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SD, Aberdeenshire

Citroen C3

I seem to have a problem with my central locking. It won't open with the electronic key, I have to manually unlock the driver door but, all doors won't open from the inside. All passenger doors won't open from the outside. The child lock button is illuminated all the time and won't disengage. I took it to an Auto Electrical garage on Friday (29th April) and they managed to fix it saying it was loose wiring in the 'module' (fuse box I believe), but I went to drive it today (Monday 2nd May) and the problem is back! I will be contacting the garage again but was wondering if anybody else could give some insight, also how much would a new module cost to replace? Thanks SD

Submitted: 02/05/2016 23:56:54 | ID: 131098

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jennifer rowell, North Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Over filled my tank now the fuel indicator doesn't show full have I damaged something also how do you get the sump pan off

Submitted: 02/05/2016 09:40:08 | ID: 131057

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Ryan, Bedfordshire

Citroen C3

Hi all. Just a question about juddering. Noticed when I have car on cruise and off cruise it sometimes judders for a couple seconds. Has happened so far on motorways at between 45-60mph. Any ideas? Want to nip this is the bud now before any more serious problems occur. Everything else with the car is fine absolutely no problems.

Submitted: 18/04/2016 14:48:44 | ID: 130544

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J Totten, Antrim

Citroen C3

how do you change plastic radiator grill on citroen c3 2009

Submitted: 18/04/2016 11:51:46 | ID: 130536

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m wymer, Norfolk

Citroen C3

if I stall my c3 it is impossible to start it again until approx. 2 hours later which is becoming frustrating especially as it was bought brand new on 1st march. I had the same problem with my previous c3 also bought brand new in 2013. I was assured that this problem wouldn't happen again when I traded it in for my new c3 !!! Please could somebody advise me if there is a trick I'm not aware of in restarting it quickly without having to sit around waiting especially at a set of traffic lights!

Submitted: 15/04/2016 17:13:39 | ID: 130418

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Ger, Dublin

Citroen C3

While driving my daughter noticed a burning smell and then the light went out behind the heating/ac controls. Any ideas? Could it be a fuse or the heating/ac system gone.

Submitted: 12/04/2016 23:48:21 | ID: 130316

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Leidy, Belgium

Citroen C3

Hello, My left rear reverse light doesn't work, only the right one. I've heard that there's only one in this model and that this is normal...is this true? Thanks!

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Leidy, c'est vrai.. il y a seulement une lumière du renversement sur beaucoup de plus petites voitures. examinez la lentille et vous verrez il n'y a aucune place pour une ampoule. True, there is only one reversing light on many smaller cars. look into the lens and you'll see there is no place for a bulb. R Evans from Caerphilly

Thanks a lot!!i was about getting crazy and to go to argue with the seller! Merci beaucoup!! j'etais en train de me casser la tete et d'aller me battre avec le vendeur! Leidy from Belgium

Submitted: 12/04/2016 11:23:08 | ID: 130278

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Terry Smith, Lancashire

Citroen C3

My c3 2010 rattles when I rev the car up. The fuel is petrol

Submitted: 10/04/2016 20:46:26 | ID: 130211

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Etienne, South Africa

Citroen C3

Hi I was driving and suddenly when i push the accellerator no power . I have fuel and all is ok seems like no fuel going through.

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Hi Etienne, Did you get this fixed? Sounds like you had the same problem I had. Was in and out of the garage and they couldn't find anything, but a friend looked at it and found out that it was (what I believe the call ) the injector. SD from Aberdeenshire

Submitted: 06/04/2016 14:53:38 | ID: 130013

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chris brock, Surrey

Citroen C3

trip computer doesnt go off at all, it used to go off after a few seconds ,but now it displays all 3 rips, ie, eco, 1 and 2 are all shown at the same time, u can move them and reset them as normal. but it doesnt go out after a few seconds like it used too. any ideas ive looked everywhere for a answer

Submitted: 03/04/2016 21:56:42 | ID: 129910

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Ann Rawbone, Caerphilly

Citroen C3

info screen on dashbpard keeps telling me that foglamps,sidelamps,indicators etc faulty when they are not

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Likely to be a wiring issue, my partner had an 07 plate C3 auto, which had the same issue, It appeared to be the wiring connection was loose or faulty. Andy Mcluckie from East Ayrshire

Submitted: 30/03/2016 20:31:10 | ID: 129711

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Adrian Eastick, Herefordshire

Citroen C3

The DSC/ASR light keeps coming on and after STOPPING and pressing the appropriate button it eventually goes off but comes back on again a little while later. Help!

Submitted: 30/03/2016 14:03:58 | ID: 129680

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Ken, Durham

Citroen C3

Hi, not long had the car and been back to garage a few times already.... Not always and generally when car is warmed up, after braking the car seems to accelerate away without pressing the pedal. It doesn't rev when clutch is pressed, nor does it accelerate at any great speed but it can be quite unnerving at times. Also, every time I start the car, the brake pedal kicks up slightly, this is more noticeable by the sound of it kicking up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Submitted: 24/03/2016 16:11:32 | ID: 129424

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carlos, Kent

Citroen C3

hi just got a c3 can not put more them £20 pounds of petrol any reason?

Submitted: 23/03/2016 16:10:22 | ID: 129373

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paul, Worcestershire

Citroen C3

how to get gearbox bolt out next to the cat without taking cat off

Submitted: 21/03/2016 20:30:47 | ID: 129312

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Lindsay, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

How on earth do I fit my towing eye to the front of my car. We've opened the patch on the front number but can't get the tow eye to stay in. Must be doing something wrong?

Submitted: 20/03/2016 14:20:43 | ID: 129261

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Michele, Merseyside

Citroen C3

Engine management light is on and message saying fuel anti pollution faulty also drive is juddering and loss of power but has not yet stalled also the fan stays on yet temperature gauge is normal , any ideas what this issue is please

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This happened to me today too!! Really worried about what could be wrong, and frightened to drive the car now!! Emily Walden from Kent

please help!! Emily Walden from Kent

please help!! Emily Walden from Kent

Submitted: 17/03/2016 05:48:53 | ID: 129113

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Audra, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

We have a c3 automatic 12 plate and we have just noticed that its holding in 3rd gear too long. You can set off and the gears will change fine from 1st to 2nd then it seems to go into 3rd at about 20mph and it wont gear up to 4th till it gets to 40 .Then when you are slowing down it takes a long time for it to go from 3rd to 2nd. It has only just started doing this. It has a 1.6 engine & yet when going uphill at say 60mph in 4th gear it starts to lose power, decreases speed then drops down to 3rd gear as if there is a lack of power.

Submitted: 16/03/2016 15:42:27 | ID: 129090

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Antonio, Surrey

Citroen C3

HI, I JUST BOUGHT A CITROEN C3 2006 1.1 PETROL AND I REALISED THAT THE CLUTCH AND THE BREAK PEDAL ARE VERY HIGHT, MY QUESTION IS CAN I MAKE T SHORTER?? ARE THEY ADJUSTABLE. THANKS

Submitted: 14/03/2016 18:19:41 | ID: 129008

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george, Lebanon

Citroen C3

Hii... Where is the loction for the cutoff switch in this car

Submitted: 14/03/2016 06:43:05 | ID: 128980

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Okelly, Devon

Citroen C3

I went to open the bonnet and I pulled the leaver to do so and it opened, however i then pulled again and the red leaver came off, it is still attached to the wire and I believe there is to much tension to hook the handle back into place. What should I do ?

Submitted: 10/03/2016 20:40:50 | ID: 128830

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vinny, Cardiff

Citroen C3

How hard is it to change the bottom ball joint on citroen c3 and what will i need to do

Submitted: 05/03/2016 13:12:00 | ID: 128556

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paul, Cornwall

Citroen C3

need some help i have a citroen c3 1.4 petrol sx was driving this morning doing the school run and engine management light come on and lost power turned it off and started back up ok just with engine light on need some help as its the wifes car any help will be good ty

Submitted: 01/03/2016 10:21:42 | ID: 128371

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Paul, Angus

Citroen C3

Write your question here...I citroenc3 is loosing power while driving can anyone please help.

Submitted: 29/02/2016 12:18:10 | ID: 128322

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T, West Midlands

Citroen C3

when im driving straight on a road the car goes right even tho my steering wheel is straight. i check the tracking and tyres and all good. please if someone could help me.

Submitted: 22/02/2016 16:31:53 | ID: 128013

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Elaina, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

Hi I am wanting to buy a citreon plurial only the owner tells me the warning light come up the one with a car skidding can you tell me will this be expensive to fix she said it's the senior needs replacing

Submitted: 21/02/2016 19:28:23 | ID: 127978

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Tim Hunt, Somerset

Citroen C3

Thank you for that Ron. In terms of poor electrical connections, what is the most common fault and where should I start. The rear wiper and washer stopped at the same time. The wiper motor then did come back on for a matter of a few seconds after wiggling it but no washer at all. Then nothing again.

Submitted: 15/02/2016 12:12:51 | ID: 127619

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Tim Hunt, Somerset

Citroen C3

Hi I have recently lost any power to rear washer and wiper on my 2002 C3 1.4 HDI The local garage said it was due to faulty ECU and that everything will start to go wrong in a short time. is this true ? He said the ECU will cost in excess of £1,000 to replace. is there any other possible reason.

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ECU will cost about that to replace but the electirc supply to the rear washer does not involve the ECU.. it is possibly a faulty switch of fuse.. which won't cost a grand ! R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 15/02/2016 00:14:43 | ID: 127603

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marcia, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

Iv put the key in the ignition but when I try to start the engine it makes a noise and wont start. A message saying Anti lock active is displayed. Could you please help me understand what this means.

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Yes it means your key has "de-programmed" (can happen if you drop the key) or the battery in the key needs replacing. I only know this as had it happen to mine. Contact either a locksmith or Citroen and they will be able to advise on current prices. If you have a spare key it should still work ok Sarah from Hampshire

Submitted: 14/02/2016 21:53:40 | ID: 127598

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PW, Cambridgeshire

Citroen C3

I'm after help with my 13 plate C3. It came to a halt while driving, having lost power. The yellow service light and yellow engine light came on. When I go to start it now the car shakes and cuts out without being able to get it going. Can anyone help what a likely problem may be? And as the car is still under 3 years old would Citroen be able to help? Thanks in advance.

Submitted: 07/02/2016 20:22:35 | ID: 127258

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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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