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Omega General Help / Re: 2002 - 3.2 Elite Saloon Towing Help?
« on: 12 January 2018, 09:16:45 »
Yep, and the coolers as standard are a decent size. The gearbox will be in TC lockup for most cruising, even when towing, so heat into the fluid is still pretty minimal. It's negotiating climbs with extra load that will tend to heat it up.

One of my regular towing assignments is to tow a 100' trailer tower weighing about 1600 kg to the top of a hill in Ashford for a radio contest. The roads up are all little lanes so no chance of reaching lockup speed. I just tend to leave it idling for a few minutes once I reach the top to let the fluid cool down. I must take the tech 2 next time and see how hot the fluid gets.

I believe the gearbox ECU enables lockup in the lower gears, where it wouldn't normally, if the fluid temperature gets too high. I've never noticed mine doing this, however.

General Car Chat / Re: Corsa C - Steering Lock wont engage
« on: 12 January 2018, 00:09:13 »
It's certainly a construction and use requirement that there's some form of immobiliser. It doesn't necessarily have to be a steering lock.

But the wording of the MOT manual suggests that if it was originally fitted, it has to work. :-\

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 11 January 2018, 22:39:12 »
Sounds good to me. :y

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 11 January 2018, 20:19:42 »
CBA quickly sets in ;D
Which results in lunchtime pub trip, and even a curry evening...

...rarely productive, but hugely enjoyable ;D

Speaking of which..... ::)

General Car Chat / Re: BMW ABS ECU Goosed!
« on: 11 January 2018, 10:48:37 »
Are BMW brakes more difficult to work on? Disc brakes and pads generally are so simple, they are difficult to f**k up for even the lamest numpty. I blessed the day when drum brakes disappeared on my cars. :y

Agreed. But you know what they say about making something idiot-proof? ;)

Had a flashback to drum brakes recently when I had to overhaul my handbrake. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Smart meters
« on: 11 January 2018, 10:06:40 »
I am waiting in for a delivery so had a look for my dads "lost" SSE smart meter. predictably there is a smart box wired into the meter that wasn't there last time I was here.

I found the thing he was referring to. It is a plug in to a wall 13 amp socket device that gives you usage info. e.g. how much you have spent since midnight . One thing I noticed was it made me go and look for lights that could be turned off!   ;D

That sounds more like a stand-alone energy monitor. They have a current transformer that clips round one of the meter tails (and thus they can only measure current, so are wildly inaccurate). A smart meter would just be a different type of meter, with no additional boxes connected.

General Car Chat / Re: Troublesome Volvo V50 Tractor
« on: 10 January 2018, 23:44:51 »
The car is a 55 plate and I have borrowed a VIDA / DICE setup. :y

Omega General Help / Re: 2002 - 3.2 Elite Saloon Towing Help?
« on: 10 January 2018, 23:43:46 »
A 3.2 tows 1500-1600 Kg quite happily. No problems there. :y

Probably worth changing the auto gearbox fluid and filter if it hasn't been done recently. You'll be working the gearbox quite hard and they are all getting on a bit now.

General Car Chat / Re: Lidl Battery Charger, this Thursday.
« on: 10 January 2018, 18:01:48 »
Maybe I was impatient, but I've tried to charge a flat battery several times, and nada.

General Car Chat / Re: BMW ABS ECU Goosed!
« on: 10 January 2018, 18:00:36 »
You know that BMW stands for Budget Much Wonga?

I thought it meant something else.....along the lines of a coloured guys plonker  ;)
Are we allowed to say that now?  :-\ ;)

I've got another one if you're worried. It's still a bit rude, though (obviously). ;)

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 10 January 2018, 17:59:13 »
Got another year's MOT on it.

One advisory. Clearing the EML didn't last the duration of the test this year, as one of my post-cat lambda sensors now has a heater issue.  ::)

Like me, the tester clearly hasn't yet dared to look under the sill covers. ;)

Looking and checking is expensive, rather regret testing my sills as now need to get it fixed before my MOT.  :(

Well, they needed doing anyway, so nothing lost.

I just wasn't relishing the prospect of dealing with mine now, when it's ruddy cold, especially if the Westfield has to come out of hibernation. :o Will have a look when the weather improves a bit.

General Car Chat / Re: Car sales.... Not
« on: 10 January 2018, 17:55:26 »
As I was passing I popped into the local Land Rover dealership to have a quick looky see at the new Discovery 5.  8)  It's a beast and I was surprised to find that it's bigger than a full fat Rangie!  :o  The 4 pot 2 litre dumper truck engine produces a similar power to the D4's 3 litre TDV6, but most importantly these days with lower emissions!  :y  It makes my D3 look very old fashioned, but I wouldn't want to park it in my local Tescos, so I'd have to pop into the Mini dealership for a Tesco's car with the change from the D5 on the way home!  :)

The salesmen and receptionists were all very friendly, answered my questions and let me wander around and get in and poke  all the models in the showroom.  When I explained that I was just browsing they took me at my word that I didn't have 70,000 burning a hole in my pocket and pretty much left me alone, especially when I told one guy that I have a D3!  ;D 

Compare that to a Chevy dealership I visited in Houston a few years ago, hoping to blag a test drive in a Chevy Silverado.  :)  Despite me explaining that I was on holiday and just having a look, the sales guy wouldn't let me go and clearly didn't believe me!  All buyers are liars as the old saying goes!  ;)  Didn't get my test drive though...  :(

Full sex?

That is jolly decent of both the dealership and the girls. :)

This is the sort of thing you have to cope with when you pull up in a Marina TCoupe, clearly. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: BMW ABS ECU Goosed!
« on: 10 January 2018, 17:54:07 »
Hi guys,a little off topic.But a friend of mine took his bmw to the dealers in Newcastle.They did a diagnostic test as he was getting a low brake pad warning.They said he needs a new disc and pads on one side,580 is that correct sounds a bit over the top to me.Dean :o


Run. Just run.

Omega General Help / Re: 2002 - 3.2 Elite Saloon Towing Help?
« on: 10 January 2018, 16:32:19 »
Simple answer:

The 4075 is the maximum train weight, so your towing combination must weigh less than this. 2200 is the Max. laden weight of the Omega, so worst case, you can subtract 2200 from 4075 and you end up at roughly 1875

An empty Omega weighs about 1750 - 1850 kg, so if lightly loaded you might get away with a little more, but it would generally be unwise to tow more than the car itself weighs. Not sure about caravans but most twin axle trailers are plated for more load than the Omega can tow, so if a caravan has to be twin axle, it's probably marginal or overweight.

I'm not sure if an official max towing weight was published in the Omega's specifications, but the above will keep you legal at least.

There are also license limits as to what you can tow. These would be significant if you have passed your test since around the mid-90's and don't have the B+E entitlement on your license.

Anything above 750 kg needs to be braked.

General Car Chat / Re: Lidl Battery Charger, this Thursday.
« on: 10 January 2018, 16:19:33 »
These are not bad for the money, but not great for all uses.

There's no issue at all with charging on the car with these.

As said, they attempt to automatically detect 6V or 12V batteries, so a battery that is significantly below its nominal voltage it won't touch.

It also terminates the charge if the voltage goes over a certain voltage, so it's no use for reviving suplhated batteries that have been neglected.

I am not sure if they enter a maintenance mode once the battery is charged, and they certainly don't remain in such a state if the mains fails, so not much use for looking after your bike / kit car battery throughout the winter. They are OK for cyclic charging of lead acid batteries, though.

If looking for a maintenance charger, you'd be better off with a C-tek, IMHO.

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