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How to Replace timing belt on Renault Clio 3 1.6 94kw 2009-

Replacement Interval Guide

  • Renault recommend:
  • →2008:
  • Replacement every 72,000 miles or 5 years (tensioner pulley and guide pulley must be replaced).
  • 2009→:
  • Replacement every 72,000 miles or 6 years (tensioner pulley and guide pulley must be replaced).
  • The previous use and service history of the vehicle must always be taken into account.

Check For Engine Damage

CAUTION: This engine has been identified as an INTERFERENCE engine in which the possibility of valve-to-piston damage in the event of a timing belt failure is MOST LIKELY to occur. A compression check of all cylinders should be performed before removing the cylinder head(s).

Repair Times – hrs

Remove & install
Clio III 3,30
Laguna III 3,60

Special Tools

  • Clio III: Auxiliary drive belt tensioning tool – Renault No.Mot.1638 (manual tensioner).
  • Clio III: Auxiliary drive belt tensioning tool – Renault No.Mot.1638 (manual tensioner).
  • Camshafts setting bar – Renault Nos.Mot.1496/1750.
  • Camshaft rear blanking plug removal tools – Renault Nos.Mot.1487/1488.
  • Camshaft sprocket holding tool – Renault No.Mot.799-01.
  • Camshaft sprockets locking tool – Renault No.Mot.1490-01.
  • Crankshaft timing pin – Renault No.Mot.1489.
  • Clio III: Guide pulley removal/fitting tool – Renault No.Mot.1368.

Special Precautions

  • Disconnect battery earth lead.
  • DO NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft when timing belt removed.
  • Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine.
  • Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).
  • DO NOT turn engine via camshaft or other sprockets.
  • Observe all tightening torques.
How to Replace timing belt on Renault Clio 3 1.6 94kw 2009-
How to Replace timing belt on Renault Clio 3 1.6 94kw 2009-

Removal

WARNING: Engines with variable valve timing: Mark camshaft sprockets and camshaft adjusters with chalk or paint prior to timing belt removal to assist alignment on installation.

  1. Raise and support front of vehicle.
  2. Remove:
      • Clio III: Windscreen wiper arms.
      • Clio III: Scuttle panel.
      • Clio III: Battery and battery tray.
      • Air intake duct.
      • Air filter assembly.
      • Throttle body assembly.
      • Engine undershield (if fitted).
      • RH front wheel.
      • RH front wheel arch liner.
      • Auxiliary drive belt.
      • Clio III: Engine lower tie-bar.

    NOTE: Auxiliary drive belt(s), tensioner pulley and guide pulley(s) MUST be replaced.

  3. Disconnect wiring harness from timing belt lower cover.
  4. Support engine.
  5. Remove:
      • RH engine mounting and bracket.
      • Laguna III: Rear engine torque reaction link.

        NOTE: Clio III: Mark position of RH engine mounting before removal.

  6. Laguna III: Disconnect wiring harness from rear of cylinder head cover.
  7. Remove:
      • Laguna III: Engine lifting eye.
      • Blanking plugs from rear of camshafts. Use tool Nos.Mot.1487/1488.
      • Blanking plug from cylinder block [1] .
  8. Turn crankshaft clockwise until grooves in camshafts almost aligned [2] .

    NOTE: Grooves located below cylinder head upper face.

  9. Insert timing pin in cylinder block [3] . Tool No.Mot.1489.
  10. Turn crankshaft slightly until crankshaft web stops against timing pin [4] .
  11. Ensure grooves in camshafts aligned [2] .
  12. Lock flywheel with large screwdriver. Slacken crankshaft pulley bolt [5] .
  13. Remove:
      • Crankshaft pulley bolt [5] .
      • Crankshaft pulley [6] .
      • Timing belt covers [7] & [8] .
  14. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [9] .
  15. Remove:
      • Tensioner pulley nut [9] .
      • Tensioner pulley [10] .
      • Guide pulley bolt [11] .
      • Guide pulley.
      • Timing belt.

    NOTE: DO NOT allow crankshaft sprocket to fall off crankshaft.

  16. Fit setting bar to rear of camshafts [12] . Tool Nos.Mot.1496/1750.

Installation

NOTE: Timing belt, tensioner pulley and guide pulley MUST be replaced.

  1. Ensure crankshaft timing pin inserted [3] . Ensure crankshaft web against timing pin [4] .
  2. Ensure grooves in camshafts aligned [2] .
  3. Ensure setting bar fitted correctly [12] .
  4. Remove and degrease crankshaft sprocket. Degrease end of crankshaft. Refit crankshaft sprocket.

    NOTE: Crankshaft keyway at 12 o’clock position [13] .

  5. Fit camshaft sprockets locking tool [14] . Tool No.Mot.1490-01.
  6. Remove:
      • Exhaust camshaft sprocket nut [15] .
      • Inlet camshaft sprocket blanking plug [16] .
      • Inlet camshaft sprocket bolt [17] .
      • Camshaft sprockets locking tool [14] .
      • Exhaust camshaft sprocket [18] . Degrease sprocket. Degrease end of camshaft.
      • Inlet camshaft sprocket [19] . Degrease sprocket. Degrease end of camshaft.WARNING: Failure to degrease components may lead to sprockets slipping on crankshaft and camshafts, resulting in severe engine damage.
  7. Fit exhaust camshaft sprocket [18] . Use new nut.
  8. Fit inlet camshaft sprocket [19] . Use new bolt.
  9. Lightly tighten nut and bolt of each camshaft sprocket [15] & [17] .
  10. Ensure camshaft sprockets can turn freely without tilting.
  11. Ensure Renault logo on exhaust camshaft sprocket positioned as shown [20] .
  12. Ensure inlet camshaft sprocket mark at 12 o’clock position [21] .
  13. Mark cylinder head with paint or chalk where indicated [22] .
  14. Fit timing belt loosely to sprockets and pulleys.
  15. Fit camshaft sprockets locking tool [14] .
  16. Ensure inlet camshaft VVT unit locked.

    NOTE: Ensure belt is taut between camshaft sprockets.

  17. Fit new tensioner pulley [10] .

    NOTE: Ensure lug on rear of tensioner pulley located in groove in water pump housing [23] .

  18. Fit new guide pulley. Tighten guide pulley bolt [11] . Tightening torque: 50 Nm.
  19. Turn tensioner pulley clockwise until movable pointer [24] aligned with notch [25] . Use 6 mm Allen key [26] .
  20. Temporarily tighten tensioner pulley nut to 7 Nm [9] .
  21. Fit timing belt lower cover [8] .
  22. Fit new crankshaft pulley [6] .
  23. Fit new crankshaft pulley bolt [5] . Tightening torque: 40 Nm + 145±15°.
  24. Tighten inlet camshaft sprocket bolt [17] . Tightening torque: 100 Nm.
  25. Fit new inlet camshaft sprocket blanking plug [16] . Tightening torque: 15 Nm.
  26. Tighten exhaust camshaft sprocket nut [15] . Tightening torque: 30 Nm + 84±4°.
  27. Remove timing belt lower cover access panel [27] .
  28. Remove:
      • Camshafts setting bar [12] .
      • Camshaft sprockets locking tool [14] .
      • Crankshaft timing pin [3] .
  29. Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise to setting position.
  30. Insert timing pin in cylinder block [3] .
  31. Ensure crankshaft web against timing pin [4] .
  32. Remove crankshaft timing pin [3] .
  33. Ensure tensioner pointer aligned with notch [24] & [25] .
  34. If not:
      • Slacken tensioner pulley nut [9] by a maximum of one turn whilst holding 6 mm Allen key [26] .
      • Turn tensioner pulley until pointer aligned with notch [24] & [25] . Use 6 mm Allen key [26] . Tighten tensioner pulley nut [9] . Tightening torque: 27 Nm.
  35. Ensure grooves in camshafts aligned [2] .
  36. Ensure setting bar can be easily fitted [12] . If not: Repeat installation procedure.
  37. Remove setting bar [12] .
  38. Refit blanking plug to cylinder block [1] . Tightening torque: 20 Nm.
  39. Refit timing belt lower cover access panel [27] .
  40. Fit new blanking plugs to rear of camshafts.

    NOTE: DO NOT start engine without auxiliary drive belt fitted as damage may occur to crankshaft pulley.

  41. Install components in reverse order of removal.

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