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Omega General Help / HBV failure, plenty on e-bay
« on: Today at 17:21:54 »
This morning son Ben complained his Omega 3.2 was loosing coolant. I checked it out, and found coolant pouring out behind the gearbox. I changed the HBV, which seems to have cured the fault. Replacing  my spare, I see some on e-bay at 6.98, and more at 11.41. I recollect they used to cost more than this from Vx, more like 30. I imagine they are all from the same Chinese factory. Any comments?

Thank you gentlemen. I am much enlightened. Normally I split tapered joints with screw extractors, but access bars their use on the drop link. I have an air hammer which I have never used - must do next time.

To reassemble a tapered joint I put washers on the screw of the joint leaving a few threads exposed, then put on and tighten the nut, pulling in the taper; then remove nut and washers, replace and torque up the nut. This avoids the locking nut end turning the screw.

Changed it tonight.

5 seconds with air hammer and it was off.
You make it sound easy. Did you put a heavy hammer behind the taper? 

General Car Chat / Re: Astra 1.6 rattle on cold start
« on: 16 February 2019, 15:25:02 »
No-one has mentioned arguably the best British WW2 aircraft powered by the Merlin, the Mosquito. Designed by de Havilland as a private venture and made of wood, it turned out to be faster than the Spitfire, and much more versatile. It saw service as a night fighter, a bomber, and, equipped with a 6 pounder gun, a U-boat killer. By 1945 most of Britain's bombers were Mosquitos.

Omega General Help / Re: Drivers lock saga
« on: 15 February 2019, 16:09:52 »
I may be stupid but are your speaking about the knob that protrudes at the top of the door card with a red insert indicating door locked or unlocked.There is plenty of space for movement here.

Omega General Help / Re: y26se starter removal
« on: 15 February 2019, 11:15:01 »
hi guys meant to point out have removed one bolt and engine mount to find the bottom bracket doesnt match the pics on v6 starter removal ie doesnt have the four bolts holding it in place looks like one bolt in middle but appears to be part of body inner?have also jacked sump as in pics to clear bracket.thank for your replies
If you have removed the engine mount and bracket you are well on the way. Are you following the forum guide on changing a V6 starter? It is excellent with lots of pictures.

Omega General Help / Re: Drivers lock saga
« on: 15 February 2019, 09:11:46 »
Yes Terry that's the one and a refurbished motor fitted. Do you mean the black cover on the lever that attaches to the motor? I just cant understand why it works ok for a while and then stops working until I lift the button and then works again but not for long.
I mean the plastic piece attached to the locking rod with a plastic insert. On the Omega here it is grey, trim colour. I have found in the past it can be stiff enough in the slide to resist being pushed fully up, but if missing the rod will come up. The locking insert may be the problem.

Omega General Help / Re: Drivers lock saga
« on: 14 February 2019, 21:48:12 »
Is this the central locking failure you had recently. which you and DG overcame by a secret trick? After which you presumably replaced the solenoid and lock assembly.
Try removing the plastic cap on the driver's door locking lever. It may work then. If it does you will have located he fault.

General Car Chat / Re: Astra 1.6 rattle on cold start
« on: 13 February 2019, 22:56:32 »
Packards made the American Merlins, using Rolls Royce drawings and specifications. A speaker in Bristol told us that Packards complained that no torque wrench setting were included. RR retorted that their lads knew how tight to do up a nut, but anyhow they came with some torques and  Packard used them. It turned out later that Packard Merlins were more reliable than RR Merlins. Apocrythal? Who knows.

General Car Chat / Re: Astra 1.6 rattle on cold start
« on: 13 February 2019, 16:36:57 »
On my Morris 1100 I used to regrind my exhaust valves every year - they needed it too
That'll be down to the aforementioned Inadequate fuelling and ignition.
I reckon that explains John Haynes Jaguar V12 and COONY's Triumph 2.5PI starting on a selection of cylinders, with the rest joining in later. I wonder that the V12 Rolls Royce Merlin engines, fitted in Spifires, Mustangs, Lancaster bombers, etc., started as well as they did. Maybe having twin magnetos had something to do with it.

Omega General Help / Re: hard to start
« on: 13 February 2019, 14:19:33 »
My wife had this problem years ago on her ex-police 3.2. A change of battery cured the fault, I could not explain why.

Omega General Help / Re: y26se starter removal
« on: 12 February 2019, 17:08:28 »
The engine mounting only has one screw top and bottom. The engine mounting brackets on body and engine are attached by more. I think there are three attaching the bracket to the engine block, and that has to come off too. It's all in Haynes.

I hear John Haynes died yesterday, aged 80. Wonderful man, he made DIY car repairs posible for the average amateur mechanic. He established the Haynes car museum at Sparkford, well worth a visit. Apart from exotic cars, many of the exhibits are ordinary cars of yesteryear, including some I have owned.  I believe all the cars there actually run, and are parked over respectable oil puddles. My only grumble is that he dismantled the cars in his manuals when they were new, and the nuts etc. were not rusted solid.

He drove the modern cars too. There is a Jaguar V12 that he owned there. On a sign by it he comments he could never get the thing to start on all 12 cylinders, he had to start it on as many would fire, and hope the others joined in eventually.

Omega General Help / Re: Steering knocking
« on: 12 February 2019, 15:40:26 »
Front end clonking at low speed tight turns suggests something on the wheel (balance weight?) fouling steering or suspension; if so it will occur once each wheel revolution, so be regular.
I find brand new ATP steering links can be rotated 20 degrees, without slack in the steering.

Welcome to the Forum, Th0m4s, with your challenging thread.
I have never known an Omega ECU fail, but I had an ECU fail on a Citroen 2.5 GTI turbo2, cured with a soldering iron, and another fail on a Senator 3.0 24valve, cured by substitution. Sadly Omega ECUs are not interchangeable. Your fault does not sound like ECU to me, mine died and stayed dead.

It's worth using a torque wrench on the track rod clamp bolts, 15Nm is quite tight. If loose they can rattle or drift out of setting.

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