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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

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!

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!

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

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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Michael, South Africa

Citroen C3

Re: CITROEN C3 FURIO 2008 (1.6) The service light stays on, and the display screen keeps indicating that the fog lights are not working (yet they are). HOW DO I RESET?

Submitted: 29/07/2014 17:14:38 | ID: 100558

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keeran, Derbyshire

Citroen C3

Hi, my Citroen C3 2002 model has problems with the battery. I`ve changed the battery twice. I`m not sure what is draining the battery power. No loose wire connections. No radio connected. Also the central locking is not working. I`ve tried the bsi reset and also the fob reset, changed battery on the fob also. What else can I do?

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Hi. You may have a shorted fuse this would explain any power surges and therefore drained batteries. Just a suggestion. thomas wilson from Greater Manchester

there was a factory recall for this problem, have a look at recalls you will need your vin number to find if that is the one of them x tina from Herefordshire

Submitted: 28/07/2014 13:25:00 | ID: 100493

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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.

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This happened on mine bought second hand. This would suggest to me after research that your car is due for a service. Oil levels brake fluid levels etc need checking. However if a service was recently done this number and the spanner need to be reset. thomas wilson from Greater Manchester

This happened on mine bought second hand. This would suggest to me after research that your car is due for a service. Oil levels brake fluid levels etc need checking. However if a service was recently done this number and the spanner need to be reset. thomas wilson from Greater Manchester

This happened on mine bought second hand. This would suggest to me after research that your car is due for a service. Oil levels brake fluid levels etc need checking. However if a service was recently done this number and the spanner need to be reset. thomas wilson from Greater Manchester

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 ?

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Mine sometimes takes a while to register and £15 is enough to do about 120 miles minimum (if my mpg is to be believed, and that's poor). Usually it pops up next time I start my car, maybe yours is a bit slower jane from Warwickshire

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?

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had the same problem until last week, it is a noise that sometimes occurs when the refrigerant gas is low.mine was refilled under guarantee and the noise is gone, after top up monitor for any leak that might have caused the loss of gas Tim Laker from Hampshire

had the same problem until last week, it is a noise that sometimes occurs when the refrigerant gas is low.mine was refilled under guarantee and the noise is gone, after top up monitor for any leak that might have caused the loss of gas Tim Laker from Hampshire

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

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