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Omega General Help / V6 top end rattle
« on: 24 September 2020, 12:03:40 »
As per...

Fairly loud clatter / rattle very much like a diesel.

Timing overdue slightly (few thou, this is in hand soon as I can get to the very nice chap)
Oil weep (long standing leak, always suspected rear crank seal)
Coolant weep (getting worse, shot up to about a litre in the last week, versus maybe 1 litre a month-2month)
Oil pickup strainer cleaned earlier this year
Regular oil changes, last service only a couple of months ago

Concerned it's beginnings of timing slipping, however other posts on here suggest oil starvation, tappets.

Would have had her off the road long time ago but she's in daily use by other half as District Nurse, so ploughs through 1k miles a month. In spite of the above runs sweet as a nut, good mpg, smooth.

This clatter is forcing my hand though I've had enough, don't want to leave her like that if it's going to be serious. Thoughts?

General Car Chat / Halfrauds 200 piece on sale...
« on: 03 September 2020, 11:56:15 »
As title. Just a note to say the 200-piece is now on sale at 260 down from 325. The 175-piece is now back up to RRP, ( though you may get lucky and your local branch hasn't updated their prices on the 175 :y.) changed the prices yesterday  ;)

Obviously another nice chunk off if you have a Trade Card.

The recommended repair kit for our barrels as found here...

is discontinued, so, what's our options? Has anyone found any other places out there? Mine's getting a bit unhappy in this weather and want to get on it before we're left stranded.

Hope you're all still alive and well! Ta  :y

Omega General Help / Nurse requires Cambelt!
« on: 29 April 2020, 10:29:05 »
Well, it's that lovely time of the decade, cambelt time again  :y And as the Omega is the daily transport for the other half as Community Nurse I owe it to her to keep the Old Girl in roadworthy safe condition.

I had a very kind off from a fellow OOFer to do the job myself with him looking over my shoulder so to speak, checking I'm doing everything right, though I'm not sure under current guidelines that's going to happen, however I'll check with him in due course. Options are...

1. Ignore it (no!)
2. Take it to local garage (no!)
3. Do it myself (have the tools, not the confidence!)
4. See about other qualified OOF persons on here - doesnt matter the mileage I have to travel as I know it'll be a good standard of work, Serek etc...

We're between Stratford-upon-Avon and Northampton essentially in a cow field... what do we think?  :)

General Car Chat / 2.0 DTi Cat if anyone still owns one...
« on: 15 November 2019, 10:42:21 »
Just spotted this on my daily trawl through the web...

Genuine GM, bargain! Only thing is you'd need to own the DTi which is about three people in the UK, isnt it?  ;D

Omega General Help / Problem after problem after...
« on: 15 November 2019, 07:58:46 »
Without boring the bits off you all, suffice it to say my car's been in bits more than assembled over the last few weeks, and Miss DBG needs it for work 'tomorrow' each time, so pressure's always on to make sure she's running.

Fuel pump, sparks, oil n filters, done recently. Brand new DIS pack (last night) HTs with 4 years on them, always runs on Tesco Ultimatum and currently has a bottle of redex in the tank.

Slow to start today, and has started to get a bit slower recently. Fast turnover, good starter/alternator, but exactly the same as the other week when the fuel lines were purged. So I'm diagnosing FPR non-return valve is getting tired. Everyone concur? Just before I source another car part wanted everyone's opinions.  :y

General Car Chat / Well, that was fun!...
« on: 11 November 2019, 09:20:27 »
Last week my seven month old Catalytic converter started in touch with the retailer, they sent me another one out,

Because the car is in daily use I had the weekend only to do the job...then other half got called into work on Sat, and it was chucking it down, I was at work Sunday, finished at 3pm, get home, someone parked in such a way we couldnt quite get the car on the front garden patch of tarmac. So from 4pm till 7.30ish scrabbled around in the gutter, with the car not nearly high enough to do the job.

The replacement they sent, though from the same make (BM Cats) theyve changed the design,so for a pedant like me they now no longer 'match' no head shield any more, though the cat itself seems to have a painted finish - odd, also the flange to manifold looks to be an inferior design with larger holes without as much 'purchase' for the (soft metal) manifold nuts, the middle bracket is also a weaker design. The genuine GM gasket is in the bin, I guess they can't/shouldn't be reused.

::) Ah well! Then sat scraping off sealant to redo the scuttle, which is leaking causing a misfire.. until 10.30pm. this a one-off, or has BM cats' quality fallen off a cliff, too? The NS cat has only been on about a month, so if that starts grumbling in May I'll let you all know!


as may have been mentioned elsewhere, one of my lovely cats which I fitted when the weather was dry and warm has now failed  >:(, a new one has been sent out but this means (unless I can get away with it?) chucking the 7-month-old genuine Vx gasket in the bin. I have one spare, luckily, however I want one or two 'in stock' especially as the other cat may fail in a few months, who knows?

Ta in advance. I know aftermarket ones few quid on the 'bay, but trying to go genuine as it will - ahem - last (not in this case, it seems!)  :y

Miss DBG had cause to perform an emergency stop today, as the van and trailer ahead of her suddenly parted company. The thing wasn't attached properly. She opens the window as bloke walks over to the trailer asks "are you alright?" to which she gets a fairly nasty "yeh, why woulnd't I be?"  :o 'well, because your trailer just very nearly caused an accident' would be the answer.
The thing was clearly overloaded, the bloke has zero concept or remorse for what had transpired. As my Missus is still sat there with hazards on, as this mess is cleared up what's going the other way?...

...a PANDA CAR! Which promptly spins round, and ask Miss DBG what's happening. She relays the tale, of a poorly secured load, overloaded trailer, the need for an emergency stop - clocks her uniform (nurse) and learns that had there been an accident that's a written off car, not to mention a dozen elderly and vunerable people which wouldn't be seen today in the community (potential for missed medication/early warning signs of underlying health issues etc missed and so on) and the guy's attitude was also noted. Mr Plod took a dim view of this, and went for a nice wee chat with the van driver...

Not often we see a bit of justice in the universe, but ruddy nice when it does happen!  :y

Car Parts, bits For Sale & Wanted / WDT: Fuel pump asap - early type
« on: 04 November 2019, 07:28:05 »
with the spade connectors - alternatively a length of loom from a donor car that I could hack some spades on so I can clip my connectors onto it!


Bosch 0 580 314 097
90442402 Vauxhall
93181358 (saab)
90 412 220 Chevrolet
8 15 001 Opel

obviously walk into a motor factors - but if anyone's got on in the midlands-ish area I will gladly drive out to collect today  :)

Omega General Help / Oohh dear... not starting!
« on: 30 October 2019, 08:21:16 »
First thing this morning nice and chilly she wouldn't start. Turning over fast like a good 'un, starter and battery clearly very good. Immediately think...

1 Crank sensor
2 Fuel pump
3 Fuel pump fuse / Relay

1 Been good as gold not started 'dickey' at any point
2 Car at 20 litres, if fuel pump was on its way out would have started with a struggle, but eventually fired, getting progressively worse as fuel level drops.
3 Tried swapping fuse 19 with headlamp - car started!  ;D

But... Headlamps also worked  ??? Could be a fracture in the fuse, I hear sometimes old fuses can have a crack and can be dickey, but for now happy to assume it's perfectly fine.

I'm thinking crank sensor for now - don't want to send my car out with Miss DBG (who needs it for work reliably ) until I've solved the problem "the car starts" yes, but only through what I can assume pure luck. Equally I don't want to change it 'just because' - then she doesn't start again in a few days I've cured nothing. Am I missing anything else obvious?

General Car Chat / Autovaux Code
« on: 25 October 2019, 16:30:02 »
Just to let all know if you want anything from Autovaux (good site for genuine Vx ex-dealer stock, also now branching out to 'any part for any car' apparently... input code PAY10 at checkout for extra 10%

They very kindly sent me that email after I bought something two days ago!  ::)

'Only' 10% but if you feel that's not an amount of money worth bothering with just pm me and we can arrange 10% of your monthly earnings set up to a direct debit into my bank account  :D

Expires end of the month, chaps n chapesses.  :y

General Car Chat / Code readers... what to buy?
« on: 24 October 2019, 13:28:11 »
As per title, really! Obviously there's the one which shall not speak its name, I seem to hear decent things about Autel, but that's not just one model of course. I would have to work a 1996 Omega V6 and probably a 2007 Volvo C30, ideally be a bit 'futureproofed' for anything else that may appear in the fleet in the coming years, I like to buy good once, not rubbish three times.  :)

Thoughts? Experience? Ta in advance as always  :y

Omega General Help / Autochanger repair?
« on: 15 October 2019, 17:04:55 »
Just decided it will change discs, but won't play any of them... as this is now my third (used) autochanger, I'm not particularly in the market for another used one, because they're just a bit of a ticking time bomb. I have the former two autochangers still kicking about, however. So... anyone any good at repairing these/know of anyone?

I know the answer is 'bah, just replace for a modern head unit, why do you want CDs, you're an old man etc'  :D but I would like to retain my autochanger.

DC012, as per early FLs, by the way that goes with the SC804 head unit.  :y

General Discussion Area / Electrickery musings...
« on: 13 October 2019, 17:16:43 »
Looking at some cheapish n cheerful battery chargers - not bottom end, but don't want to spend hundreds, either. I noticed a Draper (probably their base model) suggests "only suitable for upto 45ah batteries"  ???

now this made me stop in my tracks... I didn't realise this was 'a thing'

How can a charger possibly be underrated for a given job - surely a 1ah charger sticking juice in, for eg: 200ah battery will take a long time, days, whatever, but won't harm the battery?

Explain to me why I've got this wrong?  :D

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