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I have a renault clio 1.2 dynamique (2001). I had an incident the other day, when my car would not start on a cold day. Key was at full crank and the battery was fine. It required a push start, before the engine would start.

My query was whether I should take it to the garage to check the starter motor? My concern is that my car has been working fine since, and so mechanics may struggle to find anything wrong and I would feel like I have wasted my money. Also my starter motor was replaced a couple of months ago.

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Re: Push start

Get the battery load tested and the alternator output checked. Many decent battery suppliers (I wouldn't recommend the so-called fast fit outlets) will do such checks for free.
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Re: Push start

Another point worth noting is that push-starting a car is one of the fastest ways to destroy the catalytic convertor, as raw fuel combusts inside it, rather than inside the cylinders.


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Re: Push start

Get the earth lead strap on the starter motor motor checked. If the battery is fine and you have a new starter motor then intermittent starts are usually a grounding issue.

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