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Caitlin, East Dunbartonshire

Renault Clio

A few months ago I got a 2011 Clio 1.2l and the other day I went to use the cigarette lighter socket for the first time to charge my phone and noticed that it had came apart, as this is my first car I have no idea what I should do. Hopefully someone will be able to give me some advice

Submitted: 02/05/2015 21:54:42 | ID: 115504

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Rebecca, West Midlands

Renault Clio

My driver`s door will lock using the button on the handle but won't unlock automatically like it should. Passenger door is fine. Any help appreciated

Submitted: 22/04/2015 20:59:42 | ID: 115072

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Holly, Tyne and Wear

Renault Clio

Hi, my headlights come on as soon as I turn the engine on whether it is day or night. My headlights go off when I put the indicator on. I read about auto lights and tried to see if it was this by turning the light switch on and off twice but it didn't turn off the lights. Can anyone help please?

Submitted: 22/04/2015 18:40:05 | ID: 115068

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Liz, Wiltshire

Renault Clio

My sat nav and radio won't come on ever since I had my driver's door window winder mended. Any help urgently required. Thanks

Submitted: 22/04/2015 06:54:42 | ID: 115039

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Rebecca Manning, Norfolk

Renault Clio

Hello, I bought my car on 14th Feb 2015, it's my first car as I'm only 17. My car was working fine until just recently when my oil light keeps coming on, there are no leaks but keeps using oil and my engine rattles! No water in oil or vice versa, and car starts well just rattles! When I accelerate there is a strong smell of oil if I accelerate too hard, I don't know if this is connected? Can anyone help or give me advice? Thank you in advance.

Submitted: 20/04/2015 22:21:55 | ID: 114996

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liz, Bedfordshire

Renault Clio

Hi, can you please tell me why my accelerator cable keeps breaking? This is my 3rd one in 2 and a half years, thanks

Submitted: 20/04/2015 10:00:55 | ID: 114960

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tricia, North Lanarkshire

Renault Clio

My Clio runs as if it`s only running on 3 cylinders. A mate suggested sticky valve. I know nothing about cars, so any advice would be great. It seems to be the warmer the car is the more shuddery it drives. Also shudders slightly when stationary. Plugs, leads etc are all fine. Thanks in advance...

Submitted: 19/04/2015 23:59:28 | ID: 114952

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Laura Johnston, Antrim

Renault Clio

Hi, I have a 2007 1.2 petrol clio campus with 100,000 miles. When idling it begins to judder and then stalls. The diagnostics test says there are no major errors. Could anyone please help me?

Submitted: 18/04/2015 14:57:49 | ID: 114867

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Hannah Griffiths, Carmarthenshire

Renault Clio

My dipped head lights don't work. The side lights and full lights work. I have had the indicator stalk replaced and that hasn't worked. Have had the dipped lights bulbs tested and they work but they don`t work when connected up to the car. Anyone had this problem?

Submitted: 16/04/2015 20:34:38 | ID: 114801

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Donna, Lancashire

Renault Clio

Hello, my hydraulic that lifts my boot up is making a hissing sound all of a sudden? Is this an issue? Should I be worried? It is due its first service in two weeks, would you wait and get them to look at it? Thank you

Submitted: 16/04/2015 01:45:29 | ID: 114760

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Eleanor, Bath and North East Somerset

Renault Clio

My radio and also bluetooth have stopped working but the TomTom sat nav seems OK. There is no sound and the steering wheel column controls don't have any impact either?

Submitted: 13/04/2015 20:06:52 | ID: 114673

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brian mcquater, Cardiff

Renault Clio

My lights randomly go out, garage has twice looked at it, can`t find the fault, please help

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The fuse box - try replacing it! joanne from Armagh

Submitted: 12/04/2015 02:43:10 | ID: 114604

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Christopher Ward, City of Glasgow

Renault Clio

Hi My driver seatbelt keeps jamming and is taking a lot of effort now to stretch it across and click. Is this normal after some time or will I need to take it to a garage to get it fixed? My car is 2011 renault clio tom tom

Submitted: 09/04/2015 21:11:37 | ID: 114512

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ken, North Yorkshire

Renault Clio

Does anybody know why clock lights go out when you put lights on?

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They should only dim and not go out altogether - I think the car presumes that if you put the lights on it is dark outside and therefore, the internal lights dim so they are not too bright while you are driving. If your lights go out altogether, it could be an electrical fault. Jacobee from Cheshire

Submitted: 08/04/2015 20:34:06 | ID: 114462

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Jacobee, Cheshire

Renault Clio

I have a Renault Clio 2012 Expression and I cannot figure out how to set the time. The Driver's Manual instructions do not work - in fact, neither display shown matches the dash display in my car! The instructions tell me to use the buttons on the end of the wipers control stick but they only reset the mileage info. I cannot seem to change the clock on the display at all. Has anyone got the same model car and worked out how to do this? Thanks.

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I have worked it out! It is the button on the bottom right of the radio/cd panel (it looks like a T and an upside down T next to each other). Click that button and the settings options appear on the screen. You can then scroll to 'clock' and change the time. Jacobee from Cheshire

Submitted: 31/03/2015 17:11:33 | ID: 114128

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Paul, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Renault Clio

Can somebody Advise before take to garage. Inbetween 40 and 50 mph car shakes uncontrollably but when past 50 it's fine. Any ideas?

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sounds like your tracking needs sorting louby from Lincolnshire

Sounds more like wheel balancing to me which if out of balance usualy shudders between 50-60 mph then grives through to smooth. Have the fronts balanced. Paul from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 31/03/2015 17:04:24 | ID: 114126

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linda halliday, Antrim

Renault Clio

atuo box warning light comes on car what can i do as if it wants to go in to 4 geer

Submitted: 31/03/2015 10:13:50 | ID: 114094

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Russell, West Sussex

Renault Clio

My sons car runs perfectly when not damp or raining, but as soon as it rains the car won't start. We called the AA yesterday due to a none start. The AA believe its the ECU and needs replacing ?? today after no rain and being dry. the car started with no problem. Has anyone had this themselves and willing to share the remedy for this problem

Submitted: 29/03/2015 18:54:59 | ID: 114051

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Eileen, Lancashire

Renault Clio

The driver`s side electric window will not work although the passenger side does. Do these work from the same fuse?

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Hi, you will need to change the dual switch in the driver`s door. I've gone through 3 switches now they are prone to breaking .. only £10 on ebay and take about a minute to fit yourself nathan wright from Merseyside

Hi, you will need to change the dual switch in the driver`s door. I've gone through 3 switches now they are prone to breaking .. only £10 on ebay and take about a minute to fit yourself nathan wright from Merseyside

Submitted: 25/03/2015 15:56:07 | ID: 113831

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kate hinchliffe, South Yorkshire

Renault Clio

Hi there I really need some help...I have a Renault Clio 1.2 1999 and its just started losing power I have noticed that sometimes the oil light comes on but the oil is fine and the engine is very loud too...could someone please help as I need to get this fixed

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common fault for RENAULT,I have clio 1.2 reg 2001 does the same when starting and open the fan or heater ,some ppple says to clean throttle body but mine tested and found out that alternator is drawing lots of power from something,could be the heater or Radio,but it is something to do with electronics Turning the engine off and on again will do the trick check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e1kCKB3Qyc Abdul Said from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 24/03/2015 18:41:55 | ID: 113776

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Hayley Storey, Lincolnshire

Renault Clio

Hello, I keep having random smells of petrol coming from my car while I am parking and it`s coming through my heating but am not sure. Please could you help me? Thankyou Hayley

Submitted: 22/03/2015 23:41:21 | ID: 113682

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lee, Lancashire

Renault Clio

Hi, I have a 2.I Sport on a 52 plate. When I first got the car 3 months ago it blew white smoke out and smelt of petrol and was running as if it was only firing on 3. It cleared after a while and I took it to my local garage, nothing showed up they said. It has been fine up till today when it did it again, I had been on the motorway for 10 mins then came off and parked up, it took a while to start and when it did it was lumpy to say the least. At traffic lights we noticed a smell of petrol and white /blue smoke coming from the exhaust, was going to nurse it to nearest safe place to leave it but it cleared again, but I have lost any trust in the car now. Any ideas please as me and the garage seem to be at a loss?

Submitted: 22/03/2015 19:44:33 | ID: 113677

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David Simpson, Merseyside

Renault Clio

When idling the engine and body starts to judder. The engine still ticks over, and the juddering disappears when accelerating?

Submitted: 22/03/2015 17:52:41 | ID: 113668

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nicpauldav147@gmail.com, Durham

Renault Clio

Can anyone help I've a crunching noise from the drivers side on my 08 clio 1,5 dci initiale.only happens when you are going over a bump or down a dips.mechanic has drawn a blank.please help.thankyou

Submitted: 18/03/2015 07:55:43 | ID: 113468

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nicpauldav147@gmail.com, Durham

Renault Clio

Please help I've a crunching noise from drivers side when going over humps or down dips.mechanic has checked roll bar etc . No joy heard it's a common fault.anyone any ideas please it's driving me crazy.

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First check that the battery is tightened down, that happened to me. Next thing is the bottom arm or the link bar, there is a left and a right hand one. After that it will be the top end of the shock absorber. This can be tested at a garage with a movement bar to detect any loose play by checking the wheels for upward differential play. It could also be the top end of the coiled spring, sometimes these break off by a quarter of an inch and you can't see it until the car is jacked up. Good luck and I hope this helps, had these problems myself. Self taught James jimmy j from Cumbria

First check that the battery is tightened down, that happened to me. Next thing is the bottom arm or the link bar, there is a left and a right hand one. After that it will be the top end of the shock absorber. This can be tested at a garage with a movement bar to detect any loose play by checking the wheels for upward differential play. It could also be the top end of the coiled spring, sometimes these break off by a quarter of an inch and you can't see it until the car is jacked up. Good luck and I hope this helps, had these problems myself. Self taught, James jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 17/03/2015 17:55:47 | ID: 113456

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shan savage, Surrey

Renault Clio

Please can you tell me if my 2014 Clio car is able to supply power through the cigarette lighter socket when not running (engine turned off)? I want to purchase an in-car video recorder which will need to be powered by the car`s battery when the car is left parked up, through the use of a 12V car cigarette lighter power adaptor.

Submitted: 17/03/2015 14:29:41 | ID: 113447

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adrian, West Midlands

Renault Clio

My 2013 Clio 1.2 petrol would not turn over today. I put a new battery on it and it started fine. I tested the old one and it came up ok so I put it back on and it`s ok. I`m unsure if it`s an alternator problem or starter relay. Does anyone know the location of the starter relay please?

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No, I don't but I have got the same problem with my 2012 Clio. In the last month, it wouldn't start on three separate occasions. After several attempts and some pedal pumping it gets going and I don't think it is a battery problem. By the way - do you know how to re-set the clock on the dashboard in this model? :-) Jacobee from Cheshire

Submitted: 16/03/2015 20:14:20 | ID: 113423

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johan, South Africa

Renault Clio

Hi, I have a Clio 1.2 16 valve 2003 and I bought it for a bargain and the engine was in spares, so I rebuilt it and started it but now it doesn't want to rev up and idles very badly. I stuck my hand in the air box to feel the throttle, then my wife accelerated to see if the throttle is moving and it does open fully. Then I changed the fuel pump, cleaned all the connector plugs, cleaned all the earth cables where it connects, sprayed all the wiring plugs, but still nothing is better. Timing is 100% in order. I`ve tried everything and read everything that comes up to check. I`ve been struggling for 2 months on this car, no-one can fix it or tell me what is wrong. Is there anyone that can help? Please? Thank you.

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This could be the throttle sensor which is over £200 new. Look on ebay for a second hand one, it is located under the rocker cover and cannot be repaired. The 8v ones are cheaper but unfortunately for the 16 valve there is a big difference. Before you do this check the throttle sensor cable which is below the accelerator pedal, sometimes these have a bad connection and a simple spray of WD40 normally remedies it. If the central warning light like a coiled spring (in red) lights up on the display one of these is the culprit. James self taught Carlisle. jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 15/03/2015 23:22:16 | ID: 113377

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Tony, Gloucestershire

Renault Clio

I have had my Renault Clio (2001 1.1 model) about a year, it's been running fine all this time however recently it has started juddering and jumping whilst the engine is on. I have noticed that when I am driving it jolts quite violently sometimes yet other times it is smooth. Also when I am stationary and in neutral I watched the Rev counter move up and down very slightly as the car still jumps while not moving. Any know why it's doing this?

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This could be the throttle sensor, it is located behind the rocker cover and is reasonably easy to replace. The 8v ones cost about £45 but can be cheaper on Ebay. Before you do this check the throttle sensor cable which is below the accelerator pedal, sometimes these have a bad connection and a simple spray of WD40 normally remedies it. If the central warning light like a coiled spring (in red) lights up on the display one of these is the culprit. James, self taught Carlisle.jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 15/03/2015 09:03:24 | ID: 113342

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Jodie Ellis, Lancashire

Renault Clio

hi, my car starts perfectly fine (for now) and when i turn the engind off thr immobisor light tended to flash one every minute which i considered normal, around once a minute. When ive switched the engine off today i have noticed the speed of the flashes has increased significantly, does anybody know why this may be and is this going to cost me a lot of money in the long run if i do not get it sorted? i literally cannot find a diagnosis for this anywhere.

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Don`t worry this is normal and nothing to worry about, it`s just searching the inbuilt computer before setting itself. It sometimes happens but your immobiliser is working. Sometimes the key entry slot works loose and can cause this, that is where the key and coded link starts and finishes when you insert and withdraw the key. jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 07/03/2015 02:22:54 | ID: 112881

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John O'Dell, Bedfordshire

Renault Clio

Hi, I bought my Renault Clio (1.5 DCI tomtom diesel) 3 weeks ago and only noticed the other day a rattling noise outside, almost under the car, when I slowly move the car forward or back. I plan to take it to the Renault garage to get it checked out, but I`m wondering if anyone had any idea what it is? I only have to drive forward about 20 meters before it starts to make a rattling noise (like a small stone in the car somewhere). I can`t place its location but it`s definitely toward the front end of the car. I can`t work out what it is? Many thanks for your time.

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Check under your spare wheel in the boot first for a foreign object. Noise does funny things and gives the wrong impression of its actual location. Next jack each wheel up and spin for any noise. If you have a bottom engine cover check that nothing is lodged in it. More than that it`s the garage on a ramp. jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 05/03/2015 20:50:41 | ID: 112840

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ann, Middlesbrough

Renault Clio

Help me how do I get my back passenger door open as it's jammed on any suggestions thanks

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Unfortunately the door cover will have to come off. These pull off but with a little force, but there is a tool that can be bought on Ebay that levers the door off at the access points where the plugs are located. Be careful not to damage the door card, that is the official name for it. Replacement plastic fittings (plugs)can be bought on Ebay. The door lever connected to a coat hanger style fitting can then be pulled thus opening the door. Use plenty of Wd40 and a bit of grease which people seem to forget is part of a good car service these days and replace the door card by placing a cloth over the area and give the door card a tap with a hammer. Self taught, Carlisle. jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 25/02/2015 16:09:38 | ID: 112319

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ann, Middlesbrough

Renault Clio

I have a Renault Cleo back side passenger door won't open from inside or outside Iv took panel of but still won't open is there something rong with the lock if so how do I get me door open u got any suggestions thanls

Submitted: 25/02/2015 15:44:50 | ID: 112316

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Jacobee, Cheshire

Renault Clio

Hi everyone, I have just bought a 2012 plate Expression+ 3 door Clio and picked it up today (I got rid of my last one, a 2004 plate, because of water leaks, electrical problems and a revving / stalling engine). I am disappointed to say that despite only owning my Clio a few hours, I have already got a fault with it. If it has been raining (as it has been) and I open the boot, water pours from the boot latch - I got soaked the first time it happened. Water is clearly getting in somewhere and although I can duck out of the way and wait for the water to stop dripping, I am concerned about what this is doing to the car internally - needless to say, I am very disheartened to have bought a 2.5 year old car and already have a water leak! I thought trading in my old leaking Clio would solve my leak woes but apparently not. Has anyone else experienced this problem with this model and if so, what is the solution to fixing it? Renault - I am not impressed! Thanks in advance for your help.

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Do a MYCARCHECK on the internet to see if the car has a previous damage claim against it, failing that a visible check of the boots alignment needs checking and adjusted. jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 21/02/2015 00:01:27 | ID: 112017

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Jaime, West Midlands

Renault Clio

My temperature is saying 40 degrees when it is only about 8 degrees

Submitted: 20/02/2015 16:14:16 | ID: 111965

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suziwalker13@hotmail.co.uk, Staffordshire

Renault Clio

Hi, I have a Clio 07. I press fob on the key to open the car and the boot`s still locked, open boot with button on the fob and it opens, close it and try to open by hand with the button on boot it will not open, use fob button to unlock central locking and the boot unlocks but boot pops open?

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Change the fob battery Cr1025 3v and clean the entire fob inside and out with WD40. jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 20/02/2015 15:50:26 | ID: 111963

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Charlotte, Norfolk

Renault Clio

H, my 2013 Clio has started to beep when I turn into corners. I have the 1.5 diesel model. Anyone have any ideas what this is?

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Mine does to, it is because your either going around fast or notifiying you are close to the objects! Hope this helps. David from Powys

Mine does to, it is because your either going around fast or notifiying you are close to the objects! Hope this helps. David from Powys

Submitted: 19/02/2015 08:54:43 | ID: 111861

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mary, Lancashire

Renault Clio

just got car from dealers and brakes make hissing sound when pressed they say this is normal is this the case

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As it is new, yes. Don't worry. David from Powys

It is normal . It is the brakes servo unit in operation. jimmy j from Cumbria

Submitted: 18/02/2015 02:22:26 | ID: 111770

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Denise, Bedfordshire

Renault Clio

Recently had my windscreen replaced auto lights were then not working, replaced the sensor but still not working and now have no headlights on dipped beam on either side. Any advice please?

Submitted: 14/02/2015 10:30:01 | ID: 111502

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Adam Walton, West Midlands

Renault Clio

My girlfriend has got a Renault Clio 1.4 16 valve + 3 door with keyless entry and we were checking if the car`s alarm actually worked? I sat inside and she purposely locked me in and walked off 20ft to see if I could set the alarm off being inside the car... Nothing happened so we decided to open the window and lock the vehicle to see if I could set the alarm off... Still nothing happened at all so I was wondering, has the car even got one, because it would be great to hear the alarm go off if someone tried getting in and taking the vehicle? If anyone has any answers it would be lovely to find out.

Submitted: 11/02/2015 21:51:50 | ID: 111340

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