Renault Fluence — TIMING CHAIN OR BELT?


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The Renault Fluence is a compact sedan (C-segment in Europe) manufactured by the French marque Renault. This vehicle is produced by its subsidiary Oyak-Renault in Turkey, and designed in collaboration with Samsung Motors.

The Renault Fluence was born in 2009, when the brand deemed the Renault Megane Sedan a sales failure. With the Fluence, Renault’s idea was to create a sedan completely independent of the Megane, despite being based on the Megane III. In addition, it takes some elements from the Nissan Sentra, such as the rear axle. This is possible because both vehicles are produced on the same platform thanks to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance agreement. The Korean version of the Fluence has some aesthetic changes, and is marketed as Samsung SM3.

One of the most popular variants of the Fluence is its all-electric version, produced between 2011 and 2014, called Renault Fluence ZE (‘Zero Emissions‘). The concept of this vehicle was interesting, as it had two versions, a plug-in version and a “quick drop” version, which allowed the battery to be removed from the car and replaced by another one in a matter of minutes. The battery replacement would be done through a monthly subscription service.

This passenger car belongs to a segment that has been getting smaller and smaller. In fact, the Renault Fluence ceased to be marketed in several countries in mid-2020 due to its low sales. Some of its alternatives are the Skoda Octavia, Citroën C-Elysée, the Volkswagen Jetta, the Seat Toledo and the sedan versions of the Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Opel Astra, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Fiat Tipo.

Renault Fluence. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all Renault Fluence models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all Renault Fluence models.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Renault Fluence I – First Generation (L3) (2010)

Sedan / Saloon

Diesel Engines

  • K9K830 1.5 dCi (L30A) 86 CV (2010)
  • K9K834 1.5 dCi (L30S) 90 CV (2010)
  • K9K826 1.5 dCi 95 CV (2014)
  • K9K832 1.5 dCi (L30B) 106 CV (2010)
  • K9K657 1.5 dCi (L30D, L30L, L306, L33F, L33L, L33M, L33V, L33W) 110 CV (2010)
  • R9M402 1.6 dCi 130 CV (2014)

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

  • K4M839 1.6 LPG 16V 110 CV (2012)
  • H4M729 1.6 117 CV (2013)
  • K4M838 1.6 16V 106 CV (2010)
  • K4M839 1.6 16V (L301, L30F, L30P, L30R) 110 CV (2010)
  • K4M838 1.6 16V (L304, L305, L30H) 111 CV (2010)
  • F4R872 2.0 180 CV (2011 – 2014)
  • F4R872 2.0 190 CV (2013)
  • M4R714 2.0 16V 137 CV (2011)
  • M4R751 2.0 16V (L30C, L30G, L30T, L30V) 140 CV (2010)

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