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21:45
August 31, 2015


dpress

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Agreed regarding the oil level. It takes 15 minutes for all the oil to return to the sump area that the dipstick reaches. You can give yourself a shock if you run the car for a few seconds, turn it off and then start it again – sometimes it will give you an oil level fault, or at the very least show a reduced number of bars on the dash readout. My V6 uses less than 0.5 litres between oil changes, so I doubt the oil is a problem.

 

Perhaps your vendor had read about the MAF failure on this forum – mine went a couple of years ago, and gave the same fuel injection fault. I tried to restart numerous times at the side of the road, and it would not run, but weirdly after being dragged slowly for 5 miles it did start and run roughly, sufficient for me to get to the local dealer. Total cost for that was about £250.

 

Good luck with getting it fixed. After 5 years of owning mine, I wouldn't drive anything else.

 

dpress

22:19
August 31, 2015


lexi

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Post edited 22:20 – August 31, 2015 by lexi


Perhaps your vendor had read about the MAF failure on this forum

 

Maybe.  I must say he was a decent and genuine guy. He changed cars quite a lot, so the fault may have just happened after he sold.  I mean, if it happened after he bought from me, then it would look as though I knew of a fault and sold it like that. Certainly not the case.

16:45
September 5, 2015


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Hello again

 

An update on the car. The garage couldn't find a fuel injection fault and just said it needed the electric window fixing and a new card reader (the click). I am going to try to source these on eBay. I also had them put two new front tyres on the car.

 

I drove the car back to work but didn't make it back as it broke down again. The RAC came out and rescued me again and he concluded that something is massively draining the power. The car was driving well until I turned the lights on and then it cut out. Then the voice started saying 'fuel injection fault', 'parking brake fault', 'tyre pressure monitor fault' etc. The car completely flipped out. I remembered that when it started losing power on the M6 the lights on the dashboard dimmed. There is also a little squealy fan belt slipping noise on start up. I have attached a pic of the dashboard symbol below.

 

 

Not being a mechanic I don't know what this all means. Could it be the alternator? If you have any suggestions please let me know as I have been without my beautiful car pretty much since I bought it.

 

I would be very unlucky if it's the alternator as I got rid of my last Vel Satis because it needed a new one.

 

The garage are going to look at the car again on Monday. So far I have paid £100 in labour/diagnostics but the car is still very poorly. Frown

19:20
September 5, 2015


lexi

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  First. Check all earths from battery to body etc. That is almost new battery.  Never had these issues and alternator was checked regular with MM at 14.4v.

  With battery disconnected check multi plugs around MAF  etc. Check and pull your fuses, especially the big main one which is in centre console I think.

  Never had an issue with EPB and took special care to seal cables to stop water ingress. When EPB gives issues it can upset lots of systems.  Do brake lights work ok?

  Lights are controlled by UCH.  Go through that above list first and come back on.  Don't pay any more diagnostics ATM.

  Look for someone with Clip.  I know of one FCF member in Sheffield with one.

19:48
September 5, 2015


lexi

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 These are some of the multi plugs to check in around the plenum and MAF.

   http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p92/alexbowie/DSC05022.jpg

12:00
September 11, 2015


Pigbench

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Post edited 12:07 – September 11, 2015 by Pigbench


Good news! Hopefully.

The garage just called me and after hours of trying to get the car to fault the mechanic took the car home last night and it broke down four times. This was a good thing as it meant that he managed to diagnose the problem. He thinks it is a broken TDC sensor. He has ordered a new one and will be fitting it on Monday. I really hope this works!

The garage is also going to fit a new card reader, passenger window mechanism and clock (all second hand) so that the car is perfect when I get it back on Tuesday.

I am very much looking forward to being reunited with the car that I bought on 27 August and haven't really seen since!Laugh

Thank you for all your help and suggestions.

19:30
September 11, 2015


lexi

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That is excellent!

   Will be nice when all fettled and should need no real big servicing.  I was always going to get a camshaft sensor and carry it spare, as a few on here have failed. Is the TDC  sensor an expensive one?  If so it may be prudent to borrow one from a spares car somewhere first?  Luke has a spare car?

   Thinking about it all. I feel the PO would have contacted me had he any problems. I told him to keep in touch and let me know how he was going with car. 

20:11
September 11, 2015


Pigbench

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The sensor is £70 and there's the fitting cost on top but I guess it could have been worse. The garage had already ordered the part when they called me. I'm sure they want to fix it as much as I want it fixed as it's been with them for quite a while now!

It does seem to be a common fault on Renaults from what I have read so carrying a spare would be a good idea.

The PO told me the car had no faults while he'd had it but it seemed strange that he was selling it after only six weeks…

At the end of the day I'll get to enjoy it so I'm happy. I'm relieved that it wasn't anything major.

21:59
September 13, 2015


R9UKE

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Did the card reader get to your mechanic in the end Christie?

08:06
September 14, 2015


Pigbench

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Yes, thank you it arrived on Friday and the garage was going to fit it that day. He said the problem with the old one is that the card could be pulled out while driving and the click was the card reader attempting to lock the card in place.

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