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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

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?

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?

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.

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.

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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Joanne laird, Moray

Citroen C3

Hi, my Citroen C3 desire keeps beeping on turning a corner, occasionally when pulling away. Any ideas and costs? Thanks

Submitted: 13/05/2015 19:24:35 | ID: 115995

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mark hale, Newport

Citroen C3

I had an oil level warning message on the dashboard, so I changed the oil and filter and message is still appearing on the dashboard. I have checked oil level and all is fine. Can anyone help with this problem please?

Submitted: 13/05/2015 08:06:51 | ID: 115973

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Sandra, Berkshire

Citroen C3

Why does my car read temperature high when I have had a diagnostic reading which could find nothing wrong?

Submitted: 12/05/2015 10:19:56 | ID: 115935

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Sandra, Berkshire

Citroen C3

Why does my car`s temperature gauge come on in stationary traffic even though the diagnostic read nothing wrong?

Submitted: 12/05/2015 10:17:05 | ID: 115933

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Mary B, North Lanarkshire

Citroen C3

I have 52 Plate C3 and orange warning engine light keeps coming on and bleeping intermittently. Car shudders and loses power and sometimes engine cuts out and battery light comes on but most times it keeps running. I've had Diagnostic Test done but garage say no fault showing. HELP!

Submitted: 10/05/2015 16:24:23 | ID: 115843

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ian, Yorkshire

Citroen C3

I have a Citroën C3 automatic stop/start petrol 2007. I was travelling at 50mph and it geared down itself for no reason and came to a standstill. This has only happened twice in a year but both times at high speed on roads which are very busy. If I was overtaking the consequence's could be fatal. Mechanic put the diagnostic on but no faults showed up??

Submitted: 08/05/2015 22:15:04 | ID: 115776

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mr freddy curtis, Neath Port Talbot

Citroen C3

have just had 4 reconditioned replacement injectors fitted also new MAP fitted car starts ticks over and sounds great but on test drive has no power will only reach 30 mph and you have to go to fist gear if you slow down at junctions others will not pull away have had codes checked and shows none HELP urgent need car to getr to work or will lose job?

Submitted: 08/05/2015 16:12:37 | ID: 115756

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ryan ormerod, North Yorkshire

Citroen C3

Hello, I have a Citroen C3 1.4 and when I start it in the morning it struggles to start, eventually it starts but all this white smoke comes out of it and it eventually goes when I get going on the road. When I do like 30 mph in 3rd gear sometimes it struggles and loses power and judders and white smoke comes out of it and if I leave the car for 8 hours or less or more it does it again. I don't want to pay over the odds if people don't know what it is though? Please write back to me on my email, thanks

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Very likely air in the fuel line, if it's diesel! Or it could be a faulty sensor, but I would not take it to Citroen, either buy a lexia on ebay or find someone who has one near you. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 07/05/2015 14:23:25 | ID: 115668

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Catherine Jones , Neath Port Talbot

Citroen C3

Hi hi have a 2009 c3 air dream my tank is full of fuel but gage is not showing full what do I need to do

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Hi Catherine, that will likely be the float in the fuel tank out of sync. I would just keep an eye on the miles and the amount of petrol you put in, would be a very expensive job at Citroen :( Grant from Kent

Submitted: 29/04/2015 14:54:55 | ID: 115371

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Simon, Ireland

Citroen C3

Hi my bonnet on my Citreon 1.4 HDI 2004 will not pop open. The passenger side lever gives no movement and the handle is now broken from so much pulling. I have tried poking at the area above Chevrons on front grill with a long screwdriver. I never took much notice of the locking mechanism while it was working all I have a clear view of through gap is the second bonnet release mechanism but its the first release mechanism that is the problem. Any tips appreciated thanks Simon

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I managed to get my arm up next to the exhaust down pipe and feel around and release mine. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 29/04/2015 12:14:09 | ID: 115365

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george, Romania

Citroen C3

the error "engine fault, repair needed" just pop out on the dashboard. Never had a problem before that. 13700km on board. Can you tell me how serious this can be? I want to mention that the engine doesn't seem to have changed the way it runs, or loss of power! It runs smooth just like it always did. Ty

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Hi George, if the car still runs fine it may have just misfired a little, this causes the sensors to warn you. Probably just needs a fault code clearing in a garage or with a lexia if you know someone who has one! Grant from Kent

Submitted: 25/04/2015 11:04:45 | ID: 115216

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Julian ward, Gloucestershire

Citroen C3

My C3 randomly beeps saying it needs a service or brake lights not working, engine temp high indicator not working and a host of other wonderful things. I've taken it to the garage without success. I've cleaned all the earths I can find, if I had hair I would be pulling it out. HELP

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Have you tried the earths under the passengers side wing, and the earths in the fuse box and next to the battery? Grant from Kent

Submitted: 23/04/2015 17:09:47 | ID: 115119

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andy, South Africa

Citroen C3

Hi. I have a Citroen C3 1.4 hdi 2004 model, the problem is when I drive it it shows a red light on the temperature and when I check my water tank it`s mixed with oil. Please help me find what could be the problem.

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headgasket :( Grant from Kent

Submitted: 21/04/2015 17:56:34 | ID: 115022

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Scott Thorburn , East Lothian

Citroen C3

I have a citreon c3 desire 1.4 The car starts and there is no engine management light on but the car will not rev more than 2000rpm therefore I can't drive anywhere in the car is it stalls and hardly moves. Can anyone help with thus

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I would get the codes read. Just because the management light is not on, does not mean it won't have codes and getting them cleared can put it right because the ECU is thinking there is a fault when maybe there is not. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 19/04/2015 14:31:45 | ID: 114927

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paul mcadam, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

Where can I find the brake light switch?

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Usually on the C3 the brake switch is in the passengers footwell under the glove box!! Grant from Kent

Submitted: 15/04/2015 15:09:30 | ID: 114744

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green, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

how can i get into my citroenc3 will not respond to my key fom

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Does the driver`s door not have a barrel on the outside? Sounds like the battery has gone or the BSI needs resetting. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 04/04/2015 16:14:24 | ID: 114310

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Steve, Surrey

Citroen C3

My C3 won't turn over dash lights up ,But nothing when turning key

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Either battery does not have enough juice to turn it over , or bad earth on engine, or bad or brocken live wire to starter. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 02/04/2015 17:25:07 | ID: 114212

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Tommy Smith, Blackpool

Citroen C3

cost of injectors please

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From Citroen fitted £1300. You can buy them for about £180 each new or £60 second hand, or you can get them repaired for £90 each. Whichever, you have to have them coded to the ECU, so either a Citroen dealership job, or find someone with a lexia!! Grant from Kent

Submitted: 01/04/2015 16:16:45 | ID: 114172

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Bri, Essex

Citroen C3

I have had a middle and end section exhaust fitted recently but now the engine is running fast and and vibrating when drive is selected but runs ok in neutral any ideas?

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I believe the C3 has two Lambda sensors, one at the front and one in the middle, if that has been affected in some way could cause the ECU to muck around with the engine when under load! Grant from Kent

Submitted: 31/03/2015 12:03:00 | ID: 114107

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john, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

My C3 HDi frequently central dashboard displays "Faulty" followed by the words Foglamp, Indicator, Indicator, Reverse Lights, etc. I can live with this as I'm sure the electronic wizardry would probably cost more than the car is worth to replace. However, I can't cope with shrill BEEP that accompanies it. One false Beep is bad enough but sometimes it fires half a dozen at me! Anybody know if at least the BEEP can be disabled? Please!

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Clean all the earths up, that will fix the light problems and stop the bleeps :) Grant from Kent

Submitted: 26/03/2015 23:45:00 | ID: 113927

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Stephen, Dublin

Citroen C3

My handbrake light keeps beeping and stays on. Is it a big problem??

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Are you putting the brake fully down? If so could be a faulty handbrake light switch, the beep is just to let you know there is a problem. C3 will bleep for most faults!! Grant from Kent

Submitted: 20/03/2015 20:59:43 | ID: 113599

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