i have been having some strange problems with my renault clio regarding the electrics.
It is an intermittent fault where the headlights go out and the indicators, windscreen wipers and the electric windows dont work.
It normally happens within a few minutes of driving off and to fix it I have to pull over and turn the engine off and on again. Sometimes I have to repeat this 3-4 times before it works properly. Occasionally I carry on driving and the lights come back on again but this doesnt happen very often.
Other times I can get in the car and everything works fine 1st time.
Can you suggest anything to help?
First have the alternator checked for correct chargeing operation. The renault range has been known for it's electrical wiring faults and you may need an auto electrician to locate this fault ! Seems like the fault may be located around the ignition switch area !
April, 3, 2009 AT 4:53 AM
Ive taken it to two garages to be looked at, the first said he couldnt locate the fault as it was an intermittent problem. He suggested it might be the wiring in the engine and the second said it may be a problem with the BIC unit but again couldnt be certain because he needed to see the car whilst the fault was there. This is near impossible as I can never tell when its going to happen!
He said if it was the BIC unit then it wuld have to go to renault to be fixed!
I hope its not the wiring unit as I had to have that replaced when the car was 18 months old and it was very expensive!
April, 5, 2009 AT 6:27 AM
Ufortunately .. the Renault range hase been plagued with electrical faults .. mainly wiring connectors or wires rubbing and stripping insulation .. to try and rectify these faults Renault changed some BCM's (body control modules) this did not work and wiring had to be repaired ... my guess is renault have come across these fault's before and may be your quickest solution to this .. albeit the most expensive .. you could get them to diagnose where the fault lies for you and have it repaired elsewhere !!
hope this helps
April, 5, 2009 AT 2:34 PM
It looks like reanult are going to be my last hope then! Tbh, since I have had it back from the garage it hasnt been anywhere near as bad, I have no idea what they fiddled with but it seems to have worked for now!
I think I will still take it to my local renault dealer just to be safe, thanks for the advice!
April, 5, 2009 AT 5:53 PM
It definately sounds like you have something loose somewhere .. let renault diagnose the fault and have it repaired elsewhere .. please let us know your results !
April, 7, 2009 AT 5:13 PM
Will do! Will have to wait a few weeks until I get paid, fingers crossed it all stays fine until then