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Re: A few questions regarding clio MKII

To have a stab at your questions:

Originally Posted by Owen.C View Post
Hi guys, I recently bought a 2001 clio 1.4 16v and I have a few questions about it.

Firstly I can't find any record of a timing belt replacement, they're meant to be done at 72k or 5 years I believe. The car hasn't done 72k yet but it should have had 2 new cam belts by now. Is there anyway I can tell how warn/old the current one is and is the quote of 650~ for new cam belt and water pump reasonable (I got a quote from renault because I believe it needs renault spec locking pins)

There's no real way to check a timing belt otehr than inspect its condition but it deffo needs one now IMHO. Shop about matey as there's loads of specialists out there that can do this for you properly for between 380-450 so find one local to you as most have the tooling.

Next the car is a pain to pull away in, you really have to rev it to stop it stalling and if it's cold the revs drop quite a lot when you touch the throttle and it comes of it's cold idle speed. 2 other people who drove this car have similar problems but like me they have been driving diesels for quote a while. I could just be being a whiny ***** as this is the first petrol car I've driven, but I would still like to know of any common faults which may cause this.

Could be a few issues really, possibly linked to the temp sensor issue below or maybe an HO2 fault. A specialist with access to the vehicles live data will be able to trace it though.

And finally how stable should the temp guage be, I noticed on the ph2 model it never budged from horizontal but on mine it's often below that and when idling/traffic/parking it rises slightly. Not enough for a fan or anything but I thought I'd mention it as the ph2 was pretty much constantly the same once it was up to temperature.

Temp gauges should be fairly stable however the needle type guages do fluctuate more than the electronic read outs as they don't work with "range blocks" but it should be a fairly stable and smooth "sweep" motion (No jumping). A petrol engines temps will rise slightly without airflow thru the radiator in traffic and low speed situations though so fret not. Maybe have a new stat fitted with the timing belt and water pump though for extra piece of mind

Thanks for any replies guys.
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