Squeeking after cambelt change on a 200

Ryster

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So had my 200 serviced at Renault, timing and auxiliary along with water pump and gearbox oil at the same time. But randomly when I turn my car on after it's been sat for a day or two it squeels for about 15 seconds, I can stop it by depressing the clutch but it disappears and then that's it.

it doesn't sound normal, but is it something that I should take back to Renault or this a normal thing after the big service?
 
There should be no funny noises from the belts/pulleys IF they changed everything. Did the fit the kit that includes everything here... or have they changed just the rubber belts, what does it say on your invoice?

From a main dealer I'm guessing you paid quite a lot for the work too so I'd be throwing it back at them personally. You might get lucky and it might just be the aux belt squealing, it isn't unknown to get a dodgy new belt but if they've messed up the pulleys on the cam side by either being lazy and not changing them or not tightening them up properly it wants looking at again 110%.
 

Ryster

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There should be no funny noises from the belts/pulleys IF they changed everything. Did the fit the kit that includes everything here... or have they changed just the rubber belts, what does it say on your invoice?

From a main dealer I'm guessing you paid quite a lot for the work too so I'd be throwing it back at them personally. You might get lucky and it might just be the aux belt squealing, it isn't unknown to get a dodgy new belt but if they've messed up the pulleys on the cam side by either being lazy and not changing them or not tightening them up properly it wants looking at again 110%.
It was £10 cheaper than Ktec want for the same work and they changed everything on that list.


I will get it booked back in with them next week, thanks everyone.
 

Ryster

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Right so a follow on from this, it's been in Renault since yesterday and they have rung me up and said its a clutch release bearing in the gearbox.
Has this had anything to do with the belts being changed? I'm finding it terrible annoying that this has only occurred since it went in for this service, and also the fact it's currently sat on 15k miles.

Is there anything I can do to argue my case or am I going to have to bite the bullet?
 
Completely different side of the engine so can't see how a belt change has caused it, might just be coincidence/bad timing.

Sadly changing the release bearing is a box off job, so you might as well then do the clutch at the same time.

If it's not causing any driveability issues I'd be tempted to leave it if you can put up with the squeal every now and then.
 

Ryster

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Completely different side of the engine so can't see how a belt change has caused it, might just be coincidence/bad timing.

Sadly changing the release bearing is a box off job, so you might as well then do the clutch at the same time.

If it's not causing any driveability issues I'd be tempted to leave it if you can put up with the squeal every now and then.

I was considering selling it so this isn't the best timing. The thing is if I do get it swapped and drop the box then I'd want to do the clutch and everything which is then going to add onto the price. 15k miles, four eagle f1 assymetrics and the full belt service just prior to this. Might be time to get it to a dealers and let them have it for 6k.

Annoying but it's either spend another few hundred quid and keep or chop it in and just get a 200 edc.

Thanks pal, appreciate it.
 
No worries, I know it's frustrating I have been in that position myself with a car in the past. Put a load of money in to it trying to get it mint for something else to go that's fairly expensive on top.

If you plan on keeping the car long term I'd say it's worth doing, at least you know where your at in terms of big service items with it. Otherwise just part x it in against something else if you fancy a change.

Got to admit as much as I love my 197 I do question how reliable it's going to be going forward and mines a relatively low mileage example for it's age. Bought it on 56k last year and a few months after it turns out both the bottom ball joints were well and truly gone. Luckily I'd bought a fairly comprehensive 12 month used car warranty from the place I got it from and they covered the parts and labour. I had a full fluid, filer and sparks service done along with a full belt change shortly after I got it.

Seems to be luck of the draw with these, some people have virtually no issues while other cars are just plagued by problem after problem.
 

Ryster

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No worries, I know it's frustrating I have been in that position myself with a car in the past. Put a load of money in to it trying to get it mint for something else to go that's fairly expensive on top.

If you plan on keeping the car long term I'd say it's worth doing, at least you know where your at in terms of big service items with it. Otherwise just part x it in against something else if you fancy a change.

Got to admit as much as I love my 197 I do question how reliable it's going to be going forward and mines a relatively low mileage example for it's age. Bought it on 56k last year and a few months after it turns out both the bottom ball joints were well and truly gone. Luckily I'd bought a fairly comprehensive 12 month used car warranty from the place I got it from and they covered the parts and labour. I had a full fluid, filer and sparks service done along with a full belt change shortly after I got it.

Seems to be luck of the draw with these, some people have virtually no issues while other cars are just plagued by problem after problem.

Ive had barely no issues with mine that haven't been sorted under warranty or were just wear and tear. But I think it's time for it to go, it's just deciding what to go for. There's not a lot out there new anymore for under 20k that's really any good.

It also doesn't help that the missus point blank refuses to let me buy a 595 Abarth in Yellow, she says it's a "girls" car. Anyway, thanks for the response, appreciated mate.