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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 03 July 2018, 19:41:38 »
Replaced a HBV. A lot easier when the scuttle and windscreen wiper mechanism are removed. :y

Omega General Help / Re: Head gasket 3.2 v6
« on: 26 June 2018, 10:40:15 »
A great post James. Keep it coming. :y

I particularly like all the photos you take. I wish I had the patience to do that when I take my cars to bit.

Took the Omega 2.5 Elite for it's annual MOT today.

Another pass with no advisories and another change to the MOT paperwork. Result  :y :y

Omega General Help / Re: front door micro switches
« on: 02 January 2018, 14:16:18 »
If all the connecting rods are in place you may have to look at the central locking motor.

There is a great write up in the "Maintenance Guides" section.

Go to page 4 and look for "Repairing a central locking motor" by Kevin Wood.

He also gives details on how to get them out as well.

I think I have refurbished all my front door locking motors om my two Omegas over the years using this guide.

General Car Chat / Re: Bangernomics
« on: 31 December 2017, 16:49:18 »
Looks like an (Austin) Rover Montego. :o

I own two 2.5 V6 Omega Elite's and both get regular use.:D

Both are pre-face lift. One is a R registration (1997) and the other is a T registration (1999). Apart from the usual Elite specification both unusually came with the optional "Philips" sat nav system. They were good for their day but obviously pretty much obsolete. (but still work)

I have had the T reg  from new in 1999 (a company car) and then bought it from the company three years later.

The second one was bought with  low miles and full VX service history in 2000.

I now do all my own servicing and I am lucky I can access the VX Trade Club and Halfords Trade Card schemes which dramatically keeps the running costs down.

I regularly log into this forum and enjoy the various threads and regularly refer to the excellent maintenance guides. However, I must admit I don't contribute much in the way of chat etc. It's just not the sort of thing I get involved in or have time for.

Keep up the good work. Carfix


My 1997 Omega Elite passed it's MOT with no advisories.

Another 12 months motoring.  :y

Omega General Help / Re: door central locking
« on: 26 February 2017, 16:12:41 »
It's a bit tricky but definitely doable. I have just replaced a door central locking solenoid (or motor) on my car this weekend.

You first need to take off the interior "door card" and this involves removing various screws (some hidden by trim pieces).

Then carefully peel the plastic sheet (membrane) away from the door.

There are three torx bolts at the side of the door frame that holds the complete lock mechanism in place. Undo these.

You will need to unclip one of metal rods which is attached to the door lock at one end and the other goes to the interior handle. Look for a blue plastic clip. This needs to swing out of the way before the rod is released from the door lock. A long thin screwdriver will help here.

The door lock can then be manoeuvred upwards enough to unclip the electrical connector.

The lock can then be removed from the door.

The central locking solenoid or motor is held onto the door lock by two screws.


General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 25 February 2017, 13:06:29 »
Weather much better today (Saturday) so I decided to fit my "repaired" central locking solenoid.

It now works as it should so it is well worth spending a few pounds replacing those pesky micro-switches. :y

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 22 February 2017, 22:03:56 »
Replaced the two micro switches in one of my front door, central locking solenoid using the excellent write up by Kevin Wood in the "Maintenance Guides"

Will fit it tomorrow to see if that has cured it's random operation?

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 18 February 2017, 19:55:58 »
Fitted a towbar and greased the drive belt idler pulley on my 2.5 V6 Omega Elite.

Idler had started to make a noise and on inspection there was little evidence of any grease once the bearing dust shields were removed.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 08 February 2017, 13:04:00 »
And yet another job I have put off for years!!

Swapped my brown stained coolant reservoir (the original from 1999) for a "good as new" replacement from my local scrapyard.

Took me 10 mins to do and I can now see the coolant level again :y

Just a lazy central locking solenoid to sort out for another day (raining now).

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 07 February 2017, 18:05:55 »

Finally replaced the bonnet struts on my 2.5 Elite after the bonnet nearly took my head off. :o

With the new ones fitted (a 10 minute job) the bonnet now behaves itself and securely locks itself in the upright position.

Should have done this years ago.  :-[

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 07 February 2017, 17:59:45 »
Finally replaced the badly worn handbrake gaiters on both my PFL Omega's.

Got hold of two decent gaiters from face lift cars. Thought it might just be a straight swap but the shape and fitting lugs of the plastic frame that the black vinyl is stapled too is different.  >:(
Had to unpicked the staples to release the black vinyl (gaiter) then re-stapled the vinyl onto the original frame.

Another long standing job done :y

Omega General Help / Re: Won't start, possibly starter motor
« on: 04 February 2017, 11:28:13 »
I also have a good local independent motor factors but I agree that the internet has made sourcing parts much easier.

My main focus is now running and rebuilding two MG Maestro's. The parts availability is not that good now but ebay has been a invaluable.

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