Question about 2003 Renault 181
Hi everybody. I have a 2003 renault megane convertible. Last night I stopped on a small slope, put the car in park, handbrake on, got out locked it, and went away for about half an hour. When I returned the car would not start. Initially I thought there was a problem with the security system but then realised that the the car appeared to be stuck in reverse. When I attempt to start it the reverse lights come on but I cannot move the gear shift at all. Also if I take the handbrake off the car will roll so it appears to be in some sort of weird not gear space. We were able to push the car back (therefore it is able to roll) but still cannot move the gear shift at all. Does anyone have any suggestions please. thanks so much natalie I have a renault megane scenic automatic 1997 i just poped to the shop parked up put gear in park, locked the car and went in the shop, when i got back i unlocked started the car but when i put my foot on the brake to release the gears it wont move, after 2 hours of messing around reseting locks and trying over and over again it suddenly un jammed itself and moved into drive, when i got home i put it back into park and its stuck there again.
I have a 2002 Renault Megane 1.6 Convertible and experienced exactly the same fault. Needed a team effort but we found a very easy quick fix to this problem. If you take the plastic cover off from under the gear shifter, you will notice a release button covered by a rubber cover. Pressing this release button allows the gear shifter to move from its locked/jammed position. (This is not the fix but it helps with the fix).
If you are fortunate enough to have a 2nd person available, have them poke their head under the bonnet to watch the Gearbox cable move....while you are shifting the gear shifter inside the vehicle. Your partner will see that a cable with a plastic locking device (right hand side of the engine cover) has popped off the shifter for the transmission. Move the shifter until you can physically put the plastic locking device back on the shifter mechanism and your all good to go. No need for that new gearbox that you might have been quoted on!! An easy fix that I am surprised no mechanically minded professional/body in the world has volunteered the solution to. I wonder why????
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
When the gear stick gets stuck you can manually release it. If you have the manual there are instructions in there. Take away the trim at the base of the stick and inside there are buttons which will allow you to manually release. You must have all doors including bonnet and boot closed or the stick won't move I believe.
Posted on Dec 01, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
the only thig i can think of is its low on gear box oil. sounds wiered but you would be amazed how much differance it makes. hope this helps
Posted on May 05, 2009
On the inside trim, you can remove screws that are by the door handle, arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to get it off the window ledge. Then you'll need to manipulate the panel and disconnect the door handle linkage from the door handle and disconnect the wiring for your controls
Posted on Sep 23, 2009
Most likely to be a faulty resistor block, which has 3 resistors and a thermal fuse controlling fan speeds 1,2 and 3, maximum speed 4 by-passes the resister block. It may also be poor electrical connections to the resistor block caused by overheating. Renault ask for approximately £350 to carry out repairs, a replacement resistor block will cost £50. If you decide to carry out the repairs yourself, be advised that if you are not competent to carry out such work you, could cause electrical damage or worse an electrical fire.
Posted on Nov 14, 2009
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