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Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / Re: New pfl headlight
« on: 07 August 2019, 16:17:42 »
I think my NS one has a cracked bracket... Watch this space...  :y

Short answer - nowhere. Dealers are NLS, noone does a Third party version, and of course even if you do find some no guarantee they'll be the right colour. Off a breaker is only option, unless you happen to find some new old stock ones (but that applies to literally any car part, also)
But of course every chance that in maybe a matter of months that used one will start to go tatty, also. If you find a bag full of brand new ones, give me a shout  :y

General Car Chat / Re: Omega replacement...
« on: 05 August 2019, 16:13:08 »
Definitely have an XF / XE on my list when they appear in the banger category, always liked them. I helped a customer the other week with a 5series to discover to my horror it didn't have folding rear seats. I find this unforgivable in a car, for the new buyer you have the option of choice. But as you say, for used hunters you have to get what's available, though be interesting to see if there's the ability to retro fit them.

Honestly can't see any of the usual Germans replacing the Omega, a Jag will be on my list when the time comes. Good stuff  :)

General Discussion Area / Re: house wiring gone bozwonk!!
« on: 03 August 2019, 08:46:36 »
Yes to safety certificates, all present and correct.

As for the second paragraph, all I can answer is 'dunno' I might upload a pick of the (what I'm calling) breakers when I'm back from work.

As you say, hopefully another bloke will come round next time.

You know how there's a hundred threads on here with stories like "my omega wasn't starting right, my mechanic has gone "hmmm" squirted easystart into the plenum, which didn't do much, so he's gone away to think" it feels like one of them dos...

General Car Chat / Re: Exhaust
« on: 02 August 2019, 14:37:46 »
My cars in bits not running, so cant check fir you now, however from memory / experience they should be equal. A mate if mine reckons that the twin pipe setup may be at least partially split right into the silencer, so a sort if baffle inside the backbox separating the two halves.
Sounds ti me like a blockage, which can/will stuff up your mpg/emissions.  :)

General Discussion Area / Re: house wiring gone bozwonk!!
« on: 02 August 2019, 14:34:01 »
Yes the wiring setup isn't one I've come across. Living room on one, kitchen on another, upstairs on another, however as above the back bedroom is on the same circuit as kitchen something like that.

He swapped breakers, to confirm it wasn't a faulty breaker, which apparently 'blew' the replacement. So now we have two breakers that are tripped, that second tripped one appears to cover the under stairs cupboard only. (I thought breakers couldn't blow, that's the point of them, vs. Fuses?)

There's (theoretically) no other lights elsewhere which may have water damage, as you say, however never say never. Rodent issues does sound plausible.

Id certainly like him to 'check the ring' at each socket before dismantling the property around us, as you say, Mr Wood. I know its not my money etc, but they're a brilliant landlord and irrespective of that I don't want to see anyone paying more money out for a job than they need to.

Oh, I also learned the sparky who came out is the boss's son/apprentice. So is having a conflab with colleagues re what to do next. 

General Discussion Area / Re: house wiring gone bozwonk!!
« on: 31 July 2019, 20:05:08 »

Did the sparky used to be a technician for a main dealer? ;D

Hahahahahaha  :D ;D :D ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: house wiring gone bozwonk!!
« on: 31 July 2019, 20:01:53 »
See that's the kind of logic I was hoping for /expecting.  :y I'm getting this as hearsay from Miss DBG, so when I'm back from work ill get all the details bit sounds like what I've said, he's said its not the sockets. so serious fault 'somewhere'  ??? So lets rip floorboards up. Errmm!!

Obviously I'm not going to start poking and prodding with things which don't concern me, I know its not my responsibility, but I am interested, is all.

General Discussion Area / Re: house wiring gone bozwonk!!
« on: 31 July 2019, 19:37:00 »
Haha. Right, it was the circuit breaker box under the stairs, though the place is clearly slightly bizarrely wired as I think one of the downstairs circuits also covers a room upstairs, from memory.

Correct, landlord paying, no issue etc, however the real reason is upheaval with a few weeks left of my Masters Degree, I ideally didn't want literally the house being turned upside-down when I'm aiming to concentrate on not failing the course!!   :D

However, as said above yes I will be very happy not dying in an electrical fire  :y

General Discussion Area / house wiring gone bozwonk!!
« on: 31 July 2019, 18:03:27 »
Trip went last night, during heavy rain. Just the living room circuit. Would not reset, unplugged everything, switched every socket off, still wouldn't. Rented accommodation, landlord got someone out asap, the came a short while ago, apparently its not the sockets, or the trip itself. Apparently major wiring issue, which will necessitate floorboards up, the works.

Not doubting him. But if I lost front braking and the mechanic advised completely replacing them, I'd ask on here before taking the plunge. Anyone add their twopenneth?  :y

Omega General Help / Re: Earthing strap
« on: 29 July 2019, 21:09:05 »
Hey mate I found I wasn't getting quite enough charge after a long period of hunting I discovered beneath sludge the remains of an earth strap torn off. So worth doing as you say, however doesn't seem to answer your speedo issue.

General Car Chat / Re: Urgent Help needed - Vauxhall Zafira
« on: 29 July 2019, 19:30:23 »
If you've got the door car off couldn't you remove the motor, or at least enough so the cog isn't engaged in the winder mechanism, thereby allowing you to life/jiggle the window closed m appreciate if you haven't got the right torx no use.

Also as above, take a bit of load off the steering lock, and be gentle, even trying the key in alternate ways round can make enough of a difference. J had I once I sat there trying it for 20mins, everyone thought I was mad, clearly it was seized, but I would not give up, then it went. All you need is to get it to position 2 (I think) so you can pop the barrel out with an angled bit of coat hangar/allen key whatever, strip the levers out the barrel, then reinstate it temporarily.

General Car Chat / Re: EGR cheaters... how, who, what n where?
« on: 29 July 2019, 18:50:34 »
There's a similar diagram on the forum elsewhere, and i believe they used a Carlton relay to a four pot cheater. As I've said before I'm no electrickery-minded person, but wanted to see if anyone had yet come up with a simple plug n play option. Thanks to Mr Fuse19 as always.  :y

General Car Chat / Re: EGR cheaters... how, who, what n where?
« on: 29 July 2019, 16:14:10 »
Thats the ultimate plan with me, too, Nick. I don't think ill be swapping manifolds this time around, but the next time I'm down there I may do.

My Designer mind has a rule - if its not got a function, get rid. Applies to aesthetics as well as engineering. Annoying that its there but blanked off and essentially useless.

I mayyy change the manifolds and I'm currently in the process of replacing the tired old cats, so good time to do it etc.  But unless I can do the egr cheater, then it'll have to wait another day.

General Car Chat / Re: EGR cheaters... how, who, what n where?
« on: 29 July 2019, 09:20:03 »
Just to explain a bit more, I already have a blanking plate, no EGR fault codes or anything, just coming to do my spark plugs (+other engine work) and thought now would be a good time to bin the system, as on facelifts they have a much cleaner engine bay in that area.

The SAI is already Chinese fridge now, which also helps tidy the engine bay up a bit. Just trying to do jobs as I find them/in that area. Hence just leaving it plugged in elsewhere isn't ideal, as its the 'space saving' that I'm trying to achieve.  :)

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