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Omega General Help / Re: Code reading software
« on: 21 October 2021, 10:43:37 »
Scanmyopel app on an Android phone.

Works on OBD2 cars (although I never tried it on a desmond).

Cheap as chips. Leave the dongle in the glove box & you can clear the cat codes as soon as they pop up.

I was able to access the engine, gearbox and ABS/traction ECUs on my 2,6 & 3.2 V6

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The course whilst accredited as a degree is actually run by an airline training department, the facility is at one of their maintenance bases, and is a five day week rather than the usual two or three. This is largely due to the practical element. Which makes it industry relevant and allows for holiday work as an unlicensed mechanic... Thus providing income AND building experience whilst becoming formally qualified.

The experience issue is a tricky one. Whilst my shift leader has no concerns with my ability, work ethic and accessing the relevant information, my current role is limited to a sliver of one sub section, specifically Chapter 25 whereas the Licence requires a broad spread of hands on across every system.

In short, I need to move on, the question is finding the most effective way to do so.  ;)
So - you get paid to do the stuff you enjoy doing (and have the aptitude for) then at the end you get a degree and the chance to get paid doing more of what you enjoy doing (and have the aptitude for).
When do you start?
Potentially September, although a couple of things have occurred in the last two days that could well expedite the moving forward phase... Which may or may not have an input on the degree... Either way would be positive.  :y
Go for it :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Well this made I laugh
« on: 21 October 2021, 10:34:42 »
Is he “the man on the Clapham omnibus” ? (sans bus)

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The course whilst accredited as a degree is actually run by an airline training department, the facility is at one of their maintenance bases, and is a five day week rather than the usual two or three. This is largely due to the practical element. Which makes it industry relevant and allows for holiday work as an unlicensed mechanic... Thus providing income AND building experience whilst becoming formally qualified.

The experience issue is a tricky one. Whilst my shift leader has no concerns with my ability, work ethic and accessing the relevant information, my current role is limited to a sliver of one sub section, specifically Chapter 25 whereas the Licence requires a broad spread of hands on across every system.

In short, I need to move on, the question is finding the most effective way to do so.  ;)
So - you get paid to do the stuff you enjoy doing (and have the aptitude for) then at the end you get a degree and the chance to get paid doing more of what you enjoy doing (and have the aptitude for).
When do you start?

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General Discussion Area / Re: The Lights Are Going Out....
« on: 05 October 2021, 10:58:10 »
I read an article a while back which suggested that the easiest & quickest way to provide more nuclear generating capacity would be by building several mini nuclear generators based on the reactors used in submarines.

I don't know enough about the (presumably secret military) technology to know if it would be practical but the story has a ring of truth to it. Take a proven design and build many of them rather than trying to build one big prototype French design with money borrowed from the Chinese.

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General Discussion Area / Re: The Lights Are Going Out....
« on: 05 October 2021, 09:23:05 »
.......................and we are being encouraged to go out and buy an electric vehicle!! ::) ::) ::) ::)

If we all did that the lights would certainly go out and take years to come back on fully.  1973 type rotational power cuts anyone??!!

That is where we are heading, especially since the damage to the power cable from Europe down here near Ashford! :o :o :( :(

I reckon we should all fit windmills wind turbines to our homes :D :D ;)
On a positive note a new cable has just been installed across the North Sea from Norway https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/norway-uk-hydropower-under-sea-cables-b1930521.html

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General Car Chat / Re: Building a faster y32se 3.2 v6
« on: 03 October 2021, 09:14:05 »
I know the 3.2 has a stronger crank and a lower CR to start with, but remember those idiots at Courtney plopped a turbo on some of the early 3.0 cars, and all quickly suffered bottom end issues.
it puzzles me when people claim that the omega v6 has cooling issues (meaning the water cooling) - if that were true we should see lots of head gasket failures due to cooked engines.
What they do have is an oiling system that is about right for a 200bhp v6. V engines pack two big ends into the space  where an inline has only one. If you want to generate significantly more power you need to increase the oil flow to give the bearings a chance and to provide more cooling to the piston crowns.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Self fulfilling prophecy
« on: 01 October 2021, 19:44:19 »
Run out off electricity here too :(

The Mazda has a comically small battery which seems to be good for around 3 weeks parked up before it loses the enthusiasm to start the engine - and that presupposes that the battery was properly charged in the first place.

We have been in lockdown for 8 weeks now, the car gets an occasional short run to buy heavy or bulky essentials (beer, wine, toilet rolls). After 3 weeks it failed to start so I hoiked the battery out and charged it overnight. That got about 3 weeks. I ran the next charge until the charger said it was fully charged and that lasted about 10 days.

It is on charge again now and has been since it failed to start this morning . Charger claims that it is fully charged. Just checked with a voltmeter and it is sitting at 13.85V. Going to leave it overnight and see if that achieves anything.


just because it's fully charged(and 12.8volts would be at the topend of what I would expect to see on a recently charged, disconnected battery) doesn't mean the battery is any good. That requires a drop test, and I would suggest that it will fail due to its recent usage. Constantly discharging a battery that far will kill it very quickly.
I perhaps should have said that the charger ran for 5 hours before claiming that it was fully charged.
I know from bitter experience that fully discharging batteries kills them.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Self fulfilling prophecy
« on: 01 October 2021, 11:28:21 »
Run out off electricity here too :(

The Mazda has a comically small battery which seems to be good for around 3 weeks parked up before it loses the enthusiasm to start the engine - and that presupposes that the battery was properly charged in the first place.

We have been in lockdown for 8 weeks now, the car gets an occasional short run to buy heavy or bulky essentials (beer, wine, toilet rolls). After 3 weeks it failed to start so I hoiked the battery out and charged it overnight. That got about 3 weeks. I ran the next charge until the charger said it was fully charged and that lasted about 10 days.

It is on charge again now and has been since it failed to start this morning . Charger claims that it is fully charged. Just checked with a voltmeter and it is sitting at 13.85V. Going to leave it overnight and see if that achieves anything.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Self fulfilling prophecy
« on: 29 September 2021, 11:05:49 »
No shortage here in Auckland. We have been in lockdown for 7 weeks & only allowed out for exercise and essentials (includes supermarket shopping and fuel).

Taken us 7 weeks to use 1/2 a tank of petrol.

Had to recharge the battery twice  ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 28 September 2021, 09:55:56 »
Spent a couple of hours trying to ascertain why an Astra-H with keyless entry won't attempt to start, unsuccessfully.

Cheap cloned Chinese digs tat wasn't being very helpful at all, and for proper diags for an Astra-H you need a Tech 2 and a CANdi, neither of which I currently have ;D

I know Gixer has the Tech2, CANdi still to be tracked down!
Have you tried the key... :D
Stupidly, there doesn't appear to be a procedure for if the car cannot pick up the transponder, and no physical key override for the ignition (only for the doors, which is plastic, and probably stands no chance in a 12 year old lock that has never been moved - we know how much force is sometimes needed on Omegas!).

My car, for example, has a place you can hold the key to start it, so it can still pick up the transponder chip, even if the key is failing.  The Astra manual suggests holding near wher ethe ignition switch would be, but there is nothing behind it, so thats just a bit silly.
Like any religion - you have believe without question otherwise you won't be saved ?

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One more to consider.

My wife's Galaxy developed fierce vibration through the steering and front of the car when a CV joint became worn.

It came on steadily over a 350 mile drive from Cornwall to Kent. The damn thing was barely drivable on the return journey a few days later.

I know the Omega isn't front wheel drive but it DOES have CV joints.

Just an idea.

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Camshaft Voltage
« on: 18 September 2021, 11:21:50 »
Hi
THX for the help. A new one is one the way, I come back with status when i changed it. Maybe I change the ECU to a speeduino.
15 years ago I was looking to improve the ignition on an early V8 Range Rover. I spent a lot of time looking at Megasquirt and diyEFI but never actually got round to splashing any money.
Good to see that there is life in the diy ECU scene - I assumed that it had died out.

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Uneven wear of poor quality front brake discs caused my Omega to vibrate.

Initially it would begin at around 80mph+ (130k?) but as it got worse it would begin at slower speeds.

By the time I changed the front discs it was starting at about 60mph/100k - I was pleasantly surprised when the shacking stopped because I didn't believe it could be the cause  :)

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Omega General Help / Re: Cam cover bolts
« on: 12 September 2021, 00:37:40 »
I bought a tiny torque wrench (and set it to 8Nm) for doing up all the 6mm screws.

It was money well spent because it is too easy to strip the thread on those tiny screws. It often happens at the end of a long day when you need to get the job finished and don't have time/patience to faff about.

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