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Hi, my Citroen Xsara 1.4 will not go into first or second gear. Can anyone please tell me what is causing this to happen as it goes into third, fourth, fifth and reverse? Thanks.
Submitted: 07/03/2014 12:05:23 | ID: 26334
Hi, when I put the key into the ignition of my Citroen Xsara it will only go halfway in and the steering wheel lock is on. I can`t get it off as the key will not go all of the way in. Any suggestions how to fix it please? Thanks.
Submitted: 24/02/2014 12:36:21 | ID: 26010
Hi, my Citroen Xsara`s airbag light stays on. I have been told it`s the steering wheel squib ring. Is this an expensive part to replace and is it something I could repair myself? Thanks. (1.4 LX petrol)
Submitted: 14/02/2014 11:07:06 | ID: 25769
I’ve just purchased a Citroen Xsara Estate and when I put it into reverse gear it beeps a couple of times and then goes into a constant high pitched beep. I assumed this was a parking sensor but I reversed right up to a wall and the high pitched beep did not change. I just wondered what this noise means? It’s only on when I reverse?
The Phase II Xsara did have the option of a reverse warning detector, though I’ve never actually encountered one. They’re as rare as hens teeth. There should be a dash-mounted switch to control it. Failing that, it may, of course be an aftermarket add-on. I fitted one of those to one of my own Xsaras. Why it should appear to be faulty I can’t say, but doubtless it can be disabled if required without too much problem. The sounder should be detectable by simply listening, then just unplug. If you wanted to retain the function I imagine it wouldn’t be overly difficult to replace with an eBay item, as there’re cheap enough. Even the original bumper sensors might be used if it’s just a control box issue. - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 23/01/2014 16:23:31 | ID: 25162
My Citroen Xsara 1.4 petrol won’t start. A few days ago I stopped the engine and then an hour later I tried to start it in vain, the engine was dead. I verified that the fuel pump is working and the battery is okay. What can the cause be?
All sorts of possibles here. It might be the immobiliser has armed itself, in which case it certainly won’t start. There’s so many things to check thro’, that without a proper diagnostic test, you could be hunting in the dark for ages. Get it to a dealer or garage that has the Citroen-specific reader for the car - a Lexia3. A cheap plug-in reader will not help with this - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 20/01/2014 09:27:38 | ID: 25006
Hi, I`ve just bought my Citroen Xsara. It seemed to be driving great but the engine turned itself off the other day while I was driving. It started again straightaway but this has happened now 4 times in the last 2 weeks. Also I’ve noticed that the driver`s electronic window sometimes goes down instead of up and the dim light symbol sometimes flashes on the dash even though the lights aren’t on. Is the electronic computer chip or whatever it`s called starting to go? There’s 80,000 miles on it and it`s a 1.4 petrol.
Check battery terminals are clean & tight. Without a thoro’ diagnosis, it’s a bit like shooting in the dark, but I’d suggest getting the fuel pump in the tank checked - you can suffer intermittent wiring glitches and I did have one pump slowly and erratically die on me - that needed replacing. Electric windows - always check the wiring bundle in the gap between driver’s door and frame. Peel back the rubber sleeve and look for breaks. Dim light symbol?? Side lights possibly? If it’s flashing, it might be a bulb out - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 17/01/2014 14:27:59 | ID: 24986
My Citroen Xsara`s engine won’t start. The fuel pump is working but it seems that there is no spark at the plugs. What would cause this please?
Submitted: 17/01/2014 10:12:30 | ID: 24962
When I turn off my Citroen Xsara it won`t start again for some time, but sometimes it starts and runs normally. Could this be an electronic problem?
Submitted: 13/01/2014 10:25:44 | ID: 24798
My Citroen Xsara`s clutch release bearing shattered and bust the pressure plate. I have now replaced the clutch and put the gearbox back in 11 times but it`s still not right. When I start it and put it into gear it lurches forward, even with the clutch pedal fully pressed down. What can I do please? (estate 2.0 LX hdi)
Clutch friction plate fitted round the wrong way - it’s possible? Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 10/01/2014 11:10:59 | ID: 24749
Hi. I have just purchased a Citroen Xsara 1.6i 16v (110) from a dealer as a cheap run around. I bought the car quite cheaply sight unseen. On driving the car it drives brilliantly, better than our prior 406/407s I think. The problem is that the electrics are a bit iffy on the driver`s side. 1) Electric window won`t work. 2) Central locking from the driver`s door won`t work at all. If I lock from the passenger door the central lock locks and then immediately unlocks as though a door is open. (The lights do flash with the central locking). 3) I have noticed the interior light doesn’t work on the driver`s door but it`s okay on all other doors. Can anyone suggest what I can do please? (LX estate)
Dead easy and likely all the same cause. Open driver’s door and inspect the wiring loom running between door and frame. Peel back the rubber boot over it and I’ll be you find one or more fractured wires inside there. The big plastic nut can be undone at the door end, like a giant bayonet light bulb fitting, and the other end can be pulled somewhat from the door frame (it’ll push back in) and this will give you more room to work. Match up the broken ends, then solder in 2-3 inch lengths of new wire to extend and repair the breaks. That way the new wire will be sitting where the old bend was, so less likely to go again. Put everything back as it was - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 09/01/2014 12:30:29 | ID: 24694
My Citroen Xsara 1 display unit doesn’t work so I don’t know the speed, fuel level and temperature. Also there is no light on the display. All these faults happened after washing the car. I checked all fuses but they were good. Everything is functioning but not appearing on the display. Please advise me what I can check to solve this problem? Thanks in advance. (Xsara one)
Submitted: 07/01/2014 14:08:15 | ID: 24635
I`m trying to fit reverse parking sensors on my Citroen Xsara. The sensors are all in and the wiring is all through but I don`t know which wire is for the reverse light? (It`s the estate by the way).
Note which bulb comes on, then undo the light unit - which you’d have to do anyway. The bulb you need will be staring you in the face - just trace back the copper printed circuit to the connector. Earth of course is connected to all the lampholder bases, so it’s the circuit from the bulb central pin you want. Tap into the associated wire anywhere after the plug-in connection - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 07/01/2014 10:04:22 | ID: 24598
Hi, could anyone tell me which manual adjustable clutch cable l can use to replace the auto adjustable cable on my W reg 1.4 petrol Citroen Xsara please? I have seen it mentioned on this site but no-one has said which cable to use? Any info would be great, thanks. (1.4 petrol)
There’s no such animal. Just fit either the Dealer supplied one or one from a good Motor Factor - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 06/01/2014 11:47:16 | ID: 24558
Where do I find the controls to change the time and date on my Citroen Xsara? I have looked in the manual and it says 2 buttons but I cannot find them?
On the dashboard display there are two buttons to the right of the display. Hold top one in for a few seconds until display flashes. Then it gives you a choice of time, year, month, day, mph/kph, 12h/24h, etc. These flash up in turn. Press the top button to select what is showing or the bottom one to advance say, the months, hours, etc. These reset obviously, when the battery is disconnected for any reason. - Eric Scarboro from Durham
Submitted: 17/12/2013 15:46:31 | ID: 24061
Can anyone tell me where the fuse is for the back window wiper motor on my Citroen Xsara, as I can’t get to it and can’t get the water to come out of front and back wipers? Thanks.
Water doesn’t come out of the wipers and is quite unrelated. Try Fuse No. 5 under the bonnet, but that’s a stab in the dark owing to the number of fusebox layouts there are. Probably a 10A fuse (red) and should be replaced with a 15A (blue). If that doesn’t fix it, likely the pump itself is broken. Dunno about wiper motor fuse number, but it is on the same circuit as the heated rear window, so quite a hefty one - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 05/12/2013 15:54:35 | ID: 23675
Can anyone help please? Me and my husband recently bought a Citroen Xsara and we found that the blowers work but don’t blow out any warm air. We have also noticed that the thermostat does not move even though the engine gets hot. I`ve looked on another forum that it could be something to do with air in the radiator but we have bled it and still nothing changes. We have also run the car so that the fan kicks in so we know the engine is hot but still the gauge does not move. Has anyone else got any suggestions? Also the central locking has a problem whereby the driver`s door doesn’t seem to be on the circuit at all and will only unlock that door when unlocked from the driver`s side. Then if it`s unlocked by the passenger`s side it seems to lock then unlock straight away and when you try again it locks the passenger side but leaves the back doors open. Please help?
Submitted: 05/12/2013 12:16:49 | ID: 23650
My Citroen Xsara rubs it`s back wheel when going round corners or when weight is put in the back. Why is this?
My wife’s had the same problem. Bushes in rear axle. Ended up getting good second hand one from breakers. Been ok ever since about 3 years now - Mike Richards from England
Submitted: 21/11/2013 10:29:57 | ID: 23302
The central locking on my Citroen Xsara 2001 won`t work, even turning the key in the locks, it seems to lock and then unlock immediately. Also the driver`s auto window won’t go up or down and the left indicator won’t work. I put a new battery in the key fob. Are all electricals connected? Thanks for your help.
It’s one wire that runs into the driver’s door. If you open the driver’s door and unscrew the loom from the door and pull the rubber back you should see the wire has split. I just used a small electricle block and connected them back. - Mike from Lancashire
Submitted: 19/11/2013 10:53:04 | ID: 23235
My Citroen Xsara`s key fob is not working. I`ve done all of the resets as online. When I sit in the car and press buttons on the fob I can hear a click coming from the fuse box next to the steering wheel. The fuel gauge reads full one minute then goes to halfway, a few days later it goes back to full. Now the orange light has come on and I have only done 236 miles on a full tank, so I put in £20 fuel and it went back to 3/4 of a tank ...so frustrating. Can anyone help?
Your key fob will need properly recoding to the car and that needs the Dealer’s Lexia3 machine - if it’s possible, that is. Ignore fuel gauge readings - they lie... horribly. No there isn’t a cure, just get used to its charming idiosyncrasies - P Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 18/11/2013 16:15:16 | ID: 23222
My Citroen Xsara has a warning light that has come on which looks like a K on it. Please can anyone tell me what this is? (SX)
Engine management warning light or EML. Go to dealer or garage and get a diagnostic plug-in, at an extortionate rate - Phil Simmons from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 18/11/2013 12:53:30 | ID: 23204
Hello. After a flat battery the key fob fails to lock or unlock the trunk of my Citroen Xsara. How can I sync the fob again? Thank you. (Sedan)
Hello John I’m having the same problem and searching how to solve it. The key fob does not activate or deactivate the alarm and I think the key has to be re-coded, but already 2 days on this and nothing yet. Did you manage to solve your problem and if so, how? (Olá João. Eu estou com o mesmo problema e procurando como resolvê-lo. Esqueci a luz acesa e a bateria arriou, então dei o "tranco", rodei 40 milhas e quando tentei ligar novamente não funcionou. O key fob não ativa e nem desativa o alarme. Creio que a chave tenha que ser recodidficada, mas já está a 2 dias na mecânica e nada ainda. Vc conseguiu resolver o seu problema como? Obrigado.) - Marcos Padilha from England
Submitted: 15/11/2013 15:37:26 | ID: 23159
Is the clutch pedal on the Citroen Xsara estate controlled by a spring or hydraulics? Also can someone tell me how to fix it as it doesn’t spring back up when changing gear? Thank you. (Estate)
Your clutch is ran by a cable, which is auto adjust, you will have to replace the cable or try and get a manual adjust one - Johnboy from Warwickshire
Sometimes you can just put your foot under the pedal and flip it back up. Obviously you can’t ride the clutch as it is hydrostatic and will burn out really quickly. - Eric Scarboro from Durham
Submitted: 15/11/2013 11:25:28 | ID: 23124
I`ve just put a new clutch cable on my Citroen Xsara but dont know how to release the self adjusment part in the middle? Can anybody explain?
Submitted: 11/11/2013 11:30:05 | ID: 22905
Hi. Can anyone help? I need to replace the front brake pads on my Citroen Xsara and can`t find out which braking is installed. Please help? (HDI 90 bhp estate)
If you look on the caliper it will tell you what type they are there are three or four different types from lockey, girling help this helps - Janet Wood from Derbyshire
Submitted: 07/11/2013 15:26:31 | ID: 22839
Hi, the boot on my Citroen Xsara will not open, it makes a noise when I press the button on the key fob but the boot will not open. Please can you help?
Press down on the boot lid just above the lock. Hey presto it opens - Kris Palmer from Oxfordshire
May be a central locking fault my Xsara suffers it too. Try sitting in car and operating the central locking via the drivers door switch, on and off a couple of times, check if boot opens. Mine has moved on from this, so second trick is to open the drivers door and operate the key fob lock, (not unlock) button, then check the boot - David May from Derbyshire
Submitted: 07/11/2013 12:11:43 | ID: 22801
I have a Citroen Xsara and the stop sign shows on the dashboard with the warning bleep when I drive for a short distance in the morning, then it disappears. Recently heavy white smoke started coming out with an engine miss. Then it becomes okay after a short time of running the engine. What could the problem be?
Sticking brushes in cooling fans. Lightly tap the fan motor hose and free the sticking brushes or replace with new/second-hand. - Paul Sidnham from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 04/11/2013 15:33:27 | ID: 22680
Hi there. I took my Citroen Xsara shoppin, everything was okay. I got home and went to start the car again but it would not start and all the gauges and dash lights were going wild. I thought the battery could be the problem so I charged it but the same thing happened, so I bought a brand new battery. Now it`s turning over okay and all the dash lights and gauges are all okay but it still will not start. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 04/11/2013 15:03:49 | ID: 22669
Diesel has split onto my Citroen Xsara`s alternator and possibly shorted it. Can the alternator be repaired or is a new one needed?
Submitted: 29/10/2013 16:01:57 | ID: 22469
Hi guys, I have had a Citroen Xsara for the past 3 years. Now if I start the car the engine starts making a noise and the exhaust gets red. Can anybody help please?
Submitted: 29/10/2013 11:39:47 | ID: 22410
I bought this Citroen Xsara from a friend`s uncle and it has only got 21,000 miles on the clock. I am worried it will cost me too much in petrol to run. I filled it up £60 full tank, the petrol gauge went down to halfway and I had only just done 100 miles. The gauge has now gone back to the top again. Is this normal? I thought petrol gauges just went from full to empty, not halfway and then back up? How many miles on average should a full tank do?
No worries, the fuel tank sensors are iffy at best. I have had two in my Xsara Estate and they both have done exactly the same, with, like yourself, half a tank variation in readings. - Baz from Cornwall
I have a Y reg and the fuel gauge will only show the contents correctly if the vehicle is parked on a LEVEL surface. It has been like this since I have had it from new. Also, if the tank is only about a quarter full, be very wary of parking on a slope from right to left so the car is tilted with the passenger side a fair bit lower than the driver’s side. For some reason the fuel has difficulty getting through the pump to the engine ! It is a citroen, what do you expect ? The electrics are rubbish, always have been for years and years. - Patrick Ross from England
Submitted: 28/10/2013 15:59:17 | ID: 22363
Hello, I bought a Citroen Xsara recently and I do not have the original 22RC 465/35 radio code. If someone would tell me how to find the code, I would be very grateful? Thank you.
Go on this site -http://forum.legija.net/forumdisplay.php/68-Free-Car-radio-unlock-codes, first request free. Take out your radio and make a note of all the numbers on it, even those stamped on the side and post them. It takes about 3 hours for a reply, I read few pages first to get the jist of what was required. - Brazilnut from England
Submitted: 18/10/2013 16:11:59 | ID: 21933
Hello. When I turn on my Citroen Xsara`s radio or CD player a loud beep noise comes on like a smoke alarm. It will not stop no matter what I do, the only way is to turn the radio off. It`s a very loud beeping noise. Can anyone help please? (sport vtr)
Submitted: 18/10/2013 09:19:52 | ID: 21898
Hi guys, the wife has just had to have a second hand gearbox and new clutch fitted to her Citroen Xsara 52 plate. Everything fitted okay but the car won`t start now. The immobiliser light on the dash is on and can`t be extinguished by resetting through the keyfob! We have no security card with the car, just the fob! Could some wires have been fitted the wrong way or have you any ideas if we can bypass the immobiliser please?
Check the timing sensor on the gearbox. - Ray Hodson from Yorkshire
Submitted: 17/10/2013 15:26:36 | ID: 21879
Can anyone please tell me where the pollen filter is located in my Citroen Xsara and how to replace it?Thank you. (Desire 1.4i)
Your pollen filter is located under the passenger side dashboard. There is a flap of carpet like material held on by a couple of push studs, you will then see the filter housing. Slide the bottom cover off and you should be able to pull the filter out. - Baz from Cornwall
Submitted: 17/10/2013 14:36:45 | ID: 21863
I`ve had my Citroen Xsara for 4 years, bought it without a catalytic converter. It ran well until recently. It`s constantly revving about 2000+ rpm in traffic and when slowing down or taking my foot off the accelerator it starts searching and jerking. I had it three times at the Citroen agent for hours on the computer and every time with a different problem. I decided to take it elsewhere and it cost me for changing the heat sensor, then the airflow sensor on the throttle body and then the TPS (throttle position sensor) underneath the throttle body. I still have the problem and R6000 later. It also runs very lean. It is very difficult to describe exactly what it`s doing unless driving it. So if anybody has any idea what can be wrong let me know please? Citroen’s mechanics in Port Elizabeth, South Africa are of no help and a bunch of fitters not mechanics. (Xsara vts coupe 2L)
Submitted: 03/10/2013 15:50:30 | ID: 21567
Hi, over the last couple of days as I turned my Citroen Xsara`s engine on it made a car generated popping noise, this has happened a couple of times now. The car starts okay following this but it obviously means something. I`ve had the car 6 years now and never heard this before. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Submitted: 03/10/2013 15:13:38 | ID: 21558
When I put my Citroen Xsara`s headlights on there is a whirring noise coming from the engine near the dash. What is the problem and how can I solve it? If I put on my side lights there`s no noise. Sometimes after indicating the headlights come on and the noise too. After driving for a long time the noise goes. Please can anybody help? (2.0 LX hdi)
Submitted: 30/09/2013 16:09:19 | ID: 21419
When I put my heater on smoke comes comes out of the dashboard of my Citroen Xsara. Why is it doing this?
Submitted: 24/09/2013 14:20:35 | ID: 21254
When trying to open my Citroen Xsara with the remote key it won’t open the 4 front doors, but when opening the boot with the key it works. I don’t know where to look for the fuse as it doesn’t show in my car manual. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 09/09/2013 12:51:43 | ID: 20853
Hi. A couple of days ago there was a big rain and I had to drive through a huge puddlle of water. Since then the warning light on my Citroen Xsara.`s dashboard starts flashing along with the battery light. They flash randomly followed with a beep and I can hear some ticking before it happens. The car seems to run fine but I’m worried about this and wondered if anyone could help me? Thank you.
Submitted: 06/09/2013 15:40:39 | ID: 20828