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Omega General Help / Re: Rear jacking and axle stand points
« on: 21 June 2018, 14:17:49 »
With a bit of careful positioning, you can place an axle stand under the metal strap / surround of the rear diff mountings. They need to be reasonably extended though. I would always have a secondary support elsewhere, even if it is just the wheels themselves under the car on the 'chassis rails'. Don't under any circumstances place the axle stands or a jack under the diff itself as it will destroy the mountings because of the upwards force.

General Discussion Area / Re: Mini meet-Johnnydog
« on: 14 June 2018, 15:16:09 »
No sorry Rob.
The one I have is presently in a CDX without BOSE.

General Discussion Area / Re: Mini meet-Johnnydog
« on: 13 June 2018, 10:47:15 »
Cheers Phil - absolutely no problem! Glad to help.
I would rather any parts off my breakers went to fellow OOFers to help keep our cars on the road!
Thanks for the nice comments!

General Car Chat / Re: car parts connexion closed
« on: 12 June 2018, 18:24:26 »
I used to check it quite frequently against a list of part numbers I have gathered for the more commonly needed items, and because I checked it reasonably frequently, it was easy to see which new parts had been added.
Over the years I have had some excellent buys, and most garages would post parts out quite cheaply. I have still have a lot of good 'stock' to last me for the foreseeable future.
Pity it's folded.

General Car Chat / Re: Remove marks left from bird shit?
« on: 12 June 2018, 18:05:11 »
If you are feeling brave, then gentle heat applied with a hot air gun over the affected area apparently will cause the remaining laquer to soften and conceal the mark.
There are You Tube videos showing how it's done.
I would definitely try it someone else's car first (!!!) ;D ;D and get a bit of practise in. I do know of a valeter who works for a main dealer who is quite a dab hand at this.
Take a braver man than me though to try it without some practice....

General Car Chat / Re: VED
« on: 06 June 2018, 09:16:06 »
Yet, I have the odd classic car too, which are tax exempt, and now MOT exempt, which kind of makes up for it a bit...... :y

Gotta fill all that empty space in Lancashire with something, eh? :) (I have a fair bit of space here, but still don't think I'd get away with having five+ cars ;D)

One of the reasons I went for this house in the early 90's was that (besides liking it!) it had a massive back garden which wasn't overlooked, and due to a bypass about 50m away over a field at the rear, wasn't likely to be built on either.
I ended up with a decent sized garage in the back garden. It originally required planning, but in the planning stages permission was refused.
This forced me to reposition the garage in the garden so that I didn't need planning, and this then gave me a wonderful 20m area at the back of the garage in which I can store all sorts (cars, trailers, caravans etc) and also keep them out of view of the house and my wife, which reduces her criticism, shall we say, of my cars!

General Car Chat / Re: VED
« on: 06 June 2018, 01:06:49 »
I've recently renewed the tax on my other 'non Omega' car, and it was a eye watering 520..ouch...>:( >:(😢
Still, it puts a big smile on my face  ;D whenever I drive it. Oh, in case anyone's wondering, the grill has four rings on it.....
Yet, I have the odd classic car too, which are tax exempt, and now MOT exempt, which kind of makes up for it a bit...... :y

If you haven't already got sorted, I have a  front bumper in 'burgundy' red. Its currently on a 3.2 Elite saloon and will need taking off.  It has the washers and fogs. A few minor marks but no scuffs.
I'm also quite near to you.
Let me know if you are interested.

For what it's worth, I find the genuine VX front mudflaps a pain. They are made of hard plastic, so there is no give in them when they invariably contact speed humps which inturn, because they are mounted around the sill covers can cause the covers to come adrift from their clips and become loose. They also rub the paint off on the wing edges and on the sill covers.
So my advise would be not to bother unless you can find a set of moulded rubber aftermarket ones which would be much more forgiving.

General Discussion Area / Re: How to get rid of paint!!!
« on: 30 May 2018, 07:38:51 »
Unfortunately there are a lot of 'jobs worths' employed at my local tip; especially when it comes to disposing of inert waste.
It's surprising how their opinion on quantities vary depending on who you approach. Fortunately I have several waste disposal site near me, and I visit different ones depending on what I am disposing of.
Never had a problem disposing of half empty paint tins though at any site.

Omega General Help / Re: Scuttle removgal
« on: 29 May 2018, 22:23:05 »
I have never found the need for any special tool. Once the nut has been removed, some forceful downwards movement on the arm around the area where the spring is located has always worked for me.

General Car Chat / Re: Windscreen polishing
« on: 28 May 2018, 22:45:39 »
I've had a windscreen replaced by auto glass that had both auto lights and wipers with no problems. But I may have just got a competent fitter. :-\

Auto lights and wipers are a relatively simple task being a sensor (as you know) part of the mirror base and is a relatively simple job to refit as there is already the mounting fitted on a new screen for the mirror unit to basically clip on to.
It is the associated systems that need recalibrating that Autoglass cannot do and the vehicle has to go to a main dealer.

General Car Chat / Re: Windscreen polishing
« on: 28 May 2018, 18:22:05 »
Have an "accident" and ask your insurance company to replace the windscreen?


That is the other option, but as above, I've heard various tales of woe about glass fitters being unable to get auto wipers & lights to work again which often entails a trip to Mercedes, wallet in hand.

I got a crack in my Audi windscreen which was covered by my insurance. They wanted me to go to Autoglass but I insisted it went to Audi because of the lane departure warning systems on it which relate to the track of the vehicle relative to the white lines. It also has high beam assist  which rely on sensors behind the mirror housing;  all of which need recalibrating on the fitment of a new screen. Autoglass  are not able to fit the mirror housing cover correctly (on another car in the family) so I certainly didnt want them attempting anything on the Audi. My insurance agreed to Audi doing it and they footed the total bill of in excess of 1600 for the whole job including a full 4 wheel alignment and systems recalibration.
Definitely worth asking the question of your insurance re the recalibrations if you were unfortunate to get crack in the windscreen🤞

Omega General Help / Re: HBV
« on: 26 May 2018, 22:24:53 »
Last one I fitted (about 4 years ago) was a genuine Vauxhall part from my local Vauxhall dealer. Not overly expensive either. Been absolutely fine.
I always try to fit genuine Vauxhall parts unless the cost is prohibitive / extortionate.

Omega General Help / Re: New car mats
« on: 26 May 2018, 01:30:11 »
Unless you use genuine VX mats, you fight a never ending battle to keep them in place because they are not moulded to fit the floor. I don't have the securing clips on my Vauxhall front or rear rubber mats, although I do prefer the rubber mats rather than the velour type which without clips do tend slide all over the place more than the rubber. The rubber mats don't tend to move much because of the ribbing on the rear. The drivers does move forward very slightly but thecfoottest stops it going very far.
The rear rubber mats are now NLS I believe, although the fronts are still available (or they were until quite recently).

That should read sausage fingers!  ;D

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