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charles burley , East Ayrshire

Citroen C3

2007 citroen c3 cool 14hdi There is no front fog lamps I want to know is the wiring loom for all c3 cars standard and does it come with wiring for front fog lights already present yes or no and I would like to know what else I have to add when fitting said lights to get them to operate off the light com stalk ie do I have to fit a relay in fuse box and fuse lease advice

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Charles, the wiring looms are different for different variants of the C3 (and other Cittys) however, looking at the wiring harnesses for the standard C3 Hdi70, the differentiating features there only list headlamp washers, anti theft, DPF, ABS, fan speeds, aircon and heated seats. There is no mention of additional lighting, so I'd suggest they all come WITH the wiring for the foggies. However.. in the parts listing for the stalks.. this does differentiate between fog lights fitted Yes or No.. so you may not have the switching on the stalk. As far as additional work needed to be done, well I can't help on that bit, sorry, but copy paste from lighting operation... "The switching on or off request is received by the BSI which controls the lighting components, either directly or by way of the engine relay unit (BSM), via the Body VAN 1 network.".. i.e. you may have to get the car programmed to tell it that there are fog lamps. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 21/01/2016 17:27:23 | ID: 126504

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wayne williams, Blaenau Gwent

Citroen C3

Hi can anyone help? I have a 2007 Citroen C3 cool great little car BUT it has a strange problem with the rear wash/wipe, it seems to have a mind of its own. When the car is started it goes on its own for a few seconds and stops even when your driving along it starts and this can go on several time on the journey just goes off randomly and sometimes we noticed when you indicate left or right it goes off on its own. I haven't put screen wash in the bottle for a while now because when i do the wash wipe goes nuts its can run for a few seconds or it can last up to 30-40 seconds and the bottle is empty within two or three days. Any one had the same problem or similar. Could this be a wiring fault or some other fault such as a sensor or a pump, i even thought it might be some thing to do with the indicator stalk or wiper stalk as some times the head lights come on when their not turned on. Can any one help please.

Submitted: 15/01/2016 18:33:56 | ID: 126196

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richard stringer, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

I leave the car unlocked after driving it for around for aroundhalf to an hour, open the drivers door and the battery light flashes twice, close the door and it flashes twice again start the car andthe battery light still flashes and eco mode comes on the dash breifly

Submitted: 14/01/2016 19:08:12 | ID: 126140

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graham, Durham

Citroen C3

Hi. My 53 reg c3 LX 1.4 8v has a intermittent starting problem. Every few weeks the car struggles to turn over, the radio can reset and today the car did start after the slowest turn over ever and the airbag light came on. After it has struggled to start it is always fine for the rest of the day, ive checked the battery and all seemed fine. Also the tickover at idle is only 450 to 500 revs. Any help or advice appreciated

Submitted: 13/01/2016 19:37:20 | ID: 126072

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JPF, Surrey

Citroen C3

Please advise me/us; where do we install a DriveXpert black box module on this make/model of car. We have received the device and it should take "only a few minutes to set up and use but the website currently has a glitch, stating "There was a problem downloading device installation location".

Submitted: 09/01/2016 19:00:50 | ID: 125811

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cyril, South Africa

Citroen C3

There is a sound when starting the car but fades after 10minutes?

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and... please give more info describing the sound and whether anything you do makes the sound go away... be honest.. all cars make a sound when they are started. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 04/01/2016 20:20:43 | ID: 125558

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Elly, Lancashire

Citroen C3

Hi my oil light keeps beeping and coming on after a few minutes of a short journey, seems to be anytime I brake or change direction,I have obviously checked the oil and topped it up etc but still keeps doing it?

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Elly, this sounds bizarre.. brake or change direction and oil light comes on... sounds like you may have a loose or faulty electrical connection to oil pressure sender/switch. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 30/12/2015 15:42:42 | ID: 125316

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Keketsi Jacob, South Africa

Citroen C3

My Citroen C3 2003 model don"t have power at all, but the car is still moving . the r/min goes up to 2,5 only can't go up more than than. The speed end up to 40km/h when you drive it.

Submitted: 15/12/2015 04:11:49 | ID: 124709

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Jay, Cheshire

Citroen C3

Hi I am in real need of some advice,I noticed my 2005 c3 desire 1.4 petrol had an issue with not starting unless I gave it a bit of throttle then later on in the night I noticed my throttle pedal was not responding as it should then about 20 mins later I lost all power and the engine died and now it won't start !! When I turn the key it won't crank just makes a spinning noise... I took cambelt cover off and it is still on but was a little slacker than it should be ? It was mot'd 5 weeks ago and passed with no advisories, I haven't got a clue what's up any help would be greatly appreciated thanks

Submitted: 14/12/2015 20:40:51 | ID: 124700

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Paul, Australia

Citroen C3

I had someone connect the battery I my C3 backwards. Now the headlights won't even come on. Nothing electrical happening. Have tried to check the fuses, but they all look ok. Any thoughts anyone??

Submitted: 12/12/2015 22:49:05 | ID: 124638

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Leah, Lancashire

Citroen C3

Trying to do something as simple as changing a tire, I removed all plastic and bolts, jacked up the car and still front left wheel won't come off to replace, Anyone any ideas???

Submitted: 09/12/2015 11:17:47 | ID: 124516

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Andrew Cooper, Middlesbrough

Citroen C3

When locking car using central locking key fob all is well,when unlocking car the boot also comes unlocked and also when engine is running and a passenger gets out of car the boot also opens very strange ive checked connections in fuse bay located in egine to see if theres a loose connection and also replaced battery and tryed re syncing key by turning on ignition and holding lock button for ten seconds?,any suggestions would be gratefully recieved:0)

Submitted: 08/12/2015 11:38:22 | ID: 124464

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richard, West Lothian

Citroen C3

Hi, hope someone can help! i've just started my c3 up and got a warning light saying engine management problem! after a few seconds the eml went out and my service light come on. my car was only serviced in the summer! Please help!

Submitted: 26/11/2015 16:32:03 | ID: 124030

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Balint, Hungary

Citroen C3

I got a message on the display saying Gearbox faulty and Stop and Go faulty. The ECO button was flashing, and the car stopped. After restarting the engine the message and the problem disappeared. After a while the same thing happend again. did you experience such? THX-

Submitted: 25/11/2015 10:59:24 | ID: 123966

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patricia, Carmarthenshire

Citroen C3

HI"" can anyone answer this question please"" i bought a c3,picaso hdi 1.6.vtr....and noticed there is a power surge when i approach a junction this does not happen all the time but when i dip the clutch,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, it seems like the accelerator does not come off..

Submitted: 23/11/2015 12:52:59 | ID: 123889

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inahenderson, Falkirk

Citroen C3

the best way to start the car battery is dead it ok to use jump leads and if so what way do you connect the leads plus to plus and minus to minus or do you have to earth it somewhear else

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already asked for information on citroen c3 regarding flat battery do not know what happened inahenderson from Falkirk

citroen c3 how to restart a flat battery or what is wrong inahenderson from Falkirk

Submitted: 21/11/2015 12:32:26 | ID: 123764

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Joan, Lancashire

Citroen C3

Just bought a 57 Citroen and the clutch doesn't seem to bite when setting off in first gear . All fine once started journey . All other gears seem fine . Is there a problem

Submitted: 19/11/2015 10:33:39 | ID: 123690

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Paul, Angus

Citroen C3

My gasket has blown out nd I change it put a new one but the temperature goes up On my citroenc3 what is the problem.

Submitted: 15/11/2015 12:59:37 | ID: 123525

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Anne, Zimbabwe

Citroen C3

Hi. My Citroen C3 diesel, has started whining as I drive and when stationary can someone help me with some ideas as to what it could be. When we listened in the engine compartment the noise seemed to be central. When driving along its singing but changes after changing gears but doesn't go when foot is on the clutch. Please could some one give me a list of what I could check. There is no Citroen agent in Zimbabwe that I know of. Thank you for your help.

Submitted: 12/11/2015 06:04:07 | ID: 123412

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phil, Lancashire

Citroen C3

Hi I have just been checking levels on my car in readiness for winter, I have noticed the coolant level is just on the min mark. I want to top this up. What do i use?is it antifreeze. Thanks

Submitted: 03/11/2015 16:36:24 | ID: 123083

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garry, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

why is my cluck pedal so hi is it on its way out

Submitted: 03/11/2015 13:41:09 | ID: 123073

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Paul, Angus

Citroen C3

Write your question here...my citroenc3 temperature has gone up but the water is enough and the fan is kicking can anyone tell me what to do or is the water pump is bad.

Submitted: 03/11/2015 04:58:26 | ID: 123052

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chris andrews, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

I'm having problems with starting my c3 due to the key engine management appears and the car bleeps twice and wont let you start the car up, i am assuming this is due to the immobilizer? as when i plug it in it states ignition problem? does anybody know who to fix the problem? or even where the immobilizer is situated? this does not happen all the time but when it does it can take upto 40 mins to get it started thanks in advance

Submitted: 24/10/2015 20:34:12 | ID: 122686

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ahmad, Lebanon

Citroen C3

power steering gets hard till i switch the car several times off and on

Submitted: 20/10/2015 13:47:43 | ID: 122514

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Brian, West Midlands

Citroen C3

Had to replace number plate light bulb but now both are now not working thought maybe fuse ,manual does not tell me which serves the number plate light any idea which fuse I need to check ,thank you.Brian

Submitted: 09/10/2015 19:34:17 | ID: 122118

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John Evans, Ceredigion

Citroen C3

I have a problem with my hands free. I can hear fine my end but its very faint to the receiver on the other end.

Submitted: 09/10/2015 15:38:13 | ID: 122109

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Katherine merton, Buckinghamshire

Citroen C3

Hi Had a problem with my engine misfiring a few years ago kept replacing coil pack and injectors to find out was a wire from Ecu, just had the cam belt changed plus the alternator and water pump but when I took it for MOT the omissions were too high. Had a lambda sensor changed and code P1336 came up crank shaft sensor and ignition coil changed also full service but now it's juddering when idle, any ideas ?

Submitted: 06/10/2015 21:07:29 | ID: 122058

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Jean hardy, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

I bought a Citroen c3 Rhythms 1400 diesel hatchback in July 3 days after I bought it I was travelling about 30+ miles to a junction when it lost total power & a message flashed up saying oil error/engine fault /stop. This scared me so when I got home I called RAC who checked my car over on the computer tester & couldnt find fault but said it may need an oil change - I had the car serviced & thought this may have resolved the problem but a week ago the same thing happened - I then took it to my local garage who checked it thoroughly &again on the computer but no problems showed up so I took it to Citroen dealer & paid £65 for a diagnostic test & they couldnt find anything but came up with a list of petty things (other than an illegal tyre) to the teen of £500 - where do I go from here? Is there an error /fault with the Citroen c3 rhythm that Citroen are keeping scrum about?

Submitted: 05/10/2015 11:25:33 | ID: 121993

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Jastokes, Leicestershire

Citroen C3

hi there, the indicators on my citreon c3 won't go off. You have to very gently touch the stick bringing it forward as if you're putting full beam on and it's fine but the minute you let go it starts indicating again - any ideas?

Submitted: 03/10/2015 13:56:20 | ID: 121916

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Philip, Berkshire

Citroen C3

Left hand front sidelight has no power getting to it - bulb is fine. There is no fuse apparent. Is there a known corroded contact problem somewhere please? Many thanks

Submitted: 29/09/2015 23:53:54 | ID: 121795

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John cowell, Bedfordshire

Citroen C3

My middle display keeps bringing up that my lights are out ,have found a fault code 4c5 buld for 3rd brake light open circuit what is the 3rd brake light

Submitted: 26/09/2015 13:07:43 | ID: 121648

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Jean hardy, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

It is the 2nd time in a few months that when driving around 40 mph 'oil error has flashed up on screen telling me to stop due to fault & power is lost & car stops - the first time it happened I had just bought the car & RRC checked it out for me & said couldn't find anything wrong other than oil was black & probably needed an oil changed - had this done with a service a few weeks ago but again same 'oil error' flashed up car lost power & stopped again - both times this has happened I have been in busy traffic - I am in constant fear of this happening again - can anyone tell me what the problem is & what I can do to prevent it happening again?

Submitted: 24/09/2015 08:32:46 | ID: 121579

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john hyde, East Riding of Yorkshire

Citroen C3

I have no front fog lights but rear ones working . does anyone have an answer .

Submitted: 15/09/2015 13:56:42 | ID: 121173

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Paul O'Brien, Ireland

Citroen C3

Panel diagnoses "faulty" bulbs @ pings regularly. However all bulbs are working. This situation comes & goes but now is becoming more frequent. Can you advise please?.

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Mine is also doing this..i did have two lights out at the front.. But when I put my foot in the break at times it says.. Break light faulty.. I've had indicator faulty, side lights all within two weeks and they're all fine..im worried its an electrical fault and that my car is going to catch fire .. I'm finding that I have to press twice til open door too.. Sometimes I find my car unlocked.. elise from Norfolk

Mine is also doing this..i did have two lights out at the front.. But when I put my foot in the break at times it says.. Break light faulty.. I've had indicator faulty, side lights all within two weeks and they're all fine..im worried its an electrical fault and that my car is going to catch fire .. I'm finding that I have to press twice til open door too.. Sometimes I find my car unlocked.. elise from Norfolk

Submitted: 09/09/2015 17:55:26 | ID: 120969

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graham, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Hi I've noticed sometimes my C3 1600 Airdream developed a sort of shunting sound when the engine is ticking over. The car runs fine & it doesn't do this all the time & usually idles smoothly. Just wonder if anybody as any idea what it could be Thanks

Submitted: 05/09/2015 21:44:03 | ID: 120821

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tracy, Nottinghamshire

Citroen C3

My c3 sensodrive auto recently had a new battery. It started fine at first. Now it struggles to start and there is a squealing noise until it kicks in and eventually starts. The alternator is fine as its been tested. Any ideas what problem could be? Thank you.

Submitted: 01/09/2015 17:14:47 | ID: 120639

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Mark, West Midlands

Citroen C3

My dad has a 2008 Citroen C3 1.4 hdi, it's started to get very sluggish and struggles to pull away, clutch seems ok. Any ideas

Submitted: 01/09/2015 10:25:46 | ID: 120618

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shirley, East Sussex

Citroen C3

my Citroen C3 has not been driven for a week , and when i drove it today its making a knocking noise . Sounds like its coming from the front under the body maybe wheel . The longer i drove it the less noise it made but is still knocking which it didn't do when i parked it up for a week .

Submitted: 30/08/2015 08:55:46 | ID: 120535

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Emma Bourne, Pembrokeshire

Citroen C3

Hello whilst on holiday my citreon c3 was left unused for 3 days but the engine was turned over once to keep it charged. When I went to use it on the 4th day it would not start and was beeping when I tried. When I finally got it started all the dash display had reset itself and it was showing on the display that there was a fault with the airbag buy that went away after a few minutes. It has done this every time I have tried to start it since thus being the 4th day it has been faulty. Could you please advise me what could be wrong as I need to drive it on the motorway to return home. The car has full service history with one being carried out a week before coming away.

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Your battery has a dead cell and is not holding a charge you need to replace the battery . Happened to me at Christmas new battery problem solved. Paul from Torbay

Submitted: 22/08/2015 08:47:17 | ID: 120158

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anthony, Tyne and Wear

Citroen C3

Re my question on resetting last journey information,i meant MPG and average speed not miles travelled

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I have found the control button I was looking for,it's at the end of the indicator lever anthony from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 21/08/2015 08:30:59 | ID: 120111

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