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Hi

Recently I've been having intermittent problems trying to start my car. I turn the key and i get noises from various parts of the engine bay.

Originally I thought it was a battery problem because I had the radio display backlight draining the battery intermittently without warning... but having taken out the fuse for the radio it still has issues (though i haven't dismissed the idea that the battery is fubar)

Sometimes there is a clicking noise from what ever sits next to the fuses, I think its a solenoid of some sort. Just tried again and no clicking but now it sounds as if the starter motor is turning over and then nothing happens.


I will be going to a garage but it would be nice to have a vague idea of what is the problem so when i take it in I have a better idea of what is wrong.


Thanks in advance for any info.
 

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The last time i got it to work was on saturday when i jump started it. I then tried it again a couple minutes later and it still worked ( I know I really should have taken it for a drive but i didn't have the time)


I did notice this evening when i tried to get it going that the when i turned the key to get the internal electrics the warning light for the electronics/engine management was flashing.

I will charge up the battery just to eliminate it from many possible expensive things it could be.

Does anyone know of a good garage in Cardiff if the worst comes to worst?
 

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I would also check that the earth connection from battery to bulkhead is good and also the earth from the starter motor to chassis is okay
Regards Leroy
 

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The problem was the battery after all, it wasn't charging and so when i went to the garage and they tested it they told me some of the cells fizzed.... which i figure was a bad thing.


New battery and so all is running smoothly. Now I just have to find out where the water is getting in from :( [it just appears in the foot wells after it rains giving the whole car a wet dog smell]
 

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Hi Chris,i dont know how similar the clio 1 and 2 engines are but i had the same problem with my 1.2 grande.My mechanical mate went straight to the starter motor connections,the starter motor on the clio 2 is at the front underside [near enough] of the engine so get loads of crap thrown at it.He cleaned up the connections and coated with WD40,it solved the problem for me.

Hope this helps.
 

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Hi, I have just had exactly the same problem as you. The car initially started intermittently not starting and then as time progressed it could take up to half an hour to get the thing to start. Sometimes I just gave up, other times when, after repeatedly trying it did start it made a crackling noise. I took it to a proper dealer whom I cannot name and they did nothing to help. In the end I took it to a specialist French car mechanic who found out that the crankshaft was not in line properly. He put it right, and it now runs as sweet as a bird and starts every time. In fact, everything feels better and smoother. Fortunately this only cost £150 but he is a friend so I expect it was a cheaper rate. I know nothing about cars, but I hope maybe this helps.
PS I am running a T reg Clio.
 

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Hi, I have just had exactly the same problem as you. The car initially started intermittently not starting and then as time progressed it could take up to half an hour to get the thing to start. Sometimes I just gave up, other times when, after repeatedly trying it did start it made a crackling noise. I took it to a proper dealer whom I cannot name and they did nothing to help. In the end I took it to a specialist French car mechanic who found out that the crankshaft was not in line properly. He put it right, and it now runs as sweet as a bird and starts every time. In fact, everything feels better and smoother. Fortunately this only cost £150 but he is a friend so I expect it was a cheaper rate. I know nothing about cars, but I hope maybe this helps.
PS I am running a T reg Clio.


The Crankshaft was not in line properly?

This would entail fitting a new engine, it could not be repaired.

£150 is very cheap for a new engine!

It is more likely that a new crankshaft sensor was fitted, if so this is a half hour job maximum and the sensor costs around £18.00, I would ask your "friend"? what he actually did which cost you £150.00.
 
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