Lewis's RB Clio 197

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by lewishunter98, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    Still don't know what's wrong with the car at the moment, looking at trailer costs to get it somewhere like beaniesports for Chris to give it a once over. Losing faith with the car to be honest.

    I ruled out a bad earth, fuses are fine, changed the relay, the main wire to the starter gets 12v, the exciter wire in the upc gets 12v, but the exciter wire on the starter gets less than 1v. And there doesn't seem to be any continuity when tested with a multimeter.

    However, I did take the opportunity today to drop the old coolant and put fresh in, seeing as though I had the day off.

    Seriously am considering fixing and selling at the moment but I'm trying to talk myself out of it

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  2. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    Sorry to hear the troubles never end.. I looked into transport for mine and it’s not that much to ship a car around
     
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  3. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    I'm looking into it at the moment.

    It just really annoys me that I spend so long making everything 100% and then it does on me before I get to do a track day! I only had today off to do Abingdon, but obviously my car had other plans

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  4. RSRowe

    RSRowe Paid Member

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    I'd be bodging it and running a new wire with a switch on :tearsofjoy:
     
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  5. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    Tried running a wire direct from the battery to the starter today to give it a direct 12v and it didn't crank so I'm pretty sure the starter has died anyways

    Rad support has the legs off now and I've given it one last coat of hammerite tonight just to be safe! Looks so much better and it weighs a considerable amount less. It's a really noticeable difference in weight. If you've got an all out track car and you're after extreme weight loss I'd say get that done!

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    Suppose the next step is to get a starter and replace, to see if that solves the issue

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  6. RSRowe

    RSRowe Paid Member

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    At least Renault designed the car to make the starter easily accessible......... Oh wait :expressionless:
     
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  7. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    ! Tell me about it! Crammed between the manifold and engine block under a heat shield is a fantastic idea. Not to forget the fact you're buried in a wheel arch

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  8. j!mbob

    j!mbob Paid Member

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    Looks good! Did you cut the legs of flush and weld up the holes? or does it not leave any holes behind?

    :smile:
     
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  9. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    Just cut them off, it left a tiny gap but I just layered up the hammerite! I'm sure it'll be fine

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  10. Mark_L

    Mark_L Platinum Member

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    Have you tried the starter fuse just behind the headlight? Bit of a pig to get to?

    Also putting a screwdriver across the two poles of the solenoid? This will bypass the solenoid.
     
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  11. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    Yeah that fuse is okay mate. Even tested the continuity of it just to be sure!

    I was going to try that but I just put a piece of wire between the battery and the starter to give it a direct 12v bypassing all of the other wiring etc and it still wouldn't crank

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  12. Mark_L

    Mark_L Platinum Member

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    Got a starter somewhere, where abouts are you?
     
  13. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    I'm in Southampton mate!

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  14. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    Update:

    Cars back! Ended up sending it to Beaniesport as I had given up with it. I had tried everything and it actually turned out to be an earth problem, even though I thought I'd ruled out an earth, several times! Either way, highly recommend getting in touch with him for any bits needed, Chris really really knows his stuff.

    While it was off the road, I changed the manifold to a predator one as I found it at a good price! Put fresh coolant in (which beanie bled for me) Oil & change, rad support chopped and painted, airbag light coded out, new gearbox mount.

    So I collected the car yesterday and went for a good Sunday morning blast today. The car feels absolutely amazing. It really is so impressive, the quaife is something else and inspires so much confidence in the bends. And the noise from the exhaust now truly is incredible! I'm slightly concerned about track noise limits now but it's nothing I won't be able to sort with a bung/secondary cat

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  15. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    Glad that it’s back:...

    need to get it on track
     
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  16. 19Zen

    19Zen

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    Good to hear. How's the predator manifold compared to the original?

    I recently fitted a decat exhaust and saw that the manifold will need doing at some point, just a bit concerned it'll drone, be too loud for track days and gain a flat spot without the precat.
     
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  17. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    It's a fair bit louder on accelerating, but idle noise/cruising it's actually no different which I found quite strange.

    It feels smoother if anything though, on the drive yesterday I didn't notice the flatspot once!

    I'm the same with noise limits but luckily the oreca comes with a bung, and worst case I'll chuck in a secondary cat to quieten it down a bit

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  18. lewishunter98

    lewishunter98 Paid Member

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    I was quite happy with the condition of my manifold though, the previous owner did say he had the flexis replaced before I bought it but I was always a bit sceptical. 6629d9d6718cc820b643078bab886d30.jpg

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  19. 19Zen

    19Zen

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    I'd say that's definitely had the flexis replaced.

    Is your Oreca system decat? If so, I take it with the predator manifold you now have a warning light with no cats?
     
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  20. Beany

    Beany Platinum Member

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    There shouldn’t be a warning light as such to say the cats have been removed..
    If anything it may flash up that it’s running to rich for example on the lamba
     
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