Renault Clio Maintenance Guides - Common Renault Clio Repair Questions Answered

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Renault Clio Tyre Pressure

What is the recommended tyre pressure of a Renault Clio?

The recommended tyre pressure for the 2018 Renault Clio hatchback is 2.0 bar and a minimum 29psi or 200kPa.

To find the tyre pressure level required for your vehicle consult your vehicle manual or the tyre placard which is located on the inside of the driver’s door.

Tyre pressure varies slightly depending on the year of manufacture and model version of your Renault Clio. Therefore, it is essential that you refer to your manual or placard for accurate numbers.


How to check Renault Clio tyre pressure?

Having the correct tyre pressure is essential to prolong the life of your tyres and for safer driving.

To keep on top of tyre pressure level in-between servicing, we recommend that you purchase a handheld pressure gauge to gather accurate readings at home.


What should I do once I see a tyre pressure warning?

If the tyre pressure warning light illuminates on your dashboard the first point of call is to of course check the pressure of your tyres.

Make sure to refer to your tyre placard or vehicle manual to uncover whether your readings are right on, or if you need a top-up.

After maintaining a correct tyre pressure level, check to see if the warning light goes off upon driving again.

If the light remains on it is likely that you have a slow or serious puncture, in this case contact a garage.


How do I reset a Renault Clio tyre pressure light?

Once you have amended the tyre pressure of your Renault Clio to the correct level and checked for punctures, the warning light on your dash should go off one the car stats moving.

If it remains illuminated, you may have to reset the tyre pressure warning light. The process to reset the Renault Clio warning light involves a few simple steps:

With the ignition on, but not started up to drive

Repeatedly press one of the buttons 3 or 4 to select the “TIRES SET TPW” function on the display;

Press and hold (around 3 seconds) button 3 or 4 to start initialisation.

The display of the message “SET TPW LAUNCHED” popping up for around five seconds indicates that the reset request for the tyre pressure reference value has been considered.

Reinitialisation is carried out after a few minutes’ driving.

The reset procedure specific to your Renault Clio will also be laid out in your vehicle handbook.


Renault Clio Warning Lights

What do the warning lights mean on a Renault Clio?

The warning lights which feature on a vehicle’s dashboard depends upon your car model and make. The illumination of any of these warning lights on the dashboard of your Renault Clio indicates a problem with the corresponding component featured in the warning light, the severity of the problem is the next step to determine.

Some of the most important warning lights on the dashboard of the Renault Clio are:

Low Fuel Level Warning Light

This light lets you know that you must fill up with fuel as soon as possible

STOP Light

This light comes on with other warning lights and/or messages and is accompanied by a beep. If this occurs stop as soon as is safe and contact a dealer or mechanic.

Warning Light

Your Renault Clio's Warning Light resembles a wrench and like the stop light can illuminate in conjunction with other indicator lights. If this illuminates drive as carefully as possible to a garage or dealer as quickly as possible. 

What does a Renault Clio engine warning light mean?

The Renault Clio has two warning lights related to the car’s engine; the engine stop and start system, and the engine coolant light.

The latter indicates a problem with the injection system, which if illuminated you should seek the assistance of a mechanic.

The engine stop and start system helps reduce fuel consumption and lowers exhaust emissions.

Therefore the engine stop and start system light illuminating tells you that the stop and start system is not operating effectively.

How to reset a Renault Clio oil pressure warning light?

The Renault Clio oil pressure warning light tells you that you must check the engine oil levels.

If the light remains illuminated even after topping up oil levels and checking for any further problems, then you must reset the light.

The exact process for which depends on your vehicle and therefore the details of how to reset the light can be found in your car’s handbook.

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Renault Clio Service Intervals

When are Renault Clio service intervals?

Renault Clio drivers are instructed to book in a full service on an annual basis, or every 12,000 miles (whichever milestone arrives sooner). Yearly full servicing reduces the risk of a breakdown and maintains the value of your vehicle. In between full services, Renault recommend interim serving at around the six-month mark.


Renault Clio Common Problems

What are common Renault Clio gearbox problems?

Some Automatic Clio’s built between November 2005 and May 2006 have experienced gearbox issues.

The issue arises in that the gearbox switches to manual mode or to third gear without any driver intention.

If this problem arises with your Clio, get booked in at a garage as soon as you can to have the issue amended.


Are brake light problems common on a Renault Clio?

Several Renault Clio’s built between December 2005 and February 2006 have experienced problems with their brake lights.

It is possible for the brake light switch to melt due to grease in the circuit switches overheating.

If you start experiencing problems with your brake lights, particularly if your Clio was built in the aforementioned time period, contact a garage as soon as possible.


What causes a Renault Clio clutch to shudder?

The clutch is one of the most important components of your vehicle, and its maintenance is crucial to your vehicle’s performance.

Clutch shudder is a common problem to arise with your clutch and is most evident when the clutch is pushed at take-off, once the clutch is completely engaged the shudder stops.

Clutch shudder can be caused by a host of issues, from flywheel problems to a damaged pressure plate. It is best to get any clutch shudder investigated by a mechanic to nip any further problems in the bud. 


Renault Clio Oil

What is the best oil to use for a Renault Clio?

For a Renault Clio you need to purchase a decent-quality 5w40 oil; both synth and semi-synth will do.

The exact required oil spec for your vehicle can be found in your car’s manual.

What is the oil capacity for a Renault Clio?

The average oil capacity for a Renault Clio is 4.8 litres, although like the above it differs slightly depending on your car model and year.

Therefore, it is always best to ensure you are meeting the right capacity requirements by checking your vehicle handbook.

What to do if a Renault Clio leaks oil?

Oil leaks can often be the indicator of a more serious problem your vehicle is threatened with.

It is seriously important to get the source of the leak identified and subsequently repaired to prevent any further damage from developing. 

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Renault Clio Battery

What are the signs that I need a new battery?

A car battery has an expected lifespan of 4-6 years. Your battery not working might just mean it is flat and requires a recharge. Signs to tell whether it has died, and you need a full replacement include a much slower engine start or a foul rotten egg smell when you open your bonnet. A visual examination of your battery may also be telling if you can see any corroded elements or even a swollen or cracked battery case.

What to do if a Renault Clio battery dies?

If you have uncovered that your battery needs replacement, the best thing to do is to book in with a reliable and affordable garage. You can do this efficiently using the Who Can Fix My Car website, simply enter your car details on our battery replacement form page to receive no-obligation quotes from local garages from which you can choose the best deal for you. 

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