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4711
General Car Chat / Re: battery drain
« on: 07 January 2014, 22:04:23 »
No need for apologies anywhere, I have had brilliant help, as usual.
My grateful thanks to all.

Ron.

4712
General Car Chat / Re: battery drain
« on: 07 January 2014, 21:58:17 »
Thanks for that; not too useful a technique if I am charging overnight, though!
I don't suppose you know how long the time delay is?

Ron.

4713
General Car Chat / Re: battery drain
« on: 07 January 2014, 21:37:35 »
Good point, but I wanted to put current INTO the socket, for charging purposes, not take it out! If I wanted to use it for current supply, e.g. a tyre pump, that would not drain the battery in the time needed to do the job, but the socket would time out before I had finished - not helpful........

Ron.

4714
General Car Chat / Re: battery drain
« on: 07 January 2014, 17:44:00 »
Thanks Andy. It is odd, though, when the legend on the dust cover states it has 10 Amp capability - why, therefore, would it disconnect after a few minutes and leave you powerless?
Some features on Omegas are very clever and well thought out.......

Ron.

4715
Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Day driving lights
« on: 07 January 2014, 17:27:18 »
I've never been sure of the official reason for the illegality of fog lights in clear vision conditions, but a common sense reason is that if you are so unaware of the status of your lights appropriate to conditions, should you be allowed to drive?
It's a bit like using your turn indicators when there isn't another vehicle in your vicinity to see them. My driving instructor (ahem, many years ago) said it would likely get me an advisory notice on my test, if not a fail for not being aware of surrounding traffic - or lack of it.

Ron.

4716
General Car Chat / Re: battery drain
« on: 07 January 2014, 17:02:47 »
I had this cunning plan (been speaking to Baldrick, you see...), in which I would charge my battery via the rear seat cigarette lighter socket, with a secondary use as system keep-alive for if I needed to remove the main battery.
All worked well for a while and after a few minutes it stopped accepting charge. Does that socket disconnect after a while? I thought that it was permanently live.     ???

Ron.

4717
General Discussion Area / Re: Man flu
« on: 07 January 2014, 14:09:46 »
Mr. Opti, you surely aren't saying that you would reject the others?
Oh, and to confirm; it is OFFICIAL according to recent research that men do in fact suffer colds and flu lots worse than women. Apparently, because our wiring is different and our lives anyway are more stressful, we go down more quickly and deeply, suffering considerably in the process.
More sympathy from the ladies in future?

Ron.

4718
General Discussion Area / Re: Victory V's
« on: 07 January 2014, 14:02:46 »
My fuzzy memory seems to recall something to the effect that the wording on the lozenges was accidentally printed back-to-front, and when they tried to correct it, the public complained - they liked the quirkiness (and British eccentricity?) of the erroneous labelling and demanded that it be restored.
Is this just my imagination, or can anyone a little on the old side confirm?

Ron.

4719
Sorry, Stemo.
Apart from the typo - "ran" instead of "rant", I needed to let of steam! It annoys me whenever I read of "solutions" to traffic problems that are not of our making. As I understand it, the government collects over 50,000,000,000 in motoring taxes directly, and obviously loads more in speed and parking fines, yet returns to us about 6,000,000,000 in benefits to the motorist, the remainder going in fighting wars that we don't need to be involved in (to support the US?), education and the NHS amongst other non-motoring expenditure.
Can you see why I'm so cross?

Ron.

4720
If the government spend more than 10% of the motoring taxes that they steal from us on roads and services, this topic would never need to be discussed - we would have an ace road network capable of providing what we, the customers have already paid for, i.e. a network fit for purpose, in good repair and pothole-free!
They don't even pretend that greed cameras are for safety purposes now: like parking charges, they are simply more ways of revenue collecting, in addition to the existing punitive motoring taxes.
Ran over!

Ron.

4721
General Car Chat / Re: Possible Omega replacement
« on: 06 January 2014, 18:38:01 »
Why not make a full MOT a condition of the sale? If the vendor is reluctant to agree, it probably tells you all you need to know......

Ron.

4722
Omega General Help / Re: Smell of oil, bemused! Any ideas?
« on: 06 January 2014, 16:56:53 »
Harking back to an earlier comment about oil residues causing this type of problem; when I had a Carlton, my garage advised that vx did NOT recommend flushing oil prior to an oil change. Is this true of Omegas, because to my simple mind such a strategy would seem to be helpful here, and nobody ever explained why flushing was a bad thing.

Ron.

P.S. People have been so helpful on here and I only wish I could help in return, but my expertise isn't likely to be helpful here: I was a Lecturer in Electronics and Radio (and photography!) at Chelmsford College for the 20 years before I retired, having spent the previous years as a Design/Development Engineer in industry.

4723
Omega General Help / Re: Smell of oil, bemused! Any ideas?
« on: 06 January 2014, 16:34:14 »
Wow, what a fantastic and comprehensive reply, BlackViper - much appreciated.
Thanks a million.
Just a little 1/2 hour job, then!

Ron.

4724
Omega General Help / Re: Smell of oil, bemused! Any ideas?
« on: 06 January 2014, 15:56:56 »
I think I have a similar problem, and being a novice I don't know where the breathers are - help, please?

Ron.

4725
Thanks for your very useful answer. My aircon doesn't work (radiator leak), so I can't use the dehumidifying aspect of that, can I?
Before delving into the glove box, etc., I ought to do the basics, like checking pollen filter!

Ron.

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