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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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Engine swap problem

Hi, i just swaped my engine for my clio 197 by keeping my original ecu i have swaped my 197 by a 197 engine with more power all parts inside are changed parts I’ll say are in french i dont know them in english if u can help me its like forged engine lets say parts changed are : AAC cat Cams 5504404/16 Poussoirs neuves - 16 soupapes et joints queue neuves- 4 bielles origines modifiées ergotées - pompe à huile avec chaîne et pignon R3 Renault sport - coussinets ligne et bielles ergotés ACL idem clio R3 - culasse retravaillée et polie - volant moteur léger équilibré - kit distribution et pompe à eau neuf - poulie accessoire neuve- couvercle protection courroie Renault sport - vis de bielles R3 Max- joint culasse cometic renforcé- bloc moteur deglacé 82.72 mm au lieu de 82.67 etc... Plus i changed pipes o replaced by headers from ktec and with scorpion exhaust . The problem is that my car give 250 bhp on 8500 rpm and on 1000 to 3000 rpm and 4000 to 5000 rpm there’s no power its like vibrates alot with no power some say from the headers some say i need an upgraded ecu for dyno tune please i need to fix that problem Regards

Nicolas, 13th Sep 2018

Engine swap problem

Hello Nicolas, you have some challenges ahead. The engine now installed will require a specific calibration which unless it accompanied the engine will need to be mapped on a rolling road. Its not the work of a moment and you'll also need an ECU which can be flashed. Plus with race camshafts the mechanical timing and valve overlap is crucial. Best of luck with your project i'm sure when complete it'll be very fast. Regards,

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GTnav power steering

Hi, I have a 2016 Megane GTnav, I get the red spanner and "power steering fault" on the dash, the fault goes off below 20mph and is intermittent not constant meaning the dealers had problems activating it. After several attempts they did manage to activate the fault and they informed me it needed an ABS pump, this was eventually fitted but on returning home and ever since- the fault "power steering fault" now is on on nearly every trip. When I have had no warning lights for the ABS, why would the ABS pump be the problem for a power steering fault? Thank you Bobby

bobbyboy, 13th Sep 2018

GTnav power steering

Hello Bobby, I'm not certain on their diagnosis and clearly by the continued issues its not 100% effective. It is possible the ABS pump affected the original fault via the CAN line or CAN information as the ABS interface is normally the source of all wheel speed information however they need to revisit this issue. Please have Renault Customer Services support as necessary. Regards,

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about rs16 6mt gearbox

hi i am ryan, i come from hong kong, around 6 months i got a 2013 clio iv rs cup, but now my clio get some core '' check anti-pollution system'' and '' check auto gearbox'', so i think can i change a mt gearbox to my clio? so my question is : rs16 6mt gearbox can fit my clio? and it will so hard to find this gearbox?thank you And i am so sorry for my bad English language. best regards Ryan

ryan, 11th Sep 2018

about rs16 6mt gearbox

Hello Ryan, The interchange of a gearbox is not straightforward as the ECU calibration and other car specific components will be affected. Regards,

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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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