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General Car Chat / Re: Omegas in 'proper' scrapyards
« on: 17 August 2019, 11:00:58 »
Harry's is the only scrap yard I go to now even though it is a 50 mile round trip. I can spend hours in there!!!

The turn over of cars is quite quick. If you find a car you with parts you want and you don't have the necessary tools make sure you go back within the week because it could well have been crushed after that.

General Discussion Area / Re: Smilies
« on: 15 August 2019, 20:52:48 »
I have the same problem.

I can see the "smilies", I can click on one, but it doesn't appear on the end of my sentence.

General Car Chat / Re: Hoorah - another 12 months Omega motoring
« on: 15 August 2019, 20:49:52 »
Well done. A great feeling when you get a pass.

General Car Chat / Re: MOT success
« on: 16 May 2019, 10:29:47 »
It is a saloon (pre-face lift 2.5 Elite). Current mileage is 55924.

It doesn't do too many miles nowadays but that creates its own problems, eg rusty brakes, discs, flat battery etc.

I spent a day looking over it before the MOT and that included a front and rear brake overhaul plus oil and filter change, wash and polish

I  also dealt with the annoying rust blisters around the base of a couple of doors.

Looks great now

General Car Chat / MOT success
« on: 15 May 2019, 12:54:20 »
Having spent all yesterday preparing the Omega for its annual MOT the good news it has passed today and no advisories.

Not bad for a 1998 car.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 18 January 2019, 14:26:23 »
The Renault is a great all rounder and dustbin and is used regularly to take rubbish (family heirlooms) to the tip.

Plus there are no leather seats and door cards to scratch. :y

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 18 January 2019, 11:26:48 »
Nothing to do with my Omega's but I managed to get the wife's old 1999 Renault clit through it's MOT with no advisories. Well chuffed!!

Also noticed that the MOT paperwork has changed its style again (still on A4 paper but with new format)

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: wiring at boot hinge
« on: 15 December 2018, 16:29:29 »
I too have had a wiring break in the loom around the near side boot hinge. (boot central locking stopped working)

First attempt at a repair soon failed again at the joint where I had soldered the wires together.

As you have suggested, for my second attempt, I spliced in a longer set of wires so that the solder joints are no where near to the area of flex.

12 months on and no failure as yet.

General Car Chat / Re: S Type rear suspension
« on: 09 November 2018, 15:37:00 »
I have done this job on my S Type (1999 3.0Se) a few years ago.

As I recall I used the various sized sockets and vice method to remove and then refit the new lower bush.

I think the bush is not a simple solid rubber type but has some form of "articulation". You have to be careful not to pinch the rubber boots that protect the bush.

Omega General Help / Re: Replacing microswitch in door actuator
« on: 29 October 2018, 17:25:22 »
Just looking at a spare refurbed solenoid I recall the following:

I guess you have driven out the two roll pins at the connector end?

I also removed the white connector (to the locking mechanism) at the other end of the solenoid.

I use small screw drivers to open up the outer black body and then insert thin plastic pieces to keep them apart.

The solenoid should then pull out of the outer black body.

Hope this helps :)

Omega General Help / Re: Replacing microswitch in door actuator
« on: 24 October 2018, 12:30:23 »
Look at the "Repairing a central locking motor" by Kevin Wood in the Maintenance Guides section.

Over the years I have used this guide to refurbish several central locking micro-switches.

As I recall both micro-switches are the same and I sourced them from RS Components.
They are described as DB2 type and mine have the code 290-0463. 

The micro-switch fixing points are slightly different but they are easily adapted to fit.

The hardest part is extracting the central locking motor from the door!

Hope this helps.

I have started using red rubber grease on the caliper sliders on my cars after years of using copper grease.

It doesn't effect the rubber covers, has not deterioated like copper grease over time and has remained stable with high temeratures.

Omega General Help / Re: coolant leak
« on: 04 August 2018, 21:51:49 »
Probably the HBV (heater bypass valve).

Do a search on this forum and you will find plenty of information (and photos) on it.

Omega General Help / Re: Head gasket fail or other root cause?
« on: 29 July 2018, 17:54:57 »
Well done and great pictures  :y

Your boot looks like mine!!

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: drivers door mechanism
« on: 15 July 2018, 20:19:14 »
I had the exact thing happen with my 1999 Omega a few years ago. I also tried oil, grease on the mechanism but the problem kept occurring.

It was quite frightening and extremely dangerous (oncoming traffic etc) :o

In the end I bought a new mechanism from my local Vauxhall dealer and this cured the problem.

If you are handy with the spanners etc it is a relatively simple swap.

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