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Mark George Davis, Essex

Citroen C3

This car was sitting around for about 6 weeks then my step daughter started to get problems. The battery light came on so I put a new alternator and new battery on. I drove it for around 30mins still with the battery light on, them the air bag light and engine management light etc came on, the steering went stiff and the lights went dim . I changed the alternator thinking it maybe faulty but it is still doing it....I don't know where what to do next. Please help.

Submitted: 19/01/2017 18:38:58 | ID: 138250

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Ronald key , West Midlands

Citroen C3

Why does fuel drain back over night have had the primer pump and all pipes replaced went and worked fine for a week and then started to drain back again having to prime to get fuel to start engine once it has stared it will start every time till the following morning when you have to prime it again does anybody know why

Submitted: 18/01/2017 14:52:23 | ID: 138224

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Patrick Ferguson, Antrim

Citroen C3

Both back brake lights not working but thiRd stop light on boot works tried the fuses glove box and engine but can't see any that have blown have checked bulbs they seem ok and have checked brake switch at passenger side under dash it's free and goes in and out freely...puzzled

Submitted: 03/01/2017 11:49:56 | ID: 137749

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Jean, Cambridgeshire

Citroen C3

Hi I have an 02 C3 that's been well looked after.it starts then cuts out.aa came out and said glow plugs or filter,had them done£150.still same ,AA came again said could be air block so did something to pipes.i still have same problem.When it cuts out airbag light comes on and a bleeping sound.I would be grateful for any solutions.thank you.

Submitted: 30/12/2016 18:03:32 | ID: 137687

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Paul, Essex

Citroen C3

My 2004 1.4hdi C3 gives the roughest ride ever over bumps manholes and rough road. Does it actually have any suspension I wonder. It clonks rattles and sounds as if it is falling apart on anything but the smoothest road. I have only just bought it as a cheap run around but it is the worst car I have been in in this respect, even cars going back 50 years old. It passed the M.O.T two months ago so it can't have too much wrong with with the suspension. Is this a "feature" of this model? thanks Paul

Submitted: 20/12/2016 01:19:39 | ID: 137473

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Ange, Lancashire

Citroen C3

My windscreen washers do not work I was advised if there is no whirring sound when the washers were activated, I have had the water pump replaced as advised and filled up the reservoir but still no luck, I have only just noticed when I pour in the diluted screen wash it was running out under the car....I am unsure now if it was the pump that was faulty in the first place. I have also cleaned out the pipes and the jets...It is neither front nor back which work.

Submitted: 11/12/2016 14:08:44 | ID: 137317

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Binoy Francis K, Qatar

Citroen C3

I bought used Citroen C3 2012 from the showroom. after 3 months using, it was showing Engine fault and getting slow. ( ones in a week ) 1) 1st time the company service center ask to me to change the Spark plug . then i changed. ( showing Engine fault and getting slow. Twice in a week ) 2) Again same problem, then service center told me to clean the fuel tank. ( showing Engine fault and getting slow. Almost every day ) 3) Again same problem , then they made a detailed checking, and told me that, piston ring damaged need to change the piston set . ( Quotation Qr. 14,000/- USD 3835/- ) They i contacted the CEO of the company. then they reduced to Qr. 6,000/- USD 1643/- Now working no problem ... but i feel it will happen same because morning time starting i am feeling not good. PISTON RING CHANGING POSSIBLE OR NOT ? IF PISTON RING DAMAGED, DRIVING POSSIBLE OR NOT ?

Submitted: 15/11/2016 13:10:50 | ID: 136714

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Willem, South Africa

Citroen C3

What type of starter does the car use. I want to replace the brushes

Submitted: 29/10/2016 09:28:54 | ID: 136333

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maria, South Africa

Citroen C3

All warning lights for my Citroen have lit up whilst driving, however no physical difference in performance. When I switched the car off and took out the keys in the ignition, the lights remain on! I left the car alone for 30 minutes, locked as usual using my remote, but when I returned, the clock and all warning lights still remain on. I am worried that my battery will be drained soon if the car remains in this position - I doubt anyone will be able to assist me from this forum in time, and it is too late to call anybody out to assist from Citroen in particular, so I will have to provide an update on the situation when I find the solution. For future purposes. Thanks!

Submitted: 26/10/2016 17:16:37 | ID: 136265

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Andrew Brown, Cornwall

Citroen C3

I am having trouble with my Citroën,it will not start when I turn the key a clunking noise can be heard from the passenger side glove box and a loud beeping noise as well. All the lights work on the dash the wipers work. Any help please.

Submitted: 11/10/2016 12:53:32 | ID: 135861

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Carla, County Londonderry

Citroen C3

Hi. Ive just purchased my c3 a few days ago. It was a pre owned car with only 23000 miles. Ive noticed yesterday and today a strange noise coming from outside the car possibly the engine only when i turn the car off. It sounds like a wood pigeon tbh...happens only for 5 secs then stops. Is this normal? Or is there something wrong? Thanks guys

Submitted: 02/10/2016 23:21:38 | ID: 135672

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Shane Rees, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Citroen C3

Hi. I'm getting hot air coming into car. I guess this is heat from the engine. I've got ac switched off. And fan in the off position. Citroen c3 desire 1.4 petrol. 2005 . Thanks for many help

Submitted: 23/09/2016 22:11:31 | ID: 135411

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sonia, Australia

Citroen C3

My 2004 citroen c3 has a coolant leaking coming from exhaust. Not sure if this is a head gasket problem or something else? Before the leak the car was going through quiet alot of coolant had to keep filling it up every 2nd day or so depends on how much usage. Up until a few days ago water just ran out from exhaust pipe unfortunately manifold has a whole underneath so the coolant just pours out from there. Any suggestion or ideas of what the problem might be? Hoping its not the head gasket.

Submitted: 20/09/2016 23:01:20 | ID: 135329

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dany, Kent

Citroen C3

hello i have a c3 1.4 automatic xtr 2..5 the star light on the dash what is it is it the auto gearbox or do i have to change the oil if any one can help me thank you

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Had same problem,with gearbox fault..cost me £600 to get fixed from local dealer sstev from Moray

Submitted: 18/09/2016 20:18:06 | ID: 135274

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Ian, Hertfordshire

Citroen C3

Hi how do I replace a rear centre seat belt please

Submitted: 18/09/2016 15:28:46 | ID: 135259

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Terhi, Finland

Citroen C3

Hi When idling stable anywhere between 2000 - 3000 rpm (not in gear), i can hear a random low clonky plastic like sound from the engine, the clonk varies between 2 to 5 seconds when keeping the rpm stable, seems like it comes from the left side in the engineroom ( looking forward sitting inside, left) Could it be some solenoid adjusting something or what.. ( Citroen 1.2 Vti 82 Premium 2015 ) Thanks.

Submitted: 17/09/2016 14:48:48 | ID: 135235

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Kayleigh, Wiltshire

Citroen C3

Hi, I have built in sat nav but the sat nav won't talk I have been all through the settings and the volume is on max but I still get no speaking everything else has sound just not the sat nav. Any ideas?

Submitted: 17/09/2016 01:43:17 | ID: 135222

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Dominic, Dominican Republic

Citroen C3

the engine is not starting when I switch on the key except dashboard lights, what could be the problem.

Submitted: 14/09/2016 13:37:57 | ID: 135174

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Mrs E. Wilson, Kent

Citroen C3

Can a bleep system for reversing into a tight space be fitted to this model? Approx. cost if possible.

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fitted one on my wife's bought off ebay for twenty quid been on two years easy to fit Steve from Lancashire

Submitted: 12/09/2016 20:07:43 | ID: 135128

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malcolm, Aberdeenshire

Citroen C3

keeps beeping saying i have faults with airbags fog lights side lights etc checked wiring and fuses all seem ok

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Had similar problem . It was bad earth connection on the rear light cluster. It would run through faults for all lights on the rest cluster, even though they were all working. I ran a new earth cable directly into the cluster bypassing the plug and this cured it. Shane Rees from Rhondda Cynon Taf

Submitted: 06/09/2016 21:23:08 | ID: 134977

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Niamh, Clare

Citroen C3

When I start my Citroen (2002), there is a beeping noise. Once it stops it doesn't happen again. However, when I lock the car, there is also a beep (the same beep it makes when there is a door open). There is no door open. Can anyone tell me what the issue could be?

Submitted: 01/09/2016 17:13:55 | ID: 134827

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Jim Dempsey, Hampshire

Citroen C3

Hi Car recently went in for a major service and MOT. It passed after the front suspension springs were replaced. However following the return of the vehicle I did a short trip and all the coolant from the coolant reservoir disappeared, it was empty. I took it back to the garage who claimed that they had made an error when they refilled it. They put it right so I thought. A few weeks later the three bars on the temperature gauge went up to all bars and beeped. Abnormal high temperature warning stayed on for a few minutes before going off. After a few miles it came back on for a few minutes before going off. The garage have checked the fan works coolant and oil levels all good. The garage look at me as if I'm crazy but Im thinking they may have damage the sensor when they serviced the vehicle? I cannot work out any rhyme or reason for the activation of the warning low speed, high speed, the only other thing is that the vehicle had been parked out in the sun on both days this occurred. It does not activate on long journeys. Thanks

Submitted: 01/09/2016 14:12:37 | ID: 134823

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Tara, Middlesex

Citroen C3

Recently bought my Citroen 1 week ago, and noticed that the interior light for the central door lock button (in the middle of the car) flashes a red light continuously. All doors are closed and locked, but the flashing light never stops. Is this a fault? will it drain my battery? or is it normal on these cars to have a flashing red light?

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It's a deterrent to would-be thieves. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 25/08/2016 22:53:23 | ID: 134654

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Michael Purdy, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Hi there, my Citroen's nearside rear passenger door makes a horrible metallic grating noise when you press the remote central locking button on the key fob, is there an easy solution please. Many thanks, Mick XX

Submitted: 24/08/2016 14:27:37 | ID: 134615

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hazel sheldon, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

I haven't any height adjustment levers so how do I lower my seats.

Submitted: 13/08/2016 13:42:41 | ID: 134330

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sean paterson, Scottish Borders

Citroen C3

I have a Citroen c3 desire and on the dashboard it's showing a 20 what does this mean and is it anything to do with a fuse?

Submitted: 06/08/2016 23:11:08 | ID: 134161

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Sergiu, Moldova

Citroen C3

Hi , I need help , I have a Citroen C3 1.4i 8V 2002 and has problems with the cooling sistem the fan does not starts, exactly after the engine warms well, at first works normally at 96 C starts and then stops , but not for long ,after it heats up the fan does not working anymore until after it cools down and begins to work again. the computer diagnostic shows that signal reaches the fan. which is the solution? Thanks

Submitted: 28/07/2016 14:05:06 | ID: 133916

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Andrew.ince, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

Just drove the car and there is no power in drive it just revs high then slowly picks up speed what is wrong

Submitted: 26/07/2016 14:10:37 | ID: 133851

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d.rowe, Cornwall

Citroen C3

where do I find the correct colour plate on my c3

Submitted: 25/07/2016 13:54:38 | ID: 133823

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Stewart Dimmock, West Sussex

Citroen C3

As I don't have an audio manual how do I change the speaker balance front to rear/ side to side?

Submitted: 23/07/2016 13:10:31 | ID: 133753

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Frederick Potgieter, South Africa

Citroen C3

It is really difficult to pullaway uphill from a robot stop...car seams weak....with handbreak revving like hell to move car forward. Is it because it is a 1400?

Submitted: 10/07/2016 14:52:02 | ID: 133403

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ALAN ARMSTRONG, Northumberland

Citroen C3

WHEN I APPLY THE BRAKES, THE ENGINE REVS. UP AND WHEN I RELEASE THE BRAKES, THE CAR LURCHES FORWARD.

Submitted: 09/07/2016 17:54:28 | ID: 133371

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J Carmona, Essex

Citroen C3

Hi there, I hope somebody can help me. It started about 3 days ago, while i am driving I keep hearing 3 beeps, no warning message or icon lighting up on the dash board. It does it randomly, sometimes 2 or 3 times within minutes, sometimes there is a few minutes gap. It does it while i am driving at a steady speed on the motorway (no speeding maybe around the 50 to 60mph). Not when I brake It's driving me mad as it is distracting. I have check the level of coolant (thus the notches on the dashboard does not suggest that the car is heating up). I have tried to find an answer on the net, but could not find anything like my situation. So if anyone has an idea or a solution. If not it is going to be a trip to the garage and get it checked, thus i called Citroen and told them about it and they never had this before Thanks J

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It is the speedometer warning which was set at a certain speed which you have now reached causing the alarm, for speed traps. It can be set ..the button is next to the radio marked with a speedometer on it. Set it by pushing it for 3 seconds once you reach a desired warning speed, i.e. 120 k.p.h. Frederick Potgieter from South Africa

Submitted: 04/07/2016 00:35:45 | ID: 133226

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Cam, East Riding of Yorkshire

Citroen C3

I've recently purchased a 2003 C3 desire, 57k miles on the clock. Had a lot of problems with it but have now had a new coil, cam belt, head gasket etc. (Or so the garage says!) Have had it back from the garage almost a week and it's just cut out on me three times today coming home from work. Usually when slowing down or driving slowly this occurs. What could this be? I don't know anything about cars so obviously really worried due to all the previous problems.

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100% your car need software update from any Citroen dealership do that and your problem solved khaled from Jordan

Submitted: 30/06/2016 18:11:27 | ID: 133145

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Andrejs, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Hi, I have a problem with my Citroen C3, 1.6, 110HP, sensodrive exclusive, there is a cracking noise coming out of either form clutch actuator or gearbox, i have no idea how long I was driving like that. Till now it was going OK, gears were changing smoothly in automatic mode and manual mode, but couple days ago when I was starting to drive it started to change gears at very high RPM (about 3000 to 3500), so i switched to manual mode mode and continued to drive, but today while I was driving home the engine management light came on. Anybody have thoughts about what could be gone wrong, gearbox, actuator, engine it self. Engine starts and runs well, no strange noises. How much it will cost to repair or it's cheaper to scrap and by other car? Thanks

Submitted: 22/06/2016 15:30:08 | ID: 132889

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Alan, Tyne and Wear

Citroen C3

my o/s/f door will only open aprox 6-8 ins and then wont open any further (having to get in the n/s and jump across}any ideas what the prob may be regards Alan

Submitted: 12/06/2016 12:20:29 | ID: 132586

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Margaret Hall, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

Please can anyone help me with this car problem? My 2005 Citreon C3 Desire has just begun to stop mid journey with no warning! After 10/15 mins it starts perfectly again. The other morning it wouldn't start outside my home so I sent for RAC . He said he had no idea what it was so I took it to our local garage and they don't know what's wrong??!! They can only suggest that it may be a crankshaft sensor but aren't sure. We are scared to go out in it now in case it stops again . Will I have to scrap it? I can't afford an exploratory service as it will cost more than the car . Please help anyone .

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Take it for a computer check Frederick Potgieter from South Africa

Submitted: 09/06/2016 14:13:22 | ID: 132492

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Joanna, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

Hello. I have Citroën C3 1.4 exclusive. I just noticed that something is leaking near gear box. Im afraid that is oil. How much Could it cost if I'm right.? Waiting for an answer

Submitted: 04/06/2016 15:19:35 | ID: 132353

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R. Bevis, Hertfordshire

Citroen C3

Brand new Citroen c3 with stop and go, traction light came on then went off. Same thing today, switched it off but above 30mph it comes on intermittently

Submitted: 01/06/2016 19:25:00 | ID: 132246

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tony, County Tyrone

Citroen C3

The left hand front indicator has gone it is not the bulb or a fuse how do I fix this.

Submitted: 27/05/2016 16:49:35 | ID: 132092

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