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Alan Muse, Greater London

Citroen C4

I have 2 problems 1st when I do not drive for a few days I cannot get it out of park for 15 to 30 minutes and then it clicks and it fine after that I have had the diagnostics check but nothing showed I have to have a new fuse fitted but it is still sticking in park 2nd When I am driving the car gives a jolt and the service light comes on. I pull over to switch the engine off I restart the engine and it fine this may happen 2 or 3 times in one day

Submitted: 18/09/2017 14:31:58 | ID: 143681

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Gina Bailey, East Riding of Yorkshire

Citroen C4

Drivers rear indicator has stopped working. Changed the bulb and found the light was full of water. Emptied it, drier it then replaced with a new bulb and it is still not working. The front (and passenger side indicator) work fine. Are the fuses independent for back and front and where/how do we change it or is it a case of taking it to a garage? Many thanks (Citroen C4 Cachet 2009)

Submitted: 10/08/2017 13:42:16 | ID: 143043

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amit, West Midlands

Citroen C4

hello all, I need some urgent help. I have bought a citroen c4 1.6 HDI and it has started to leak diesel from the return pipes on top of the injectors (not sure if the problem existed before I bought the car or not). I changed the return pipes and used cable ties as well to keep them in place this time and started the car and this time another pipe started to leak. changed that pipe and something else blew up. took it to the mechanic n he said there is too much pressure in the fuel which is causing the fuel return pipes to blow up. the mechanic said the fuel pump is faulty. changed the pump today and the problem is still there. has anyone else had the same problem? or what could possibly be causing this? any help would be much appreciated. many thanks in advance.

Submitted: 09/08/2017 20:01:22 | ID: 143035

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David biggins, Greater Manchester

Citroen C4

Only had it over a week. 2014 model. Wing mirror light won't come on. Work the other night. Should it be the bulds.

Submitted: 08/08/2017 22:03:25 | ID: 143006

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David biggins, Greater Manchester

Citroen C4

My wing light do not come on. But they the was other night. Could it be the bulbs have gone.

Submitted: 08/08/2017 21:57:35 | ID: 143005

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shellley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Citroen C4

when starting engine in 1st gear engine is sluggish and judders when idling. please advise if fuel starvation or other likely reasons kind regards# Shelley

Submitted: 07/08/2017 22:41:41 | ID: 142988

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Daniel Gheorghe, South Lanarkshire

Citroen C4

Hi All. My main beams on my C4 stopped working yesterday and the cause seems to be water ingress in the engine fusebox. This seems to be a common issue with C3 as I see from numerous posts in that section but I was wondering if anyone had this problem with C4? Is it worth trying to make a complaint to Citroen? Any ideas would be appreciated. My dealer's quotation was £400 for just the fusebox but wires might need replacing too. :( Thanks. Daniel

Submitted: 01/08/2017 00:59:11 | ID: 142834

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a.palmer, Dorset

Citroen C4

Engine warning light keeps coming on, anti polution warning light and engine temp, Some time fan comes on as you start the car. engine temp warning shows up car still cold. Lights do not stay on for long car has only done 40k, dont want to waste a lot of money as car is not worth a lot

Submitted: 28/07/2017 10:30:20 | ID: 142778

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Carole simmonds, West Sussex

Citroen C4

Was driving my car when I heard a snapping noise the car immediately lost power and stopped. It won't start again what is the cause please

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does the engine sound like its trying to start normaly? or like a bag of spanners in a washing machine? Worste case maybe snapped cam belt. If so ouch. Colin Webster from Hampshire

Submitted: 23/06/2017 22:26:14 | ID: 142113

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john moore, Norfolk

Citroen C4

MY starter motor is jammed, any ideas how to unjam it. It is a semi automatic.

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although it isn't easy as its located right at the back but possibly giving it a bash whilst someone else turns key could free it up DAVID from Rhondda Cynon Taf

As stater previously try to slide a piece of wood down the back of engine onto starter casing and tap with a hammer while someone holds the key in the start position. If this doesnt work try the same with the solonoid but dont hit too hard. Colin Webster from Hampshire

Put it in reverse, then try pushing it back to release the stuck starter teeth from the starter ring, Might need a few hands. Hope this works but it may not if it is jammed in too tight, only loosening the starter motor will free it? Owen Baldwin from North Yorkshire

Submitted: 10/06/2017 23:57:56 | ID: 141857

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Hendrik Coetzee, South Africa

Citroen C4

I've got these random electric faults.. sometimes the car doesn't unlock or do anything unless i remove the battery terminal then it works. sometimes the wing mirrors open and sometimes not. sometimes the windows open and sometimes not or when i lock the car only the Lights flashes but it doesn't lock or the brake lights stays on after i lock it....any ideas what the problem may be?

Submitted: 31/05/2017 19:30:30 | ID: 141654

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Matty doust, Lincolnshire

Citroen C4

Rear right stop lamp has failed, Lights are fine it's just the stop lamp.. any ideas why??

Submitted: 30/05/2017 21:02:31 | ID: 141640

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Daniel henderson, Blackburn with Darwen

Citroen C4

Hi all. Today my c4 decided to lose power on acceleration while the engine was hot ( temp was perfect). I pulled over and looked under the bonnet to find the water bottle was empty. A mate said this is normal due to the car being warm. As I went to top it up, the water rise and started to pour out. I've since topped it back up and also put anti-freeze back in. The car runs fine while cold, it's just as it gets warm. I've not tried to run since topping up. Just thought I'd ask the question. Cheers

Submitted: 05/05/2017 01:22:36 | ID: 141108

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tom, Portsmouth

Citroen C4

hello my c4 have a leak on the left front side, its power steering, then when it runs out the power steering don't work. dose anyone know what could be the problem?

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Power steering rack seals or split hose from power steering reservoir to the rack. Colin Webster from Hampshire

Submitted: 17/04/2017 14:46:16 | ID: 140699

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Sheryl, Berkshire

Citroen C4

The cluster flickers constantly like a strobe light. Apparently I need to find a second hand circuit board in order to use the chip on this circuit board to re-programme the cluster. This advice from cartronics in Waterlooville who tried to fix the cluster but it was the chip that is needed in order to re-programme the cluster. Cannot afford a new cluster so really need a second hand one. Thank you.

Submitted: 12/04/2017 10:58:40 | ID: 140574

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Stuart, Nottinghamshire

Citroen C4

Hi my engine management light has come on and the display says anti pollution is faulty what is the cause of this

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It might go away after a few more runs. My C4 shows this message if I have ever over-revved the engine but always goes away after one or two more starts/runs. You could try and get your exhaust particular filter cleaned or get the Ellis fluid checked/topped up. Richard from Cheshire

Submitted: 05/04/2017 11:25:58 | ID: 140425

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Zedd, South Africa

Citroen C4

Hi, I have recently had to do an engine overhaul, my DV6ted4 decided to drop two valves in the 3rd chamber. Quite an expensive repair and the car had to stand for about a year. Now that it is together again I cant get it to keep the starter solenoid in. So it clicks and releases and just continues to do that all over again. In other words it just goes click click click click (about every half second). Replaced battery, checked fuses and wiring and can't find the problem. However if I run a separate wire to the solenoid and connect directly to the pos terminal of the battery the solenoid clicks in and the engine turns but will not fire.

Submitted: 03/04/2017 16:02:40 | ID: 140385

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Audley Byfield, Essex

Citroen C4

There is a ticking noise coming from the nearside front part of the engine. Sounds like loose tappets, etc. Grateful for all suggestions as to the cause of this annoying noise. Thanks in anticipation.

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Have you checked your injectors for a leak ?? May sound like an old steam engine. It happened to me, injectors 3 and 4 needed new copper seals. Hope this helps, good luck Alan Brady from Spain

Submitted: 27/03/2017 10:44:03 | ID: 140186

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John Barbacetto, Australia

Citroen C4

Digital instrument cluster is flickering, still displaying speedometer, tacho, gauges etc. but occasinally flickering. Is this a sign of impending failure?

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It was in my C4. It was an interesting experience taking a long drive through the bush with no instrumentation. An expensive item to replace too. Richard Australia Richard Mclean from Australia

Submitted: 24/03/2017 04:33:55 | ID: 140120

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Michael Allen, Kent

Citroen C4

Why when driving suddenly the engine jumps/misses a beat sometimes several times a day no warning lights appear??

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Mine used to do same change the spark plugs or take it for a service should calm it down or solve it altogether. Robbie from Yorkshire

Submitted: 19/03/2017 12:50:01 | ID: 139984

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Luis, Wiltshire

Citroen C4

Hi, was driving and suddenly car started making noises as if exhaust was rattling and about to fall off. Battery fault light then came on. Any ideas?

Submitted: 19/03/2017 12:47:53 | ID: 139983

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kizzy, Kent

Citroen C4

I filled my car up with a full tank now my car leading do u think I put too much in it and is it safe too drive please

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Probably, as for safety it depends where the fuel is leaking from. Mick from Portugal

It's leaking from were the spare wheel sits underneath it and thank you . It's been fine but no since I filled it up today since then it's started to happen... kizzy from Kent

I'm no sure how close that is to the exhaust system (hot exhaust could ignite fuel). Have you confirmed by smell or taste that it's definitely fuel? Both the C4 and the C3 have problems with the seals around the lights leaking and allowing rain to enter the vehicle. Mick from Portugal

Yea it definitely smells like petrol just seems strange that since I filled it up earlier today. We put ten pound in yesterday and 54 pounds in today and literally as soon as we drove off we could smell petrol then stopped about 2 miles down the road at home then when I come out I could notice a puddle underneath below the spare and around like the underneath of the back right hand door the fuel fill up side and very smelly of fuel.... Thank you kizzy from Kent

Both Citroens and Peugeots suffer from fuel tank leaking seals, the one where the filler pipe enters the tank and the other being on top of the tank around the fuel pump. The fact you've said you smelt petrol within a few minutes of setting off would make me look at the fuel pump seal first (that is inside the car). Lift the rear seats and fold back the carpet under the seats and you should be able to see the hatch for access to the fuel pump. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 08/03/2017 21:24:11 | ID: 139664

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Andrew, West Midlands

Citroen C4

Hi..i have a Citroën c4 the service light comes on briefly when driving and a (daily/clock symbol appear on the dash with LM next to it with what looks like a bulb symbol)... also sometimes the car struggles to start up fully..it can take 2/3 turns of the key and having to press the accelerator pedal... to start..its as if there is no fuel even though there is half a tank..so not sure if there is a blockage or there is a fuel pump fault and if this is linked to the service light coming on with the letters LM on the dash..and help or advice would be great cheers

Submitted: 04/03/2017 10:32:09 | ID: 139428

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Danny, Surrey

Citroen C4

My car revs high whilst accelerating and lacks power you also get an oily smell inside the car as well

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If you mean the engine revs increase without a commensurate increase in the speed of the vehicle then it's probably the clutch slipping. Mick from Portugal

Hi.. I have a question about my Citroën c4...06 reg the service light comes on briefly when the car is running..and on the dash a (dial symbol appears on the dash with LM next to it with what looks like a bulb symbol) also some times the car does not want to start..it turns over but it almost sounds as it there is no fuel (off which there is half tank).. but after a couple of seconds (say 15/20seconds it starts).. it feels as if there is a problem with fuel flow or the fuel pump..but that's a guess..anyways I hope you can make some sense of that and any advice or help would be greatly appreciated ..kind regards Andy.. Andrew from West Midlands

Get someone with an OBD diagnostic tool to plug in and see what fault codes are stored. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 27/02/2017 08:58:51 | ID: 139230

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Absi, Libya

Citroen C4

Hi all, I have C4 1.6 patrol , now about 130K, I owned this car since 2008 but I don't drive it frequently specially in the last four year , before two months I started the car and drove it short distance , yesterday I tried to start but it did not , I would like to mention that it shows in the dashboard that antipollution faulty. In the beginning in thought it is fuel bump but I changed it but still the same, but when I put some patrol in the injection head it starts normally ......do you have any suggestion or any one face such problem?

Submitted: 20/02/2017 18:02:58 | ID: 139070

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Ben, Leicestershire

Citroen C4

I can't get no airflowfrom the air vents. Cold or hot???

Submitted: 15/02/2017 18:41:26 | ID: 138950

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Maricus van Zyl, Namibia

Citroen C4

My citroen has been fine for a couple of days and all of a sudden the speedometer died and it showed 3 half zeros and the car has no power. I tried putting the battery poles on each other, it has worked last time. what can be the problem with the speedometer fails and power loss?

Submitted: 08/02/2017 19:02:03 | ID: 138804

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Tony, West Midlands

Citroen C4

Has misfire only when hot fan comes on with ignition not the plugs notch coil pack good compression not injector need help misfire only comes on cylinder 3

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Have you tried swapping the spark plug and coil pack from cylinder 3 with the same from one of the cylinders that fire OK to see if the misfire moves to the cylinder that now has the plug and pack from cylinder 3? If the misfire stays on cylinder 3 I'd be looking at the valves or the injector. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 05/02/2017 20:47:34 | ID: 138720

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dianne howard-stone, Fife

Citroen C4

I have recetly bought my car, but the radio will not work,it tries to find stations but but cant.it has a new arial but will pick up local travel reports, then nothing, everything goes blank. The c d player works. I have had a surggestion that im not sure f it's right? Could the reason my radio doesn't work because it might have an earting fault on the arial? Does anybody have any other reason? Do i need a new stereo?

Submitted: 27/01/2017 23:17:02 | ID: 138453

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Lune, South Africa

Citroen C4

Good day. I have a citroen c4 3 door. 1.6 start this morning with no problems. Dropet the kids at school and on the way back the wiper came on, so i tried to switch it of. And then i relized that the ligths and radio everything is dead. So i stoped and switch of the car. Now it would not start. The dash ligths goes on and it cranks but would not start. Any suggestion on what it could be

Submitted: 12/01/2017 07:47:33 | ID: 138034

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Phil, East Sussex

Citroen C4

Hi, My Brake warning alert came up on the dashboard saying "break failure stop" and when this happened the electric windows would not work and the electronic dash display pretty much went but all warning lights came on. I have had the brakes checked and they are fine but now it appears I have a computer issue as windows sometimes work and sometimes not and the dash is still all over the place with warning lights (all of them) staying on all the time. Any ideas or comments welcome please? Thanks all. Phil.

Submitted: 10/01/2017 13:00:31 | ID: 137995

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Robert, Gloucestershire

Citroen C4

Hi All. Further to my earlier post sent this morning, on my way to work this morning my car faltered a number of times and then in the middle of a long dark road just went into limp mode.. managed to get it off the road..It started again a few minutes later..and got me to work no problem.when I got home, stationary I reved the engine in neutral and held it at 3000 rpm, sounded good for a wee while then the revs dipped and then returned to 3000 rpm, it did this a number of times..frustrating as I have no idea what the propblem is..

Submitted: 09/01/2017 18:43:57 | ID: 137973

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John Leedham, South Yorkshire

Citroen C4

Started my motor this morning, all ok. Went back to it 15 minutes later and nothing. Remote would not opening car had to do it manually . Put key in and nothing no lights or anything totally dead

Submitted: 09/01/2017 12:50:41 | ID: 137962

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Robert, Gloucestershire

Citroen C4

I have a c4 2 ltr exclusive 2005.. 75,000 on the clock.. sometimes during the first 15 or so minutes of driving the car will falter, like it is missing, if the fan is running it will stop then start again, this is worrying yet not warning comes up on the dash..sometimes it will not do it but is happening a little more frequently lately..Any ideas please..

Submitted: 09/01/2017 04:55:19 | ID: 137954

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Jamie Hook, Lincolnshire

Citroen C4

Hi having a problem with overheating on my citron c4 vtr 1600 petrol it keeps telling me that it's overheating but it's not as far as the engine.. seems cool.. just had sensor changed and housing unit and after 4 days of it being ok now it's just come back on saying engine too hot stop!!! Can anyone give me any advice on this???

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I had the same problem happen to me, although my car (62) was under warranty as I had just bought it 3 weeks before. Took the car in and they changed all of the coolent piping as this is where some of the sensors are (apparently). The garage said that the sensor (due to recall) had already been changed. Not sure if this helps or not, but not had a re-ocurrence of the issue in 4 months - so far. Lee from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 02/01/2017 13:35:00 | ID: 137730

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William Shakespeare, Flintshire

Citroen C4

My car's engine warning light came on together with the word stop in red. I stopped and turned off the engine. After a few minutes I tried the starter but this did not work. The AA got me home and delivered the car to my Citroen service dealer whom because of the Christmas Holiday period have not yet resolved the problem. They suggest that it might be a fuel filter blockage problem, but would this also prevent the starter from working. Bill Shakespeare

Submitted: 31/12/2016 11:09:51 | ID: 137694

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David R, Cheshire

Citroen C4

How do I get the engine temperature gauge to show on the dashboard? I have no indication of the running temperature of my C4 VTR. I would feel safer knowing my car wasn't in danger of overheating. Thanks. David R

Submitted: 28/12/2016 16:35:09 | ID: 137650

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Tony Bell, West Midlands

Citroen C4

service light comes on at odd times for 1 or 2 seconds this can happen days apart or week apart

Submitted: 25/12/2016 13:58:16 | ID: 137584

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terence paul shreeves, Lincolnshire

Citroen C4

I bought the car new in June 2015 it was supplied without a spare wheel will a standard 16 inch steel wheel fit in the boot or do I need a space saver wheel

Submitted: 12/12/2016 20:05:43 | ID: 137345

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Simon Clegg, South Africa

Citroen C4

HI I have a C4 2010 1.6 petrol turbo, after changing the thermostat housing ( which is different from the original - extra wiring required ) the STOP ENGINE TOO HOT will not clear. Nor will the temp gauge on the dash stop flashing. Any advise ??

Submitted: 01/12/2016 19:08:52 | ID: 137086

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