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Re: Clio help needed please! (Sorry if its in the wrong place)

Originally Posted by NatalieR View Post
Thank you.
Just managed to get the car started, after a couple of attempts. Its been taken around the block a couple of times and seems fine, except a clicking sound which only can be heard before the car gets past a certain amount of revs....anyone any idea what this could be?

I dont think there is a problem with the battery now, but could it be any wiring if theres a noise like that?

thanks again
Is the clicking when the car is running, or just stationary? Is it related to engine revs? Does it come from the engine?

If the car has actually been sitting for a long time, you might have compressed the tappet. Just letting the engine run will allow the oil back into the hydraulic tappet (can take a good few minutes).

One other unlikely option; wait until this evening, open the bonnet and look at the engine when it is dark. You might have a spark tracking to the block, and that would be heard as a clicking. You will see it as a miniature lightning flash around/near the plug. If so, turn off the engine, and then clean around the plug to prevent the tracking. (Tracking at a spark plug would also increase chances of a mis-fire, making the engine lumpy, and harder to start)

But wiring is unlikely to be causing a noise, unless it is physically rubbing against a moving part. And then it won't last long...
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