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Helen, Cheshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I only use car for short school run trips. This morning engine sign came on - 3 bleeps could b heard every now and then. At one point - car sounded really rough (sort of dodgy exhaust blowing sound) and then car slowed down. I pulled in, switched car off and waited. After 5 minutes I continued with journey and it seemed fine. Any advice is much appreciated. I daren't go too far in it now.

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Helen, I'll wager that your first sentence is the main issue... you only use the car for short .. trips... Whether a diesel or petrol your vehicle will need to go for longer trips of at least 30mins continuous. Firstly.. short trips like you suggest may not be long enough to warm the engine up to temperature.. and whether P or D your car will effectively be running on a rich fuel air mixture which will eventually cause issues with a number of various components. If the journey is that short.. do you really need to take the car? Eventually you will also kill your battery because it has not gone far enough to recharge from the starting process which takes a massive amount of energy from a battery.. especially diesels! R Evans from Caerphilly

Thank you for the advice Mr Evans - I am going to take it for a long trip out today and will continue to do this on a weekly basis - wish me luck!! Was considering selling the pluriel and looking into an electric model maybe ?? Helen from Cheshire

Electric models are ok but need to be charged... if you went for hybrid youngest same problem as now... doing little mileage R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 13/01/2016 11:10:21 | ID: 126036

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Gabriella M, Buckinghamshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Dear all, wonder if someone knows what could be wrong with my car. Last week when I plugged in an iphone charger to the cigarette lighter socket it didn`t start charging and when I removed it I realized the top metal bit of the charger got loose and fell into the socket. I picked these two bits out and tried to use a different plug to check if it`s working at all but that didn`t charge either. Tried the cigarette lighter itself with same result. Looking at the manual it says the fuse for this socket is on the same circuit as the interior light and digital clock. As the light and clock work perfectly I doubt the fuse went out and just wondering if this socket could have gone faulty just because of these pieces. Do I need to take it to a garage to have it checked out or is it something I could fix? I will need to use my satnav in 3 days and doubt I could get it checked out by professionals by then... Many thanks and kind regards, Gabi

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The sockets do sometimes go faulty.. be aware that often, Citroen will use a socket that is NOT the same diameter as the ones you can get online or, say, at Halfords.. check it first. PS. If you do need a new one.. dealer only... get the part number from Citroen and write it down... then get the price and give them the "How much??? Phooaaar.. that's a lot.. I'll have to have a think.."... go to Peugeot dealer.. give them your Citroen part number and they'll get the part.. cheaper !. Before buying tho.. get someone to take it out.. it may be a wiring fault on the back of the socket ! Do you have another socket next to it for power supply.. same size as the cigarette lighter !! Anyway, I think your cigarette lighter part number is either 8227-54 or 8227-96.. the power accessory plug is 8227-66. R Evans from Caerphilly

Thank you! Will look into that! Gabriella M from Buckinghamshire

Submitted: 26/12/2015 16:12:54 | ID: 125162

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Meg, Australia

Citroen C3 Pluriel

When the roof was tucked into the boot of the car and the rails were removed from the vehicle I then was showing someone how to put the roof up. Instead of putting the railing on first and then getting the roof/back windscreen out and having it click into place, I accidentally pulled up the roof/back windscreen up out of the boot without having the railings attached. Now the back roof is stuck!! I can't get it to fold back down! And I can't put the railings on because the folded roof is in the way in its 'stuck' position!!! Please help!??? Is there some way that it can fold back into the boot so I can put the roof on properly!??? It just won't go back into the boot and I've tried all button/levers etc. even pulled the back seats down and nothing is working! I'm trying to sell the car but if I can't fix this I'm screwed! Please is there a way to get the folded roof to swing out and back into the boot so I can start again???

Submitted: 13/12/2015 09:06:30 | ID: 124649

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Marie Jenkins, Swansea

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Last night I put the drivers seat forward and now it won't stay upright. I have tried using the levers can anyone give me some advice please Thanks Marie

Submitted: 19/10/2015 19:53:48 | ID: 122487

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Angela, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I was driving my c3 out of multi-storey car park and it wouldn't go in gear, there was a loud bang and then when engine on it won't go in gear at all but when engine off it does? Had to push it out onto a road until I can get it collected:( please someone tell me it's not going to cost me a fortune I only bought it 5 was ago and I'm pregnant so really need a car :((

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Sorry it should say 5 weeks ago I bought it :( Angela from Greater Manchester

Hi angela , i had exactly same issue with my C3 , its the the clutch and associated parts , my repair bill was about £180 as i remember , hope you get it sorted , KIm. kim from Carmarthenshire

Submitted: 18/10/2015 10:08:10 | ID: 122452

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Jacqueline, South Africa

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Where can I find a front right door

Submitted: 04/09/2015 08:07:48 | ID: 120753

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maureen (Mo), Gloucestershire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hello, How can I remove the rear drivers panel to access the electric window, it appears to have come off somewhere, as will not close or open any further, at present letting all rain in. It is half open on angle. ? thank you

Submitted: 23/08/2015 09:21:04 | ID: 120198

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Sven nilsson, Sweden

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi I can not open My rear Window at all. Does it exist some "tricks"? Sven sweden

Submitted: 18/08/2015 17:10:11 | ID: 119988

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Beverley kane, Merseyside

Citroen C3 Pluriel

HELP ! HELP ! Only just bought a C3 to try start a little cleaning buisness ..just got home in it and I have broken the roof glide (I think) Is there any roof fixers in mersey side please thanks Bev x

Submitted: 06/08/2015 18:56:15 | ID: 119431

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Mark pattle, Berkshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi, I was driving down the road,everything was fine, when the engine light came on and the car went into some kind if limp mode! Tried it again this morn,with the same result :( am getting a sulphur/magnesium burning smell from the exhaust area, and the car ticks over like a lawn mower.Any ideas pls?

Submitted: 05/08/2015 11:14:49 | ID: 119361

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Elaine melvin, Northumberland

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Radiator fan stays on after engine switched off. Then won't start. Have to wait ten to fifteen minutes for fan to stop then car starts also heating warning high on dashboard. Have had a new thermostat fitted and radiator flushed. But did not solve the problem. What else could be the cause???

Submitted: 06/07/2015 16:02:12 | ID: 118128

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Bennett, Turkey

Citroen C3 Pluriel

How do I put the tiptop if Citroen c3 pluriel in Manuel mode so I can use he paddle shifters?

Submitted: 23/06/2015 20:45:46 | ID: 117613

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Lena, Croatia

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I have CITROEN C3 Pluriel (2004) that i recently bought, and i found that i have the following problem: Sometimes, when i try to start my car, it seems like the key is not functioning. i can turn it in the lock only up to the point where it only gives contact, but i can not start the car. It helped to get out of the car, lock and unlock the door with the same key, then again go in and try - and the car can be started. Does anyone have encountered a similar problem with Pluriel? if you have - can you explain to me what the problem is, and what is the solution?

Submitted: 19/06/2015 13:59:03 | ID: 117409

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mr petre, Herefordshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

i cannot open the roof there no power any idea where fuse is for roof thanks

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Hi, you will find the fuse for the roof in the engine compartment under the fuse box. You need to take the upper fuse box out. You will find another fuse box with extra large fuses. The fuse is yellow and I bought one from local car accessories shop for £1.73 cheap fix :) Denyse from Greater London

Submitted: 29/05/2015 10:12:49 | ID: 116584

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jim, Devon

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi, I cannot unlock my driver`s door, the only door that unlocks is the passenger`s as that`s the only one with a key lock. I have replaced the battery in the key but this has not worked, you can hear the doors lock but not unlock. Any ideas?

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Hi Jim. Wondering if you have fixed your problem as I now have the same problem on my 2004 Pluriel ? Neil T. Neil TROTTER from Australia

Hi, did you guys get this fixed? I also have the same problem with my 04 Pluriel!!! I can't get into it!! Sian from Kent

Hi, did you guys get this fixed? I also have the same problem with my 04 Pluriel!!! I can't get into it!! Sian from Kent

Submitted: 22/05/2015 10:55:31 | ID: 116351

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Simone, Greater London

Citroen C3 Pluriel

My semi auto jumped from n to second missing 1 gear after a loud beep noise, then refused to go into auto, after a while it came back. Any ideas what's wrong?

Submitted: 22/04/2015 16:12:59 | ID: 115061

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mr petre, Herefordshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

A spanner plus letter a has come up on the dash board, what does this mean?

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hi mr petre..from what i understand the spanner means its due a service.. im unsure as to what the letter a with it means though d from Staffordshire

hi mr petre..from what i understand the spanner means its due a service.. im unsure as to what the letter a with it means though d from Staffordshire

Submitted: 17/04/2015 10:51:50 | ID: 114821

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sharon, Kent

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi, firstly it started with the driver`s door not opening. I had it checked, was told it needed a new BSI computer fitted £600 for cost and £300 to fit. So another mechanic suggested it just needed new door mechanisms and this was done, but guess what it was the BSI computer, so I had that fitted by a car door mechanic and his friend who re-booted the computer, cost me £900 for it all. Now the boot does not open and the power steering does not work (this had been an intermittent fault since I got it but usually cured itself by turning the ignition off and on again). So now what to do? I need someone who can look at the computer and re-boot again, but will not cost me another shed load of money. Here is the sorry tale as I loved my car, my late husband bought it for me and I am now on my own struggling to fund and or fix it! Oh and it beeps at various times for no reason! Help please, anyone local to me here in Kent? Thanks

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Sharon, there are instructions on the internet regarding resetting the BSI computer, take careful note & follow the instructions. It'd save you a load if money to do it yourself. So far on my Pluriel I've had to change the rear window mechanism, aerial, stereo & a few other small jobs. I now have roof problems (won't close or open properly & nasty loud rattle from rear right of roof) and of course that means the boot won't open either! Suz from Kent

Sharon, there are instructions on the internet regarding resetting the BSI computer, take careful note & follow the instructions. It'd save you a load if money to do it yourself. So far on my Pluriel I've had to change the rear window mechanism, aerial, stereo & a few other small jobs. I now have roof problems (won't close or open properly & nasty loud rattle from rear right of roof) and of course that means the boot won't open either! Suz from Kent

Submitted: 16/02/2015 13:39:56 | ID: 111648

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Ian, Berkshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Had the driver side headlight holder for bulb come out and damaged. Wont fit back in properly. Garage says both headlight clusters need to be changed as need to matched pair which is needed to resolve the lights. Sounds nonsense to me. Can I just change the passenger cluster?

Submitted: 14/02/2015 20:52:04 | ID: 111544

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bill mcdonald, Cumbria

Citroen C3 Pluriel

My headlining has become detached from front of roof. It looks like it has unclipped itself.???? How do I click it back on.? it appears to have double sided tape under lining.

Submitted: 06/01/2015 16:44:37 | ID: 109037

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Smiler, Dorset

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I bought my car in September 2014 and love. However, recently it wouldn't start. I could not select N it just had a dash and a star above where the N sign should be. I called out the AA and after some head he checked the battery and said it was at full power. After an hour or so of head scratching he could not work out what it was. In desperation he disconnected the battery and left it for about 15 minutes and then reconnected and it started. He said it could be a problem that the car had turned to Eco mode. However, the same problem happened again this morning and the second AA man came and looked, disconnected the battery, but this time the car would not go to N. He tried very and was very frustrated. After almost 2 hours we agreed that there was nothing he could do. Has anyone else had the same experience as if so what was the solution?????

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Hi Smiler, I had the same problem with the C3 Pluriel. I had to change the the whole clutch plate and the problem was sorted. Comfort from South Africa

Hi I had this same problem it was the chip in my key had a new one programed and it now starts first time every time x Tash from Cambridgeshire

Hi I had this same problem it was the chip in my key had a new one programed and it now starts first time every time x Tash from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 01/01/2015 18:34:56 | ID: 108727

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Eileen reeves, Surrey

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi, I have had my Pluriel since 2008. It was a new car but the boot leaked from day one. I now keep an old plastic mat on the floor of the boot to protect it from getting wet. Everything apart from that went well until a fortnight ago when the boot would not open. Within a day or so I had reason to let back the top and it became stuck and would not close. The garage put these problems right but I was told that the windscreen wipers would not turn off and the central locking was not working. The whole repair cost £1143.77. I have just got my car back only to find that the petrol gauge is not working and according to the mileage the 2-3 miles I travelled from the supermarket clocked up about 10 miles. Can anyone suggest how I reset the mileage without the need to return it to the garage and incur more debt?

Submitted: 17/12/2014 21:04:21 | ID: 108067

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Lorraine, Devon

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Where are the rear window sensors on my car, as it seems to think the rear window is open when it is not? I understand that this could be due to the sensors and I should try holding the window down to see if they work, but do not know where to apply pressure? Thank you.

Submitted: 17/12/2014 08:55:05 | ID: 108030

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Sam andrews, Devon

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi, since buying my car I`ve had issues locking it, the fob never worked. Not a problem but I decided maybe change the fob battery so my other half removed the chip etc to replace the battery. I forgot this and went to go out in the car. Tried starting it but it wouldn`t fire so I remembered the chip, put it back in the fob as it all was and still the car won`t fire up. Hubby has disconnected the battery and still no joy. Does anyone know how we can get it to start now please?

Submitted: 07/11/2014 10:56:17 | ID: 105821

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babs, West Sussex

Citroen C3 Pluriel

my c3 which ive loved driving since i got in june but now the rain is here the boot gets soaked had someone take spare wheel out and must have been 5 inches of water [poor single lady ] so i need to get all weather cover has anyone got and reccomendations thank you

Submitted: 19/10/2014 09:20:47 | ID: 104842

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Brian, County Down

Citroen C3 Pluriel

My engine misses occasionally when load is applied ie moving off from traffic lights or at a give way junction?

Submitted: 09/10/2014 13:09:18 | ID: 104325

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Simon Metcalf, West Yorkshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Whilst driving my Citroen C3 Pluriel (55Plate) automatic this morning, a loud bleeping noise and a symbol like an ice alert starts flashing above auto symbol N, you cannot change gear automatically or by use of the pedals or gear lever? After a short time it won`t change gear, goes into neutral and won`t move. Lights and dashboard lights are still coming on, again with a symbol that looks like an ice alert, but it won`t turn over. I've called AA who told me there were a number of different causes, including the gearbox ECU, sender unit, or even the battery? They came out and attended me, but couldn't find any fault codes when they plugged into their device. I use my vehicle for mobility due to my disability, so it`s important I can rely on it Any ideas or suggestions please?

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The dreaded snowflake and beeping sound! I had a similar problem last Nov, RAC couldn't figure out the problem either. I took it to the citroen dealers who had to keep it for 3 days to figure out what was going on. they couldn't find any fault codes either to begin with..on the third day I was told it was the gearbox, had to have a new clutch actuator fitted. with the VAT and labour I paid a £1500 to have my car back running again!!! Since then I haven't had any probs with the gearbox (touchwood!) Hope this helps. A Amrita from Norfolk

The dreaded snowflake and beeping sound! I had a similar problem last Nov, RAC couldn't figure out the problem either. I took it to the citroen dealers who had to keep it for 3 days to figure out what was going on. they couldn't find any fault codes either to begin with..on the third day I was told it was the gearbox, had to have a new clutch actuator fitted. with the VAT and labour I paid a £1500 to have my car back running again!!! Since then I haven't had any probs with the gearbox (touchwood!) Hope this helps. A Amrita from Norfolk

Submitted: 07/10/2014 15:23:16 | ID: 104214

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Caroline Broadley, Yorkshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I have a problem with the rear windows slipping down the motor appears to be working but I think the windows must have moved out of their channels. Please can you advise me how to remove the internal panels in order to get to the windows or advise an alternative solution? Could you please make your instructions simple Many thanks Caroline

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Hi I have only had my car 1 week and this happens to me garage told me it would cost 300 to get fixed not bothering now ness from Kent

Submitted: 01/10/2014 15:28:34 | ID: 103901

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Lorraine, City Of Leicester

Citroen C3 Pluriel

The reverse light don't work, hubby checked fuse and replaced the bulb! Does anyone know what to do? Also have the snowflake and beep appear but not a problem yet!! ( Touching wood here ). Thanks anyone?

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Probably the Reversing Light Switch..? Located (I believe) under the battery tray - to the left! Looks like a spark-plug - but with plastic connection & two wires coming out of the top. Approx £15 to buy (225753) but please check Part No with Citroen... :-) Gazza from Worcestershire

Probably the Reversing Light Switch..? Located (I believe) under the battery tray - to the left! Looks like a spark-plug - but with plastic connection & two wires coming out of the top. Approx £15 to buy (225753) but please check Part No with Citroen... :-) Gazza from Worcestershire

Submitted: 27/09/2014 06:51:07 | ID: 103701

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Chris, Lincolnshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

The air con works ok when the blower is set on the first notch it works ok, but if you turn the passed the first notch the air-con turns off as the air from the blower increases. Any ideas?

Submitted: 26/09/2014 19:23:38 | ID: 103699

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Rebekah, Malta

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi, need help my citroen c3 pluriel of 2003 will not play CDs I have put on music myself and it will only play d originals. Am I doing something wrong or is it just like that because it's an old one?

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Hi Rebekha My Citroen is 2004 model, it can only play Mp3s and original cds not Mp4s. I hope this will help. Comfort from South Africa

Submitted: 23/09/2014 14:30:34 | ID: 103522

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Susan, Antrim

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Is there such a thing /tool that you can use to put the roof down manually on a citroen c3 the roof will open and wont close

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I seen some guys on ebay that fix roofs.. its very hard to get anywhere to do them as they are tricky and it costs a lot of money. liam from Leicestershire

I seen some guys on ebay that fix roofs.. its very hard to get anywhere to do them as they are tricky and it costs a lot of money. liam from Leicestershire

I seen some guys on ebay that fix roofs.. its very hard to get anywhere to do them as they are tricky and it costs a lot of money. liam from Leicestershire

Submitted: 22/09/2014 15:09:35 | ID: 103450

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Jessamy Warren, Norfolk

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Recently my car has not been starting- the engine turns over but doesn't actually start quite often. The battery is fully charged, car up to date with the servicing etc.Today it wouldn't start for about 20 minutes, but it did start when I pressed the accelerator pedal whilst turning it on, and then had no problems starting 3 more times that day without doing that.I am meant to be driving 400 miles tomorrow and wondered if anyone had any advice of what I could do/ whether anyone has experienced the same problems? I really don't want that to happen miles from anywhere. It has done this a few times before in some really inappropriate places (often if it happens to stall) and I'm juts a bit worried about driving too far in it? I would appreciate any possible advice!

Submitted: 19/09/2014 18:01:04 | ID: 103310

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Sue Holmes, Swansea

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I have a grinding sound when the car is in a low gear but this noise goes when in 5th gear?

Submitted: 15/09/2014 07:47:04 | ID: 103111

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Denyse, Greater London

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi, I was driving along and decided to open the roof, it only went two stops and wouldn't do anything else. When trying to close it it goes back and forth on only two settings in the wrong direction. It is now stuck open in the first position and won't close at all. Any ideas anyone?

Submitted: 10/09/2014 16:36:29 | ID: 102935

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Lynn, West Sussex

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I keep having to top up the water as the level keeps dropping below minimum level. There is no apparent leak and a local garage have pressure tested it and said there is not a problem - has anyone had this problem and can anyone tell me where my water might be going?!?

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Hi. I`ve got the same problem and the same car but I get a sign saying stop, engine too hot. If you find an answer I`d be grateful to share it. jane from Leicestershire

It's just possible you have a hairline crack in the cylinder head if you're not losing too much water. There's a brilliant product out there called K Seal, about £15 per bottle. Add to the expansion tank, run for a few miles, hey presto. No more leak. Just did it on my Astra CDTI which was losing about 1 inch per week, brilliant. Wigs from Cornwall

Submitted: 28/08/2014 20:12:37 | ID: 102296

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Natasha diamond, Bedfordshire

Citroen C3 Pluriel

I am trying to find the ECU unit so I can waterproof It. Can somebody tell me where it is Pleaseo

Submitted: 27/08/2014 08:15:14 | ID: 102203

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Oliver, Australia

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi all, I recently ran the battery flat after leaving the lights on. I've since charged it up and despite a new battery it won't start. It's like there is a kill switch activated. I have tried unlocking and locking it up but still no luck. Are there any other tips/tricks that might get it going again? Cheers

Submitted: 08/08/2014 10:20:10 | ID: 101121

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joseph mcnaught, Scottish Borders

Citroen C3 Pluriel

My car seems to be making a screeching noise coming from the side of the engine next to the gearbox the noise is intermitant and smoke coming from that area please help i cant drive until i no why it is smoking does the gear box need oil .manythanks joseph.

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Hello Joseph, I don't know the problem, but I have encountered it last day. Outside there were - 15 Celsius temperature (maybe this was the cause?) Anyway, please rely if you managed to find an answer in fixing your car, because my girlfriend's car suffers from the same symptoms you mentioned above. Thanks in advance, Florin Flo from Romania

Hello Joseph, I don't know the problem, but I have encountered it last day. Outside there were - 15 Celsius temperature (maybe this was the cause?) Anyway, please rely if you managed to find an answer in fixing your car, because my girlfriend's car suffers from the same symptoms you mentioned above. Thanks in advance, Florin Flo from Romania

Submitted: 03/08/2014 13:00:17 | ID: 100825

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Shirley, West Sussex

Citroen C3 Pluriel

Hi The back window on my Pluriel has stopped working (in the down position). I have been told the cable has snapped. How can I get the door panel off? Don't know where to start! Thanks

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There is a switch next to the cd player which locks the back windows. Try to deactivate it. Alexandar from Serbia

There is a switch next to the cd player which locks the back windows. Try to deactivate it. Alexandar from Serbia

Submitted: 15/07/2014 14:58:44 | ID: 99717

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