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Katherine Stewart, Oxfordshire

Citroen C3

Hi, I started the car this morning and noticed that the petrol pedal was slightly further down than the others, not sure if it was like that before? I tried to pull it up a little thinking that would help but all it did was make a warning light on my dashboard light up ( the one that looks like an engine). I think that not enough fuel is reaching the engine when I first set off in the car, once I'm going the car is perfect. It is just the initial star that I really have to put my foot down in order for me not to get going. I am planning on taking it into a garage tomorrow I just wanted to know if I'm alright using it till then and do I have to specifically go to a Citroen garage. Will any good one do? Also, is the problem there because I did something to it (as I used it last night and it was fine when I parked etc). Please can anyone help :) Many thanks

Submitted: 23/11/2014 10:42:12 | ID: 106691

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Amy darlow, Wiltshire

Citroen C3

Hello, my car keeps cutting out. The engine will just cut out if I'm in heavy traffic and doesn't happen frequently. It turns on again but sometimes this will keep repeating and I have to abandon the car until the morning and it's fine again. I would love some answers as I keep chucking money at it. I have already changed the crank shaft sensor and it didn't help. The car has done 60,000 miles

Submitted: 22/11/2014 10:52:00 | ID: 106653

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hamed, Devon

Citroen C3

I buy a car recently , but from the Second hand markets , when i start the car , AC System starts Automatically. Could you please advice what us the root cause of this issue. (Ist Programming issue or Bad Wiring)

Submitted: 21/11/2014 08:23:07 | ID: 106587

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Suzie, Plymouth

Citroen C3

Hi, My citroen c3 has suddenly started beeping at random intervals. Started yesterday afternoon. I know they're warning beeps but I don't know what for. They seem to occur at random, sometimes I can go a whole journey with none but sometimes all I have to do is turn the engine on and it beeps up to 12 times continuously. It does it completely randomly, sometimes when braking, sometimes when just driving along and sometimes when I'm not even moving. It is not the handbrake, doors, seatbelt, clutch, there are no warning lights on, all my lights work, the brakes work, oil, power steering fluid and coolant are all fine, it drives fine too. It's driving me insane! Have to drive 250 miles tomorrow for a funeral so I really need to know what it is asap. Any advice/ideas welcome! Suzie

Submitted: 17/11/2014 10:14:03 | ID: 106334

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Juan, South Africa

Citroen C3

Hi everyone, my girlfriend has a Citroen C3 and recently the car started shaking while you are driving and when you turn left. It`s like the car is losing power and regains power, everything stays on, nothing goes dead but it`s doing it a lot now. It`s not wheel alignment or anything that I can see. I tried to look for a wire that`s loose but can`t find anything. Problem no 2 is when she is in traffic the car starts overheating. Now I have changed the heat sensor but it still does that. We took the car for a service but the guys at Citroen want to charge us an arm and a leg to look for the problem.

Submitted: 09/11/2014 17:02:22 | ID: 105943

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elizabeth Murphy, Surrey

Citroen C3

I seem to have a problem with my immobiliser / computer / key - I have already paid over £100 to Citroen dealership to diagnose the problem but they have not yet come up with a definite answer. They want to "try" a new key next. It just seems to be spiralling costs while they trial-and-error to find a solution ... I thought they were the experts?! Is there anywhere else I can take my car as I don't trust them! The car now rarely starts first time and the message reads "anti theft faulty". The central locking hasn't worked for some time - I thought it was the battery in the key but now I think all the problems might be related. They have tried reprogramming the keys but said the computer could not read the keys. I don't understand all this stuff and feel like I am being ripped off by the very people who should know the car best? Thanks in advance for any help!

Submitted: 03/11/2014 23:03:17 | ID: 105638

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hendrik, Brazil

Citroen C3

I have a 2005 c3 the fuel gauge stop working ,the airbag light came on and it jerks when you accelerate. I took it to different mechanics and they seem to be baffled. Does any body have the same problem and know how to fix it.

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Had the same problem in my C3 with jerking on acceleration, had a good service, changed the fuel filter and fuel pressure sensor. Apparently it's a common problem Steve from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 31/10/2014 16:05:30 | ID: 105412

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francis, Bedfordshire

Citroen C3

I`m adding water all of the time which costs me a lot?

Submitted: 27/10/2014 09:15:31 | ID: 105171

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catherine malcolm, Spain

Citroen C3

Purchased the Citroen C3 semi automatic second hand about 6 months ago. Did not have it very long before it started to come up with faults on the dashboard, ie faulty brakes, faulty air bag, faulty ABS, faulty light sensor. It then goes into a mode where it revs and jerks while driving, sometimes stops altogether and won't start again. Have had it at a few different mechanics who complete a diagnostic check and supposedly clear the faults, but the problem still persists and seems to be getting worse. At a loss now as to what to do as a mechanic does not seem to know how to fix it. Any ideas please?

Submitted: 26/10/2014 12:57:08 | ID: 105142

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Pat, Angus

Citroen C3

C3 - display on dashboard goes through a series of faults saying that lights are faulty and beepng. garage checked it out and couldnt find anything wrong. What could it be?

Submitted: 21/10/2014 16:07:20 | ID: 104943

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Andrew, East Sussex

Citroen C3

I have a problem with my Citroen C3 1.4 5 door 2007 - it starts then the dash start bleeping –saying there is an ABS fault/pollution and the rev counter and speedo doesn’t work. Please can you advise which electrical part needs to be changed

Submitted: 16/10/2014 10:30:16 | ID: 104686

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georgina, West Yorkshire

Citroen C3

HI I HAVE CITROEN C3 06 PLATE DESIEL CAR AND THE SEAT BELT LIGHT, ENGINE LIGHT AND OIL LIGHT HAS COME ON THE CAR IS DRIVING FINE CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT THE PROBLEM COULD BE PLEASE ??

Submitted: 15/10/2014 19:31:00 | ID: 104659

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Laura, Hull

Citroen C3

My car is an hand control automatic car and a spanner as come up saying 50, I know that its going into service very soon but I was wondering how far I can get with it to a place thats 5miles away. will it break down or go -300 that I saw in my book, I am dyslexic but I know abit bout cars but I am scared its going 2 break down as I havent got the money to serv, road tax it this month without the help of my family. Please contact me now to keep my mind of clear. Thanks

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Tour car won't stop when the service miles are up. It will still drive as normal but will have the spanner symbol on the dash to remind you that a service is required. You can reset this light yourself at any time then it will go back to default mileage till next service. To reset the light..... Put the ignition key in but don't turn it. Press and hold the trip reset button(the one on the right side of the speedo clocks). While holding it in turn on ignition till dash lights come on. DONT START THE ENGINE. when you turn the key on you will see a timer count down from ten to 0 on the dash. When the count down as finished,turn the ignition off. Let the button go. The service light is now reset. So the next time you start the engine the service mileage will be at default. (12,000 miles I think). Hope this helps. Mark from South Yorkshire

Tour car won't stop when the service miles are up. It will still drive as normal but will have the spanner symbol on the dash to remind you that a service is required. You can reset this light yourself at any time then it will go back to default mileage till next service. To reset the light..... Put the ignition key in but don't turn it. Press and hold the trip reset button(the one on the right side of the speedo clocks). While holding it in turn on ignition till dash lights come on. DONT START THE ENGINE. when you turn the key on you will see a timer count down from ten to 0 on the dash. When the count down as finished,turn the ignition off. Let the button go. The service light is now reset. So the next time you start the engine the service mileage will be at default. (12,000 miles I think). Hope this helps. Mark from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 13/10/2014 09:33:12 | ID: 104537

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Jo Davies, Surrey

Citroen C3

I have a Citroen Desire, unleaded and it's suddenly started to shudder constantly and feels like it has no power in first and second gear. Once on the motorway it's fine but I can still feel the shuddering. Any ideas? I don't want to go to the garage with no idea!

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Hi had same problem, it was the fat hose at top front under bonnet, it was split & car ran fine after replacement memphis cat from Lancashire

Hi had same problem, it was the fat hose at top front under bonnet, it was split & car ran fine after replacement memphis cat from Lancashire

Submitted: 09/10/2014 09:23:11 | ID: 104313

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Stephen mills , Neath Port Talbot

Citroen C3

Could P0420 catalyst below threshold bank 1 code error be ecu water temp sensor? Both lambda sensors and cat ok, as well as coil pack and injectors. Car runs fine, but engine light soon comes back on after code erased.

Submitted: 09/10/2014 00:50:11 | ID: 104309

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midohadji, Egypt

Citroen C3

Where is oil pressure sensor for Citroen C3?

Submitted: 08/10/2014 00:55:22 | ID: 104247

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Geraldine, East Sussex

Citroen C3

My car has been making a grinding noise when i press down on the brakes what could be the problem!

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Brakes need replacing Steve from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 03/10/2014 19:10:10 | ID: 104019

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ray, West Sussex

Citroen C3

After starting a clicking sound can be heard from the dash board area this stops after a few seconds and the car is ok to drive.

Submitted: 03/10/2014 14:51:36 | ID: 104004

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Jessica Johns, Cardiff

Citroen C3

I have a 12 plate diesel C3, had it for 2 years and for the past couple of months this sound has appeared from the rear nearside wheel. It sort of appears louder when I pick up speed as if it's spinning in the air. I think it's something to do with the brakes. Anybody else had this problem? I'm also picking up on a sound now when I brake, the sound appears as I'm pressing on it. Very odd, any ideas would be helpful! Thank you.

Submitted: 24/09/2014 21:07:05 | ID: 103587

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Julie Aylott, Hertfordshire

Citroen C3

I'm having intermittent starting problems. The key turns however the brake pedal is stiff and it won't start. I bought a new battery it didn't help. I bought a new brake light switch as advised by the AA man, still the same. It sometimes does it twice a week, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day and seems to be getting worse. It sometimes starts after 2nd or 3rd try other times I've had to wait 25 mins. Fine if you're home however not when you're at tesco's or getting petrol. Can anyone suggest anything before I go to the garage. Don't want to be ripped off with them trying this and that. It's a 2004 automatic sensordrive. Thankyou in advance.

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Hi, I have the exact same problem with my Citroen C3 which is also 2004 senso drive. It's so annoying. I've taken it to mechanics four times now, (two different ones) but they can't find anything wrong with it. Said they can try a few things but like you I don't want to spend loads of money until I know exactly what is wrong! It's got to the point now where I leave the car running if popping into a shop, always make sure I have someone with me! Petrol station is a right palava, I hate it as I panic it's not going to start so I take two keys with me, one to keep the engine running while I am using the other to open up the petrol cap! I will be so happy if someone can reply with some help on sorting this? Laura Wilson from Essex

Hi Laura, it would be great to talk to someone who is having the same problems. I think Citroen should sort for free as it's a Citroen fault by the sounds of it. Julie Aylott from Hertfordshire

Hi I think the problem on my car has been solved!! I had to call AA out last week as it wouldn't start after an hour and half. The AA man said 100% that it's the starter motor. To get it starting he had to whack the starter motor few times with a hammer!! And then told me to drive it straight to my garage. I've now had a new starter motor put in and just got it back over weekend. Took for a drive did few stops and starts and was fine!! So my fingers are crossed ! So far it's okay so I thought id let you know. My mechanic could tell straight away it was the starter motor when it wouldn't start for him. He said it's the clicking noise that's the clue ? Also apparently it's common for the starter motor to be a problem intermittently and then to get bad like mine that it doesn't want to strt at all! Problem I had before was that it always started for the mechanics so they couldn't be 100% sure!! And I wasn't the most helpful in telling them! If I had told them it was a clicking noise when trying to start that would have helped! Hope this helps for you. Laura Wilson from Essex

Hi, I have also been having many problems with my Citroen C3 2004 Semi Automatic. I have had the car for 2 years, when I first bought it it broke down within 3 weeks. The peddle was stiff and appeared to be in shut down mode, fortunately I was under warentee and manage to get the dealership to pay for the problem which was a reconditioned gear box and other random bits and bobs. The care ran fine after that until recently. I was driving to work one day and the car would not go into gear, it the started to shudder (which has been a problem since I purchased the car); it then completely shut down and was not drivable. I was left with no choice but to call AA who then took the car to a mechanics. The mechanic I took the car to seemed confident he could fix the problem, I was not convinced however, left the car in he's hands. Four weeks later, and yes I did say four weeks later I went to establish what was going on!! The Mechanic said it was the sensor and that I would need to take it to a Citroen Dealership, he also pointed out that my best bet was to sell the car as paying for the repair would probably set me back a few £££. The car seemed to turn on and drive for a short while on and off, the mechanic said it was due to the engine over heating which was the cause of my problem. My partner decided to take a risk and took the car to a local shop, he said it shuddered slightly however, got him there and back. I then took the car out this morning and just about managed to get to the end of my road, the car continue to go in and out of gear and then just shut down. I left it for a while turning the key however, it never started it. If anyone is dealing with this same problem I would love to hear your story. I plan to see the car and upgrade, may I point out that I will never purchase a French car again. Fords and Vauxhalls seem to be easier to manage. Hannah from Greater London

Hi, I have also been having many problems with my Citroen C3 2004 Semi Automatic. I have had the car for 2 years, when I first bought it it broke down within 3 weeks. The peddle was stiff and appeared to be in shut down mode, fortunately I was under warentee and manage to get the dealership to pay for the problem which was a reconditioned gear box and other random bits and bobs. The care ran fine after that until recently. I was driving to work one day and the car would not go into gear, it the started to shudder (which has been a problem since I purchased the car); it then completely shut down and was not drivable. I was left with no choice but to call AA who then took the car to a mechanics. The mechanic I took the car to seemed confident he could fix the problem, I was not convinced however, left the car in he's hands. Four weeks later, and yes I did say four weeks later I went to establish what was going on!! The Mechanic said it was the sensor and that I would need to take it to a Citroen Dealership, he also pointed out that my best bet was to sell the car as paying for the repair would probably set me back a few £££. The car seemed to turn on and drive for a short while on and off, the mechanic said it was due to the engine over heating which was the cause of my problem. My partner decided to take a risk and took the car to a local shop, he said it shuddered slightly however, got him there and back. I then took the car out this morning and just about managed to get to the end of my road, the car continue to go in and out of gear and then just shut down. I left it for a while turning the key however, it never started it. If anyone is dealing with this same problem I would love to hear your story. I plan to see the car and upgrade, may I point out that I will never purchase a French car again. Fords and Vauxhalls seem to be easier to manage. Hannah from Greater London

Submitted: 24/09/2014 08:28:21 | ID: 103555

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Julie Aylott, Hertfordshire

Citroen C3

I'm having intermittent starting problems. The key turns however the brake pedal is stiff and it won't start. I bought a new battery it didn't help. I bought a new brake light switch as advised by the AA man, still the same. It sometimes does it twice a week, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day and seems to be getting worse. It sometimes starts after 2nd or 3rd try other times I've had to wait 25 mins. Fine if you're home however not when you're at tesco's or getting petrol. Can anyone suggest anything before I go to the garage. Don't want to be ripped off with them trying this and that. It's a 2004 automatic sensordrive. Thankyou in advance.

Submitted: 24/09/2014 08:28:20 | ID: 103554

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sangita, Leicestershire

Citroen C3

Where is the fuse box?

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Check in glove box on passenger side also fuse box under bonnet John from City of Nottingham

Check in glove box on passenger side also fuse box under bonnet John from City of Nottingham

Submitted: 20/09/2014 14:14:21 | ID: 103366

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sangita, Leicestershire

Citroen C3

Where is the window winder fuse?

Submitted: 20/09/2014 14:10:51 | ID: 103365

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sue, Kent

Citroen C3

My oil warning light has come on twice but oil level seems okay and when car starts it says oil level is fine.

Submitted: 17/09/2014 14:06:41 | ID: 103210

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Glyn, Vale of Glamorgan

Citroen C3

My C3 diesel front and rear fog lights have stopped working but the lamps and fuses are ok. Is there a relay which controls these lights and if so, where would I find it?

Submitted: 10/09/2014 15:42:55 | ID: 102934

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suze, Oxfordshire

Citroen C3

Hi, I have just bought a C3 and was concerned about the biting point. Some say it is very high and others think the clutch is gone. I have to rev the car to 2000 rpm before moving. I have been driving my friend`s Rover before this and the clutch is fine.

Submitted: 10/09/2014 12:30:40 | ID: 102925

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James Masterson , West Midlands

Citroen C3

Hi I've changed the coil pack on my car which has corrected the problem now the electric speedo isnt working and when the car slows down it stops and has to be started up again please help

Submitted: 09/09/2014 17:21:27 | ID: 102864

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alan roberts, Berkshire

Citroen C3

How do I change the steering on a 57 reg Citroen C3?

Submitted: 05/09/2014 22:02:13 | ID: 102676

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Louise, City of Derby

Citroen C3

The warning lights keep coming on on my dashboard which tells me in various orders that all my lights are faulty, but they all work. It goes through side lamps, reverse lights, indicators etc, this happens whilst driving, especially when going round corners but happens extremely frequently.

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I had this problem, I took it to a garage and they told me that one if my wires had burnt out and that it would cost me around £500 altogether to get it fixed! I left it ad I was about to go on holiday and couldn't afford it. I came back and noticed my indicated light was a bit dim! I changed that and it hasn't happened since (6 months ago) make sure u check all of ur lights to double check!! tracey hayward from Worcestershire

I had this problem, I took it to a garage and they told me that one if my wires had burnt out and that it would cost me around £500 altogether to get it fixed! I left it ad I was about to go on holiday and couldn't afford it. I came back and noticed my indicated light was a bit dim! I changed that and it hasn't happened since (6 months ago) make sure u check all of ur lights to double check!! tracey hayward from Worcestershire

Similar to previous answer - I have had this problem just prior to a bulb actually going. Once the bulb was replaced, the problem stopped. elizabeth Murphy from Surrey

Submitted: 05/09/2014 16:01:20 | ID: 102651

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Paul Israel, Bristol

Citroen C3

Looking under the bonnet on the driver`s side under the scuttle the rain water is collecting there and not running out under the car. Water is almost up to the wiper motor. How do I clear the rain vent tubes etc? They must be full of leaves etc. I can see the pollen filter, maybe I have to remove that but my hands won`t fit in to do anything. This must be a common fault. Has anyone ideas how to clear out the water drain holes? 2011 plate Citroen C3 VTR+ (the model with the large windscreen). Thanks

Submitted: 01/09/2014 15:55:51 | ID: 102464

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Sandra, Australia

Citroen C3

Gear box problem on my citreon c3 pluriel 2005 been playing up I drive it then the beeping sound comes on and on the dash a snow flake picture appears with the word auto under it and when this happens my car stops as I try to xelerate the car won't move just reaves out so I turn the car off wait a couple of minutes and starts back up and I can drive for a day or so then it happens again on some occasions it won't start at all untill the next day it's like my car has a mind of its own please help what could the problem be

Submitted: 31/08/2014 07:13:52 | ID: 102412

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Eddie, North East Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Some of the LCD has gone from the centre console display. What could it be.

Submitted: 27/08/2014 17:01:09 | ID: 102237

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Eddie, North East Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Some of the crystals have gone from the display in centre console. What could it be?

Submitted: 27/08/2014 16:58:54 | ID: 102236

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tina, Stirling

Citroen C3

I have a 12yr old citreon C3 why do you need both keys when the car gets serviced?

Submitted: 26/08/2014 09:10:24 | ID: 102142

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Scott Jennings, Nottinghamshire

Citroen C3

Hello guys and girls. I have a Citroen c3 LX 54 plate, I've just had a new ECU fitted to get my air con working properly, But now when I turn the engine on, the engine management light stays on and I get 3 beeps, plus my power steering felt very heavy on the way to work half way there! But when I restarted the car after I finished work, the steering was normal the light was still on and the 3 beeps, but half way home the steering went heavy again! Any suggestions please people! Thanks Scott,

Submitted: 14/08/2014 18:11:33 | ID: 101492

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maynard, Cornwall

Citroen C3

I would like to know the correct tire pressures front and rear in p. s. i

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I would like to know the tyre pressures for 5 door C3 selection 2014 in psi maynard from Cornwall

It's around 32 rear and 30 front. I`ve got all mine on 30 for now and it`s fine. jane from Warwickshire

It's around 32 rear and 30 front. I`ve got all mine on 30 for now and it`s fine. jane from Warwickshire

Submitted: 12/08/2014 13:41:19 | ID: 101374

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kim, Blackpool

Citroen C3

when anti-pollution light is on.my citreon 3 petrol engine cuts out and car stops please help

Submitted: 10/08/2014 17:27:17 | ID: 101279

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Lindo Mathonsi, South Africa

Citroen C3

what do happened if the clutch is loose and the car doesn't move because i can't put gears

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Try putting it in neutral, releasing the clutch and then try again. The gears on mine are a bit temperamental when starting off, reverse especially (but that's common in manual cars anyway). If it's happening when driving you might have to bring the clutch out slightly and then ease it back in and try the gear again. If it's happening a lot though get it to the garage. I think sometimes, especially in reverse, the teeth aren't quite engaging or something (I am not an expert, this is my first car and I`ve had it two months), so jiggling it like this gives it a chance to get back in sync. jane from Warwickshire

Submitted: 07/08/2014 11:17:06 | ID: 101063

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Lyndsey, West Lothian

Citroen C3

Does all c3 cars have a clicking noice when coming of the clutch we were told they do

Submitted: 31/07/2014 18:11:22 | ID: 100666

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Kim, Essex

Citroen C3

I bought a citroen c3 2005 a week ago n recently When I switch on the engine it makes a very weird sound and takes several attempts for it to switch on. The car is in good condition only one previous owner and low mileage it was also recently serviced

Submitted: 30/07/2014 10:23:45 | ID: 100584

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