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Messages - terry paget

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Thanks Nick, I am sure you are right. My only clues were the vendor telling me she had not had the car serviced 'for ages', and the ominous appearance of the dip stick after the oil change. Then I had never removed a sump, so I gamblsd on the car passing its MOT, and planning to do another oil change after a few hundred miles. Next time I see a black dipstick after an oil change I shall think twice.

It reminds me to change the oil on my other cars in good time too.

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The service history contains no mention of an oil change in the last 10 years. So once the oil filter got blocked, and the bypass opened, all the debris in the oil was recirculated. I did observe, and comment on this forum, that whereas after the oil and filter change on my first Astra the dip stick showed clean oil, on this Astra it did not.

I imagine it would have taken several more oil and filter changes to remove all that debris from the system. I should have changed the oil and filter again on seeing that dip stick, and again and again until the stick showed clean oil. Silly me. I shall not make that mistake again.

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What was the strainer like ? or have you not removed it yet ?

I picked up a 1.6 twinport estate today .quite a nippy ,light feeling car compared to my omega  ;D
I cannot say; I've never seen one before. Here is a pic of it.

Glad you like the 1.6 twinport. I was surprised to read in Haynes that it has variable valve timing, very high tech. I imagine it would benefit from clean oil. My son Jonny likes the sound system too.

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Here is the sump full of sludge, tilted to show how much sludge there was.
What chance had this engine to give full power; and what chance had I to foresee it?

 

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Hereis the baffle plate

and here is the sump cleaned up, showing the above mentioned details.

 

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Omega General Help / Re: What car should I buy?
« on: 17 November 2018, 18:04:02 »
I think Life is the base model (wheel trims etc) and SXi is usually the one that looks sporty but isn't (Alloys, boot spoiler, sport style seats) but otherwise standard.
Sri is the sporty one...
Which it also isn't LOL

Usually VX's SRI models have stiffer shocks, bit more Ali trim, bigger alloys, barryboys exhaust trim and if your very lucky a closer ratio gearbox (Vectra B).  ::)
The larger engine sports hatch in Sri spec had all of the above, and with the styling pack and 18" alloys looked and went with purpose.

Parkers is ok at a glance but shit on detail, especially for older cars... retail brochure leaves no ambiguity with regards to specs and options... and at 3.50, it's hardly bank breaking ;D

The retail brochure and pricelist should be part of any pre purchase research, especially if you're looking at a specific model range ;)
Agreed. Bought it.
Brochure arrived today, in mint condition. I shall study it when in the mood. As Nick says, when buying under 1000 bangers, what I look for are the price, length of MOT, MOT history, how far away, how many keys, and how it drives. If it were to be my car, specification would matter more, but for family members it is irrelevant..

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Here is the sump!

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Here is the sump. I presume the soft bit on top is the strainer.

 

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Thanks Dave. I have found 2 more screws, left hand end, in tunnels, removed them, tapped sump with hammer and off it fell.


Looks like I was using tar as a lubricant.

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I will look again. I may have dropped some screws.

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Here they are.

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'Drop the sump' sounds trivial, but it's not. Even removing the front exhaust took a while, and involved blowtorch and angle grinder. I believe I have now removed all the sump retaining screws and bolts, but the sump has not fallen off. I am only doing this to inspect the oil pickup strainer, the car is scrap.

I shall pause at this point. I need the garage for other jobs. Jonny is here this weekend, I must remove the rear wheels froim his Astra.

Here are all the screws and bolts I removed.
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I am trying to drop the sump. I have removed all the bolts and screws I can see attaching the sump to the block and the bell housing, but it did not fall off. I hve given it tentative taps with a hammer, but it stays put. Is there a trick to release it?

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Omega General Help / Re: What car should I buy?
« on: 15 November 2018, 21:47:56 »
I think Life is the base model (wheel trims etc) and SXi is usually the one that looks sporty but isn't (Alloys, boot spoiler, sport style seats) but otherwise standard.
Sri is the sporty one...
Which it also isn't LOL

Usually VX's SRI models have stiffer shocks, bit more Ali trim, bigger alloys, barryboys exhaust trim and if your very lucky a closer ratio gearbox (Vectra B).  ::)
The larger engine sports hatch in Sri spec had all of the above, and with the styling pack and 18" alloys looked and went with purpose.

Parkers is ok at a glance but shit on detail, especially for older cars... retail brochure leaves no ambiguity with regards to specs and options... and at 3.50, it's hardly bank breaking ;D

The retail brochure and pricelist should be part of any pre purchase research, especially if you're looking at a specific model range ;)
Agreed. Bought it.

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Omega General Help / Re: What car should I buy?
« on: 15 November 2018, 20:39:54 »
Only Elite appears to have cruise, the one extra that I would appreciate. Not that this car would be for me, I have my V reg Omega. This car would be for my daughter, who never used it on an Omega.

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