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Omega General Help / Re: hard to start
« on: 16 February 2019, 21:38:14 »
hi folks i plugged the code reader in on friday nd with the engine ont running i get code 31 no rpm sighal.with the engine running i got this data.
hall sensor off
engine speed pulse yes,
knock signal load no.
mixture 1 lean.
mixture 2 rich..
not sure what to make of it weather it is a crank sensor or something else. :y
I don't know much but I believe code 31 is normal when engine isn't running.
Someone with more knowledge will be along soon.

General Car Chat / Re: Mokka
« on: 24 November 2018, 19:39:13 »
Got given a 1.6 petrol on hire last year.
Cheap, unresponsive, underpowered, woolly handling piece of junk. Felt like an old style Meriva and how it used to feel to drive.  >:(

General Car Chat / Re: Odd MOT Dates
« on: 10 October 2018, 09:33:14 »
Advisories on the last MOT are front tyres close to legal limit and Low Oil!!  ....

Since when has the oil level been MOTable  ??? ???

I'd imagine the tester has seen a dash warning light and advised. My last test advised re the coolant leak I knew about, which turned out to be the HBV.

General Discussion Area / Re: Serek is a star
« on: 10 October 2018, 09:24:47 »
Glad it all got sorted and you had a safe journey  :)
get a few tins of supertrol with the savings too Lizzie
not all shoes and handbags  :D

Thanks Dave! :-* :y

I had a great welcome when I arrived outside SOS; not from a human but from another 2003 Omega in my colour, but a 2.6:

Made me feel right at home :D :D ;)

The one on the right is mine. Serek replaced the HBV for me. I'm going to part company with it soon.

Omega General Help / Re: Which windscreen ?
« on: 19 September 2018, 07:58:35 »
Agree with the above. To their credit Autoglass sent two fitters each time and I have to say that when it was finally fitted with all the GM kit, it fitted perfectly and the guys did a very neat job inside and out. No excess sealant, no bits left over the car or on the ground and when running, no wind noise or leaks.
The key to all of this is to politely insist on genuine parts as the Omega simply refuses to allow pattern parts to work in the windscreen area.

Omega General Help / Re: Which windscreen ?
« on: 18 September 2018, 22:06:45 »
My saga was n August 2016. I tried digging out the old e-mails but the parts diagram from Karl in parts dept at Lookers Vauxhall, Yardley tel 0121 700 7703, was missing. What is referred to in my e-mail was ensuring part numbers 1-7 inclusive were sent out with the tinted screen and new rubbers. ( maybe the rubbers were included in those numbers, can't remember )
My contact at Autoglass who was attentive and most importantly, listened, was David Denton in Cardington, Beds. He used to be a fitter and knew what I was talking about. Nice man. Good, old fashioned customer service.

If he's still there he can be contacted on

My car is a 2.6 V6 petrol saloon index KC03 GNU, just on the off chance that they have a copy of all the bits ordered for mine. If they want my name etc, lease pm me. ( my name isn't Paddy Flannery )

2 years later, the screen is still nice and snug in the frame.

Please let me know how you get on and good luck. In my saga, it was worth insisting on genuine parts and David Denton didn't question it, he went ahead and asked Vauxhall Yardley to send the diagram to me via him and asked me to list the parts I needed.

Omega General Help / Re: Which windscreen ?
« on: 17 September 2018, 17:13:40 »
I was successful in getting my excess refunded when Autoglass arrived with wrong glass first and then when the fitter told them what to order, the new screen arrived but with pattern "goalposts" , the metal runners along top of screen and down both A pillars hence the goalpost shape. The rubbers worked loose and flapped on first motorway run. Fitter agreed the rubber couldn't be fitted snugly into the pattern runners. I insisted on GM ones and when they were fitted with the GM windscreen all was good.
Quite a few firm but polite e-mails got me what I wanted.
Good luck.

General Car Chat / Re: Headlight aim
« on: 01 February 2018, 20:02:07 »
There are hundreds of cars/vans/lorries on the road just now with poorly aimed headlights.  >:(

At least you've recognised it and are doing something about it  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Tax DD
« on: 05 January 2018, 13:10:49 »
Mine only left my account today.

General Discussion Area / Re: SPOTY
« on: 18 December 2017, 18:03:27 »
The lefty media and BBC love Farah. Ticks all their boxes.

General Discussion Area / Rodney Bewes RIP
« on: 21 November 2017, 23:40:46 »
Rodney Bewes dead aged 79. Him and James Bolam were a great double act in The Likely Lads.

General Discussion Area / Re: Hotel wifi and iPad2
« on: 17 November 2017, 23:25:27 »
One of these might help 

Thanks John but that's not an upgrade for all, only for those who have very old equipment and have been invited by VM to upgrade for free. I've asked VM for a SH3 and they wanted more cash.... Told them to poke it ! 

After a bit more rummaging around the Internet, I might have to buy a better router and attach it to my current VM one. 

General Discussion Area / Re: Hotel wifi and iPad2
« on: 17 November 2017, 22:43:25 »
47Mbps is not unreasonable off wifi. Better than I can achieve off my top end 1200Mbps stuff, due to the hostile area I'm in

I agree, I just don't understand why my iPad doesn't freeze on this hotel's slow wifi but is so frustratingly clonky on my VM 47Mbps wifi, I want to throw it out the window. I just don't get it ?

General Discussion Area / Hotel wifi and iPad2
« on: 17 November 2017, 16:15:37 »
Currently staying in a hotel and my iPad is running much, much quicker than it does at home.

Speed test shows 2mbps in hotel whereas at home I have 70mbps which Speed test shows being delivered at 47mbps over wifi. I was considering changing my iPad2 for a newer, faster version but it may be the wifi delivery from my Virgin Media Superhub2 that's causing the lag.

My litmus test was the Argos site. Hotel : loads and runs quickly. At home : iPad freezes and renders the site and similar picture heavy ones , impossible to use.

Your thoughts please ?

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