Timing Belt Replacement - Renault Clio 1.2 16v D4F
How to change a timing belt on a Renault clio 1.2 16v (D4F engine) as well
as replacing the water pump and tensioner with new replacements.
The clio has just recently passed the 70,000 mile mark, i don't know when
the timing belt is due on these engines, it hadn't been done before so i
thought it was a good idea to change it now.
Having changed the 406's timing belt about a month ago i felt a bit more
confident tackling the same job on the clio. However on the 406 removing
the crankshaft pulley bolt was very easy it came off with the impact
wrench, on the clio it took 4 different attempts to get the bolt off with
the final solution being to wedge a screwdriver in the flywheel ring teeth
and then turn the bolt, however as i was working on the car in the
afternoons after work the attempts to get the bolt off happened over a few
days with WD40 being sprayed around the area each time which would have
also helped to remove the bolt.
The water pump was replaced as it showed signs that it was leaking, and the
tensioner was also replaced as it came in the box with the new belt, i
purchased a Gates timing belt kit, they seem to be a good quality part, it
is not the cheapest on the market, but with timing belts you cant really
skimp on quality unlike other parts
The cost for the new belt kit (which included the tensioner) and the water
pump came to a total of £82 from my local motor factors.
The tensioning procedure is mentioned in the Haynes manual but its very
confusing, thanks to lancs dave on renault forums who clarified the
procedure which i followed when doing this job.
You will need to refill the coolant system, i discarded the coolant that
was caught in the bucket, because the coolant passed over the oily
subframe, and the bucket was not 100% clean. To see the full video on
properly filling the D4F engine with coolant here is the link:
This video is only intended to help you with the process of changing the
timing belt on one of these engines, its something you need to be confident
that you can do, if you don't feel confident take the car to a mechanic as
getting it wrong can completely wreck the engine.
Any comments, or suggestions are welcome