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Omega General Help / Re: Climate control panel, no power.
« on: 29 November 2018, 00:14:35 »
Is the blower working? I would check fuse 17 under the steering wheel (I think it's 17). Even if it looks ok, I'd swap with another of the same rating and try it.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 21 November 2018, 22:43:22 »
Changed air filter and plugs[number 6 was a bit of a challenge]dismantled exhaust system[it only went on last year and car has hardly been anywhere since then so there were no rust issues]and re-installed it with exhaust paste round the joints-in case there were any small leaks not noticed on M.o.T.] so I think it's now ready for re-test and see how it fares this time on emissions.

I have only used the red high temperature RTV silicone for sealing sliding exhaust joints. Exhaust jointing paste is horrible stuff and sets like concrete making it difficult to seperate joints at a later stage, whereas the RTV silicone makes an effective gas tight seal and easier future separation of joints if needed.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 02 November 2018, 23:03:24 »

It continues to leak a little oil. Can't see where from, but think the crank sensor seal might be the issue.  Anyone know the part number?

Possibly try 90307502. It's the only seal listed seperately from the sensor itself.

General Car Chat / Re: Midrange Omega tyres
« on: 01 November 2018, 13:28:27 »
I just buy part worn premium tyres with 6mm tread for about £50 each. Need to buy four in the next week or so.

It pays to physically check part worn tyres before being fitted. Many tyre outlets will not repair tyres that have got a screw through the shoulder near the sidewall, and fit a brand new replacement. If the damaged tyre has a reasonable amount of tread left, they can end up being sold on, having a vulcanised repair, and being sold again at used tyre outlets. Unless you specifically ask, I doubt many back street used tyre outfits show you the inside of any tyre they fit, so you would never know how many repairs the tyre has actually had until it's too late, and you have had a blow out.
I'd be very wary of part worn tyres, because you never know about unseen damage either. These days kerbs have become an everyday obstacle to be driven up by those that have no respect for their alloys, and that type of damage to the tyre structure would probably eventually only show itself at 70 mph in lane 3 of the motorway.

General Discussion Area / Re: AA v others
« on: 01 November 2018, 13:10:12 »
I've been with the RAC for as long as I've had breakdown cover - probably 15 years at least. On the few occasions any of my family have called them out they have been very good. On the last occasion, the alternator on the Omega died on the A50 whilst I was towing a trailer, and the RAC attended promptly with another battery to get me off the dual carriageway, but then left the recovery to Mansfield Recovery (who were poor) who attended on behalf of the RAC. Dispite me telling them, and no doubt the roadside RAC man would have done, that I had a trailer on the back, a young lad turned up who wasn't qualified to tow, so I had to wait for another recovery truck to arrive. Mansfield then took ages to return, and told lie after lie about initially being on their way, then about being stuck in traffic, then needing to get a different vehicle - a bit like taxi firms who say "Five minutes, mate" which turns out to be 30minutes if you're lucky. The driver that did turn up in the end was ok. When asked where the traffic problems were, he replied," Dunno mate - only just started".
But, the RAC have been good, although not all of their sub-contractors have been quite as efficient.

Omega General Help / Re: Oil sump
« on: 29 October 2018, 14:24:48 »
According to the parts lists, on all V6 models of the Omega B (2.5,2.6,3.0 and 3.2), the lower sump pan is the same part no.
Currently 91584216, but that has previously replaced 90410838, 90501404, 90529968 and 90572705.
But in answer to your question - yes.

Omega General Help / Re: Rear pass side break kine
« on: 29 October 2018, 01:01:08 »
.... Towing on a motorway incidentally, contrary to popular belief, is not illegal either. ...........
As I understand it .... a car can only be towed by a rope on a motor to the next exit .... certainly not entering a motorway on a rope.

There is nothing illegal about towing a vehicle on a motorway with a rope, whether it be to remove a stricken vehicle from the hard shoulder, or joining and travelling several junctions to tow a vehicle via the motorway to a destination, as long the tow rope is of the correct length, is marked to indicate the presence of the rope to other motorists, the stricken car is road legal, you preferably have an ON TOW sign in addition to the reg of the towing vehicle displayed, and the likelihood of your actions isn't going to cause danger to other road users.
Having said that, common sense should dictate that it IS a dangerous thing to do, as to the probable speed you would be towing at relative to the speed of other vehicles alone would make you a hazard in your own right. The likelihood of an issue if the tow rope becomes slack, or the towed vehicle runs over the rope, especially with those inexperienced in towing with a rope whether that be the tower or towee(?!?) are very high, and would be likely to land you in a lot more bother than the cost of a professional recovery, or at least the cost of a solid bar or 'A' frame which are infinitely safer, especially on a motorway.
In short, its not illegal, but certainly not recommended.
It's all common sense really, or should be.

Omega General Help / Re: Rear pass side break kine
« on: 28 October 2018, 21:07:59 »
I have not read that towing a car on the highway is illegal. If a car has no brakes, it should be the towing car.

Towing a car on a public highway is certainly not illegal. If using a tow rope, there are restrictions on the length of the tow rope, and the towed vehicle has to be able to display the appropriate rear lighting. Towing on a motorway incidentally, contrary to popular belief, is not illegal either. A person being towed by a tow rope has to have all the relavant documentation as well. A rigid bar has benefits over a tow rope, especially for those inexperienced in towing/ being towed.
I would certain not advocate any towing vehicle not to have brakes, beside the blatant offence(s) being committed, any vehicle with no brakes / a braking defect should not be mobile on a road whether it is under its own steam or not.
I can't believe some of the irresponsible suggestions that are being posted about knowingly using a vehicle with defective brakes...........

Omega General Help / Re: Rear pass side break kine
« on: 28 October 2018, 01:15:42 »
thaks get it ordered on monday. and its not dangerous to drive with no brakes and not illegal, brake failure is covered in the highway code and advanced driving, also under the equivalent to driving on ice. handbrake is the emergency braking system not just for parking up, that's why it tested as it is on an mot. and it was the break warning fluid light that's not come on. Any way parked up till fixed anyway.

Try giving your reasoning that driving with no brakes is not dangerous nor illegal to the Traffic Police Officer that attends your accident (who incidentally will be a Class 1 Advanced Driver, not one of the attendees on the few 'courses' given by the Institute of Advanced Motorists either) to scrape up your bits (or more importantly, any 3rd party that you take out with you). And then try explaining it to the enivitable Court of Law that you would without doubt be appearing in front of....
And then to your insurance company....
The reference to brake failure / driving on ice is in relation to a sudden vehicle defect causing brake failure / sudden changes in weather conditions, not the blatant disregard for your and anyone elses' safety by driving a completely dangerous and unroadworthy vehicle knowing the defect is present.
The efficiency of a vehicles handbrake always used to be 16% to pass an MOT test, and although the figures may be a little different for today's vehicles, this minimum efficiency would do very little to stop the vehicle in the event of a sudden emergency.
But then, we all know you are only trying to wind us up about your total disregard for road safety - seriously, aren't you?  :y But frighteningly, maybe you're not.....

General Car Chat / Re: How can this be
« on: 21 October 2018, 01:22:37 »
The massive increase in ANPR cameras, and  ....

it obviously isn't very effective. The 1st year Mrs B had her car, the insurance company had mistakenly entered a V instead of a U on the certificate & the rest of the documents .... I didn't notice until the next year when I used the reg number as they sent to me to get quotes elsewhere. The car had been driven the length of the country that year as well as knocking about town. It seems that nobody noticed.  :-\

I am surprised in the year whilst the incorrect reg was recorded with your insurance company, you didn't get a letter from the MID (Motor Insurance Database) regarding your 'uninsured' vehicle as it was still taxed and in use. When I put my 2.6 Elite on the road several years ago, the insurance company got one letter of the reg wrong which went unnoticied. Because it was still taxed, but in the MID's eyes wasn't insured, I got a letter basically saying ' insure it or else'. I had to get the error corrected with my insurance, who then informed the MID, and that was the end of the matter.
If the car had been SORN'D and in their eyes off the road, the letter wouldn't have been generated irrespective of whether it was insured or not.

Omega General Help / Re: Why are Omega wheels so hard to balance?
« on: 18 October 2018, 22:22:18 »
I donít think in this situation thereís much the fitter (ie me) could do. You spin it for the first time and it wants 100g on the inner and 60 on the outer. Thereís either a bad tyre or bad wheel imo

That's a lot of balance weights for one wheel...

Omega General Help / Re: Why are Omega wheels so hard to balance?
« on: 18 October 2018, 17:03:44 »
My choice of tyres for any car (budget permitting) is Michelin. I have recently fitted these on my 2.6 Elite, and they balanced up with no issues with very few weights at all. Our tyre fitter at work says anything can be balanced, but generally the better quality the tyre, the easier it is to balance with less weights.
As DG says, a lot depends on the tyre fitters experience. I have seen fitters stick weight after weight on a wheel in the hope of getting it to zero, when an experienced fitter can remove just one weight, re-position it slightly, and the wheel balance comes back at zero.
Another point many tyre fitter overlook / ignore are the tyres sidewall colour markings. Many new tyres have a red or yellow dot on the sidewall. This denotes the heavy or lightest part of the tyre (can't remember which), and this dot is supposed to be positioned adjacent to, or opposite the valve, for optimum balancing with the fewest weights.
Most balancing machines now have a laser and a weight positioning arm that ensures that the weights are positioned exactly where they are supposed to be, rather than the old 'hit and miss' method of rotating the rim to the upright position and then physically sticking the weight where the fitter thinks is the top. This works 99 times out of a 100 but, is prone to errors.
In extreme cases when there are balancing issues, the only alternative is 'forced wheel balancing'. This is not available at all tyre places. It consists of a large drum that exerts force on rotating wheel and tyre, and establishes the heaviest / lightest part of the tyre and rim. The tyre bead is broken and the tyre is rotated on the rim to the optimum position indicated by the forced balancing machine, and then balanced in the normal way.
This costs a bit more, but for problematic wheels, is a viable alternative.

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Re: Windscreen wipers
« on: 16 October 2018, 01:43:09 »
Surely no one on here pays Halfords to fit a pair of wiper blades....?
Genuine GM ones would be my choice as I can still get them quite cheaply at my friendly VX dealer. The next alternative for me is Champion, as they were identical to the GM ones, apart from the GM / Champion stamp near the mounting clip. I do believe Champion made the GM blades at one time.
I have either Champion or genuine VX on my Omegas, and both makes perform well and last. The rubber in cheap and nasty blades grate and chatter on the screen and it annoys the t?ts off me.

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Re: Windscreen wipers
« on: 15 October 2018, 13:13:59 »
Whilst you suspect the clip may be at fault, it may also just be worth checking -
a) that the arms have been positioned correctly (especially the passengers) if they've been off previously (which is almost certain). If the passenger arm is too high, it can foul the drivers arm in worst case scenarios, especially...
b) if there is wear in the linkage, which is easily checked by just lifting the drivers arm slightly and seeing there is any noticeable free play in the direction of the sweep.
c) also whether the blades are the correct length.

General Discussion Area / Re: Serek is a star
« on: 12 October 2018, 20:50:22 »
Later Omega rims being 'snowflake' alloys is my description of their appearance to differentiate them from the earlier Elite alloy. And looking at the above link ^, I know which look more like the snowflake symbol to me......

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