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Allen Collen

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Allen Collen has worked within the motor industry for the past 20 years. Starting at the ground and working up he has developed a wide appreciation for what is required and what can be achieved. Currently Allen works with RUK looking after the technical aspects of their Motorsport programs as well as providing technical support for special projects and other bespoke activities.

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car speed

hi there, what is the process that the ECU can know the speed of car?

Abdelrahman, 23rd Feb 2018

car speed

Hi, Normally it takes information from the ABS system.

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Formula Renault ECU

Hi, do you know where I can get my Formula Renault race ECU tested? Im in the UK. Its a Magnetti Morelli 2007 silver one

Kevin Thomas, 22nd Feb 2018

Formula Renault ECU

Hello Kevin, The best solution is to try RST in Paris or RSport in the UK. Both have contact details on the web. Best,

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Megane RS 275 65 plate

Rear washer nozzle has been pushed in, how do you remove the high brake light from rear spoiler.

Richard Roberts, 21st Feb 2018

Megane RS 275 65 plate

Hello Richard, Sorry - best to pop into a dealer or search YouTube for a video.

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bluetooth phone rs 265 rb8

hiya my phone connected to my car on saturday as it always dose but then after a turning bt of on phone after about 5 hours i turned it back on and it would'nt connect and still has'nt and it wont delete any of the 5 phones that are on the systom ?it's on the rs monitor .also my keyless entry isn't working on my doors but dose on the boot and car still starts keyless and locks when i walk away ??

dan, 20th Feb 2018

bluetooth phone rs 265 rb8

Hi Dan, Sounds like it needs a dealer reset - you can try disconnecting the battery for 15mins but if that fails a dealer will need to support.

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Camber adjustment Megane R26 2007 VIN: VF1CM 2H8638318347

My car is used for sprints and hill climbs only. We have used lowering springs but urgently need a kit so as to adjust camber. At present the car is a couple of degrees out of 'true'.

Patrick Baird, 19th Feb 2018

Camber adjustment Megane R26 2007 VIN: VF1CM 2H8638318347

Hello Patrick, Some of the Clio Cup parts might be compatible. Either find a Clio team and pop in to have a look at the kit or try R Sport. There is nothing for road cars available off the shelf.

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Clio 200T/200T heating & ventilation system

I had a 2013 200T for two and a half years, with no issues. My 2016 220T Trophy has cold or cool air flowing onto my legs as I drive, channelling through the steering column cowl - most evidently through the aperture for the steering column adjustment lever. I believe the air is at external temperature (i.e. bypassing any heating) and so is most evident in colder weather - and the flow is proportional to vehicle speed. Two Renault service centres have said it is characteristic of the car. They have said that it is residual cold air in the vehicle flowing from behind the dashboard fascia. However, this issue is evident continuously, I think that the air in the entire cabin would equilibrate in ten minutes or so, once the engine was warm and the heating fans had been operational. The cold air would fall and the warm air rise, also. Do you agree that there should be NO airflow into the cabin other than through the 10 vents? If not - then how can there be an infinite supply of cold air available behind the dashboard? The service centres have assumed this is characteristic simply through checking the joints and entry points of the HVAC and not finding any issues in expected places. Whilst I understand this logic, it does not eliminate the possibility of a breach in the bulkhead or other structure (my car was damaged on initial delivery). One service centre had never actually seen an R.S Clio before, so the conclusion that is is "characteristic" seems invalid - they did not test a lower spec Clio courtesy car they had on site: I assume the components would be common? As indicated above, I already have dealer and Customer Relations involved- this last step of checking with Renault Technical as to whether this behaviour is characteristic is the final step in this process. As such I am asking this question mainly from a scientific / factual point of view. I have owned 8 new Renaults; R.S, GT, Gordini and 12 in total, so would like to get to the facts in a positive way.

JEFF WEST, 14th Feb 2018

Clio 200T/200T heating & ventilation system

Hello Jeff, You seem to have received a number of opinions before mine, hopefully the ones you've received from the Renault dealers have been based on close examination. Your expectation of the system is correct. Normally with any climate control system, it has to manage the complete airflow to the cabin and while there will always be a reasonable amount of air circulated trough natural hidden vents, it should not be noticeable to the customer. The experience you describe would become worse in colder climates. May i ask if the air you feel is present with the vents open? As if its only present when the vents are closed there could be logic to their answer - if its evident when the vents are open i'd disagree. If there was a breach in the bulkhead you would hear excessive noise and perhaps have a water ingress. It's possible one of the flaps is not set correctly allowing air to escape to an unrestricted path but to prove this it'll be necessary to cycle through the different commands and distribution permutations to determine uniform behaviour.

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Clio RS 220

My front tyres skip when on full lock. Ive fitted new Michelin supersport tyres but still does it. Is this normal? Why does it do this? There was a previous question about this but the answer wasn't clear? I would like to know why it does this? Tyre Diameter??

nicholas clare, 14th Feb 2018

Clio RS 220

Hello Nick, This can happen in reverse, but i'd be surprised if it happened while travelling forwards. In reverse the turning arc is different and the front geometry is based on normal behaviour which would be travelling forwards.

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Megane rs250

Hello I have a megane rs250 which I love and I've been having issues with the brakes. I had the inside pad on the rhf brake caliper seize and not touch the disc. I only noticed this after a noise came into the car and the car was pulling to one side. This was fixed and was told the brakes are good now. I know have a issue were when I brake quite hard the car pulls to the left. I had a quick look and the discs are clean except on the rhf were there is a line on the disc which is a different colour to the rest of the disc. I bought this to a dealer and when they drove the car and braked hard it was fine for them but not when I drive the car. Have you heard of this occurring before? There is anything you would suggest? Brake fluid change or try new pads and discs? Brake servo and computer? Thank you

Sean kean, 11th Feb 2018

Megane rs250

Hello Sean, It seems like the issue could be the brake pads becoming stuck in the caliper? The effort the system applies should move the pistons which in turn squeeze the pads either side of the disc. For some reason this is not happening without issue in your case. They are single feed and the fluid distribution across the caliper will be uniform unless a piston is seized. I'd suggest someone removing the pads to make sure they can move freely. Also check for damage to the caliper pistons as this will allow moisture in which can contribute towards an increase in resistance, which would reduce the efficiency of the brake caliper.

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