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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by lizzyboo, Apr 13, 2011.


  1. lizzyboo

    lizzyboo PetForums VIP

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    when my headlights are on in my car, i have no lights on my dash and the clock, they go off. when i turn the headlights off the lights on the dash and the clock come back on. we have tried changing fuses etc but its still the same...
    any one any ideas?

    its a renault clio by the way 1998 model x
     
  2. Jocatza

    Jocatza PetForums Junior

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    I can't be much help with your problem but if you don't get an answer from one of the helpful members on here you could try the Renault Clio forum. They were really helpful when I was tearing my hair out when I had problems with my Renault a few years back and the members are almost as friendly and helpful as the ones here on Pet Forums. :D
     
  3. CharleyRogan

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    Is that with the engine running? It could be low battery if your not running the engine... that what I just been told anyway :/
     
  4. owieprone

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    have you tried turning it off and on again??


    only kidding.



    have you had any work done to it recently, if so take it back and tell them what's gone wrong, they should fix it for free.

    do you have a windy thing on your dash that controls the amount of light emitted by your dash? if so wind it all the way out so its at its brightest. ( i used to have a clio but can't mind if it had a rheostat or not)

    its most likely a wiring fault, or possibly a programming fault (ecu).

    don't take it to a maindealer, check on the forum from last post for any specialists in your area that folk recommend. main dealers will rape you for the smallest amount of work done.. specialist in general will charge you FAR LESS and won't steal your knickers while they're at it.
     
  5. lizzyboo

    lizzyboo PetForums VIP

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    yeah its with the engine running.....
     
  6. owieprone

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    have you actually driven your car lol technically most new cars (including yours) will charge while standing but if you've been running the car while sat and not driving anywhere and you have a faulty battery then it may not charge properly.

    so yeah could be battery, although it could be the battery leads/connection. if they look manky give thema good wire brushing and/or replace (they're not expensive head doon halfords with car and measure how long your leads are).
    grease up once clean and reconnect, see if it helps.
     
  7. lizzyboo

    lizzyboo PetForums VIP

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    not to do with the dimmer switch as thats all the way up
    yeah could be a wiring fault.....
    ive only had the car since the beg of march.... we thought it may have been a fuse gone but replaced all the ones we can find.......(unless there is some that are hiding)
     
  8. lizzyboo

    lizzyboo PetForums VIP

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    ahhhhhhh we did have to jump start when we got it as it had been sitting in the garage of the previous owners for so long..... not had to jump it since though so presumed battery was fully charged.... maybe a fault battery is to blame. thankyou
     
  9. electrical problem - sounds like a job for a electrician
     
  10. owieprone

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    nah all fuses will be in box, usually not fuses that causes that sort of shinanigans though. having saidthat a wrong fuse might. have you checked the bible to see if the fuses are the right size?

    can you take the dash out and check the wirings in right? check battery and leads first tho.

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    do you know any mechanics (mates) that can get hold of Rendiag? (the renault diagnostic software, as you could then port in yourself and see what's up).
     
  11. owieprone

    owieprone PetForums VIP

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    ouch 60 quidola down the pan there then

    new battery quick smart.

    good call, charlie!
     
  12. lizzyboo

    lizzyboo PetForums VIP

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    yes we do lol. i have just said that to my hubby lol. thankyou for your help
     
  13. Does it do it on side lights too?
    or is is just the headlights?
     
  14. owieprone

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    welcomes! though charlie was hero of the day
     
  15. lizzyboo

    lizzyboo PetForums VIP

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    its the sidelights too...............
     
  16. GreyHare

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    Renaults are known for electrical faults, it could be a knackered electrical circuit board or light switch. You need a proper mechanic type to check out the wiring system.
     
  17. skyblue

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    or its shorting out somewhere else,its not the battery
     
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