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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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Lorna Turney , West Midlands

Citroen C3

Hi, when in stop start traffic for a period of time, the car beeps and a snowflake symbol flashes on the dashboard. The car won't move out of first gear and I can't move. I've disconnected the battery and reconnected it and the car seems to be fine until the next time I'm in traffic. Can anyone tell me what causes this and if it can be fixed?

Submitted: 20/08/2015 20:48:06 | ID: 120097

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Mrs. E. Brown, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

Hello, how do I reset the dashboard display of my Citroen Desire C3 after I have change the car battery? My car manual is very confusing and I do not where is the button to reset? please help? thanks

Submitted: 19/08/2015 09:18:23 | ID: 120014

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phil, Nottinghamshire

Citroen C3

I have had a lot clear oil leaking on the road and settled on the drive over night, the oil smells but is clear and thickish. it seems to come from over the gearbox casings, I have looked in the fluid reservoir but there dose not seem to be ant loss from there. I have not noticed any difference in the braking or gearing selection. What cause this and here may this oil be coming from?

Submitted: 18/08/2015 18:19:38 | ID: 119992

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Bethany, Hampshire

Citroen C3

I was driving down the road when I completely lost power to the car. Towed my car back to my house and saw that it had water in the ECU holder box. I dried it out and the ECU as well and fixed the leaking problem which was coming from underneath the washer jet, the car then started and drove for about 1/2 a mile then cut out again. I get a strange burning smell when the car is running and still cuts out after 3 mins. Is it because the ECU is water damaged? or something else?

Submitted: 16/08/2015 15:00:28 | ID: 119874

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anthony, Tyne and Wear

Citroen C3

How do I reset the info about last journey when starting a new journey,cheer's

Submitted: 15/08/2015 08:01:53 | ID: 119813

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jean rogers, Staffordshire

Citroen C3

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Submitted: 08/08/2015 09:20:52 | ID: 119491

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Liz johnston, North Lanarkshire

Citroen C3

out with car and started to chug then stopped after few mins got it started and went to local garage they identified a problem with fuel injection so it was replaced got car back it is still got a problem with chugging and stopping garage had it back on their computer but cannot find any other fault can you advise love my old car but thinking it might be time to say bye and replace

Submitted: 04/08/2015 07:17:29 | ID: 119307

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Paul Whyley , West Midlands

Citroen C3

The display that shows the time also shows number of miles left before refuelling, however it doesn't seem to change correctly. It can start off at 272 miles and end up with 286 after a 20 mile drive. Any thoughts?

Submitted: 03/08/2015 10:49:44 | ID: 119274

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karina cummins, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

the engine wont start its trying but its like the fuel is not getting through, what could be causing the problem please could you help.

Submitted: 30/07/2015 16:59:17 | ID: 119127

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Leona, County Tyrone

Citroen C3

Hi there, after cleaning my 2005 C3 at the weekend, the dashboard display, the one which tells you the time, date, temp and radio station etc has gone completely blank? Any ideas how I can turn it on again? Tanks.

Submitted: 27/07/2015 11:17:49 | ID: 118973

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Jean hardy, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

Just purcJuste the citroen c3 1400 2008 reg. today - was driving on straight flat road when screen flashed ' engine fault' & ' oil error' - I checked oil & it was @ maximum - what could be the problem ? - hope I haven't bought a lemon!

Submitted: 20/07/2015 19:57:14 | ID: 118697

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veronica J McCabe, South Lanarkshire

Citroen C3

for the last two weeks the engine management light has been coming on, first time garage reset it then it happened again, along with the exhaust system needing replacement. This done, thought problem solved then next day engine management light on again so again down to 15 miles per hour, total abuse from other drivers, despite being in the left hand lane with hazard lights on, suffice to say nightmare journey home. Garage can still not locate what the problem is AGH!!!!!!!!

Submitted: 15/07/2015 20:50:59 | ID: 118489

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Kristian, Norway

Citroen C3

Fuse 22 that goes to mirrors, interior lights and power socket keeps blowing. When the fuse is replaced it takes 10-15 seconds before it blows again. In these seconds mirrors and power socket works as usual, but interior lights is not working. Have tried to disconnect everything from power outlets and switching the interior lights off before replacing the fuse, but with the same result. Any ideas where the problem might be?

Submitted: 13/07/2015 19:47:50 | ID: 118425

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dave, Cheshire

Citroen C3

my c3 cuts out when i put it in reverse but drives sound going forward and sometimes when i go to start it wont start but has a new battery

Submitted: 12/07/2015 19:29:24 | ID: 118386

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kayte, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

I recently changed the break pads and now there is a scraping sound coming from especially the passenger side front wheel as I'm driving along, do you have any idea why? . . (Im sure I've done it correctly ) Someone told me this is normal as they need to wear in, so when I break I can hear and feel the noise from them... but it shouldn't be sounding as if it's scraping as I drive...or ?.

Submitted: 12/07/2015 05:19:54 | ID: 118354

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Koos, South Africa

Citroen C3

When start,what is the meaning' Plip Battery Spent' and then it go away.

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it's the battery of remote key must be changed (the flat battery) Khaled from Jordan

Submitted: 10/07/2015 20:32:04 | ID: 118306

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Donald McColl, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

I recently bought a C3sx second hand its and 03 Reg. The coolant temperature gauge spikes into the RED intermittently and this morning the engine auto diagnosis light came on for a time during my journey to work. This car also seems to CREAK could this be a problem with the springs. Can anyone help me out with this.

Submitted: 03/07/2015 08:32:53 | ID: 117978

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Matt West Midlands, West Midlands

Citroen C3

Hi, Hope someone can please help me. I was driving my 53 reg Citroen C3 (petrol) when the wipers turned themselves on along with the side lights. I lost use of my indicators but continued with the last 10 miles of my 90 mile journey. I got to my destination, turned off the engine while I popped in a shop and went back to the car which would not start. It turns over but fails to start. Even the central locking has failed. I presume the wipers coming on with the side lights is something to do with the problem but I'm not a mechanic so unsure what to do. Any advice to get the car started will be gratefully received. Regards Matt

Submitted: 01/07/2015 22:22:28 | ID: 117914

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wayne, Newport

Citroen C3

Hi i have problems my c3 keeps revving on its own and the breaks go very hard i cant drive it because the engine goes very warm.. only happened today can any one help

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Sounds like the pipe that supplies the vacuum to the brakes has come loose of broken. This will let air into the inlet system and allow the engine to rev up on its own, quite a lot, and you will have no assisted braking. The vehicle is not safe to drive. Get it properly looked at by a competent mechanic or garage. Stay safe Pee Jay from Merseyside

Sounds like the pipe that supplies the vacuum to the brakes has come loose of broken. This will let air into the inlet system and allow the engine to rev up on its own, quite a lot, and you will have no assisted braking. The vehicle is not safe to drive. Get it properly looked at by a competent mechanic or garage. Stay safe Pee Jay from Merseyside

Submitted: 01/07/2015 21:54:57 | ID: 117912

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Islam mannaa, Egypt

Citroen C3

I have a basic AC contorl unit and the ac interior blower only works at max speed, is it a fuse or something else? Thank you in advance

Submitted: 22/06/2015 13:50:51 | ID: 117535

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Brían, Shropshire

Citroen C3

The gear box has started to make a slight whineing noise from first to second when i go to third fourth fifth nothing do you know what it is the cars not losing power its just this noise

Submitted: 18/06/2015 22:06:24 | ID: 117396

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Andrew hitchcock, Staffordshire

Citroen C3

Hi can anyone help? My C3 drives great for about 20 mins and then beeps three times and slows right down, it doesn't seem to have any poke at all, undriveable. I put a fault tester on there and it came back with fault P0120 throttle/pedal position sensor / switch A circuit. Can anyone tell me what this means and how to fix it please?

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Next to stereo there is a speedo button with a clock icon. This is a speed aware serting you can change at any time E.g if you are driving at 70mph and you want to make sure you don't exceed that speed then you press and hold that nutton. It will then beep meaning it has set... if you now go above 70mph it will beep at you. .. If you go down to 60mph and hold button again it will set limit to 60mph... Make sense? Michael Richards from Lincolnshire

Next to stereo there is a speedo button with a clock icon. This is a speed aware serting you can change at any time E.g if you are driving at 70mph and you want to make sure you don't exceed that speed then you press and hold that nutton. It will then beep meaning it has set... if you now go above 70mph it will beep at you. .. If you go down to 60mph and hold button again it will set limit to 60mph... Make sense? Michael Richards from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 17/06/2015 20:15:36 | ID: 117349

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Andrew hitchcock, Staffordshire

Citroen C3

Car will drive for a short distance and then the engine management light comes on, it then slows right down then remains sluggish and loses power Thank you

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There is a plug under glove box that is a converter from left hand drive to rite had side go to a auto electrician and have it removed they will solder the wiring system and all will be fine Gud luck wayne from Newport

Submitted: 13/06/2015 19:47:15 | ID: 117164

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Dave, Blackpool

Citroen C3

Hi my Citroen has started to make a rattling sound letting the clutch pedal up in or out of gear it still lets me select all gears and still drives ok at present, it seems to rattle half way up. It's a 57 plate with 48,000 miles

Submitted: 12/06/2015 19:55:39 | ID: 117132

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Khaled, Jordan

Citroen C3

i bought second hand 2004 c3 (gs plus) with 1.4 petrol engine 8 cylinder the car had a problem which is keep shutdown the engine when i stop or reducing the speed below 20 km/h and sometime keeps running . the car mechanic clean the fuel injector and check the ecu code then till me there's a problem with the software (the ecu need an update) which he can't fix because no one had an official citroen username so any help will be appreciated . thanks for your time.

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my problem was solved by upgrade the ecu software and changing the fuel filter. know i had another problem witch is power steering become stiff after driving for awhile any help will be appreciated . thanks for your time. khaled from Jordan

my problem was solved by upgrade the ecu software and changing the fuel filter. know i had another problem witch is power steering become stiff after driving for awhile any help will be appreciated . thanks for your time. khaled from Jordan

Submitted: 10/06/2015 08:05:37 | ID: 117025

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Kroes, Netherlands

Citroen C3

I have aproblem with my driving speed digital dashboard, is there a solution ( when iam driving 50 km it show 35 on my digital speed display) Whats the problem, what should be fix?

Submitted: 09/06/2015 23:22:03 | ID: 117020

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Darren greenall, Merseyside

Citroen C3

Front passenger side indicator flashes really fast,no lights on passenger rear work at all.i removed the cluster to check the bulbs which were fine and I checked the cable to the lights which was fine put it all back together and the problem was gone car worked fine again.2 days later fault returned so I repeated taking it apart again and checking and it now works again fine but there must be a fault with something,is it likely to be the pcb type thing that the bulbs sit in?

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My citron is a 57 plate uv had it 3 yrs, always had a problem with the lights keep going, emailed citron they said they were on s ca back but mine had ready had the back. On Saturday took it to halfords again ( list count on how many times uv done this) because every light was beeping in the car telling me my lights weren't working, the mechanic checked my bulbs they were fine, he looked at the plug that goes into the lights & on both sides of my car the earth wire was burnt out was burnt out, he managed to clear the wires that were burnt told me to go back to citing & insist they do my car again as it is a problem that still is there. jenny casey from Greater London

My citron is a 57 plate uv had it 3 yrs, always had a problem with the lights keep going, emailed citron they said they were on s ca back but mine had ready had the back. On Saturday took it to halfords again ( list count on how many times uv done this) because every light was beeping in the car telling me my lights weren't working, the mechanic checked my bulbs they were fine, he looked at the plug that goes into the lights & on both sides of my car the earth wire was burnt out was burnt out, he managed to clear the wires that were burnt told me to go back to citing & insist they do my car again as it is a problem that still is there. jenny casey from Greater London

Submitted: 06/06/2015 18:32:17 | ID: 116878

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Anne, Middlesex

Citroen C3

After driving about 6 miles I get a clunking noise after releasing break pedal..had it checked yesterday and breakes etc are all ok. This only happens on long journeys and is intermittent, can go a few weeks with no noise. Any idea what it could be please.

Submitted: 05/06/2015 23:34:23 | ID: 116854

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Des doherty, South Lanarkshire

Citroen C3

Hi. My 2010 c3 Picasso diesel always reads 50.4 mpg no matter what kind of journeys I do. The figures say I should get in excess of 70 mpg!! Is it me or are the figures wrong? Thanks. Des.

Submitted: 01/06/2015 20:41:52 | ID: 116693

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john jones, Lancashire

Citroen C3

when starting ,the symbol on the dash is telling me to apply the brake to start even though i am already doing that

Submitted: 01/06/2015 18:49:34 | ID: 116688

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megan, Cardiff

Citroen C3

Hi, I've had a problem with my citreon c3 for a while now. After about 15/20 mins of driving. Its makes a knocking noise and it gets worse and turns into a grinding noise. When the engine is turned off and restarted, it doesn't happen until driven for a while again.. 2 garages have looked at it and can't find anything wrong. But it's definitely something not right .. Any feedback would be great! Thanks :)

Submitted: 31/05/2015 22:20:43 | ID: 116671

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Ralf, South Africa

Citroen C3

Can anyone Help? I have a 2007 Citroen C3. My car beeps once and then on the display panel on dashboard it says faulty sidelamps and faulty fog lamps and when this comes on it also says service. This is only on for a few seconds then everything goes back to normal. This happens every now and then. Car does not no need a service as it was serviced 4000km ago. All lights are working perfectly and car is running very well. We did replace battery as that was 4 years old and thought maybe that could be the problem. So if anyone has an answer, would highly appreciate it as this is most annoying.

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The problem is your earth wire in the car is burning out, eventually your lights will stop working all together that's what just happened to me. These c3 r on call back, check with a citron dealer see if yours has had its call back. When I called them they told me mine had already been on call back but the problem is still there. I am now going to take this further!! jenny casey from Greater London

Thank you for your answer jenny casey from Greater London. will see about the earth wire and the call back. will let you know, if it sorts out the problem. THANKS AGAIN Ralf from South Africa

Submitted: 24/05/2015 10:16:27 | ID: 116400

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Donna, Staffordshire

Citroen C3

When driving my c3 over 40 it has suddenly started beeping at me. The garage said they they can't find anything wrong, so any advice is most welcomed.

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i think its the speed limiter there is a button on the dash board under children center lock can specify the alarm speed limit . i hope this help you http://citroenc3owners.com/citroen-c3-questions/c3-sx-2003-buttons-t613.html khaled from Jordan

Submitted: 20/05/2015 13:10:37 | ID: 116258

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Pamela, Greater London

Citroen C3

Recently my reversing light has been permanently on. I have no idea what to do to sort it out - any suggestions please?

Submitted: 15/05/2015 17:47:49 | ID: 116065

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Joanne laird, Moray

Citroen C3

Hi, my Citroen C3 keeps beeping when turning. Does anyone have any ideas what this could be and the cost? Thank you

Submitted: 13/05/2015 19:27:11 | ID: 115996

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