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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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r-link RS button monitor

Hi, I've just bought a 2015 Renault Megane RS Nav 275 and was dissapointed to see it didnt come with the RS button monitor. Is there a way to activate the RS button or add it? Or does this feature only come with the Megane RS Cup -S?

Garry, 28th Nov 2017

r-link RS button monitor

Hello Garry, I'm informed it is a factory only option and cannot be changed in after sales. Kind regards,

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orange warning light on dash

Hello I have a 2010 Megane FF Rs250. Orange warning light is showing "Check injection sytsem" on dash display. Diagnostics is DTC023 Turbocharger water pump command intermittent and permanent. Is there anything I can check myself.? Thank you.

Ian, 10th Nov 2017

orange warning light on dash

Hello Ian, The most you can carry out would be to check the connections and fuses. Beyond this, diagnostic equipment is required. Kind regards,

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Clio 220 trophy tracking

Hi. I have recently taken my vehicle to a renaultsport certified dealership. Having told them my alignment was out I arrived hoping to have the tracking done. Turns out that the hunter machines used at the dealerships dont have the correct adapter for the new clio 220 trophy design alloy wheels, so in brief they couldnt help me, which I find quite poor. I cannot be the first person to have hit this issue but its clear the dealerships dont have the correct tools to perform alignment checks and adjustments on the latest gen clio with the standard wheels fitted. Thanks

Ben Barnard, 3rd Nov 2017

Clio 220 trophy tracking

Hello Ben, I completely agree - have you contacted Renault Customer Services?

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CO2 Emissions - Clio RS Lux Cup pack

Hi, Having recently bought my car in the UK, I am in the middle of trying to have it registered here in Ireland. Part of the process means paying an additional vehicle registration tax which hangs largely on its value and carbon output. They've put the car in the higher band of 144 g/kg where most specs on Renault dealer websites, and other sites quote 133 g/kg. The financial difference is substantial. Are you able to confirm the actual carbon emissions value? I'd be greatful if you could as it might help put it to bed. Thanks, Lewis

Lewis, 25th Oct 2017

CO2 Emissions - Clio RS Lux Cup pack

Hi Lewis, You really need to contact Renault Customer Services to obtain anything official. Kind regards,

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2011 Megane RS 265 Trophy

Recently the last few days I have noticed when under hard acceleration (High RPM) and upshifting from fourth to fifth I have noticed a slight hesitation to engage gear correctly, a feeling of something blocking the gate. If I depress the clutch then disengage the gear then depress the clutch again it engages correctly. This problem only occurs when changing to fifth and does not affect any other gear at all. Also this problem only occurs at high RPM and at slower speeds, fifth gear works perfectly" "The rest of the gears work perfectly at all speeds". "In your experience is this a common fault? If so what do you think is causing it?"

Daniel, 23rd Oct 2017

2011 Megane RS 265 Trophy

Hello Dan, It's possible the syncro mechanism is worn. Its quite rare and would generally affect the lower gears before the higher one's but a lot is dependant on duty cycle. Apologies for the delay in responding and i hope you get it resolved.

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133 Silverstone

Hi, Just picked up a Twingo 133 Silverstone and found someone has lowered it further by cutting the springs. I cant seem to find a supplier of the original springs can you point me in the right direction? Part number maybe?

mark, 17th Jan 2018

133 Silverstone

Hi - a Renault dealer can order the parts for you. They will just need a registration number for your car

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Winter tyres Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup

Ask similar to your colleague Mr Collen couple of weeks ago but no response - and when I tried to 'phone last week the 'phones were down..degree of frustration here ! Need to fit 195/40 R 17 Winter tyres - there do not appear to be any in Europe - BUT I can get from Germany 165/65 R15 on a steel 5 inch x 15 ET 38 bolt circle 4/100 in a Winter pattern .Will they fit ? The spare with the car is 185/55 R15 .My first 'Renault Sport was a Dauphine Gordini Autocross car in the 60's so I have been[gulp!] around a bit ! Thank you Simon Bird 01686 420284

simon bird, 16th Jan 2018

Winter tyres Renaultsport Twingo 133 Cup

The winter tyre set up that we recommend is a 195/45R16 84H tyre on a 7J x 16 rim. ET 55 bolt circle 4/100

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Clio rs 220 trophy (1)

Hi do Renault do any performance upgrades for the 220 ?

Paul, 10th Jan 2018

Clio rs 220 trophy (1)

Hi - sorry, we don't approve any performance changes

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