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General Car Chat / Re: Can someone help with diagnosis
« on: Yesterday at 12:33:34 »
Seems low mileage for wheel bearing :-\

My father had a mysterious drone in his last Vauxhall. Turned out to be the (rear) tyres.

If they are going to need replacing in the near future then wait and see whether that makes a difference. If the rear tyres are original and have lots of tread then get them swapped to the front and see if that makes a difference.
The Vectra one went at about 22k... The callipers sticking was a known issue which is ultimately what had killed the hub as all the grease had cooked off.

General Car Chat / Re: Can someone help with diagnosis
« on: Yesterday at 10:57:51 »
Thank you all. Just been to Argos to pick up a new microwave (old one works fine, but we've had it so long it's gone rusty inside  ;D) and had a chance to act like a hooligan in a near-empty car park. I reckon it's a wheel bearing.
Now...will Vx see that as a warranty item?  :-\ Doubt it.
They did my Vectra C one under warranty, took some convincing that there was an issue as by the time it got to a ramp, it was cold enough for the wheel to spin freely ::)

Got a new rear hub and two rear callipers under warranty. Network Q car used as a taxi... So there's hope :y

Could be a failed thermoswitch... Two on the radiator, one for each fan.

Live test...

Start engine, set climate to LO both sides, aircon on ie not ECO, and fan on lowest setting. Leave to idle. Once upto temp you should hear the fans kick in and then cut in/out to regulate the temperature. Gauge movement should confirm temp.

If the aircon isn't working, then all bets are off as that will affect correct fan operation  ;)

Omega General Help / Re: Driver's door lock problem
« on: Yesterday at 10:02:28 »
Thanks Doc. Car is till useable, will investigate more when time allows.
I would politely suggest sooner rather than later  ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Can someone help with diagnosis
« on: Yesterday at 10:01:20 »
Front or rear?

If rear, it could also be an indication of a binding caliper (handbrake mechanism) which eventually cooks the wheel bearing...

But yes, does sound like a wheel bearing  :y

Omega General Help / Re: Exhaust pipe bracket V6
« on: 24 August 2019, 22:44:47 »
This bracket with 2 U clamps is on all my V6 's.
Given that it only takes a couple of minutes to refit it on a new exhaust, is there any reason NOT to fit it?
It wasn't fitted to my V6 & I removed and replaced the original exhaust  ???
Possibly a facelift thing ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Engine light on
« on: 24 August 2019, 21:46:35 »
forgive me for being numb .... but how do the variable bit on the cam shafts move? What makes them move? SWMBO has a C3 with, what I believe is a BMW lump, that has some kind of variable cam that uses oil pressure to shift the cam timing .... I only know that as the solenoid that supplies the pressure leaks oil.
Here do... :y

Omega General Help / Re: Exhaust pipe bracket V6
« on: 24 August 2019, 19:49:58 »
Given how cheaply GM build their cars, it wouldn't be there if it wasn't needed... ::)

Omega General Help / Re: tyres +em light??
« on: 24 August 2019, 18:50:54 »
Idling for any length of time might throw the light on, but retry the pedal trick and expect 0420/0430  :y

Omega General Help / Re: 3.2 timing and belt tensoon
« on: 24 August 2019, 18:05:26 »
use the backplate from your cars 2 top idlers if your new one is different
setting up the belt is complex
you could just buy the DVD from the OOF webshop
do you have the timing belt locking kit ?
All of this :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Cool your car tip
« on: 24 August 2019, 11:55:25 »
Im assuming your not currently in Kerry Don ? I doubt its ever been 32 in Kerry.  :-\
Fahrenheit  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Gig/zero hour economy
« on: 24 August 2019, 11:54:41 »
Capitalism / conservatism is perfectly compatible with an outlook of being caring and decent. For a long time the left have tried to convince the world that they have ownership of these things and Capitalism is evil. In my experience in the real world, the truth is very often close to the complete opposite.
Indeed, most philanthropists are self made hard core capitalists ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: Post question
« on: 24 August 2019, 11:52:50 »

I think you lost the moral high ground when you accused him of being twisted, and then immediately compared him to Hitler.  ::) ;D
Hitler wasn't all bad , look at the Autobahns .
Built in the main by the Yanks as an efficient way of getting to Moscow should the need arise ;)

General Car Chat / Re: The best F1 car?
« on: 24 August 2019, 11:49:57 »
Hardly a surprise that he wasn't very French... Being Canadian and all ;D

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