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.....I am not 100% sure.

I left work tonight and went to my car I pressed the remote central locking on the key fob and the light was flashing weakly. I got to my car and the door wouldn't open. I tried unsuccessfully a few times to no avail. I then though the battery had gone on the remote.......so I thought I would manually open the door ( with the key). After afew attempts the door finally opened. I then put the key in the ignition and nothing.....apart from all the lights on the panel coming on......with the central red light flashing. the car wouldn't turn over at all. The radio and internal lights worked. I then waited two hours for my partner to turn up with the replacement key. Initially that wouldn't work but eventually we got it started.......however we took the key out and the engine was still running !!!!! Anyway he drove the car home......pulled up at the door and the engine wouldn't stop......he stalled the car to stop it......but the ignition lights would not go off ( for FF sake). He turned the key a few more times....the lights stayed on ...he then pressed the 'door lock' switch on the dashboard then all the lights went off!!!!!!!!
Can anyone enlighten me.........................I need my car for work..........never had any problems with my Clio until this year.

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Chamuel:confused:
 

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Hi Chamuel

Not sure but in the same posistion i would be checking the battery connections and make sure it is charged.

Hope this helps.

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I'm having a very similar issue.

I walked out to take my car to get a CV joint done and when I approached it, the key didn't seem to be activating the central locking. I kept trying to no avail and as I got closer I saw that most of the dash lights were on. No flashin just on. I checked the doors and they had been unlocked since it had happened (all night).

I got in and tried to start the car but it took a little while to get it going. Then I ran it to the garage and when I pulled up and switched the ignition off, the engine stopped but all the lights started going nuts! It even had the fuel & temp gauges going up and down along with the rev counter and speedo. The indicators kept flashing no matter what and every now and then it would click and lock the doors. When I started the engine it was all perfectly normal again?!?!?! I took the key out again and it went mad again. There was a lot of clicking coming from around the glove compartment area, I'm assuming the fuses are in behind there???

When I tried to lock the car manually, the car just kept unlocking itself and the indicators kept flashing as I signed it in. sadly they aren't auto-electricians so had no idea.

Anybody got ANY ideas what this might be and how to fix it?
 

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Then I ran it to the garage and when I pulled up and switched the ignition off, the engine stopped but all the lights started going nuts! It even had the fuel & temp gauges going up and down along with the rev counter and speedo.
Has the car dashboard been put into test/diagnosis mode by accident?

My safrane can do this (though I don't think it interferes with the locking). If I press the trip computer button on the end of the stalk and then press and hold the trip computer reset button at the same time for 2 seconds all the dials and lights go crazy. My speedo will go up in 40MPH increments and then back down also in 40MPH increments. At the same time various lights are blinking on and off while the other needles are moving all over the place doing crazy things too. Notably since doing so my miles to service screen has vanished...

I don't know if Clios have this or not but if you have a trip computer then you probably do.
 

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Thanks for quick response!

I wouldn't know where to check for this test/diagnosis mode? What sort of symbol should I bee looking for on the end of the stalk and how can I cancel it? I was thinking about d/c the battery after reading something on another thread where water was brought into the equation. I gave it a quick wash down lastnight and moved it off the drive and when I went back to it this morning it's gone mental so it could need the battery taking off to reset the ECU and the fuses cover might need checking for waterproofing...? All just theories still :( Will have it back from the garage shortly I hope so I can try that first and then if that doesn't work I'll need to know more about this test/diagnosis mode
 

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To get the Clio into the diag mode just press and hold the trip reset button.

Have you looked inside the fuse box for water?
or I wounder if you have a bad earth somewhere.

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I'll check it out as soon as I get it back and update this thread straight after. Thanks for your replies so far though.
 

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Normally you have to put it into diag mode yourself and as far as I know it goes back to normal once the ignition is back off. If you got water in the electricals somewhere though anything could happen.
 

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I would check the connection behind the fuse box and make sure its not loose.
My friends clio wouldnt start by turning the key, everytime he turned the key there was a click, like a relay clicking.
It went to an autospark who couldnt get his head round the problem until he checked the connection behind the fuse box.
 

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I would check the connection behind the fuse box and make sure its not loose.
My friends clio wouldnt start by turning the key, everytime he turned the key there was a click, like a relay clicking.
It went to an autospark who couldnt get his head round the problem until he checked the connection behind the fuse box.
Sorry- might seem like a little bit of a nOObie question, but; which connection are you referring to when you say 'behind the fuse box' ..?
I have a 2001 Clio II and I initially thought that both my keys were on the way out because they would intermittently fail to immobilise the car (red light kept blinking or stated constant) .. but I took it to a specialist car locksmith today and he told me that his devices could read the key and that there was no issues with them. He thinks there's a loose connection somewhere within the wiring, but can't suppose where. Perhaps it is this little connection near the fuse box? I also hear the clicking...
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check the ignition switch behind the barrel. worth a go before going deep into wiring etc. i had a problem like that on a land rover
 
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