RENAULT ESPACE 2016 5.G Owners Manual
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If the battery is too weak to ensure cor-
rect operation, you can still start and
lock/unlock the vehicle (please refer to
the information on “Locking/unlocking
the opening elements” in Section 1).
RENAULT CARD: battery
Replacing the battery
When the message “Keycard battery
low” appears on the instrument panel,
replace the battery in the RENAULT
– slide the rear casing 1 downwards
while pressing on zone A;
– remove the battery cover 2;
– remove the battery by pressing on
one side and lifting the other;
– replace it according to the direc-
tion and template shown inside the
Do not throw away your
used batteries; give them to
an organisation responsible
for collecting and recycling
When refitting, proceed in the reverse
order, then press one of the buttons on
the card four times, close to the vehicle:
the message will disappear.
Note: it is not advisable to touch the
electronic circuit or contacts on the
RENAULT card when replacing the bat-
The batteries are available from ap-
proved Dealers, and their service
life approximately two years. Check
that there is no dye on the battery:
risk of an incorrect electrical con-
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Electrical and electronic accessories
Before installing this type of accessory (particularly for transmitters\
/receivers: frequency bandwidth, power level, po-
sition of the aerial, etc.), make sure it is compatible with your vehic\
le. You can get advice from an authorised dealer.
Connect accessories with a maximum power of 120 Watts only. Fire hazard. When several accessory sockets are
used at the same time, the total power of the connected accessories must\
not exceed 180 watts.
No work may be carried out on the vehicle’s electrical or radio circuits, except by authorised dealers: an incorre\
ctly connecte d
system may result in damage being caused to the electrical equipment and\
/or the components connected to it.
If the vehicle is fitted with any aftermarket electrical equipment, make\
sure that the installation is correctly protected by a fuse.
Establish the rating and position of this fuse.
Using the diagnostic socket
The use of electronic accessories on the diagnostic socket may cause ser\
ious disturbance to the vehicle’s electronic systems.
For your safety we recommend that you use only electronic accessories ap\
proved by the manufacturer, consult an Approved
Dealer. Serious accident risk.
Use of transmitting/receiving devices (telephones, CB equipment etc.).\
Telephones and CB equipment with integrated aerials may cause interferenc\
e to the electronic systems originally fitted to the
vehicle: it is advisable only to use equipment with an external aerial. \
Furthermore, we remind you of the need to conform
to the legislation in force concerning the use of such equipment.
Fitting aftermarket accessories
If you wish to install accessories on the vehicle: please contact an aut\
horised dealer. Also, to ensure the correct operation o f
your vehicle, and to avoid any risk to your safety, we recommend that you use only accessories specifically designed for y\
vehicle, which are the only accessories for which the manufacturer will \
provide a warranty.
If you are using an anti-theft device, only attach it to the brake pedal\
Obstructions to the driver
On the driver’s side, only use mats suitable for the vehicle, attached with the pre-fi\
tted components, and check the fitting re gu-
larly. Do not lay one mat on top of another. There is a risk of wedging the pedals.
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WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADES: replacement (1/2)
Windscreen wiper blades 1
With the ignition on and the engine
switched off, lower the windscreen
wiper stalk fully: the blades stop slightly
away from the bonnet.
Lift wiper arm 3 , press button 2 to re-
lease the blade.
Slide the blade along the arm until
it clips on. Check that it is correctly
locked in place. Lower the windscreen
wiper arm carefully.
With the ignition on, return the wind-
screen wiper stalk to the stop position.
The blade on the driver’s side must
always be above the passenger blade.
If this is not the case, a quick sweep of
the windscreen wipers should be per-
formed once the vehicle is travelling at
over 4 mph (7 km/h).
Note: Before restarting your vehicle,
lower the windscreen wiper blades
onto the windscreen to avoid any risk
of damaging the bonnet or the wipers.
– In frosty weather, make
sure that the wiper blades
are not stuck by ice (to
avoid the risk of the motor
overheating or damaging the
– Check the condition of the wiper
Replace the wiper blades as soon
as they begin to lose efficiency
(approximately once a year).
Whilst changing the blade, take care
not to drop the arm onto the window
after it has been removed as this
may break the window.
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WINDSCREEN WIPER BLADES: replacement (2/2)
Keep monitoring the condition of the
– clean the blades, windscreen and rear screen regularly with soapy
– do not use them when the wind- screen or rear screen are dry;
– free them from the windscreen or rear screen when they have not
been used for a long time.
To refit the wiper blade, proceed in re-
verse order to removal. Make sure that
the blade is correctly locked in position.
Rear screen wiper blade 4
Stalk in stop position (deactivated):
– Lift the wiper arm 6;
– pivot wiper blade 4 until some resist-
ance is met (movement B);
– depending on the vehicle, press tab 5, then remove the wiper blade
by pulling it (movement A).
Before changing the rear
wiper blade, make sure the
stalk is in the stop position
Risk of injury.
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TOWING: breakdown (1/2)
Before towing, put the gearbox in neu-
tral, unlock the steering column and re-
lease the parking brake.
For vehicles fitted with an automatic
gearbox, if it is not possible to put the
gear lever into position N, please con-
sult an authorised dealer.
Steering column unlocking
Press the engine starter button for ap-
proximately two seconds , without de-
pressing the pedals.
The column is unlocked, the acces-
sory functions are supplied: the vehi-
cle lights can be used (indicators, brake
lights etc.). Always switch on the lights
when driving at night.
Once you have finished towing, press
the engine start button twice (risk of
running down the battery). The speed specified by current legis-
lation for towing must always be ob-
served. If your vehicle is the towing
vehicle, do not exceed the maximum
towing weight for your vehicle (refer to
the information on “Weights” in
Towing a vehicle with an
Transport the vehicle on a trailer or tow
it with the front wheels off the ground.
In exceptional circumstances
may tow it with all four wheels on the
ground, only in a forward gear, with the
gear in neutral position N over a maxi-
mum distance of 50 miles and not ex-
ceeding a speed of 15 mph (25 km/h).
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TOWING : breakdown (2/2)
Only use the front 1 and rear 4towing
points (never use the driveshafts or any
other part of the vehicle). These towing
points may only be used for towing:
never use them for lifting the vehicle di-
rectly or indirectly.Access to towing points
Front towing point
Press zone A and keep depressed
while pulling zone B to open flap 2.
Rear towing point
Press zone C then release to open
Tighten the tow eye 3 fully: as much
as possible by hand at first, then finish
tightening it using the wheelbrace.
When the engine is
stopped, steering and brak-
ing assistance are not op-
erational.Do not leave the tools unse-
cured inside the vehicle as
they may come loose under
Use only towing hitch 3 and the wheel-
brace or the lever located under the
2nd row right rear passenger footwell
(please refer to the information on the
“Tool kit” in Section 5).
– Use a rigid towing bar.
If a rope or cable is used
(where the law allows this),
the vehicle being towed
must be able to brake.
– A vehicle must not be towed if it is not fit to be driven.
– Avoid accelerating or braking suddenly when towing, as this
may result in damage being
caused to the vehicle.
– When towing a vehicle, it is ad- visable not to exceed 30 mph
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OPERATING FAULTS (1/6)
Using the RENAULT cardPOSSIBLE CAUSESWHAT TO DO
The RENAULT card does not lock or
unlock the doors. Card battery is flat.
Replace the battery. You can still lock/
unlock and start your vehicle (refer to the
information on “Locking/unlocking the
doors” in Section 1 and “Starting/Stopping
the engine” in Section 2).
Use of appliances operating on the
same frequency as the card (mobile
phone, etc.). Stop using the equipment or use the in-
tegrated key (refer to the information on
“Locking, unlocking the opening elements”
in Section 1).
Vehicle located in a high electromag-
netic radiation zone.
Vehicle battery flat. Use the key integrated in the card (refer to
the information on “Locking, unlocking the
opening elements” in Section 1).
The message “Place card close to
START button” appears on the instru-
ment panel. Hold the start button card close until the
instrument panel message stops being dis-
played, then press the same button within
2 seconds of the message going out.
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OPERATING FAULTS (2/6)
The starter is activatedPOSSIBLE CAUSESWHAT TO DO
The instrument panel indicator lights
are weak or fail to light up and the
starter does not turn. Battery terminals not tight, bat-
tery terminals disconnected or
oxidised.Retighten or reconnect the terminals, or clean them
if they are oxidised.
Discharged battery or not opera-
tional. Connect another battery to the faulty battery. Refer
to the paragraph “Battery: troubleshooting” in sec-
tion 5 or replace the battery if necessary.
Do not push the vehicle if the steering column is
Faulty circuit. Consult an approved dealer.
The engine will not start. Starting conditions are not ful-
filled.Please refer to the information on “Starting, stopping
the engine” in Section 2.
The RENAULT “hands-free” card
does not work. Please refer to the information on “Starting, stopping
the engine” in Section 2.
The engine cannot be switched off. Card not detected. Press and hold the start button.
Electronic fault. Press the start button quickly five times.
The steering column remains locked. Steering wheel locked. Move the steering wheel while pressing the engine
start button (please refer to Section 2 “Starting, stop-
ping the engine”).
Faulty circuit. Consult an approved dealer.
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OPERATING FAULTS (3/6)
On the roadPOSSIBLE CAUSESWHAT TO DO
Vibrations. Tyres not inflated to correct pres-
sures, incorrectly balanced or dam-
aged. Check the tyre pressures: if this is not the
problem, have them checked by an ap-
White smoke from the exhaust. In the diesel version, this is not neces-
sarily a fault. Smoke may be caused
by particle filter regeneration. Please refer to the information on “Special
features of diesel versions” in Section 2.
Smoke under the bonnet. Short-circuit or cooling system leak. Stop, switch off the ignition, stand away
from the vehicle and contact an approved
The oil pressure warning light comes
on: while cornering or braking The level is too low. Top up the engine oil level (refer to the in-
formation on “Engine oil level: topping up/
filling” in Section 4).
is slow to go out or remains lit
under acceleration Loss of oil pressure.
Stop the vehicle and contact an approved
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OPERATING FAULTS (4/6)
On the roadPOSSIBLE CAUSESWHAT TO DO
Steering becomes heavy. Assistance overheating.Consult an approved dealer.
The engine is overheating. The cool-
ant temperature indicator is in the
warning zone and warning light
® comes on. Engine cooling fan not working. Stop the vehicle, switch off the engine and
contact an approved dealer.
Coolant leaks. Check the coolant reservoir: it should con- tain fluid. If there is no coolant, consult an
authorised dealer as soon as possible.
Coolant boiling in the coolant reser-
voir. Mechanical fault: damaged cylinder
head gasket.Stop the engine.
Contact an approved dealer.
If there is a significant lack of coolant, remember that it must never b\
e topped up using cold coolant while
the engine is very warm. After any procedure on the vehicle which has involved even partial drain\
ing of the cooling
system, it must be refilled with a new mixture prepared in the correct p\
roportions. Reminder: only products approved
by our Technical Department may be used for this purpose.