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Hey,


I've a problem with my Clio IV 2016 that is bothering me if it's normal on Renault's. Basically when the car is on a road that isn't "leveled" I ear some "clicks" like if the car was bending. Normally I don't hear it because I have the radio on, but with the radio off is really annoying.



Video with sound: https://cld.pt/dl/download/086b5afd-feae-4e6d-b198-494b93b3b87e/VID_20180713_131224_583.mp4



I know some another person with a Megane from 2012 and he says this is completely normal on Renault cars, but for me it's really strange.



The car was on renault dealer making the oil change and "revision" and they said everything was in good shape / good.


Should I worry?


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I don't have a mk4 clio but it doesn't sound normal to me. Your car is still under warranty? I would mention it to the dealer
 

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The car made 2 years last month.

The sound in the video it's not as clear as it is in "real life". The sound appears to be the plastics bending, but the strange thing is that you can't reproduce it when touching the plastics... It's like if the car structure bends making the plastic do this noise...
 

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I went to the dealer. They tested it and said it's normal for the chassis to "bend" and that it was bad if it didn't. But they also said to leave the car with them next week so they can take a look if they can reduce the noises.
 

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What a lot of crap!!

Modern cars don't bend - watch any modern front wheel drive car on a race track, and you'll see them lift a back wheel when cornering. that's because a modern bodyshell is so rigid.

Old cars, like a Triumph Herald with a separate chassis maybe, but a modern monocoque? No way.
 

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Can you hear where the noise is coming from? Is it from the sides, or around the dashboard, or below you?

You filmed the door - is it possible it could be the door panels moving? Maybe they have been taken off to check an electric window or door lock, and been put on without some packing pieces or similar bits, which are allowing them to move and squeak.

Or is the door not fully closing, maybe the lock needs adjusted to pull the door fully closed.

Don't give up, if you can find what is making the noise, you can then try a fix like adjustment, extra fixings, rubber washers etc. My son in law had an annoying noise in his new Mazda - it was the overhead light panel above the windscreen and a few extra packers and rubber washers stopped it flexing/moving.
 

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The noise appears to come from all the car, but it's much worse in the right side near the pillar. The sound on the video, for example, only appears to come from the passenger door and the pillar next to it.



I can accept a few "noises" on some grounds, on all the car, I know plastic quality isn't the best on the models, but for example, the left side door of the driver sometimes do some "click" noises but it's very rarely when compared to the right side. The passenger door / pillar is always making some cracking noise even on flat surfaces if the car shakes a bit or finds a surface that is not completely flat. All the noises appears to be the plastics "cracking" to my hear, but if you touch them you can't reproduce, so I think it's the chassis that is moving and making the plastics do noises.


When the Renault mechanic tested the car he said the problem was the chassis for sure, he said the chassis appears to be moving a bit making the plastics do the noises.
 

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Very strange, admittedly our car is a little newer, it's a 2017, about 9000 miles, but it's smooth and solid feeling, and has no creaks or other odd noises, we call it our mini-limo...….

Fingers crossed that they find something and sort it out for you.
 

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I wonder could be it be broken spot welds on the A pillar to the roof? I think I seen something about that on here before.


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They said it isn't any broken welds...


Car is back and ok for now, they said it was bad lubrication of the power windows, and some other things in the car. They cleaned the windows and lubricated it and now everything is ok without noises... I hope it lasts. Any suggestions on how to maintain it, clean etc?


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I know that more than a year already passed by, but just to add some more feedback on this.

The issue was related to bad lubrication of the door seals and the power window seals, so when the car was under some torsion it started to make this kind of noises. What they said to me (renault dealer) was that they lubricated the door seals with a bit of Vaseline, and that solved all the noises, completely. They told me that it's a good measure to apply a bit of vaseline on all door seals from years to years, to keep the rubber ok...

The thing is: from what I've talked with them, they do this on every other Renault to lub the rubber seals of the doors when needed, and they say it doesn't cause any damage to the rubber itself, but ... from what I know, rubber + vaseline is a really bad idea, so I really don't know what to say... the fact is that it solved the problem! I asked them if I should use a silicone spray, like WD40 Specialist silicone (that WD40 itself recommends for car rubber seals), but they expressely told me no to do it, and to just use a bit of Vaseline if needed.

@Dancingdad do you know anything about this?
 

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Its well known that vaseline will damage rubber seals over time [ a simple google will confirm it ] so if it were me then I would seek and alternative treatment..
 

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@Phil48 Yeah, that's what I thought, but it's what the brand uses and recommends. Although, if you do some search on Google, you will find some people saying that it doesn't cause any damage because the rubber used on newer cars is synthetic.
 

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@rik220 did you hear the noises on the video I posted initially? Are you really sure that product solves the problem?
 
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