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Citroenmad
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What are the common problems with the Scenic which you have fixed Luke?

A less than cherished 206! I would have thought all our cars would be pristine :lol:

It will be worth much more with the engine management light resolved and a working comms. Get it on a computer to check what is wrong and try and source a used comms, shouldn't be too much money and will make it more desirable too.
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Citroenmad wrote:
It will be worth much more with the engine management light resolved and a working comms. Get it on a computer to check what is wrong and try and source a used comms, shouldn't be too much money and will make it more desirable too.
You're right. Once mum's insurance changes over to the Scénic on Monday I'll have to get working with the 206. It could be a fantastic little car. I've just never given it the attention it deserves.

First typically Scénic issue is the boot button. The rubber O-ring holding it in perishes and the button drops out. Many people lose them while driving but thankfully I found it in the little drinks cooler compartment - thank you to the previous owner. New O-ring from Halfords and it's sorted. Second was the radio/time display. You can see in my pictures that it's not lit up; the bulbs always fail. Took the dash apart and fixed that today too.

An almost certain issue with every older Renault is the TDC sensor. It's badly positioned and gets dirty very easily. The car will randomly fail to start first time, then fire up straight away on the second go - happened today. It will gradually get worse and worse if left, so I'll get them to clean it when it's in for the belt changes on Monday.

After that it will be as close to perfect as possible :D
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All very simple fixes, the best ones! :)
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Um, I had a Daewoo Lanos for a bit. They aren't THAT bad. Ok for cheap a to b transport. They have a few common faults. The blower vent wire fails leaving the blower only blowing air straight out meaning you can't direct it at the windscreen. Horrible to replace. The front wiper motor slows down, nearly to a stop, a new motor is the only fix. They have decent, willing little engines and roomy interiors. There are many worse cars about.
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R9UKE wrote:
First typically Scénic issue is the boot button. The rubber O-ring holding it in perishes and the button drops out. Many people lose them while driving but thankfully I found it in the little drinks cooler compartment - thank you to the previous owner. New O-ring from Halfords and it's sorted. Second was the radio/time display. You can see in my pictures that it's not lit up; the bulbs always fail. Took the dash apart and fixed that today too.

An almost certain issue with every older Renault is the TDC sensor. It's badly positioned and gets dirty very easily. The car will randomly fail to start first time, then fire up straight away on the second go - happened today. It will gradually get worse and worse if left, so I'll get them to clean it when it's in for the belt changes on Monday.

After that it will be as close to perfect as possible :D
The interior in your Scenic is the same as in ours which I do like. Regarding the clock bulbs, do you have to take much of the dash apart? As I need to do ours.
The TDC sensor is cheap and easy enough to do. I cleaned ours and it cured the problem for about 6 months, then the problem came back worse than ever. The new one was about £35, only trouble is Renault changed the connector for it so now when purchasing the new sensor you also get the connector with wire on to solder into your loom. That was annoying!
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stevenc75 wrote:Um, I had a Daewoo Lanos for a bit. They aren't THAT bad. Ok for cheap a to b transport. They have a few common faults. The blower vent wire fails leaving the blower only blowing air straight out meaning you can't direct it at the windscreen. Horrible to replace. The front wiper motor slows down, nearly to a stop, a new motor is the only fix. They have decent, willing little engines and roomy interiors. There are many worse cars about.
And many better ones!
Thanks for the pointers on the faults though. I haven't tried either of those, in fact I just had a quick drive and look under the bonnet. There's only something like 58k on this one.
The interior in your Scenic is the same as in ours which I do like. Regarding the clock bulbs, do you have to take much of the dash apart? As I need to do ours.
The TDC sensor is cheap and easy enough to do. I cleaned ours and it cured the problem for about 6 months, then the problem came back worse than ever. The new one was about £35, only trouble is Renault changed the connector for it so now when purchasing the new sensor you also get the connector with wire on to solder into your loom. That was annoying
Great, thanks for that, it seems every Renault owner comes across this problem at some stage. I tried looking for our TDC sensor yesterday, but because it's auto, it's not in the same position as a manual car, and I can't find it. The bulb job is really easy. It looks like the display is buried below tonnes of trim, but its not.

Prise off the speaker grilles at the bottom of the A Pillars. There's a screw to undo under each of these.
There are three plastic "discs" across the dashboard at the base of the windscreen. Prise these off and there's a screw under each of these.
Then literally just pull the dashboard upwards and towards you - it's held in by clips. That reveals the display, which is just held in by two more screws. Takes about 15 mins max. I think new bulbs can be bought from Halfords. I just took some out of the instrument panel from the Clio I just scrapped. Makes a big difference :D
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R9UKE wrote:[

Prise off the speaker grilles at the bottom of the A Pillars. There's a screw to undo under each of these.
There are three plastic "discs" across the dashboard at the base of the windscreen. Prise these off and there's a screw under each of these.
Then literally just pull the dashboard upwards and towards you - it's held in by clips. That reveals the display, which is just held in by two more screws. Takes about 15 mins max. I think new bulbs can be bought from Halfords. I just took some out of the instrument panel from the Clio I just scrapped. Makes a big difference :D
Thanks for that, sounds simple enough. I'll give it a bash when I've got a bit of free time.
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Post by R9UKE »

Well a bit of a mad few days to report on.

Mum's 206 is gone, and the Scénic is fitting in very well!

My 1.6 Laguna went for MOT yesterday - It passed first time! But the dash ended up looking like this on the way home:

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That's right... Limp Home mode for 15 miles. Not fun. Investigations are necessary seeing as the car is driving beautifully today! Life with a Renault - I love it, you never know what's coming next :)

OK next Laguna issue. This time with a V6. The car that I have been after for quite a while, sitting at the back of a yard waiting for me to take it home. I went to start it up yesterday. Connected the battery pack - all good - lady's voice announced that the fuel level was low and that there's an ESP fault. But when it came to starting, it just wouldn't go. When I had a look in the engine bay, it seemed that as the car was trying to start, fresh petrol was steadily dripping from the part arrowed below. Could anyone shed any light on what this is? Or any tips on coaxing the old girl in to life?

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R9UKE wrote: OK next Laguna issue. This time with a V6. [...] But when it came to starting, it just wouldn't go. When I had a look in the engine bay, it seemed that as the car was trying to start, fresh petrol was steadily dripping from the part arrowed below. Could anyone shed any light on what this is?
It looks like the fuel pressure regulator (but in a different position than on the earlier ES9J4).

R9UKE wrote:. Or any tips on coaxing the old girl in to life?
The Xantia Mk2 V6 won't start on a booster pack unless you disconnect and reconnect the battery first. It seems that the ECU crashes at low voltage and does not recover without a hard reboot.
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Post by CitroJim »

I would definitely concur that's the fuel regulator...

Good to see a PSA ES9 cunning disguised as a Renault and hiding furtively in a Megane engine bay :D

Hope it all wors soon Luke...
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Post by stevenc75 »

How's the Daewoo going? :lol:
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Thanks very much guys, I'll be popping by again soon (better than revision for my exams) and I'll give it another go.

I knew you would come up trumps with the mystery part :D
CitroJim wrote: Good to see a PSA ES9 cunning disguised as a Renault
:lol:

I'd like to know how Renault managed to get the Laguna to hit 60 MPH in 8.1 secs, yet with the same power plant in the C5 it takes 9.7!?

I had my mysterious Laguna fault diagnosed and cleared today. The code stored was a fault with the throttle position sensor circuit. Basically, a fault with the accelerator pedal, whereby the car couldn't read it's position. I've had a nice blast in it today and the fault hasn't occurred again, so we'll put it down to a "Renault moment".
How's the Daewoo going?
Still parked up at Wilsons, I haven't been near it since I bought it! You're welcome to a drive once I can bear to bring it home.... rather you than me :lol:
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R9UKE wrote:Still parked up at Wilsons, I haven't been near it since I bought it! You're welcome to a drive once I can bear to bring it home.... rather you than me :lol:
Um, no thanks... :lol: Can't believe you haven't lifted it yet!
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Post by robert_e_smart »

Can't believe you haven't lifted it yet!
I can see why!! :lol: :lol:
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Well come on - it doesn't exactly scream "DRIVE ME", does it!?

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