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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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Gary Ratcliffe, Merseyside

Citroen C3

Hi, can you tell me how to get into my car as the battery is flat and the doors are locked?

Submitted: 22/01/2015 09:57:30 | ID: 110082

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nina, Oxfordshire

Citroen C3

Just yesterday and again today a warning message has flashed up on my Citroen C3 55reg. It tells me that the engine temp is too high and to stop. At the same time the red light showing a thermometer appears. This has happened at the same point of my journey, about five minutes after setting off from home. I have wsrmed the car up for about 5 mins before setting off as it's bern minus 5 overnight. I yook the car to my local garage yesterday and the guy checked the fan, which whizzed round after he sat and revved for 10 mins or so. Checked liquids, antifreeze etc and could find nothing wrong. Any ideas? This has never happened before and it makes me nervous when wsrnings and lights appear!

Submitted: 20/01/2015 17:55:04 | ID: 109959

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jermain, Dorset

Citroen C3

Every time I fill up with antifreeze it runs out dry within 24 hours. Also the car keeps automatically going into sport and snow settings. What can I do to fix the problem?

Submitted: 16/01/2015 08:43:07 | ID: 109651

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mr rob gwyn, Cheshire

Citroen C3

were is the bonnet catch please

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Hi, it`s under the glovebox almost central steve garnsworthy from Devon

Under the glovebox about central to the box, it is on its side steve garnsworthy from Devon

Submitted: 13/01/2015 16:30:36 | ID: 109475

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rjbowdery, Kent

Citroen C3

Have there been any reports of random vibration from steering or brakes from the C3 Picasso?

Submitted: 12/01/2015 10:11:00 | ID: 109398

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paul, West Sussex

Citroen C3

All the warning lights on the dashboard have come on whilst driving? Indicators are not working or heater blower? It still drives! Any suggestions to remedy? Thanks

Submitted: 08/01/2015 19:45:12 | ID: 109180

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gerald, Yorkshire

Citroen C3

the gate between 4th and 5th gear has gone is the problem in the box or the linkage if im not carefull I can go from 5th into reverse

Submitted: 06/01/2015 21:15:29 | ID: 109056

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kathy jones, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Why can`t I central lock my car with just the key, it will central lock with the fob?

Submitted: 05/01/2015 16:11:18 | ID: 108958

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Sean, Ireland

Citroen C3

What is a cheap code reader that works on a Citroen C3 2003? Please contact

Submitted: 04/01/2015 13:25:05 | ID: 108876

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peter, Merseyside

Citroen C3

My C3 will not start, all the dash lights come on, the key has been tested, and the only symbol which does not look right is the Battery warning light which is lite up and flashing, does this mean there is a problem with the battery? Help please.

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The battery lamp flashing on a C3 means it`s gone into eco mode as the ignition has been on without the motor running. This will clear when you get it started. Is the motor turning over when you try to start it, also manual or automatic?steve garnsworthy from Devon

Submitted: 02/01/2015 17:49:44 | ID: 108781

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mrs mcdowell, County Antrim

Citroen C3

car keeps going out of gear when stopped for a while in traffic or at traffic lights any advice would be much appreciated

Submitted: 31/12/2014 14:00:43 | ID: 108674

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george ellis, Tyne and Wear

Citroen C3

My citroen c3 will not fire when I try to start a signal lights up on the dash monitor saying ant-theft status in operation I have been told the ignition fob needs reprogramming or is it possible to do this myself.

Submitted: 30/12/2014 21:42:11 | ID: 108654

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david Williams , Caerphilly

Citroen C3

Hi my clutch pedal has started to make a clicking noise as its depressed any ideas please its a 2011 model

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id take that to a garage asap as the clutch cable could be going. Michele Gull from Cheshire

Submitted: 29/12/2014 20:40:26 | ID: 108610

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James Ellis, West Sussex

Citroen C3

Sudden failure of both dipped beams together on headlamps (main beam o.k.). Both dipped beam fuses o.k. Is there a relay I'm missing? Does anyone know where it is please? I will check connector blocks meanwhile. Many thanks. James

Submitted: 29/12/2014 11:31:09 | ID: 108584

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mr FULFORD, Devon

Citroen C3

hi there i have a 2006 citroen c3 diesel 1.4L to which i have recently been having trouble in filling up with diesel it just comes out again underneath the car i have took it to the garage but they can not find any leeks and have dipped tank to find out that there is only half a tank left is there anyone who as experienced the same fault

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Yes I have the same problem with my petrol Citroen C3 Desire. It won't let me put in any fuel and clicks like it's full but I'm sure it's not as I've just done an 80 mile commute. I am hoping it is just a faulty sensor. Aisha from City of Edinburgh

Yes I have the same problem with my petrol Citroen C3 Desire. It won't let me put in any fuel and clicks like it's full but I'm sure it's not as I've just done an 80 mile commute. I am hoping it is just a faulty sensor. Aisha from City of Edinburgh

If fuel is running out underneath there must be a leak, and if as you say it only has half a tank after filling then the leak is above that point. Only way to find it is either to fill the car whilst someone watches underneath or you remove the tank for a full inspection steve garnsworthy from Devon

Submitted: 24/12/2014 14:35:19 | ID: 108414

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Liz, City of Dundee

Citroen C3

My brake pedal has gone stiff and wont move and the car wont start and there is a clicking coming from fuse box.

Submitted: 22/12/2014 15:50:54 | ID: 108274

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asif, Bristol

Citroen C3

Hi the clutch biting point is very high, Is there any way to adjust it? Thanks in advance

Submitted: 20/12/2014 20:44:51 | ID: 108194

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mrs savery, Essex

Citroen C3

I have a really wet carpet on the driver`s side of my car. I have just had a new windscreen fitted so I know it`s not that. Also when it is really cold I have ice on the INSIDE front windscreen?

Submitted: 17/12/2014 18:53:36 | ID: 108059

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Sylvia, Merthyr Tydfil

Citroen C3

Hi all, I have a clicking noise coming from the dash every time I turn the ignition on. It's only on for a couple of seconds and then goes. Been to garage but they cannot decide whether it's a relay switch gone or heater. If anybody can help would be grateful. Thanks Sylvia

Submitted: 15/12/2014 09:03:53 | ID: 107921

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des trubshaw, West Midlands

Citroen C3

Hi, could anyone help me? I am trying to find the connector in the passenger side that is apparently under the fuse box that Citroen used to convert lhd to rhd, this connector is giving me a code p1161 and needs to be deleted. Could someone put a picture up that shows this connector, or failing that a description of exactly where it is? Any help would be appreciated, thank you

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The connector is an obd2 socket, this is to the left hand side of the glove box. It's covered with a flat plastic blanking panel approx 8" x 4"... Pry the panel off with a trim tool or similar. You would then need to plug in diagnosic equipment to read and delete the codes present.... Dave lockett from Cheshire

The connector is an obd2 socket, this is to the left hand side of the glove box. It's covered with a flat plastic blanking panel approx 8" x 4"... Pry the panel off with a trim tool or similar. You would then need to plug in diagnosic equipment to read and delete the codes present.... Dave lockett from Cheshire

Submitted: 10/12/2014 16:17:21 | ID: 107686

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des trubshaw, West Midlands

Citroen C3

when driving home my car suddenly started to rev at 3000 and the brakes were hard to apply I managed to pull over and turn ignition off waited an tried again but engine check light came on and it revved at 3000 again four a few seconds and then started pulse from 3000 to 4000 brakes were still hard to operate, any ideas the fault codes from engine mil are p1161, p1157, po122 po123

Submitted: 09/12/2014 12:09:59 | ID: 107601

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ronald carson, County Down

Citroen C3

floor wet on drivers side but only a small patch in middle of floor

Submitted: 05/12/2014 17:38:42 | ID: 107434

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JAMES, Lancashire

Citroen C3

HI CHAPS. CURRENTLY CHANGED HEAD GASKET ON CITROEN C3 AS TIMING BELT SNAPPED AND BENT ALL 4 INLET VALVES. ALL GONE BACK TOGETHER PERFECTLY FINE. STARTS AND RUNS LIKE A DREAM......... BUT...... ENGINE GETS WARM AND DECIDES TO JUST CUT OUT HAVING BEEN DRIVEN A COUPLE OF MILES. IT STARTS AGAIN WITH THE HELP OF A LITTLE THROTTLE THEN RUNS FINE AGAIN UNTILL APPROACHING A JUNCTION TO STOP. MAP SENSOR BEEN CHANGED AND NOT REALLY MADE ANY DIFFERENCE OTHER THAN STOPPING THE SURGING OF THE ENGINE. HELP PLEASE?????????/

Submitted: 27/11/2014 16:01:37 | ID: 106989

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Katherine Stewart, Oxfordshire

Citroen C3

Hi, I started the car this morning and noticed that the petrol pedal was slightly further down than the others, not sure if it was like that before? I tried to pull it up a little thinking that would help but all it did was make a warning light on my dashboard light up ( the one that looks like an engine). I think that not enough fuel is reaching the engine when I first set off in the car, once I'm going the car is perfect. It is just the initial star that I really have to put my foot down in order for me not to get going. I am planning on taking it into a garage tomorrow I just wanted to know if I'm alright using it till then and do I have to specifically go to a Citroen garage. Will any good one do? Also, is the problem there because I did something to it (as I used it last night and it was fine when I parked etc). Please can anyone help :) Many thanks

Submitted: 23/11/2014 10:42:12 | ID: 106691

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Amy darlow, Wiltshire

Citroen C3

Hello, my car keeps cutting out. The engine will just cut out if I'm in heavy traffic and doesn't happen frequently. It turns on again but sometimes this will keep repeating and I have to abandon the car until the morning and it's fine again. I would love some answers as I keep chucking money at it. I have already changed the crank shaft sensor and it didn't help. The car has done 60,000 miles

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This sounds like the same problem I had with mine. The engine management light was on when it was playing up, and off when the car was running ok. After a few hundred pounds of expense the garage sent the ECU away for examination and were advised to update it to the latest software. This cured the problem. Ashley Retallick from Oxfordshire

This sounds like the same problem I had with mine. The engine management light was on when it was playing up, and off when the car was running ok. After a few hundred pounds of expense the garage sent the ECU away for examination and were advised to update it to the latest software. This cured the problem. Ashley Retallick from Oxfordshire

Submitted: 22/11/2014 10:52:00 | ID: 106653

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hamed, Devon

Citroen C3

I buy a car recently , but from the Second hand markets , when i start the car , AC System starts Automatically. Could you please advice what us the root cause of this issue. (Ist Programming issue or Bad Wiring)

Submitted: 21/11/2014 08:23:07 | ID: 106587

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Suzie, Plymouth

Citroen C3

Hi, My citroen c3 has suddenly started beeping at random intervals. Started yesterday afternoon. I know they're warning beeps but I don't know what for. They seem to occur at random, sometimes I can go a whole journey with none but sometimes all I have to do is turn the engine on and it beeps up to 12 times continuously. It does it completely randomly, sometimes when braking, sometimes when just driving along and sometimes when I'm not even moving. It is not the handbrake, doors, seatbelt, clutch, there are no warning lights on, all my lights work, the brakes work, oil, power steering fluid and coolant are all fine, it drives fine too. It's driving me insane! Have to drive 250 miles tomorrow for a funeral so I really need to know what it is asap. Any advice/ideas welcome! Suzie

Submitted: 17/11/2014 10:14:03 | ID: 106334

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Juan, South Africa

Citroen C3

Hi everyone, my girlfriend has a Citroen C3 and recently the car started shaking while you are driving and when you turn left. It`s like the car is losing power and regains power, everything stays on, nothing goes dead but it`s doing it a lot now. It`s not wheel alignment or anything that I can see. I tried to look for a wire that`s loose but can`t find anything. Problem no 2 is when she is in traffic the car starts overheating. Now I have changed the heat sensor but it still does that. We took the car for a service but the guys at Citroen want to charge us an arm and a leg to look for the problem.

Submitted: 09/11/2014 17:02:22 | ID: 105943

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elizabeth Murphy, Surrey

Citroen C3

I seem to have a problem with my immobiliser / computer / key - I have already paid over £100 to Citroen dealership to diagnose the problem but they have not yet come up with a definite answer. They want to "try" a new key next. It just seems to be spiralling costs while they trial-and-error to find a solution ... I thought they were the experts?! Is there anywhere else I can take my car as I don't trust them! The car now rarely starts first time and the message reads "anti theft faulty". The central locking hasn't worked for some time - I thought it was the battery in the key but now I think all the problems might be related. They have tried reprogramming the keys but said the computer could not read the keys. I don't understand all this stuff and feel like I am being ripped off by the very people who should know the car best? Thanks in advance for any help!

Submitted: 03/11/2014 23:03:17 | ID: 105638

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hendrik, Brazil

Citroen C3

I have a 2005 c3 the fuel gauge stop working ,the airbag light came on and it jerks when you accelerate. I took it to different mechanics and they seem to be baffled. Does any body have the same problem and know how to fix it.

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Had the same problem in my C3 with jerking on acceleration, had a good service, changed the fuel filter and fuel pressure sensor. Apparently it's a common problem Steve from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 31/10/2014 16:05:30 | ID: 105412

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francis, Bedfordshire

Citroen C3

I`m adding water all of the time which costs me a lot?

Submitted: 27/10/2014 09:15:31 | ID: 105171

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catherine malcolm, Spain

Citroen C3

Purchased the Citroen C3 semi automatic second hand about 6 months ago. Did not have it very long before it started to come up with faults on the dashboard, ie faulty brakes, faulty air bag, faulty ABS, faulty light sensor. It then goes into a mode where it revs and jerks while driving, sometimes stops altogether and won't start again. Have had it at a few different mechanics who complete a diagnostic check and supposedly clear the faults, but the problem still persists and seems to be getting worse. At a loss now as to what to do as a mechanic does not seem to know how to fix it. Any ideas please?

Submitted: 26/10/2014 12:57:08 | ID: 105142

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Pat, Angus

Citroen C3

C3 - display on dashboard goes through a series of faults saying that lights are faulty and beepng. garage checked it out and couldnt find anything wrong. What could it be?

Submitted: 21/10/2014 16:07:20 | ID: 104943

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Andrew, East Sussex

Citroen C3

I have a problem with my Citroen C3 1.4 5 door 2007 - it starts then the dash start bleeping –saying there is an ABS fault/pollution and the rev counter and speedo doesn’t work. Please can you advise which electrical part needs to be changed

Submitted: 16/10/2014 10:30:16 | ID: 104686

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georgina, West Yorkshire

Citroen C3

HI I HAVE CITROEN C3 06 PLATE DESIEL CAR AND THE SEAT BELT LIGHT, ENGINE LIGHT AND OIL LIGHT HAS COME ON THE CAR IS DRIVING FINE CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT THE PROBLEM COULD BE PLEASE ??

Submitted: 15/10/2014 19:31:00 | ID: 104659

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Laura, Hull

Citroen C3

My car is an hand control automatic car and a spanner as come up saying 50, I know that its going into service very soon but I was wondering how far I can get with it to a place thats 5miles away. will it break down or go -300 that I saw in my book, I am dyslexic but I know abit bout cars but I am scared its going 2 break down as I havent got the money to serv, road tax it this month without the help of my family. Please contact me now to keep my mind of clear. Thanks

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Tour car won't stop when the service miles are up. It will still drive as normal but will have the spanner symbol on the dash to remind you that a service is required. You can reset this light yourself at any time then it will go back to default mileage till next service. To reset the light..... Put the ignition key in but don't turn it. Press and hold the trip reset button(the one on the right side of the speedo clocks). While holding it in turn on ignition till dash lights come on. DONT START THE ENGINE. when you turn the key on you will see a timer count down from ten to 0 on the dash. When the count down as finished,turn the ignition off. Let the button go. The service light is now reset. So the next time you start the engine the service mileage will be at default. (12,000 miles I think). Hope this helps. Mark from South Yorkshire

Tour car won't stop when the service miles are up. It will still drive as normal but will have the spanner symbol on the dash to remind you that a service is required. You can reset this light yourself at any time then it will go back to default mileage till next service. To reset the light..... Put the ignition key in but don't turn it. Press and hold the trip reset button(the one on the right side of the speedo clocks). While holding it in turn on ignition till dash lights come on. DONT START THE ENGINE. when you turn the key on you will see a timer count down from ten to 0 on the dash. When the count down as finished,turn the ignition off. Let the button go. The service light is now reset. So the next time you start the engine the service mileage will be at default. (12,000 miles I think). Hope this helps. Mark from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 13/10/2014 09:33:12 | ID: 104537

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Jo Davies, Surrey

Citroen C3

I have a Citroen Desire, unleaded and it's suddenly started to shudder constantly and feels like it has no power in first and second gear. Once on the motorway it's fine but I can still feel the shuddering. Any ideas? I don't want to go to the garage with no idea!

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Hi had same problem, it was the fat hose at top front under bonnet, it was split & car ran fine after replacement memphis cat from Lancashire

Hi had same problem, it was the fat hose at top front under bonnet, it was split & car ran fine after replacement memphis cat from Lancashire

Submitted: 09/10/2014 09:23:11 | ID: 104313

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Stephen mills , Neath Port Talbot

Citroen C3

Could P0420 catalyst below threshold bank 1 code error be ecu water temp sensor? Both lambda sensors and cat ok, as well as coil pack and injectors. Car runs fine, but engine light soon comes back on after code erased.

Submitted: 09/10/2014 00:50:11 | ID: 104309

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