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Omega General Help / Alarming clonking noise offside front
« on: 08 July 2018, 08:18:02 »
2.2 petrol manual
This car passd MOT last week. I have just changed the radiator. Took it for a test run his morning, and I heard a clonking noise, nearside front. Son complained of this before, but I could not find it. It's still there. I have just removed n/s front wheel, all looks well, wheel was not loose. First MOT failure did advise 'slight wear in drop links', I changed o/s but not n/s, but it was quiet enough then. Any ideas?

Omega General Help / 2.2 manual radiator leak
« on: 06 July 2018, 19:43:10 »
This car passed its MOT last week. Now I see its losing coolant, and here's the reason why.

I haven't changed a radiator for a while, and can't find a guide. I recall its simple enough, apart from disconnecting the cable from the socket half way up the left hand side of the radiator. Can I do this when I have lifted the radiator up in it's giuide?

Omega General Help / Five down, two to go
« on: 28 June 2018, 17:23:04 »
I used to take a pride in running seven cars for my family, now the cars are getting old, so am I, and I find it hard work. Next car, MOT expires 7th July, is Ben's 1999 2.2, the one I was dreading. After emptying it of 2 bags of rubbish last night, I gave it a preliminary inspection.
Diagnostic live data was encouraging; O2 loop soon closed, and mixture lambdas 1 & 2 switched lean-rich-lean-rich commendably. Removed cill covers and found a little rust at the back both sides, but I've seen worse. Nasty external hole in front base of n/s rear wheel arch worried me most.

Omega General Help / Winter tyres for MOT
« on: 23 June 2018, 17:46:43 »
Preparing my ex-police 3.2 for MOT I notice all the tyres are worn in the inside edges. I have a complete set of new winter tyres available, they came with a used car I bought. I am tempted to fit them to avoid getting a fail or advisories for worn tyres. Is this wise?

Omega General Help / What could this oil leak be?
« on: 19 June 2018, 09:01:35 »
This e-bay might be simpler to get through MOT than my son's rusty 2.2. It needs a new exhaust, its lights buffing up, and the oil leak sorting. My hunch is cam cover gasket incorrectly fitted.
Any thoughts?

As above. I would like to buy another Omega, preferably V6 and manual, but they are now rare on e-bay.

General Car Chat / Cars sold on facebook
« on: 31 May 2018, 16:38:15 »
Perusing the OOF cars for sale section, I learn that posting cars on facebook sells them in a trice. I didn't know that. I have always bought my cars on e-bay, not many there at the moment. Is facebook a good place to buy and sell cars?

In my 2.2 MOT exhaust manifold failure tester advised imbalanced handbrake with excess lever travel. I have adjusted it at the wheels, tried to adjust it at single cable end, but it's very rusty and hard to turn the nut. I am not sure whether I am turning the nut or twisting the cable. I suppose I need a new lever end cable. Any tips? 

General Car Chat / 250 mile range electric car
« on: 17 May 2018, 14:08:41 »
As the consultant injected anaesthetic into my head before digging out a biopsy, she enquired how I had collected the strange  pattern of head injuries. By bashing me head while working under my six Omegas, I told her.

She replied she had never heard of such a car, was it very old? Not very, I said.

She went on to tell me that a colleague is buying an electric car with a 250 mile range. I told her there was no such car, nor ever will be. All electric cars are basically mik floats, and should not stray far from their bases. They are fashion items, bought by rich fools who believe they are saving the environment by not emitting noxious gases, unaware that the electricity they use is generated by a nearby fossil fuel power station also emitting noxious gases into the atmosphere.

She sent me on my way with written instructions on how to treat the wound she had just created, and to consult my GP if it turned nasty.

General Car Chat / Vauxhall Victor
« on: 17 May 2018, 09:39:32 »
Calling at my local  factor Tuesday I parked beside an immaculate Vauxhall car I could not identify. It was labelled 'Victor'. When were they last made?

General Car Chat / Halfords wiper blades
« on: 16 May 2018, 02:53:29 »
Preparing a Rover Streetwise for MOT, I needed a new rear wiper blade. Length of previous was 17.1/2 inches. Local Halfords has a long display of assorted wiper blades, their own brand and Bosch. I presumed own brand were the cheaper, so bought a Halfords 17 inch blade. Got it home, tried to fit it, it had fittings I have never seen before, and a pictorial guide on the back of the box, no written instructions. I could not figure it out. I told SWMBO I have been fitting wiper blades for 60 years, and every time it is a challenge. I found the receipt, and took it back to complain.
I found the manager, who had served me less than an hour earlier, and demanded that he fit it for me. He told me it was the wrong blade. I said I thought all their blades would fit any car. He asked what car it was for, I told him. He went to the rack of blades and gave me a Bosch one, same length. I thought it would cost more, not so. Halfords blade cost 15, Bosch 10. He gave me a 5 refund.
I enquired how I should have known which blade would fit my cat. Best to ask, he said.

General Car Chat / Rover Streetwise MOT explosion
« on: 15 May 2018, 19:11:27 »
This morning I submitted my daughter-in-law's Streetwise for MOT. It is 14 years and 85000 miles old, and has suffered head gasket failures at 60,000 and 69000 miles. I observed to the tester that these cars are prone to head gasket failures. He agreed, said every 40000 miles or less.

He was warming it up for its emission test, with his foot on the accelerator, I was watching from the front, bonnet open. Suddenly I observed the header tank disappear in a cloud of steam. I told the tester to switch off. He stopped the test, we pushed the car out of the MOT bay, and he mopped up the coolant. Test was abandonned, we presumed the head gasket had blown again, so end of car.

He asked me whether I had seen the cooling fan running; I said I had not noticed. He said it was worth checking.

When it had cooled down I drove it nervously home. When cool I topped up the coolant, and ran it at idle as he had done, all lights, fans and auxiliaries on, to get it hot. I watched the fan; it did not turn. The car only has one coolant temperature sensor, connected to the dash meter and controlling the fan. The meter had read normally, so I doubted this was the problem. Nevertheless, I thought I would change it. When I unplugged it the fan burst into life, so the fan certainly worked.

For 9 I bought a new sensor and fitted it. The fan then ran normally, and at high speed. I booked a new test at 4pm. It passed. Phew!

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Instrument bulbs
« on: 12 May 2018, 11:06:34 »
Can someone please point me towards an online supplier of instrument bulbs? My Philips CCRT700 On Star came with dim black based ones, but most are green based.

Omega General Help / Holes in both cills of MOT candidate
« on: 11 April 2018, 11:16:28 »
Having got the car to run properly, now comes the MOT challenge - holes in both rear cills. Here is the offside cill. Is it worth saving?


General Car Chat / Where have all the manual Omegas gone?
« on: 04 April 2018, 16:55:29 »
I understand 1 Omega in 5 was sold as a manual. I must have owned 30 in my time, all bought on e-bay. I currently own 6. When one became too costly to repair I would scrap it and buy another one on e-bay. Until now - there seem to be none on e-bay any more. I wonder why? Is the cost of clutch replacement prohibitive?

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