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01 1.2 16v. cuts out when returns to idle. ANOTHER


I have had a 2001 (51 reg) 1.2 Clio 16V since new, and up until recently I have been very happy with it.

1 year ago it would cut out when accelerating from idle and would not go above 30mph as previous people have complained about, my local garage who I trust (NOT RENAULT) diagnosed the fault as lambda sensor for me (£50) and fitted a new sensor, this solved that problem. Although at this time the garage owner asked if anyone has ever done any work on the ignition system of the car, because the crash box had been removed and so had ?some other cable protection? No work had ever been done here. This made me very suspicious of a garage I don’t normally use that I had taken my car to for MOT a few months before.

I am now having a new problem, similar to the problems described by many others on this page. The engine warning light will come on when the car returns to idle. This only happens if the car has been used for more than 20mins or so. The fault is intermittent, but appears to be getting worse. Last time I drove through London it cut out so many times I ran the battery out firing the engine. The engine runs fine apart from this fault.

It has annoyed me so much I have bought a new car, but now I have to try and sell a non runner! So much am reluctant to take it to Renault and get ripped off for all kinds of sensors and wiring.

I have checked the crash box; it has not chafed through the wiring. I have removed both ECU connections, they seem fine, I have also checked the ignition fuse, and this seems fine.

When I get a chance I am going to remove the battery and check the cables underneath for wear.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Anything else to check?

Thanks, Steve

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    Can anyone tell me where I can find the throttle body to clean it? Or send me a scan of the haynes manual pages?





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    The Throttle Body Should be Directly Under the Air Breather and Filter. I wish that I had all the Books for all these Cars! But, I have found a Way around Buying all of them!!!! The Larger City Libraries Carry the Haynes and Chilton Books for almost Every Make and Model. I would try the Webpage for the one Closest to Your Location and see if you cannot locate one. Sure Beats the 25.00 Plus S/H for a New One!



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