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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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Lombard Rally 2018

Allen, I am sure you will not remember me but many years ago I helped support the Rally Team, BSCC Team and Williams F1 whilst working for Abbeydale looking after your support vehicles. This year is 120 years of Renault. I am participating in the Lombard Rally on October 19th / 20th in a Renault Alpine A110. The car has just had a nuts and bolts rebuild and the shell is now in its original works pristine white. The event is a Tour which means the route from Bath, Great Pultney Street, via Longleat, Cricket St Thomas, Winscombe Hill Climb, Porlock Toll Road has attracted many of the International and GB drivers of 40 years ago...all in period cars. The spectator interest has been extraordinary with 40,000 requests for information on the website. My question is this. It would be very nice to have some Renault promotion on the car, and maybe also a little bit of sponsorship to help us along. Can you put us in touch with whoever I should be talking to ....it maybe you even. The event has attracted television promised coverage. We are running at car 17. The event is a spectacle not a competitive event. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Simon Cross, 11th Sep 2018

Lombard Rally 2018

Hi Simon, Please reach out to the RUK Press Office. Their contact details are on the web. Good luck with the event.

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Clio 200T dash warning

Hi, have just got a dash warning 'check anti-pollution system' on my Clio RS 200T. Car is just 4 years old and 20k miles. Is is still safe to drive? Thanks.

Andrew Clowes, 11th Sep 2018

Clio 200T dash warning

Hi Andrew, Such a warning normally requires retailer intervention before the situation deteriorates and affects vehicle performance. Regards,

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RS 200 Cam belt

Hi, I have seen a clio rs200 2010 plate with 69k my question is regarding the cam belt. I have read that is should be replaced at 6yrs or 72k whichever comes first is this true? The garage tells me it doesn't need doing as only 69k but l do t believe them. Any help appreciated. Regards Ali

Ali Davidson, 11th Sep 2018

RS 200 Cam belt

Hello Ali, It should be changed at whichever milestone is reached first. Regards,

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Recommended repair specialists .

Hi, It seems that some of the front ball joints or something in that area is not good I can hear on bumps an extra sound cooking from that area , where I can find a good Renault Sport specialist near Coventry to maintain properly my car ? Thank you in advance !

Andrei, 8th Sep 2018

Recommended repair specialists .

Hi Andrei, Please seek feedback from the forum for retailer service. It's the most honest window.

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Urgent Please - Click / clunk noise

Hi there, I have just bought a 2009 koleos with 170 ks . Just did a service and I though it is in pretty goood condition but in the past couple of days as I s reverse out /down driveway for 3-4 I hear a click aound and then once I put it in Drive another click sound , followed by normal driving, no more annoying sounds. I changed CV joints recently, have heard lots of different things from loose tooth in gear box to cv joints, ball berings and brake pads hitting the caliper and engaging parking brake early etc etc Not mechanically minded and want to be on safe side, plz advise on wht could be the problem , by the way the weather is not tht cold 17 degrees Celsius and hasnt been raining. Thanks Aron

Aron, 8th Sep 2018

Urgent Please - Click / clunk noise

Hi Aron, It's really quite difficult to offer a general answer to a noise you experience. The best solution is for a service retailer to experience the noises first hand and they can offer an informed opinion. Regards,

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Car Sterio Issue in Fluence 2014

I have 2014 model Fluence and I'm facing some trouble while playing car stereo. Some of the files from USB can't able to read by car stereo system. Kindly give me a solution if any.

Jabir NK, 17th Jul 2018

Car Sterio Issue in Fluence 2014

Hi Jabir, Sorry i cannot offer a reasonable answer. You'll have to work with your local retailer.

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Renault Megane 225 engine replacement

HI - I live in New Zealand and we cant find a 225 replacement engine - could we fit a 250 [one available] and if so what else would need to be changed. I understand we need to retain the current gearbox and the current cpu would probably run the engine??

Mark Bosson, 15th Jul 2018

Renault Megane 225 engine replacement

Hi Mark, There will be differences and the electronics will not be plug and play. Apologies for not being more helpful but modern cars are not very modular.

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renault modus

after moving from reverse gear and selecting 1st gear moving off there seams to be a single clunk any idea what can cause this to happen ? thanks

david wheeler, 9th Jul 2018

renault modus

Hi David, I'd have someone check the stabiliser bars or engine/gearbox mounts.

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