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I got a rather nice set of crimp terminals from Screwfix.  I don't recall if there were uninsulated ones though.  The set was cheap and saves getting ripped of in Halfrauds on their 1.10 for 4 connectors deals!

If Screwfix does not come up with uninsulated ones, try Farnell.

For the other housings, I seem to recall an ad that Practical Classics magazine carried about wiring looms.  I was a reader years ago but the ad could still feature in the magazine.  Stroll along to your local WH Smiths and have a browse! ;D

Hope this helps.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: fog lights with high beams
« on: 06 January 2007, 21:49:55 »
Two points:

Is the mainbeam circuit supplying current to the mainbeam and foglights simultaneously?  The fuse may be approaching its limit.

Is that a bare piece of copper wire loosely wrapped round the relay terminals before the relay is pushed in?  This is a fire hazard!

The best solution is to fit relays, energised by the high beam voltage and supplied with a separate, appropriately fused feed as suggested previously.

I second that!!

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: cd auto changer
« on: 08 January 2007, 11:17:39 »
I am with x25xe on this.

The standard headunits are really not that good, and I would look at upgrading to a decent aftermarket one. The difference in sound quality is very very noticable.

You don't have to go down the road of new headunit and changer. A cd/mp3 headunit is an option. You can find some real bargains on ebay.
As a general rule, go for Pioneer or Alpine and you will be fine.

If unsure, jst ask. :)

And I am enjoying better sound quality because of your earlier, spot on, advice!! [smiley=thumbsup.gif]


Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: cd auto changer
« on: 07 January 2007, 17:49:23 »
OK, as promised, here are the pictures of my OE CD Changer.  The car is a 1998 Omega CDX which had the changer as standard.....

Firstly, here it is installed (I have not taken the original changer out of the car after upgrading to Pioneer Kit):

Next up is the connection at the CD changer - this is the plug that you are looking for in the car:

This is the routing of the loom for the CD changer over the rear offside wheel arch:

You will also need a mounting bracket - this is how mine is fitted:

Finally, for completeness I have pictured the wiring diagram on the back of my changer:

I hope that these pictures help.

However, judging on the post from The Boy, it would seem, as I suspected, that a CCR400 will not control a changer so I doubt if the loom will be present............  In any case, from my experience, you would be better off spending 200 or so and upgrading as I did.  Car Audio Security do bundles of Head Units and CD Changers.  This is how I got mine and it works a treat.  Much better than the standard kit.

Stuart30 - I am afraid that I have never seen an install in an estate.  However, as easy access to the changer would be required, I would suspect that it would be much the same as you have described i.e. behind the First Aid Flap.

I hope that this helps.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: cd auto changer
« on: 06 January 2007, 22:08:24 »

If there is Changer Control on the head unit this is a large bonus!!

To see if you have a loom, open the boot and undo the first aid compartment which on the right hand side.  Look in the gap that will be reveled and see if there is a smallish black plug there.  If so, this is the plug that goes to the CD changer.

I will try and get a photo of mine tomorrow so that you know what you are looking for!

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: cd auto changer
« on: 06 January 2007, 21:54:54 »

Does the head unit have "cd changer control" or something similar written on it?  I think that only the next model up, the CCR600, had the control.

I have such a model and the CD changer.  I found the changer to be rubbish TBH and soon got rid of it for a replacement (a pioneer) that worked!

As to whether the loom for the changer will be in the car already, I am not sure.  However, you may be lucky as Vauxhall seem to include various connectors etc. on the loom.  For example, only the Elite was fitted with the electronic rear blind as standard.  If you get the switch and the blind, you can just plug them in as the loom connections are there.  If they did this with the blind, I cannot see why they would not with the CD loom.

Hope this helps.

Will try and get to it ASAP.  I MIGHT get time on Sunday to start.


I will be changing a switch in my climate panel along with adding a rear electric blind ;) and switch.  Will grab some piccys at teh same time.  Not sure when I am going to do this as time is tight at present.  Hopefully it will be before the winter really sets in.


Hope you are keeping OK and life at uni is not too bad.  For your toatser, if you are going camping, why not use a stove with a grill?  If you don't have one, I would be happy to loan you one, complete with gas bottle, regulator and hose.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Another ?ion 4 u guys
« on: 24 September 2006, 23:23:16 »
The Connects2 drivers do both but cost more money.

I know, but where do you get them?  You cannot buy directly from their site and e-bay searching only brings up F**D ones!

Of course, there is still the space issue behind the head unit to consider, but I would like to have a display if only to get rid of the date!

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Another ?ion 4 u guys
« on: 17 September 2006, 21:43:07 »
Don't know if this will help you at all, but you can obtain adapters that fit between the head unit and the original loom of the car, enabling the steering wheel controls once more.  Personally, I have not bothered as I never used them.  I would like to get a display driver, but that is another story!

Halfords do the adapters at 29.99 and you need a patch lead that fits between this and the head unit.  The other end plugs into the car's loom.  The patch leads were around 5 if I recall.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Fitting a Sat Nav System
« on: 08 August 2006, 16:35:30 »
does this mean that you can change the TC switch next to the radio for a small one that goes in the row of switches?  This is a question that I have been meaning to ask but not got round to it.

If you can simply change the switch, that would be great.  Is it the same connector for both?

Hi Marks DTM

I have a Sony Head Unit as well - in the Cavalier I have a minidisc unit like you - it is the one that can record from the radio or cd changer - and in the Omega have been relagated to a CD player head unit as mini disc seems not to be an option these days - a great shame!

3 questions if I may:

1.   How did you get the interface to fit at the rear of the head unit?
2.   Where did you get the Connects2 device from?
3.   How much was the device?

Omega General Help / Re: haynes manual
« on: 13 July 2006, 09:47:50 »

I have always found Hayens manuals to be very useful on all vehicles that I have.  They cover handy things like jacking, the car's service schedule and, if memory serves, in the version of the manual I have it even gives the correct timing belt interval - 40K / 4 years!

To sum up, along with the advice on this site, the Haynes manual is a must I reckon.


Omega General Help / Re: Brakes change shopping list??
« on: 13 March 2008, 14:01:02 »
Wire brush(es) in order to throughly clean the hubs where the discs fit, an impact driver or very good quality screwdriver if the discs have a locating screw and an old syringe to remove some brake fluid from the brake fluid  container if it is too high to allow the pistons to be pushed back without overflowing.

You might also need some plus gas.

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