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General Car Chat / Re: How stable is your Omega in the rain
« on: Yesterday at 18:18:08 »
I do them in the street, with the front wheels sat on another pair of wheels(4.5" wide Austin 1300 ones). That gives me just enough room to lie under the car while a helper adjusts the camber with a jack handle in the top of the wheel. Measurement is done with a bevel gauge on my wheel adapter. A couple of minutes per side. I do this after checking that the tracking is as straight as possible to ensure that when the car is properly aligned the camber shouldn't need adjusting.

It really isn't difficult :y

General Car Chat / Re: How stable is your Omega in the rain
« on: Yesterday at 17:46:09 »
Ok thanks mate 👍 it is a ball ache though 😬😬😬

Really??? How are you doing it?

Replaced the leaking rear caliper on my sister's Hyundai: 35minutes including putting the tools away. It makes all the difference being able to adjust the handbrake cable with a spanner inside the car through the centre console.

Sealey AK7302 is good: about £30, 1/2" drive, 750mm long with a replaceable knuckle. Which I've just done on mine as I broke the square off trying to undo the Metro hubnut - the first time it's ever failed to undo anything, including the V6 crankbolt which had the breaker bar bow shaped before the bolt loosened.

I also have a Snap On 600mm 1/2" drive ratchet which is excellent as you would expect for over £200. I used it so much that it had to have the ratchet replaced. I have suggested Sealey's equivalent many times over an impact wrench

I've had a compressor for a while ,about the same size as aldi item
I love just being able to pump up a tyre in seconds rather than spending 5 mins watching a crappy cig lighter pump dance about the floor screaming .
It also gives the ability to spray paint, shutlz ,raptor,chain oil, fence stain
Just picked up a windy gun from lidl for £20 in a blow moulded case ,with sockets etc .
I think aldi have one for £15  :o ok it may not last it's 3 year warranty period ,but if it removes a few nuts that have been done stupid tight by a trained professional wheel fitter or the likes, £15 or £20 is peanuts 
battery tools have come along way , i'm still glad i have a compressor

Those 1/2" guns working off a small compressor are less effective than a medium length breaker bar. Not to mention taking a lot longer to do the job in a really noisy way. The only thing I now use a compressor for is spraying; grinders, drills, sanders etc are much better when electric. I have a cordless impact wrench, but use it to save effort on large bolts(suspension for example) rather than actually loosening them.

General Car Chat / Re: Did I spot TBs big black .. Jaguar?
« on: Yesterday at 12:11:19 »
Going up the M1 last night, around the MK area. Personal plate of some form..

.. but then I thought "Nah, can't be. It's only doing 70 and it's in the middle lane." ;) ;D
I'm sure once I get around to my 3.5hrs of being patronised, I'll be a reformed character, and drive at 50....

You could listen and maybe learn something. Even if it's a better understanding of why some drivers are so bad at it. Over a third of the attenders of the course I did were advised that they should have an eye test from a quick look at the test chart. A third!!! There were several people who correctly identified fewer than 15 out of 40 roadsigns. The reaction-time test was an eye opener terrifying.

Omega General Help / Re: Rear wheel bearings?
« on: 20 October 2018, 22:50:24 »
Tools that I used / couldn't have done without which I don't think most people have in their tool set are

3/4" socket set to undo the drive flange nut (a long 1/2" breaker bar might have worked but I don't like the amount of spring in a 1/2" bar)

If I had an extra long tri-square XZN spline bit I would have been able to remove two of the brake backplate bolts  and then use my bearing puller /separator set to press the axle out of the suspension arm (or I could have spent a couple of hours digging out the welder and finding suitable bits of scrap metal to make a copy of NickW's tool).

I've done five now, and none of them have been tight to undo. Torquing them is right at the end of my wrench's limit, but  access is the problem due to the back-to-front design of the hub. If GM had used a normal bolt through CV joint, instead of one attached to the driveshaft, no special tools would have been necessary.

Omega General Help / Re: My neighbour's wheel nuts
« on: 20 October 2018, 18:56:58 »
We use “Dynomec” kit. Brass bits u hammer in to the shape of the locker and bar them off. Works well but the brass bits are pricey. Other than that weld big blob on to the locker and Irwin stud removers to grip on to the weld and spin off

Don't bother with the stud removers but knock a large nut onto the blob of weld, weld the two together then undo with normal handtools.

Omega General Help / Re: My neighbour's wheel nuts
« on: 20 October 2018, 13:09:28 »
I can only suggest something like these A local ATS used similar a few years back to remove mine after a Kwik Fit Fitter buggered my key up.

a set of two probably won't be enough. More comprehensive sets are available for not much more, and improve your chances of success.

That type of remover will never work on nuts with a loose collar until you've chiseled it off. Remove and replace all four nuts while you're at it. I would only ever use standard, not locking nuts.

Omega General Help / Re: No heating/ tepid
« on: 20 October 2018, 12:23:14 »
I was averaging 24mpg from my 3.0l estate on an urban commute. That dropped noticeably when the thermostat failed.

You've already replaced the heater's components that cause your lack of cabin heat.

The thermostat is a £15 part(although there are other small costs) and is an acceptable failure at the age/mileage of these cars.

The heater matrix relies on coolant circulated by the engine-driven water pump. The electric pumps are for auxiliary functions, like providing heat when the engine isn't running. Which is a nice idea, but not particularly useful.

Omega General Help / Re: No heating/ tepid
« on: 20 October 2018, 11:21:56 »
Engine temperature is a bit low, and does it reach that in about a mile's driving?

How is the fuel economy?

These are suggestive of a faulty thermostat.

But you also need to check your vacuum pipes.

General Discussion Area / Re: kleenex tissues
« on: 20 October 2018, 11:06:54 »
kieenex are having to stop selling tissues that are advertised as " man size " as they are deemed to be sexist.  ???

Is this for real or is it April 1st? :-\

It's because they're going to increase the price of existing sizes to what they charge for large tissues, and introduce a slightly cheaper range of small ones. Sometime in the next 18months.

I dare you to accuse me of being cynical.

Wouldn't  we be better off long term with hydrogen fuel cell rather than electric cars ...............which have been about since the end of the Victorian era?

Fortunately Brexit is running smoothly so we may not even notice the transition. ::) ::)

you need to research how hydrogen is separated into a usable fuel. Just like electricity and fossil fuel, there is a massive infrastructure that the end user doesn't see. And doesn't currently exist. The overall energy use isn't any better than those two either.

Arguing about which fuel that we actually use to power our stuff is a minor issue that diverts attention away from the real problem: we use far too much energy from irreplaceable sources both extravagantly and unnecessarily. No politician is ever going to say that unless a bigger disaster makes it obvious. I hope that's at least 30 years in the future so I don't live to see it.

Omega General Help / Re: Rear wheel bearings?
« on: 20 October 2018, 08:50:38 »
With some basic tooling, rear wheel bearings are a simple job. £30 part and 2 hours in the street for your first one.
You are too modest. Your idea of basic tooling goes a bit beyond the norm.

2 minutes snotting three pieces of scrap together on the car and a £30 generic bearing puller set? I'm a mechanic, NOT a technician

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