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Messages - Kevin Wood

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Omega General Help / Re: HBV
« on: 31 May 2018, 09:05:41 »
I think mine currently has a Febi one installed. Been on for a year or so with no problems.

I purchased that one after stories of main dealer parts dying very early.

General Discussion Area / Re: Dead...but not!
« on: 31 May 2018, 09:03:35 »
It has also played into the hands of the Russians who claim that stories of their assassinations are all "fake news". ::)

Omega General Help / Re: Hand controls for a facelift auto
« on: 30 May 2018, 21:52:41 »
I used to service a facelift with hand controls for a forum member, and the hand controls fouled the fusebox cover. I suspect they all do that.

General Car Chat / Re: Opti LUBE ?
« on: 30 May 2018, 21:46:43 »
The required spec is Dex 3 for the Omega boxes. Dex 6 should be backward compatible but you never know if there is a material in the box it'll disagree with.

For the sump, any kind of RTV sealant should be OK, such as the back stuff (loctite 598? or the GM equivalent) we use for cam covers.

Gearbox was, according to the official service schedule "sealed for life", so I'd be surprised if a main dealer changed it unless they were being very generous.

The normal recommendation here is Fuchs Titan 4000. Many of us have used that with good results for many years.

Omega General Help / Re: Another Air Con question
« on: 30 May 2018, 13:59:57 »
The Omega has no pressure sensor anywhere in the A/C system so there is no way for this data to be presented by OBD. I think it's a red herring.

General Discussion Area / Re: How to get rid of paint!!!
« on: 30 May 2018, 10:08:55 »
Ridiculous, Kevin - somebody could have used that washbasin. Maybe on Freecycle?
It certainly doesn't inspire you to do the right thing, with that Jobsworth attitude.  >:(


I tried offering it on freecycle, as I normally try to give away things that are potentially useful. No interest. Had someone been interested on freecycle, they'd probably have wanted me to come round and fit it for them, IME. ::)

Both fans on the 2.2 run when the air conditioning is on. If anything is running with the air con off and a cold engine then it doesn't sound right.

You should have 2 coolant temperature switches - one with 3 pins and another with 2. The 2 pin one brings on both fans at slow speed (same as with air con running). The 3 pin switch brings on the engine fan at maximum speed. Depending on which symptom you have, you should be able to decide which switch is faulty (or pull the plug on them one at a time). :y

Omega General Help / Re: Another Air Con question
« on: 30 May 2018, 09:54:30 »
Either high pressure or low pressure will prevent the air conditioning compressor from engaging. I can't remember where the pressure switch is located but it rarely gives problems, and replacement would require the system to be vacuumed out and refilled anyway.

Do the front fans run at slow speed when the air con is switched on? If they do, but the compressor doesn't engage, I'd suspect a problem with the compressor clutch (you can get to the wiring to this from underneath the engine). Otherwise, assuming the fuses are OK, the most likely issue is low refrigerant but it might be worth checking if relay K60 is engaging. This is in the triangular box by the passenger side front wing. On the row of relays closest to the wing, it's the 5th relay back from the front.

If you remove this relay, take its' cover off, then re-insert it, you can watch for movement when you turn the air con on. You can also push the contacts together with the ignition on and you should see the compressor clutch engage and the fans start.

General Discussion Area / Re: Plumbing Timebomb
« on: 30 May 2018, 09:32:51 »
As said, give it 20 years and the rubber O rings will perish and you'll be in all sorts of bother, especially in a central heating system where the water can get very hot and be subject to frequent temperature fluctuations.

The same was true of the copper central heating pipes buried in the floor of my last house, mind.. built in 1970, leaking in 2010 (ok, that's 40 years.. statistical variance ;D). Of course, that could probably have been avoided if the folks that built it had lagged the pipes to stop the concrete eating them..

Yep, exactly, but the builder was long gone by then, so lagging was unnecessary. ::)

At least my current house has the central heating pipes in channels in the floor that have wooden covers, so you can get to it.

General Discussion Area / Re: Hero
« on: 30 May 2018, 09:30:04 »
I have watched that video over and over again as what a lovely, hot, and sooooo strong young man that is :-* :-* :-* :-*

He's probably available for import if he takes your fancy..  :P ;D

.. and has a fireman's uniform... if you're into that sort of thing. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: How to get rid of paint!!!
« on: 29 May 2018, 21:52:39 »
I've just put paint tins in the grey wheelie bin ..... never thought about it before  :-\

I took a washbasin to the tip a year or so ago. "Oh, that's soil and rubble. 3.50 please". ::)

Was in my building attire and had no cash on me.

Chucked it back in the car and broke it up once I got home. Chucked the bits in the wheelie bin.  :y

The harder it is to get rid of stuff, the more things will be disposed of inappropriately. It's their choice. Paint tins fit in the wheelie bin nicely. :y

Omega General Help / Re: Brakes
« on: 29 May 2018, 14:17:13 »
Before ABS, when I could actually get under a car, the general rule was to start with the wheel furthest away from the master cylinder, then the next furthest - and so on. I understand that it uses the least amount of brake fluid and effort - yes?

ABS makes no difference. You just need to watch you don't get air in the ABS unit.

Also, those with tech2, partway through bleeding, run return pump, just to get that bit of old fluid into the main system...  ...though that's probably in the realms of anal  :-[

.. unless your return pump is "regularly exercised" anyway, of course. :-X

Omega General Help / Re: Another Air Con question
« on: 29 May 2018, 14:15:58 »
I think any decent AC place will pressure test the system before filling it up?
I'd hope so, or they are breaking the law. ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: Plumbing Timebomb
« on: 29 May 2018, 14:12:36 »
As I have said before, I have never nor would never use them especially after being given advise not to do so from two professional plumbers.

I must say also I love plumbing with copper and forming the joints, so a Lego type system that can "pop" at anytime due to pressure fluctuations and age does not impress me.  The effects on  electrical earthing is another factor that puts me off.

Why give yourself a chance of collapsing ceilings and damaged walls when using push-fits when you could do everything very securely with standard copper fittings? ???

I am with you, Lizzie. :y Plumbing with copper pipe is one of those skills that is just satisfying to practice every now and then. There may not be any reason for it these days, but, a bit like driving a proper car with 3 pedals, I find it satisfying to do it well and to do so requires occasional practice. ;)

I have used plastic plumbing for convenience in the past, but only in temporary or "under the sink" situations where a leak is immediately obvious and not too damaging. I wouldn't for a minute use it on central heating systems, under floors, and anywhere inaccessible, but I've come across plenty of installations where this has been done, and by real plumbers too. 

As said, give it 20 years and the rubber O rings will perish and you'll be in all sorts of bother, especially in a central heating system where the water can get very hot and be subject to frequent temperature fluctuations.

General Discussion Area / Re: Home?
« on: 29 May 2018, 10:59:35 »
Your an Essex boy Kevin ! You kept that quiet.  ;D
Maldon's the posh bit of Essex, though. I "forgot" about the few years I spent living in Billericay. Oh, and Colchester, actually. ;)

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