First it started having a loud noise when being driven on a straight road that sounded like plastic flapping or gravel stuck somewhere on drivers side of the car, but the noise stopped, but then so did the power steering.Have checked the power steering fluid and there is still some in the tank and it doesnt look to be leaking, any suggesions to wat the problem is???? thanks
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look for loose mud flaps. check under the front of the vehicle as there is a plastic panel from under the radiator back to the front cross member. This is light weight plastic and held in position by small plastic plugs/clips Hitting something on the road (small bird-- clump of rag or parking over a tire stop in the parking centre )will break it and it hangs down and flaps as you drive.
I could be wrong, but I believe that model of clio is fitted with electric power steering. The electric motor is fitted inside the car on the steering column. If there is a problem with the steering it will need to be checked by a renault dealer. The power steering motor thermal cut out is a common issue.
If it materializes when the engine is under load it could be the fuel you are using. Try a higher grade fuel. Also a common cause of engine rattle is from the exhaust manifold head Shields. These are made of sheet metal and rust out causing what you have described.