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Chris, Hampshire

Citroen DS3

Hi, there is a red flashing light in the middle of the dash in the little storage area under the radio! Does anybody know what this light is for? And why it's flashing?

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Hi, the red flashing light to talk of is a small LED mood lights which should match the ones fitted in your foot well, the reason I would say it is flashing is because the bulb is on its way out exactly what happen to me on my car. Hope this helps Adam Adam from Gwynedd

Hi, the red flashing light to talk of is a small LED mood lights which should match the ones fitted in your foot well, the reason I would say it is flashing is because the bulb is on its way out exactly what happen to me on my car. Hope this helps Adam Adam from Gwynedd

Hi, the red flashing light to talk of is a small LED mood lights which should match the ones fitted in your foot well, the reason I would say it is flashing is because the bulb is on its way out exactly what happen to me on my car. Hope this helps Adam Adam from Gwynedd

Submitted: 23/10/2014 22:17:49 | ID: 105029

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John S., Greater Manchester

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

I am having problems with the centre screen on my Picasso Grand C4 exclusive (2010. 22,000 miles). This is an intermittent fault, when the ignition is turned on, centre screen stays black with no radio and no information display. After a short time 2-10 mins it comes on and will stay on for the duration of the journey. I have had it in to Citroen main agents in Sale Cheshire but no fix - they say it may be this and it may be that, from new radio unit to new instrument unit but could not guarantee a fix. Has anyone else come across this problem?Regards John Manchester

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Dear John from Manchester There are a few Posts with similar probs on this page ,mine being one of them. I bought my car C4 exclusive in September .Days after purchase the upper screen had intermittent failure. I returned the motor ,they could not locate the fault even after keeping the car 2 days . The dealer eventually contacted Citroen (dont know why they didn't in first place) And they were told to replace the dashboard which is a sealed unit. this was done took just over an hour and has solved the problem. Regards and good luck Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan. Thanks for the reply, I will forward it to the Citroen Technician in Sale Cheshire. After another visit this morning he said he thinks it's the radio unit and priced me a replacement at £920 +fitting and programing to work with my car. I will call again and see what he says to your reply tomorrow. I will post the outcome. Thanks once again. Kind Regards John from Manchester. John S. from Greater Manchester

Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan. Update, after discussion with technician on Friday. I have decided to live with it for now and see if a sure fix is forthcoming in the future. Thanks for your input Barita. Kind Regards, John. John S. from Greater Manchester

Dear John from Manchester, I do hope you eventually resolve the problem. Take care John when the speedo is not working though as you prob know it's illegal to drive without a speedo. And to be honest I am sure there is a speed camera popping up over night these days just to fool us. Good luck and Happy Christmas Regards to you Barita Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

Hi Barita, Thanks for your reply and concern but the speedo and the fuel screens work ok. It is the centre screen that is the problem. When and if I find a solution I will post. Very best wishes to you and yours for the coming season. Kind Regards John. John S. from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 12/11/2014 21:55:25 | ID: 106125

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Neil Hayes, Cambridgeshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, Hope someone can help me. My front wipers recently started playing up. they would not work every time I turned them on. If they don't work on intermittent or first speed, they often will start if I go straight to second speed, wait a few seconds then reduce there speed. again they are the same when I push the wiper switch down for a one off wipe & again when using the washers. I have already replaced the complete switch gear with one off the internet by the same is still happening. Any ideas please; Thanks. Neil.

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I had same problem checked all fuses none blown had wiper motor checked finally replaced complete wiper mechanism with motor still same fault managed to google a answer and it worked In the car right hand side of steering wheel usually where people put their sunglasses pull the panel off and look for a little grey connector block disconnect wait 15 seconds re-connect job sorted hope this helps this sorted mine Sean from South Yorkshire

I had same problem checked all fuses none blown had wiper motor checked finally replaced complete wiper mechanism with motor still same fault managed to google a answer and it worked In the car right hand side of steering wheel usually where people put their sunglasses pull the panel off and look for a little grey connector block disconnect wait 15 seconds re-connect job sorted hope this helps this sorted mine Sean from South Yorkshire

Sean, thanks for the reply. Is the grey plug the one connected into the BSI box with a red clip holding it in?Did you have to switch on the ignition to power up the box, then reconnect the grey one? Sorry to be a pain. Neil. Neil Hayes from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 12/11/2014 10:32:22 | ID: 106087

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Burke, Lancashire

Citroen Berlingo Multispace

Hi oil leak problem on 2010 model already had rocker box seal turbo pipe seal sump seal and core plugs done already cost over £500 now saying eniginge seal or gearbox seal at cost over £750 at Citroen dealer can anyone offer any advice since core plug done no oil leak ..?

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at which end of the engine is it Timing belt side or gear box side ? If it is the timing belt end it is probably a seal inside the alloy cover inside the timing belt there is a bit of striping to get at the seal it is where the oil is fed from the oil pump to the engine block If you wipe you the excess oil and see is it weeping towards the front of this cover up approx 3" that is the seal that is leaking If you cannot find please get back to me and I can email you photos of where it is and what it looks like Yours Joe joe from Ireland

at which end of the engine is it Timing belt side or gear box side ? If it is the timing belt end it is probably a seal inside the alloy cover inside the timing belt there is a bit of striping to get at the seal it is where the oil is fed from the oil pump to the engine block If you wipe you the excess oil and see is it weeping towards the front of this cover up approx 3" that is the seal that is leaking If you cannot find please get back to me and I can email you photos of where it is and what it looks like Yours Joe joe from Ireland

at which end of the engine is it Timing belt side or gear box side ? If it is the timing belt end it is probably a seal inside the alloy cover inside the timing belt there is a bit of striping to get at the seal it is where the oil is fed from the oil pump to the engine block If you wipe you the excess oil and see is it weeping towards the front of this cover up approx 3" that is the seal that is leaking If you cannot find please get back to me and I can email you photos of where it is and what it looks like Yours Joe joe from Ireland

at which end of the engine is it Timing belt side or gear box side ? If it is the timing belt end it is probably a seal inside the alloy cover inside the timing belt there is a bit of striping to get at the seal it is where the oil is fed from the oil pump to the engine block If you wipe you the excess oil and see is it weeping towards the front of this cover up approx 3" that is the seal that is leaking If you cannot find please get back to me and I can email you photos of where it is and what it looks like Yours Joe joe from Ireland

at which end of the engine is it Timing belt side or gear box side ? If it is the timing belt end it is probably a seal inside the alloy cover inside the timing belt there is a bit of striping to get at the seal it is where the oil is fed from the oil pump to the engine block If you wipe you the excess oil and see is it weeping towards the front of this cover up approx 3" that is the seal that is leaking If you cannot find please get back to me and I can email you photos of where it is and what it looks like Yours Joe joe from Ireland

Submitted: 13/08/2014 11:21:12 | ID: 101412

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laura, Kent

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My hubby has done a clutch change on our car and now there is no power at all not even central locking, all fuses checked and fine! any ideas????

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Hi Laura, I've just had a clutch change on my xsara and you have to reset the electrics if the battery has been disconnected. Hope this helps Debs debbie from Northamptonshire

Submitted: 01/11/2014 12:33:48 | ID: 105447

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Trucker, Bedfordshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I was driving down the motorway when the engine cut out and the car rolled to a stop, there was a message saying engine fault and the car wouldn't restart. I sat for 5 minutes and tried to start it, the car started but the engine fault message stayed on along with the management light. On the way home from work 11 hrs later the management light went out and the car seems to be running perfectly again. Can anyone say what may have caused this or if it`s a warning of something expensive that may happen?

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I had the same trouble with my xsara 2 litre diesel a few years back.. I called the AA out and was told it was the fuel pump.. Had rhe pump checked only to be told the fuel pump was working perfectly.. Took it to citroen who said it would cost £700 to fix.. I took it to my local garage who said after a diagnostic check said it was a sensor and charged me ljust over £100 to put it right.. Hope this may help.. Michael from West Midlands

I had the same trouble with my xsara 2 litre diesel a few years back.. I called the AA out and was told it was the fuel pump.. Had rhe pump checked only to be told the fuel pump was working perfectly.. Took it to citroen who said it would cost £700 to fix.. I took it to my local garage who said after a diagnostic check said it was a sensor and charged me ljust over £100 to put it right.. Hope this may help.. Michael from West Midlands

Just had both pumps replaced so the sensor sounds more likely, thanks for your reply - cars running nice again but will get it checked anyway Trucker from Bedfordshire

The same happened to me on the A1, called the AA,mechanic did his tests and said fuel was not reaching the fuel filter so he suspected the fuel pump and towed me to a citroen garage. They put the computer on and the only problem the computer threw up was ....... brake light switch. Now I didnt understand this at first so I went looking for an answer and when you think about it , it actually makes sense. Try work it out, if you cant drop me a line and I`ll explain. Cheers andrew from West Yorkshire

I am not mechanically minded, dont know anything about cars, so if you want to share,..How can we contact you.? Michael from West Midlands

Submitted: 05/11/2014 13:41:44 | ID: 105707

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Colin, Cambridgeshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

i have a citroen xsara picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive i am having to top up my water now every week can anyone please tell me what could be the problem.and how to sort it.

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I had the same thing with mine, it was a coolant leak on the oil cooler hose. If you find the oil filter and look at housing it mounts to, there are 2 hoses that come from it that connect to the coolant system. Mine started with a drip but eventually overheaded due to it becoming a dribble rather than a drip. It was a leak in the fuel pump (Bosch CP1), dripping deisel onto the hose that causing it to corrode. Might want to check for a small fuel leak too! Paul from City of Glasgow

I had the same thing with mine, it was a coolant leak on the oil cooler hose. If you find the oil filter and look at housing it mounts to, there are 2 hoses that come from it that connect to the coolant system. Mine started with a drip but eventually overheaded due to it becoming a dribble rather than a drip. It was a leak in the fuel pump (Bosch CP1), dripping deisel onto the hose that causing it to corrode. Might want to check for a small fuel leak too! Paul from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 11/11/2014 20:46:52 | ID: 106065

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ajcollingburn, Nottinghamshire

Citroen Dispatch

I have a Dispatch 1.6 2011 and I have no handbook. How do you change a headlamp bulb please?

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Pop Your bonet the head light is the second round rubber very hard to unclip the spring that holds the bulb in if you have larage fingers Derek brown from West Midlands

Submitted: 13/11/2014 09:00:49 | ID: 106142

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John, Ireland

Citroen Dispatch

Where is the battery located?

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When you open the drivers door you will see a panel on the floor right by the sill it is under there Derek from West Midlands

When you open the drivers door you will see a panel on the floor right by the sill it is under there Derek brown from West Midlands

When you open the drivers door you will see a panel on the floor right by the sill it is under there Derek brown from West Midlands

Submitted: 15/11/2014 13:31:43 | ID: 106241

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cheryl shankland, Merthyr Tydfil

Citroen Xsara Picasso

How many litres does it take to fill the tank?

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My 2.0L Hdi takes 60 Litres andrew from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 22/08/2014 15:54:02 | ID: 101934

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Rick, West Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Could you please tell me how long a diesel high pressure fuel pump should last, it is a 2008 plate and it has 57,000 on the clock.

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Mine has lasted 10 years now. I`ve had the car from new never had any problems with it. andrew from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 19/09/2014 17:09:13 | ID: 103308

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ian, Louth

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

Hi i have a new c4 grand picasso 2014, all the dash and sat nav go out, and go black, been like from new, can any one help please

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Sorry I am of no help But I have had the same problem I collected my car on 23/09/14 The 12" display screen fails . Took it back to Citroen,failed to resolve it It's going back tomorrow and staying with them for 2 days where Their technician will take vehicle home along with diagnostic equip.in hope that fault occurs in his presence. In meantime I am left without my adapted vehicle . I will let you know the outcome regards Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

Sorry I am of no help But I have had the same problem I collected my car on 23/09/14 The 12" display screen fails . Took it back to Citroen,failed to resolve it It's going back tomorrow and staying with them for 2 days where Their technician will take vehicle home along with diagnostic equip.in hope that fault occurs in his presence. In meantime I am left without my adapted vehicle . I will let you know the outcome regards Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

Our car does the same, interesting that someone else`s car has been modified for motability. My wife has a steering ball with indicators, horn etc. Can you tell me what modifications yours has had? Phil Wilson from Middlesex

Hi Phil Wilson. I have an infra-red steering ball which operates lights, wipers, indicators, washers, horn, main beam etc. Also wheelchair hoist. However Citroen have confirmed this is not the problem. They have now ordered a new dash today in hope it will resolve the issue, so do I as they have my car and I am now housebound without it.Keep me in touch with yours Barita Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

Hi Barita, Lodgeson also confirmed it wasn't their equipment as they just plug the wiring in on this car. Ours is going in for inspection on Monday. If you are housebound, I hope you're aware you can contact motability. When our car has been off the road through accidents Motability have either been able to provide an alternative vehicle or pay £50 a week towards taxis, although my wife isn't in a wheelchair therefore able to take standard taxis. Motability are extremely helpful though. I hope this helps. Phil Wilson from Middlesex

Thank you so much for your advice and this forum has been very enlightening. Will keep you posted, kind regards, BaritaBarita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

As it`s my car I have decided to collect tomorrow (Friday) from dealer and take it back when the new dashboard arrives. Apparently it's going to take until 25th October to get it. Will let you know if that solves the problem. Best wishes. Good luck Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

Hello fellow Grand Picasso C4 drivers. I had the dash replaced 2 weeks ago by Citroen. This appears to have resolved the ongoing fault where the upper screen kept failing. Citroen apparently were aware that this fault existed on some C4s, having possibly had a faulty batch. The job took just about one hour - very quick, must be plug and play (lots of laughs) Barita Keeble from Vale of Glamorgan

Submitted: 01/09/2014 17:20:41 | ID: 102469

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Edward Wilson, Buckinghamshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

How can I remove the middle rear seat as the right lug is stuck?

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I had a similar problem, mine turned out to be that the seat had been slid forward. In this position the seat release mechanism doesn't work tony from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 12/11/2014 18:34:03 | ID: 106110

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Nicholas Barfield, Derbyshire

Citroen C3 Picasso 2009

Seeing James Campbell’s and Sue Parrish’s posts about Citroen C3 Picasso underbonnet fuse box issues, I’d like to know if other C3 owners can report similar corrosion problems? Our 2009 09 C3 Picasso HDi started to behave very erratically a couple of months out of warranty: lights failing then coming back on; engine management SERVICE light flickering then coming on solid; central locking system playing up. It was finally sorted by a patient, resourceful auto electrical engineer who identified lack of continuity on a couple of circuits due to corrosion in the purple (stamped ’MARRON’) socket in the fuse box - so bad that when he unplugged the wiring loom connections, three mini-pin connectors remained in the relevant loom terminal. Luckily he was able to remove these, saving us the cost of a new loom, but a new fuse box and labour still came to over £160, which I’m hoping to reclaim from Citroen if I can show that water ingress that causes the corrosion is a design fault. Anyone had these same issues? (1.6 HDi 90 VTR+)

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I was interested in the threads I found on this site as I have been verbally diagnosed with water penetration in the fuse box with subsequent replacement of the damaged wiring loom under warranty on my C3 Picasso 1.6 HDI. Worried about it as not a unique fault and a potentially design fault and safety issue, I contacted VOSA and filled in a report. The officer contacted Citroen UK which assured VOSA that no such fault existed (water ingress) as my report to Citroen UK from Citroen Reading does not mentioned water ingress, only some corrosion found in the fuse box. This may explain why there is no easy answer for the many owner chasing intermittent faults Dominique Tilquin from England

Wonder if my problem is related. My 2010 C3 Picasso’s rear lights have both stopped working, and there is moisture inside one of the plastic covers. I am planning to try changing both bulbs, but is there also a separate fuse I should change? Jane Snook from England

Hi. Had similar fault but started as a side light not working. Turned out to be water ingress in fuse box in centre multi plug labelled maroon. Wiring loom and fuse box replaced for £1k and all probs stopped. Citroen paid half but now 4 months later same problem again with headlight not working. Multi plug in fuse box corroded and wet. Rest of fuse box and connectors are bone dry. This is prob a design flaw. What happens if it’s a major circuit that cuts out??? Very dangerous and I’m very unhappy Nick from Scotland

Update. The cause is now being diagnosed as the washer pump sending drops of water up the wire and into the fuse box hence the lack of water damage anywhere else in the fuse box Bon from East Lothian (Haddingtonshire)

Similar problem with 2009 C3 Picassso. Side lights not working, one headlight not working. Traced to a corroded ECU multiplug a result of by water ingress in wiring loom caused by a failed washer pump. Citroen main dealer quoting £1,428.99 (why the 0.99?) to repair with a new fuse box, new wiring loom, new washer pump and 10 hours of labour. So a minor leak in a washer pump does £1,400 of damage - this is (a) bad design and (b) a safety issue if water can get into the loom and effect all the ECU functions. Currently discussing the matter with Citroen Customer service. Would be interested if anyone has secured a decent response from them Andrew Diston from England

I've just had the same issue with a '59 HDi C3. Water from a leaking water pump has got into the wiring harness and damaged the fuse box (and presumably the electronics). The issue manifested itself in the ESP fault light coming on. I intend to follow this up with Citroen UK as its clearly a design fault that they have been aware of for some time. I will ask the Citroen main dealer doing the repair if procedures have been put in place to prevent the problem arising again. In any event I intend to request that Citroen bear the cost of putting right their design fault. I may not have much luck! John Roberts from Cheshire

Same problems,front side lights stopped working checked fuse box ,centre multy plug pins corroded, water ingress.called local Citroen garage Edinburgh to see how many other customers had reported/complained about this issue, gentleman at service department informed me they didnt know anything about the issue and suggested I contact Ciroen GB - which I did. Received same response from them. Maybe we should all call BBC Watchdog, it seems bad publicity is the only things these company's are scared of. Carrying on, purchased new fuse box on eBay £54 and fitted myself. martin nicholson from City of Edinburgh

Same problems,front side lights stopped working checked fuse box ,centre multy plug pins corroded, water ingress.called local Citroen garage Edinburgh to see how many other customers had reported/complained about this issue, gentleman at service department informed me they didnt know anything about the issue and suggested I contact Ciroen GB - which I did. Received same response from them. Maybe we should all call BBC Watchdog, it seems bad publicity is the only things these company's are scared of. Carrying on, purchased new fuse box on eBay £54 and fitted myself. martin nicholson from City of Edinburgh

My 2010 C3 HDI 1.6 has water damage and needs a new fuse box and loom as plugs severely corroded. Headlights stopped working so I took it in for diagnosis and got this news. Quote for repair was enormous. Very disappointed that a car of this age with 30K miles has such damage. Clearly a design fault. Not contacted Citreon UK but given others` experience not sure it will be worth it!Chris from Greater London

Hi Chris. If you have went to Citroen dealer they will no doubt charge the earth and want to change everything, YOUR PAYING Do as I did-go on E.bay and order from there,its an easy job to change the fuse box. I done it in under 1hour and did not need to change wiring loom. The other way is purchase fuse box on eBay then take both car and box to local garage It won't take them long to carry out the work. Hope it works out martin nicholson from City of Edinburgh

This is not an answer but a comment. I've already detailed my fuse box water penetration fault in a previous message and would like to update readers . I complained to Citroen UK on the basis of design/manufacture/installation fault in allowing water to enter wiring loom and thereby into the fuse box/electronics; that the fault is common; that they know about the fault and have not changed anything to prevent the problem occurring. Their response was bland and effectively "tough" its out of warranty; they suggested contacting the Motor Codes, an industry funded "ombudsman". The Motor Codes contacted Citroen and the reply was more interesting: Citroen denied I ever contacted them; they denied any record of the garage who carried out the repair doing so, they denied that anyone else have suffered any such fault, they denied any design/manufacturing fault but indicated that "in an old vehicle deterioration can occur due to a number of factors outside their control". The car is a '59 plate - within the 7 yr warranty of other manufacturers (an indictment by Citroen about how they view their vehicle longevity and customer care) Obviously I am not satisfied and am exploring the next step to recoup my expenditure. One consideration is Small Claims Court on the basis of the components are not fit for purpose. I wonder if others have pursued a manufacturer by this means, or know where to go for further advice ( I'm going to visit CAB) I am also interested in the number of people who have suffered this fault - suggestions of sites with other names would be appreciated. Does anyone know if a Facebook page could be used to reach a wider audience for example. John Roberts from Cheshire

I bought a 2011 C3 Picasso (21,000 miles) only three weeks out of warrantee that has suffered a similar problem. Failed water pump with water finding its way back into the fuse-box corroding wiring loom connections. I am asking Citroen to cover this but they tell the dealer they will not as the car is second-hand. I intend to write to Citroen asking them to reconsider and if they refuse I will seek ways to pursue a claim. I think that the problem might justify a recall of the C3 Picasso range as a failure of the electrics whilst driving could lead to fatalities or serious injuries. Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset

Having followed a similar series of cases on a C3 Picasso forum ( http://www.citroenpicasso.org.uk/picasso/index.php/topic/22573-front-lights-not-working-told-need-new-wiring-loom-fuse-box-and-washer-pump/ ), I asked the Telegraph columnist 'Honest John' for some advice. His reply was quite blunt and succinct; get the repair carried out at the supplying dealer, and then sue them using the small claims track of the County Court. Black Cherry from Devon

Martin Nicholson, any chance of a link to that eBay fuse box, please? Also, did you have any issues such as requiring to reboot the ECU or other electrical malarkey? Thanks. Black Cherry from Devon

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GENUINE-CITROEN-UNDER-BONNET-FUSE-BOX-C2-DS3-C3-PICASSO-C3-MK-1-2-3-/251691277412?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3a99f81c64 Hi, here is the link, it costs £48 plus £5 postage, it fits Picasso C3 as well as Citroen C3. I had no problems after connecting a new fuse box, all working well. To assist in removing and fitting the fuse box it is easier by removing the battery first. Good luck martin nicholson from City of Edinburgh

Another mention here: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/citroen/c3-picasso/61747/used-buyers-guide-citroen-c3-picasso/page/0/2 Black Cherry from Devon

And here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/citroen/c3-picasso-2009/?section=good Black Cherry from Devon

Hi. Sent ebay thread last night, noted tonight it`s still not showing? What to do is go on eBay and put in under bonnet fuse box Citroen C3 - two boxes will show, both fit, choose the £48.9 one + £5.00 POSTAGE. If doing the job yourself remove the battery first, makes it easier to access area, Martin martin nicholson from City of Edinburgh

Thanks Martin - I think I've found it. Are there any other issues to look out for - ie: any problems with rebooting systems afterwards? Is it 'simply' a case of unplugging all the connectors, junking to the old fuse box and sticking in the new?! Any 'weird' connectors there?! Thanks again. Black Cherry from Devon

No. everything went straightforward. Unclip the three connectors, pulled out the two cable connectors. The tricky bit is unhooking the clip under the fuse box, hence the reason for removing the battery. There are three areas that hold the inner fuse box in place, two are at the top and the one below. There is also one thick black power cable on top, remember to remove that first. Before you replace the new box, check the connectors first to make sure the old rusted pins are not stuck inside, if they are you can remove them, its a bit tricky but they will come out. Once it`s all connected back up, all will be fine, no need to reboot. You will have to reset the radio/DVD player and any setting you have on the dash memory. Good Luck, hope it goes well martin nicholson from City of Edinburgh

Thank you Martin - that is fantastic information :-) Black Cherry from Devon

I found this website topic after reading a similar thread on a C3 Picasso forum; http://www.citroenpicasso.org.uk/picasso/index.php/topic/22573-front-lights-not-working-told-need-new-wiring-loom-fuse-box-and-washer-pump/ I think it's pretty obvious there IS a common issue here; a very strange situation that can allow water(possibly/probably from the washer bottle) to get to the covered under-bonnet fuse box, very likely by travelling down or up an electrical conduit! You couldn't make that one up... Whilst it's annoying - but not too surprising - that Citroen are putting their fingers in their ears and going "NNAAAHNAAHNAAHNAHH..." when challenged on this, a possibly more worrying situation is shown in that thread above where Citroen dealers - fully aware of the issue - try to pass the car off and sell it to an unsuspecting customer. Shocking. I asked 'Honest John' for his thoughts on this and his reply was unequivocal; "get the supplying dealer to carry out the repairs and then sue them in the Small Claims track of the County Court." Black Cherry from Devon

I found this website topic after reading a similar thread on a C3 Picasso forum; (this site doesn't appear to allow URLs, so go to the Citroen Picasso Owners' Club (citroenpicasso org uk), then to 'Forums', followed by 'Technical Section for C3 Picasso'. There you will find a 'Hot' topic (!) called "Front Lights Not Working..." I think it's pretty obvious there IS a common issue here; a very strange situation that can allow water (possibly/probably/certainly from the washer bottle) to get to the covered under-bonnet fuse box, very likely by travelling down or up an electrical conduit! You couldn't make that one up... Whilst it's annoying - but not too surprising - that Citroen are putting their fingers in their ears and going "NNAAAHNAAHNAAHNAHH..." when challenged on this, a possibly more worrying situation is shown in that thread above where a Citroen dealer - fully aware of the issue, tries to pass the car off and sell it to an unsuspecting customer. Shocking. I asked 'Honest John' for his thoughts on this, and his reply was unequivocal; "get the supplying dealer to carry out the repairs, and then sue them in the Small Claims track of the County Court." Black Cherry from Devon

This makes excellent reading: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/ He also recommends using moneyclaim.gov.uk which is cheaper than Small Claims via the County Court. If the dealer doesn't play ball after you (almost certainly!) win, then I have heard that this makes recovery of funds easy... : thesheriffsoffice.comBlack Cherry from Devon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m87mGcY1jtA Black Cherry from Devon

Submitted: 13/12/2012 15:12:41 | ID: 65463

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Lucille, Tyne and Wear

Citroen Xsara Picasso

After driving a while a squeek develops sometimes louder than other times but squeek not always there, yet will go as I slightly depress brake.Car just passed mot and no brake problem or other problems identified.

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Hi Lucille, brakes do sometimes squeal and it is usually just some dirt or rust. You should notice that it doesn't happen when driving in the wet. Some cars have anti-squeal shims on them to help stop the noise. However, i would always check the brakes to make sure there are no other faults.....better safe than sorry :) Daryl Statham-Waring from Nottinghamshire

Hi Lucille, brakes do sometimes squeal and it is usually just some dirt or rust. You should notice that it doesn't happen when driving in the wet. Some cars have anti-squeal shims on them to help stop the noise. However, i would always check the brakes to make sure there are no other faults.....better safe than sorry :) Daryl Statham-Waring from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 08/11/2014 11:44:55 | ID: 105882

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Nicola, Northumberland

Citroen C2

Every couple of days i will be driving along and the car will beep 3 times and then the temperature gauge will increase to the maximum level for about 10-20seconds and then return to normal. It usually happens when i am driving between 30-40mph. Any ideas?

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Check water level in header tank. There is a switch in it which tells you low water. Ian Lunn from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 26/08/2014 21:28:53 | ID: 102190

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Billy wilkinson, Cheshire

Citroen C2

Replaced the clarion cd with a kenwood now it keeps turning itself on and the central locking stops working if I disconnect the cd it goes ok again can anyone help

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You need adaptor cable from Citroen they are not very expensive and just go in line with the existing cable. Ian Lunn from Nottinghamshire

You need adaptor cable from Citroen they are not very expensive and just go in line with the existing cable. Ian Lunn from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 01/11/2014 07:26:19 | ID: 105434

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Siobhan, Greater London

Citroen Berlingo

My driver`s side window goes down but sticks going up. What can I do?

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I have the same issue and would love to know how to stop it. It's done it since the week we got it. nick s from West Yorkshire

I have the same issue and would love to know how to stop it. It's done it since the week we got it. nick s from West Yorkshire

Our first Berlingo did it, our second too and I have no reason to believe the problem with Citroen`s computer/Multiplex has been fixed. It's a pain but pull in somewhere safe, shut the engine off then restart and things will work again. It is a fault that the dealer should fix before your guarantee runs out. Sometimes on starting my wipers come on as an unasked for bonus! The radio volume has a mind of its own too on both cars! The dealer said I needed a new multiplex unit to cure the problem/s. Shirley from Highland

I had a similar problem with a ford mondeo. Squirt some silicon spray down the side runners of the windows to make life easy for the motors. The motors are cutting out because the are being overloaded when working hard to raise the windows. Even the ford dealer could not find the cure. red mick from South Yorkshire

I had a similar problem with a ford mondeo. Squirt some silicon spray down the side runners of the windows to make life easy for the motors. The motors are cutting out because the are being overloaded when working hard to raise the windows. Even the ford dealer could not find the cure. red mick from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 03/09/2014 16:41:31 | ID: 102562

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Terry, Middlesex

Citroen Saxo

Hi, passenger side electric front window has stopped working. The window is down and will not come back up. The drivers side window is working perfectly. Any ideas? Terry

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check the wiring between the car body and the door chances are one or more of the wires are broken, if so just solder them back together and insulate them job done Gerry from Derbyshire

check the wiring between the car body and the door chances are one or more of the wires are broken, if so just solder them back together and insulate them job done Gerry from Derbyshire

Submitted: 02/09/2014 17:36:47 | ID: 102516

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Nick, Hertfordshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, my heater only works on the 4 setting on the the dial for the blower? is this the relay? if it is , is it easy to change?

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Having the same problem, would welcome any advice.. Michael from West Midlands

Checked online and it says its a common problem with the xsara.. It suggests the 2 main causes are fuses or the resistor... Michael from West Midlands

Had this with mine last year. its to do with the ignition and is a common fault. Ask a local garage to put a bypass thingy in and it will work fine again. The ignition constantly blows the resistor kelly from Durham

Had this with mine last year. its to do with the ignition and is a common fault. Ask a local garage to put a bypass thingy in and it will work fine again. The ignition constantly blows the resistor kelly from Durham

Submitted: 30/10/2014 11:35:52 | ID: 105330

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Brian, Essex

Citroen Relay

My relay has only done 24000 and 4 years old now it's out of warranty I have a problem when driving through right hand bends or sometimes stopping the rear door sign comes on the dash and bleeps, very annoying! Has anybody had this problem. Also why should the paintwork on the plastic bit fade.

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Hiya Inside the sliding door your see the sensor plate which has 4 metal plates and in the middle is a sticking out bit of plastic which isn't long enough... So I pushed mine in with a bit of plastic as it's spring loaded.. No more sound thank god Neil from Berkshire

Hiya Inside the sliding door your see the sensor plate which has 4 metal plates and in the middle is a sticking out bit of plastic which isn't long enough... So I pushed mine in with a bit of plastic as it's spring loaded.. No more sound thank god Neil from Berkshire

Its a common problem, adjust the door alignment on the lock and side pivots, takes 5 minutes to do steve from West Midlands

Its a common problem, adjust the door alignment on the lock and side pivots, takes 5 minutes to do steve from West Midlands

Submitted: 25/08/2014 19:38:02 | ID: 102120

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jamie jones, Merseyside

Citroen C3 Picasso

My C3 Picasso diesel (59 plate) engine has been cutting out recently, fortunately only when travelling around 30mph speeds. The Dash is saying 'Anti pollution Fault' and/or 'Oil Pressure'. However when I restart the car it is fine and no warning lights are showing. I have used a code fault reader which comes back with no codes. Anyone have an idea of what might be the cause, and what my plan of action should be to sort it.

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Do MOST of your trips involve 30mph speeds?! I'm not sure if your model has the Diesel Particle Filter, but this device traps the nasty soot given off by combustion, and this needs to be burned off regularly by the device to keep it clear. Assuming you've checked your oil level and it's fine, you could always try filling your tank with good quality diesel - Shell V-Power Nitro+ seems to be recommended - and give your car a really good blast; at least a half-hour at motorway speeds. Black Cherry from Devon

Thanks. Most of my driving is 30-40 mph to and from work. I have recently been on the motorway to clear an anti pollution fault, but the engine has cut out twice since. The oil level is on the maximum limit, possibly just over. I wasn't even aware of DPF's, my last diesel didn't have one. Sounds like my driving style doesn't suit modern diesels. jamie jones from Merseyside

I think it's unlikely to be an oil pressure issue (phew). Yep, my old diesel car (Zafira) didn't have a DPF either, so this was never an issue, which is just as well as most trips in it were slower and shorter than ideal. And, yes, if the majority of trips are short and/or slowish, modern diesels are simply not recommended. How long are your trips - does the car get to fully warm up each time? IF your situation is caused by the DPF, and I obviously don't know if it is, then PERHAPS a 'solution' is to do at least one of these trips per week in a lower gear than you would normally? Eg, keep it in 4th even at 40mph - AFTER the car has fully warmed up. That certainly won't be over-revving it; it'll be a bit like doing a normal 50-odd mph in 5th, so the engine will be happy enough. And definitely try a high quality diesel too; these have additives like detergents to give a cleaner engine, and hopefully a cleaner 'burn' too. Black Cherry from Devon

It is a 25 mile round trip. The engine cut out again this morning with the 'anti pollution faulty' showing again (No 'oil pressure' on this occasion). This time though the engine warning light remained on when the car was restarted. The fault code reader gave P 1166, something to do with fuel pressure apparently. I went for a drive on the motorway and the fault has cleared itself. jamie jones from Merseyside

Submitted: 14/11/2014 13:00:31 | ID: 106204

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emlyn kelly, Lincolnshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hello I bought today my picasso and noticed when I pull away in 1st or reverse the front wheels shake. I at first thought maybe I not putting enough revs in but at high revs still shaking any ideas guys as I hoping I not bought a dud ????

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just bought the same car this week,same problem.took it to a friends garage who said it was clutch shudder and should be all right for a while.fingers crossed.they just got burnt with the last car l bought!good luck Jim Easdown from Lancashire

just bought the same car this week,same problem.took it to a friends garage who said it was clutch shudder and should be all right for a while.fingers crossed.they just got burnt with the last car l bought!good luck Jim Easdown from Lancashire

Submitted: 01/11/2014 16:59:28 | ID: 105465

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steve, Lancashire

Citroen Dispatch

My lights and wipers come on randomly when the engine is off. I can lock the van up, sometimes after 1 min or it can be several hours it all starts. I have to disconnect the battery every time I leave the van. This all started when I pulled up at the side of the road, turned my ignition off and when I started the van back up I had lost power steering. After disconnecting the battery and reconnecting it was ok, then all the fun started. Please can anybody help?

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I used to have a company Berlingo van that did the same, apparently the garage replaced a body control module mounted in the side of the footwell. A grommet leaks rainwater through the bodywork onto it causing lights to stick on etc.... mine used to flatten the battery. I don't know if the Dispatch is the same but worth a look! Chris from Lancashire

Submitted: 12/11/2014 19:24:23 | ID: 106116

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Laura miller, Somerset

Citroen C3 Picasso

STEERING WHEEL ADJUSTMENT I have the model with the three small control dials on the central panel, my manual is for the other set up. How do I alter my steering wheel height ?

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Almost certainly the same way... Isn't there an obvious lever/grab handle under the steering column cover, towards the left hand side and near the dashboard? Have a fiddle - I bet you'll find it. Grab and pull the lever out and downwards, and your column will come loose and you can move it back and forth, and up and down. Don't do it when you are driving... Black Cherry from Devon

Submitted: 20/05/2014 11:58:30 | ID: 95761

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Deano, Derbyshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

Hi I have the 1.6 VTR+ HDI could any one tell me when the glow plugs are to come on as I have not seen the light on yet. the car starts ok, I have been told that the temp has to be very cold for the glow plug light to come on.

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Yep, I'm waiting to see my glow plug light too! As long as the car fires up quickly and smoothly on the first cold start of the day, you can relax. I bet the day isn't too far away when you'll see that reassuring little spiral light up :-) Black Cherry from Devon

Submitted: 30/05/2014 10:00:26 | ID: 96497

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Glynis Freeman, Brighton & Hove

Citroen C3 Picasso

I have had my car from new. The problem I have is the rubber round the drivers door has perished again, this will be the 3rd one I have had and it is now out of warranty so I will have to pay for it this time. Is this a common problem with the C3 or is it just my car.

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Yes my driver door's rubber is perished in the shoulder/arm area since approx 65k mls(now 82k) not bothered replacing or complaining as I've bigger fish to fry with Citroen over water ingress into fuse box/electronics. John Roberts from Cheshire

Submitted: 28/10/2014 14:33:54 | ID: 105240

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Chris. Skelton, Devon

Citroen C3 Picasso

I have just bought (just under 4 weeks ago) a used Citroen C3 Picasso (1.6 HDi 90bhp 8V) reg. in March 2011 but with very low miles (1750 miles). The car is in 'perfect' condition and I do like the car very much, but my enjoyment of actually driving the car is being spoilt by an annoying constant low background 'rumble' which I assume is coming from either the suspension or the tyres. I have driven another C3 Picasso,(same engine, same age, same alloys and tyres - but 12,000 miles) and regrettably there is the same noise (for some reason I didn't notice this on the 'test drive'?). The only difference is mine is an 'Exclusive' and the other was a 'VTR+'. Is there any cure for this - I really do hope there is some solution?

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my c3 picasso is the same, you will find it is wind noise jcx from Tyne and Wear

my c3 Picasso is the same, you will find it is wind noise jcx from Tyne and Wear

I suspect it's more likely to be tyre roar. I've owned my C3 Picasso for only 3 weeks, and really like it - apart from the shocking amount of tyre noise. On some surfaces, it is truly dreadful - the noise fills the cabin. Then you go over a smooth road surface, and peace is restored. Does your noise change on different roads, Chris? I imagine it isn't helped by the car's 17" wheels and low-profile tyres - what size are yours? When it comes to the next tyre change, I will be choosing them by 'noise' rating first! The original Michelins are only a 2-bar rating (around 72db), so not too bad - but not brilliant either... You can easily get 68db tyres and at a budget price. Black Cherry from Devon

Submitted: 17/06/2014 12:58:32 | ID: 97890

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raymond, City Of Leicester

Citroen C3 Picasso

i am trying to take battery out to charge i have taken the terminals off undone the realease catch at the right hand side but the battery will not lift out it seems as there is something else holding it in.

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No idea. However, you should leave the battery in when recharging. Unless you really need to, don't remove the battery until it comes to actual replacement time - and then get Halfords or your dealer to do it :-) Black Cherry from Devon

Submitted: 11/10/2014 12:03:52 | ID: 104436

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Chris Pettet, Hampshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

I have had this car since February 2014. It came from a supplier in Sheffield, a 2010 model with just 14.5k mileage and initially (apart from needing a new tailgate lock fairly early on) it has been fine until the last six weeks or so. An orange light came on and the message that there was an engine problem needing attention. Obviously concerned, I took it to the nearest Citroen dealer. They did a diagnostic test which initially cleared the problem, but this has now gone on ... and on. It seems to be connected with soot causing problems to the turbo and the warning light coming on - though it's fine to drive and we have driven several hundred miles over the past fortnight. Fortunately the dealer provided a year's warranty, but today, after another time at the garage, the warranty company have said I can ask the garage to remove the turbo for an independent inspection. I am concerned through that it seems I may not necessarily be entitled to cover for any extra work that may be needed. Ironically it seems that the low mileage of the car in its first three years may have contributed to the problem as apparently a turbo engine is better if it has long journey. I am a clergyman, so inevitably much of my travelling is local. Having said that I haven't had problems like this with previous turbo diesels I have owned. Does anyone else have a similar experience?

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Diesel engines in general are not keen on short, slow journeys, where the accumulated 'soot' isn't given a chance to burn off. On your next fuel fill, use a really good quality diesel like, ooh, Shell V-Power Nitro+ and take the wife out for a Sunday spin. Which involves at least an hour at a steady 70mph on a motorway... Black Cherry from Devon

Submitted: 21/08/2014 14:32:40 | ID: 101869

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Kenneth Rogers, Hampshire

Citroen Relay

Where is the engine management connection located in my van.

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In the fuse box on the right of the steering wheel christian from Cheshire

Submitted: 30/10/2014 21:53:59 | ID: 105358

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Robert Nimmo, North Ayrshire

Citroen Relay

Windscreen wipers will only work on fast speed will not work on slower speeds is this a fuse problem or a relay

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The pcb board in wiper motor itself is fried replace wiper motor christian from Cheshire

The pcb board in wiper motor itself is fried replace wiper motor christian from Cheshire

Submitted: 02/11/2014 23:06:53 | ID: 105542

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Bruce, Greece

Citroen C3 Picasso

I have a C3 2012 Picasso. How do you open the boot?

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Er, surely by reaching your fingertips up under the obvious 'handle' area - the horizontal trim on the rear hatch, and pressing upwards? I think it may be an electrical release, so only a gentle push required. Black Cherry from Devon

Submitted: 10/10/2014 22:13:12 | ID: 104410

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dave burrow, Oxfordshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

I`ve just had my C3 fail an MOT because the front side lights are not working, although 3 mechanics at my local MOT station could not work out why? The bulbs are ok and will come on with a separate live wire. Please does anyone know which is the correct fuse for the front side lights? All other lights work ok including rear side lights.

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You may have the same problem as mine: water ingress into fuse box in engine compartment. This appears to be a problem for other people too. The repair on mine is likely to cost over £1,000 and the car is only 4 weeks out of warranty with 21,000 mileage. Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset

You may have the same problem as mine: water ingress into fuse box in engine compartment. This appears to be a problem for other people too. The repair on mine is likely to cost over £1,000 and the car is only 4 weeks out of warrantee with 21,000 mileage. Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset

Hi Paul, same as mine ... 21,000 on clock and 2 days out of warranty. Main dealer quoted £1700 TO GET RIGHT and would not agree that C3s had a serious design fault, but I must be mad, I just got a great deal on another new C3, probably as cheap as the repairs because the dealer had £5000 off the retail as well. I just simply love the car! dave burrow from Oxfordshire

Dave - Blow me down, it's your old car that I've bought at Mannheim auctions from Hartwells (I have the invoice with your name on it for the MOT). Could we talk? Please answer this through the forum. Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset

Dear Dave, Blow me down, I think it's your old car (FY61GBV) that I've bought at Mannheim auctions - it came from Hartwells (I have the invoice for the MOT with your name on it ). I'm glad that you sorted out a deal for a new Picasso. Of course, you traded the car in at Hartwells in good faith. Hartwells obviously knew the situation with it when they sold it without repairing it (disappointing behaviour in a main dealer). I was very pleased to buy the car until my local garage discovered the fault, which they described as being potentially dangerous. I would really be very grateful if we could have a chat so that I may establish the history of the car for the period when you owned it. The car is currently with the Islington Motor Group garage in Trowbridge and I intend to have it repaired. I want to see if Citroen will honour the warrantee. If they won't, I will see if I can take action legal action against them as other people have experienced the fault but I need to know a bit more about the car before I contact them. I very much hope that we can talk. Please answer this through the forum. Yours sincerely, Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset

hiya paul yes that was my previous car... when I bought it earlier this year ( I knew about the design problems with the washer water pump causing electrical faults on the car as it is all over the internet) I made a special point of asking the salesman if the problem had been rectified ( or had been recalled ) and he confirmed that everything had been done and was up to date..... having just had the mot done unfortunately 2 days after the warranty ran out... as I said earlier 3 mechanics tried to get the front side lights to work but couldn't and said I should take it to the main dealer... (hartwells).. initially I spoke to the receptionist in their service dept an he said it would cost me 70 / 80 quid just for them to look at it... so I complied as we were going on holiday in two days time.... I then collared the original salesman about it as I was getting annoyed with waiting around.. he did confirm that the car was ok when he sold it to me.. then the service dept said it was very dangerous to drive and got me to sign a disclaimer.... and they could repair the car for approx. £1700 (they said 10hrs work??) but it would take about a fortnight to do... I then went beserk with the salesman and service dept..... hence they made me a pretty reasonable offer for my car..... I hope this info is helpful for you if in doubt please give me a call 07475931877 kind regards dave dave burrow from Oxfordshire

Thanks to everyone for your posts. The cost breakdown: total parts, £446.28; total labour, £728.99: VAT £235.06 = £1,410.33. The washer bottle is located on the same side as the driver (RHD). The water outlet pipe leaves the bottle and loops into the bonnet whence it goes to the spray nozzles. I don't know where the pump is located. The Citroen dealer which did the job diagnosed: "Carried out access check and diagnostic tests, traced fault to burnt out under bonnet fuse box and harness due to water contamination. Traced water leak from windscreen washer pump. Replaced windscreen washer pump, under bonnet fuse box and main harness". A new pump cost £17.65; Fuse box £143.99; Main Harness £284.64. Only the 'MARRON' plugs were damaged - all others appear to be in good condition. Goodness knows how the water found its way into the fuse-box. Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset

I wish I'd known this earlier! My C3 is 3 and a half years old, and after torrential rain this week, lost both front side lights and left head light. I've also just heard that it's due to water ingress from the spray wash pump. This surely has to be a design fault? Has anyone tried to get redress from Citroen? My car is well out of warranty, and has 42,00 miles on the clock, but I'm genuinely surprised that all cars haven't been recalled and the problem fixed. After all such a catastrophic failure could happen in very dangerous circumstances and lead to a dangerous accident. I've been quoted a mere £370, which is small compared to the quotes above, but totally unexpected and shocking. MartinW WELLS from Worcestershire

I wish I'd known this earlier! My C3 is 3 and a half years old, and after torrential rain this week, lost both front side lights and left head light. I've also just heard that it's due to water ingress from the spray wash pump. This surely has to be a design fault? Has anyone tried to get redress from Citroen? My car is well out of warranty, and has 42,00 miles on the clock, but I'm genuinely surprised that all cars haven't been recalled and the problem fixed. After all such a catastrophic failure could happen in very dangerous circumstances and lead to a dangerous accident. I've been quoted a mere £370, which is small compared to the quotes above, but totally unexpected and shocking. MartinW WELLS from Worcestershire

hi martin I'm afraid it is common knowledge, but I suppose only after the event..... yes it was a design fault... fact! the washer pump and pipes etc are more than likely to leak and cause major problems in the front fuse box and blow..... when I first bought my c3 I did check dozens of websites for info....... one of the best was Wikipedia with many links...... and there are many more.... kind regards dave burrow dave burrow from Oxfordshire

Hi Martin, it may be that your quote is for a pump and fuse box plus labour. If it is also to supply and fit the main harness you have a bargain - that is, if having to spend £370 because of such an awful failure could ever be described as a bargain! Paul Briggs from Bath and North East Somerset

Submitted: 25/09/2014 16:50:52 | ID: 103640

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Dave Brown, England

Citroen C1 2007

I was wondering if anyone can help. My Citroen C1 will not go into reverse gear without serious crunching and grinding. It also struggles to go into first when setting off but once it gets going all other gears are fine. Also when the clutch is pressed down or when biting there is a rattling noise. I have tried adjusting the clutch but there`s only a slight improvement . Any ideas please?

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Sounds like you need a replacement clutch, mine went about 2 weeks ago with exactly the same problems. I drove it for a day or two and it just gets worse Beth Grisedale from England

Mine does this too, had problems getting it in seems to sit in reverse but doesn’t engage. So it’s going to the garage tomorrow again. Couldn’t find anything wrong with it last time *apparently* not a constant problem though quite sporadic but when it doesn’t want to go it does not go at all Danii from England

I have also had the problem with my C1, it's only a few months old! It grinds in reverse and when I also put it into reverse/first it sometimes won't move anywhere. It feels as though the gear is not engaging even though it seems to be properly in place. I took it to the garage but they found nothing wrong...not convinced! A amy from East Sussex

I have also had the problem with my C1, it's only a few months old! It grinds in reverse and when I also put it into reverse/first it sometimes won't move anywhere. It feels as though the gear is not engaging even though it seems to be properly in place. I took it to the garage but they found nothing wrong...not convinced! A amy from East Sussex

Submitted: 11/02/2013 15:12:07 | ID: 90463

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Gordon Kerr, Yorkshire

Citroen C5 2004

I’m trying to find out where the heater motor is on my Citroen C5. It seems it could have packed up and I have been searching for info as I can’t get a Haynes manual and I don’t want to put it into a garage if I find it easy to replace it myself. Thanks in advance.

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Hi, I have a 2003 C5 2.2HDI Exclusive with Auto Climate Controlled Air Con which suffered Heater Blower failure last winter. I thought it was the blower as well, but on the Auto Climate Controlled models, there is a control unit in the drivers side footwell which has a habit of blowing. I managed to source one from a local scrap yard, and it has worked fine ever since. If yours is the Auto Climate Controlled Air Con, I would definatly try there first. Access is a bit tricky, but you take 2 small bolts out and extract it. It has two fairly chunky looking connectors plugged into it. It is rectangular with shiny metal blades(Heatsink). This is to dissipate heat as there is quite a bit of current running through it to power the Blower Motor. Hope this is of help to you, wish I had known this before dismantling my passenger side footwell and glove box to extract the Blower Motor. Cheers Paul Geen from Norfolk

99% sure to be the rheostat, about £30 from Citroen dealer Brian Ward from Durham

Paul Green, I have the same problem. I've bought a new control unit, but can't locate where it is in the car. Can you describe exactly where it is and what you had to remove? Paul Shore from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 25/10/2011 08:49:58 | ID: 83809

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Roy Entwistle, Cheshire

Citroen C3 2006

My Citroen C3 Desire`s warning lights have come on, anti-pollution, faulty braking, ABS, airbags faulty and speedo has stopped working. Can anybody help please?

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Hi Roy, my C3 (2007) is experiencing an identical fault to yours and I wondered if you ever got the problem correctly diagnosed and effectively fixed? My C3 has been looked at by a local Citroen dealership garage twice now, over the course of a couple of months, and neither time could they identify the problem. I simply end up paying them to run a diagnostics check and clear down the codes. The problem is back and my patience is running thin. Any assistance with how you got yours fixed (assuming you did) would be gratefully received.Thanks,Stuart Stuart Belsham from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 13/12/2013 10:00:54 | ID: 59145

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Conrad Osmand, Norfolk

Citroen C1 2008

My C1 is leaking rain water in the rear. How can I stop it?

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The only way to trace the leak is to remove the loose panel and fold seats flat with someone inside the car have water from hose pipe (not high pressure) poured over a section at a time. This should show up where the leaks are John Shurie from England (shurj9@aol.com)

My C1 was leaking rain water through the rear light clusters, I removed the rear lights and covered the contact area with silicone sealant Jonny Dixon from Lancashire

Hi Conrad, I had same problem, the water was coming in from around the high level rear brake light over the rear hatch back, no seal had been fitted Charlie Stretch from Lancashire

Citreon C1 2008: I have a leaking back seat problem as well. This sounds all very similar! I wonder if getting my rear lights seen to would fix the problem too? Soo annoying being out of warranty now - must have been a faulty batch of 2008 models! Zoe Smart from Lothians

Exactly same problem! Citroen said it was my fault as I had broke the seals but I hadn’t used my boot by this point as the problem only occurred a month after I bought the car. They replaced the seals and my car is still soaking! My passenger’s have been reduced to sitting on bin bags if in the back of my car. It’s so frustrating Sam from Northumberland

I had the seals replaced in my wet boot in August. I had not really used the boot since. Last week I put some winter items in the boot and today when I went to get something the boot was soaking again. Having spent £53 on seals 3 months ago I am not impressed. helen from Staffordshire

Submitted: 26/09/2011 09:34:38 | ID: 75263

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Stephanie Evans, England

Citroen C2 2006

I have recently just fitted a new car stereo in my Citroen C2 and when I left the car for about half an hour it wouldn`t open by the fob, so I had to use the key. I left it overnight and when I went to the car in the morning the key wouldn`t work, or the fob. Now I can`t open the car at all. When I do press open on my key it turns on my stereo instead of opening my car. I managed to open the car door just enough to fit wire in to try and open the door from the inside. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work, is there anything else I could do? Can anyone advise me? Thankyou.

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Hi. I know this will sound daft but believe me when I say take the stereo out... This is what you need to remember red neutral yellow live right... You need to put red to yellow... yellow to red; the wiring is back to front on the. I myself had the same problem Joy Harris from Yorkshire

I tried putting a double din head unit in mine, few months ago. Completely immobilised the car. Had to call auto electrician out. For him to tell me its a 20amp fuse that blows, down in passenger foot well, under glovebox. Hope this helps people. 2.5 hours I was there checking every single fuse, relay, everything Chris from Staffordshire

If your C2 has stalk control on the side of the steering wheel (volume control) you need to install a special wiring loom called a can bus stalk interface and a patch lead for the make of your after market stereo. This is retain the ECU functions in your car like the dash display, central locking etc. To stop it draining the battery remove the front off the stereo when you leave your car. I have fitted one to my C2 and its fine Meg Brown from England

Hi, I bought an after market radio a couple of weeks back and recently installed it. Since installing it my car battery has gone flat twice and when I turn the car off the radio stays on. Is there anything I can do to stop this happening? Someone has suggested I remove the face of the radio? Does anyone have any suggestions? Dylan from Swansea

Submitted: 24/01/2013 11:40:28 | ID: 89510

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Bruno, Cambridgeshire

Citroen C8

car get lots of press on cooler system i ask in garage to do head gaster but is fine here the press come thanks

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I had a 2.0 HDi Synergie that was OK If I drove gently no sharp accelleration, kept speed to max 50 mph and revs under 2000. If iI exceeded this there would be a build up off pressure in the header tank which would remain until cap removed. This gradually got worse it was then diagnosed as a Head Gasket. Nobby from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 10/07/2014 18:08:24 | ID: 99390

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