AUTO BATTERY QUESTIONS

Q: Why won’t my car start?

A: There are numerous reasons why a vehicle won’t start. If it’s related to the battery, the starter will generally not crank the engine. This is the telltale “click, click, click” when you turn the key. This could be an alternator not charging the battery properly, a loose battery or starter cable, or a battery that needs to be replaced.

 

Q: Do I need to charge my auto battery after I jump-start my vehicle?

A: In most instances, normal driving will recharge the battery unless there is an issue with the vehicle. If your vehicle does not start after driving it, it’s recommended that you take your vehicle to your nearest Certified Service experts to have a diagnosis performed.

 

Q: What are the main causes of auto battery failure?

A: Batteries wear out over time, but there are also issues that impact battery failure, for example, unusual “overload” such as adding accessories but not properly grounding them, infrequent startup, and discharged batteries freezing at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Q: What should I consider when buying an auto battery?

     
A: While buying battery you should know dimensions of your original battery & the Ampere hour (Ah) required to power your vehicle.

Q: What kind of preventive maintenance can I perform for my auto battery?

A: The best thing that you can do is have your Renault Service technician perform a conductance test on your battery when you get your oil changed. This helps to monitor the status of the battery and helps prevent you from being in a situation where your vehicle won’t start.

WIPER BLADE QUESTIONS

Q: How do I know when my wiper blades need changing?

A: A blade’s natural rubber deteriorates after about 6 months, which is why it’s recommended that you replace your blades on a semi-annual basis. Streaking, squeaking, chattering, skipping, cracks, tears, splits, bent or broken frame, worn rubber, and rounded wiping edge are some common signs that your blades need to be changed.

 

Q: Even though one of my wiper blades is more worn than the other, should I replace both of my wiper blades?

A: Yes, it is recommended that you replace both. This will ensure your windshield is clear and provide a safer view when driving.

 

Q: Is there anything I can do to make my blades last longer?

A: The biggest enemy of wiper blades is exposure to sunlight. There is little that can be done to reduce exposure, but limiting the amount of time your blades are exposed to direct sunlight will help prolong the life of the wiper blade. Clean your windshield and the rubber element of your wiper regularly. 

 

Q: What can be used to clean the wiper blades?

A: It is recommended to use warm, soapy water or another nonabrasive liquid.

 

Q: Why is my wiper blade streaking?

A: Streaking is caused by worn blades. A blade’s natural rubber deteriorates after about 6 months.

 

Q: How easy it is to replace wipers?

A: Wiper replacement is easy, and instructions are typically included with your wipers. If purchased at your Renault dealer, the Service experts will install them for you.

 

Q: Are all wipers designed the same way?

A: No, there are lots of different designs: beam, conventional, and winter are the most common.

BRAKE QUESTIONS

Q: How do I know when I need new brakes?

A: Brake pads are equipped with wear indicators that produce a squealing noise when the brakes are almost worn out. The noise may be present with or without the brake pedal applied, but when noise is heard from the wear indicator, the brake pads should be replaced as soon as possible. Wear indicators are set to create noise when there is around 2 mm of brake pad friction material thickness remaining. In the case of assessing pad wear through inspection, pads should be replaced at or before 2 mm thickness is reached.

Brake rotors are marked with a “minimum thickness” on the casting (usually 2 mm to 3 mm less than the new rotor thickness). Rotors should be replaced before they reach this minimum thickness and should not be turned below this.

 

Q: Must I always turn or replace my rotors when changing my pads?

A: No. If there are no conditions such as pedal pulsation or steering-wheel vibration during braking, and the brake rotor is at least 1 mm thicker than the discard thickness, then it does not need to be turned or replaced.