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I have just changed the timing belt on my Citroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 HDi, but to access the timing belt, the auxiliary belt has to be removed, which drives the air-con, alternator and PAS (Power Assisted Steering) pump. To facilitate access, the PAS fluid reservoir must be moved out of the way. This does not necessitate disconnecting it from its rubber tubes, but only flexing them so that the reservoir can be moved a couple of inches. On completion of the job, I find that the PAS has a fault. Steering is very heavy at low revs, but seems OK when the engine is revving a bit more. There is not a dipstick attached to the cap - there is a green thing in the reservoir that says "Max", and the fluid is just about lapping over it, so I think there's enough fluid in the system. Any thoughts / recommendations?
Submitted: 28/08/2016 14:41:27 | ID: 134721
Hi, I keep getting an engine fault warning message flash on my dash , no light stays on , I have loss of complete loss of acceleration until I either shift up or down a gear then I am able to accelerate again! My car was in for an mot the day before this started happening and the garage had to fit me a new headlight wiring loom as mine had melted , just wondering if this is complete coincidence it has happened just after it has been worked on at a garage or could the new wiring have something to do with it . It has happened at least once every day since . Regards Joanne
Your car has gone into 'limp mode' - the engine fault needs to be read and actioned/cleared. Ebay do a very good code reader for the car for about £12 which works well on the picasso. You simply remove the coin box/small panel (it pulls off) and plug in the code reader/resetter. Turn on ignition and read code(s) - make a note of them and look them up on teh internet; it may be the air filter sensor ( easily replaced as it's just a plastic bit with two jubilee clips) or a dirty EGR valve which can be cleaned or replaced or better blanked off with a blanking kit as it will reoccur. The resetter will clear down the fault codes and turn teh dash light off. Wait for any to reappear and read teh codes again -these will be the real fault codes- sometimes old ones build up which arent the issue. If you experience the limp mode, try to pull over, switch off ignition and wait- it will most proably reset after a few startups and last a while. EGR valve I think, but could be air filter sensor or anthing else. .. garage will charge you £50 to read teh codes anyway before any work is done- the codes can eb looked up on internet and cause worked out from that. Invest in a code reader and resetter. they are worth it and work on any car after 2000,, diesels after 2002. Good luck. Robert Lloyd from Torfaen
Submitted: 27/08/2016 11:34:56 | ID: 134689
Please can you tell me where the sending unit is situated I looked under the back seat but saw nothing how do I get to it to change the unit thanks viv
Submitted: 21/08/2016 15:47:39 | ID: 134530
How do I open the fuel cap on a xsara
Submitted: 20/08/2016 16:38:48 | ID: 134510
I have just had a new clutch on my Picasso, I've had it back about a week and today I noticed a click/clunk noise when I push the clutch in. Is this something I should be concerned about? I also have trouble with the engine fault light coming on and going off! No one can seem to pin point the actual cause of this, any ideas??
Submitted: 19/08/2016 22:19:27 | ID: 134492
Why does the gear only go into reverse? It broke down and will not go into drive, although the dash board and electrics recognise it as being in 'D' and it will not drive using the manuals, either. Could it be the transmission fluid? If so where do we 'top it up'? There were no faults identified on the diagnostic but someone suggested resetting the ECU..? Is there a particular sequence for doing this?...would it even help? Looking forward to any helpful info...thanks.
Submitted: 13/08/2016 15:11:08 | ID: 134331
Can anyone please help as I've scoured every forum and am not getting any joy at all? My car passed its MOT yesterday (I say passed; that was after a retest whereby it just failed on tyres and tracking, which I sorted). Today, I have tried to go out in it and it was as dead as a dodo. There was a peep and on the dash came up 'Immobiliser fault'. Just in case it was a battery issue, we took the battery out and charged it (didn't take long as it was fine - is only a few months old). It is still now dead. I've tried various resets that I have seen on forums, and have looked inside the key fob to see if my immobiliser is seated inside ok (it is). After trying again to start it, I sat in the car for a few minutes with just the ignition on and it came on the dash as 'economy mode'. I've read that this seems to be just something that will engage while the car is not working, and is not actually a product of the issue itself. I'm pretty sure that there is some sort of issue with the immobiliser or the barrel. When I turn the ignition, there is an audible click, all lights come on the dash, but nothing happens. Just in case the info is needed, the central locking is working, as are the lights, windows, etc. Can anyone help please? I can do without the cost and would love to be able to at least have some knowledge of what I'm looking at here, especially cost-wise. On top of any fault finding, of which I'm concerned I will be charged when nothing has been found, I will probably have the cost to get it to a garage (have got breakdown cover but I'm in a scheme when you pay upfront and claim the money back later). Any info would be appreciated. Cheers.
Submitted: 05/08/2016 18:33:12 | ID: 134134
i Have a Citroen 1.6i SX petrol i have drove the car since i bought it for well over a 1200 miles with no issues at all until recently a couple of days ago now i started my car car fine but whilst waiting for my daughter i noticed the engine (sounded like was slightly over revving) as i went to pull off as i turned my wheel there is a noise that sounds like screeching when i turn in low gear when im up in gear doesnt sound as loud as does in first gear i have no warning lights all dash is working fine any ideas as im due for my MOT/SERVICE due 12/8/2016 thanks in advance
Submitted: 01/08/2016 12:11:48 | ID: 134024
where is the door switch for interior light on desire 2003 2.0hdi
Submitted: 30/07/2016 14:33:27 | ID: 133969
My clutch is very spongy, goes all the way to the floor, doesn't return properly, and I can't engage gear. The first time it did this was at the end of a long journey when the car was hot. I manage to select gears with difficulty and got to my destination. Once the car had cooled down i checked the fluid reservoir and topped it up. The following day the clutch worked well enough for me to get home but by the end of my journey the clutch pedal was the same as the day before and selecting gear was only managed by "forcing" the gears. Some advice would be very welcome.
Submitted: 24/07/2016 16:38:05 | ID: 133794
Hello, the horn and headlights have stoped working on my 2003 xsara Picasso and ive been told i need to replace the comms 2000 unit. It's an expensive repair as I need to get the same part number and I can't find a second hand one anywhere. Ddoes anyone know if I could still drive the car if I just fitted a second hand comms unit that did not match the curren unit number?
hi I had the trouble I have a 2003 1.6 Picasso I went to brakers yard got one out of a 2003 modle it works ok hope this help you mr davis from South Yorkshire
Submitted: 22/07/2016 11:17:29 | ID: 133721
I have an engine management light on, in the winter when it is very cold it goes out and when I have the air con on it seems to go out every other time it is on any ideas the vehicle seems to be running fine this has been like it for a long time many thanks. Debbie
Submitted: 19/07/2016 22:19:57 | ID: 133662
Hi, now I can't say that it's common or there's a pattern but it seems to be getting more frequent by either happening a few times a day for a few days or one or more times in one day but then not happening for a few days... The problem that I'm facing is that the windows don't always work or they can be intermittent. When it happens: It works when the batter is on and the key is turned in the ignition but when the engine is started, it stops working for a bit. On a not so often occasion they will just randomly stop and you have to wait for it to start working again which could be a while. If you could please reply so that I could adress this issue asap... Many thanks in advancrd.
Submitted: 18/07/2016 18:25:27 | ID: 133624
Hello. I wonder if someone could help me. My headlights come on on their own while'st I am driving. This then causes the indicators( when in use ) to cut out. This also renders the horn inactive. Is there a simple solution or do I need to call a auto-electrician in. P.S the lights come on their own in daylight hours. In the evenings it still does all of the above. Many thanks if you can shed some light on this for me.
it sounds like your comms unit mine did them same got a 2nd hand one form breakers it is all ok know mr davis from South Yorkshire
Hiya I had the same problem for quite some time ...it wasn't my coms unit ....there was a loose wire behind the steering unit , but it took 5 garages to say they couldn't see what was causing the problem , I took it to an auto garage and finally found the problem . Everything's fine on it now Julie b from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 13/07/2016 17:49:23 | ID: 133496
Hi ya my automatic lights aren't coming on any ideas on what it could be ??
Submitted: 12/07/2016 01:23:41 | ID: 133451
My 06 xsara picasso has suddenly started screaming when I turn right sounds like tyres screaming then like a loud scraping took front driver wheel off can't see any scrape marks on tyre every thing seems tight any one got any suggestions
Submitted: 09/07/2016 16:07:09 | ID: 133368
Slight knocking coming from the box but don't affect driving any ideas
Submitted: 05/07/2016 12:02:19 | ID: 133266
How can I unlock rear passenger door driver side will not open from inside or out manually or on central locking
Submitted: 01/07/2016 12:28:32 | ID: 133164
happened about an hour ago pulled in drive took key out side lights stay on front back both sides only way i could turn them off is when i take the fuses out its a 2001 model 1.6 petrol
Submitted: 30/06/2016 21:10:11 | ID: 133152
I had a "battery charge fault" warning on the dashboard. I have replaced both the battery and the alternator but it still comes up. The garage confirmed that the battery is charging correctly and have suggested the problem is with the dashboard. I have noticed that the lights on the dashboard are now fading up and down both when I'm driving and when the car is idling. I would be grateful for any suggestions as to what I can replace next! Thank you.
Submitted: 21/06/2016 00:40:33 | ID: 132840
When I start my car the temperature gauge starts to flash and beep but after a minute it stops is this anything to worry about?
Submitted: 13/06/2016 12:57:30 | ID: 132610
back electric windows not working
Submitted: 12/06/2016 14:21:42 | ID: 132592
My rear electric Windows have stopped working
Submitted: 11/06/2016 13:53:15 | ID: 132554
Hello I need help about my car when I go on the motorway at 60-70mph in 5th gear after that the car start going slow and I don't know what happened with it plz help me what is can be thank you
Submitted: 10/06/2016 23:24:49 | ID: 132545
how do i replace the fuelpump in my 01 xsara picasso is it u8nder the rear seat or do i have to remove the tank to do this ..thanks
Submitted: 24/05/2016 15:28:15 | ID: 131972
What can be causing my coolant in my expansion tank to turn black , and lose coolant over a few days. My car is a citroen picasso 1.6 hdi 55 plate desire
Submitted: 22/05/2016 14:32:04 | ID: 131879
My central locking system has gone bananas, first the boot locked up, now the doors won't lock, either manually or auto with the key fob. Sometimes the lights flash and sometimes not. Help?
Submitted: 22/05/2016 13:13:31 | ID: 131874
Our Citreon Xsara Picasso smells of petrol when we drive with the windows open. We are concerned this could be dangerous, does anyone know why this would happen? We can't smell the petrol with the windows shut. We recently had spark plugs and coil pack replaced and it passed it M.O.T in February. Money is tight, so worried about cost, but don't want to drive a dangerous car. Please can anyone help with advice?
hi I think I have the same thing . I think it is a small hole in the overflow pipe from filler cap to petrol tank. hard to see but when you fill up you may notice a bit of fuel in front of rear drivers side tyre on the floor john from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 21/05/2016 21:55:29 | ID: 131836
Hi there a message just started to come up it says inactive overs speed warning haven't a clue ,
I don't know the ans fREDDY from South Africa
Submitted: 21/05/2016 14:33:01 | ID: 131814
hi do i have to drop the fuel tank to get to the sender unit on my car
Submitted: 13/05/2016 14:36:23 | ID: 131476
I have two questions. I bought this car, second hand, recently and since day one I have been having several electric issues. locking doors (actuators burn out) wippers with ideas of their own (working when they should not) and some others. I sent my BSI to be reviewed by a auto electrical mechanic which clean moisture from the Printed circuit and according to it check on it on the benck and worked ok. I must admit that now it works, by far, much better than it did before but eventually some failures happen. (the door actuators one for instance) I have noticed that when put the stick on reverse, it is possible to hear a constant series of relays clickings. any reason for that? has anybody suffered similar problem with the actuators failing after renewal? Regards
Submitted: 12/05/2016 10:37:36 | ID: 131438
My son as a problem with his paccasso his oil light comes on a and it smells of fuel any idea wat it is thanks
Submitted: 11/05/2016 16:27:10 | ID: 131417
where does the spring clip go on my accelerator cable diesel pump side
Submitted: 10/05/2016 23:20:53 | ID: 131403
i have a slight problem with the mileage recorder on the instrument cluster.when i turn on the ignition the mileage and trip recorder comes on,but when i star the engine they go out.when the engine is stopped they will come back on and vice versa,is this nomal.whenthey do come back on the mileage is always correct,has anybody got any idea,s.
Submitted: 08/05/2016 17:58:48 | ID: 131318
How long does diesel keep good for in a jerry can.
Submitted: 08/05/2016 16:31:17 | ID: 131315
Hi my car on passenger side has started to wobble can really feel it from first to third gear,,can't feel it on the steering wheel but can feel in the whole car, like I'm driving on uneven ground just on front passenger side,,would it be bushes or anti roll bar?
Submitted: 06/05/2016 23:20:41 | ID: 131254
How to unlock the steering column.
Submitted: 30/04/2016 16:52:27 | ID: 131002
I have a xsara picasso 2005 HDI..having problems starting in morning specially in cold weather.changed all glow plugs,changed glow plug relay.still the same.battery test done and alternator test bot fine..car is taking 30 to 1 minute turning over before it will start,sometimes even longer.coil light comes on every morning for a split second then goes out.I can here the fuel pump when i first turn on ignition .car is on a driveway with a slight slope .Any ideas Thanks
Have the exact same vehicle and had the exact same problem and symptoms you describe. Turned out to be the starter motor. Once it was replaced it was like a new car. Cost me £150 at a local garage. Hope this helps Stuart from Antrim
Submitted: 30/04/2016 13:14:04 | ID: 130985
Hi I have a 03 Citroen Xsara Picasso 1600cc petrol and would be grateful if anyone can put me in the right direction as to where I can find the out side temperature sensor as mine is reading 40° at all times.
on the undersde of the nearside door mirror, thats where mine is. AS andrew from West Yorkshire
Submitted: 29/04/2016 19:46:35 | ID: 130964
Hello my Citroen exzara is showing a full tank off fuel when it's not full since this happened when I turn the ignition half way only the right and side off dash light up and when the key is fully turned the other half lights up never did this before only started since the fuel tank is showing full Can you help please It's a 1.6 petrol exzara Picasso Thsnks
Had the same problem turned out to be the instrument pod andrew from West Yorkshire
Submitted: 28/04/2016 14:18:24 | ID: 130920
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