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You seem to be right Lassie. I was confused with the Dci engine which has a slot in the crank and doesn't require a screwed pin. The older Renault engines had a locating hole drilled in the crankshaft whereas the more recent petrol engines have a flat machined on the web of the crank. From reading the Haynes manual they say to position the engine at TDC on number one cylinder (remember on Renaut engines its the one closest to the flywheel). Looking from the front of the engine turn the crank about 10 degrees or so anti-clockwise - screw in the correct length of pin - then turn the engine clockwise until it stops and the pin should be in contact with the web. The crank is then at its proper timing point.

See attached link below to a pin kit which apparently is supplied with instructions. Also see attached pic of typical pins.
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