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Re: Renault Megane - Radio And Time Display Bulb Replacement

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Fixed. Bulbs at Halfords £1.99 each (Goddam expensive)
Dashboard top came of in < 5 mins and clipped back perfectly aligned.
Mate, can you tell me what kind the bulbs were that you bought? Did you buy the bare bulbs or complete with the plastic sockets??

I need to replace mine as well and I've got them out already, but they look totally different than any standard socket I've seen. One can remove the bulbs from the plastic sockets but I couldnt find a source for the bare bulbs either (4.8mm dia. x11mm long, around 1W). I attached a pic of the parts in question. A standard 1.2W bulb in a B8.5d socket is shown on top for comparison and would be fine in terms of brightness, but that socket is too big and doesn't fit into the holes of the radio display
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Re: Renault Megane - Radio And Time Display Bulb Replacement

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Mate, can you tell me what kind the bulbs were that you bought? Did you buy the bare bulbs or complete with the plastic sockets??

I need to replace mine as well and I've got them out already, but they look totally different than any standard socket I've seen. One can remove the bulbs from the plastic sockets but I couldnt find a source for the bare bulbs either (4.8mm dia. x11mm long, around 1W). I attached a pic of the parts in question. A standard 1.2W bulb in a B8.5d socket is shown on top for comparison and would be fine in terms of brightness, but that socket is too big and doesn't fit into the holes of the radio display
Hiya,
in the top dash, for the clock-radio display, all mine were as per the black one in the picture.

I recently changed the bulbs for the bottom dash, for the heater/blower controls. They were push-fit type. None of mine were anything like the yellow ones in your picture. The loose bulb in your picture, did you pull that from the yellow holder? It looks like it shouldn't have been...if so.
I'm sure it won't be a unique Renault bulb, I mean......why go to the bother of that when there are already hundreds on the market.
Halfords, or a more knowledgeable independant shop will sort you out I'm sure.
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Re: Renault Megane - Radio And Time Display Bulb Replacement

I think you've got the combined radio/clock display then - I've got the one with the two separate displays - the clock has that normal black lamp, and the radio display is a small Philips made box with these two yellow lamps in it. And yes, the bulb was pulled from the holder. Its 4.8mm in diameter like the bulbs in the black holders, just shorter without that glass plug socket. Anyway I'll probably just fit in the standard plug bulbs - they'll stick out a little further but it shouldn't matter much, there's plenty of room where they plug into.

The bigger picture:
This car is a full time job (honestly, I'm a student, but at the moment what I'm doing is pretty much this: 6 days a week working on the car, 1 day studying , and that's been going on for over 2 months now). The reason the lamp went was the radio LCD acting weird - looked like some humidity got onto the display connector. So I removed the display and cleaned it, put it back together, it was fine again but then one of the two lamps stayed dark. Now another broken thing - a few days later, I started up the engine and turned up the heater fan on level 1. A few seconds later it went to full power and stayed that way, no matter on which level I set it. Don't worry though I got that one figured out and its rather easy and cheap to fix . I just hope there's an end in sight because the coolant is slightly leaking from the water pump, the cam belt should be changed, and if I'm really lucky the head gasket needs replacing too because the coolant system was full of goo (probably not flushed in 14 years), the oil rusty brown, and almost 1 liter of coolant disappeared in 2 months with the car not being moved - either it went dripping out the water pump, or into the engine oil , the latter being more likely with all the white smoke I'm now getting out of the exhaust ). Anyway, I hope I can postpone those complicated works until spring when its nice and warm outside. Right now I'm fixing the small things like door locks that wont unlock with the central locking, broken plastic bits, broken fog lights (the lenses fell off when I fiddled with them ), water entry into rear lights, squeaking noises here and there and lots of other stuff... But if the engine doesn't make it till spring, too bad

I know it should be the other way around - fix the important stuff first and the minor things later, but the minor things are just more fun and rewarding to fix
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Re: Renault Megane - Radio And Time Display Bulb Replacement

Yes, combi clock Radio display at top of dash.
Well, at least u r learning about fixing stuff!
But, those faults sound pretty "Deep pocket".
If the white smoke is indeed the coolant (Hard to tell in this cold weather sometimes) then I would suspect that the expansion tank would actually smell of exhaust. Also, if the dipstick and / or the inside of the oil filler cap shows traces of "Mayo", then the water is getting into the oil .
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Re: Renault Megane - Radio And Time Display Bulb Replacement

Yeah, "deep pocket" at least for someone who doesn't fix it themselves. I'm sure I could do it but not at these temps and we don't have a garage or anything like that.
I have "Mayo" under the cap, but only now after the car has been sitting in my yard for 3 months and then ran once for a few minutes at 2000 rpm - it wasn't there when I bought it in June and also not after a few weeks of driving. The oil was a long life 10W40 that is now almost watery and at the end of its lifespan since March. Hopefully changing it will improve things a little (thicker oil - less leakage?). At the very least I can then tell with certainty that there is a mixing of oil & water going on and how bad it is.
As for the coolant, it was a little bit acidic - I read that this can be normal aging of the coolant (it was in there 14 years I'm pretty sure, none of the coolant hoses showed signs of removal)... but also it could support the theory of gasket failure since CO2 from the exhaust gas can also make it turn acidic.
I flushed the entire system but there wasn't much dirt coming out. At least nothing was blocked, radiators seem fine, just the hoses have this greasy film on the inside walls.
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