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george, Romania

Citroen C3

the error "engine fault, repair needed" just pop out on the dashboard. Never had a problem before that. 13700km on board. Can you tell me how serious this can be? I want to mention that the engine doesn't seem to have changed the way it runs, or loss of power! It runs smooth just like it always did. Ty

Submitted: 25/04/2015 11:04:45 | ID: 115216

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Julian ward, Gloucestershire

Citroen C3

My C3 randomly beeps saying it needs a service or brake lights not working, engine temp high indicator not working and a host of other wonderful things. I've taken it to the garage without success. I've cleaned all the earths I can find, if I had hair I would be pulling it out. HELP

Submitted: 23/04/2015 17:09:47 | ID: 115119

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andy, South Africa

Citroen C3

Hi. I have a Citroen C3 1.4 hdi 2004 model, the problem is when I drive it it shows a red light on the temperature and when I check my water tank it`s mixed with oil. Please help me find what could be the problem.

Submitted: 21/04/2015 17:56:34 | ID: 115022

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Scott Thorburn , East Lothian

Citroen C3

I have a citreon c3 desire 1.4 The car starts and there is no engine management light on but the car will not rev more than 2000rpm therefore I can't drive anywhere in the car is it stalls and hardly moves. Can anyone help with thus

Submitted: 19/04/2015 14:31:45 | ID: 114927

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paul mcadam, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

Where can I find the brake light switch?

Submitted: 15/04/2015 15:09:30 | ID: 114744

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green, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

how can i get into my citroenc3 will not respond to my key fom

Submitted: 04/04/2015 16:14:24 | ID: 114310

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Steve, Surrey

Citroen C3

My C3 won't turn over dash lights up ,But nothing when turning key

Submitted: 02/04/2015 17:25:07 | ID: 114212

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Tommy Smith, Blackpool

Citroen C3

cost of injectors please

Submitted: 01/04/2015 16:16:45 | ID: 114172

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Bri, Essex

Citroen C3

I have had a middle and end section exhaust fitted recently but now the engine is running fast and and vibrating when drive is selected but runs ok in neutral any ideas?

Submitted: 31/03/2015 12:03:00 | ID: 114107

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john, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

My C3 HDi frequently central dashboard displays "Faulty" followed by the words Foglamp, Indicator, Indicator, Reverse Lights, etc. I can live with this as I'm sure the electronic wizardry would probably cost more than the car is worth to replace. However, I can't cope with shrill BEEP that accompanies it. One false Beep is bad enough but sometimes it fires half a dozen at me! Anybody know if at least the BEEP can be disabled? Please!

Submitted: 26/03/2015 23:45:00 | ID: 113927

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Stephen, Dublin

Citroen C3

My handbrake light keeps beeping and stays on. Is it a big problem??

Submitted: 20/03/2015 20:59:43 | ID: 113599

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elizabeth davies, Merthyr Tydfil

Citroen C3

Car runs lovely, but for the last 2 days when I stop and put the car in park I get warning beeps every few seconds. Once I drive it stops and no warning lights on at all. Help please

Submitted: 08/03/2015 20:06:29 | ID: 112991

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Roger, Kent

Citroen C3

My C3 cool keeps indicating a fault on fog lights whenever you use the brakes. As it only has a high vis light at the rear no-one seems to know the answer. Can you help?

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Mine does the same I'm thinking it's a bad earth in side the boot Darren from Longford

Yes the problem was a bad earth on the off side rear cluster plug , the earth wire was burning out ,try wiggling your plugs on your rear lights , good luck. . Darren from Longford

Submitted: 06/03/2015 15:39:47 | ID: 112863

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nazima begum, Greater London

Citroen C3

Hi, i have just recently bought my car, since iv bought it iv been having problems firstly it beeps every time i pull off, secondly when im trying to park my car doing full lock my steering goes stiff impossible to move can some one help and tell me why that happens plz

Submitted: 03/03/2015 14:12:04 | ID: 112664

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george vincent, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

where would i find the fuel cut off switch please

Submitted: 03/03/2015 11:52:39 | ID: 112657

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harry, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

Hi, I have a C3 1.4 hdi desire with 82,000 miles. The problem is that the gear stick will not come out of the first gear position and there isn't any drive. I have undone the cables and there doesn't seem to be any movement on the selector on the top of the gearbox! Any advice would be appreciated! Thankyou, Harry.

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Mine was stuck in reverse gear, the mechanic switched on the ignition and hardly pushed the gear forward and repaired the leaking fluid on the cylinder. Dominic from Dominican Republic

Submitted: 01/03/2015 10:23:45 | ID: 112522

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lloyd, West Sussex

Citroen C3

The driver`s door has 'just' started to make a cracking sound when opening [but not closing]. Any ideas?

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Check your door hinges, the screws might be loose or try some Q20 for dry hinges. Dominic from Dominican Republic

Check your door hinges, the screws might be loose or try some Q20 for dry hinges. Dominic from Dominican Republic

Submitted: 27/02/2015 15:37:37 | ID: 112437

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Lincoln, North Yorkshire

Citroen C3

I acquired this car with mileage of 8000. It soon developed a clear rumble when accelerating from low speed. This always occurs at 1500 revs....not below that or above. My dealer has checked it several times in the last 12 months without finding a cause. Heat shields removed, engine mounts changed, gearbox bearings and casing changed, suspension stripped, exhaust mounts checked. Clutch stripped. Mileage now 18,000. No change. Anyone had the same? Any ideas as to possible cause?

Submitted: 26/02/2015 09:29:31 | ID: 112367

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David humphries, Cornwall

Citroen C3

Hi I've had problem with my temperature gauge now my fuel gauge is not working is this a common fault on c3 or do u have any ideas What the fault could be ? I've tried another fuel sender but no difference

Submitted: 25/02/2015 15:22:31 | ID: 112313

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Steff, Northumberland

Citroen C3

My car has failed it's mot on its rear fog lights. I have changed the bulb and still not working also failed because the dash light will not come on to say the fog lights are on. Any idea what causes this??

Submitted: 25/02/2015 14:50:27 | ID: 112308

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huma, West Midlands

Citroen C3

Hello, I have a Citroen C3 and I am from Birmingham. Due to a job opportunity in Cambridgeshire, I wanted to know if my small car would survive that near enough 2 hour journey around 2 days a week? I've been told my car isn't the best for motorway driving. Anyone have any advice or experience with this?

Submitted: 23/02/2015 22:07:19 | ID: 112218

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Ian Wilson, Yorkshire

Citroen C3

When warm the car tries to stall when approuching junctions / roundabouts. Drives fine until warmed up. I get BEEP...BEEP...BEEP.. every time I slow down. It`s as if the car is about to stall but doesn`t, just beeps 3 times. Very frustrating as you can imagine stuck in traffic it`s like it`s constant. Can the audible beeps be disconected in any way? HELP at my wit`s end .!!!

Submitted: 22/02/2015 22:31:02 | ID: 112144

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swift, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

Why has the temp gauge all of a sudden stayed at two bars , when engine when warm always showed 4 bars

Submitted: 20/02/2015 22:16:03 | ID: 112015

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swift, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

Why has my car stopped showing temperature over 2 bars

Submitted: 20/02/2015 22:01:00 | ID: 112014

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Steve, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Hi, just got my wife this car with only 40k on clock but rear screen heater is not working and wing mirrors won't adjust. Checked fuses, all ok, all other electrics are fine. Any ideas?

Submitted: 20/02/2015 14:09:14 | ID: 111953

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Lilian Hollidge, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

What are the signs that my clutch needs replacing?

Submitted: 18/02/2015 21:55:24 | ID: 111847

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Julie Wooding, Herefordshire

Citroen C3

dipped beam fault displayed on dash and drivers side dipped beam not working, have changed the bulb but it still does not work. Have tested the old and the new bulb and both work so any ideas what the fault maybe

Submitted: 18/02/2015 13:50:07 | ID: 111792

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Debs, Swansea

Citroen C3

I have just purchased a Citroen C3 VTR+. When I drive over a speed bump I can hear something scrape underneath, I think it`s my exhaust, surely this should not happen? Does anyone else have this problem, is it a known fault with the car or is the suspension low on these cars? I would like some information before I go back to where I bought it from. Thanks

Submitted: 17/02/2015 13:51:33 | ID: 111722

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Martin Elmes, Bath and North East Somerset

Citroen C3

Hi, I have a C3 Desire 2003. When the car`s left overnight my radio settings and clock disappear, I have to keep resetting the time and date and retune the radio, plus child locks come on and I have to switch them off. It's a Factory fitted radio, only just started to play up. Any ideas? Many thanks Martin.

Submitted: 15/02/2015 16:13:31 | ID: 111597

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D. McGowan, West Yorkshire

Citroen C3

How do I change the odometer from miles per hour to kilometres per hour? Please.

Submitted: 10/02/2015 13:36:48 | ID: 111265

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tyrone, Bedfordshire

Citroen C3

From my Citroen c3 sx showing red on the temperature digital gauge constantly and also affecting to drive, the engine is not overheated.whilst driving the car it always jerks, what can I do about this matter, any suggestions??

Submitted: 04/02/2015 11:11:07 | ID: 110859

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Halima Bibi, West Midlands

Citroen C3

My car beeps when I'm braking all of the time?

Submitted: 02/02/2015 22:26:44 | ID: 110770

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kristian, Powys

Citroen C3

Hi my citroen c3 overheating warning message comes up saying temp to high stop car so I've changed temp sensor and thermastat the problem solved then 10days later warning message again just wondering could this be sommet to do with water pump also the fan works fine

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Exactlt the problem I have just had fixed on my c3 55 desire. Turned out to be a blockage in a pipe to the radiator or something and the thermostst was fsulty. Mechanic fitted a new water pump, new thermostat and changed the cambelt ( which I had been advised to do ages ago). Car runs beautifully now, heating works well and and properly and no warning lights come on. Cost £220 to fix the lot. nina from Oxfordshire

Submitted: 31/01/2015 20:35:19 | ID: 110643

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maggie, Antrim

Citroen C3

Hi, I have just had my clutch changed in my c3. Steering was fine going in but now I have to hold steering wheel to the left to steer in a straight line. As I said it was fine going in so is there something the mechanic has done/fitted back wrong even though he says he wasn't at the steering?

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I had that problem, I got my tyres changed and they balanced my steering and since its been fine Nicole from Yorkshire

I had that problem, I got my tyres changed and they balanced my steering and since it`s been fine Nicole from Yorkshire

Hi Maggie, if your steering wheel is pulling to the left, or even to the right it really doesn't matter, that is your (tracking) 100% and if your steering wheel starts to shake it's your balance. Now are you sure that it was perfect going in for the clutch change, because if it was then I suggest you get it checked by a different mechanic. Safe driving. Regards Pat from Ireland

Hi and thanks for the answers back. After a few checks, wheel balancing and an alignment it was discovered that the bushing on the driver`s side had gone. Once sorted, steering fine. It was just unfortunate that it happened at that time leading me to think something had happened during clutch change.maggie from Antrim

Submitted: 31/01/2015 20:27:21 | ID: 110642

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kristian, Powys

Citroen C3

Hi my citroen c3 overheating warning light comes on I've changed thermastat and temp sensor and it was ok for 10 days now its come back the fan works fine could it be water pump thanks

Submitted: 31/01/2015 20:11:04 | ID: 110641

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Norman, Swaziland

Citroen C3

HI,I have a c3 eng.No. 10FSG it keep cutting out when coming to a stop street and have to then crank again to start,could anyone give some advice on this issue? Regards Norman.

Submitted: 29/01/2015 10:23:23 | ID: 110471

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Vincent Langlais, Bedfordshire

Citroen C3

Hi I have just bought my c3, and looking at the previous mot reports, it seems as if the engine management light has been on constantly for 18mths, the dealer told me this, and said there are 10 sensors, and its a case of going through all, to find out what the problem is, as the car had been running ok all this time...is that true

Submitted: 28/01/2015 17:15:17 | ID: 110428

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Mick, Lancashire

Citroen C3

I have a 2003 C3 Desire 1.4i, when started cold it has a small misfire but revs up OK. Once warm it stops revving up, if I press the throttle fully down the engine just surges up and down but no revs. There are no warning lights on either. Anyone know what's wrong?

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Hi had this problem got RAC bloke to run diagnostic came up injector failaire so replaced those and also coil pack. Common fault could be leaking washer jets getting into the injectors search this on net! Also change washer jets and also use silicone grease to stop water leaking. Mr Singh from West Midlands

Hi had this problem got RAC bloke to run diagnostic came up injector failaire so replaced those and also coil pack. Common fault could be leaking washer jets getting into the injectors search this on net! Also change washer jets and also use silicone grease to stop water leaking. Mr Singh from West Midlands

Submitted: 27/01/2015 11:00:15 | ID: 110366

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john groves, Southampton

Citroen C3

my 2006 c3 exclusive has just started to get difficult in getting 1st and 3rd gears, could this be lack of oil, clutch probs. or gearbox probs. any ideas please

Submitted: 25/01/2015 15:16:15 | ID: 110277

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Michele Gull, Cheshire

Citroen C3

I bought my car two years ago and for the past year it has been revving to 2 when it is first started. It remains revving when at a standstill and only drops back to 1 when i press the brake. I have diagnostics carried out at my garage but two problems came up: A thermostat issue where the car thinks it is hotter or colder than it is and is over compensating for it. The ECU is bonkers.. both issues are very expensive. Then to make matters worse my water tank kept draining completely, causing minor damage to the head gasket. I have broken down twice now due to the car overheating as there is no water left in the tank. My garage checked the gasket and say it isn't damaged any more and i had an air lock. problem is in this cold my car doesn't start first time, it over revs and ive topped up the tank twice this week. any suggestions as Im going out of my mind and i work far from home?

Submitted: 23/01/2015 10:23:43 | ID: 110154

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