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General Car Chat / Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 16 January 2019, 11:48:07 »
Daughter's Astra 1.6 oil pressure warning light is coming on, she complains. It happened once in December when car was here, I checked oil level, it was OK. It's doing it much more now, car is in London. I know, it could be a failing switch, or a failing engine. I advised her to call the RAC.
If it's a faulty switch a local garage could change it. If it's a failing engine I have a problem.
I have sorted the door lock on the Omega she had before; I could return it to her, but then how would I get the Astra home?
There must be people offering a service of moving cars about, at a price. Please advise.

General Car Chat / Why doesn't the Astra have hydraulic lifters?
« on: 29 December 2018, 11:07:22 »
I was dismayed to read that I should adjust my Astra tappets after 100,000 miles. Why are they not hydraulic, like on Omegas?

Omega General Help / Removing plug from driver's door motor
« on: 24 December 2018, 15:46:05 »
3.2 ex-plod manual saloon
Daughter is now home with her Omega with failed driver's door lock. I am struggling to remove the plug from the locking motor. I can get my left hand on to the plug, can press together the 2 ears to release the plastic retaining clips, but cannot get enough force on it to wriggle it out.
I have done it in in the past, but cannot now. Old age? I asked my 40 year old son to try, he failed too. Please, gentlemen, is there a trick, a technique, to do it?

General Car Chat / Tyre changing
« on: 17 December 2018, 17:08:08 »
My dead Astra hs 4 stud wheels and my Astra estate 5 stud wheels. I am trying to swap the tyres from one to t'other, but, as expected, find it difficult. I have 2 long tyre levers and a hammerable bead breaker, but in vain. Am I wasting my time, or is there a special technique?

General Car Chat / Are ABTEXPLUS brake pads slow to bite?
« on: 15 December 2018, 11:21:42 »
I have changed the brake pads on my Astra, beause the rears in particular were worn out. I bought ABTEXPLUS front and rear pads on e-bay. I appreciate that new pads take a while to bed in, in a 10 mile bedding in run this morning I soon found that the brakes worked all right, seemed slower to work than before. I have found this before with different brand Omega pads; I usually use trade club pads. Has anyone any experience with ABTEXPLUS pads?

General Car Chat / Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 13 December 2018, 08:24:55 »
I did this job on an 04 Astra a month ago, winding the piston back in wiith a special tool. This 08 Astra is not the same. It does not have the long guide pins bolts as the 04 Astra, just short ones more like the Omega. It does have  a disc handbrake, like the 04 Astra. I am trying to screw the piston back in with the special tool, but in vain.

Please advise. I have the Haynes May 2004 to 2008 manual, and the Dec 2009 to 2013 manual.

Haynes is concerned I shall push grit back to the ABS valves when pushing back brake pistons to replace brake pads. He recommends clamping the brake flexible hoses and opening the bleed nipples to avoid this. I have been changing brake pads on cars with ABS for 30 years without problem. Are Astra ABS valves peculiarly sensitlve to grit, or is Haynes being very cautious?

Omega General Help / Are Omega estate cills galvanised?
« on: 07 December 2018, 09:01:16 »
All my Omega saloons  have suffered terminal rust in the cills. My 2 Omega estates (v and X reg) have healthy cills. The cills of my 3 Astras are rust free, and not covered by plastic covers; Haynes mentions zinc treatment. Discuss.

I have a LIFE spec Astra with a radio CD and a DESIGN spec with radio CD MP3. The DESIGN spec car has a dead engine, and I want to swap radios. I have done so, but a message comes up saying DISPLAY SAFE. I have the car pass and so the radio code; can I reset things?, and, if so, how?

Bought this car today, MOT failure, engine light on, and cannot find the OBD2 socket.

General Car Chat / Astra glovebox will not open
« on: 31 October 2018, 14:41:04 »
With apologies, the glovebox on the Astra I bought yesterday will not open. How do I rectify this doing least damage?

MOT tester spotted the rear brackets attaching the cill to the triangular plate beneath the semi trailing arms were corroded through. Pics follow, with pics of an older estate parts.
Y342 right hand

Y342 left hand

V828 right hand

V828 left hand

Looks terminal to me. MOT tester said I should weld a plate on the cill inside face and weld a bracket to it. I invite your comments.

I have the door card off and can feel the plug, but not see it. I know I have to press the 2 clips together and pull the plug downwards. In the past I have found it difficult, often resulting in badly scratched hand. Is there a better way of doing it?

Omega General Help / What car should I buy?
« on: 15 October 2018, 20:01:49 »
I scrapped Ben's 2.2 last summer, due to MOT failure caused by rust. Jonny rang today, complaining his 2.2 is 'slipping'. Sounds like clutch failure to me, he's bring it home tomorrow. Now I am a car short. Rust free cheap Omegas are no longer an option. I reckon I should buy something smaller and cheaper to run; I have no idea what. Please advise.

My ideas are Honda Jazz, VW Golf, that sort of thing. I expect to do my own servicing and simple repairs. I am quite pleased with Emma's Streetwise, though I gather they are prone to head gasket failure.

2.5 petrol manual estate
Son Ben casually mentioned to me that his handbake lever suddenly came up a long way, and the handbrake now does not hold the car on a slope; nevertheless he manages hill starts by skilful use of the clutch. Cut that out, or you will soon wreck the clutch, said I. On dismantling, I see the o/s cable outer has pulled right through the coil on the semi trailing arm. I note that there a build of rust on the shoulder of the outer cable end which may have helped it slowly work its way through the coil.
My question is - is it sufficient to clean up the shoulder and hammer the coil to a decent fit, or should I make a washer to fit over the cable end to ensure it does not happen again.

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