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Hi

61 plate clio dynamique tomtom 1.2 16v


I was doing a weekly check on my car today. I've noticed the plastic tube leading from the bumper grill to the bottom right (facing front of car) part of the engine cover had completely snapped, leaving only a small part of it hanging from the engine cover, and the other half hanging from the connection to the front grill. This means the air intake been getting air from the engine bay rather than from outside the car. I believe this pipe feeds air into the filter, so this means that the engine is still receiving filtered air, which I'm relieved about! I'm quite taken back by this as it has just had its service and would have thought the mechanic would have noticed this. Anyway - do you think the car is safe to drive for a week or so?

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Its the filter that filters the air..all the tube does is to feed cold air from out side of the car to the filter..if you have the bits try taping them back together..no need to be fussy about it it only supplies cold air and will do the job ok when taped..:smile2:
 

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Its the filter that filters the air..all the tube does is to feed cold air from out side of the car to the filter..if you have the bits try taping them back together..no need to be fussy about it it only supplies cold air and will do the job ok when taped..<img src="http://www.renaultforums.co.uk/images/RenaultForums_uk_2016/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Thanks! Even if it was to stay off, would it make a difference to running of the car? What tape would you recommend?
 

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Thanks! Even if it was to stay off, would it make a difference to running of the car? What tape would you recommend?

In my opinion not a great deal..but the air entering the filter will be slightly warmer..:smile2: you could use gaffer tape or gaffer tape to fix the two sections back together..

 

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Engines are a little more efficient, perform better with cold air being sucked in.
Which is why pipe is trying to feed air from outside the warmer engine bay.

TBH, not sure it makes much difference but it does make some.


Any decent Duct tape should do it.
This sort of thing
https://www.toolstation.com/heavy-duty-cloth-duct-tape/p44852?searchstr=duct tape
Readily available at any DIY store.

There are "performance" brands out there such as Duck, Gorilla and T Rex tape if you want to ensure you are not just buying a cheap knock off tape.
 

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................and just so Mr pedantic gets to say something too:wink2:


I'd be more inclined to do this as soon as possible in the UK wet climate - depending on where the break occurred and whether or not you have splash covers fitted, its also possible to suck water into the air filter box and onto the filter element causing all sorts of fun>:)
 

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Thanks everyone for the information. Much appreciated.

I'm going past a DIY shop tomorrow to pick up some tape.

I'll try avoid driving through big puddles in the mean time! Although, I don't think the inlet tubing intact would have been particularly good at keeping water out anyway as its quite a loose connection to the engine cover. Better than nowt I suppose.
 

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................and just so Mr pedantic gets to say something too:wink2:


I'd be more inclined to do this as soon as possible in the UK wet climate - depending on where the break occurred and whether or not you have splash covers fitted, its also possible to suck water into the air filter box and onto the filter element causing all sorts of fun>:)
1.2 air box is on top of the engine so quite high..induction tube takes air feed from bonnet slam panels so fairly high up..wouldn't recommend off roading tho..:smile2:
 

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No off roading for this wee clio!! Yes I checked there, inlet is quite high up (about a meter or so above ground?) and there appears to be a splash shield under the engine bay. I may just tape it tomorrow anyway.
 
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