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Fluid level checks Renault Clio 2001 - 2005 Diesel 1.5 DCi

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Renault Clio 2001 - 2005  | 1.5 DCi Fluid level checks

  • time 5 to 30 minutes
  • difficulty 1

Underbonnet check points

1.2 litre 8-valve (D7F) petrol engine A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery
1.2 litre 16-valve (D4F) petrol engine A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery
1.4 litre (K4J) petrol engine A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery
1.5 litre (K9K) diesel engine A Engine oil level dipstick B Engine oil filler cap C Coolant expansion tank D Brake fluid reservoir E Washer fluid reservoir F Battery

Engine oil level

1 • Make sure that your car is on level ground.
HINT: If the oil is checked immediately after driving the vehicle, some of the oil will remain in the upper engine components, resulting in an inaccurate reading on the dipstick.
2 • Check the oil level before the car is driven, or at least 5 minutes after the engine has been switched off.

The correct oil

3 Modern engines place great demands on their oil. It is very important that the correct oil for your car is used .
Engine oil grade:
  Petrol engines Multigrade engine oil, viscosity range SAE 10W/30 to 10W/50, to ACEA A1, A3 and A5
  Diesel engines Multigrade engine oil, viscosity range SAE 10W/40 to 10W/50, to ACEA B3 and B4

Car Care

4 • If you have to add oil frequently, you should check whether you have any oil leaks. Place some clean paper under the car overnight, and check for stains in the morning. If there are no leaks, the engine may be burning oil .
5 • Always maintain the level between the upper and lower dipstick marks (see photo 3). If the level is too low severe engine damage may occur. Oil seal failure may result if the engine is overfilled by adding too much oil.
The dipstick is brightly coloured yellow and is located on the front of the engine (see Underbonnet Check Points for exact location). Withdraw the dipstick.
Using a clean rag or paper towel remove all oil from the dipstick. Insert the clean dipstick into the tube as far as it will go, then withdraw it again.
Note the oil level on the end of the dipstick, which should be between the upper (MAX) mark and lower (MIN) mark. On some engines the MAX and MIN marks are indicated by notches. Approximately 1.5 litres (depending on engine) of oil will raise the level from the lower mark to the upper mark.
Oil is added through the filler cap. Twist the cap anti-clockwise and withdraw it. Top-up the level. A funnel mayhelp to reduce spillage. Add the oil slowly, checking the level on the dipstick often. Do not overfill. Should you need to renew the oil and filter, click below

Coolant level

Warning: DO NOT attempt to remove the expansion tank pressure cap when the engine is hot, as there is a very great risk of scalding. Do not leave open containers of coolant about, as it is poisonous.

Car Care

6 • With a sealed-type cooling system, adding coolant should not be necessary on a regular basis. If frequent topping-up is required, it is likely there is a leak. Check the radiator, all hoses and joint faces for signs of staining or wetness, and rectify as necessary.
7 • It is important that antifreeze is used in the cooling system all year round, not just during the winter months. Don’t top-up with water alone, as the antifreeze will become too diluted.
Antifreeze type Ethylene glycol-based antifreeze – RX Glacéol type D coolant
The coolant expansion tank is located either at the front of the engine compartment, or at the rear. The coolant level should be checked with the engine cold, and it should be between the MINI and MAXI marks on the tank.
If topping-up is necessary, wait until the engine is cold. Slowly unscrew the expansion tank cap, to release the pressure present in the cooling system, and remove it.
Add coolant (a mixture of water and antifreeze) to the expansion tank, until the coolant is up to the MAXI level mark. Refit the cap, and tighten it securely. Should you need to replace the coolant, click below

Brake fluid level

Warning: Brake fluid can harm your eyes and damage painted surfaces, so use extreme caution when handling and pouring it.
Warning: Do not use fluid that has been standing open for some time, as it absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause a dangerous loss of braking effectiveness.
HINT: Make sure that your car is on level ground.The fluid level in the reservoir will drop slightly as the brake pads wear down, but the fluid level must never be allowed to drop below the MIN mark.

Safety first!

8 • If the reservoir requires repeated topping-up this is an indication of a fluid leak somewhere in the system, which should be investigated immediately.
9 • If a leak is suspected, the car should not be driven until the braking system has been checked. Never take any risks where brakes are concerned.
The MAXI and MINI marks are indicated on the front of the reservoir. The fluid level must be kept between the marks at all times.
If topping-up is necessary, first wipe clean the area around the filler cap to prevent dirt entering the hydraulic system. Disconnection the wiring plug and unscrew and remove the cap.
Carefully add fluid, taking care not to spill it onto the surrounding components. Use only DOT 4 fluid; mixing different types can cause damage to the system. After topping-up to the correct level, securely refit the cap, wipe off any spilt fluid, and reconnect the wiring plug.

Screen wash fluid level

10 • Screenwash additives not only keep the windscreen clean during bad weather, they also prevent the washer system freezing in cold weather – which is when you are likely to need it most. Don’t top up using plain water, as the screenwash will become diluted and will freeze in cold weather. On no account use coolant antifreeze in the washer system - this could discolour or damage paintwork.
11 • Check the operation of the windscreen and rear window washers. Adjust the nozzles using a pin if necessary, aiming the spray to a point slightly above the centre of the swept area.
The reservoir for the washers is located on the rear left-hand side of the bulkhead. If topping-up is necessary, open the cap.
When topping-up the reservoir a screen-wash additive should be added in the quantities recommended on the bottle. It could also be time to replace the wiper blades. For details, click below
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Wiper blade replacement

Check the condition of the wiper blades; if they are cracked or show any signs of deterioration, or if the glass swept area is smeared, renew them. For maximum clarity of vision, wiper blades should be renewed annually, as a matter of course.
Swivel the blade through 90°, depress the clip and slide the blade from the hook of the arm.
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