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hi all, i need to remove that little black box on back of engine near the topp where wires go into, how does this box come off and should it be loose moving around ?
 

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Kriss, little more information and perhaps a wee piccy of the offending article may help us help you better! After all we don't want you removing something if someone has assumed you are talking about a completely different part :eek:
 

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Kriss, little more information and perhaps a wee piccy of the offending article may help us help you better! After all we don't want you removing something if someone has assumed you are talking about a completely different part :eek:
its the little black metal box housing thecu im told. ive read somewhere you need a rivit to turn some kind of wheel but damned if i can see any wheel let alone spin it. its also that little black metal box whcih cuts through wires causing loads of running probs back and top of engine
 

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If it's the cover for the ECU my advice would be to leave it well alone as this is what protects your ECU from water and debris! If you remove it and get water in there you'll be looking at having a new ECU which will not be cheap [unless you're very lucky]!

I should imagine it shouldn't be flapping about for the reasons I have just described! I'd advise trying to secure it rather than remove it and perhaps try and protect the wires which may easily be chafed by the box itself! perhaps some electrical tape, plastic wire protection etc

I couldn't tell you myself how to remove it if indeed you really feel you need to as I've not had the pleasure of owning a Clio myself ;)
 

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If it's the cover for the ECU my advice would be to leave it well alone as this is what protects your ECU from water and debris! If you remove it and get water in there you'll be looking at having a new ECU which will not be cheap [unless you're very lucky]!

I should imagine it shouldn't be flapping about for the reasons I have just described! I'd advise trying to secure it rather than remove it and perhaps try and protect the wires which may easily be chafed by the box itself! perhaps some electrical tape, plastic wire protection etc

I couldn't tell you myself how to remove it if indeed you really feel you need to as I've not had the pleasure of owning a Clio myself ;)
ive now found out how to remove the top of it by unwinding a little brass wheel only problem is ive been unwinding that little brass wheel now for 1 hour and nothings happening so gues somewhere along the line its stuck inside and wont release the . i havnt a clue about clio,s but ive heard so much about this damn box i thought prevention is better than cure. so when i here people saying this box cut through wires do they meen where the wires enter the box only as if so i can sort this without removing the box, many thanks for your help and advice, chris.
 

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The fact that you mention the box moves would indicate to me that's where the problem lies with regard to chafing or cutting through wires! Check around all edges of the box and ensure you get some kind of permanent protection for the wires that run in there. Sorry I can't be more specific but without seeing it in front of me it's all I can advise :)
 

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The fact that you mention the box moves would indicate to me that's where the problem lies with regard to chafing or cutting through wires! Check around all edges of the box and ensure you get some kind of permanent protection for the wires that run in there. Sorry I can't be more specific but without seeing it in front of me it's all I can advise :)
many thanks scatz for all your help, very much apreciated, atvb, chris.
 

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The post mentions that it's a 'tamper proof' cage...hence why you can't remove it ;) I imagine there is some uber specific way/tool that Renault only can get at it with...apart from the aforementioned stick of dynamite :rofl:
 
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hi pat, have turned that damn wheel so much ive worn it but still that lid wont come off so any other ideas would be gratefull for like a stick of dynamite maybe lol, atvb, chris

Did you read the bit where you have to put something in the little hole while you turn it?

You need to stick the Right-Angled pick (or Allen Key) into the hole at the bottom and 'pull' it to the top (turning the wheel). You need to keep repeating this, turning the wheel until the catch is completely free. This will take quite a while -maybe 15 minutes!
The wheel maybe stiff to move at first but will loosen.

Once free, the lid should lift off.
 

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Did you read the bit where you have to put something in the little hole while you turn it?
hi pat, yes i did read and i followed those instructions to the letter. i turned that damn wheel for an hour solid and it still did not release that catch. if i turn that wheel anymore ill feel like a hamster. dont know what the prob is as no way will that catch release.
 

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right guys after much swearing and cursing that damn box came off and good news is no chaffing but you could clearly see where it had been rubbing. i also got the bottom off no probs at all but what purpose is this box supposed to be for because after removing and examining it dosnt serve any purpose at all only after after a few years cutting through your wiring. one thing it would be good for is alittle money box as you would never get into it to spend your money so good way of saving. ive come across some useless things in my 58 years of being on this earth but that little black box is at the top of the list for the most useless and i really cant believe some-one got paid loads of cash to design that. thanks guys for all your help/advice as without it id still be out there now trying to remove that box.
 
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