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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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Add extra power amplifier on 2018 Scenic IV from Head unit

How to add extra power amplifier from existing R-Link 2 Head unit without void warranty

George, 19th Feb 2019

Add extra power amplifier on 2018 Scenic IV from Head unit

Hello George, Anything multimedia system related should be directed to https://easyconnect.renault.co.uk/

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Clio RS CUP X65 (2005)

hello, I have a X65 clio cup, I have been looking for a long time the technical specification (fiches) and the rules of the championship to which he participated. These documents ask me when I have to participate in the races in Italy to show that my Clio is a real CUP. Can you help me? Many thanks. Roberto.

Roberto, 19th Feb 2019

Clio RS CUP X65 (2005)

Hello Roberto, It'll be best to contact the factory in Dieppe - where all of the Clio Cup cars have been built. They would be able to supply any relevant paperwork.

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Megane R.S. ground clearance

Hello, I read that compared to the Megane GT, the R.S. has a 5mm lower ride height, but the clearance is down 19mm (120mm vs 101mm). I would like to know what differences account for the additional 14mm drop, as I am a bit afraid of scraping the bottom of the car. Thank you!

Cristian, 17th Feb 2019

Megane R.S. ground clearance

Hello Cristian, The ride height is one dimension generally related to the chassis to ground. However ground clearance can be influenced by bodywork and splitters. If you have concerns you should view the vehicle first hand. Regards,

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New Megane RS 280 engine

Hi Allen, 2 questions if you would be so kind. 1, Direct injection engines from some manufacturers have been known to suffer from carbon deposits after a while, affecting the performance of the engine. Will the new 1.8 engine also suffer from this or has it been designed to counter this somehow? 2. Since WLTP, the rumour is that the 280 will have the same ceramic bearing turbo unit as on the Trophy to aid with emissions. Any truth in this? Thanks for any info you manage to attain. Kind regards Glyn

Glyn Treagus, 9th Feb 2019

New Megane RS 280 engine

Hello Glyn, 1. While not a fact - i'd like to believe any new engine introduced will be able to manage combustion sufficiently to counter act such inherent issues. 2. Ceramic bearing will improve the efficiency of the turbo and there will be many benefits. Kind regards,

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Megane rs250 passenger door

Hi Allen, I have a problem with passenger door. It wont to unlock when i put my hand to door handle(keyless entry), on driver side it was fine. My car RHD. What would you suggest me to check. Recent visit to dealer, they did not find anything wrong when they plug in diagnostic tool. best regards,

nasrol, 8th Feb 2019

Megane rs250 passenger door

Hello, I imagine at some point its worked fine and now no longer operating the same. Is the issue permanent or intermittent? If its permanent the retailer should be able to support if its intermittent it might be due to a defective door handle sensor.

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Locked car

I bought Renault Capture(2015) few days a go and yesterday I forgot to switch off the lights.After aproxim. two hours I tried to get in the car and couldn’t because the battery was empty and I can’t unlock the car .I called some people(quolified repair man) an nobody could open it(and they, tried really tried).We can not move the car as it is parked on the side walk and towing service can’t do it and I can’t take it to autoriseid Renault service.Do you have any advice?

Slavica Bajic, 8th Feb 2019

Locked car

Hi, there is a metallic key incorporated into the Renault Card which can be used for such emergencies. It'll allow you to open the car and recharge the battery.

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Tyre Profile change

Hi for a Clio 4 with 18inch 205/40/18 tyres can i use 215/40/18 for winter tyre change as i dont have many option for winter tyres in the current profile? Will the vehicle be ok for this change. Kind regards James

James Lovejoy, 6th Sep 2018

Tyre Profile change

Hello James, The information we have states that installing chains on 205/40/18 is not an option, but there are some options for Winter tyres.

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Renault Clio 2017 DCI automatic ‘check stop start’ message

Hi, a ‘check stop start’ message keeps appearing on my Renault Clio instrument panel. The car has no problems starting but the temperature outside has been cold lately. Is there any particular reason why this message keeps appearing on the instrument panel. The manual suggests to contact an authorised dealer but as the car starts fine I’m wondering if there is anything wrong? Can you assist?

Michelle McCafferty, 2nd Feb 2019

Renault Clio 2017 DCI automatic ‘check stop start’ message

Hi Michelle, I'm not aware of any logical reason why this would happen. If it continues when the weather changes i'd suggest getting it properly checked.

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