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2006 Renault Megane - Engine won't start

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by ELA3009, 12 Dec 2011.

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    I have a 2006 renault megane coupe cabriolet 1.5 Diesel. My car won't start. I don't think it's the battery (I've tried to jump start it). The steering won't lock as it usually does and there isn't the usual 'clicking' sound when I put my key card in, press the break and start button. Could it be an electrical fault maybe? Or something more simple? Thanks.
     
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    Are any dashboard lamps coming on, if not do they when you connect another battery?

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    Hi there,

    Yes, the engine light and the handbrake light show on the dash. It's trying to turn over but eventually giving up. The only message on the display is 'steering not locked'.

    I did a 3 hour journey yesterday with no sign of any problems at all. It wasn't until I went to go back out a few hours later that it wouldn't start. No lights or anything like that had been left on to drain the battery. So I can't understand how it would possibly be the battery.
     
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    It could be that the battery has failed, they can go quite suddenly but it should start with a jump from a vehicle with the engine running if that is so.

    Peter
     
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    A mechanic friend has just looked at it and seems to think it is the 'glow plugs' (whatever these are). Does that make sense?
     
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    The glow plugs could make it difficult but wouldn't stop the engine turning over.

    Peter
     
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    I thought that glowplugs assisted if the engine was cold but I'd only been parked for a few hours. The mechanic said that sometimes glowplugs just break for no particular reason. I'll have to look into it further then. I don't want to pay out for something that isn't going to fix the problem.
     
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    Thank you. I have signed up to that forum now too.
     
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    or you could try renaultforums.co.uk - lots of good help there
     
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    these are plagued with electrical faults, especially with the electronic steering lock. This may well be a dealer job, get it fixed and get rid of the car as you will forever be spending money on it
     
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    Thanks, I've already posted it on the Renault forum.

    I've only had the car for 3 years. Got it at 9,000 miles and its only done 42,000 now. This is the first problem I have had with it. I was warned by my dad never to buy a french car. Think I'll listen next time.
     
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