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hi my picasso c3 vtr 2011 has lost power steeringi reset ecu turning ignition on / of 3times it worked for about a month then same thing happened will not rresetagain now i have lost abs after it activated in wet weather when i was not really in a skid situation i have cleaned all four abs wheel sensors all seem to be ok help please.
Submitted: 24/07/2016 22:43:56 | ID: 133805
Hi my c3 Picassos rear washer motor keeps running even though I haven't switched it on and I have to keep topping the washer bottle up I have been told it is the switch on the stalk can someone please advise
Submitted: 21/07/2016 19:54:23 | ID: 133708
When changing gear in my Citroen C3 Picasso HDI there is a dead spot when i start accelerating from 1000 rpm to 1200 rpm. I have a message on a obd that reads mass air flow high. looking on previous forums there is a mention of EGR valve clogged whith carbon . any ideas. The car has 105.000 miles on thge clock
Submitted: 03/07/2016 20:37:25 | ID: 133223
I'm trying to put diesel in but there's a white thing blocking where the Diesel pump nozel goes and won't allow me to put any in please help what do I do
Submitted: 22/06/2016 23:56:50 | ID: 132901
car cuts out after 20 minutes driving. no warning lights come on. or nothing
Submitted: 15/06/2016 11:23:22 | ID: 132697
hello does anyone know any options for uprating the rear suspension for towing ? we have a folding camper(1000KG) on main a roads etc not too noticeable , but get onto the country roads and becomes rather sea like for my children in the back seats cheers ian
Submitted: 04/06/2016 17:06:59 | ID: 132357
2010 c 3 picasso starts foot on gas stops deadlock it five minutes restart it fine drives lovely but says anti pollution fault any ideas thanks. Steve
Submitted: 04/06/2016 09:31:12 | ID: 132348
I have a Citroen c 3 picasso 2010 it will start and then cuts out I have to get out lock up and wait then restart it it will turn over and then start after a while any ideas. Thanks
Submitted: 03/06/2016 10:39:04 | ID: 132322
The orange engine warning symbol has appeared on the dash display, followed by the readout, "Anti- pollution fault" . Car seems to pull and run normally, no odd noises or the like. Any idea what this means? Many thanks, Gillian
Submitted: 24/05/2016 17:44:38 | ID: 131980
Hello My heater only works for about 30 mins before blowing cold.If I take the cap off the expansion bottle it seems to let the heater work for about 30 mins. Thanks. Mike
Submitted: 01/05/2016 20:43:29 | ID: 131047
The coil light doesn't come on doesn't affect driving but have checked fuses all ok and how do I take the sump off I can undo the bracket all by one bolt and I can't get it out and I have an oil leak can anyone help please
Submitted: 01/05/2016 10:42:08 | ID: 131025
Does a citreo c3 Picasso have a chamber to top up power assisted fluid ?? If so where is it located thanks Lillian milner
No it's a sealed pump Gary Beale from Merseyside
Submitted: 21/04/2016 17:57:58 | ID: 130665
HOW CAN I TAKE THE GLASS OUT OF TAILGATE ON MY CITROEN C3 PICASSO 2012
Submitted: 11/04/2016 17:12:26 | ID: 130242
hOW CAN I TAKE THE GLASS OUT OF THE TAILGATE ON MY CITROEN C3 PICASSO 2012
Submitted: 11/04/2016 17:10:27 | ID: 130241
2012 Citroen C3 Picasso Diesel. How do I use the adjusters to change the headlights for right hand drive? Thankyou.
Roy, is your car left hand drive and you've imported it or is it right hand drive and you want to take it abroad and drive on the right??? If it's the first.. you can't use the adjusters to adjust for UK use... the beams are deflected differently and you'll have to replace the headlamp units. If it's the second.. just get stick-on patches that block out the elevation in the beam.. it complies with legislation abroad and a kit will show how how and where to apply the patches. Kits are cheap enough on 'popular auction site' R Evans from Caerphilly
Thankyou for the reply.Its a right hand drive car which i am taking to France on holiday. I know about the stick-on plastic diverters but I believe this model has adjustable headlamps. any advice on that? Roy Longley from West Yorkshire
Hi Roy.. yes it does have adjustable headlamps but not to help you convert for driving on the right... the way in which headlamp beams are deflected is different for right hand drives as it is for LHD... it is the beam pattern that is the issue... in UK the beam pattern from right to left is flat, then a slight angle adjusting the beam upwards.. in order to better illuminate the left side of the road... driving on the right, it is this raise in beam pattern that causes dazzle to oncoming vehicles and that's is all you need to get rid of.. patches simply block out that part of the beam. The beam deflection takes place inside the lamp and if you look at the shiny bits you'll see different angles for reflection.. you can't adjust that.. what you CAN adjust is the height of the beam ahead of you and this is intended to be able to lower the beam if you have a full load, say, of passengers or are carrying heave kit in the boot.. it won't help you in France. I have a Cit Relay (campervan conversion) and it spends more time on French roads than UK roads.. all I've done is apply two strips of black insulating tape on the outer lens to stop that part of the beam.. to work out where it goes generally just look into the lens from the front. at bulb height.. and the part of the lens that needs to be covered in most cases is between 6 and 9 o'clock from the centre of the bulb.. mine works fine and there's still plenty of light coming out. Cheap fix and legally compliant. R Evans from Caerphilly
Submitted: 07/04/2016 11:19:37 | ID: 130056
The windscreen wipers on my Citroen C3 Picasso catches the bonnet when lifted. This has caused the paint to come off the edge on the bonnet. Is this a common problem on the model of car?
Nicola, many vehicles are now fitted with wipers where the arms will strike the bonnet if you open them.. my wife's 10plate Clio does.. just have to be aware of it and be careful when changing blades. On some vehicles you can open the bonnet fully and lift the arms that way. It's not really a problem.. but a situation that needs awareness. R Evans from Caerphilly
The wipers will park vertically enabling you to lift them away from the screen without scraping the bonnet. Simply switch off the ignition, without removing the key, pull the wiper stalk downwards. To restore to normal position, press the stalk down again the next time you start the car. C3 Picasso owner Pete Skeldon from Cheshire
Submitted: 04/04/2016 21:50:45 | ID: 129945
When changing gear, particularly low gears and more noticeably when the engine is cold, I get a juddering effect when I apply the accelerator. It only happens when first touching the pedal and then acceleration picks up normally. Garage diagnostics show nothing. Suggestions, please.
Submitted: 02/04/2016 14:18:34 | ID: 129848
We have a 59 plate 1.6HDI with 30,000 miles on the clock. 6 months ago the ecu was replaced due to failure of the power steering. It's impossible to drive the car for 100 miles without the engine cutting out and 'anit-polution fault' being displayed (although sometimes it comes up with an 'oil pressure message'. Computer diagnosis reveals basically rubbish - things like 'ABS communication fault', or some other 'communication' fault. And no matter how many times the system is re-set, it makes no difference. What can we do? Should we take it to a specialist auto electrician? Does anyone know of a 100% cure for this fault? Help!
Submitted: 02/04/2016 13:37:27 | ID: 129844
Driving down the motorway and the power steering light came on,very hard to steer phoned local garage and took car in, computer was saying the power steering motor was over heating and the whole system needed replacing new loom also, Price is going to be £600 plus labour plus vat, is there an alternative
Submitted: 31/03/2016 18:47:57 | ID: 129762
After heavy rain the next time I drove the car there was a slushing sound coming from the direction of the dashboard. Having looked on various forums Is there a possibility of drilling drainage holes into this cover to allow the water to drain away rather than it seeping into the electrics. Thank you
Submitted: 27/03/2016 19:42:09 | ID: 129535
Hi, I am having the same issue as so many C3 picasso owners in that I have water ingress along the harness to the fuse box causing corrosion. I have been quoted £1300 for fixing the thing and having read these forums I have noticed that replacing the fuse box can work. I have already managed to locate the damage and my nails are getting wrecked. Can anybody give me the heads up on how to get those little pins out of the marron socket? Help appreciated.
Submitted: 24/03/2016 11:51:26 | ID: 129415
hi can anyone tell me how to remove drivers side upper seat belt mounting bracket the one with the sliding shoulder adjuster.ray from leics.
According to Cit diagrams, the cover slides upwards to reveal a hex nut that you undo to remove the bracket.. To remove the bits underneath you then remove the plastic trim cover to get access to them. R Evans from Caerphilly
Submitted: 23/03/2016 12:36:09 | ID: 129365
Hi, I'm completely new to this forum so please go easy :) Today i have bought a C3 Picasso BlackCherry Edition from a local dealer. One test drive and we fell in love. I haven't owned a Citroen before but i know people that have and the rave about all the compartments for the kids to put stuff into etc. So now that we have 2 small kids we thought it would be the perfect time to invest. So to my point, The model i have bought doesn't seem to have all the compartments, no under seat draws, no trays on the back of chairs and no centre arm rest, this obviously didn't put us off buying. However i wondered if its possible to get these things added to the car as they would be really handy. does anyone know if this is possible? The other thing is the boot flap that lays flat to expand the space in the boot has a broken screw does anyone know what these are called? i have searched ebay but the clips/screws i see don't seem to match. Many thanks in advance for your advice Gav
Submitted: 17/03/2016 20:34:16 | ID: 129142
The lid on top of my dashboard box jus topped up and won't fasten down again it's under warranty but is this covered and expensive to replace
Dave, it should be covered on warranty as it is not likely to be classed as consumable... you lose nothing by asking the dealer. As far as expense.. depends if it's just a small clip or the whole cover, or the cover and box. R Evans from Caerphilly
Submitted: 12/03/2016 15:38:06 | ID: 128901
while driving heard bang like explosion side mirror on passenger side detaached but electrics still in tact able to open andclose but outer casing found on pavemen xtapproximately 8 feet away no othervehicle involved
Submitted: 11/03/2016 08:56:47 | ID: 128841
I have a61 REG but find the couch quite hard to use, give's my knee a lot of problems, is the tension adjustable . Thanks
Submitted: 10/03/2016 19:04:24 | ID: 128824
I regular washer back ok no front tried new pump still same stopped pipes over. Back operates front put pipes back to correct fitment back only but the wiper stalk (front)will operate back washer I'm kthinking its possible the washer arm is faulty anyone had this problem? Jj
Submitted: 07/03/2016 19:07:47 | ID: 128689
Hello Bought this C3 Picasso 1.6 VTI EGS6 2012 and find the near-side fron passenger door does not remote lock. I tried various 'adjusters' in the edge of both front doors without success. I find the only way to lock is manually key-locking the front passenger door (Using the remote to unlock opens all except the door in question) I also need to know how I remove the inner panel of this door so I dont damage it ?concealed fasteners? Can anyone help - particularly in removing inner door panel - at this stage?
Submitted: 02/03/2016 13:49:26 | ID: 128422
I bought a C3 Picasso (2010) private for cash a few months ago. When i filled it up with diesel a few weeks later i noticed diesel was dripping on my drive like tar where it was dissolving the underseal as it ran down the underside of the car . We now only fill the car half way and it has stopped. It only did it the first couple of times we filled it as we didn't spot it at first. It's okay if we only half fill it. It's the Exclusive model 1600 diesel. Where would it be leaking out when full do you think.
I also had a similar problem with my Citron C3 Picasso, it usually happened after I filled up full tank. I tried parking on the road in front of the house and the leaked stopped. I guess my drive had a very gentle slope which may have caused the leak. Try parking on a flat surface after filling your tank and see if it still leaks. Bake from Hampshire
Submitted: 23/02/2016 21:43:39 | ID: 128082
I need layup my car for several months as I will be out of the country can I disconnect the battery to prevent it going flat
Submitted: 21/02/2016 17:50:16 | ID: 127973
I was driving along and my alarm went off to warn me about low petrol but I was on two bars. How many miles do I have left before the petrol runs out?
Submitted: 12/02/2016 20:22:44 | ID: 127495
Just paid £1932 to replace ECU plus wiring loom and washer pump due to water in central wiring cluster. Dealer says damage due to washer pump spraying water onto purple wire. Denies it is design fault. I got car back with no water in washer reservoir.
Elsi.. I'd get another opinion on the work carried out.. there are lots of issues rising from your info. 1. Central wiring cluster on Citroen vehicles refers to the wiring harness inside the vehicle and not in the engine bay. 2. The washer bottle is in the front offside wing and the pump is at the bottom of that.. so how could fluid from washer get inside the cab of vehicle. 3. At the pump, fluid does not go anywhere near wiring that would or could be affected by water.. wiring there is almost always subject to water.. it's outside ! .. and if the pump HAS been squirting water over wiring.. why change a pump that is working.. just change the water hoses. Not sure what the purple wire is... but it sounds like the dealer has taken you for a dunderheed and taken advantage of you. Get a report from AA or RAC. and see what it says... then possibly take it up with dealer. R Evans from Caerphilly
Submitted: 12/02/2016 15:50:54 | ID: 127478
My Picasso c3 10 plate boot opens when I start and switch off engine
ive just bought a 9 month old c3 Picasso and have a similar problem.When I open the car either with the zapper or manually the boot opens. Not just unlocks but opens . Also when I open the door to get out the car the boot opens.so I am forever going round the back of the car to shut the boot. It will be going back under the warranty .will let you know the outcome Sue hester from Somerset
Hi ,same issue .what was the outcome Sue , please ? Seb from Inverclyde
Submitted: 06/02/2016 18:33:31 | ID: 127219
n/s/side light not working no power from fuesbox to light fuse ok
Submitted: 02/02/2016 11:01:06 | ID: 127035
While driving the car it made a funny noise like something came loose at the bottom of the car . After a couple of days the car did not want to move forward like the left front wheel locks and won't move forward, the car reverses only does not go forward wheel won't turn. Please can you help Thank you
Submitted: 27/01/2016 18:50:59 | ID: 126788
C,3 picasso 1.4 petrol turns over but will not"pick" &start.
Submitted: 21/01/2016 23:27:45 | ID: 126513
After five minutes of starting the engine the battery warning light comes on, the message displayed reads , battery charge or electrical supply fault, This resets it self when you switch off then does the same thing again, every time you stop and restart. Battery does not seem to lose charge. The garage checked it out and decided to fit a new altinator, this they did under warranty I bought with the car. I got the car back and was told the light would not go off for the next 500 miles or so until the battery Ewan's fully charged,(???????).Anyway with new altinator the fault is still till (5mins running light and message back on) Any one any ideas as to cause . Thanks George
George, sounds to me like the garage have been stringing you a line... when the alternator is properly charging the battery the light goes out straight away.. it won't take 500miles to go off.. that's BS.. the light has very little to do with the actual state of charge of the battery, but is an indication that the charging process is not working properly, though, if the BATTERY ITSELF was faulty, it may give an indication. Ask them to carry out test on the battery itself for charge retention.. not actual voltage at the terminals.. They could fully charge the battery and get it to show 12.3v.. and they'll say it's OK.. but if they carry out a charge retention, using a specific tool, they apply a high load to the battery for about 20secs and watch the needle for movement.. the needle will drop a little straight away, but then hold at above 12v.. if the drop takes it below 12v, or the needle steadily decreases to below 12v then the battery needs replacement... but be prepared.. they won't cover that under warranty. There could actually be a fault with the circuitry to, but that could be something simple like dirty or loose contacts at the alternator or at the battery. I had a garage refit an alternator and then decide it was faulty because of battery voltage when running and they wanted £400 to replace (I told them where to go) but investigated it myself and found that the terminals on the wiring AND the alternator were lightly coated in corrosion.. wire wooled them and reconnected = fine and it still is. R Evans from Caerphilly
Hi, a couple of weeks ago I ask about battery light coming on after 2/3mins" well after Evans Halshaw (Ford) could not find fault after changing two alternators they sent it to the local Citroen dealership for diagnosis,the found the multipin plug(male) to the EMU corroded. Should be all ok when plug is changed. Thanks George from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 20/01/2016 21:48:12 | ID: 126457
DO CITROEN PICASSO VTR PLUS HAVE HEATED DOOR MIRRORS
Submitted: 19/01/2016 09:29:59 | ID: 126369
DO CITROEN C3 VTR PLUS HAVE HEATED DOOR MIRRORS
Submitted: 19/01/2016 09:25:26 | ID: 126368
Outside temp ( black button type thing ) I've already purchased this , but my question is how do you remove the drivers side wing mirror glass ?? To gain access to replacing the temp sensor ???
Most door mirror glass units 'pop' into place and removing them can cause the glass to shatter.. tilt the glass in different directions and one of them you should be able to see how it fixes. on some you can get a screwdriver or similar behind one of the fixing lugs and disengage it, then the others start to click out.. but be careful.. the glass really can be easy to shatter R Evans from Caerphilly
Submitted: 15/01/2016 18:59:54 | ID: 126198
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