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Intermittent 'service' light flashing on the dash board of

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Intermittent 'service' light flashing on the dash board of a Renault Clio (2004) - could that be a costly problem? The mileage is 28,000 miles
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.


The SERV light normally that comes on or accompanies other warning lights either Oil / handbrake / airbag / engine / charging probably check as routine check all the fluids just in case,by checking brake fluid/oil etc..but its doesnt essentailly mean the cars due for a service the SERV light normally covers a problem with a module within the vehicle...ideally scanning for fault codes would be essential to see what type of fault you maybe dealing with that way you'll be in a better position over costs etc..I do hope this helps..if you require to ask anything further then please do before you rate

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Robert

Thank you for your assistance but I guess the only answer is to have a diagnostic check on it because there are no other warning signs that accompany it.

Kind regards

Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.
Hi..there.. yep thats no problem..normally thats the best way forward..... Please dont forget however to rate the answer above..most appreciated..regards Robert
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ok just one thing more please, how often should a cam belt be changed? Could that be the problem?

Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.


What engine size / fuel type do you have exactly?

No..the timing belt wouldnt cause the SERV light flash..

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

engine size 1.2/ petrol

Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.


Normally every or nearing 72,000miles / 60 months which ever comes round first..along with the timing belt its should also have the water pump/tensioner replaced...

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