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Has anyone here had experience of changing the cambelt on Renaultsport Clio 182 or 172's?


My dad needs to get his done and if it isn't too complicated we will do it ourselves.

Do we need locks for the cams, and if so where do we get them.


Thanks in advance. :)
 

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Hi mate,

try here: ClioSport

Sold my 172 before/on cusp of the cambelt change. I *think* it's a £500 job or thereabouts from Renault.

Hope this helps.
 

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Cheers for that mate,

I will register up now. :thumbs:



I am thinking it can't be much more difficult than a Twin spark, but you never know. :)
 

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He he :)

I can't believe it's a tougher job than changing a side light on a Clio :) The handbook says it's a three-step job, while conveniently forgetting to tell you that during these three steps, you'll lose all the skin from your knuckles, quite a lot of blood, all of your patience and then eventually the replacement bulb, lost to some dark, inaccessible cavity that no human has access to.

Cambelt change will be a walk in the park, in comparison :)

But seriously - hope the ClioSport folks can help with your query.
 

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My dads Clio had HID's so hopefully they won't need doing. :)


There is a technical guides section on there, but you can't get into it unless you are a paid member.

I will try asking how it is done, but I have a feeling they will direct me to that section. :(
 

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My dads Clio had HID's so hopefully they won't need doing. :)


There is a technical guides section on there, but you can't get into it unless you are a paid member.

I will try asking how it is done, but I have a feeling they will direct me to that section. :(
ah, ok - it's been a couple of years since i popped onto the site, so i didn't realise that now they charge :-(

ok, i'll get my thinking cap on mate, with respect to other online resources i accessed when i had my 172...bear with me... :)
 

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Cheers mate. :)

I know you need a set of cam locks and it being a 4 cylinder twin cam it has to be fairly straight forward.

I am concerned about the space issue. That engine bay is quite small and there isn't much space between the cambelt and the inner wing.
 

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no worries, bud.

but gut feel is that Renault recommends it is an engine out job, because of that space issue.

BUT...I'm pretty sure a well versed, expert RS independent, can do it with the engine in situ.

*scratches head* trying to think who i can ask, and what other RS sites i used to visit...Vamos (from AO) has/had a 182 Trophy (i think), so maybe we check with him, too?
 

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It is probably a similar setup to the Fiat Coupe where you can undo engine mounts and shift the engine to one side to change the belt.

However there are not many Renault specialist around these parts, and if it has to go to the dealer and they do drop the engine they may as well change the clutch whilst it out of the car.

The clutch feels pretty heavy as well, so it would be good to get it done.


Cheers. :thumbs:
 

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My 182 has not needed the cambelt change yet, so not 100% sure how hard to do this at home. I will ask on the Trophy forum ClioTrophy.co.uk,although I am fairly sure they mostly get a specialist to do it.

The cliosport membership is cca 5 GBP per year, and gets you access to all sort of discounts, so may be worth considering for your dad. Having said that, I have not paid up, the cheapskate that I am :)
 

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Thanks guys, I will pass this info including details of the fourums to him tomorrow. :)
 

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hey bud, did your dad get this fixed in the end?
 

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I haven't had chance to speak to him about it to be honest.

I'll pop over and see him tomorrow after the Oxford meet. :)
 

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okey, dokey, cool :)
 

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Cheers Damien, I shall take a look at that site. :thumbs:
 

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I have received this response from a Renault specialist, hope that helps:

Hi there

Just thought i would let you know we have an offer on cam belt changes. We do a cam belt change with pullys and aux change and a full service ( all Renault parts) for £455

We also sell the kits on there own on our website
www.northwestperformance.co.uk

Thanks
Northwest Performance
 

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Cheers Vamos.

He is going to have a phone around this coming weekend. At least we know what sort of price to pay.

Northwest performance is a bit far to travel, and he doesn't fancy doing the job himself.
 

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I have received this response from a Renault specialist, hope that helps:

Hi there

Just thought i would let you know we have an offer on cam belt changes. We do a cam belt change with pullys and aux change and a full service ( all Renault parts) for £455

We also sell the kits on there own on our website
www.northwestperformance.co.uk

Thanks
Northwest Performance
crumbs, that's a good deal. I might just have to buy another Clio to take advantage of that offer.

:lol:
 

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Cheers Vamos.

He is going to have a phone around this coming weekend. At least we know what sort of price to pay.

Northwest performance is a bit far to travel, and he doesn't fancy doing the job himself.
If he is going to a local mechanic, he might want to buy the kit though, as that should include all the belts and tensioners.

A lot of people on the website said they would not themselves buy a car where the owner changed the belt himself, and for that reason they would rather get a stamp from a specialist, showing they did the work.
 
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