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Renault Clio Common Problems and Solutions

Startup Error

Problem:

You have a startup error warning when you turn the ignition key.

Models affected:

Solution:

This will usually be a case of water having got into the fuse box or the relay plate in the engine. The result will be corrosion. You will first need to replace any damaged parts, but you should also consider adding a protective plate to the fuse box, which you can get from us. In some cases, this could also be a problem with the crankshaft position sensor, which you’ll be able to tell if you have the occasional engine shutdown. In those cases, you will need to replace the crankshaft position sensor.

Difficulty level

2

Bumpy Driving

Problem:

The Clio is not travelling smoothly, especially noticeable when driving over rough surfaces.

Models affected:

Solution:

There’s a good chance that you have a fault with your right or left suspension. Get under the car and check both for any cracks or fissures. In most cases, you will need to replace your suspension, which you can get from us here.

Difficulty level

3

Weak Accelerator

Problem:

The car isn’t as responsive as it used to be and needs more pressure on the accelerator.

Models affected:

Solution:

This will be a faulty contact on the sensor in most cases. All you have to do is check the sensor connection and replace it with one of ours if it’s faulty.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Throttle Position Sensor

Part required

Throttle Position Sensor

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Engine Rattles When Driving

Problem:

The engine is rattling when you drive, runs poorly, and occasionally misfires.

Models affected:

Solution:

This will be your timing belt. The expected lifespan of the timing belt on a Clio 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel is only around five years. It will need to be replaced with one of our options to solve the engine problems. If you do this yourself, then you will need a crankshaft locking pin and a camshaft alignment ruler, which can be bought from us. If you don’t have those tools to hand, then you should head to a mechanic.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Timing Belt

Part required

Timing Belt

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Noise from wheels

Problem:

If you are hearing a rumbling noise coming from the wheels, a faulty wheel bearing is usually the cause.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to replace the faulty wheel bearing to fix the problem.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Wheel Bearing

Part required

Wheel Bearing

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Sunroof leaking and rattling

Problem:

This particular problem is very common on these cars, and a rattling sound from the sunroof when driving with a leak coming in through the sunroof. This problem also leaves water damage around the leaking area.

Models affected:

Solution:

There is no direct fix for the sunroof rattling, but you can stop the leaking by applying silicone filler to the affected area, or if you would rather replace the seal to stop the leak.

Difficulty level

3

Idling problems

Problem:

A common problem on these cars is that when your car is idling it may be coughing and spluttering due to a problem with the ECU.

Models affected:

Solution:

This problem can be fixed by taking the car to a local Renault dealer and having them reprogram the ECU. This is usually done free of charge by the dealer, but check with them first. This should fix your idling problem.

Difficulty level

5

Faulty Ignition Coil

Problem:

You may have noticed that your car has started to splutter along and sometimes even cutting out. One of the main causes of this problem is a faulty ignition coil. Faulty ignition coil is common problem on these cars.

Models affected:

Solution:

The only way to fix this problem is fitting a new ignition coil. You will need to check exactly which one is faulty, and once identified change the faulty coil. Check out the video below to see how to change an engine coil:

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Ignition Coil

Part required

Ignition Coil

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ABS sensor problems

Problem:

It is common for the Renault Clio to have problems with the ABS system. If you have noticed that the ABS warning lights up on your dashboard, then it is most likely a problem with one of the ABS sensors. You may also notice pulsating brake pedal when you press on it.

Models affected:

Solution:

To resolve this issue, you will have to have a diagnostic check done which will help identify which sensor is at fault. Once you have identified the faulty sensor, you will need to have this sensor replaced to fix the problem.

Difficulty level

5

Unresponsive Braking

Problem:

The Clio takes longer to come to a full stop no matter how hard you push the brake pedal. Sometimes, you spot oil on the ground if you’ve been parked for a while.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is a common problem with all Clios until those manufactured after 2015. The problem is badly fitted protectors on the brake hose. The result is worn hoses that will need to be replaced. This is such a common problem that the Clio has had to be recalled twice over it. Fortunately, it’s a quick solution and a relatively easy replacement job that you can do yourself providing you have the parts from us.

Difficulty level

1

Part you need

Brake Hose

Part required

Brake Hose

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Gears Switching To Manual

Problem:

You have an automatic, and it sometimes switches to manual unexpectedly. It may also jump to third gear at random times.

Models affected:

Solution:

This is a well-known problem with Clios built between November 2005 and May 2006. It’s a gearbox fault, and the only option is to replace it with an option from us.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Gearbox Transmission

Part required

Gearbox Transmission

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Power Steering Failure Warning Light

Problem:

The power steering isn’t working as well as it should be, and the warning light is illuminated.

Models affected:

Solution:

This caused a recall on all Clios made in the latter half of 2019 and will require a full replacement of the steering column. If your Clio is under warranty, then a Renault dealer will usually do this for free. However, you can do this yourself if you prefer after buying a steering column from us.

Difficulty level

2

Part you need

Steering Column

Part required

Steering Column

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Reading these common Renault Clio problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Renault Clio – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Renault Clio does have one of these issues.