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Renault Clio 2 - 1.2 Power Loss*FIXED*
I'm hoping what I have described here may help somebody else!
2002 Clio 1.2 petrol, apx 50k miles. Developed power loss over a period of weeks and reached the point where it became impossible to start. Diagnostic gear failed to identify the fault (there's a surprise!). All the obvious points were checked but to no avail. However with a view to checking the
I tested the vacuum reading and found it was zero - no vacuum at all at cranking speed! Removal of the inlet manifold (fiddly) found no fault. As a last resort, I dropped the exhaust pipe and the engine roared (literally) into life. Further investigation revealed that the cat was totally blocked! As a temporary measure I removed the front pipe and smashed the cat internals to pieces. The car is now running perfectly. I won't be ordering a new cat from Renault as the car owner is strapped for cash. Yes non-genuine ones are not so good but it will be OK for a year or two by which time the car will have been disposed of!
Does any of this sound familiar? Could apply to any car, not just a Renault.
Currently in triumph2.5man's garage: