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General Discussion Area / Re: Woe is smileys
« on: Yesterday at 16:51:51 »
 :) ;D :o ::)
Have you tried This clicky  ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Head gasket replacement on an Astra 1.8
« on: 20 March 2019, 21:39:02 »
Nice looking vectra (tractor juice edition) life base spec  ave 50MPG  :y Bristol 112k retail

Signum DESIGN (nice spec ) clicky Bristol only 85k ,new mot some advisories though on MOT and a dent on wing

plenty of sub 1000 vauxhalls about

General Car Chat / Re: Head gasket replacement on an Astra 1.8
« on: 20 March 2019, 21:21:58 »
fat corsa  ;D or Meriva ,like you wanted to buy off a relative Clicky Bristol,17 miles 50k  MOT feb 20

or you could just sort the welding etc on the omega , what price did the garage want to do ALL the work and give you an MOT ? if 500 or less ,why not just get the work done if your happy with the omega.

Omega General Help / Re: MOT failure
« on: 20 March 2019, 20:37:52 »
This concerns a pre-facelift 2.5 V6, doesn't it?

I'm struggling a bit to understand how a hole in one of the centre boxes can affect the lambda reading, as the centre sections are downstream of the cats and the lambda sensors? How would a new exhaust fix that?
any hole in the exhaust will suck air in (venturi ) , the MOT emission machine has it's own lambda sensor (does not use the cars sensors ) so, extra air screws the reading ,results in a fail , even though the cars pre and post cat lambdas are working and adjusting the mix

plug the holes in the exhaust and lambda will return to tolerance  :y
I grow increasingly alarmed about reports on this forum of MOT failures on Omega brake pipes. I've done plenty of mile in older(ish) Carltons and Senators and never had to replace a brake pipe. That said easily repairable.

but the original steel pipe is far better/stronger , you just need to clean and protect brake pipes before taking a car for an mot ,as part of an pre MOT check over.

General Car Chat / Re: another years worth of motoring!
« on: 20 March 2019, 20:24:26 »
congratulations on the pass  :)

I've always cleaned examined and greased metal brake lines and the ferrules on the flexis ,every year during a pre MOT check .

MOT testers have a corrosion assessment tool, the screwdriver end is to scrape rust on things like brake lines to asses if the rust is serious enough to warrant a Fail .

I guess they just cover themselves with that advisory note 

General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: 20 March 2019, 07:59:23 »

General Discussion Area / Re: Now that's what you call a BBQ !!
« on: 20 March 2019, 07:57:23 »
We're all driving round in our clean, fuel efficient Omegas ,and the yanks have a big fire, and make global warning happen  :P

General Discussion Area / Re: Washing machine repair 2.0
« on: 19 March 2019, 21:17:45 »
could well be the fill solenoid leaking cheap and easy fix :y

assuming the machine has a dedicated waste  :-\
(not a shared waste with a sink ,which, if partly blocked, could backfill the machine with sink water .

Just buy the love of your life a new washing machine Varche. She deserves it rather than you buggering around with a 15 year old example!
what will Mrs Varche do the washing with  :-\

That machine is not like an Omega of that age, and is just fit for the scrappy :D :D ;)
I doubt a new machine will last 15 years  ::)

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 March 2019, 20:53:18 »
Took it for an mot and it passed surprisingly. only advisories were on the tyres which I knew need changing sooner rather than later and an oil leak from the engine and cloudy headlamps and faded rear indicators despite my putting new bulbs in.
congratulations on the pass  :y

General Car Chat / Re: Head gasket replacement on an Astra 1.8
« on: 19 March 2019, 20:51:02 »
As her brother, how will you feel if the next prang is a bus stop full of school children  ???
Being a  Christian, God might forgive her, I doubt the parents would .

get the family together and try and persuade her to stop driving .

The money saved on hiked insurance, replacing the smashed car, car tax, fuel ,repair costs etc would pay for a lot of taxi rides

Omega General Help / Re: rear brake pins
« on: 18 March 2019, 18:44:31 »
I don't think it would be hard to knock up replacement pins with stainless rod .
either turned to fit ,then mushroom over the spring to hold it,
drill both caliper holes to rod size  ,secure both ends of the rod.
are the vented discs not fitted to any other car,yank tank or BMW  :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Head gasket replacement on an Astra 1.8
« on: 18 March 2019, 09:04:32 »
To be honest Terry, it sounds like your sister would be better off hanging up the car keys and getting lifts or a taxi (surprisingly cheap transport if used wisely, I have one sometimes and i'm a tight git  ;D)
I appreciate buses are thin on the ground and a PITA
she can probably get help with tasks like shopping etc from local authority  :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Head gasket replacement on an Astra 1.8
« on: 18 March 2019, 07:35:04 »
Car eventually sold for 265, from starting bid of 160. I did not go to inspect, or bid.
the 700 one with 12 months MOT did not sell yet  :-\ very odd

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: power sounder
« on: 17 March 2019, 19:49:38 »
I think one wire is a data link to WOPR (War Operation Plan Response)
if triggered ,it launches the under bonnet nuclear warheads
burning your omega (and anything in the same postcode )to a crisp

something like that anyway  ;D
others will know more  :y
apparently it's best to remove the power sounder and post it to someone you don't like.    ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Barnsley
« on: 17 March 2019, 19:34:32 »
not used them all up as triggers for IEDs then TB :-\   :P
  ;D  :D

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