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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?

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What's an REC?

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 I wish you a great trip on your wonderful German roads, Zirfeld. I recall with affection my high speed drive from Dieppe to Berlin in a Senator 24 valve, while my family flew there. I was keen to see the canal lifts at Henrichenberg, Niederfinow and Scharnebeck, so took my car. After the congested and restricted roads in England, the journey was a joy.

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General Car Chat / Re: Tyre changing
« on: 17 December 2018, 20:24:57 »
For what it costs surely it,s less of a faff to take to a local tyre shop. :-\
That's for sure. But if I had discovered a safe way of doing it when I last enquired, this time it would be easy. I like the look of those two methods using jacks. I see those lads use neat soap solution, Ajax seems popular.

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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?

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General Car Chat / Re: Are ABTEXPLUS brake pads slow to bite?
« on: 16 December 2018, 19:15:10 »
On some cars the oil can picture lights up when a service is coming due,starts out being amber and if left eventually goes to red.Don't know if this applies to your car though.
Thanks for the tip. I don't think it applies to my car. Haynes Astra 2009-2013 mentions sevice interval indicator reset, but my car is a 2008 LIFE bottom of the range model, without computer displays of average speed, etc., so has no driver information centre as far as I can see. Adding a little oil has extinguished the light. I had an Omega that similarly put on its oil light with the dip stick well covered.

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General Car Chat / Re: Are ABTEXPLUS brake pads slow to bite?
« on: 16 December 2018, 14:56:50 »
Word of advice,

If you park the car after a drive long enough to get some heat into the rear discs, pull the handbrake up an extra click or two and leave it in gear.

The reason being that a gently applied handbrake releases its grip as the discs cool and contract.

Had my first Vectra estate roll away a couple of times due to this. Handbrake binding also very quickly kills the rear wheel bearings... Later cars, say '56 on should be better in this regard as both issues were highlighted quite quickly on the early facelift cars.

Suspect the Astra uses the same calipers ;)
Thanks for the advice.
This morning the oil can warning came on. Drove home, checked the dip stick, oil still half way up the stick. This car is neurotic.

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General Car Chat / Re: Are ABTEXPLUS brake pads slow to bite?
« on: 16 December 2018, 12:48:46 »
I put back the original front pads, immediate improvement, improving by the mile. That has taught me a lesson, if in doubt buy trade club, not cheap rubbish.
The Astra handbrake is good, working somehow on the rear disc, better than the Omega handbrake. I imagine this results in the more complicated rear pads piston retraction arrangement. The front pad changing is simpler, though I don't like the retaining spring clip, fiddly to refit.

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General Car Chat / Re: Are ABTEXPLUS brake pads slow to bite?
« on: 15 December 2018, 16:47:02 »
VX disc/pad kits are competitively priced...  ::)
Quite so. I forgot how variable in cold grip brake pads could be. In my rallying days fade was the problem, now my concern is cold grab. Trade club pads are excellent value on Omegas, but I have to go to Bristol to get them.

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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?

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General Car Chat / Re: Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 14 December 2018, 07:57:07 »
Is the hose junction to caliper a banjo union (40Nm) or a fluid pipe union (14Nm)?


If it's got a washer on it(two actually) then it's a banjo. The fluid pipe unions join the brake pipes.
Thank you.

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General Car Chat / Re: Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 13 December 2018, 22:21:19 »
Is the hose junction to caliper a banjo union (40Nm) or a fluid pipe union (14Nm)?

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General Car Chat / Re: Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 13 December 2018, 19:01:06 »
On removal from the car I found that the piston was not seized, just out too far to allow the use of my retracting tool. I turned the piston a couple of turns with a stilson wrench, then fully retracted it with the tool. Haynes states I should renew the copper washers sealing the hydraulic hose to the caliper; they don't look like copper to me, more like aluminium. Can I get these from a factor, or do I have to visit a Vx dealer?

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General Car Chat / Re: Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 13 December 2018, 13:44:01 »
Sometimes if access is restricted brcause the piston is too far out, I have used 90 degree angled long nosed pliers to do the same job. You need to press against the piston whilst turning the pliers.
Most caliper pistons rewind in clockwise. Are you certain that the piston hasn't seized?
It may be worth clamping the flexy hose, and undoing the bleed nipple slightly and trying again. If it won't move, I would suggest that the piston is seized and a recon caliper is needed.
I imagine the piston is right out; both pads are worn out. That may well explain why I cannot get the tool in. The piston may well be seized, I think the pads have been there 10 years. If I could only get my tool in I might well be able to exert enough torque to turn it. The pistons on the other car were tight initially, but once they began to turn they were no trouble.

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General Car Chat / Re: Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 13 December 2018, 12:31:00 »
Will work backwards with imagination  ;)

That said, it won't wind in with the handbrake even slightly applied...
Handbrake cable is disconnected.

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