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  1. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Thanks for following and asking about that. Sorry I overlooked updating on that. I ordered a new starter motor from AS-PL in Poland after being impressed by their material on Facebook and considering the Clio is also European. The starter motor removed looked new and as I was told by the last owner that it was replaced but I think it may be due to quality to begin with, an unknown unit from China. I also sent an enquiry to ASPL and they advised the starter motor I order has bolted magnet as opposed to bonded. I read this is the way to go to prevent the magnets from coming off due to heat issues. Perhaps I should take apart the starter unit from China and see whether its magnets are out of position. I have the Can Clip now and look forward to spending more time on it to see how the Clio is running. If anyone sees anything of interest from the screenshot below please do let me know. On another page, it has an error code logged for aircon circuit open. But my aircon does work. Not sure if that is a live error or one from the past which should be cleared. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  2. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    End of April I wrote about experiencing BATT, STOP, SERV as well as ENGINE light. I got a Can Clip and not only did it read misfire, it was able to tell me which ignition coil to replace. One ignition coil was playing up and this caused the engine to intermittently go lumpy. So the issue I had was not related to the rear lights. I have not had much time on the Can Clip but when I do I am going to see if it is possible to run from it antipollution/emissions values. Given misfire can damage the cat, unfortunately I had no idea it was doing a misfire if I did I would have stopped driving to avoid damaging the cat with unburned fuel. Anyone got experience using Clip?
  3. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    A week after the post above on April 16 the issue went away on its own! Go figure! As I was worried the issue may come back as surprisingly as it went away, having read about dielectric silicone grease to prevent moisture and corrosion on terminals, I made a bad decision and applied it to both the rear lights (terminal pins on the bulb holder). Immediately I got BATT, STOP and SERV as well as intermittently the ENGINE light. I did not suspect anything really to be wrong and was certain it was the grease which is non conductive (dielectric) to prevent arcing. When I reached a slope in the road I had severely loss of power, feeling about to stall. It was like trying to drive in 5th gear and when at a speed hump I was only just able to get over it. I parked and removed the rear lights. Sprayed contact cleaner multiple times on both the bulb holder and the harness from the car. I had a toothbrush and used that to help as the solvent in contact cleaner was not strong enough to remove all of the silicone grease. I let it air dry on its own for 10 minutes, put the rear lights back together and the issue went away! Back to driving round with full power rather than being lumpy whereby I had to feather the acceleration (pressing the accelerator further to expect more power was only causing die to the point of stalling). Once with momentum I was able to drive at 80km/h as normal, besides occasionally a feedback from the engine maybe jerk is how I can describe it (with BATT, STOP and SERVE and the occasional ENGINE lights) but when from a stand still it had no power. Rather than, just because its French. Does anyone have any idea what was going on? Confused. Thanks!
  4. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Hi everyone! What is the method you use to clean the electrical contacts? I have got a slight issue with the rear lights. It started with the rear fog light on the speedo lighting up at the same time when the brake is pressed (a common issue with Clios). After using CRC contact cleaner (safe for plastic and sensitive components) the issue has moved off being in unison with the brake and now the rear fog light symbol is lit in sync with either left or right indicator. It is only the symbol on the speedo, when I got out and look at the rear lights the fog light is not really lit. I am therefore going to attempt cleaning the contacts on the bulb holder and loom connector again but seems that contact cleaner is not strong enough. I was wondering what others do? Emery board for fingernails? It would be great to get some ideas from the others here, something that can remove the corrosion or whatever it is causing the contacts to arc or what, but not being excessively abrasive. Thanks!
  5. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    The relays are used condition from the wreckers. Though it sat in the yard for weeks or months even, it works to make my window go both down and up. I incidentally pulled off 2 black relays from a Megane to add to my first aid kit for the Ph1. Little did I know I would used them both right away.
  6. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Hello! It has been a month or more from the last time I posted an update. Thanks for the advice on the two turn key and though I tried it many times unfortunately it did not help me. As talked about before, I finally got to replacing the crank position sensor thinking it would resolve my intermittent starting issue. I am still having the starting issue. Although I was told the starter motor was replaced last year, I am thinking of looking into it more. I have heard even for new starter motors they can get cause intermittent starting due to it getting stuck or having a bad ground connection. Seems that others have had success with knocking it with a piece of wood. For the driver's window issue, it went down but not back up. A friend helped and used a power probe and everything looked good. We were puzzled until we decided to replace the relay. Replaced 2 black relays and the window works! I am not sure if it should be like this but with the faulty relays when we shake them theres a knocking sound from within. Now all windows go down and up as expected.
  7. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    I love this forum! The replies are incredibly helpful and covers all angles. Lesson for me is to remember it's french so the unlikely things should not be neglected and also looked into. I will see when I can replace the crank sensor and update here on the result. Cheers!
  8. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Appreciate the help guys! I was thinking about the immobiliser and if it was not detecting the chip inside the key it should normally be flashing quickly instead of being solid, solid as all the other icons are such as check engine light. Battery is 6 months old. Starter motor was changed apparently. Only thing I know that was not replaced that I have read could be the reason is the crankshaft position sensor. I will try the two key turn and not to rush it. Will look at the register! Thanks for pointing it out 👍
  9. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    I appreciate the tips and insight. I will attempt replacing the crank angle sensor next weekend and give an update. In the meantime if anyone would like to see the half minute video I recorded the other night. On the 10th cycle of turning the key in the ignition did it fire up. There is no pattern to when this non-starting issue. It can be cold and start on the first try. Or I have driven for a while and stopped at the shops for some bread and get back to the car and I will need to cycle the key in the ignition several times before it goes. It is not audible in the video, but at every cycle there is a puff which sounds like a canister. I am curious would anyone know what that might be?
  10. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Thanks for all the information! Going to be interesting once I have replaced the sensor (I have it already anyhow) to see whether the issue goes away.
  11. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Done a year ago. Thanks very much for the info! Well at times it does not start. Turn the key and it is like a flat battery if you are thinking the immobiliser I have paid attention to that and it should be disabled by the way the red circle light from the cluster. Turn the key again and again and it fires up. French thing right?
  12. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Let me fix a few things first and then I would be pleased to send some photos up!
  13. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Thanks Hamish! The previous owner gave me a new crank sensor which he planned on replacing but didn't get around to it. I need to see what colour it is but I think it is from a generic or OEM rather than genuine renault part. What symptoms or issues might arise if the sensor is not replaced? Would it need to be replaced periodically or was the factory sensor bad to start with and replacing that should be good going forward. Thanks also for the point about the belts. I was told they were done along with the water pump and the like.
  14. orrock

    Hello! Clio 2 PH1

    Hello! I am a new owner of a Clio 2 Phase 1 and this is my first french car. Hope you don't mind I will probably start asking lots of questions but I hope to in the future be able to give others help too. Having read someone mention before a first aid kit for the PH1 is anyone able to advise please some things I could consider? I have started using a spare key to open the fuel cap because I am afraid to accidentally damage the main key that I use in the ignition having heard of a variety of non-starting issues that sometimes is traced to the key. This spare key is just the blade in an empty case (no transponder inside) and is only used for unlocking the fuel cap each time I need to refuel. I have read about window switches failing, I can imagine going out and not able to put the window up and if it rains because the switch for rising the window stops working suddenly. So having a spare drivers window switch as part of the first aid kit would be a good start I think. Any other ideas for quick fixes that can be carried in the car? Thank you!
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