As the title says, my old (2004) Renault Clio 1.6L Privilege manual, bit the dust. The valves hit the pistons, and as they say, that’s that. To me it was not worth spending good money after bad fixing it, so off it went to the wreckers after a small amount of money came my way, and a refund of the remainder of the registration.
I must admit it has been a great car for me, and I had a lump in my throat as I saw it bobbing along on the back of the flat bed truck. They are going to break it for the parts, so I guess it will live on in other cars.
I’m using my old trusty ’68 Morris Mini as my daily for a short time whilst I figure out how I can or can’t afford another car. Trouble is the Mini is on club registration and I only can use it for 45 day’s, (each day I use it, I have to log it, but can use it for multiple trips on that logged day), between now and May. I might have to re-register it if I can’t find a suitable car by May.
In my last post, I stated that things where progressing again with the Mini. Well it was until my everyday drive, a 2004 Renault Clio decided to breakdown on the way to work.
After much head scratching and a fistful of dollars, it has 4 new OEM quality pencil coils. Initially only one measured faulty… until I bought and fitted a replacement, then another one went. I had enough, and purchased another 3 coils from my local Bursons (thank you Brian at Bursons Hoppers Crossing store). I decided to replace the lot as I can’t afford any more downtime.
I also purchased an 170W ultrasonic cleaner with temperature control from Jaycar and used it to clean the injectors of the Clio and lots of greasy Mini parts. Works very well.
Anyway back to the Mini. I have managed to get the following done. Very little but at least a start considering.
- Remove existing MegaSquirt relay board, and existing wiring for EFI sensors Done
- Fit EFI fuel filter under the car and connect hoses Done
- Remove standard engine driven fuel pump and fit blanking plate
- Fit new 30PSI fuel pressure sensor (for PWM control of fuel pressure)
- Fit new injector to throttle body Done
- Fit new solid state relays (SSR) for PWM control of injection fuel pump and radiator electric fan
- Clean and paint corner of bulkhead where brake fluid has removed paint and caused surface rust
- Finish fitting new Bluetooth radio Done
- Fit new relay and fuse block
- Wire new EFI harnesses to relay/fuse blocks and to sensors
- Fit MS to bottom of dash rail using nut inserts (more secure)
- Test and set-up PWM for both fuel pump and radiator fan control
- Fit new windscreen washer bag to hang under the R/H fender and connect it up
- Relocate power brake booster backwards by ~ 2″ to allow for a cold air/filter box to feed the MAF sensor that will be fitted at a later date. Removed, waiting for me to make new 3/16″ pipes and new brackets
- Replace the Cooper ‘S’ discs and pads
- Replace with new and paint both L/H & R/H top suspension arms 1 done
- Replace rear competition bump stops with standard bump stops
- Check rear wheel brake cylinders for leaks and also that they are 5/8″ bore. Found one cylinder seized, replaced both sides, as well as brake shoe springs and adjusters.
- Fit new brake hoses. 1/2 done
- Fit the new heater
- Fit the new boot brackets and make a boot board to fit on top of these brackets
- Get wheel balance and alignment
Nothing much really to report.
I took her to work on both days this weekend. She’s just purring along and over the last 320km she achieved better than 53MPG!
One thing I have noticed is that she backfires when starting. This has only happened since the upgrade from the MegaSquirt II to III hardware upgrade. I did see a mention on the MegaSquirt Extra forum from another user that they were having backfires on the latest firmware (same as I have). I think I’ll leave alone until the firmware goes production ready.
I’ve also put the TunerStudio software on my Netbook so I can use it rather than my MacBook Air. Reason being is that the Netbook fits really well in the L/H dash and the Mac doesn’t.
The first 230k’s were the trip I took to Marysville, so very little stop and start, the last 100k’s just local and highway trips to work. I’m very impressed!
One observation is the new 14point7 wide-band O2 sensor seems to be a lot quicker in reacting to AFR changes compared to my TechEdge. This will obviously (I think) help TunerStudio tune the VE table more accurately.
I’ve also just tested the Netbook to make sure it can connect to the ECU. It does, both by Bluetooth (I can fit an RS-232 to Bluetooth adapter on the ECU), and USB.
If I had multiple injectors running sequential injection, Megasquirt can also progressively shutdown the injectors for a smoother transition. I don’t really feel the cutoff or reengagement, maybe because the 1310 is not the smoothest engine?
My Renault has this feature, and I can feel the reengagement sometimes. I also get 6.4l/100km (37MPG) combined city/highway.
I’ll try to get some comparative MPG readings.