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Unfortunately I have the same leak (fairly common it seems) and several people have skirted the offer for them to repair it for me! It looks to be a relatively straightforward easy job, until you realise the front subframe is in the way......... it's a long job.
 
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He seems like he knows what he's taking on having discussed it at some length with them, he's saying a couple of hours labour which I think is fair enough,

I've tackled engine out jobs on the drive namely a b5 S4 with rattling manifolds but I really don't fancy spending my days off crawling about under the Clio
 
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The sump gasket alone was thirty pounds or so when I bought last year but if he can do the whole for eighty quid then who's to argue.
 
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I think I'll drop some fresh oil in it too as I don't like the idea of reusing oil for all its only about 100 miles old.


Picked up some brembos off a 197 for a good price so in the future I see a brembo conversion coming.

Shouldn't be too much hassle I've decided to go down the route of retaining the original 280mm discs.

I'm quite torn on the colour to go though every part of me is screaming red but my head says black to keep the standard look
 

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Just painted mine as part of my brake refurb. I fancied a lairy yellow but ended up doing black to keep a more standard look
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I think I'll drop some fresh oil in it too as I don't like the idea of reusing oil for all its only about 100 miles old.


Picked up some brembos off a 197 for a good price so in the future I see a brembo conversion coming.

Shouldn't be too much hassle I've decided to go down the route of retaining the original 280mm discs.

I'm quite torn on the colour to go though every part of me is screaming red but my head says black to keep the standard look
It can be tricky finding 280mm brackets, they’re a little harder to come by than brackets for the 300mm conversion, unless you know someone who can source them?
 
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It can be tricky finding 280mm brackets, they’re a little harder to come by than brackets for the 300mm conversion, unless you know someone who can source them?
I've actually managed to source a pair, so hopefully it'll be a nice straight forward conversion now,

I'm in no rush as I know I still need some braided lines and some fresh pads for the brembos, I don't know anyone daft enough to use second hand pads 😂
 
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Treated the trophy to poly bush dog bone mounts today, a nice simple upgrade and I have to be honest I went for the Flo-flex mount kit and I was sceptical.

However they are slightly firmer than the originals without giving awful vibration through the cabin / gear leaver with a nice difference when snatching the next gear when pushing on a bit.
 

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How did you remove the original inserts? I bought new poly ages ago but have not been up to facing that job.
 
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I pressed the originals out in a vice with and a few sockets, they came out surprisingly easily to be honest.

Getting them in as they are 1 piece bushes was interesting, I ended up using an old BMW mini control arm bush tool I had at the back of the garage (had a JCW r53), they went in a treat with this and a little bit of lube.
 
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Thanks. I have the Powerflex Black (not sure why I went for those) which are at least two piece so fitting will be easier.
 
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I've heard mixed reviews on them, I had a set on my mini and I couldn't complain about them, but having read conflicting reports about the Clio with them I opted for something else,

On another note my caliper adapter for the brembo brakes arrived today, so I can retain standard 280mm discs

Trying my hardest to get a vapour blaster to do the calipers before I paint them but it seems my local one is quite difficult to get through to.
 

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Got the sump gasket sorted today, I can definitely recommend RPM Automotive in scunthorpe, Tom there seems to know his Clio/Renault stuff.

They cleaned the little mess it had made underneath from where it had been leaking too.

For reference it cost £162 all in but that was all genuine parts including Elf oil correct for the car.
 
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Still a good price, I forget what reno quoted me after I took it for a oil change but was over three times that.
 
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Still a good price, I forget what reno quoted me after I took it for a oil change but was over three times that.

Yeah I'm sure Renault wanted nearly £500 to do it, over all I'm glad I had it done as he pulled some nasty bits of sealer out the oil strainer in the sump so pretty relieved it was caught.
 
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Frightening amount really, just glad I had it done before any real hard was done
I have always wondered about the merits of using a sealant over a traditional gasket, you have to be so careful that you do not apply too much or too little and then make sure you actually remove every single bit of the old.
 
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Had a problem with mine with bits of sealer caught up in oil pump strainer causing fluctuations in oil pressure and oil warning light to come on intermittently when driving. Got Renault to take a look, new genuine oil pump fitted and new clutch whilst subframe dropped down, £1200 later lol.
 
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Had a problem with mine with bits of sealer caught up in oil pump strainer causing fluctuations in oil pressure and oil warning light to come on intermittently when driving. Got Renault to take a look, new genuine oil pump fitted and new clutch whilst subframe dropped down, £1200 later lol.
Seems like it must be fairly common then,
pretty glad it didn't get quite as bad as that and very glad I didn't ask Renault to do it as I nearly did.
 


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