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Does anyone know of a way to release the parking brake for the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso when the battery is dead? My battery is dead, but my car is a place where I can’t easily connect jump cables (although I could push the car to a more convenient location if I could release the brake). Thanks for any help that you can give me. (Grand Picasso)
Submitted: 09/12/2013 16:09:08 | ID: 23801
I used my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso the other day and it wouldn`t start at first but after a few tries it fired up. I left it running when I went to the shops but while it was there the parking faulty warning message came up. When I tried to reverse out the automatic handbrake would not come off so I had to turn the engine off and tuen it on again. The handbrake then worked but the anti polllution warning light came on. Do you think I need to take it for a diagnostics check and any idea what it may be and how much? Many thanks. (anti pollution warning light)
Submitted: 06/12/2013 10:03:24 | ID: 23705
Please help! I have had a number of fault lights appearing over the las few months on my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso but with no obvious problems. All were cleared witn a recent service. Today whilst driving the car dashboard suddenly beeped, the eps warning flickered on/off and the car jolted and shuddered to an almost stall stop? It felt as if the brakes were being applied but I`m not sure if it was the handbrake or regular brakes? Can anyone shed any light on this? (petrol)
Submitted: 18/11/2013 12:20:07 | ID: 23198
Can someone please tell me the difference between the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso VTR ’plus’ model and VTR + model. I was reading that the latter was just a small upgrade around the end of 2010 to include a few small new features, but essentially they are the same - is this correct?
Submitted: 14/11/2013 12:43:02 | ID: 23059
I have a loose pipe on my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso`s wiper washer motor. How do I access the water bottle to replace this pipe?
Submitted: 14/11/2013 10:01:07 | ID: 23030
How do I get to the wiper washer motor/bottle on my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso to check for leakage, as the bottle does not hold water and when filled water trickles out by the wheel arch?
Submitted: 07/11/2013 14:27:15 | ID: 22824
I bought a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in March. A couple of times now I can smell a burning rubber smell coming from the driver`s side rear wheel arch. I have taken it back to the main dealer and they couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Has anybody got any ideas? (1.6 egs)
Hello, I had a similar problem and it turned out it was the emergency break not releasing the rear brake pad properly for some reason. The dealer said there was no problem, then I brought it to a private mechanic and he found the probable cause. Every time I sense the smell I stop and engage and disengage the e-break and all is good. Not fun but a does the job. :-( Dimiter Nikolov from Bulgaria
Submitted: 07/11/2013 14:22:59 | ID: 22822
My Citroen Grand C4 Picasso drives as if it is holding back as it changes gear, especially at low speeds on pulling away. It doesn’t cut out and drives well. I have not had the car long and I need to know if this is a fault, as there are no warnings and a diagnostic has not shown anything up. Can anyone suggest what it could be and what I should be looking at to clear the problem? Thanks. (Automatic, tiptronic)
Submitted: 25/10/2013 14:41:52 | ID: 22242
When it rains I get a build up of water under the bonnet of my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. It sloshes around and hits the heater fan. I can`t make out how it`s getting in! Any ideas?
Our c4gp had\has the same issue. It is apparently due to a blocked drain behind the dashboard which neads to be cleared out to allow the water out. - Daniel Chandler from England
Jack up front... remove wheels and partly remove the inner liner... reach up inside and remove rubber pipe; they are sort off bent down and square and will be full of rubbish. Wash them out then hose out the from the top to flush more crap. Replace everything... Job done - Mervyn Lamacraft from Devon
Submitted: 25/10/2013 12:04:27 | ID: 22213
The offside third row seat on my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has jammed. How difficult is it to replace? I have purchased a seat to be delivered. Has anyone ever had to change one?
Submitted: 21/10/2013 12:11:56 | ID: 21954
The piece of plastic bodywork that runs across the tailgate on my Grand C4 Picasso has stopped staying in place. This is the piece that houses the tailgate opening switch and number plate lights. Does anyone know what the piece is called so I can replace it?
Submitted: 10/10/2013 14:45:15 | ID: 21802
I have had my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso for a year and a half. From 3 months after I bought it (unfortunately just out of warranty) the car has been cutting out or not starting. At first the cutting out happened now and again but now it is almost daily and can even happen up to ten times in a day literally! It throws up random computer messages like "anti pollution system failure" or " parking brake faulty" " air bag" etc etc then the car cuts out. There is no warning and this can be incredibly dangerous as it can happen anywhere at any time. I have been on the fast lane on a motorway or in rain and fog , at junctions or roundabouts. It is not just embarrassing but putting me and my family in a perilous situation. I have had the fuel filter changed, fuel emptied and refilled with premium fuel. Citroen put it on a diagnostic check and it always reads nothing wrong! A friend mechanic says that is because it resets the computer after the car restarts. I don’t know how I am going to get this sorted as no-one can figure it out. Has anyone had this problem and got to the bottom of it? I am seriously desperate for help, thanks. (Grand Picasso 1.8 vtr+)
Hi Rebecca, We had the same issue on our C4 Grand Picasso. Same fault as you described. Took it to several garages and no-one could diagnose the problem. Ended up taking it to Chevronics in Hitchin and the problem turned out to be a faulty fuse box. Total repair bill with diagnostics was under £250. Can’t recommend them highly enough. We have had the car back now for 2 months since it was repaired and no faults. - Amish from Hertfordshire
I am having the same problem with my C4grand picasso diesel. Same messages and cutting out. My local garage could find nothing wrong, but also pointed out that with an intermittent fault turning off the ignition and then back on cancels the computer. How long ago did you fit the new fuse box and are things still ok? - John Whitehead from Devon
Submitted: 08/10/2013 15:45:18 | ID: 21716
I have a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. vtr+ 1.8i petrol. I`ve just replaced the full clutch on this vehicle only to find the Depollution System Warning Lamp on the dashboard. Has anyone experienced this problem or have any idea how or what to check for to remove this warning? Thanks. (VTR+)
Submitted: 01/10/2013 09:59:05 | ID: 21437
My Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has been losing water through the coolant valve. Since that has been repaired the heaters take time to heat up and the fan is still running when the engine is switched off. Can anyone help please? (mpv)
Submitted: 20/09/2013 11:08:00 | ID: 21156
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We bought a 2008 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.8L and have had it looked at by two garages (thoroughly by a dealer) for the following problem: every few hundred kilometres and just every now and then, one or both of the rear brakes begins to hum, sing or moan. Usually if you pull off the road for a short pause it stops and doesn’t return. The discs do get warm. The general impression is that it might be dirt or corrosion. I think it could also be something forward of the brake assembly or an abs sensor. Any ideas before I contact the dealer-garage again? Thanks in advance. (1.8)
Submitted: 19/09/2013 15:23:53 | ID: 21122
After long journeys or when the engine is warm, my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso`s engine needs 5 or 6 attempts to start. It turns over fine, it just doesn’t start. It still drives fine and starts fine from cold. Any ideas? (1.6 HDI VTR+)
Submitted: 19/09/2013 12:29:38 | ID: 21110
Hi. I have a problem with my Bluetooth. I am connected but it’s showing no phone connected and when I go in to its menu it does not give you the option to do anything with it you can press all buttons and nothing happens?
I have same problem. After 1 year today no telephone display on panel. There is no way to select any option on Bluetooth menu. - Alper Tandogan from Turkey
Submitted: 17/09/2013 14:06:36 | ID: 21025
I have a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 2007 automatic and the boot won’t open, no matter what I do. It is remote locking and all the other doors open fine! Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be?
This is almost certainly a broken micro switch that is pushed when the boot handle is pulled. You can search forums for how to replace it yourself - you need a torque key set and a 10mm spanner and 30 mins. You can only get replacement switches from Citroen so prepare to be ripped off at around £35 for something that should cost ten times less. And be warned, the boot handle assembly wears away ever so slightly and replacement micro switches tend not to last long. Be very careful when removing the plastic bar that holds the boot handle (after removing all the bolts) as the whole thing is very flimsy and there is a good chance bits will be broken. The whole thing is badly designed and not really fit for purpose. Citroen must know about this as if you ask the person that you buy the micro switch from, they will tell you that they sell loads of them. Shame on Citroen for not recalling a common problem. - Steve from Warwickshire
I had the same trouble a year ago, it was the micro switch, but I sprayed it with wd40 and its been ok to date. Try it befor buying a new one. Good luck - David Seddon from Cheshire
Submitted: 25/07/2013 10:36:12 | ID: 20183
Hi, I have a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 VTR+. Just recently it seems to have power loss. There are no errors on the instrument panel and it drives okay but seems to be sluggish. Can anybody offer any help please?
Submitted: 23/07/2013 10:01:43 | ID: 20142
Hi, I have an ’08 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. When driving in automatic mode, from first gear to second and second to third the car is very loud. From third to fourth and fourth to fifth it sounds normal. Does anyone have any idea what is causing this? Regards and thanks. (vtr+)
Submitted: 06/06/2013 09:21:02 | ID: 19564
I’ve just brought a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso vtr+ 58 plate. When I unlock my doors the boot automatically opens. I have it set as driver`s door only at the minute but like I said when I unlock all doors the boot opens. Also if I open any door from the inside after I’ve been out in the car, once I’ve parked up and get out when I open a door the boot opens too. How can I stop this happening? Should it happen or could there be a fault? I would be grateful if anyone could help. (Grand Picasso vtr+)
This can be a faulty microswitch in the boot handle assembly. You can test it by looking at one of the guides to replace the switch. Simply unplug it rather than remove it and see if the boot still opens. If it stays closed (you will need to use the emergency boot release from inside the boot) then it’s almost certainly the micro switch. Just google to see how many reports there are of faults with the lot looking assembly and micro switch. - Steve from Warwickshire
Submitted: 02/05/2013 14:32:38 | ID: 19224
Hi. Whilst driving on the M1 northbound my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso`s display indicated the heat symbol and STOP. I stopped and checked everything that the manual says to check about heating and found that there was nothing out of the ordinary, ie coolant level was okay, no leaks and engine wasn`t overheated. When I eventually approached a service area I phoned my breakdown provider and after checking they concluded that all seemed okay and the only problem could be the sensor. I reiterate that the engine is not overheating because I am able to touch the water hoses and it is not extremely hot. Currently after a short distance of driving the fan comes on and sometimes the heat symbol displays. Is this common with these MPV’S? Can anyone help me? (1.6 vtr+ petrol)
Submitted: 19/04/2013 10:49:37 | ID: 19070
My Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is currently at the local Citroen dealer in a dismantled state. The informed fault with the gearbox is input and output shaft bearings. Dismantling was required for the engineer to inspect it to see if the warranty company will cover the cost. Warranty Wise now say it`s not covered as it is normal wear and tear. The car has only covered 58,000 miles and I consider this to be premature wear. I would be interested in any opinions. Any suggestions? (2.0 HDI exclusive EGS)
Submitted: 10/04/2013 14:45:19 | ID: 18933
I have been advised that my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has a slight leak from a seal from one of the diesel injectors (4). I have been told that they really need to do a lot of work in order that no contamination gets into the system and have been quoted £650. Could anyone advise me if they think this is a fair price? Thank you.
Bullshit. Very common fault. Remove injector and redo seal, cost me £70 in an excellent independent - Dec from Ireland
Submitted: 21/03/2013 15:23:13 | ID: 18639
Hi. I have just purchased a 59 reg Citroen Grand Picasso VTR + 1.6 automatic. On journeys longer than 10 minutes when going from third to fourth gear, the car beeps and the service light comes on constantly and the screen says ’info engine fault’. It seemed to drive perfectly until today when it got stuck in third gear, so I had to switch to manual to get into fourth and then it worked fine again. Any ideas? Thanks.
Hi, had my 2010 C4 in for the same fault, the garage said the car needs to drive over 2500 revs for about 10 miles to burn off the carbon build up, and this should stop this fault. The car should not only be driven on small runs, that it needs a good long run from time to time, to stop this service light coming on. Regards - Christopher Payne from Ireland
My C4 gp has this funny behavior too. When engine is cold, every morning, or cold day in the rain without driving. While I drive, first to sec fine. Then sec to third, if I ram too hard, beep, engine fault, service light and gear stuck at D3. This remains until I switch off engine and re-start. Again if I ram up, it will give same error. I have to maintain D3 at below 3k rpm for about 10 min. Then everything is fine. Why? Citroen asked me to change the whole engine! Cost me $6k! And my car is just 3 yrs old! Vincent Chua from Singapore
Submitted: 19/03/2013 08:54:21 | ID: 18565
Is it easy enough to replace a wing mirror on the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso? I’ve been searching the web but can only find answers for the C4 and it all seems different?
Not easy, in fact difficult. Need to remove switch unit and unscrew handle. Remove two screws on edge of door and lift off door trim. Remove trim on mirror to access two bolts. Remove the bolts. You now have a cable that goes from outside the door to inside the door with no access. Release from the connectors.There is a grommet on the inside where the wire goes through the door panel. Inside the door is a clip which is inaccessible which holds the cable in place. There is also a self locking clip. Tie string to the switch connector and carefully pull the cable loom from the outside. Make sure you note where the cable was routed. You can now take the new mirror which usually comes complete with cable and do the reverse. Use the string to pull the cable Back through. There is no access other than through the mirror mounting hole on the outside and the grommet hole on the inside. You now have to try to reinstall the cable into the fittings. I used string to pull in the self locking clip and struggled for ages with the grommet. Easier to pull it through the push it back into place. You may have problems routing the cable to avoid the window movement. Trial and error - Peter from Wiltshire
Submitted: 18/03/2013 09:42:28 | ID: 18555
I have just purchased a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and I am disappointed at the spec level for a VTR+. The radio manual says I can select bluetooth connectivity but the dashboard says no! As it is the same radio is this something I can add, as I can’t understand why they would leave it out? (2.0 VTR+ Grand auto)
Submitted: 14/03/2013 10:09:38 | ID: 18513
How do I replace the bulb of the courtesy light on the folding wing mirror of my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso please? (VTR+)
Submitted: 08/02/2013 14:51:38 | ID: 17929
Hi, my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso`s screenwash isn`t working. I think it`s the fuse as I can`t hear the motor when I pull back the stalk. Can anyone advise where the fuse will be so I can check if it needs replacing? Thanks. (VTR)
The fuse box is under the bonnet on the nearside/passenger side quite far back in the engine compartment. This problem happened to me and it took 5 mins to change the fuse and all was right after - Nathan James from London
Submitted: 24/01/2013 12:33:13 | ID: 17602
Can anyone tell me what oil to use in the engine of my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso as I`m not able to find it in the manual and have conflicting reports as to whether to use semi or full synthetic oil? (1.6HD1 VTR+)
Submitted: 21/01/2013 10:00:37 | ID: 17433
I have just purchased a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDI Semi, EGS to replace a C5. I cannot find any info regarding whether this is a good tow car and what it is capable of. Can anyone offer any help please? Cheers.
I drive same car (Picasso 1.6 hdi) and tow my sprite swing caravan weighing 1300 kg. I can recommend this car for towing - Marius Joubert from South Africa
Submitted: 18/01/2013 11:24:43 | ID: 17372
My Citroen Grand C4 Picasso`s rear suspension keeps going up and down on it`s own, even when I’m driving. I’ve taken it to 2 different garages who both say that the computer is not picking up any fault. When the suspension is raised there are no leaks from the airbags and the pump is fine, so they think it`s a sensor that needs replacing. I’ve taken it to my local Citroen dealer and they`re saying I`ve got to replace the pump which is £900, is this right?
Hi, I had a similar experience last year, then one day the whole car just dropped and was undrivable. I took it back to the garage and they tested the air bags which still showed fine but I needed a new pump, big money, two weeks later it went again and when I went back I was told I needed new airbags!! For which I was fully charged and labour (no amount of saying they should have fixed it all the first time helped)... 1500.00 pounds!!! My advice, get it seen to in another garage, my experience is of this car Citroen got cocky and put all these fancy things in this car and half of them don’t work. I have had this car for 18 months and have been in the garage 15 times!! With problems in suspension, fuel cap sticking, gearbox, axles and more. It is a really badly built car and in my experience you can’t afford to ignore anything - Valerie Elliott from County Tyrone
Hi, I am a mechanic just repairing one of them; yes, it is the air suspention pump, it is £420 new from eBay, you have to check the rear link sensors too. Good luck - Albert Cuni from England
Submitted: 11/01/2013 09:15:59 | ID: 17228
I have a 2009 C4 Grand Picasso and the trip computer keeps displaying 9999km and 6.6 under the gallon symbol and the speed is showing incorrectly. It seems stuck on option 2 of the trip computer and I have tried to select other trip options but can’t find where... been through the manual so many times but no luck. I have a picture of it if someone wants to have a look... let me know :)
You can change this option by pressing the button on the end of the indicator stalk - John Joseph from Ireland
Submitted: 09/01/2013 10:38:04 | ID: 17156
Hi, we have a Grand Picasso vtr + 2008. The wipers have stopped working properly, the speeds dont work and now left hand side stays up. It’s just been in for a service plus before service came back from Scotland all the way with high speed on wipers as it was so bad. Any clues and is there a reset that we could do before going to garage once again for a big bill?
Hi there, me too, did u find what the problems was and how did u fix it? Mark Allen from England
Submitted: 08/01/2013 14:10:24 | ID: 17132
My Citroen Grand C4 Picasso starts okay but after a long journey I sometimes have difficulty in getting it started again. It does eventually start up and runs well. Any ideas? (1.6 HDI)
Submitted: 20/12/2012 15:56:03 | ID: 16605
The passenger side mirror on my 2008 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is not heating up. The driver’s works fine, as does the rear windscreen heater, with the exception of the bottom 3 strips. Any ideas anyone? (VTR+ HDi)
Submitted: 13/12/2012 09:32:37 | ID: 16338
I have a problem with my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. My left hand sidelamp is always faulty, even if I change it it takes only a few days and has the same problem. Please can anyone help me? Thanks.
Submitted: 06/12/2012 11:12:59 | ID: 16150
Is it possible to remote the function of the electric handbrake actuation in my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, by perhaps fitting a non-latching pushbutton in a spare location at a nearer point to the ’shorter’ driver`s comfort radius? The feasibility will depend on the complexity of the centre-dash standard actuator, but if that is just a non-latching single contact, then putting a more accessible contact in parallel should make this car a more comfortable one to live with. Any ideas?
Submitted: 04/12/2012 14:27:48 | ID: 16106
My Citroen C4 Picasso`s instrument display is not showing all the data. I have got the gear and speed but the rev counter, fuel gauge, mileage and trip meter are not showing, although they do appear for a few seconds when I turn the ignition on then they disappear. What can I do? (Grand Picasso)
Hi, I have the exact same problem. I only purchased the car yesterday but can’t seem to find anything in the manual to explain this. Please let me know if you find out how to fix this problem. Thanks - Lisa from London
High utterly pressing the button on the end of the wiper stalk this should bring up your computer data - Roger Major from England
Press the button on the dash next to the colour button (RHS). - Graham from Kent.
Submitted: 27/11/2012 10:33:48 | ID: 15817
Last night I got back into my Citroen Grand C4 Picasso to find it had a flat battery. A mechanic got it going but when I was driving home in the dark all warning lights came on telling me to stop and there was brake system failure and Esp/Asr failure. Then without warning the lights all went out and the power steering stopped . Absolute nightmare! Could this all be due to the flat battery and everything going mad?
I had a Citroen Xsara Picasso with the same problem, turned out to be the alternator - Rob from England
Submitted: 20/11/2012 12:59:11 | ID: 15575