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andrea, Cumbria

Citroen Xsara

Any help would be amazing. i will try and keep this short, The fault start about a month ago,the car was going well then all of a sudden it started jerking while driving, then all of a sudden it started over revving while in neutral, to stop it over revving i either had to knock the engine off or select first gear n move forward very slowly. One morning i had gone out in my car it juddered n spluttered i got it home and rang RAC, they came out ran diagnostics n it came up that spark plug 2 and 4 were faulty, He changed the coil pack and 4 new spark plugs. everything seemed ok, then later that day it started over revving again, jerking in every gear, then it started driving on its own with no pressure on my accelerator, i stopped the car turned off the engine, it wouldn't start again, kept coming up with immobilizer fault, airbag fault, etc. Rang RAC out again, the diagnostic machine couldn't pick my car up,,immobilier had kicked in he said it was the ecg unit was faulty, someone had looked at the car n said it was fine they got it started but it just keeps cutting out. any ideas or should i just cut my losses n send it to scrap heaven.

Submitted: 09/09/2017 12:36:41 | ID: 143542

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Chris, Somerset

Citroen Xsara

My heater fan appears to have lost its power feed. My mechanic tells me that the fuses and relays have been checked and are ok. Also when I switch on my left indicator it fails on the first engagement but will come on when you engage it on the second attempt.

Submitted: 08/08/2017 01:14:05 | ID: 142989

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Shabeer Shah, Sri Lanka

Citroen Xsara

serious engine misfiring while on the move . the engine check light flickers when the miss occcures . the loss is very bad . the car jurks . Pls advise . is it the plugs / coil / sensors . Thank you

Submitted: 10/07/2017 07:02:45 | ID: 142465

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andreas, Aberdeenshire

Citroen Xsara

headlights come on by themselves.as soon as headlights come on hooter want work.much appreciate andreas.

Submitted: 18/06/2017 08:25:31 | ID: 141999

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polly, Cornwall

Citroen Xsara

we have been losing power when going up hill or over taking. its worse when you change gear between second and third you get power lose.we have had it at the garage they have no idea whats causing it. had a full service and the maf changed still losing power .has any one have any suggestions please.

Submitted: 04/06/2017 21:55:16 | ID: 141730

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daniel ross, Highland

Citroen Xsara

Hello, my Citroen xsara is and old girl but she has done me fine until now, the radiator fans have stopped running all together out of the blue, the temperature gauge works and goes up when one would expect...up long hills and when sat in idle for a while the temperature will eventual run up to 110 when the engine stop light and alarm come on. there is plenty of coolant and no leaks. now,im not that much of a mechanic to be honest , i can manage an oil change and and thats about it. given that in mind im thinking its maybe just a fuse or a electrical problem. any problem shooting ideas would be great thanks. cheers , Daniel.

Submitted: 19/05/2017 17:00:19 | ID: 141394

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mathew jones, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara

How do I get access to change the brake bulb and are there any videos I can follow to make sure I'm doing it right?

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there is a video you can follow on youtube i had the same problem but easy now i know andrea from Cumbria

Submitted: 19/04/2017 14:34:21 | ID: 140734

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Nathan, Highland

Citroen Xsara

Hi, the heater blower on the xsara stays on when running the car and does not turn off! Can anyone help? Cheers.

Submitted: 31/03/2017 16:28:08 | ID: 140309

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Ian Harling, East Sussex

Citroen Xsara

I used the cigarette socket to run some amateur radio equipment and unfortunately the dc lead shorted out and blew the 20 amp fuse in the car fuse box.I replaced the fuse but now it only works with the ignition switch on...It worked with the ignition switch off before but doesn't now.Any suggestions please??

Submitted: 23/03/2017 13:56:06 | ID: 140104

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Hazel, Worcestershire

Citroen Xsara

Hiya I've got a Citroen xsara coupe 2001. I'm loosing coolant every time I use my car. The temperature gauge red light comes on. As well as the stop sign flashes. I took my car to the garage and they bled the system it was working ok for a couple of days now it's starting again. What do you think the problem is . Thanks

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The problem is your garage didn't look for where your coolant is leaking from and then fix it, change garages. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 01/03/2017 20:06:38 | ID: 139344

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Mills-Trott, Bahamas, The

Citroen Xsara

The 'S' underneath the gear box keeps flashing what do I do

Submitted: 18/02/2017 20:55:24 | ID: 139022

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Claire, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara

Sometimes my car key won't turn on my citreon xsara picasso. Do I need to replace all of the ignition (metal outer part and inner replacement part) or just the inner part (plastic and wiring). Would be grateful for some guidance please

Submitted: 27/01/2017 20:52:51 | ID: 138451

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Joy, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara

My driver electric seat has stopped working and needs to be higher , can anyone help ?????

Submitted: 29/12/2016 23:54:41 | ID: 137677

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Andrew hallford, City of Glasgow

Citroen Xsara

Engine management light flashing codes show injector circuit open and engine miss fire have changed plugs and coil pack still the same any ideas

Submitted: 04/12/2016 15:55:42 | ID: 137157

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mick whitehill, Isle of Wight

Citroen Xsara

There is smell of petrol just aftr I drive off,its not coming in the cab but when you get out of the car the smell is there. Is there an air filter which effects the carberator or could it be that the carberator itself is faulty.

Submitted: 01/11/2016 09:27:24 | ID: 136396

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Michael khadun, Mauritius

Citroen Xsara

All lights on dashboard is ok but when starting the engine, the starter run but engine doesn't start. Checked fuel pump with direct wiring and it works. Change also the ignition relay but problem is still same. When switching on the ignition there is no activity on neither the fuel pump nor the injection system. Plz does anybody have solution for this?

Submitted: 19/10/2016 07:03:52 | ID: 136060

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George Sultana, Malta

Citroen Xsara

Citroen xsara 1.4hdi 2004 model.When i turn the steering makes movement like wants to turn alone.even when im parked, turn the steering it makes movement.the steering like going backwards and forward.I don't have clue what's wrong or any leaks of power steering oil missing.HELP PLease!!!!!!!!

Submitted: 05/08/2016 19:03:29 | ID: 134135

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clive fisher, Lincolnshire

Citroen Xsara

Hi after a few weeks of my clutch pedal clicking when depressed it has now gone completely down to the floor the engine still runs but no gear selection unless the engine is not running . the pedal can be raised by hand has something broken on the pedal.

Submitted: 25/07/2016 12:44:07 | ID: 133822

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Stephen Whittaker , Ceredigion

Citroen Xsara

Hi any help would be appreciated, think it's the engine management lights come on on dash display (right hand side orange engine symbol) car seems to be running great but the central locking keeps operating when drivers door opens or closes , any ideas as to what this could be and how to fix it, the car is a 03 desire xasara

Submitted: 11/07/2016 15:34:21 | ID: 133431

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gary partrifge, West Midlands

Citroen Xsara

when I indicate right it makes a indicator sound but when I turn left it just makes a beeping sound wot could this be . many thanks gary

Submitted: 10/07/2016 21:06:44 | ID: 133417

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Michael plested, Berkshire

Citroen Xsara

My front Electric windows won't work both sides. Can any body help??

Submitted: 18/06/2016 10:59:00 | ID: 132764

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Leif Granholm, Finland

Citroen Xsara

Car won't rev pass 3k rpms

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Mine was doing the same thing changed the fuel filter problem solved Graham wells from East Lothian

Submitted: 02/05/2016 22:33:26 | ID: 131086

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carl, West Midlands

Citroen Xsara

my indicators and hazard lights and side lights are not working they flash in car but not in lenses when i press the hazard light button the mileage clock illuminates i have checked all fuses i can see and all seem to be fine any ideas would be welcome

Submitted: 18/04/2016 12:35:41 | ID: 130537

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Alex, Latvia

Citroen Xsara

Hello.My citroen xsara 2003,petrol.Last to days bort computer write speed too much(50 km) and noise pi,pi.Whats a this? Waiting you reply Regatds Alex.

Submitted: 14/04/2016 13:59:58 | ID: 130378

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ken, Lancashire

Citroen Xsara

where is heater matrix located and is it difficult to replace

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Ken I have tried replying to you.. but keeps getting deleted... have asked for you to send me e-mail with ur chassis no and I'll send you all the Citroen workshop diags.. there's a heck of a lot of work involved in changing a matrix. fb1051 at btinternet dot com R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 06/04/2016 10:30:25 | ID: 130007

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Omar Almossili , West Midlands

Citroen Xsara

New battery on my Picasso Xsara dispel but still won't start,won't even turn the engine over!can any one help please?

Submitted: 22/03/2016 18:12:56 | ID: 129349

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steven mansell, Gloucestershire

Citroen Xsara

Is there any way i can turn the battery warning/charging light off. The alternator is working fine as its charging well. The light just stays on. As the car is just a work horse i would like to just turn it off or dewire it.

Submitted: 02/03/2016 00:16:21 | ID: 128407

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Michael serridge, Cheshire

Citroen Xsara

Car won't start or crank over,it only runs when towed and started off the clutch..any suggestions please

Submitted: 28/02/2016 17:28:20 | ID: 128297

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Amos, South Africa

Citroen Xsara

My clutch pedal doesn't come now and again, i had to use my foot to pull it up, any ideas what might causing that?

Submitted: 14/02/2016 15:53:42 | ID: 127567

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k. miller, East Sussex

Citroen Xsara

I have a 2001 Xsara 23.0 HDI Automatic with nearly 99,000 miles on the clock. After about 2 miles of a 60 odd mile journey to N. London, while climbing a steepish hill, the car suddenly changed gear with an unpleasant bang, causing engine revs to go up to over 3,000. For the rest of the journey the car refused to change gear, even on the motorway at around 65 mph and engine revs at nearly 4,000. The car was parked for some 4 hours before we made the return journey, during which the car behaved normally, changing gear as usual, with no engine racing. What could have caused this and what should I do about it?

Submitted: 11/02/2016 12:23:02 | ID: 127440

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Sylvia bridgland, Gloucestershire

Citroen Xsara

Water is collecting behind the front passenger seat. The rear seat on that side is also wet. The sunroof drains have been cleared. Where can the water be coming from?

Submitted: 01/02/2016 14:38:01 | ID: 127000

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jim Flynn, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara

i have just had a new battery fitted to my citroen xsara hatchback 2002 now my remote fob does not work it works when i use the key [ any advice thank you]

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Battery in the fob might have gone R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 25/01/2016 00:37:30 | ID: 126654

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vas, Hertfordshire

Citroen Xsara

I recently changed the battery in my key and now the remote doesn't work I tried all. the different ways of reinitialising it but still doesn't work with remote

Submitted: 18/01/2016 16:31:41 | ID: 126340

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Alan, Telford and Wrekin

Citroen Xsara

The car won't start, it takes a long time to start on the ignition and stalls after a few goes; if you could help that would be great.

Submitted: 17/01/2016 16:57:22 | ID: 126303

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mick, Surrey

Citroen Xsara

CAN YOU HELP MY CAR IS RUNNING TO RICH WONT PASS MOT

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Take it to an engine tuning centre R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 15/01/2016 17:50:24 | ID: 126183

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FRANK, Fife

Citroen Xsara

LOCKING DOORS WITH FOB THEY LOCK THEN UNLOCK. HOW DO YOU FIX IT

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The light grey diaphragm which has the buttons moulded integral to it could be perished resulting in two buttons trying to work simultaneously. I bought a second hand fob from car breakers and put good button half onto the key and circuit board half making one good fob from two. Works like new, cost approx. £10. Malc from Poole

Submitted: 11/12/2015 13:00:17 | ID: 124597

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sonja, Devon

Citroen Xsara

Hi there - I wondered if anyone could advise me please. My Citroen needs a new cooling fan. It has a 2 phase system - the Hot Hot fan doesn't cut in and run properly. Can I use a 2 phase 1600 8v cooling fan or do I need to replace it with ' like ' ( 1800 16v ) version - ? Do they differ at all in any way ? many thanks

Submitted: 01/11/2015 19:34:44 | ID: 122994

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paul meddings, West Midlands

Citroen Xsara

something keeps blowing fuse 2, is it aproblem concerning air con or fan cooling

Submitted: 21/09/2015 18:09:13 | ID: 121453

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Andrea, Greece

Citroen Xsara

have a 2000 Citroen xsara and recently lost my transponder key for my ignition. I do have a spare key cut but it doesn't have a chip in it, I can only use it to unlock the doors and open the trunk. What I want to know... is there: ? A way to disable/bypass the theft prevention system so I can use the non-chipped key in my ignition? ? a way I can modify my key to trick the theft prevention system into thinking it is a real key

Submitted: 06/09/2015 09:08:12 | ID: 120843

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keith chesneau, Norfolk

Citroen Xsara

Had second hand gear box and new clutch fitted working well, until oil seal on the top of the box started to leak. The gear box garage fitted new seal. was told it would fill tight for a bit, but I was having trouble getting into 1 3 4 and reverse gear had to dip clutch then I would go in but its getting worse and nobody seems to know why. Any body got any anwers to the problem

Submitted: 25/08/2015 21:02:05 | ID: 120334

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