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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #75 on: 27 September 2018, 12:13:01 »

I would say they only ever weep quite slowly, so I would think you'd be fine to put it together and drive it to a garage, to be honest. Especially if you've cleared the breathers. Nip up the cam cover bolts to their specified 8nm as well, just in case the leak has been precipitated by one of two of them working loose.

If it hadn't taken months for that oil to build up the plug wells would have overflowed all over the place and the problem would have been very obvious before stripping it down.

Thanks Kevin, that is very reassuring :-* :-* :y


Just one more thing Kevin, as the rubber sleeves that cover the plugs got soaked inside with oil as I pulled the dis packs off, will they be ok to put back on with just a good wipe as already done?  Should I degrease them anymore to avoid arcing? ??? ???

Thanks ;)
Yep, just dry them off and re-fit. Give them a wash in some soapy water if you're feeling especially keen.
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #76 on: 27 September 2018, 12:46:15 »

I would say they only ever weep quite slowly, so I would think you'd be fine to put it together and drive it to a garage, to be honest. Especially if you've cleared the breathers. Nip up the cam cover bolts to their specified 8nm as well, just in case the leak has been precipitated by one of two of them working loose.

If it hadn't taken months for that oil to build up the plug wells would have overflowed all over the place and the problem would have been very obvious before stripping it down.

Thanks Kevin, that is very reassuring :-* :-* :y


Just one more thing Kevin, as the rubber sleeves that cover the plugs got soaked inside with oil as I pulled the dis packs off, will they be ok to put back on with just a good wipe as already done?  Should I degrease them anymore to avoid arcing? ??? ???

Thanks ;)
Yep, just dry them off and re-fit. Give them a wash in some soapy water if you're feeling especially keen.

Cheers Kevin, will do :-* :y
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #77 on: 27 September 2018, 21:13:12 »

There's a guide for moving the tray...

There more I read the more concerned I get.

There's so many great guides, and yet I've not come across that. 

When I did my cam cover gasket, the cable tray was properly in the rather way.
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #78 on: 27 September 2018, 21:42:25 »

There's a guide for moving the tray...

There more I read the more concerned I get.

There's so many great guides, and yet I've not come across that. 

When I did my cam cover gasket, the cable tray was properly in the rather way.

Yes, I always found they were on my previous 3.0's, but on my current 3.2 it is even worse.  Even getting to the plugs on that side, especially the rear one is more difficult. :(
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #79 on: 27 September 2018, 22:12:22 »

There was one, possibly buried in another thread :-\

iirc, it involved dismantling the tray, unplugging it from the body loom and tying what's left to the bonnet strut... complete pita and the as the plugs can be swapped in twenty minutes, a complete waste of effort. ;)
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #80 on: 28 September 2018, 15:29:30 »

I have that wonderful feeling of achievement again!!! :D :D :D :D :D

Today I got the sixth new spark plug in, after removing the loom plastic tray, completed the major service, cleaned in washing up liquid the rubber boots (including those kindly sent to me by Dave the builder) and surrounding area to degrease, refitted the dis packs and reassembled the plenum. 

After doubly checking all I turned the ignition on once; all warning lights came up, including engine management and the one with a car and a spanner through it (never seen that one before!) and the engine wouldn't start.  Turned the key again, and again, then she fired up, with a cloud of blue smoke from the rear, obviously from the oil that I couldn't get out of the wells before removing the plugs that then was on the top of the pistons.  She then settled down and all lights, apart from the car with a spanner went out, then after another minute it did as well!!

Given the car a good test drive around Ashford, picking up all the parts required, for the rest of the works schedule, from Caffyn's, and is running very sweetly!! 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

After a feeling of absolute despair on Monday when I had to walk away from my beloved miggie, with all the great support and spot on advice from everyone who has contributed to this and my other "wishbone" threads, which I appreciate more than you shall ever know, I have gone back to my old (well not so old!!) confident car mechanic self!!

The car is now ready though for a true professional / specialist Omega mechanic to do the cam belts, all belts, water pump, cam cover gaskets, and lower front wishbones / control arms x2!!  And no, I will not reconsider that as I am old enough to know when I should leave it to more experienced others to do what I now cannot (happily) do.  10 years ago, maybe, but not now!

Anyway thanks everyone again, and this is why I returned to the OOF; what a great bunch of people we now have on here!! :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* 8) :y :y
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #81 on: 28 September 2018, 17:10:23 »

That's good news Lizzie and we all have our 'moments' when projects don't go to plan!  ;)

So don't worry about it!  :y
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #82 on: 28 September 2018, 17:10:58 »

That's good news Lizzie and we all have our 'moments' when projects don't go to plan!  ;)

So don't worry about it!  :y

Thanks Sir Tigger! :-* :y

This one certainly had me going that's for sure! :D :D
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #83 on: 28 September 2018, 17:16:25 »

That's good news Lizzie and we all have our 'moments' when projects don't go to plan!  ;)

So don't worry about it!  :y

Thanks Sir Tigger! :-* :y

This one certainly had me going that's for sure! :D :D

I had one yesterday when I was refitting a bathroom sink.  ::)

Same sink, same place, same screws in the same holes, but could I get it to sit on the pedestal properly and screw it to the wall?  >:(  I walked away in the end as it was going to end up in a thousand pieces!  ::)

I'll have another go at it next week...  ;D
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #84 on: 28 September 2018, 17:22:23 »

Well, after all the splendid and very helpful recommendations from you guys, I have made a decision on who will do the full works schedule of cam belt, all belts, water pump, cam cover gaskets and front wishbone / control arms replacement, with me supplying all the genuine GM/Vx parts required:  Serek at Huntingdon!

As some of you made clear he is the man with all the facilities and knowledge of Omega's (I think unlike my local garage man that I was considering) and he quoted the type of price you expected him to, which is very fair and competitive (unlike Vx dealer labour costs now!!)  I just could not ignore his reviews on the OOF and on his website; WOW!!! :D :D 8) :y :y

Thanks again for everyone's help in persuading me to choose this option!  I am a stubborn cow at times, but in the end reality kicks in ::) ::)
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #85 on: 28 September 2018, 17:23:28 »

That's good news Lizzie and we all have our 'moments' when projects don't go to plan!  ;)

So don't worry about it!  :y

Thanks Sir Tigger! :-* :y

This one certainly had me going that's for sure! :D :D

I had one yesterday when I was refitting a bathroom sink.  ::)

Same sink, same place, same screws in the same holes, but could I get it to sit on the pedestal properly and screw it to the wall?  >:(  I walked away in the end as it was going to end up in a thousand pieces!  ::)

I'll have another go at it next week...  ;D

Yep, I think that comes with maturity; a recognition that sometimes it is not your day and it is best to walk away.  Then return to the job another day, when like me this week, everything goes right again :D ;)
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #86 on: 28 September 2018, 17:29:17 »

Well done, Lizzie. :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #87 on: 28 September 2018, 17:36:12 »

Well done, Lizzie. :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

Thanks Opti for all your support :-* :-* :-* 8) :y
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #88 on: 28 September 2018, 18:44:07 »

Glad to hear car is up and running and you have now made a decision on the work required
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Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« Reply #89 on: 28 September 2018, 19:32:07 »

Glad to hear car is up and running and you have now made a decision on the work required

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