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Bruce Graham, Leicestershire

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I have a citroen xsara picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive 5dr. 54 plate. As soon as I unlock the car there is a 5 second wait and the lights come on by them self, the lights will not turn off until I've finished my journey, stopped the engine and locked the car even if it's the day time or night, I wait a minute and the lights go off. Also when I'm driving the heating/fans don't work so I have a misty window for ages and it's freezing! So in a nutshell the lights are on all the time and the heaters don't work. Any advice would be great. Thanks

Submitted: 22/11/2014 12:26:18 | ID: 106657

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andrew, West Yorkshire

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Anyone know what the 2.0L Hdi diesel should idle at and how to check it? Thanks

Submitted: 20/11/2014 13:41:43 | ID: 106534

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Maria, Berkshire

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My car has a loud ticking and is juddery after not being driven for a few hours, the belt thing that goes round seems to be where the ticking is coming from.

Submitted: 19/11/2014 19:06:23 | ID: 106504

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leeannd8o, Renfrewshire

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My clutch pedal has been rather stiff/sticking recently, it seemed to be ok in neutral first then ok going into 1st etc but I have noticed a metal clapping noise during gear change?? Anyways I reversed parked uphill last nite & there was a bit of a clatter & shudder then the pedal hit the floor ?? Any ideas & suggestions of the cost of this operation as I'm asumuming the clutch has died ??

Submitted: 17/11/2014 12:21:03 | ID: 106337

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Edward Wilson, Buckinghamshire

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How can I remove the middle rear seat as the right lug is stuck?

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I had a similar problem, mine turned out to be that the seat had been slid forward. In this position the seat release mechanism doesn't work tony from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 12/11/2014 18:34:03 | ID: 106110

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Neil Hayes, Cambridgeshire

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Hi, Hope someone can help me. My front wipers recently started playing up. they would not work every time I turned them on. If they don't work on intermittent or first speed, they often will start if I go straight to second speed, wait a few seconds then reduce there speed. again they are the same when I push the wiper switch down for a one off wipe & again when using the washers. I have already replaced the complete switch gear with one off the internet by the same is still happening. Any ideas please; Thanks. Neil.

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I had same problem checked all fuses none blown had wiper motor checked finally replaced complete wiper mechanism with motor still same fault managed to google a answer and it worked In the car right hand side of steering wheel usually where people put their sunglasses pull the panel off and look for a little grey connector block disconnect wait 15 seconds re-connect job sorted hope this helps this sorted mine Sean from South Yorkshire

I had same problem checked all fuses none blown had wiper motor checked finally replaced complete wiper mechanism with motor still same fault managed to google a answer and it worked In the car right hand side of steering wheel usually where people put their sunglasses pull the panel off and look for a little grey connector block disconnect wait 15 seconds re-connect job sorted hope this helps this sorted mine Sean from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 12/11/2014 10:32:22 | ID: 106087

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Colin, Cambridgeshire

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i have a citroen xsara picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive i am having to top up my water now every week can anyone please tell me what could be the problem.and how to sort it.

Submitted: 11/11/2014 20:46:52 | ID: 106065

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Chris Jones, Gwynedd

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The throttle on my Citroen Xsara Picasso 2 litre diesel has become very heavy and the response is not the same as previously. When drive on the motorway even of I press down the throttle on any hills it does not speed up ! Any ideas !

Submitted: 11/11/2014 19:48:31 | ID: 106062

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j wajker, City of Nottingham

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When my engine is idling it keeps cutting out. Why is this happening?

Submitted: 11/11/2014 13:48:26 | ID: 106037

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Lucille, Tyne and Wear

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After driving a while a squeek develops sometimes louder than other times but squeek not always there, yet will go as I slightly depress brake.Car just passed mot and no brake problem or other problems identified.

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Hi Lucille, brakes do sometimes squeal and it is usually just some dirt or rust. You should notice that it doesn't happen when driving in the wet. Some cars have anti-squeal shims on them to help stop the noise. However, i would always check the brakes to make sure there are no other faults.....better safe than sorry :) Daryl Statham-Waring from Nottinghamshire

Hi Lucille, brakes do sometimes squeal and it is usually just some dirt or rust. You should notice that it doesn't happen when driving in the wet. Some cars have anti-squeal shims on them to help stop the noise. However, i would always check the brakes to make sure there are no other faults.....better safe than sorry :) Daryl Statham-Waring from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 08/11/2014 11:44:55 | ID: 105882

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Martin, Norfolk

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citroen xsara picasso mpv 2004 ,cd radio just fitted beeping sound in speakers

Submitted: 07/11/2014 22:20:33 | ID: 105868

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Richard B, Kent

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Hello, I have a 2.0 litre petrol xsara picasso automatic which has a bad misfire midrange. If trying to accelerate uphill from around 30 mph the car shudders and sounds like it's misfiring on at least one cylinder. Also on accelerating from 30-60 on a flat road. Once 60 is reached it runs very sweetly and easily exceeds 70 mph with good fuel economy(around 40 mpg). Generally below 30 it runs perfectly. It's had new coil pack, spark plugs, air filter and mass air flow sensor. It seems a bit slow pulling from standstill to 5 mph but that may just be the auto gearbox . I'm not sure where to look next, replace Mass air flow body, clean throttle body? Any ideas please

Submitted: 07/11/2014 16:56:04 | ID: 105845

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david, Malaysia

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Hi, after changing Alternator belt and tensioner . the engine is turning but not starting and the battery light stay on. anybody can help me

Submitted: 07/11/2014 05:00:22 | ID: 105808

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Trucker, Bedfordshire

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I was driving down the motorway when the engine cut out and the car rolled to a stop, there was a message saying engine fault and the car wouldn't restart. I sat for 5 minutes and tried to start it, the car started but the engine fault message stayed on along with the management light. On the way home from work 11 hrs later the management light went out and the car seems to be running perfectly again. Can anyone say what may have caused this or if it`s a warning of something expensive that may happen?

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I had the same trouble with my xsara 2 litre diesel a few years back.. I called the AA out and was told it was the fuel pump.. Had rhe pump checked only to be told the fuel pump was working perfectly.. Took it to citroen who said it would cost £700 to fix.. I took it to my local garage who said after a diagnostic check said it was a sensor and charged me ljust over £100 to put it right.. Hope this may help.. Michael from West Midlands

I had the same trouble with my xsara 2 litre diesel a few years back.. I called the AA out and was told it was the fuel pump.. Had rhe pump checked only to be told the fuel pump was working perfectly.. Took it to citroen who said it would cost £700 to fix.. I took it to my local garage who said after a diagnostic check said it was a sensor and charged me ljust over £100 to put it right.. Hope this may help.. Michael from West Midlands

Just had both pumps replaced so the sensor sounds more likely, thanks for your reply - cars running nice again but will get it checked anyway Trucker from Bedfordshire

The same happened to me on the A1, called the AA,mechanic did his tests and said fuel was not reaching the fuel filter so he suspected the fuel pump and towed me to a citroen garage. They put the computer on and the only problem the computer threw up was ....... brake light switch. Now I didnt understand this at first so I went looking for an answer and when you think about it , it actually makes sense. Try work it out, if you cant drop me a line and I`ll explain. Cheers andrew from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 05/11/2014 13:41:44 | ID: 105707

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Christine sampson, West Midlands

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544 Penn Road Penn The outside teperature gauge started to go up to 49 degrees this went on for a while now it is blank,is this something we can fix ? many thanks

Submitted: 02/11/2014 19:33:40 | ID: 105531

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bob, Essex

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Hi. When i start the engine the head lights come on automatically, is there a control to turn this setting off so I can turn them on manually. Thanks

Submitted: 01/11/2014 17:52:01 | ID: 105469

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emlyn kelly, Lincolnshire

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Hello I bought today my picasso and noticed when I pull away in 1st or reverse the front wheels shake. I at first thought maybe I not putting enough revs in but at high revs still shaking any ideas guys as I hoping I not bought a dud ????

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just bought the same car this week,same problem.took it to a friends garage who said it was clutch shudder and should be all right for a while.fingers crossed.they just got burnt with the last car l bought!good luck Jim Easdown from Lancashire

just bought the same car this week,same problem.took it to a friends garage who said it was clutch shudder and should be all right for a while.fingers crossed.they just got burnt with the last car l bought!good luck Jim Easdown from Lancashire

Submitted: 01/11/2014 16:59:28 | ID: 105465

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laura, Kent

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My hubby has done a clutch change on our car and now there is no power at all not even central locking, all fuses checked and fine! any ideas????

Submitted: 01/11/2014 12:33:48 | ID: 105447

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Nick, Hertfordshire

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Hi, my heater only works on the 4 setting on the the dial for the blower? is this the relay? if it is , is it easy to change?

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Having the same problem, would welcome any advice.. Michael from West Midlands

Checked online and it says its a common problem with the xsara.. It suggests the 2 main causes are fuses or the resistor... Michael from West Midlands

Had this with mine last year. its to do with the ignition and is a common fault. Ask a local garage to put a bypass thingy in and it will work fine again. The ignition constantly blows the resistor kelly from Durham

Had this with mine last year. its to do with the ignition and is a common fault. Ask a local garage to put a bypass thingy in and it will work fine again. The ignition constantly blows the resistor kelly from Durham

Submitted: 30/10/2014 11:35:52 | ID: 105330

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Mike, South Africa

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I have 1.6 8v Xsara Picasso Petrol car. I noticed the steering was getting difficult to turn so I checked the steering fluid and found it empty. I replaced more fluid and the next day noticed that there is a very slow leak as little drops are noticed on the floor the next day. What do i need to replace. Please help me identify the problem and if possible do you think i can fix it myself. Many thanks Mike

Submitted: 29/10/2014 06:25:26 | ID: 105272

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Colin, Cambridgeshire

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my citroen xsara picasso 2,0 HDi i have to top up the water for the radiator about every 3 weeks is this normal

Submitted: 28/10/2014 19:58:13 | ID: 105258

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Martin duFeu, Wiltshire

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I have a 2000 SX Picasso with digital climate control .When set at max (28) heater works fine and can be controlled by using the fan speed controls but when lowering the temp by one number heating stops and it blows cold air all the way down to 14 when air conditioning cuts in. any ideas what is at fault and how to get it to work properly again.

Submitted: 28/10/2014 11:47:18 | ID: 105238

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keith, Hampshire

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2006 Picasso 1600 desire petrol. engine revs increase when braking . keith from Hampshire

Submitted: 25/10/2014 12:27:54 | ID: 105094

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Lorraine johnson, South Yorkshire

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Fuel filter light flashes up on my dash, filter blocked so I put new filter in but still comes on the dash with this problem. Does anyone know if there's a fuel filter in the tank?

Submitted: 17/10/2014 14:37:56 | ID: 104773

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raymond beekman, Nottinghamshire

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What is the red switch on the dashboard for. It is situated at the right hand side of steering wheel thank you

Submitted: 16/10/2014 08:57:28 | ID: 104682

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stuart, West Yorkshire

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warning light flashing engine over heating trying to locate temperature sensors. this is happening from start when engine is cold

Submitted: 14/10/2014 11:23:04 | ID: 104593

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Andy, City of Edinburgh

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Hi Can anyone help me?? Im looking to change the starter motor on the picasso 1.6hdi how do you get to the bolts?? what is needed to remove first etc. ive only got the wires and the bottom bolt out so far cant even see the other 2 yet any help please? Thanks

Submitted: 12/10/2014 15:53:05 | ID: 104498

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Colin, Ireland

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hi the engine fault light came on on xsara picasso 08 reg 1.6 hdi, then changed the diesel filter and went off for 2 months but now is back on. would it be the filter in the tank? or the injection pump? please help. thank you

Submitted: 09/10/2014 19:51:45 | ID: 104344

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darren, Cheshire

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we have a citroen xsara Picasso 52 plate.the front windscreen wipers and washer have stopped working.i have checked all fuses and there ok.the back windscreen wipers and washer are working ok.can anyone help.

Submitted: 07/10/2014 19:39:06 | ID: 104231

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bridget, Hampshire

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hi can anybody help just fitted a starter motor now engine fan comes on then tells me engine is overheating this happens after about 10 seconds of running

Submitted: 06/10/2014 19:00:44 | ID: 104165

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gareth channing, Bridgend

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my citroen xsara picasso has a oil leak it seems to be down the back of the engine and under the gear box now i have changed the rocker cover gasgets and a new seal around the oil temp sensor i really have no i clue were it could be coming from it only leaks when you drive. can any one help

Submitted: 05/10/2014 16:38:12 | ID: 104103

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alan, West Midlands

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hi ive got a 2003 picasso and recently the temp gauge goes straight up even when car hasnt been run i get the beeping sound and a warning comes up and at the same time im losing power when im driving checked all fluids which are fine when temp gauge doesnt go up power comes back any help would be great thanks

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Hi Alan I had exactly the same problem on mine. It is the 'AIR MASS FLOW SENSOR' easy to get to and fix, mine was simply a little dirty and needed cleaning. I also give the terminals in the connector a pinch incase they had opened up just for good measure. Put it back on 0-60 in 3.8 secs. Hope this helps! Best regards, Mark. Mark from Swansea

Hi Alan I had exactly the same problem on mine. It is the 'AIR MASS FLOW SENSOR' easy to get to and fix, mine was simply a little dirty and needed cleaning. I also give the terminals in the connector a pinch incase they had opened up just for good measure. Put it back on 0-60 in 3.8 secs. Hope this helps! Best regards, Mark. Mark from Swansea

Submitted: 03/10/2014 01:32:12 | ID: 103990

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sam, Gwent

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I have a xsara Picasso 02 1.6 petrol. After driving for a little while the car just keeps reving up on its oen and wont stop unless I cut the engine out and let it reset itself. I have put a new spring on the accelerator pulley and put a load of wd.40 on it but still does HELP PLEASE

Submitted: 02/10/2014 20:44:15 | ID: 103969

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dave, Merseyside

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1.6 2004 Picasso how do you loosen off tension/slack so you can replace power steering belt thanks

Submitted: 30/09/2014 21:40:31 | ID: 103861

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dave, Merseyside

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1.6 petrol Picasso tried to replace powers steering pump, how do you take the slack, tension of the power steering belt, which pulley do I loosen off? thanks

Submitted: 30/09/2014 21:38:01 | ID: 103860

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Karen fowler, Surrey

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When I'm driving along the car starts to lose power and the the petrol gauge reading goes up and up until it reaches its max and then goes blank. If I pull over and really rev the car it sorts it for a while and the petrol gauge reading starts to come down and returns to normal. I've changed the petrol filter, had a diagnostic test which showed nothing, they've said it's not the fuel pump either. It drives me mad as I have to pull over to rectify the problem a lot, it feels like something is blocked but no one seems to know what's wrong? Thanks

Submitted: 29/09/2014 11:28:50 | ID: 103791

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Jim, Angus

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I have an airbag light on my 56 Picasso 1.6 16v and it also displays airbag fault on the dashboard display?

Submitted: 28/09/2014 11:23:36 | ID: 103746

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bolton, Nottinghamshire

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I have a Citroen Picasso Xsara 1.6 petrol, when the engine temperature is hot the cooling fan only kicks for a few seconds. I changed the the sensors, nothing changed, all the thermostat and the water pap is working. When I take off the sensor the fan kicks in fully, if I fitted the sensor the fan kicks for a few seconds and the temperature is high again. Please help me? Thanks.

Submitted: 27/09/2014 23:29:47 | ID: 103729

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suv, West Lothian

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My eco mode won`t switch off so I can start my car. I`m looking for an answer to switching this off

Submitted: 27/09/2014 23:29:22 | ID: 103728

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Stevie, Tyne and Wear

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Hi all the brake lights are out on the car, could this be a fuse or something else? I would be grateful for any help.Thanks Stevie

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Yes, and yes. Have you checked the fuses? If so have you replaced it (even if it looks ok), and did this make any difference? If you did and there is still no lights, I have known on other vehicles the wires to the switch on the back of the brake pedal to come off, meaning no signal is sent. Depending on your driving style and position of wires it can sometimes be kicked off. Otherwise could be any number of things - I assume driving lights and fogs work? This rules out likelihood of a break in the wiring loom - good luck dave from Merseyside

Submitted: 26/09/2014 13:28:53 | ID: 103688

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