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Hi, my wife’s Citroen C3 1.4 desire 54 plate has just developed a worrying problem. When changing gear, the clutch pedal on release seems to stick just before the top, at which time the accelerator cannot be pressed. There is a click noise then the clutch comes up and the accelerator is able to be used. Any ideas, as this could be potentially very dangerous? Thanks.
Submitted: 06/03/2014 09:55:40 | ID: 26272
Does the Citroen C3 1400 HDi 2002 plate have a submersible primer fuel pump in the tank to prime the fuel up to the high pressure pump? If it does what pressure is it pumping and what is the expected current draw for such a pump? (1400 HDi)
Submitted: 28/02/2014 15:32:47 | ID: 26129
My Citroen C3`s back washer comes on intermittently without turning it on and so do my main lights. Why would they do this please?
Submitted: 11/02/2014 12:26:42 | ID: 25701
I’ve been searching the net trying to find how to connect my phone or mp3 player to my new Citroen C3 vtr. Does this model have blue tooth, if not how do you use the mp3 connectivity? I can’t seem to find a USB or an aux input anywhere? Help! (1.4 vtr)
Submitted: 06/02/2014 16:10:00 | ID: 25569
Hello. My Citroen C3`s engine temperature gauge goes from one bar to all bars and bleeps to say it is overheating, but the engine is not warmer than the normal running temperature. The fan does cut in and my heating gets colder. Can anyone suggest what to do please? (Citroen C3 desire)
Faulty temperature sensor! Wolfgang czx from Austria
My car did had the same fault. I fitted a new temp sensor it is okay now. - Jeff Crabtree from England
Submitted: 06/02/2014 11:56:31 | ID: 25547
Hi. I drove through some water yesterday in my Citroen C3 that pulled a little bit of trim off from the underneath of my car. Since then I have had a problem with not being able to easily put my car into gears 1-3 and when I do sometimes it slips out of gear! Any suggestions whether this is a temporary problem due to the water or have I ruined either/both gear box and clutch? (Desire)
Submitted: 06/02/2014 10:51:42 | ID: 25539
I have a Citroen C3 Sensomatic and the gears only change up to third gear. Do I need a new gearbox?
Submitted: 04/02/2014 11:46:53 | ID: 25501
I have a problem with the boot lid of my Citroen C3 where water is running into the car when it`s opened. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 30/01/2014 11:53:18 | ID: 25331
I bought a 2004 Citroen C3 SX petrol 1 month ago and I`ve noticed it`s using a lot more petrol than my 03 Punto. I thought this car would be cheaper to run. Any ideas please?
Submitted: 28/01/2014 15:23:57 | ID: 25283
My 2004 Citroen C3 1.4i heater fan suddenly starting making a loud vibrating noise, but only when the motor is turned to the high (maximum) speed setting. As soon as it is turned down a notch it runs fine. Can anyone suggest a cause and cure?
I have the same problem on my C3, I was wondering if you found out what the problem was? Would be great if you could help. - Nick from England
Submitted: 28/01/2014 11:14:15 | ID: 25243
When I put my Citroen C3’s headlights on the car screeches from under the bonnet on the left hand side. Does anyone know what this could be please?
Sounds like a simple accessory belt problem. Either adjust or even better replace it. They aren’t much. Martin (Master technician 20+ years) from Durham
Could possibly be the button that changes the height of the headlights, try messing with the switch that adjusts the lights. It may work and worth a try - Jason Curtis from Worcestershire
Submitted: 10/01/2014 11:45:38 | ID: 24763
I have a Citroen C3 1.4 SX 2006 model and I have 2 problems. The built in radio doesn’t want to eject my cd but it can still play the cd. Also I`ve just noticed that coolant is leaking from somewhere on the right of the head. Can anyone help please? Thanks.
Sounds very much like a Head Gasket failure to me. You can check some of the symptoms here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/under-the-hood/diagnosing-car-problems/mechanical/how-to-tell-if-you-have-a-blown-head-gasket.htm - Luke from London
Submitted: 09/01/2014 12:36:25 | ID: 24696
My Citroen C3 is locked and we cannot get it open. No lock barrel. Can anyone help? (Vtr)
In the absence of a working remote fob as well? You will need to feel for a cable or rod just inside where the door lock was and pull on this to open. It’s hit and miss if you haven’t done it before. Martin (Master technician 20 + years) from Durham
You need to change the battery in the key. You can find these batteries on ebay, just make sure they are compatible with your key. (They look a bit like a pound coin). Luke from London
Submitted: 03/01/2014 11:40:04 | ID: 24490
We had the brake discs, brake pads and drop-links replaced on our Citroen C3 following a failed M.O.T. The car then passed it’s M.O.T but a short time later we started to get a clunking sound when the steering was on full lock. It seems to be getting worse. When I jacked the car up and had my wife turn the wheel there seems to be a noise from the top of the strut, as if it’s rubbing on something and the drop-link seems to "flex." I can’t think of any other way to describe it. Thoughts anyone? Thanks in advance. (SX)
I have the same problem and it was the shock mounting and bearing. You can buy it as assembly and replace it. You will need to remove the whole shock absorber. - Sammy Diaz from Bahrain
Submitted: 02/01/2014 08:54:48 | ID: 24344
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My Citroen C1’s screen washer works okay but the rear window washer makes a noise and no water comes out. Can anyone help?
Hi, I had a similar problem with my citroen c3, it was found to be a pipe leading to the rear washer had come apart from a connector. Pipe pushed back together then worked fine. Follow the pipe and check first. - Jason Curtis from Worcestershire
Submitted: 30/12/2013 11:19:44 | ID: 24250
My Citroen C3`s alarm interior button bleeped this morning when I started the engine. I pressed the button on the dashboard as it was flashing. It drove fine, I left the car for 20 minutes, got back in and turned the engine on but it won’t start. Any ideas? (C3 semi auto)
Submitted: 23/12/2013 14:31:20 | ID: 24221
I can no longer drive my Citroen C3. The clutch became noisy and vibrated against my foot, then the car lost power. Is this a clutch or gearbox problem and will it be costly?
Submitted: 23/12/2013 11:16:13 | ID: 24181
I have recently bought a secondhand Citroen C3 but the bluetooth is locked. How can I find or change the password?
Submitted: 19/12/2013 09:33:14 | ID: 24076
There is white smoke coming out of my Citroen C3`s exhaust and the car is overheating. Does anyone know what the problem could be?
Submitted: 16/12/2013 14:21:24 | ID: 23980
My Citroen C3 Desire`s warning lights have come on, anti-pollution, faulty braking, ABS, airbags faulty and speedo has stopped working. Can anybody help please?
Submitted: 13/12/2013 10:00:54 | ID: 23937
What is the problem if a brand new clutch kit has been fitted to my Citroen C3 and thereafter the car won`t move at all? (bubble shape)
Submitted: 12/12/2013 14:07:43 | ID: 23901
I have fitted rear parking sensors to my Citroen C3. Which are the correct wire colours to join the sensor power unit to the rear nearside light cluster?
Submitted: 06/12/2013 11:30:07 | ID: 23711
My Citroen C3`s oil light comes on when I clutch and brake or turn a corner, but dipped for oil and it was fine. Does anyone know why this is happening? Is it safe to just ignore it? (The beeping`s really annoying).
Submitted: 03/12/2013 16:04:05 | ID: 23611
My Citroen C3’s driver’s side window will not go up, only down. What should I do?
Could be a faulty switch. Try disconnecting the switch and try the driver’s side switch on the offending window. It could fix or rule out the switch. It’s the first step to a fix. - Jason Curtis from Worcestershire
Submitted: 22/11/2013 12:15:33 | ID: 23393
Hi, My Citroen C3`s dash lights up and beeps to say its overheating. This doesn`t happen all of the time. The garage said there`s nothing wrong but now a red tap light is coming on. The water level in the car is fine. Does anyone know what it may be? (desire)
Scrap it. - Rath Patterson from Bedfordshire
Hi there, mine has been doing the same. I have spent £700 on my car in the last 3 weeks, it’s had a new head gasket and a new thermostat. It’s still coming on but only for a min the fan whirrs, cools it down then goes off. How have you gone on with yours? Claire Higham from Yorkshire
Me too, C3 Pluriel, warning light has come on in three instances now for stop car, coolant seems fine and it seems to only happen after going up a hill and descending down the other side - Jojo MuscroftJojoM from England
Submitted: 21/11/2013 12:41:31 | ID: 23329
I cannot get any sound from my Citroen C1`s radio. I can change the channels but cannot get any sound. Has anyone else had this problem and did you manage to get it sorted?
Have you tried the mute switch on the right hand stalk? Press and hold the centre of 1 of the button one is mute guessing the volume 1 not sure and one is source think not sure just have a look on the buttons - Barry from Flintshire
Submitted: 21/11/2013 10:39:50 | ID: 23305
While driving along my Citroen C5. jerks as if the ignition is switched off for a split second and then resumes at the same speed. This can happen 2 or 3 times in one day and then not happen again for days. It can be scary when it happens on motorways etc. What can be done? (1.6 hdi)
Submitted: 19/11/2013 16:44:51 | ID: 23290
My Citroen C3`s depollution system light came on today as I was driving home in the rain. Shortly after I enabled the air vent with recycled air to help with the de-misting of my windscreen and a knocking/tapping sound followed, as if it were coming from just behind the dashboard. It was definitely connected to the air vent because when I turned it off the sound went away! My car is 4000km over it`s last expected service. Can somebody please help me understand why the light is on, what the knocking/tapping sounds are and why it occurs when I turn the recycled air on (cold)? Lastly could this fault hopefully be sorted out in a minor service which I am going to arrange within the next week? Thanks.
Submitted: 18/11/2013 12:49:32 | ID: 23202
I had 2 new (part worn) tyres put on the front of my Citroen C8, then drove away about half a mile and the brake fault came up, then the abs fault, followed by the esp/asr fault. When you start the car there`s nothing showing on the dash until you drive for about a quarter of a mile when it happens again. Any ideas please? (1997 hdi)
Submitted: 18/11/2013 11:04:30 | ID: 23180
When going over bumps there is an knocking noise in the engine of my Citroen C3. Can anybody suggest what this could be please?
Knocking from front of car can be a number of things. Easy check, bottom arm bushes, ball joints and drop links, lift car and remove drive wheel. Using a bar, pry each in turn, looking for excess movement. If these seem to be ok, the one which is quite common on the C3 but is a bit more awkward is the suspension top mount. To check, lift bonnet and remove top nut on each suspension leg. Allen key and 22mm spanner usuall required. Once they are removed, the top mount can be checked. Metal collar usually separates from rubber and knocks. (If changing the top bush, I would recommend changing the bearing at the same time). Changing them will mean removing each suspension leg in turn. Not too bad to do actually. Hope this helps. Done a few of these on my driving school car. 240,000 miles and still going - Ged from Durham
Submitted: 15/11/2013 16:21:05 | ID: 23167
I have a Citroen C3 automatic 1.4. I was driving when the battery died light came on and off on the dashboard. Now I have no power steering and it won`t let me change gears. I changed the battery but it`s still the same. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 15/11/2013 12:40:51 | ID: 23139
Hi. I have a problem with my Citroen C3. After driving only 20 minutes the car is overheating and I have to stop for about 30 minutes to cool it down and fill with water. After another 30 minutes it starts overheating again. Please help? (hatch)
The fault I found with my C3, a couple of years ago, my car started losing water. The problem was a water pipe, that runs from the thermostat, down the right side of the engine and round the back. The air box (air filter) vibrates and rubs a hole in the corner of the pipe. Strangely enough, not too bad of a job too do. It looks harder than it is. The part was a bit pricey mind. Was not happy with that, but saved a packet by doing it myself. Driving school car :- Citroen C3 1.4 SX HDI 92 (2003) 240,000 miles and still going strong - Ged from Durham
Submitted: 14/11/2013 15:23:10 | ID: 23079
Hi, I have a 2006 Citroen C3 without a radio so I got a second hand radio. I put it in but it only takes the cd and does nothing further and it`s not switching on. Can someone please help? (SX)
Submitted: 14/11/2013 15:02:43 | ID: 23073
When driving over potholes, but not bumps, my Citroen C3s front nearside suspension knocks. Both front sets of springs have been replaced by previous owners as they snapped. I have replaced top swivel "bearing" and 2 garages have found no fault with any of the joints, one was for an MOT. Can anyone suggest what to do? (1.6 VTR)
Have had my C3 Picasso for 10 months. I have terrible cracking/popping/clunking sound apparently going from front left wheel, somtimes from front right. Had my car inspected on December. All noise seems to come from under engine cover. One edge of cover simply rests on a metal bracing and has a pretty lot of freeplay. Nothing is broken. I was told it is meant to rest loose because of deformations due to temperature and humidity changes. Dealer offered me some foam stuffing, but since I know the case I really don`t care. - Luke from Czech Republic
Submitted: 14/11/2013 12:58:02 | ID: 23061
My Citroen C3 has got a tapping noise with hardly any power and now it won`t start, I only get that tapping sound. What could it be?
Submitted: 12/11/2013 15:14:43 | ID: 23009
My Citroen C3 stops running when damp after going through shallow puddles. Is it damp in the air filter or the electrics and how do I fix it?
Submitted: 11/11/2013 15:52:12 | ID: 22935
My Citroen C3`s rear wiper comes on when I open the boot. Also the airbag light comes on sometimes. Any ideas? (Desire)
Submitted: 08/11/2013 11:01:45 | ID: 22841
Since charging the battery from flat after my Citroen C3 had stood for about a month, I can not open it with the remote key (but it can be locked) and is either silent when the ignition is turned or makes a rapid clicking sound. All terminals are clean and making good contact and the battery shows 11.8v on the meter. Can anybody help? (1.4 Exclusive diesel)
Hi Paul, that rapid clicking sound when you try to start the car indicates a low voltage condition in the battery. The battery has enough voltage to pull in the starter solenoid, but the moment the starter begins to draw the heavy current needed to swing the engine the voltage drops and the solenoid drops out - repeat, repeat, repeat, until you switch off. Usually means a new battery. Cheers. - Edi Malinaric from South Africa
Submitted: 05/11/2013 14:14:36 | ID: 22743
When driving my Citroen C3 SX 1.4i every time I use my indicators to turn it beeps and shows on the dashboard that one of my lights is faulty. I’ve checked every light and they are all okay. It has now started to beep when using the brake and the same message comes up on the dash screen. Now my key fob has stopped working too. I can open the doors manually and the car starts okay. Could anybody shed any light on this problem?
Hi. I had similar fault see my question 5/08/13 found bad connection in socket in rear o/s light cluster and noticed on locking car the flasher lamp was not as bright as n/s one. Cleaned connections and all bleeps disappeared. See back to my problem on 5/08/13 . Key fault may be new battery reqd. Good luck - Tony Wright from Somerset
Submitted: 05/11/2013 12:26:42 | ID: 22733
I have an 02 Citroen C3 and my esp light has come on. What does it mean and can I drive it?
Submitted: 01/11/2013 12:53:23 | ID: 22586