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Does anybody know if a TDC unit is likely to be in stock at a regular garage?
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I doubt if your average garage would stock a TDC sensor unless they specialise in Renaults - but I believe GSF now stock after-market units. See link below
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Originally Posted by Vincent Gooren View Post
Does anybody know if a TDC unit is likely to be in stock at a regular garage?
Hi Vincent, they are less than 20 (17'ish + vat) from Renault (unless the price has gone up very receintly)... and youll be sure of getting the correct one ... as Noel says GSF do them but personally I'm not a big fan ... too many of their parts are wrong/incorrect for my likeing.

Hope it helps

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Question TDC sensor connector problems

I pass this on FWIW, but it makes sense to me:

I was told by a very experienced Renault mechanic that a lot of the problems with the TDC sensor are in fact with the connector. He said that in the dealers they routinely used to bend the connectors in the plug so that they have a tighter contact with the terminals in the sensor.

I had a problem with the TDC sensor on my Kangoo, removed it, cleaned the little metal tip, problem went away for a few weeks. Trouble was, the tip was hardly dirty and I couldn't see why 'cleaning' it made much difference. In the process, of course, I removed and reattached the plug, and it could well have been this that made the difference.

When it went wrong again I didn't bother removing the sensor but followed the mechanic's advice, along with some contact cleaner - I haven't had a problem for about 10 months now.

I know these TDC sensors are relatively cheap, but it would be nice to know how many are replaced completely unncecessarily, and whether what is actually fixing the problem is just unplugging and plugging the contacts!

The other thing that would be interesting - what exactly is the mode of failure of these units? Does the wiring for some reason break, does the tip become magnetized, or what?
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post #45 of 72 (permalink) Old 6th June 2008
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Same story...mystery non-starting clio!


I have a 2001 Clio which, for the past couple of months, has been suffering from an intermittent starting problem. It can start fine one day then just turn over and not fire the next.

I took it to a garage who diagnosed the problem as a faulty ignition coil and they duly replaced the part. However, the problem remains and I even went home on a low loader last wk!

I've taken it back to the garage twice who say no problem is diagnosed - it obviously doesn't play up when there! However, two years ago I had a problem with the TDC and got this replaced and I am fairly sure this is the cause again. Since no garage can officially diagnose this, how easy is it for me to take it off and clean it, or replace if necessary?
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