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Omega General Help / Battery replacement
« on: 20 January 2019, 19:28:11 »
The six year old vauxhall battery in the beast (3.2 saloon) is telling me it's had enough ...  if I start the car every day it just about copes ... if I leave it 72 hours then a boost pack is needed :( ... even when "flat" - 12.1 volts offload - it thinks it is fully recharged - 12.7 volts offload - in less than 3 hours on a 4 amp charger ... which is mathematically impossible.

It was 76.00 (+ VAT) ... but reduced to 49.99 (VAT) on trade club ....  so not done too badly ..  :)

So, where is the best place, at the moment, to purchase a battery for a 2001 3.2 saloon, and why, oh why, does every battery manufacturer now use a different product code !! you can't even search google easily  as there appears to be no single reference number .. :(

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General Discussion Area / Almost beyond belief ...
« on: 08 January 2019, 17:19:39 »
.....  But I guess there is no accounting for total stupidity ... near the top of TB's cull list ?? 

:)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-46795396

:)

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General Discussion Area / Some good news amongst the bad ....
« on: 17 December 2018, 13:42:31 »
Bloodhound project looks like it might be saved ..  :y :y

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-46591860

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General Car Chat / This could have got "interesting" ......
« on: 12 November 2018, 20:20:48 »
We've been in Londoninium over the weekend with the tin tent, left there this morning to come home, putting things away and hitching up was pretty damp inducing, both Mrs E and I got cold and wet .....  so as she does she puts on the seat heater to warm herself up ..........  :)

We are on the M25, I'm doing 60 mph (max whilst towing) nice and comfortable in lane 3 of the 4 lanes, overtaking  a posse of HGVs who appear to have speed differentials of 0.05 mph and continually overtake each other, when a smell of burning starts .....   followed by a loud expletive from Mrs E as she leans forward away from the backrest ... I glance down and smoke is starting to drift from the area of the small of her back !!!! ...   :(

Switch off the heated seat PDQ, and accelerate a tad to clear the HGVs, but being aware of doing anything daft with 1600Kgs of tin tent on the back, get clear of the outer truck and move into lane 2 ....  still 2 trucks to get past ... smell is not getting worse .... smoke appears to have stopped, but the seat back still feels VERY hot .. Mrs E is perched on the front edge of the seat by now .....   so I continue past the last two trucks and into lane 1 .. trying to decide if I need to stop on the hard shoulder (the most dangerous part of any motorway) ... but we continue as things are not getting worse ........

Eventually get to the next services and pull in to have a proper look ... there is a nice 50p sized scorch/burn mark, although the leather is not quite punctured, right on one of the seams where the small of her back would have been... so I think that seat heater is FUBAR... I'll work out how to isolate it tomorrow

Alls well that ends well ......  but .... if it hadn't of "gone out" so quickly...  or it had ignited fully / faster ... it would have been very tricky getting somewhere safe to evacuate .... especially as there was 60 litres of LPG in the boot at that moment ....   :(

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Omega General Help / Oil sump
« on: 29 October 2018, 14:03:40 »
Are the oil sumps the same on all V6 models ??? I've found this one on the bay of fleas but want to ensure it fits the 3.2 V6     :)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-OMEGA-V6-MODELS-ENGINE-SUMP-IN-GOOD-USED-CONDITION/332832510348?hash=item4d7e5d118c:g:SaAAAOSw-btaoq31

Nige

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Omega General Help / Key fob repair
« on: 17 August 2018, 10:53:51 »
One of the buttons on the fob has stopped working .. so needs repairing ..replacement of tiny switches beyond the ability of these fingers like pigs tits !!

Anyone know if Martin still does this, and if so, any contact details ?? I seem to have lost the link I thought I had saved !!

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General Car Chat / Audi A8
« on: 06 August 2018, 15:54:42 »
Was chatting over the weekend over the odd beer or three with similar tin-tent users, discussing what I would replace the omega with when it eventually reached the point of no repair, remembering my requirements of:

Saloon, petrol, at least 230 bhp, min weight 1900 Kgs, self levelling suspension, ability to fit a towbar, preferably the ability to LPG and still have a reasonably usable boot,  rear wheel drive (4 wheel drive considered)

and the suggestion was made that an Audi A8 would fit the specs .... now I know nowt about these  ... any one any knowledge of them regarding reliability, running costs etc etc .. ?? would be looking at something around 4-5 years old, so 2014/2015 reg

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General Discussion Area / Network help needed :(
« on: 25 July 2018, 23:05:03 »
Despite numerous searches and various "fixes" the problem still exists and I'm stumped :( Wondering if anyone else has or knows of a solution.

Problem is easy to explain .... windows 10 on all devices, before the last upgrade (1803) my simple WIRELESS network of 1 desktop PC (with printer attached), 1 tablet and 1 laptop all worked well as a "Homegroup" shared the relevant files and printer, and worked as it should.

All 3 devices have now "upgraded" to 1803 and I cannot get the network to function as it should, and did previously, as "homegroup" no longer exists ... :(

What it does is relatively simple ...  the first device switched on, regardless of which it is, will "see" both the other two quite happily once they boot up, and share files with them as it should .... but the other two will only "see" themselves on the network, and nothing else.

This is a pain as if the main PC is on first, as it usually is, then documents cannot be "sent" to the printer from tablet/laptop as the main PC is not visible, but they can be printed from the main PC as they are visible on the tablet/laptop ...

So "network" is no longer a "network" but is "hub and spoke" with the first device as the "hub" ..... :(

Don't know if anyone can shed light on causes ??

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General Car Chat / Loctite
« on: 25 June 2018, 20:23:15 »
The bottle of locktite that, as if by magic, left the air force at exactly the same time that I did has finally run out :(

It was the 648 variant, and I just wondered if the knowledgeable folk on the forum would recommend another bottle of 648 or is some other variant considered better ?? It is used 99% of the time as a thread locking agent on bolts, and occasionally as a "backup" on self tappers.

Any thoughts gratefully appreciated   :y :y

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General Discussion Area / Driving in France.....
« on: 23 June 2018, 20:27:56 »
Anyone intending to travel to France is reminded that from the 1st July 2018 the speed limit on most A & B roads will be reduced from 90 km/hr (56mph) to 80 km/hr (50 mph)

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/driving-abroad/speed-limits-in-france/

Also, the "Crit'Air" emissions system has been extended to cover 8 cities, not just the previous 3, and more are expected to follow. Failure to display the "vignette" can lead to large "on-the-spot" fines.

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/law-change-for-uk-drivers-in-french-cities/

:)


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Omega General Help / Hand brake woes ... :(
« on: 21 June 2018, 21:55:58 »
Hand brake has been playing up recently in that it has been reluctant to fully release, such that as you drive away a "rubbing" sound has been obvious ... applying and releasing the hand brake 2-3 times whilst on the move has always resulted in a fully free, no noise, drive. Whilst ok as a short term fix this was not acceptable to me, so today I decided to strip, clean, lubricate and reassemble the rear brakes.

On stripping the internal levers for the handbrake were bone dry and quite stiff, so cleaned up and regreased with copper grease. Only hassle was one of the four handbrake shoe pins just did NOT want to play .. took over an hour just to get it on properly... now that WAS frustrating, why couldn't it be like the other three and pop straight on ??

As I have always done, once the shoes are partially adjusted, I activated the hand brake a couple of times to centralise the shoes, with the intention of leaving it on 3 clicks for the final shoe adjustment ... which is where it all went pear shaped......

On the second pull something went "twang" and the handbrake lever is totally free throughout its range , absolutely no resistance whatsoever..  :(  The cables at the drums are still under good tension, but the cable at the base of the handbrake lever is loose and floppy, although no visible breakage can be seen on the very small visible length... :(

Copious amounts of plusgas has been applied to all the heatshield bolts in the hope they undo tomorrow, if not the drill and self tappers might be getting a workout later !! I'm hoping that I can remove the heatshields without recourse to removing exhaust and propshaft as Haynes stipulates !!

I'm guessing that something has come adrift around the compensator bar... but what ... ???  :(

Any advice on removing heatshields or any guesses as to what I might find or have to do next, gratefully accepted ...

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General Car Chat / Young (ish) Omega ??
« on: 06 June 2018, 21:13:53 »
Lifted from the ABS site .. this is up for auction ...

https://stock.morrisleslie.com/stock/details?reg=T833JAJ

Looks pretty smart ...  :)

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General Car Chat / Fuel costs
« on: 31 May 2018, 21:09:25 »
Been doing some interesting (to me at least :) ) cost calculations....  as I've noticed the prices of petrol and diesel in RWB has been creeping up steadily over the past weeks from 121.9 p/l in February to 136.9 p/l (petrol) and 124.9 p/l to 139.9 (diesel) today, but for once, the price of LPG has remained steady at 58.5 p/l. I've also done a good few miles in that time, both solo and with the tin-tent on the back.

February 7 2018 to May 31 2018. Total mileage in the period : 1997

LPG used 556.57 litres, costing 325.59. The average cost of fuel per mile on LPG = 16.30 p/m

The estimated average cost of fuel per mile on petrol  = 28.89 p/m

Average savings per mile = 12.59 p /mile or 43.58% !!

Estimated cash saving 576.93 (est) - 325.59 (actual) = 251.34    :)

LPG used over the period = 556.57 litres = 122.59 gallons.  Average consumption therefore = 16.29 mpg (LPG)

Best consumption (solo) 19.98 mpg (LPG). Worst consumption (towing) 13.75 mpg (LPG)

Given the present cost of diesel in RWB is 139.9 p/ltr, and petrol is 136.9 p/ltr, that works out at 6.35 a gallon for diesel and 6.22 a gallon for petrol.

At 16.30 pence /mile (average) on LPG that is the equivalent of 38.9 mpg on diesel and  38.2 mpg on petrol .. not bad for a 3.2 litre !!!  :)

The average "solo" consumption is 19.02 mpg (LPG), which equates to 13.96 pence / mile, the equivalent figures become 45.5 mpg on diesel and 44.6 on petrol

Over the 10 years and 98,544 miles since the conversion was done the "savings" figures are a little less, as they include the cost of conversion, replacement parts, servicing etc and include periods when LPG was "higher" in relation to "lower" petrol prices, but the estimated overall savings over the whole period is presently 7469.70 or 38.06%

There is a very small "gotcha" to the figures as the car starts on petrol and runs on it for a short time before switching, so an "extra" cost would be the petrol used price, however, I only put petrol in about twice a year, and have never kept a record of that, although I sometimes wish I had, any attempt to inject a figure now would be total guesswork and probably totally erroneous.

Am I happy with LPG .. ???  :)  YOU BET I AM  :)  :)

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General Discussion Area / That takes some cojones ...
« on: 29 April 2018, 16:27:15 »
I just know I wouldn't even think of it .....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-43942906/brazilian-surfer-rodrigo-koxa-breaks-wave-world-record

That takes some cojones !!

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