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tony, Greater London

Citroen C3 Picasso

the suspension on my c3 picasso is hard and road holding is non existence what suspension mods can i do to make it softer and hold the road

Submitted: 27/11/2016 19:26:43 | ID: 137004

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Michel, Netherlands

Citroen C3 Picasso

Hi, my 2010 C3 Picasso gives an can-bus error in the airbag system: "00a - can network, not recognized, permanent". Mechanic says he replaced faulty airbag unit with another one and everything is fine. But this doesn't feel right...

Submitted: 27/11/2016 09:00:08 | ID: 136991

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Harry salmon, Derbyshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

When driving all my electrics disappear and car engine stops for a few seconds I think I caught a error report just before it happened saying "engine braking fault " Any ideas what this is and what causes it .

Submitted: 21/11/2016 19:38:05 | ID: 136849

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James, Hull

Citroen C3 Picasso

all the doors of my car C3 picasso locked when driver side door is closing without touching lock button. but central locking system working normal while engine runs. what is the cause.

Submitted: 08/11/2016 20:04:18 | ID: 136569

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Robert Breen, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3 Picasso

I am trying to pair my phone but I believe it only works on a BT radio. Please tell me how to check if the radio is BT. Thank you.

Submitted: 27/10/2016 16:54:06 | ID: 136290

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william davies, West Midlands

Citroen C3 Picasso

why is the directions on my in car sat nav map back to front i.e. north is south and east is west ?

Submitted: 22/10/2016 14:08:14 | ID: 136142

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Will Henderson, Cheshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

How do you replace the passenger side wing mirror on a Citroen C3 Picasso 2009.

Submitted: 16/10/2016 13:22:21 | ID: 135994

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Rankin weir, Surrey

Citroen C3 Picasso

I have just purchased this vehicle and notice that there is a credit card type slot next to the hazard warning lights no mention in handbook for what it is.please advise

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It's a ticket holder on page 79 under "fittings" Andrew Dickens from Peterborough

Submitted: 28/09/2016 16:29:20 | ID: 135548

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Les, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3 Picasso

Have a c3 picasso 1.6 diesel Blackcherry model, 55.000 miles on the clock ,has developed a rattle coming from front end when I go over holes ,ridges , in the road , only comes from left hand side ( passenger) and is.really starting to get on my nerves. Had done a visual check and all looks ok ,car runs well and smooth apart from this , now getting on my nerves so much thinking of changing car ,which is a shame as love the car , help

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Most likely to be a worn ball joint in one or both anti roll bar drop links. Drop links are around £14 each from a good motor factor, or expect to pay around £40 per side to have them done at a good independent garage. Simon Ripton from Cardiff

Submitted: 26/09/2016 16:21:39 | ID: 135486

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Dave Welch, South Yorkshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

I have. a Citroen. C3. Piasso exclusiveHDI. 2012plate I. got it last November. about a. month. ago. ii started. to get a. noise from the. dash. it. sounds. like. a. alarm clock. going off. it. is not. there all. the time. When. I. start. the. engine it. start I. can. switch. the. engine. off take. out. the keys. and. the. noise. will. keep. going I. can. even. lock. doors. and. still. it. goes. on. It. goes from. 5minites. to. 35. minutes. It. just. comes. and. goes there. is. no. lights. on. the. dash. to. say something. is. wrong. I. have. taken. it. to. Citroen. dealer. 3. times. they. have. listened. to. the Noise and said. they. do not. now. what. it is. The. car runs ok

Submitted: 20/09/2016 12:49:27 | ID: 135314

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ashraf adwan, Bristol

Citroen C3 Picasso

gearbox fault repair needed whats mean

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May be ecu fault Les from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 15/09/2016 07:52:08 | ID: 135182

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Mick Baldock, Nottinghamshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

Have just bought a new headlight for my c3 picasso are there any do's or dont's before fitting

Submitted: 06/09/2016 11:32:07 | ID: 134961

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Samantha Chappell, Cornwall

Citroen C3 Picasso

For some time, we have had a warning come up every now and again saying 'Braking System Faulty' with the stop and brake light symbol. We took it to the Citreon dealership who said it could be a fault with the ECU Unit. I am reluctant to pay out £650 to get it repaired if that is not the reason. Is there anything else we can try first to see if that fixes the problem?

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This may sound really silly but did the problem occur after going around a corner? I had a similar thing and it was due to a tyre that had a slow puncture. Got a new tyre and all fine after that. Jason from Essex

Submitted: 06/09/2016 10:31:24 | ID: 134959

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Tony Knight, North Lincolnshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

C3Picasso exclusive 2013 should this model have two working reverse lights

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No. The nearside light in the bumper is the reversing light, the offside one is the fog light. Simon Ripton from Cardiff

Submitted: 31/08/2016 11:09:05 | ID: 134787

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David Turner, Derbyshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

Hello got Citroen c3Picasso been OK for last 4 years now every time going long or short journeys the fan in engine bay coming on straight away and not going off until engine is turned off

Submitted: 31/07/2016 12:55:03 | ID: 133993

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les, Derbyshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Steve, Lancashire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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a palliser, Durham

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Jessica, Luton

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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george, Lancashire

Citroen C3 Picasso

car cuts out after 20 minutes driving. no warning lights come on. or nothing

Submitted: 15/06/2016 11:23:22 | ID: 132697

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Ian woffendin , West Yorkshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Check the nose weight of folding camper. 65 -70lb max too much weight on rear will cause the problem,you should be towing the trailer not carrying it. Ken from Essex

Submitted: 04/06/2016 17:06:59 | ID: 132357

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Steve, West Yorkshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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make shore your air fillter box is all conneted properly you will find it is disconected some were tony from West Sussex

Submitted: 04/06/2016 09:31:12 | ID: 132348

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Steve, West Yorkshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Gillian Bidwell, Oxfordshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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check air fillter box is all connected and no loose pipes you might find that they are not all connected tony from West Sussex

Submitted: 24/05/2016 17:44:38 | ID: 131980

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Mike Scutt, Carmarthenshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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anthony rowell, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Lillian milner, Hartlepool

Citroen C3 Picasso

Does a citreo c3 Picasso have a chamber to top up power assisted fluid ?? If so where is it located thanks Lillian milner

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No it's a sealed pump Gary Beale from Merseyside

Submitted: 21/04/2016 17:57:58 | ID: 130665

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WILLIAM TELFORD, Fife

Citroen C3 Picasso

HOW CAN I TAKE THE GLASS OUT OF TAILGATE ON MY CITROEN C3 PICASSO 2012

Submitted: 11/04/2016 17:12:26 | ID: 130242

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WILLIAM TELFORD, Fife

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Roy Longley, West Yorkshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

2012 Citroen C3 Picasso Diesel. How do I use the adjusters to change the headlights for right hand drive? Thankyou.

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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

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nicola brigham, Tyne and Wear

Citroen C3 Picasso

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?

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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

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J White, Nottinghamshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Jonathan Williams, Lancashire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Peter Lattimore, Hertfordshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Yvonne Sharpe, Somerset

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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Fio, Wiltshire

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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raymond, City Of Leicester

Citroen C3 Picasso

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.

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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

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Gav, Louth

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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davecrankshaw@googlemail.com, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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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

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harding, Bath and North East Somerset

Citroen C3 Picasso

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

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