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General Car Chat / Re: Brand new Corsa.
« on: Today at 16:27:17 »
Actually, small cars have grown to improve crash protection and allow airbags to function safely, especially side/window/head protection bags.

SUVs and the like only exist because marketing wank tells us that we need/want them.

People don't buy traditional mid size cars any more because many manufacturers don't produce them, especially for the UK market.

Go somewhere sensible, like Spain, and you can buy saloon and/or estate versions of affordable/sensible cars.

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General Car Chat / Re: Rear Brakes Question
« on: Today at 15:42:12 »
Each hub is a separate system. Adjusting just the lever does nothing to allow for wear/binding discrepancies across the axle.

Also if you adjust the lever cable first, then you may not be able to correctly adjust the shoes. The operating lever should always be the last adjustment on any such mechanism.

3-5 clicks is the accepted optimum range as it is enough to ensure application but not too much to allow for stretch and future adjustment. The Omega handbrake mechanism is NOT self adjusting.

It still makes me wonder why Vauxhall (and perhaps other manufacturers) did not design the system to automatically adjust the handbrake cable / rear pads together. ::) ::)
They are separate and independent systems.

The hydraulic caliper/cab service brake is self adjusting by design.

Brake shoes are a bit more mechanical in how they apply force. In a service applicantion these have a self adjusting element to allow for the significant increase in friction material wear. In parking/emergency brake applications these are almost never self adjusting.

BMW and Mercedes have both been long term users of rear discs with the parking brake being contained within the hub drum of the disc brake. The Omega is no different in this regard.

Using the service brake caliper/pad is at first glance a simpler arrangement. The reality is the polar opposite. The mechanism to actuate the parking brake is a screw mechanism behind the piston and these can fail/bind, also the mechanical versions are prone to releasing as the pads and discs cool. Electrical versions use a motor to drive the mechanism to apply the piston which over applies itself in order to allow for cooling, but eventually this strips the gears within it and they fail. Usually when applied.

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I have hotspots on my drivers seat too.  ;D
Matching stains too I shouldn't wonder ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Rear Brakes Question
« on: Today at 15:03:45 »
Each hub is a separate system. Adjusting just the lever does nothing to allow for wear/binding discrepancies across the axle.

Also if you adjust the lever cable first, then you may not be able to correctly adjust the shoes. The operating lever should always be the last adjustment on any such mechanism.

3-5 clicks is the accepted optimum range as it is enough to ensure application but not too much to allow for stretch and future adjustment. The Omega handbrake mechanism is NOT self adjusting.

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On the heating element itself.

The end of the wiring at the seat connection is pretty bombproof. The heater pad itself flexes and breaks. Shorts cause hot spots and the resistors fail.

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Omega General Help / Re: Breakdown
« on: Today at 13:43:52 »
Unfortunately Darren is the Parts Manager at Baylis Gloucester so that presents a problem for now but have listened and will make a choice
That doesn't stop him from being an idiot.
Having had a chat with the parts manager at Robbins and Day, perhaps he isn't an idiot, but he wasn't very helpful.

Apparently the supplier to Vauxhall no longer produces parts. As far as 90540743 is the last official Omega part number.

Obviously GM has a longer term approach, as the 2.6/3.0/3.2 DBW lump is used in various vehicles upto 2006/7. Everytime a production run ends, they change the part number. Ergo, the number I gave isn't recognised by VX as a VX part even though it is the current correct part for the crank sensor.

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Omega General Help / Re: Breakdown
« on: Today at 11:27:15 »
Unfortunately Darren is the Parts Manager at Baylis Gloucester so that presents a problem for now but have listened and will make a choice
That doesn't stop him from being an idiot.

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Omega General Help / Re: Breakdown
« on: Today at 11:03:07 »
Darren is an idiot.

Bob Steel parts +1 321-806-1585.

They open at 1 (our time).

The car is either a 2001/2 Cadillac Catera or give them your VIN.

Alternatively give them the part number that Johnnydog provided and they will confirm that the number I gave you is the current one and should cost no more than $63 (plus shipping).

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General Discussion Area / Re: Nice steady ride in Wales
« on: Yesterday at 21:53:09 »
I wonder if the cyclist would have reported him if he wasn’t on one wheel? I agree with Ron but I expect the cyclist shit his Lycra’s 😂. Fu(£ing nark😂

My dash cam came with a card in the box with details of where to send any clips of people misbehaving on the road.  ::)  I drive with the utmost of road safety in mind so have nothing to fear on my dash cam, but I'd never send any clips in of other people misbehaving like the cyclist did.  :) 
It's a decent wheelie, fairly high but not high enough to be near the balancing point, so he can still roll on the power to accelerate. I'd be well pleased with that, and he's clearly no novice at it.
So, maybe a short ban and fine for the wheelie and not giving the cyclist the full 1.5m clearance, which then turned in to six months inside for lying about it.  ::)

Yeh but cyclists, especially the lycra clad variety are sanctimonious holier-than-thou types who can never do wrong!  :-X   ::)   ;D

For those on Twitter search out Jeremy Vine of Radio 2 who regularly posts up vids of cars and vans trying to kill him!   :)
Apparently not trying very hard :-X

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Omega General Help / Re: Breakdown
« on: Yesterday at 20:14:45 »
I would personally only by a GM branded crank sensor from a reputable source (not ebay/autovaux/etc) that take a chance on a Bosch labeled one sourced elsewhere.

My advice on the matter was always 'from a genuine Vx dealer that you genuinely had to walk into'

That has only changed because genuine Vx dealers genuinely seemed uninterested in finding the current part number and insist that the old number is NLS. If that means buying it from a GM Dealer 3,000 miles away, then so be it.

Bob Moore Chevrolet closes at 8pm EST, which is 1 am here. Worth the cost of a phone call IMHO.

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Omega General Help / Re: Breakdown
« on: Yesterday at 20:00:38 »
Wish it was $25 showing as $182 for me
I saw that, hence exploring further... Summit is $27.99 +$41.99 shipping.

The dealer in my other post may be able to beat the shipping if you prefer to by from a dealer.

Also, armed with this part number, you might find that it is available from stock in the UK rom your local VX Dealer...

Ultimately the preferred choice if the price is competitive.  ;)

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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Post New Dis Pack Woes
« on: Yesterday at 19:56:59 »
The light may not be a current issue, but without it, you're only guessing as to what caused it to come on.

If the light is now off, do we care what put it on?  ::)
;D

We don't, but the owner of the car should be interested...

I can see the next thread... "EML light is on again. What could it be?" or words to that effect  :-X


To satisfy just you, the light was on because of plug number 4 mis-firing, and staying on when I drove two miles home.  I replaced the Dis Pack and so got all cylinders firing.  The light didn’t clear straight away, but left overnight the check system settled down so when I fired the engine up again, all was well.  Simples.

I have been doing car mechanics, and now reading the OOF guides for decades, so am not a complete novice.  I was worried yesterday when the light would not go off, got reassurances on here that it could be very temporary, which it was thank goodness. :y

I am sure I will encounter more challenges with this now 18.5 year old car, as I have in the past, but I now do not lose sleep over a bloody car.  If the light comes back on, so be it. I will deal with it as I do with all challenges.

One of my daughters sons is partnered with a young women who last week gave birth to a baby by ‘C’ section under emergency conditions at St. Thomas Hospital London, warned that the baby, a grand daughter for me, could not live long, and so it died 6 days later.  That for me at the moment is far more important than any fxcking car :'(
Sorry to hear about your Granddaughter. Some things are indeed more important than cars.

The misfire code was a presumption without the actual code.

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If the existing gearbox fits, then yes, the clutch will be unaffected.

The accelerator pedal depends entirely on the set up on both engines...

If both cable throttles then swapping the cable should be OK. If both electronic then that complicates matters, and the solution depends on how much of the E39 you have... ie dash looms etc.

Another consideration is that the pre 2001 2.5 dti Omega as sold in the UK is a small pool of early face-lift cars so the engine management will probably be different in the DTS/E39.

If you can find one, a rough rhd Omega with the straight six lump should provide most of the parts to simplify the swap as all the looms and throttle gubbins will fit your current Omega with the minimum of fuss.

Also consider that things such as subframe, front springs and cooling systems will be very different to the 2.2 ;)

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Omega General Help / Re: Breakdown
« on: Yesterday at 19:29:26 »
Good price indeed in the US always seem to do better than us
Indeed, and even if shipping is $25 on top, it is still almost half what VX charge :o

I would add, that you should shop around. Summit Racing, for example, can deliver the same part for around $70/£52.

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General Car Chat / Re: One for Sir Tigger
« on: Yesterday at 19:25:47 »
Somebody told me the Marina was essentially 1950's design technology tarted up for the early seventies, and passed off as 'new'.

I don't think it pushed the boundary of what was possible in 1971. ;)

I prefer the All-Aggro.......not that it was much better.
Don't forget the "All new" rebodied incarnations that replaced it... aka the Ital :D

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