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    Default Some days you're just not meant to drive your Renault

    I'm working Afternoon shift today - a rarity for me. The phone and email have been going off all morning despite the fact people know I'm not at work.

    So I thought I'd take the R10 along to get the springs measured for a custom set as per the R10 Springs and Mods thread. I'm going to a Dyno day on Sunday and thought it might be good to run it on the 14's too.

    I had previously changed the 13" wheels to the 14" (with track rubber) and got it all ready to go. I knew the tyres were close to the guards, but thought if I took it slow it would be OK. 200m from home and the ominous sounds of tyre rubbing on guard, so I thought no problem, a minor setback I'll turn around, go back home and change them over; throw the 14"s in the car and continue on. Change them back at the Spring place.

    Change the wheels over, load up the car; lock up the garage and house then jump in to go. Cranks but won't fire - I think it's flooded. Flooded - It's only travelled 400m!

    It ran fine for 400m then decides it doesn't want to go out today. I'm having a cup of tea and then I'll give it ONE last chance. Fair warning R10 - if you don't start you're sleeping outside tonight!

    KB

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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    I'm working Afternoon shift today - a rarity for me. The phone and email have been going off all morning despite the fact people know I'm not at work.

    So I thought I'd take the R10 along to get the springs measured for a custom set as per the R10 Springs and Mods thread. I'm going to a Dyno day on Sunday and thought it might be good to run it on the 14's too.

    I had previously changed the 13" wheels to the 14" (with track rubber) and got it all ready to go. I knew the tyres were close to the guards, but thought if I took it slow it would be OK. 200m from home and the ominous sounds of tyre rubbing on guard, so I thought no problem, a minor setback I'll turn around, go back home and change them over; throw the 14"s in the car and continue on. Change them back at the Spring place.

    Change the wheels over, load up the car; lock up the garage and house then jump in to go. Cranks but won't fire - I think it's flooded. Flooded - It's only travelled 400m!

    It ran fine for 400m then decides it doesn't want to go out today. I'm having a cup of tea and then I'll give it ONE last chance. Fair warning R10 - if you don't start you're sleeping outside tonight!

    KB
    I believe swearing at the car in French is the key...

    Bearing in mind that the car has flooded and a flammable liquid is involved, may I suggest - Brūle en enfer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Fair warning R10 - if you don't start you're sleeping outside tonight!

    KB

    You know if you do that it wont start all week.
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    I went out half-hearted thinking it wouldn't start. contemplated pulling the plugs but then thought stuff it, I'll press the start button and it will either start or it won't. Started instantly - didn't even crank. I wasn't even actually ready to go then and there, but took the opportunity. My wife had come home by that stage, so I didn't have to lock the house.

    Halfway there it conks out just as it is starting to rain. Ended up being a simple fix - coil wire had fallen off the terminal when I went over a bump, but it caused me an anxious few moments on the side of the road. Maybe the two were connected, who knows?

    The trip ended up being a waste of time anyhow in one way. Once they measure the springs, they want to take the ones in the car out as a guide to make new ones and it is a two month lead time. I don't want the car sitting up on jack stands for the next two months.

    Might try the Kings Springs agent tomorrow. No doubt it will be the same story.
    KB


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