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M SOPWITH, Cumbria

Citroen C3

c3 running well but spanner sign came up and it would not do any more than 30k had to put on warning lights luckily only a 10 mile drive home can you advice. Thank you.

Submitted: 21/07/2014 11:11:58 | ID: 100082

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Sue, Norfolk

Citroen C3

My C3 SX automatic starts well and I have no problems with the first 15 miles to work , but when I get to a more built up area and have to wait in traffic , approach roundabout s etc, it feels as if it's not engaging and does not easily pull away till the revs are high. ( sounds like a hair dryer ) Any answers please ? Sue

Submitted: 18/07/2014 22:02:08 | ID: 99951

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Steve, Nottinghamshire

Citroen C3

I have citroen C3 desire 55 reg and recently replaced the stereo ...now the antitheft light comes on when the ignition is switched on wipers come on intermittently and central locking does not any more thanks....

Submitted: 13/07/2014 16:38:45 | ID: 99587

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Jo, Bristol

Citroen C3

(Citroen 3 petrol) I went to start my car this morning and the battery seemed totally flat. When I turned the ignition key there was a bleeping sound. Managed to start my car by using jump leads. The beep sound is still there when I start up the engine. On a couple of occasions when stuck in traffic my car has cut out, I`m not sure if this is connected?

Submitted: 11/07/2014 13:18:53 | ID: 99444

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Donna, Kent

Citroen C3

I've had this car from new - always been fine. Warning lights keep flashing up like park assist / fog lights/ etc - changed battery seemed fine now happening again? Any ideas?

Submitted: 10/07/2014 06:05:39 | ID: 99363

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william raymond, Tyne and Wear

Citroen C3

How do I fit a front lower centre grill trim bumper?

Submitted: 08/07/2014 21:37:25 | ID: 99271

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Simon, Redcar and Cleveland

Citroen C3

Hi my fuel warning light came on with one bar left on the fuel gauge still there I have put £15 in but the light stayed on and the maximum mileage kept falling, now the maximum mileage says --- and the light is still on, any ideas please, I know there is fuel there so why is the warning light on ?

Submitted: 07/07/2014 22:14:13 | ID: 99190

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Julie Spencer, Hull

Citroen C3

my speed monitor keeps stopping, making my steering wheel feel loose.

Submitted: 07/07/2014 15:44:40 | ID: 99147

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M. Manning, Norfolk

Citroen C3

I have a C3 Hd 2010 Air con(manual) which makes a noise like a secondary fan over the noise of the normal heater fan. I don't think it`s been serviced but it is still producing cold air?

Submitted: 02/07/2014 14:38:28 | ID: 98842

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stacey, Durham

Citroen C3

all my indicators on the left hand side has stopped working any ideas what the problems could be?

Submitted: 28/06/2014 17:45:42 | ID: 98624

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buffy, Ireland

Citroen C3

yesterday c3 parked up (by non owner) with wheels turned at angle , today unable to get key to work in ignition and the steering wheel is totally locked, nothing moves no play on steering car dead ..

Submitted: 21/06/2014 14:46:28 | ID: 98188

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Imrana Sarwar, West Midlands

Citroen C3

My citreon c3 keeps cutting out and engine management mite cums on I have to rev the car and start it again I have had coil pack changed but problem still exsists ani suggestions plz

Submitted: 18/06/2014 19:59:45 | ID: 97989

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Michelle, Middlesex

Citroen C3

Hi can you please help I bought a second hand c3 two weeks ago when I try to drive off it over reves and does not go anywhere when I push the snow flake button it drives normal can you tell me why this is ? And also whenever I turn on the air con there is a loud like clicking noise why? Please help thank you.

Submitted: 18/06/2014 09:59:35 | ID: 97952

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David Hobson, Yorkshire

Citroen C3

Hi I have a problem with my c3 the temp can be on 3bars then all of a sudden it goes up to red but the fan kicks in but only for few seconds

Submitted: 12/06/2014 20:54:02 | ID: 97557

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Ken, Yorkshire

Citroen C3

The ESP light comes o and the car makes a scratching noise. Please help.

Submitted: 07/06/2014 19:43:50 | ID: 97152

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christiaan, South Africa

Citroen C3

Please help anyone, when I am in traffic the heat gage shoots into the red, followed by a beeping sound, but when I drive off or rev the motor is goes back to three bars, and when I come to a halt it does the same. When driving normally it doesn't have the problem or overheat.

Submitted: 06/06/2014 18:40:55 | ID: 97057

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tom, Malta

Citroen C3

I am the owner of a citroen new c3 1.4 vtr 75bHB 8v , I notated that the dashboard is not illuminated in full , that is the speedometer that marks the Kilometres does not lit up . is this not normal, because driving during the night this speedometer is lift in the dark and not visible to the driver , when I TALKED to the service garage here in Malta , they said that this is normal tom

Submitted: 05/06/2014 14:16:32 | ID: 96979

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Sandy Roper, Norfolk

Citroen C3

Anti pollution warning comes on, car won't tick over, unless its revved it dies and servo light keeps on. Same day or next time its started it will be fine. Citroen bloke said take car out, belt along in 3rd gear at 60 mph and it could shift a little blockage. Worked once but now has same problem. Help - I need my car to work all the time not when it feels like it. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Submitted: 03/06/2014 18:56:56 | ID: 96830

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jeremy, Swansea

Citroen C3

The management light comes on I loose power then stalls starts up straight away but light still flashes and beeps when stalling battery light stays on plz help

Submitted: 31/05/2014 11:59:03 | ID: 96577

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James, Aberdeenshire

Citroen C3

Hi there, I have a diesel 2003 Citroen C3 SX Hdi. Bought second hand just under a year ago. In the last 6 months or so there have been some hiccups with the car. It occurs infrequently and only after the car has been stationary over night in the rain. The fob doesn't seem to work and the engine won't start, but it is turning over. This doesn't happen all the time or even every time in rains. I have to unlock the car manually with the key, the other electrics (radio, wipers, lights, dash) all seem to work fine but the car just won't start. The battery is less than a year old and seems fine and the fob has been checked ok. Last time it happened I had to take it to a auto electrical garage. It sat there for a day and a half before they even looked at it. By that point the problem had seemed to fix itself but they ended up inspecting the car and finding the inside of the fuse box a bit damp and rusted they dried and re-soldered some contacts and charged me 200 quid for the trouble. Now it's happened again and the car has sat outside my house for 3 days. I was hoping it might come back to life. No luck so far. I don't know much about motors and my brief research suggested I check the distributor cap. I also though I might put the problem here to see if anyone with better knowledge could suggest the problem and a solution?

Submitted: 31/05/2014 00:12:42 | ID: 96563

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Rebecca, West Midlands

Citroen C3

Water Ingress I have major issues with my citreon c3, I've owned the car for just under 2 years and had some minor issues to begin with which were fixed under warranty. Anyways recently my car alarm started to randomly go off and wouldn't turn off with the key or even when i started the car. Then my wipers started to fail and started to randomly come on on there own and stop half way up my window, took it to a garage who advised its the ECU and it needs replacing and i need to take it directly to citreon for reprogramming. Anyways booked the appointment for a week later with citreon but in the meantime smoke started to come through the air vents. I was extremely worried so took it to Halfords, the damage was much much worst than the ECU. Basically there is a well under my front window screen that water gathers in, and unfortunately it wasn't draining the water and now there is 6 inches of water sat underneath my window in the well. This has then cause water damage on my Alarm motor, my wiper motor, my ECU, my fan and possibly many other things. Citreon seem to think this is a common issue but as its not part of a service for this particular part to be cleaned out regularly i wasn't aware. Just want to know if you have heard of this issue before or if you can offer any advice as its going to cost £3000 minimum to fix.

Submitted: 29/05/2014 11:57:04 | ID: 96425

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Ken Vivash, Essex

Citroen C3

Hi.I keep getting my engine management light coming on with no apparent effect on the cars performance.Error code is PO221 throttle/pedal/position sensor switch B circuit range/performance. I reset the machine to turn of the management light but after a week or two it comes on again and I get the same code reading.Is the car computer too sensitive as the car runs fine.Yt?

Submitted: 29/05/2014 10:57:27 | ID: 96420

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Julie, Hartlepool

Citroen C3

After driving about 4 miles in normal traffic, my temp gauge is on three bars. When this happens my oil light flickers on and beeps at me. What could my problem be? I'm at a total loss

Submitted: 23/05/2014 00:23:16 | ID: 95962

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Morgan, Vale of Glamorgan

Citroen C3

Hello My drivers window has stopped working. It will no longer go up or down. The passenger window still works. Anyone have any suggestions please?

Submitted: 21/05/2014 21:36:14 | ID: 95888

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Morgan, Vale of Glamorgan

Citroen C3

Hello My drivers window has stopped working. It will no longer go up or down. The passenger window still works. Anyone have any suggestions please?

Submitted: 21/05/2014 21:35:19 | ID: 95886

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Rosie Carpenter , Hampshire

Citroen C3

My air conditioning works for 30 seconds then stops and then randomly starts again it's really annoying cos it's decided to do this just as the weather got nice :-(

Submitted: 17/05/2014 17:30:31 | ID: 95626

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Paul Bye, Herefordshire

Citroen C3

My coolant is half way between Max and Min, what do I top up with, can I top up with water

Submitted: 13/05/2014 16:14:30 | ID: 95469

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Darren, Northumberland

Citroen C3

Hi can you drive a Citroen c3 with the auxiliary belt missing, I was told this and we drove the car then it made some loud engine noises then we had to replace head gasket it this possible or coincidence that because the car had 70k miles it was ready for timing belt change We are having argument with garage and would like to settle this issue So basically from a £30 job turned into over £500 job Any advice would be helpful

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I wouldn't run a car without the auxiliary belt as it runs the alternator for the electrical system, either diesel or petrol its the same. Sounds like the head gasket blowing is a coincidence, but still not wise driving without the auxiliary belt on the car. ian price from Gwent

Submitted: 13/05/2014 09:48:43 | ID: 95455

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margaret breadmore, Hampshire

Citroen C3

How can I retract my wing mirrors from inside the car when driving into my garage. By accident I operated the car locking system twice and now the inside wing mirror button is not responding/

Submitted: 12/05/2014 17:22:27 | ID: 95433

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Gill, Hertfordshire

Citroen C3

I have a Citroen C3, 2005 plate. Just before Christmas it beeped 3 times on starting and several days later the battery failed, so I had it replaced. A few weeks later twice in one day my car beeped 3 times on starting. My local garage couldn`t find anything wrong. Last week it happened again and the engine would not start. I had the battery charged and the car starts. In between these times the car has been fine. Has anyone had this problem or have any ideas why the car beeps 3 times with no warning lights appearing on the dashboard? When I phoned my local Citroen dealer they couldn`t come up with an answer and suggested I took it for diagnotic testing if it happens again, but there would be a charge for this.

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This may not be the same problem as yours but my daughter had serious problems with her 2003 c3 It would run for weeks even months then suddenly the battery would go completely flat even on a number of occasions locking her inside the car (and having to exit via the window) As soon as I jumped the car it started perfectly and would run fine but then, after leaving the car for a couple of hours, the battery would be totally flat again and this would happen every time she left the car for a few hours and could last for days. At that point we invested in a battery pack to get going. and then suddenly without warning the car would run perfectly for a couple of months again. It seems the c3 has an auxiliary heater which in cold weather helps to heat the car up quickly without the engine running, water had got into the control box which I believe is under the seat and so intermittently the auxiliary heater would be on when the ignition was off thus draining the battery. Sorry if this is a bit long winded but I felt it was worth sharing, good luck! Alex from Fife

Submitted: 11/05/2014 12:23:26 | ID: 95379

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john slack, Lancashire

Citroen C3

faulty warning flashed and beeped, side light and fog lights faulty, but all are working how can I stop this and switch the warning and bleeping off driving me mad

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Exactly the same problem here too!! Help!! Cheryl from Merseyside

Be careful. Maybe get this checked as many fault lights flashed on mine and then my speed went. It was a fault with the ECU which is known with citroen and cost me over £1000 to replace. Get it checked as it may only be a fault with one of the transmitters or the connection is gunked up. Morgan from Vale of Glamorgan

Be careful. Maybe get this checked as many fault lights flashed on mine and then my speed went. It was a fault with the ECU which is known with citroen and cost me over £1000 to replace. Get it checked as it may only be a fault with one of the transmitters or the connection is gunked up. Morgan from Vale of Glamorgan

Be careful. Maybe get this checked as many fault lights flashed on mine and then my speed went. It was a fault with the ECU which is known with citroen and cost me over £1000 to replace. Get it checked as it may only be a fault with one of the transmitters or the connection is gunked up. Morgan from Vale of Glamorgan

Submitted: 10/05/2014 20:37:50 | ID: 95350

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Linda Milton, Warwickshire

Citroen C3

I had a new clutch put in and afterwards it started to judder when lifting the acelerator so the garage took it back an put a new fly wheel on it and it is still juddering the technician said all C3 do it please advise as car is still under warranty what could it be?

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Hello, I just had a clutch fitted under warranty on my C3 Picasso diesel 1.6 hdi and it started juddering so I took it back. They put a flywheel in but it`s still juddering and now I don't know if it`s down to engine mounts or gearbox. Whatever causes the judder is worse than it was, now does it need bedding in, I don't know? I find that unusual. I think I am going to take it back before the warranty runs out. Any ideas? Thanks Roy dogman from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 10/05/2014 18:10:21 | ID: 95346

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Colin Campbell, Portsmouth

Citroen C3

My Citroen has started juddering to the verge of cutting out whilst driving. Something close to "gasping for air" before it cuts out. I can start it again immediately but the juddering continues. The Engine management light comes on and after a while I will get a bleeping, Any suggestions? I am thinking along the lines of a mobile mechanic. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Hi I have this issue a lot as my fuel goes to low (need to remember to top up more) I have put injector cleaner in the car which you can buy from most petrol garages and Halfords sell it as well. The issue if the same as mine is when the fuel goes to low (light comes on) the grit and dirt at the bottom of tank is being pulled through the injectors. If you try the fuel injector cleaner with a full tank of gas then give it a good long drive then it should clear it through stopping the judder. Hope that helps Sarah from Kent

Hi I have this issue a lot as my fuel goes to low (need to remember to top up more) I have put injector cleaner in the car which you can buy from most petrol garages and Halfords sell it as well. The issue if the same as mine is when the fuel goes to low (light comes on) the grit and dirt at the bottom of tank is being pulled through the injectors. If you try the fuel injector cleaner with a full tank of gas then give it a good long drive then it should clear it through stopping the judder. Hope that helps Sarah from Kent

Submitted: 09/05/2014 21:48:04 | ID: 95314

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john slack, Lancashire

Citroen C3

A faulty warning flashed and beeped, side light and fog light, but all are woking okay. How can I stop this and switch the warning bleeping thing off?

Submitted: 05/05/2014 17:49:47 | ID: 95127

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paul, Kent

Citroen C3

Hi I have a slight vibration on the steering wheel also griding noise when turning the car wheel to the right hope someone can point me in the right direction to the cause

Submitted: 02/05/2014 22:29:18 | ID: 95016

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Annette Wheeler, Monmouthshire

Citroen C3

I have a message flashing up on the dashb oard say faulty air pollution unit could someone tell me where the air pollution unit is situated in my C3 exclusive and any other information on how to fix the problem. Thanks

Submitted: 01/05/2014 09:41:48 | ID: 94934

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Michael, Hull

Citroen C3

Why dose a Citroen c3 bleep when you are driving off?

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May just simply be you haven't connected your seatbelt! Ken Vivash from Essex

May just simply be you haven't connected your seatbelt! Ken Vivash from Essex

Have you checked that the speed restriction button is disengaged on the console next to the radio? christiaan from South Africa

Submitted: 26/04/2014 23:01:26 | ID: 94777

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kerem, Middlesex

Citroen C3

Hi someone shed some light, got a citroen c3 but when driving the power cuts out and the car comes to a halt, then takes bout 10 min to start,

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Sounds like more than one problem. Email me and I will guide you through some quick simple steps. ben walker from Northumberland

Submitted: 23/04/2014 17:13:12 | ID: 94602

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G.Young, Northumberland

Citroen C3

I have an intermittent fault on my Citroen C3 1.6 exclusive auto. The offside indicators do not always work. If I flick the stalk back to the nearside and then back to the offside they sometimes will work. When this happens and I then go to cancel the indicators they do an extra 3 to 4 flashes and then stop. Has anybody got any ideas as it`s driving me round the bend?

Submitted: 19/04/2014 11:35:24 | ID: 94437

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Gina, West Sussex

Citroen C3

I have a Picasso c3. When I start engine the dashboard tells me to check oil and to get a service. When I check dip stick seems ok. Should I feel up with oil. This has happened twice in last 6months, does it really need more oil. I put a litre in last time. Not due a service until next year, only done 5k since last service .just passed mot although did have trouble with emissions, but that was fixed ,with recommendation that I use better petrol. Any comments on oil consumption ,or is this normal for this car

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Sounds like the oil pressure sensor is faulty and needs replacing. If the dip stick level is correct, between the min / max level, then DON'T add more oil, going over the max level is just as bad as not enough oil. Get the sensor changed and it'll stop giving you the error message. ian price from Gwent

Sounds like the oil pressure sensor is faulty and needs replacing. If the dip stick level is correct, between the min / max level, then DON'T add more oil, going over the max level is just as bad as not enough oil. Get the sensor changed and it'll stop giving you the error message. ian price from Gwent

Submitted: 16/04/2014 17:02:36 | ID: 94325

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