2008 Clio 197 Sport

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Blinkster, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Blinkster


    Clio 197 Sport
    Hey guys,
    I just became the owner of a Black 2008 Renault Clio Sport 197.
    Picture: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ulcjWgGfZfdsDifC3
    I have been looking around for a long time for one with Recaro seats and FSH. PS: I am from South Africa so these cars are already very scarce here.
    I have a cup spoiler ordered and on the way. From my understanding I have to drill into my boot spoiler to mount it? I'm going to proceed based on the instructions here: http://www.cliomods.com/styling/fitting-cup-spoiler/

    So far I am absolutely loving the vehicle but it has given me some trouble unfortunately :worried:
    My parents got me the car as a surprise for my birthday so they drove it to me at University 1600km away. The car was perfect the whole drive up until my dad hit a deep pothole before arriving. When I drove the car for the first time I could tell something was wrong because it was down on power under 4k rpm. Foot down in 2nd gear and it wouldn't go until VVT kicked in. After about a hour of driving the check engine light came on along with the spanner service light. The dash also said 'check emissions.' It limped its way home misfiring the whole time. I used an OBD2 module to check and it just said "Random/multiple cylinder misfire detected." When we got home and checked, coil 3 (left to right) was loose and after removing, cleaning and securing it again, the misfire was gone. I took it to a Renault specialist to clear the fault code and to verify that all is fine. The fault was cleared and didn't reappear again.

    Now about 2 weeks later, I used the vehicle and it seemed to be misfiring again. The engine was cold and I didn't give it long to warm up before driving because I was in a rush. There seemed to be a shuddering while driving while under 4k rpm. I just blew it off as the engine being cold.
    I checked with the OBD2 unit again and it had 2 errors:
    1) Random/Multiple cylinder misfire detected
    2) "A" Camshaft position Actuator Circuit (Bank 1)
    This was at 11PM so I left it for the morning. I did not clear the errors.
    Today the vehicle was misfiring while idling and spitting out water and what looks like black soot from the exhaust onto the floor. I doubled checked that my coils were secured and I removed the camshaft sensor, cleaned it and put it back in. I let the car warm up for about 20 minutes before driving and the misfire went away. Checking with the OBD2 again, there was no errors and The car drove completely normal.

    I am now trying to check if maybe one of my ignition coils is on its way out. I have read that you can check this by checking the resistances of each coil. The engine is still too hot right now to work on the vehicle but I will post an update after reading the values. I would love to hear your opinions as I am a complete noob when it comes to engines, but keen to learn.

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  2. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    albi blue 197 with boost
    welcome along..
    it could be all sorts..when your dad hit the pot hole,it could have damaged sensors on your exhaust maybe??
    hope you get to the bottom of it..
    also your injectors could be on their way out..
  3. nutnutwelshman

    nutnutwelshman Gold Member

    Welcome to the Family it's only a fiver to join then your have full access to the how to section
  4. Foxspeed

    Foxspeed "the new red baron" Moderator

  5. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    Welcome aboard :smiley:
  6. Jimmy

    Jimmy Good cop Administrator

    Welcome to the forum. Very nice present to receive from the parents! I hope you can get the issues fixed.
  7. R11HOY

    R11HOY Paid Member

    Conlig County Down Northern Ireland
    Renaultsport Clio 197 (2008)
    Welcome to the club, l also hope the issues your having are sorted out soon so that you can once again fully enjoy the car.....fingers crossed it's not to expensive
  8. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Paid Member

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Welcome to the forum and Clio R.S. ownership !

    Here's hoping you get get your problems sorted quickly. And cheaply !!!

    Enjoy :smile:
  9. LOCKE

    LOCKE Paid Member

    RB 182 Cup/LY 197 R27
    Welcome in mate.

  10. kevlar

    kevlar Gold Member

    Seat Ateca...WTF happened.
    Wow one seriously nice present that - welcome!

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