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Renault Safrane Common Problems and Solutions

Heating problems

Problem:

You may be having problems with the heating controls in your car not working properly. If you find that some of the settings on the control do not work at all, or you smell a burning plastic smell then you have a problem with the heater regulator.

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Solution:

You will need to replace the heater resistor to solve this problem. You can save money on a quality second hand heater resistor using our parts finder.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Heater Resistor

Part required

Heater Resistor

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Heat transfer issue

Problem:

There was a known problem where there was heat transfer from the exhaust system to the fuel tank on these cars.

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Solution:

This problem was subject to a recall in September 1994 where Renault fitted a heat shield to stop the heat transferring.

Difficulty level

5

Suspension problem

Problem:

When you drive your Renault Safrane over bumps or uneven roads and you hear a creaking noise coming from the suspension, you most likely have a problem with track rod end.

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Solution:

This is the common problem on these cars and you will need to replace the track rod ends. Check out the video below on how to change this part:

Difficulty level

4

ABS light on dashboard

Problem:

When the ABS light is permanently on your dashboard then the usual fault on the Safrane is not the ABS sensor, as you would expect. The usual cause of this is down to the seat belt pre-tensioner sensor that is at fault.

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Solution:

The first thing to try is resetting the sensor. If this does not work, you will need to replace the faulty sensor.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

ABS Sensor

Part required

ABS Sensor

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Oil leak at bottom of engine

Problem:

This problem occurs from time to time on the Renault Safrane. If you have noticed a small oil leak then it is usually down to one of two parts. It could be either the camshaft oil seal, or the oil pump seal that is at fault.

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Solution:

You will have to identify which seal is causing the leak and replace the faulty seal to rectify the problem.

Difficulty level

3

Engine management light

Problem:

If you have noticed that the engine management light has come onto your dashboard, then it is most likely a problem with the coolant temperature sensor.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to fit a new coolant temperature sensor to resolve this issue.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Coolant Temperature Sensor

Part required

Coolant Temperature Sensor

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