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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


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

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?


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


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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