Problem with 03 Clio not accelerating!

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Found 11th Nov 2012
Hoping somebody can help me
I have an 03 clio, and the tv looking symbol with a swirly line and the engine symbol keep appearing! Not long after this, the car will refuse to accelerate, but only when i park up then try to set off again. If i do try to accelerate, it cuts the engine out!
Last night it did it at tesco, and it would let me accelerate after a bit, but there wasn't much power so i couldn't even hit 20mph, all the time being careful not to make it cut out
It's such a weird problem and i need to sort it or i'm going to keep getting stranded places
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Take the handbrake off
The Renault forum is quite good,have a quick search there. There are a few really helpful guys that helped me sort a problem with my megane.
Do you have your handbook still to look up the symbols? If not I will check mine and have a look for you.
Buy a car with a bigger engine.

If the engine management light is coming on, odds on you have a dodgy sensor somewhere. This will limit air or fuel intake but could knock the timing out. Get it o a garage for code diagnosis.
Go get the fault code read, probably a coil
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My dad assured me that the lights that came on were safe to continue driving. I thought the problem was initially petrol as im rubbish at keeping the petrol levels up, but after last night it definitely isn't so i am no longer driving the car.
And the next step was for me to pay £40 for diagnosis but thought i'd see if there was any help here, no need for some of you to be rude

Does anybody know what these symbols mean?
http://i.imgur.com/bwS0p.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/uTDlR.jpg

Please only helpful answers, i know to take the handbrake off, i know i'm a woman but give me some credit :P
Your dad is wrong - that is a warning that you have a fault and need to get it checked out. There are too many possible causes for a diagnosis online with such limited info.
Luciegoose

My dad assured me that the lights that came on were safe to continue … My dad assured me that the lights that came on were safe to continue driving. I thought the problem was initially petrol as im rubbish at keeping the petrol levels up, but after last night it definitely isn't so i am no longer driving the car. And the next step was for me to pay £40 for diagnosis but thought i'd see if there was any help here, no need for some of you to be rude :)Does anybody know what these symbols mean?Please only helpful answers, i know to take the handbrake off, i know i'm a woman but give me some credit :P



That pic says the handbrake is on to me
I thought I did give a helpful answer about the Renault forum? It's a very good site,I have just looked in my handbook and it states heater plugs on(diesel version)/electronic incident warning light (diesel and petrol)
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Is the engine picking up when you press the accelerator, but not accelerating?

Or are the revs staying flat?
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Toasthduk

That pic says the handbrake is on to me


That picture is from google, couldn't be bothered to go out and take a photo of mine :P
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slamdunkin

Is the engine picking up when you press the accelerator, but not … Is the engine picking up when you press the accelerator, but not accelerating?Or are the revs staying flat?



The engine does nothing when i try to accelerate. If i try to accelerate too much the engine cuts out.
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takethatfan1978

I thought I did give a helpful answer about the Renault forum? It's a … I thought I did give a helpful answer about the Renault forum? It's a very good site,I have just looked in my handbook and it states heater plugs on(diesel version)/electronic incident warning light (diesel and petrol)


Just signed up so hopefully get some help there thanks:)
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii85/hmfleming/7A57ACDE-D3A4-47E6-B744-69FC6F27D6AB-4519-0000058682B7CC9D.jpg



Ps I'm also a woman
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takethatfan1978

Ps I'm also a woman


Thankyou very much this is really helpful:)
Luciegoose

Just signed up so hopefully get some help there thanks:)



I'm sure someone will be able to help you out,:)
It may be helpful if you include more details, such as what model, fuel etc. Also how long since the last service or maintenance, what mileage it has covered?

TBH you aren't giving out a good impression of us women drivers

Luciegoose

Thankyou very much this is really helpful:)



Where about in uk are you? My car always goes to a Renault specialist for anything that needs dobe(only had one problem)but he is my dh's friend so very good rates.

If you type some if the info into Renault forum search something may come up? Hope you can get it sorted
I would say it's a coil pack gone very common on rubbish french cars

are you in the AA / RAC?
Lucie,

Its not your fault you don't know much about cars, and for people to insult you or give 'funny' answers just doesn't help you.
Its difficult for us to tell you as we need to know lots more details to give you a proper answer. It sounds like you have engine management issues. Now that could be a real simple fix, or not.

The VERY BEST thing you can do is to take your car to a good garage and ask them to diagnose your problem for you. You can tell them to spend one hour finding the fault and if possible trying to fix it, or advise you what the fault is. If you tell them one hour, then you know the max you should be paying is about 40-60 for an independant (not Renault main dealer).

It could be a simple fault and they fix it in the hour you are paying them for. Chances are they will tell you what the problem is, and how much it will cost to fix it.

That is probably your best option. Use the internet to find your local Bosch tuning centre and call them. They are very good local garages who will help you properly. Do this, it will be a good option for you.
All the best
Martyn
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LizziBear

It may be helpful if you include more details, such as what model, fuel … It may be helpful if you include more details, such as what model, fuel etc. Also how long since the last service or maintenance, what mileage it has covered?TBH you aren't giving out a good impression of us women drivers



03 Clio, Petrol, Nearly 71000 miles
Only bought the car a month ago, think MOT is due march

Sorry, i'm a really good driver, i'm just not great when it comes to the mechanical side, it was only a joke sorry to offend

I've searched the renault forums and for some reason it won't let me post even though i've confirmed through email so will try later.
I have much more of an idea now, thankyou everyone for your help
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Luciegoose

The engine does nothing when i try to accelerate. If i try to accelerate … The engine does nothing when i try to accelerate. If i try to accelerate too much the engine cuts out.

It cut out when you accelerate from 30mph upward or from low speeds like 0 or 5mph
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martynf65

Lucie,Its not your fault you don't know much about cars, and for people … Lucie,Its not your fault you don't know much about cars, and for people to insult you or give 'funny' answers just doesn't help you. Its difficult for us to tell you as we need to know lots more details to give you a proper answer. It sounds like you have engine management issues. Now that could be a real simple fix, or not.The VERY BEST thing you can do is to take your car to a good garage and ask them to diagnose your problem for you. You can tell them to spend one hour finding the fault and if possible trying to fix it, or advise you what the fault is. If you tell them one hour, then you know the max you should be paying is about 40-60 for an independant (not Renault main dealer).It could be a simple fault and they fix it in the hour you are paying them for. Chances are they will tell you what the problem is, and how much it will cost to fix it.That is probably your best option. Use the internet to find your local Bosch tuning centre and call them. They are very good local garages who will help you properly. Do this, it will be a good option for you.All the bestMartyn



Thankyou very much, yeah this was my next option but my dad asked to see if anyone had any ideas of the problem as he could probably fix it himself and save me some money, but he has never seen this problem before!
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slamdunkin

It cut out when you accelerate from 30mph upward or from low speeds like … It cut out when you accelerate from 30mph upward or from low speeds like 0 or 5mph



It never cuts out when driving, only after being parked up, i start the car fine then it wont accelerate at all. Apart from last night i left it 10 minutes and it would accelerate a bit, very low power i hit about 20mph at most.

Sometimes it will rev just fine though, it's an intermittent problem
Luciegoose

03 Clio, Petrol, Nearly 71000 milesOnly bought the car a month ago, think … 03 Clio, Petrol, Nearly 71000 milesOnly bought the car a month ago, think MOT is due marchSorry, i'm a really good driver, i'm just not great when it comes to the mechanical side, it was only a joke sorry to offendI've searched the renault forums and for some reason it won't let me post even though i've confirmed through email so will try later. I have much more of an idea now, thankyou everyone for your help



I was taught when learning to drive that an important part of driving was maintaining the car, for your own safety as well as looking after your wallet It sounds like you may be a fairly young driver? Sorry if I was a little harsh with my reply, we can all learn something, whatever our age.


As you only bought the car a month or so ago... did it come with a handbook, or any service history? Did you get it checked out by a mechanic before buying?

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Does it rev OK when standing still and only die when in gear and attempting to accelerate.
The problem with modern electronic engines is that you need to plug in fault finding equipment for that to give you an idea of what the fault it, then, once the equipment tells you what it could be, you have something to start to look at and maybe fix yourself.

Your dad might be bale to fix this, but.... fix what? that is always the hard part.... I think you need the garage route I suggested so they cn tell you where the problem area is, so either them, or your dad could fix it.

Sometimes, its best to pay a small amount out to find out what the problem really is, rather than getting lots of silly suggestions from people who don't know the answer to your question, with the best will or not... trying to help you.

I've worked in the motor industry for 30 years, I've been there and done it, broke it, fixed it, built it! so I have a fairly good idea of cars :-) Take the Bosch garage option I suggested, it will get the fault fixed quickly and simply, just in time for the winter coming up!!

All the best
Martyn
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whatsThePoint

your dad sounds like he's an idiot if he's willing to risk your live by … your dad sounds like he's an idiot if he's willing to risk your live by saying just ignore any warning lights that come on in the cartheres a clue in the name "warning" or do you think its safe to be travelling in traffic and then sudden stop with no warning to the car behind you?



He got it wrong, he said the loop light was for diesel cars so didn't apply to mine.
I asked for help not for my family to be insulted.
He told me the most important lights and if any of these appeared to stop immediately.
He is as baffled as me as to why this problem is occuring, It has only happened a couple of times, the first time i presumed it was petrol, because as soon as i filled up the problem seemed to go away. But then last night it happened again and now the car is off road until the problem is solved
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slamdunkin

Does it rev OK when standing still and only die when in gear and … Does it rev OK when standing still and only die when in gear and attempting to accelerate.



It doesn't rev at all when the problem hits, although it is revving fine at the moment
Edited by: "Luciegoose" 11th Nov 2012
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Could be damp in your distributor cap
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LizziBear

I was taught when learning to drive that an important part of driving was … I was taught when learning to drive that an important part of driving was maintaining the car, for your own safety as well as looking after your wallet It sounds like you may be a fairly young driver? Sorry if I was a little harsh with my reply, we can all learn something, whatever our age.As you only bought the car a month or so ago... did it come with a handbook, or any service history? Did you get it checked out by a mechanic before buying?



It took 4 months for my dad to buy me the car as he is really wary of problems
But when we bought the car, everything seemed fine, it is only within the last week the problem has occurred
We have a Clio handbook and im sure there is service history but my dad sorted that out
I'm 22, been driving since i was 18 but went to uni so had to sell my old car.
I'm just frustrated that's all and people insulting me isn't helping lol
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you really shouldn't be driving it and could be prosecuted if pulled over.
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csiman

you really shouldn't be driving it and could be prosecuted if pulled over.



I'm not driving it.
Like i said the problem has happened twice, and the first time i had no petrol so presumed that was the problem sorted! So as anyone else would continue to drive
Then the lights came back on when i drove again, i nipped to tesco down the road, and when i returned to my car it would not rev again, so i left it for 10 minutes and it kind of worked, then i literally went around the corned and parked it up. Then went back for it this morning and it worked fine so got it home and now its on the drive and i wont be driving it until im 100% sure the problem is fixed
Luciegoose

...........the tv looking symbol with a swirly line and the engine symbol



lulz....absolute class.....voted hot!!!
Edited by: "StevenA2000_uk" 11th Nov 2012
If you post on here, sorry people will always take the mickey, jus roll with it.

As already suggested it could very well be a coil pack or even water ingress into one of them. Water would then burn off as he ca warms up, explaining why it's bad after sitting about.
Ask your dad to take the Sparkplugs ou one by one and check to see if any are fouled up. If one or 2 look oily or wet then it points to those cylinders not getting a good spark. He could also trying using a water dispersive spay like WD40 on the connections to give them a slight waterproofing and force water out.
A friend at work had a petrol Renault and he always had coil issues.
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StevenA2000_uk

lulz....absolute class.....voted hot!!!



I didn't know how else to describe it lol
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Oneday77

If you post on here, sorry people will always take the mickey, jus roll … If you post on here, sorry people will always take the mickey, jus roll with it.As already suggested it could very well be a coil pack or even water ingress into one of them. Water would then burn off as he ca warms up, explaining why it's bad after sitting about. Ask your dad to take the Sparkplugs ou one by one and check to see if any are fouled up. If one or 2 look oily or wet then it points to those cylinders not getting a good spark. He could also trying using a water dispersive spay like WD40 on the connections to give them a slight waterproofing and force water out. A friend at work had a petrol Renault and he always had coil issues.



Thankyou, will tell him:)
Ok, you say you run out of petrol, so this may have drawn some gunk from the tank into the engine which may have damaged an injector or something else along the line. The warning light with the (tv bit and coil) is used in Diesels, but in your car it also shows an electrical issue, which could also point to a coil pack which has been mentioned here.

I would recommend first off trying some fuel treatment from halfords or your local car place, 9 times out of 10 it does nothing but there may be something causing the issue in the fuel line, after that, get hold of a fault code reader, they are cheap.... Fault code reader

I believe the diagnostics port in your car is behind the ashtray in the centre console, get your dad to use this and follow the instructions, the reader will give you a code. When it does, google Renault fault code (enter code here) and this will bring up what the code is telling you, go from there then or post it back here. This is all you can do without taking it to a mechanic.
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aircanman

Ok, you say you run out of petrol, so this may have drawn some gunk from … Ok, you say you run out of petrol, so this may have drawn some gunk from the tank into the engine which may have damaged an injector or something else along the line. The warning light with the (tv bit and coil) is used in Diesels, but in your car it also shows an electrical issue, which could also point to a coil pack which has been mentioned here. I would recommend first off trying some fuel treatment from halfords or your local car place, 9 times out of 10 it does nothing but there may be something causing the issue in the fuel line, after that, get hold of a fault code reader, they are cheap.... Fault code readerI believe the diagnostics port in your car is behind the ashtray in the centre console, get your dad to use this and follow the instructions, the reader will give you a code. When it does, google Renault fault code (enter code here) and this will bring up what the code is telling you, go from there then or post it back here. This is all you can do without taking it to a mechanic.



Thankyou very much will buy a fault code reader and go from there
Luciegoose

Thankyou very much will buy a fault code reader and go from there



Always handy to have
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