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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Fault on central locking.
« on: 17 February 2011, 14:51:48 »
There is a good fix on the "maintenance guide"  section

If the door solenoid/motor plays up try the WD40 approach first and see if you can unstick the mechanism.

Eventually the solenoid fails and gives all sorts of strange behaviour. By opening up the solenoid you can get to the microswitches which can be replaced with spares from R S Components for around 1. They are a direct replacement and only need a bit of soldering.

Result, one fixed solenoid and a saving of 60-70 on a new one from Vauxhall or risk buying secondhand from a scrappy.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: 7 SAFE - Bosch CD Player Jammed
« on: 18 February 2011, 15:50:44 »
I just knew it would not be simple!!

Can't understand why the manufacturers would make it so the counter cannot be reset after a correct code entry?
I have one of those CRT 700's so I must be more careful when inputting the code from now on.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: 7 SAFE - Bosch CD Player Jammed
« on: 17 February 2011, 15:28:33 »
Just a quick question.

If you have entered the wrong code a few times and you are getting the attempt countdown 10, 9, 8 etc does it go back to 10 attempts once you get the code right?  :)

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: headlights
« on: 18 February 2011, 18:36:26 »
Did you use the oven method or hot air gun to soften the goo?  :)

I must admit that I now take the "remove wiper assembly"route since I almost lost the will to live trying to change my first DIS pack!

Important to watch out for wiper mechanism gouging the paintwork but plenty of masking tape for protection helps.

It is a much much easier job and your hand stays intact and you don't loose your best socket down the back of the engine!!

You can even give the area below the skuttle a good clean out. Result!!

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Headlight adjusters
« on: 17 February 2011, 15:31:14 » animal.  ;)

I wont even mention that you have to "polish it hard" to get a decent finish!!  :o

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Headlight adjusters
« on: 17 February 2011, 15:23:39 »
Yep I also wimped out putting my headlamps into the oven but did find using a hot air gun just as good.

As a tip get yourself a few slips of card or thin plastic to push under the various "tangs" that also help to hold the lens onto the body. Otherwise they keep springing back or snap off.

The sealant is like goo and sticks to everything. Try not to get any onto the reflective(mirror) surfaces. Like markrl I found that if you wipe them then the mirror surface easily comes away. Solvent takes it off even quicker!!

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Under Passenger Seat Wiring
« on: 22 November 2010, 13:12:24 »
Hi, yellow connectors are usually used for the air bag and pre-tensioner system.

If one comes undone you usually get a warning light on the instrument cluster that wont go out.

Hi there. Having an annoying problem with my radio. (non Bose Philips CCRT 700). Original factory fit in 1999.

When switching on from the ignition or radio On/Off switch the preferred preset radio station is not being recognised and the radio is constantly searching for a station as if the memory has been lost. The screen says "MEM" followed by rolling station numbers.

The only way I can lock onto a station is by pressing the relevant preset button.

Anyone else having this problem

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: central locking
« on: 01 October 2010, 11:16:37 »
Yep, I have repaired two by replacing the micro switch using the "how to" guide.
Parts are readily available from RS components (and possibly Maplins).

Been a year since repair and both solenoids are working fine.

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: powersounder
« on: 25 August 2010, 14:41:20 »
I am also looking for the earlier power sounder which was very expensive at my local Vauxhall dealers (Cirencester) when I enquired a few months agoand the ebay ones are probably no better than the one I want to replace!
Which dealer was offerng a lower price? Vauxhall's at Cheltenham?

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: best place for gps antena?
« on: 05 August 2010, 15:08:21 »
Hi Mathewst, I just used double sided tape. They are stuck to the bottom of the rear screen and not the parcel shelf. Been there over 8 years now and never budged

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: best place for gps antena?
« on: 05 August 2010, 11:55:38 »
When I retro fitted sat nav into both my omegas I stuck the aerial to the back screen, at the bottom in the middle. Hardly notice it.

Ran the wiring thru the edge of the parcel shelf then onto the sat nav unit. Had no problems with reception.

Just tried the euro car parts link but it is not giving me any lower arm suspension options!  :-[

Are the lower arms fitted to a face-lift model the same as the mini-face lift (2.5 Elite 1999)?

Just got a set off one of my Omegas at the moment for refurbing and can definitely say that those on the German ebay are wrong. Look like they are from a front steering rack (not Omega) to me.

The bush and ball joint at each end are usually ok but the adjuster in the middle often seizes. They can be a pain to free up but I have managed to free up mine on both Omegas using a large vice and a hefty pipe wrench. ;)

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