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  1. Mase

    Minor Oil sweating from top of F4rT engine

    Looks like a pain in the bum. Having had the cam cover off it’s integral to locking down the cams so part of the refitting process is to bead specific gasket sealant around the bolt holes when forming the gasket. The cams sit in half bearings in the head and the other half (top half) is formed by the cam cover itself (least is for the F4R) but would presume the same for the f4rt. So removing the cover means releasing the timing and aux belt thus new belts if having a new bead of gasket goo. Is a fairly big job with new belts. Then this calls into question if one should change the ancillary bits as well I.e a full belt job. Depends on when this is needed. I’d probably do this: Remove bolt and used the recommended gasket seal around the head of the bolt and refit. Prob slow it down a fair bit. Then when the belts are due, go one step further and removed the cam cover and have a new seal set in place if it starts leaking again. Pain in the bum but I think you could seal the bolt and largely ignore till the next full belt job comes around. Hope this makes sense and is of some assistance. Others may disagree with me so feel free for other input. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Spare parts ordering

    From what I’ve seen on the forum I’d say one of the cheapest if not the cheapest even including freight. Easily less than half local dealer prices on most things. Least it was last time I did a big buy in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Spare parts ordering

    I use Engine Dynamics UK for majority OE parts. They use VIN number and I give them model and manufacture date as well. They then use Diagolys to source parts through the local dealer network. Freight costs are low too. Contact Andy. Not sure is any other OZRS members use these guys do perhaps mention Jamie from South Aust so he makes the connection. Worth a shot if you are stuck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Minor Oil sweating from top of F4rT engine

    No uncommon to have some oil build up around the filler. Also adjacent to this is the dephaser solenoid valve which can weep a little. Also under the manifold is the breather system that has a seal and the breather comes direct from the cam cover into the manifold. This seal could poss weep a little too. None are a real worry. More so if a vacuum leak occurs on the manifold breather seal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    A new convert

    Yes if it’s genuine and has a proper history it’s a steal Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    A new convert

    I’ll pm you [emoji106][emoji2532] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Idea for site

    I agree. Pretty funny really, I was just asking for someone to listen to their lock ha ha. Hardcore diagnostics [emoji51] I’m just thinking as we have a range of divergent sections, given we are Renault driven why not open it up a smidge on the side? See what happens? Diversify? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Idea for site

    Having had such a poor experience with the Aussiefrog forum regarding useful feedback and assistance on non Renaultsport Renault’s perhaps just as we have a section for non Renaultsport discussion, we could embrace other Renault’s as I suspect a few members have various. My partner has a Koleos and the drivers door lock became noisy. All I asked in the Koleos section was for someone go to their car to check for a specific sound on theirs and only got back an inane joke and silence which is amazing. I’d say in 200 posts on that thread their was pretty much 4% useful content .. OZRS being of course the exact opposite. Thoughts? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. This is one popular topic! A good thread mind you. One of my favourite Clio 172 driving memories is the period (prob 9 years ago) just after I put in some Engine Dynamic Ver 2 cams and did a exhaustive custom tune with Henk. Also at the time added Koni yellows, Eibachs, Competition Racing strut tops, a almost straight through reasonably quiet exhaust, ceramic coated the exhaust manifold along with a BMC barrel filter. Also and still do have the PLX digital gauge set streaming the ECU data live via the premium version of the RSTuner. I used to take it up back of the Adelaide hills on a freezing mornings around 7 am on some higher speed roads and open it up for some time in the 5-7+ k rpm range and it was in my experience, spine tingling excitement. The little guy sounded bloody glorious in its normally aspirated guise. It would ‘hollar’ and then snort between changes like it was going into battle and was 3 times its actual size. It was tremendously enjoyable and cemented its longevity in my world. For me it was the sound and throttle response at those high rpms. Quite addictive. The little guy is in semi retirement now (bit like me) as I live more inner city but he still gets a tickle every now and again [emoji1303] 2nd most memorable although there are many was losing the RS drive day guys as I wasn’t paying attention and ending up in a Ducati motor bike drive day instead [emoji1303] so I joined then in their run through Basket Range, Adelaide Hills which is very tight a twisty quality roads. The little guy worked his a*** off that day losing them in the straights but catching them on the corners under brakes. We all ended up at the same coffee shop and I over heard the bike riders discussing the little Clios capabilities. Proper driving machines. Enough waffle from me .. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I once recounted a story on this forum which happened some years ago in my 172. One of the undefinable aspects of the 172/182 as people report, and also reported on ‘Top Gear’ and many other places, along with the build quality / typical comments is that these cars “make you happy” and strangely they do. I’ve always and still do when I drive mine get out feeling weirdly happier!? Now the first time my mentally disabled brother came with me for a drive in my car (a trip to the shops) some years back, we got in, I drove off down the road, quietly around a few comers like anyone else, he looked at me and said in his limited language, “this car makes me happy whilst grinning ear to ear”! Never has he said that before in any car. I felt he made to connection. Small, light, fun. It’s an odd, undefinable thing. But I think true. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Just confirm with the owner. Generally us RS folk are honest. There would be documentation or badging. If you are after a light feel then these little guys are the go. Many will have and RS Tuner 98 octane tune which is rock solid. Better still the car comes with the VCI (vehicle care interface) as this gives you full diagnostics and data logging. Just a bonus if it does. Really you are looking for proper service history in any of these as not all peeps are enthusiasts like most on here. Things you would like to see are: Timing belt, aux belt, tensioners, water pump in the last 0-3 years. Harmonic balancer and cam dephaser in the last 10 yrs replaced. Engine oil regular etc full synth 5w-40 Other fluids 0-3 years refreshed. Check engine mounts. Best outcome would be all changed at the same time in the last 4 years. Beware after market race spec or fast road mounts as these will add a fair amount of vibes to the cabin. Some like this. Some don’t. Look for major services that include plugs. Pref if easy coast Sydney the fellas at Renault Tech. Get good reports here. Be mindful of half a***d mods. There are good OEM cars still out there so a really good place to start. Don’t be afraid of punting hard on a test drive. These cars are meant to be driven with some gusto and that’s when they come alive. Hope this helps some. Prob missed a few things as my lady is on me wanting to go for a walk [emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Well.. I won’t waffle on as there are better people here to provide you succinct information. The last link you put up was a 172 by the looks. The others may or may not be a 182 Cup. The blue ones would be but the black one maybe not. You’d need to look into that. The main diff being as you would be aware between the cup and non cup and the 172 being in essence steering geometry and spring rates. Also front hub bearing dia. Add in the exhaust manifold and you have it bundled up. On the road however for all intents and purposes you could keep pace with a 182 in a 172 no probs. In fact many 172’s will output as much poke as a 182 back to back on a dyno. Pop some decent struts in the 172 and you have discernibly no difference. It’s a tough call. Punting hard in a well sorted 172 either Phase 1 or 2 on everyday roads with even the majority new RS forced induction units is not a lot different. They are all quite competent. Track is a different ball game altogether. Me? I’d go a 182 Cup in FRB (French racing Blue) if you are buying into the RS brand. The brethren will surely set me straight [emoji1303] not too many tomatoes my way fellas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Mase

    Car manual

    I think you’ll find that you will end up with a combination of the Haynes manual and extracts from the official Diagolys software to get you by. My experience with the 172 is that 90% is the same as the base car. The balance you scratch together 👍🏻 There woukd be some guys on here with a full (being reasonable) set of docs. Cheers
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    G'day From A New Addict - 1st things?

    That’s scary lol. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    G'day From A New Addict - 1st things?

    Off topic. Nice car BTW. Yes Mt Buffalo. Not too bad. I had my now long ago ex wife drop me at the top on my MTB. I drove up. So I could roll on back down. When she eventually got to the bottom to meet me was was crying. Because of the twistes. And not for the right reasons .. 👍 21 kms if I recall correctly. Not A1 roads back then maybe 20 years back but relentless.