpose.  ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 19 January 2019, 15:56:33 »
I think you need to measure the oil pressure properly with a gauge.

I won't get hot enough to lose oil pressure without the coolant boiling over, at least with the modern synthetic oil it used to have in it. Who knows with dead dinosaurs? ::)

I wouldn't be surprised if the fan doesn't kick in until 100 degrees C or more, and who knows how accurate the gauge is?

It's telling you the oil pressure is low so that's what you need to check.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Hard
« on: 19 January 2019, 09:58:26 »
I had a hospital appointment this morning and cycled there. It was a bit cold, but comfortable at -4degC where the exercise keeps you warm. :y As soon as I got into the hot hospital I started sweating buckets and the pads for an ECG kept falling off. ;D Anybody that knows Frimley Park Hospital knows it's cardiac outpatients is like playing Crystal Maze to solve the problem to understand their trail of cryptic signs. :-[ :-[ Fortunalely I arrived 15 minutes early and won where I ended up in reception with 2 minutes to spare. :) 8)

Didn't have to remortgage to pay for the parking either, presumably. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Silly old duffer
« on: 18 January 2019, 13:34:25 »
Speed limits are set conservatively enough these days that anyone who doesn't end up feeling comfortable at within 10 MPH of the limit probaby needs to be on a bus, IMHO. If only for the potential to cause a lot more overtakes than is necessary.

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Omega General Help / Re: Camshaft replacement
« on: 18 January 2019, 13:31:23 »
Doctor Gollum,  how can you tell if out 180?

By checking the positions of the cam lobes at the TDC position, as described in my post above.^  ;)

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Omega General Help / Re: Camshaft replacement
« on: 18 January 2019, 12:30:38 »
I should have said, regarding the Haynes advice regarding cam lobe position, it's best to ignore it.

The TDC markings are the correct reference, and these occur when no.1 cylinder is at TDC at the end of the compression stroke. This means that on No. 1 both cam lobes should be away from the followers (but neither will be straight up!), and, on No. 4, both lobes should be partially acting on the followers (inlet opening and exhaust closing).

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Omega General Help / Re: Camshaft replacement
« on: 18 January 2019, 12:25:56 »
Firstly, make sure the crank is turned back to 90 degrees before the TDC timing mark to ensure you don't damage anything while fitting the cams.

You will need to turn them to the TDC mark and then lock them in place. Do you have the locking tool used for cam belt replacement. If not, I would get one before proceeding further.

Often there are flats on the camshafts that you can place a spanner on in order to hold them in place. The valve spring tension will act on the lobes and cause them to try to move, so maybe get an assistant to slip the locking key in while you hold the two cams in place with a pair of spanners?

If you haven't removed the sprockets, it strikes me that you won't be able to correctly reinstall the camshaft seals?

Once you have the cams locked at the TDC position, then carefully turn the crankshaft up from the 90 degree before TDC position until the TDC mark lines up, then proceed to install the cam belt as you would when changing the belt.

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Omega General Help / Re: LPG in our omega
« on: 18 January 2019, 09:46:02 »
Converted mine at about 70K, if memory serves. It's now on 230K and still sweet as a nut. I doubt it's done more than a couple of K on petrol (plus warmup time) in that period. So yes, go for it. Get a decent SGI system (many of us have used the AC Stag systems) and you can't go wrong. :y

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