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Messages - terry paget

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Then once new rad is fitted refill with 5 litres of concentrated coolant & then top up with water & you should be left with approx a 50-50 mix in the system .  I think this is the usual oof way of getting to the 50-50 mix  . Choice of Red or Blue  is up to you , although most on here use red I believe & some use de-ironised water  . . .I just use water from the tap  .  .always have done  ::)

Others may add further advice to this  . . .but HTH  :y

Well, the day after changing my rad I had a 400 mile round trip lo Linconshire for the RAF flypast. On the way home I got stuck in a traffic jam on the M25, bailed out and then got stuck in a Jam in Staines. Right in the middle at some lights, it blew the bottom hose off the rad, dumping all the coolant. Useless effing spring clamps, but fortunately right next to a car park. I had 5L of antifreeze in the boot, and some proper hose clamps, so after a quick trip to the local poundland for some tools, fixed the hose and tipped in the antifreeze. Nowhere near enough. So took the now empty antifreeze bottle to the nearest water source - yep - my Omega now has a 50-50 mix of pink antifreeze and Thames river water in it.  ::)
Had you checked that the fan still engaged after changing the radiator? Those spring hose clips may be devils to get off, but they work well enough. If the fan is not engaging that would cause overheating.

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Omega General Help / Re: Tick over lumpy, EGR valve?
« on: 19 July 2018, 22:22:09 »
Not quite sure why you suspect the EGR valve. On your high mileage car I would first have looked at the throttle. On a fly-by-wire car like the 2.2 you have no idle control valve, as on the 2.0 car, the throttle opening is controlled electronically by the ECU. If the throttle has carbon deposits or gummy residue on it, it may not function well at small openings. If my 2.2 had an idling problem, I would remove the throttle, inspect it, clean it and polish it. If that failed, I would next look at the breather system.

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Omega General Help / Re: Tick over lumpy, EGR valve?
« on: 19 July 2018, 13:31:09 »
The EGR valve is at the rear of the head, see my recent thread page 7 for pictures.
http://www.omegaowners.com/forum/index.php?topic=142255.90

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Are you sure it is not a leaking radiator, like I suffered recently? A small leak in the header tank will be concealed by the radiator cover plate, and if only a pinhole will leak only when hot and under pressure, and not be obvious.


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Omega General Help / Re: 3.2 fuel pump removal
« on: 14 July 2018, 12:20:15 »


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Omega General Help / Re: 3.2 fuel pump removal
« on: 14 July 2018, 12:19:08 »
I have had mine out enough times, but on reflection they have stayed in their plastin containers. Here are my 2 spare pumps, still in their plastic holders.



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Omega General Help / Re: 2.2 manual radiator leak
« on: 12 July 2018, 21:11:16 »
I might have the same problem - please could you let me know where I can get a cheap radiator for a 2000 Elite V6
thanks
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Radiator-For-Vauxhall-Omega-B-MK2-2-0-2-2-2-5-3-0-Auto-Manual-Petrol-1994-03/152935136377?fits=Car+Make%3AVauxhall%7CModel%3AOmega&hash=item239ba4fc79:g:ULsAAOSwheZan7Xr
You will find 2 or 3 on e-bay all about this price. 2 years ago Doc G recommended this to me. It fitted and worked fine, pity the head gasket was leaking. I scrapped that car but kept the radiator. I fitted it to the car in this thread.

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 12 July 2018, 16:09:54 »
To rule drop links and anti-roll bar bushings out, just detach either one drop link and see if clonk noise is still there. If it's not, you have faulty drop link(s) and/or anti-roll bar bushing(s).
Thank you; excellent tip.
And what was the clonk I was hearing?

It was the RH anti-roll bar end banging on the wishbone, when suddenly released as the loose LH drop link slipped.

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Omega General Help / Re: Bulbs
« on: 12 July 2018, 09:40:22 »
Those backlight ones, and MID ones, replace all at same time.

I sourced mine from dealer for convenience (and delivery by van that afternoon ;D), as bulbs aren't dear.
My local dealer sells them at 3 plus. online they are 2.95; that's not very cheap.
Do the Chinese LED bulbs dim properly?

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 10 July 2018, 11:19:34 »
Rejoice! Fault traced and cured.

Following Doc G's suggestion above, it occurred to me that the drop links are joined by the anti roll bar, so a loose nut on the LH drop link might cause the RH link to clonk. And so it proved. The upper nut on the LH drop link was loose, I torqued it up, road tested car, clonk gone.

My thanks to all for advice. I regard it as mean and unhelpful of the car to clonk on the right when the fault was on the left, but there you go.

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 09 July 2018, 20:42:31 »
As the car has recently passed the MOT, could you not carry on using it until you,re in a more robust state to do the job.? :-\
Yes I could, though the noise is a bit embarrassing, worrying too. The car passed MOT 78 miles ago, after a long struggle, see recent thread. Son Ben was using it, he complained of a noise and brought it to me for diagnosis and rectification. It seems unlikely that it would be a failed wishbone. The sound is more like a loose droplink, though it clearly comes from front right.

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 09 July 2018, 19:58:54 »
As others have said, that rearward bush is shot. Completely buggered.  I suspect the front isn't far behind.

Get a pry in between the wishbone and the steering knuckle, and look for play there as well.


Personally, I do subscribe to the refurbing old wishbones, based on the fact that GM ones are stupid money and everything else is utter shite, including that shite from ATP.  But each to their own.
I've been running with ATP wishbones for years, they seem good and cheap. I have already tried prying apart the steering knuckle ball joint, it seemed OK.
The noise is just like I have known before with loosely fitted drop links.

My problem is Tuesday 3 July I had a skin graft from groin to scalp to replace a patch of skin cancer. I was ordered to keep it dry and not bash it about. This makes changing a wishbone difficult and ill advised. But I have a serious car fault, which I have not yet diagnosed. Do we believe the wishbone failed joints could be the problem, having passed an MOT in the last month?

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 09 July 2018, 19:48:06 »
As others have said, that rearward bush is shot. Completely buggered.  I suspect the front isn't far behind.

Get a pry in between the wishbone and the steering knuckle, and look for play there as well.


Personally, I do subscribe to the refurbing old wishbones, based on the fact that GM ones are stupid money and everything else is utter shite, including that shite from ATP.  But each to their own.

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 09 July 2018, 19:43:53 »
If it's not that wishbone rear bush, then have you checked the anti-roll bar drop links are done up properly - the one in the photo appears to have been greased recently, and it much newer than the rest of the suspension. I'd back both top and bottom nuts off a few turns then re-tighten to the correct torque (400Nm + 180 degrees  :D ). I had one work lose on the Carlton and the banging it made sounded like the front end was about to fall off.
That sounds just like a knackered droplink. Apparently. Don't ask how I know ;D
Really? I have another spare. Do you think it is worth swopping?

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Omega General Help / Re: Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 09 July 2018, 19:42:16 »
Thanks, good suggestion. Today I checked the RH drop link, undid the nuts a couple of turns, then retightened them to 65Nm. Sadly, the clonk is still there.


How did you check the condition of the droplink balljoints without completely disconnecting at least one of them?
I removed both nuts and the drop link from the car. It had been a new one when fitted in the last 2 months. The noise is not the chattering of a failing ball joint, it is of a sudden slipping. In fact initially I overtightened it, my torque wrench was set to 105Nm for wheel nuts, when I realised this I loosened them again and retorqued to 65Nm.

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