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Omega General Help / Key fob repair
« on: Yesterday at 10:53:51 »
One of the buttons on the fob has stopped working .. so needs repairing ..replacement of tiny switches beyond the ability of these fingers like pigs tits !!

Anyone know if Martin still does this, and if so, any contact details ?? I seem to have lost the link I thought I had saved !!

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General Car Chat / Re: Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 20:17:39 »
Incidentally...

http://vi.raptor.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=253426101801&category=33653&pm=1&ds=0&t=1529549587000&ver=0

Fwiw :y

US spec, not type approved for UK use... so .. if the car is imported wearing it.. fine .. but if you fit one here ... illegal...  :(

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General Car Chat / Re: Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 17:56:52 »
W212 e class estate has self levelling as standard and rated to tow 2,100 kgs

Thanks for the thought, not at all interested in manufacturers "it can tow" dream figures .... I want a towcar that ACTUALLY weighs more than what I'm towing...(kerbweight)  manufacturers cannot change the laws of physics, no matter how hard they lie.

Been there done the "it can tow" thing ... Ex military Series 2 Landrover weight around 2500 lb (stripped version for air transport) towing capacity 3.5 ton (7800lbs) .. loaded 4 wheel trailer with 10 x 24 man tents (old fashioned heavy duty canvas jobbers) and their associated poles.pegs etc... pulled it fine, bombing down the road at a steady 50 mph was no problem at all ...... but when the idiot woman with 3 kids in the car in front braked hard to turn left without signalling it all got hairy ... all 4 wheels on the Landy locked, but the inertia of the trailer just kept going .. and going ... and going (luckily in a straight line)... pushed me to within about 2mm of the idiot, how I missed her I have no idea, but it scared me rigid ... I could easily have wiped out the whole family.....

I now think seriously not about "can it pull" but "can it stop" ...... every time I tow something different to the norm.  Call me a wimp if you wish, but that's how it is , and how it will stay .. :)

Is this not down to the quality of brakes on the trailer?

I wonder if the trailer brakes on that thing actually worked at all .. they certainly didn't lock .. but 30 year old military trailers didn't get a lot of TLC in those days ... I was a young sergeant when that happened, so a fair few years back now !!  however, the memory remains implanted ..  :)

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Omega General Help / Re: My Omega has let me down
« on: 06 August 2018, 17:41:03 »
What needs to be done if there's oil on the plugs? Also what spark plugs are recommended?

Rocker cover gaskets need replacing .. standard problem if the breathers have not been properly cleaned every oil  change.    :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 17:38:45 »
W212 e class estate has self levelling as standard and rated to tow 2,100 kgs

Thanks for the thought, not at all interested in manufacturers "it can tow" dream figures .... I want a towcar that ACTUALLY weighs more than what I'm towing...(kerbweight)  manufacturers cannot change the laws of physics, no matter how hard they lie.

Been there done the "it can tow" thing ... Ex military Series 2 Landrover weight around 2500 lb (stripped version for air transport) towing capacity 3.5 ton (7800lbs) .. loaded 4 wheel trailer with 10 x 24 man tents (old fashioned heavy duty canvas jobbers) and their associated poles.pegs etc... pulled it fine, bombing down the road at a steady 50 mph was no problem at all ...... but when the idiot woman with 3 kids in the car in front braked hard to turn left without signalling it all got hairy ... all 4 wheels on the Landy locked, but the inertia of the trailer just kept going .. and going ... and going (luckily in a straight line)... pushed me to within about 2mm of the idiot, how I missed her I have no idea, but it scared me rigid ... I could easily have wiped out the whole family.....

I now think seriously not about "can it pull" but "can it stop" ...... every time I tow something different to the norm.  Call me a wimp if you wish, but that's how it is , and how it will stay .. :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 17:25:25 »
UK TOW are notorious for giving out crap information ...  :(

Lexus state that there is no towbar available for the 460, and both the Westfalia and Brink sites  .. the biggest towbar manufacturers in UK .. state no type approved bar for the LS460  :(

Yup. This is what Iíve read before on your replacement conundrum. Not thought about earlier V8 petrols? Less depreciation

Shame others resort to aggressive keyboard warrior mode.

Not rushing to replace .. she might last longer than I expect ... but the other consideration, outside the specification I'm searching for, is reasonably simple ... I'm 67 this year, and I tend to keep cars I like for some time ... this one for example I've had 10 years (purchased in 2008 at 7 years old). Once a car reaches 15 years old getting continental insurance is problematic, so my thoughts run around the idea that I might only be driving for another 13 years or so, getting a car around 3-4 years old will probably see me out, at least for continental touring.

So considering the idea of an "expensive, newish" replacement that will see me out ... Jag was high on the list until I checked the weights ... all around 1600Kgs and very few petrol ones.

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General Car Chat / Re: Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 16:59:23 »
UK TOW are notorious for giving out crap information ...  :(

Lexus state that there is no towbar available for the 460, and both the Westfalia and Brink sites  .. the biggest towbar manufacturers in UK .. state no type approved bar for the LS460  :(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Privacy glass film
« on: 06 August 2018, 16:38:40 »
Go old-fashioned .. net curtains ... let in the light and stop folks looking in .. :)

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General Car Chat / Re: Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 16:25:44 »
BMW 5/7 series or Merc E/S Class...

If you must go VAG, five year old dsg notwithstanding, then you can't rule out the 3.6 Superb.

Petrol does rather limit your choices somewhat. That said, the sort of budget you are looking at could see a Holden VE/F Calais landed, which is probably the closest thing to an actual Omega replacement on the planet... Both in 3.6 and 6.0 guises.

Cadillac CTS, STS also left field options.

Online research.... whilst drinking and using a smart phone .. seemed to show that the bmw / merc offerings are all around 1600 kgs, which means the tin-tent loaded (1690 kgs) would weigh more than the towcar .. not something I wish to aim for, hence the 1800 - 1900 kg target. Audi LPG looks unlikely as they all seem to be TFSI in petrol versions.

Holden appears a non-starter as there is no type certified towbar available.

Although not actively looking to change right now,... this is the "sort" of thing that arouses a little interest ...

https://www.sytner.co.uk/audi/car-search/8915803-1094405-audi-a8-3-0-tfsi-quattro-se-executive-4dr-tip-auto/

:)

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General Car Chat / Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 15:54:42 »
Was chatting over the weekend over the odd beer or three with similar tin-tent users, discussing what I would replace the omega with when it eventually reached the point of no repair, remembering my requirements of:

Saloon, petrol, at least 230 bhp, min weight 1900 Kgs, self levelling suspension, ability to fit a towbar, preferably the ability to LPG and still have a reasonably usable boot,  rear wheel drive (4 wheel drive considered)

and the suggestion was made that an Audi A8 would fit the specs .... now I know nowt about these  ... any one any knowledge of them regarding reliability, running costs etc etc .. ?? would be looking at something around 4-5 years old, so 2014/2015 reg

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Omega General Help / Re: Radiator fans
« on: 06 August 2018, 11:55:16 »
I printed this out from the old site :

http://oldsite.omegaowners.com//forum/YaBB.pl?num=1280081141

That's the diagram I referred to .. :)

Also here ...

http://www.omegaowners.com/forum/index.php?topic=133825.0

(Thanks to DG or finding it !!  :) )

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Omega General Help / Re: Radiator fans
« on: 05 August 2018, 22:59:49 »
Autobahnstormers used to have a really good diagnostic guide to the radiator fans, I don't want to post it up here in case I breach any copyright rules, as well as it being a tad rude to nick their stuff .. but "if" you are able to access the ABS forum ..... try there ..   :)

I have a copy if ABS will allow me to do it .. I saved it as a .jpg .. :)

Gives jumpers and tests to check every fan under every condition



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Omega General Help / Re: Rear disc replacement
« on: 02 August 2018, 21:33:23 »
Did mine the other week, three of them went in like a dream, 30 seconds each max .. the fourth one ???  Well after an hours swearing at it I was stopped by Mrs E for lunch, went back after lunch .. and the sodding thing went straight in first time !!! Not a job I enjoyed doing at all  :(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Network help needed :(
« on: 01 August 2018, 19:07:35 »
Best practice from day 1 of Workgroup networking has always been sharing at the folder level, not the drive level.  The drive roots have unique permissions that can cause issues if you break around with them.

But sorted now, and hopefully you've removed all trace of that bad abortion called Homegroup. What were MS smoking when they came up with that stupid idea. Workgroups work so much better (and securely if done right).


Be aware, though, much malware knows home users are thick (run with admin rights, have poorly set up networking, disable UAC, leaves SMB1 and SMB2 enabled, poorly patched etc) so you will be prime candidate to corrupt the lot...   ...and there is an awful lot of share seeking virii/malware.

So keep the shares secured, absolutely definitely completely do not run as an admin user ever, and do not lower the UAC level.  If you choose to ignore any of these, shoot yourself in front of your family ;)

That's the only bit not done ... as I don't know owt about SMB let alone the difference between 1 and 2 !!  Hints would be helpful !!  :)

Thanks for the input though .. you have probably forgotten more about networking than I ever knew  :)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Network help needed :(
« on: 01 August 2018, 18:07:06 »
That's what I've been trying to do !!! and until now, with very little success, however ........   :)

Found on one web site a tiny comment about MS networking not allowing root access to discs ... so tried something ...   I have multiple discs in my system, only one of which has any operating system files on it .. the rest are pure data: music, photos, films, documents and some backups ..

So my disk D which only contains music .. instead of sharing the whole drive, I make a new folder labelled "Drive D" and copy everything into it, then share that folder ... and suddenly it works .. network access in both directions, do the same for ALL the drives on all 3 devices ..ie .. make a pseudo drive in a folder for what I want to share, and it all works as it used to ... all 3 devices see all shares ... just like a network should !!

It would appear that 1803 simply stops root access to a disk, but doesn't tell you ... :(

Thank you MS .... really grateful I've wasted so many hours, and have now got a cluttered, complicated folder setup simply to make you happy... :(
If that works for you thats great,   :) just make sure (depending how you've set up sharing the Folder) that you have not left yourself open on any device that logs into another Network away from yours, ie, Work WiFi or Cafe HotSpot.  ;)

Network set up as "Private" only .. share permissions for User (me) only .. :)

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