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Bad burning smell coming from engine bay, + car won't start.



Fletcher

ClioSport Club Member
Started up the 172 this morning, for the first time in a week it fired up first time without any problems.

After 5 or so mins I noticed a strange fishy, plastic burning smell so took it out for a quick spin, and noticed the engine felt very, very hot! The coolant bottle was bubbling away, but the fan hadn't kicked in :S

I've since had the air-con on and the fan works then..

I left in a couple of hours and went to move it, the electrics seemed lazy, it took forever for the windows to go up and down, then all the STOP, SERV etc lights flashed up, I switched off the ignition, went to start it again nothing. :(

Battery is about just over a year old, any ideas peeps?

Cheers Fletch.
 
  Mondeo TDCI 130
erm, well, sounds like the alternator is f**ked! But the coolant is worrying? the aux belt is definately on??? as it drives the water pump aswell! So it could be rubber burning? alt and water pump not working?!

Give you a grand for it?!:eek:
 

Fletcher

ClioSport Club Member
erm, well, sounds like the alternator is f**ked! But the coolant is worrying? the aux belt is definately on??? as it drives the water pump aswell! So it could be rubber burning? alt and water pump not working?!

Give you a grand for it?!:eek:

The aux belt is on, and the smell seems to be coming from that side. Last time I drove it the aux was squeaking like a b**ch, so it may well be fubar'd

1k "standard", you've got a deal ;)

Doesnt sound too good...

No mate not good. it's the first time in 5 years- 80k that it's properly let me down :(
 
  Mondeo TDCI 130
How handy are you on the spanners?!?! Get the aux belt off! I reckon you will find the problem yourself pretty easy!
 

Fletcher

ClioSport Club Member
How handy are you on the spanners?!?! Get the aux belt off! I reckon you will find the problem yourself pretty easy!

I'm pretty useless, and don't have many tools :eek:

Car is already booked in at Rentech for thursday though.

poops :( Does sound like alternator

Just trying to think when it was last changed mate, I think it was a few years back, so it might well be that.
 
  Mondeo TDCI 130
^ I thought you would be pretty handy being a builder mon, but then, my dad's a joiner and i can't hit a nail or cut a straight line to save my life!!

Let us know, Mike and the boys will sort it i have no doubt! :)
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Its started fletch!!!!

The Clio knows you have replaced it for s fresher younger model and are retiring it for dirty track work... She's throwing her toys out of the pram now.
 

Fletcher

ClioSport Club Member
^ I thought you would be pretty handy being a builder mon, but then, my dad's a joiner and i can't hit a nail or cut a straight line to save my life!!

Let us know, Mike and the boys will sort it i have no doubt! :)

Good point fella. I should have more confidence in myself doing simple jobs on the car TBH.

I'll keep you posted mate. Thanks for your help.
 

Fletcher

ClioSport Club Member
Its started fletch!!!!

The Clio knows you have replaced it for s fresher younger model and are retiring it for dirty track work... She's throwing her toys out of the pram now.

It certainly seems that way Dan. I've waited for 5 years to final start tinkering with it, and if bloody thing breaks :mad:
 

TimR26

South Central- West Berks
ClioSport Area Rep
Water pump makes sense probably explains the fluid on your drive.

If you need a hand with anything let me know and I'll come round to help.
 

Silent_Scone

ClioSport Club Member
  Evo 5 RS
if theres coolant on your drive the seals probably gone, does it squeal when you turn it over at first? Mine went all over the aux belt and made a terrible racket
 


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