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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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elizabeth davies, Merthyr Tydfil

Citroen C3

Car runs lovely, but for the last 2 days when I stop and put the car in park I get warning beeps every few seconds. Once I drive it stops and no warning lights on at all. Help please

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Sounds like a fault in the auto gearbox, may just be the switch if not doing anything else. Get it checked on a code reader, if you don't go to Citroen it's not usually more than £30 for a read a code clearing. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 08/03/2015 20:06:29 | ID: 112991

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Roger, Kent

Citroen C3

My C3 cool keeps indicating a fault on fog lights whenever you use the brakes. As it only has a high vis light at the rear no-one seems to know the answer. Can you help?

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Mine does the same I'm thinking it's a bad earth in side the boot Darren from Longford

Yes the problem was a bad earth on the off side rear cluster plug , the earth wire was burning out ,try wiggling your plugs on your rear lights , good luck. . Darren from Longford

C3 suffers with many bad earth faults, because of the way Citroen do them. Seems the designers were not big in the brain department :( Grant from Kent

Submitted: 06/03/2015 15:39:47 | ID: 112863

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nazima begum, Greater London

Citroen C3

Hi, i have just recently bought my car, since iv bought it iv been having problems firstly it beeps every time i pull off, secondly when im trying to park my car doing full lock my steering goes stiff impossible to move can some one help and tell me why that happens plz

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The beeping is to say there is a fault of some sort, obviously without seeing the car hard to define the fault, the steering will be the bearing on top of the front strut, they seize up and break the springs, a common fault on the C3. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 03/03/2015 14:12:04 | ID: 112664

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george vincent, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

where would i find the fuel cut off switch please

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If it is a diesel check the stop solenoid on the pump, the wire that goes to it can give a bad connection (ie corrosion or connection fault). I don't think they have an actual fuel cut off switch, although I work on them, have never come across one. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 03/03/2015 11:52:39 | ID: 112657

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harry, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3

Hi, I have a C3 1.4 hdi desire with 82,000 miles. The problem is that the gear stick will not come out of the first gear position and there isn't any drive. I have undone the cables and there doesn't seem to be any movement on the selector on the top of the gearbox! Any advice would be appreciated! Thankyou, Harry.

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Mine was stuck in reverse gear, the mechanic switched on the ignition and hardly pushed the gear forward and repaired the leaking fluid on the cylinder. Dominic from Dominican Republic

Submitted: 01/03/2015 10:23:45 | ID: 112522

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lloyd, West Sussex

Citroen C3

The driver`s door has 'just' started to make a cracking sound when opening [but not closing]. Any ideas?

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Check your door hinges, the screws might be loose or try some Q20 for dry hinges. Dominic from Dominican Republic

Check your door hinges, the screws might be loose or try some Q20 for dry hinges. Dominic from Dominican Republic

Submitted: 27/02/2015 15:37:37 | ID: 112437

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Lincoln, North Yorkshire

Citroen C3

I acquired this car with mileage of 8000. It soon developed a clear rumble when accelerating from low speed. This always occurs at 1500 revs....not below that or above. My dealer has checked it several times in the last 12 months without finding a cause. Heat shields removed, engine mounts changed, gearbox bearings and casing changed, suspension stripped, exhaust mounts checked. Clutch stripped. Mileage now 18,000. No change. Anyone had the same? Any ideas as to possible cause?

Submitted: 26/02/2015 09:29:31 | ID: 112367

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David humphries, Cornwall

Citroen C3

Hi I've had problem with my temperature gauge now my fuel gauge is not working is this a common fault on c3 or do u have any ideas What the fault could be ? I've tried another fuel sender but no difference

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Usually bad earthing on these, to the dash, and earths are often seperate good luck finding it :( Grant from Kent

Submitted: 25/02/2015 15:22:31 | ID: 112313

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Steff, Northumberland

Citroen C3

My car has failed it's mot on its rear fog lights. I have changed the bulb and still not working also failed because the dash light will not come on to say the fog lights are on. Any idea what causes this??

Submitted: 25/02/2015 14:50:27 | ID: 112308

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huma, West Midlands

Citroen C3

Hello, I have a Citroen C3 and I am from Birmingham. Due to a job opportunity in Cambridgeshire, I wanted to know if my small car would survive that near enough 2 hour journey around 2 days a week? I've been told my car isn't the best for motorway driving. Anyone have any advice or experience with this?

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Mine drives around 1200 miles a week on motorways, it's fine. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 23/02/2015 22:07:19 | ID: 112218

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Ian Wilson, Yorkshire

Citroen C3

When warm the car tries to stall when approuching junctions / roundabouts. Drives fine until warmed up. I get BEEP...BEEP...BEEP.. every time I slow down. It`s as if the car is about to stall but doesn`t, just beeps 3 times. Very frustrating as you can imagine stuck in traffic it`s like it`s constant. Can the audible beeps be disconected in any way? HELP at my wit`s end .!!!

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I would be inclined to sort out the fault rather than turn the audible warning off, it beeps because it is about to go into limp mode, then sorts itself out, common on these, usually a sensor dying :( Grant from Kent

Submitted: 22/02/2015 22:31:02 | ID: 112144

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swift, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

Why has the temp gauge all of a sudden stayed at two bars , when engine when warm always showed 4 bars

Submitted: 20/02/2015 22:16:03 | ID: 112015

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swift, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

Why has my car stopped showing temperature over 2 bars

Submitted: 20/02/2015 22:01:00 | ID: 112014

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Steve, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3

Hi, just got my wife this car with only 40k on clock but rear screen heater is not working and wing mirrors won't adjust. Checked fuses, all ok, all other electrics are fine. Any ideas?

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C3 are prone to faulty earths, and check switches on mirrors. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 20/02/2015 14:09:14 | ID: 111953

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Lilian Hollidge, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3

What are the signs that my clutch needs replacing?

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Clutch pedal is very high when it starts to bite. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 18/02/2015 21:55:24 | ID: 111847

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Julie Wooding, Herefordshire

Citroen C3

dipped beam fault displayed on dash and drivers side dipped beam not working, have changed the bulb but it still does not work. Have tested the old and the new bulb and both work so any ideas what the fault maybe

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Have you got water in the lamps? These are prone to this, many people do not put the covers back properly on the back of the lights, the light then fills with water and causes all sorts of lighting problems. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 18/02/2015 13:50:07 | ID: 111792

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