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charles anderson, Highland

Citroen Xsara

hi, had the car problem free for years fairly low milage failed the mot because the horn not working and air-bag light staying on, garage said it was not worth getting a new squib part and could not locate a second hand part, have had to get a another car, can you tell me how to get and fit a new part, as i could use it as a work van cheers

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The squib is just the comm 2000 indicator unit (is it the stalk and airbag module) I would replace it off ebay it will only be about £50 the horn is easy just buy a horn and fit it Max ferreira from Plymouth

Submitted: 23/09/2014 18:11:27 | ID: 103527

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Judith St Claire, Cumbria

Citroen Xsara

I can't turn off the childlock system. I've read the manual and followed instructions. The procedure doesn't work because instead of clicking once to the OFF position (turning from red to black) it will only click twice; therefore remaining switched ON. Is there a wire or fuse which I can remove to disable ONLY the childlock system and still have the rear doors responding to central locking?

Submitted: 21/09/2014 12:38:34 | ID: 103399

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Judith St Claire, Cumbria

Citroen Xsara

Bought this car Feb 2014. I was told that the the head gasket had just been replaced. Is it true to say that of the Citroen cars,; once the gasket has been changed it's very likely to go again soon?

Submitted: 12/08/2014 22:01:31 | ID: 101399

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david yeomans, Merseyside

Citroen Xsara

When my lights are on the dash lights flash on and off but still got car headlightand back lights

Submitted: 11/08/2014 04:49:25 | ID: 101301

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donna, Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara

Hi, I have a Citroen Xsara 2003, when I am driving I can hear a rattling noise front passenger side. At first I thought the exhaust was loose (that`s what it sounds like). My local garage said it`s nothing. Sometimes I have to take my foot off the accelerator then it`s okay for 10 mins or so. I had a new power steering rack, all new brakes, am at a loss? Thanks

Submitted: 28/07/2014 23:27:32 | ID: 100528

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Christine, West Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara

My management warning light has come on I had it taken off but came on again. Doesn't seam to be using any excess fuel and is running ok has cut out a couple of times after I drove it out of drive but nothing major can you help on what may be the problem.

Submitted: 20/07/2014 23:49:01 | ID: 100066

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stuart mott, Norfolk

Citroen Xsara

drivers side electric window goes up &down but then goes down halfway on its own accord.

Submitted: 20/07/2014 18:55:02 | ID: 100055

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stuart mott, Norfolk

Citroen Xsara

trouble selecting reverse gear on a manual gearbox all other gears select ok

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You have to check gear linkages that they are not loose , if so tighten them, if not the synchro gears selecting reverse or the reverse gear is damaged in the gearbox take it to the gearbox specialist bongani from Zimbabwe

You have to check gear linkages that they are not loose , if so tighten them, if not the synchro gears selecting reverse or the reverse gear is damaged in the gearbox take it to the gearbox specialist bongani from Zimbabwe

Submitted: 10/07/2014 10:41:16 | ID: 99371

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jim Flynn, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara

my citron zara hatchback 2000- 2004 blower motor is staying on at full power. also my electric windows the drivers side does not work. any advice thank you

Submitted: 10/07/2014 00:22:18 | ID: 99358

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alan, Lancashire

Citroen Xsara

Hi. does anyone have a wiring diagram for the electric door mirror please, trying to trace the wiring back into the centre console as the wire has been cut for some reason.

Submitted: 09/07/2014 20:09:45 | ID: 99347

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luje, West Midlands

Citroen Xsara

I left my lights on and locked the car but my key is broken. I now can`t get back in the car. How do I open the bonnet clips? And how can I get in the car?

Submitted: 02/07/2014 22:41:43 | ID: 98873

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Bev, West Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara

I have just purchased this car and I was told the driver`s seat pumped up. There is a little handle down the side of the seat but that doesn't seam to do anything, only move it slightly. Please could you help me solve this problem?

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Hi Bev,the small handle at the side pulls out ( extends ),pull it out towards footwell direction and pull upwards,then release it,this raises the seat to required level,to lower the seat,pull lever out and push it down,hope this helps. russell smith from West Lothian

Hi Bev,the small handle at the side pulls out ( extends ),pull it out towards footwell direction and pull upwards,then release it,this raises the seat to required level,to lower the seat,pull lever out and push it down,hope this helps. russell smith from West Lothian

Submitted: 02/07/2014 17:17:38 | ID: 98853

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jeanette, Worcestershire

Citroen Xsara

My car keeps stopping and won`t start again for some time and I`ve had it looked at 3 times so far and found nothing wrong. What could it be?

Submitted: 30/06/2014 15:17:33 | ID: 98739

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B Bussell, Somerset

Citroen Xsara

My Citroen Xsara keeps throwing fan belts - why?

Submitted: 19/06/2014 14:44:34 | ID: 98033

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farid, Middlesex

Citroen Xsara

My citroen xsara 2.0 hdi diesel , lately sound bit weird its like i start it drive somewhere when i turn off the engine come back in minute to start it wont start i used the easy start and opend the plugs then starts it happened few times the engine magnite light its not on you hear is turning on but wont start i have been told its crank shaft sensor or maf sensor i changed both of them but still the same . when i turn the key on i hear thats the diesel pump is working by listining to it . the mechanic checked the lift pump in the front and he said it sound like working he also mentioned thats the immboliser is working fine . when it drives it drives perfect no cuts never stopped . anyone can help . thanks.

Submitted: 19/06/2014 00:36:59 | ID: 98004

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Bradley, South Africa

Citroen Xsara

I have a Citroen Picasso 1.8 16v 2000 model, I'm having trouble with clutch pedal getting harder to depress goes up and down, any suggestions please.

Submitted: 14/06/2014 09:19:54 | ID: 97654

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Michael Van Moppes, France

Citroen Xsara

As I was driving along the car suddenly became very difficult to engage into any gear so I stopped I then tried to pull away again but could not engage any gear at all so we were completely stuck . Does anyone have any ideas asto what the problem is as I am unable to move the car?

Submitted: 13/06/2014 17:14:58 | ID: 97611

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tommy, Surrey

Citroen Xsara

I have same problem with my front right window and remote. Fixed wire in door. now remote is working but not the window. And there is no other broken wires.

Submitted: 10/06/2014 15:30:44 | ID: 97359

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ann, North Ayrshire

Citroen Xsara

Rear wheel is rubbing on inner. Sill? Camber or beam bearing?

Submitted: 09/06/2014 14:15:52 | ID: 97286

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Terry Swallow, South Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara

Having parked the car over night having had no problem with starting the engine. The car will not start today. All the dash lights work and the electric windows work fine. The fob locks and unlocks the car but it seems like there is not enough power in the battery to turn the engine over, it will start from jump leads or a bump. The battery is a sealed type and it is showing green in the sight glass. The only fault I can find is with the light indicator flashing on the dash if I indicate left it turns the lights off, however if the lights are actually turned on this does not happen. I hope someone can help. Thanks Terry ps the car is 2004

Submitted: 08/06/2014 13:28:08 | ID: 97209

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Brian Scott, Leicestershire

Citroen Xsara

Hi, I recently purchased a 2003 Citroen Xsara LX hatchback and I have noticed that the mileage gauge and trip meter are incrementing in kilometres and not miles. My speedometer gauge states MPH at the top, so it is a UK car, but clocking up in kilometres will make the car appear to have a much higher mileage than it should have. Is there a way to switch from incrementing in kilometres to incrementing in miles? or do I have to get the on-board computer re-programmed by a Citroen main dealer? The end of the windscreen wiper stalk does not toggle between kilometres and miles as I believe it may do on later Xsara versions. Any suggestions please and if I do manage to switch to miles will my mileage gauge counter go down to reflect the change ? Thanks in anticipation

Submitted: 07/06/2014 21:05:19 | ID: 97155

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Alex Jureksson, Norway

Citroen Xsara

Hi. Regarding a Xsara -97 model. The heating-fan is working only now and then... Coluld this be a "relay"-problem..? Suggestions please. =)

Submitted: 04/06/2014 18:11:03 | ID: 96910

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Graham Sword, Australia

Citroen Xsara

engine valve timing Number 1 cylinder reading from left or right side looking at car

Submitted: 01/06/2014 03:19:23 | ID: 96638

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phil sykes, Cambridgeshire

Citroen Xsara

i have a problem with the horn on my xsara 1.6 2003 estate ,when the ignition is of the horn works ,when turned on it doesnt work properly ,(you have to push very very hard and even then it doesnt allways work ,) i have taken the air bag/horn off but couldnt find anything wrong,the air bag is reg working according to dashboard lights is there anything else i can try .

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The horn on my xara picasso has stopped working, where is it situated and is it easy to fit a pair of dual horns instead. bill herbert from Merthyr Tydfil

The horn on my xara picasso has stopped working, where is it situated and is it easy to fit a pair of dual horns instead. bill herbert from Merthyr Tydfil

Submitted: 30/05/2014 18:44:47 | ID: 96544

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CHRISTINE, Essex

Citroen Xsara

hi guys please help i have a 2001 xsara hatchback for a while now when i change down to 2nd gear or slowing down my engine cuts out and all lights come on the dashboard steering locks until i restart anybody have a solution to what i could try to resolve the problem

Submitted: 22/05/2014 15:01:28 | ID: 95929

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ALAN, West Dunbartonshire

Citroen Xsara

when i press accelerator i hear a hissing sound Pssssssss could i be the vacume pipe---- hose???

Submitted: 22/05/2014 10:11:55 | ID: 95917

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Dave, Essex

Citroen Xsara

Just had 3 part clutch fitted on my 02 xsara 1.4 lx and now its making funny noise when take foot off throttle free wheeling in gear out of gear,i was told could be the crown wheel or or bearing in box,it sounds like cv joint but its not,

Submitted: 15/05/2014 20:53:49 | ID: 95569

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Luke, Bridgend

Citroen Xsara

for some reaon my back windows of a citreon picasso xsara are locked and cant use the buttons how would I unlock them so i can open and close the back windows thanks

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My back windows are manual in picasso but had a few before and there is normally a lock switch either in the front of the car or the door panel (same as door lock) for child safety have you checked those of check the child safety door lock it might be set to do windows aswell Other option would be to remove the door panel see wer the lock is and remove it or follow it to the source Mike from Redcar and Cleveland

Submitted: 03/05/2014 12:03:58 | ID: 95033

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steven mansell, Gloucestershire

Citroen Xsara

its a 1.6 lx 16v. Where is the starter motor on this car as it will not turn over. Thanks steve

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It's right at the back behind the bulk your better off going from under to see it right against the main engine chassis to replace it you have to take a lot of the piping out from the right as the 3rd bolt is hard to accesses Mike from Redcar and Cleveland

Submitted: 15/04/2014 13:28:28 | ID: 94251

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Brian Thomson, Aberdeenshire

Citroen Xsara

Hello, I'm having a problem with the lights in my car. When turning on the sidelights the back lights come on and the dash lights come on but I have no front side lights. I've checked all the bulbs and everything is fine, even had the sidelights manually wired to a battery and they come on fine, just nothing happens when using the control in the car. I've been advised this may be a fuse problem, but no fuse layout i can find matches what is in the car. And fuses in the car aren't numbered. Can anyone offer any kind of help at all as I need to get this sorted before it goes for an M.O.T. Thanks

Submitted: 12/04/2014 17:48:19 | ID: 94140

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Mick Ralph, Worcestershire

Citroen Xsara 2002

How do I open my Citroen Xsara`s driver`s door? The central locking is working on all other doors. Thanks.

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Hi, Would suggest to check the following. Common problem with broken wires inside the rubber duct between the door hinges. Unscrew the plug pull out gently rubber duct and check all the wires inside. It is quite possible you will find your problem solution there. bartol from Greater London

Submitted: 07/04/2014 12:00:26 | ID: 93996

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Colin Ordell, Berkshire

Citroen Xsara 2002

I have just got a 2002 Citroen Xsara LX 1.6 petrol Estate and the battery was flat so I started it with a booster pack and drove from Wales to Reading with no problem. When I got home and turned the engine off it wouldn’t turn over and, although dash lights and horn and windows worked, there was not enough power to crank. Does anyone know if this would mean the battery is not holding charge or is it the alternator? The remote fob doesn’t work so I put a new battery in it, still it didn`t work so with no keyhole for the rear tailgate I can`t get in the back. Any ideas as to why this is not working or do I need to re program the key? Also the engine management light is on constantly? Maybe all this because the car, although MOT’d till Oct 2014 has not been driven since then. Can anybody help with any or all of these problems? Thanks. (LX estate)

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i hope this may help you as i had the same problem ,but my fob worked ,a common fault is the wireing loom on the tailgate to body they break you will probaly find most wires have broken,the only way to get the boot open is to climb into boot and use a tork key to undo catch fitted to car boot ,you may have to cut a small piece of plastic pannel a,way to get boot open ,you should open all doors and boot with the key manualy from both sides also check fuse box as the boot fuse is on a seperate fuse its a 15a blue to the left side of fuse box in car small block , if the same as mine good luck phil sykes from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 04/04/2014 10:58:12 | ID: 93870

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Stacey, County Londonderry

Citroen Xsara 1999

Hi. I have recently bought a Westcoast Citroen Xsara Coupe. I only just found out that the car`s been giving me a lot more trouble than I bargained for. It needs a new head gasket but I’ve been told I’d be better off buying a complete new engine for the car. I don`t really know much about fixing cars or prices etc but I`m really stuck and can’t afford to buy a new car as I need this one sorted for a new job in the caring profession. Can anyone tell me if I can use an engine from any other Citroen make or Peugeot?

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Wow Stacy you are me I just got a 1999 Xsara coupe coz I got a job as a home carer and my head gasket has gone. Fixing the car will cost more than its worth but mine has a 'fast and furious' spray job, spoilers etc and I have a fan club of local school boys and my kids think I'm cool so I am going to fix it but it's going to cost about £800 in total wot a bummer but they are nice cars. I hope you get it fixed OK and your job goes well. Kessie x Kessie from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 04/04/2014 08:46:56 | ID: 93851

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Mazlan Ayub, England

Citroen Xsara 1999

Hi. My Citroen Xsara 1.6 SX 1999 speedometer is not working probably? How do I fix it?

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Same here but at least it doesn't need to be working for the MOT do wot I do follow the car in front! Kessie from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 03/04/2014 11:50:53 | ID: 93580

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Dave Murphy, Kent

Citroen Xsara 2004

Hi. Could anyone tell me why my Citroen Xsara`s headlights come on when I am driving? The light on my dashboard flashes on and off and my headlights come on for a minute or so, regardless if it is bright sunshine or dull outside. I was wondering if there is a sensor somewhere that turns the lights on when it gets dark or rains etc? It is really annoying that they come on without me turning them on. I don’t know if it is a wiring problem or whether the sensor is playing up. Any ideas? I will disconnect it if possible as I don’t need this function. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks. (HDi Estate)

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I have a 2003 Citroen Xsara Estate which does exactly the same thing. My mechanic told me that it is a faulty switch inside the arm that comes out of the steering column, ie, the one that you lift up and down to turn the indicators on and is likely to cost a few hundred quid. It is very irritating but it is likely to cost me more than the car is worth. Bekki Kingshott from Hampshire

Submitted: 03/04/2014 08:30:09 | ID: 94013

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Peter Copperstone, Gloucestershire

Citroen Xsara 2001

My Citroen Xsara has a throttle problem, without warning my throttle stops responding at any time but the engine is still running. If I put my foot down nothing happens, however if I turn the engine off and back on all is fine. This is very dangerous and frustrating as it has happened when crossing busy roads and my ticker will not take much more. Some say it`s the brake switch/throttle sensor/ecu. Does anyone know what I can do please? (XL automatic)

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Found it, a vacuum pipe was split taped it up all is fine. Peter Copperstone from Gloucestershire

Submitted: 01/04/2014 09:48:52 | ID: 93715

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S C, England

Citroen Xsara 2002

I was driving along and my Citroen Xsara made an electric ping noise like a warning noise, not a mechanical noise. Any ideas?

Submitted: 31/03/2014 14:19:58 | ID: 93649

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Carl Huxley, Wales

Citroen Xsara 2002

My Citroen Xsara`s warning light goes on and off with a bell sound when I`m driving. Is it the brake sensor? (1.4 estate)

Submitted: 31/03/2014 11:18:50 | ID: 94003

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Jay, Australia

Citroen Xsara 2002

Is the clutch set up the same on a 1998 Xsara 1.8 as a 2002 Xsara 1.6?

Submitted: 26/03/2014 10:58:24 | ID: 93591

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Phemelo, Botswana

Citroen Xsara 2004

Immediately after fitting a clutch kit to my Citroen Xsara 1.6 it just wouldn`t accelerate. If you press the accelerator pedal it does not respond. Can anyone help?

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It maybe that under the battery there is a plug as the throttle is electronic, if you follow the throttle cable up you will see where it goes. You would of had to disconnect it to get access to the starter motor, hope that helps. Warren Beamer from England

Submitted: 17/03/2014 11:53:15 | ID: 62912

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