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automatic gearbox problem , upon moving off slowly goes from 1st to 2nd no problem , if need to get away quickly engine over revs till it clunks into 2nd
Submitted: 23/10/2016 11:40:57 | ID: 136175
WHEN I TAKE MY FOOT OFF THE GAS PEDAL THEN PUT IT BACK ON CAR SEEMS TO BE SLOW AT PICKING UP AGAIN THE SAME AT JUNCTIONS WHEN I WANT TO SET OFF I PUT MY FOOT ON THE GAS BUT ITS SEEMS DEAD FOR A COUPLE OF SECONDS THEN PICKS UP.
Submitted: 22/10/2016 10:17:19 | ID: 136137
How to fix, Spring on gearstick linkage under front console .
Submitted: 13/10/2016 13:03:56 | ID: 135915
When I put my foot on the clutch pedal my break light come on, failed NCT for this reason. What causes this to happen. Thank you.
Submitted: 13/10/2016 12:40:09 | ID: 135914
When operating the indicator both left and right the lights on the dash ( left and right) will not flash instead the hazared light on the dash flashes. The car indicators work correctly.
Submitted: 10/10/2016 22:19:39 | ID: 135855
just change my coms unit the esp has deactiveted how do l reactivate it please
Submitted: 08/10/2016 20:02:10 | ID: 135817
Thanks to the advice on another question I have now got a fully lit display on the dashboard. However.... The full beam and engine light are now on ALL of the time! I have taken them out for time being as I don't want a flat battery. Can anyone tell me where I went wrong? There were loads of bulbs that needed replacing so if they were black I popped a new one in. Thanks
Submitted: 03/10/2016 18:56:06 | ID: 135688
got a recent problem indicator wants to come on at ramdon any help appreciated thanks
Submitted: 03/10/2016 18:52:47 | ID: 135687
Please can some one tell me if I can install new horns under bonnet and use fuse box to wire them up under bonnet fuse box. Citreon picasso desire 2005 model
Submitted: 01/10/2016 19:22:59 | ID: 135642
Is it possible to wire new horns to fuse box under the bonnet. Thankyou for any response
Submitted: 29/09/2016 21:02:13 | ID: 135584
Our airbag light is constantly on. Have had 3 separate garages run a diagnostic test on it, yet states no fault. All the connections have been checked. How can we get this light off without Citroen charging us mega money?
Submitted: 27/09/2016 20:57:47 | ID: 135523
Hi, my display has been telling me that I've got a low battery, now it won't start I get absolutely nothing showing on the dashboard what I turn the key. My neighbour tried to jump start me the dashboard did light up momentarily then went dead again. So I put my car on charge the interior lights lit up and I could lock again, but when I tried to start it after around 8 hours of charging everything went dead again and I heard what sounded like some sort of spark come from under the passenger seat where the battery is kept. I hope I've made some sort of sense of this and you can help me, thankyou
Submitted: 26/09/2016 23:10:55 | ID: 135499
The engine fault on my Picasso diesel 10yrs old keeps coming on intermittently. At first there were no other symptoms. Now the engine loses power in second and third gear occasionally. Any ideas what could be causing it please.
Submitted: 25/09/2016 21:24:18 | ID: 135467
Whilst driving off my car made a clunk noise and stalled, I restarted it and then there was a grinding noise when I pressed the clutch pedal. It managed to get into gear but every time I pressed the clutch it grinds. Then when I went to restart the car it wont even go into gear.
Submitted: 14/09/2016 11:51:52 | ID: 135171
the rear foglights, front spotlights and warning lights do not work. Have just had a towbar and sockets wired in. Don,t know if this could be the reason. Any ideas on this please?
Submitted: 08/09/2016 21:16:14 | ID: 135031
Hi I have two problems might be related, the glow plug light don't come on , the fans don't cut in. If I un plug temperature gauge senser both work fans run and glow plug light will work this is a 2000 diesel xsara with only 100k any help .
Submitted: 08/09/2016 16:46:24 | ID: 135023
I have LW03 model I bought car 2nd hand with a switch being used as windscreen wiper for front windscreen got mot tomorrow will it pass the mot has I use a switch not actual pull down lever
Submitted: 30/08/2016 14:55:00 | ID: 134762
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
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