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well people I took the plunge and bought an '03 expression
1.2 16v
I now have a few questions that you might be able to answer.

Timing belt change should it be evey 36000 miles ?

I assume the oil used in the engine is a 10/30

The wheels are not standard 17" and I was thinking of replacing with the standard renault but there seems to be a lot of variations, the spare is 14" and the alloys on ebay etc are 15" which is the correct diameter ?

Also looking for a good scratch remover. Does a T cut type of liquid help blend in the colour?

whereabouts on the engine block is the engine number

is there anything else I should know?

cheers folks

Deso
 

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Hi Deso,

Well I have a slightly older Clio than you, but as far as I know you are supposed to change the timing belt at around 72,000 miles. I got mine done at 64,000 miles as the general recommendation is to change it earlier than officially stated.

I use 10W40 in my car, but 10W30 should be fine. I think my driver manual said to use 15W40... I'll have to check. There is a thread that I read earlier that might help you with this, I'll look it up and try to post a link here.

I'm not sure about the alloys or the engine number (might be different on different engines), but someone here should know.

As for scratch remover, well it depends on how bad the scratch is. If it's only a small one then a good polish and some elbow grease should get rid of it. T-Cut is good to restore colour, I'm not sure how it performs with scratches... I use 'Mer'; my Dad recommended it to me and it seems to do the trick. It breaks down some of the paint around the scratch and fills it in that way. If it's bad though then a touch up pen from Halfords seems to be the way to go.

Hope this helps!
 
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