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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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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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Scenic ESP check

Hi the last 2 mornings whilst driving me Renault Scenic has thrown up warning lights showing "check ESP" and the spanner. It also seems to go through a "reboot" checking airbags etc and then resetting MPG, average speed counter. Haven't noticed a loss in power but radio does go off and back on which could indicate a loss. Any ideas? thanks

Claire McCulloch, 1st Feb 2019

Scenic ESP check

Hello Claire, It sounds like electrical gremlins - have you had any work done on the car?

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Brakes (2)

Experiencing weak brakes on clio 182. Brakes are Fine under 30mph anything over that and in need of emergency stop and the brakes don't seem to exceed a certain force. Fluid is new with no air bubbles in system. Discs and pads are OK etc

Joe, 31st Jan 2019

Brakes (2)

If the pedal is good, but retardation is poor you need to check if the calipers/pistons are in good condition.

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Gearbox (2)

Hi, I have a 2010 automatic scenic, on 3 occasions now when driving a low speed and accelerating i lose all power and get "check hill assist" "check cruise control" and "gearbox overheating" i have no power and after turning it off for 5 mins it works fine again... i have took it to a Renault dealership but they could not find anything wrong... any ideas? it happened again today and i got battery low and battery charging.

Ryan, 16th Jan 2019

Gearbox (2)

Hello Ryan, i'd check all grounds in case they have deteriorated with age.

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Megane 265 cup pack

Can you help in telling me how to find out if a Megane 265 has a cup pack (apart from black wheels and red calipers - could be painted). I have the reg (LM15 DTX) if it helps

Nick Davies, 12th Jan 2019

Megane 265 cup pack

Hi Nick, you really need to contact Renault Customer Services. They have access to the vehicle registration database.

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Urgent help/advice for my Renault modus

Hi folks,long one this one so please bear with me. Recently took on a 07 plate Renault modus 1.4 16v non runner, immobilizer light flashes when key is turned, I got the Ecu out and entered part number, 1 came up and it was the only ad I saw that included the speedo clocks,so bought it,Ecu,uch,transponder ring,key and clocks. Ecu and uch got fitted,transponder ring got fitted,I swapped key blades over, but never done clocks,turned the key and this time the immobilizer light stays on solid, that's it,does the clocks need programmed to the Ecu, obviously not mine as it was included, I just didn't think clocks were needing that. Also next to the battery,nearest to front bumper,there's a row of black numbered fuse holder.the orange (I thing it's orange) fuse holder with same coloured fuse going into it,think a red wire goes up into it,I need to know where on the black side the number the fuse goes into,it's a 30 amp fuse. Lastly,on the negative battery terminal,there's 3 threads,2 have got connections to them, the 3rd thread is empty,is there meant to be anything connected to that one? All help/advice gratefully appreciated.

Allan Sim, 9th Jan 2019

Urgent help/advice for my Renault modus

Apologies, i cannot offer an opinion on this matter.

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throttle sticking open

how to fix

michael willis, 7th Jan 2019

throttle sticking open

If its worn the bearings/bushes there is no simple fix. Best to replace if you are unsure.

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Twngo 133 2011 cup

I am looking to buy this car and looking to see it next week any advice please what I need to look for. Thank you

Robert Bennett, 6th Jan 2019

Twngo 133 2011 cup

Please refer to the forum for neutral feedback.

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