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Lorraine johnson, South Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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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dave, Merseyside

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Hi, I have just had a new tyre fitted and due to excessive inside wear on the replaced tyre I also had the tracking done on their advice. Problem now is steering wheel is approx 5 degrees out when driving in a straight line and I keep getting an ESP failed warning on the dash whilst driving and the traction control is disabled. I also have had a couple of occasions when driving in a straight line that the traction control kicks in (I can feel the judder as it controls power to the driving wheels) and then I get the failed warning message. The garage had it back and the diagnostics showed a steering wheel sensor error, which they say they reset, however I am yet to have a journey where this does not still come on - I have done journeys of less than 2 miles and some over 40. The garage are happy to have it back and have said they will remove the steering wheel and line it up again, but I need to be confident that this will fix the problem and NOT cause more issues? Any advice gratefully received - is this connected to the work done, or just an unfortunate coincidence?

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If you have had the tracking done on your car and the steering wheel has moved when driving, the normal reason is because tracking has been adjusted on one side only or adjusted more on one side than the other instead of even adjustment. If they take the steering wheel off and turn it round and refit you will find when you put the indicators on and turn it, it will not switch them off properly.Roy bains from Durham

Submitted: 26/09/2014 09:54:32 | ID: 103679

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tracy burgess, Kent

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I went to put a different sterio in my car since I put it in the digital lights on dash have gone and my car wont start I put the old sterio back in and that does not work and still no digital lights on dash and cr till will not start please help me thank you

Submitted: 22/09/2014 20:14:41 | ID: 103472

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Tina, Essex

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I recently purchased a 55 plate but handbook is earlier and it`s now saying cc---off on dashboard, whole time driving. Only started today and overrides where milometer details normally are. I cannot understand what this relates to or what button has been pressed to change the view? Had the car 4 weeks now.

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I think you will find that you have the cruise control turned on laurence from Hampshire

I think you will find that you have the cruise control turned on laurence from Hampshire

you may have just changed your display. Right hand stick - that controls your wipers - press in the end and it will change the display. Su from Derbyshire

Submitted: 21/09/2014 22:38:21 | ID: 103418

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bevan, South Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have a 02 plate piccaso and am getting a cluncking noise from the rear left side ,shocks seem ok ,is there any drop links on the rear,any help will be great thanks bevan

Submitted: 20/09/2014 00:06:37 | ID: 103336

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Roy bains, Durham

Citroen Xsara Picasso

When traveling I keep getting a smell of petrol does any one else have this problem if so can you tell me if you know what is causing this.

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I get that especially during hot weather, just a brief whiff and then it passes. I asked the (private) service garage guys in Styal before I moved to France, the main Citroen having been unable or unwilling to give an answer.This garage, M S & J Motors, charged a third of what the main Citroen garage in Manchester next to the University charged and they did a better job. The boss told me that there was a vent to the petrol tank and during hot weather, when the vapour pressure inside the tank could rise and affect the flow of petrol to the carburettor, the petrol vapour was allowed to vent briefly to the atmosphere. I have a 12yo Picasso C4 and it is exceedingly reliable. Robin Marshall from France

I get that especially during hot weather, just a brief whiff and then it passes. I asked the (private) service garage guys in Styal before I moved to France, the main Citroen having been unable or unwilling to give an answer.This garage, M S & J Motors, charged a third of what the main Citroen garage in Manchester next to the University charged and they did a better job. The boss told me that there was a vent to the petrol tank and during hot weather, when the vapour pressure inside the tank could rise and affect the flow of petrol to the carburettor, the petrol vapour was allowed to vent briefly to the atmosphere. I have a 12yo Picasso C4 and it is exceedingly reliable. Robin Marshall from France

Sorry for double post but I got an error response the first time so sent it again. Seems like a bug. Robin Marshall from France

Submitted: 19/09/2014 21:27:58 | ID: 103321

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Rick, West Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Could you please tell me how long a diesel high pressure fuel pump should last, it is a 2008 plate and it has 57,000 on the clock.

Submitted: 19/09/2014 17:09:13 | ID: 103308

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WILLIAM, Gwynedd

Citroen Xsara Picasso

WHAT IS THE TECNICAL NAME FOR THE CLIPS THAT SECURE THE ENGINE COVER

Submitted: 17/09/2014 15:10:09 | ID: 103211

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colin, Cambridgeshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Just brought a citeoen xsara picasso the indicators wont stay on when the lights are on when you indicat R or L and the fog lamps wont come on all the time can anyone help.

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It sounds like the Com unit. I had a similar problem with mine. I picked one up from a dismantlers for £65 and my garage fitted it for about £100. I didn't fancy trying it myself because of the air bag Paul Davies from Swansea

Submitted: 16/09/2014 22:02:15 | ID: 103180

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john, Derbyshire

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What does a picture of a spanner on the dash mean?

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Service required. There are various sites which tell you how to get rid of this if you are not getting it serviced.a shann from Argyll and Bute

Service required. There are various sites which tell you how to get rid of this if you are not getting it serviced.a shann from Argyll and Bute

hi With the ignition in the off position press the bottom left side button on the dash .Whilst holding the button in. Turn the ignition to the first position ,you will then see next to the spanner a timer counting down from 10 to 0. When it reches 0 turn the ignition off then back on. The service indicator should come on for a second then stay off. R Wilson from Merseyside

hi With the ignition in the off position press the bottom left side button on the dash .Whilst holding the button in. Turn the ignition to the first position ,you will then see next to the spanner a timer counting down from 10 to 0. When it reches 0 turn the ignition off then back on. The service indicator should come on for a second then stay off. R Wilson from Merseyside

Submitted: 14/09/2014 20:30:36 | ID: 103096

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wilma, North Lanarkshire

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Since I bought this car the key had no transponder in it but the car ran fine till 2 weeks ago. The heaters started and stopped, the key stuck in the lock with the engine still running. I finally got the key out, it says immobiliser fault so I bought a new ignition barrel and keys. I`m having trouble trying to remove the barrel as the key won`t turn the lock. How else can I get the barrel off and how will I get the immobiliser to go off, as it is on just now? The car makes a noise to start but obviously can`t because the immobilser is on. Can I bypass the immobilisers or what can I do if I do not have a key with transponder, as the new set I bought doesn`t have one either? When the car broke down the breakdown guy was puzzled when he saw the old key, didn`t know how I was managing to drive the car, so I had to get it towed home. Any help would be appreciated thanks, Wilma

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I`m afraid you`ve got no chance billy from North Lanarkshire

Submitted: 08/09/2014 13:39:36 | ID: 102794

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Graham Ridley, Flintshire

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Is it possible to lower the front passenger seat . My wife is disabled and has problems getting in & out of the car Thanks, Graham.

Submitted: 06/09/2014 10:05:50 | ID: 102688

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Jason, Lancashire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have a Xsara Picasso the problem I have is when I am driving my car will cut out when I have stopped. I have noticed that when I get a rattling noise of my exhaust it is ok and doesn't cut out but when there is no rattling noise it cuts out when I've taken my foot of the my pedal if someone can help me please it will be appreciated thanks. Jason

Submitted: 05/09/2014 16:44:49 | ID: 102656

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robert bellis, Buckinghamshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi where woud i find the indicator relay on this car?

Submitted: 05/09/2014 16:15:56 | ID: 102654

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Francois Stapelberg, South Africa

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have a problem with two Picasso's. My dad own the same vehicle as I do, and has exactly the same problem. While I am driving the gas pedal seems to disengage for no reason at all. So I can be driving and suddenly it would appear as if I took my foot of the gas, only problem is I did not. The engine would not cut out, it idles fine. So to get the vehicle to the side of the road, I can run it against the diesel compression. So I can put it in 1st gear, release the clutch, and it would accelerate to about 8Km/h, without needing to use the gas pedal (it does not work anyway. Using this method I can reach 48km/h in fourth gear. If you turn the engine of and let it stand for 5 minutes or so, the problem is sorted as if nothing was wrong. The problem is not always as bad. Sometimes if I can feel that the problem starts, I would just release the pedal, and engage again, and it would work. But sometimes it needs a 5 minute rest. Big problem when you are traveling on the highway. Any suggestions please?

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Could be a faulty brake pedal switch. Check that your brake light is not on when this fault happens. The brake pedal switch not only puts the brake light on but also cuts out the fuel pump. Try when you`re driving just slightly touching the brake pedal so your rear lights come on and see what happens? lucan turner from Gwent

The correct answer to the question above is to change the diesel filter. The fuel pump isn't connected to the braking system in any way. The filter becomes blocked over time and is not able to supply enough fuel when needed, that's why it happens when at speed and not when on tick over. Hope this helps. Lee garner from West Sussex

The correct answer to the question above is to change the diesel filter. The fuel pump isn't connected to the braking system in any way. The filter becomes blocked over time and is not able to supply enough fuel when needed, that's why it happens when at speed and not when on tick over. Hope this helps. Lee garner from West Sussex

That is most probably the cause of your problem, but I thought you said you`d done the filter? Anyway if the diesel shut off is connected through the brake switch circuit, try it, drive slowly in second and slightly put your foot on the brake pedal and see or hear what happens to the engine revs lucan turner from Gwent

Submitted: 04/09/2014 16:22:36 | ID: 102603

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ronald, Norfolk

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi. The air conditioning switch on my 2004 Xsara Picasso makes a loud, rattling noise when on the first position in tune with the engine, not on any of the other four positions? Thanks for your time.

Submitted: 04/09/2014 12:56:09 | ID: 102593

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Igor, Macedonia

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi I have Picasso hdi 2.0 2003 and two weeks ago it started to use fuel more than normal (2l/100km more). I've noticed that it`s using more fuel on acceleration and then is getting stable, that's why it`s using more fuel only in city driving. There is no warning light on, the car is driving normaly. Can anyone suggest what the problem can be? Thanks.

Submitted: 31/08/2014 19:25:36 | ID: 102430

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Ray, Essex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have a 53 plate Xsara Picasso purchased from new. Last September at service the timing chain was changed at 105,000miles. Drove over to a Spain and one day the car lost power and stopped. It would not start straight away. After 10 mins however started and drove okay, but engine management light came on. Next day took to Citroen main dealer in Spain. They did diagnostics and together with ODBC faults, P0340 and P0400 there was a brake light fault! They fixed these faults, cleared the engine management light and all was okay - for approx 25 miles when engine management light came on!! Took back to Spanish garage who checked settings, cleared the fault light and sent me on my way. Next day, 25 miles later the fault light came back on again. Brought car back to UK and took it to a Citroen main dealer. Explained the problem, they charged £65 for diagnostics test, rechecked timing and sensors, cleared the fault light and told me all was okay. 25 miles later engine fault light came on again. Have since had car back at local service garage twice to recheck timing and sensors. But each time I leave garage 25 miles later the engine fault light comes on!! This is really frustrating!!! This week after a 2 wk wait for an appointment I took the car to the local Citroen main service centre in Essex who assured me that if I paid for a diagnosis they would be able to give me a report on what needs to be done to repair my car. The diagnosis highlighted faults P0340 and P0400. The engineer explained that if they checked the timing it MIGHT sort out the problem, failing this, if they checked the timing sensors and exhaust gas sensors this MIGHT sort out the problem!! The cost of their repairs costing me £1000. After I reminded them that these had been checked already both by Citroen garage and independents they advised that MAYBE the problem may be with the ECU!! They obviously don't know! Has anyone any similar problems?? How were they resolved? Remember the car is running okay for past 10 months with the irritant of an engine fault light illuminated. As I intend giving this car to my daughter, is it likely to break down?? I would rather scrap the car than to give her an unsafe vehicle. Any advice please would be appreciated. Thanks

Submitted: 23/08/2014 19:59:01 | ID: 102003

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Roxana Farina, Argentina

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi there! I got the car 0K in 2013. The car is normally hot inside, for that I have to turn on the AC system all the time in summer or when warm weather starts. I thought it was a fault in the heating system, but they told me the Xsara Picasso comes like that. I'd like to know if that is tru all around the world. Thanks a lot!

Submitted: 22/08/2014 20:36:16 | ID: 101950

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cheryl shankland, Merthyr Tydfil

Citroen Xsara Picasso

How many litres does it take to fill the tank?

Submitted: 22/08/2014 15:54:02 | ID: 101934

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genci, Albania

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi there. I'm having a problem with my air conditioning not turning on. Everything is ok, the compressor, gas. The problem is when I turn it on it blows but the compressor doesn`t turn on. Someone told me that the internal temperature fan sensor is blocked and that`s why it doesn`t turn on. Can anyone help me? Thank you

Submitted: 19/08/2014 22:29:47 | ID: 101796

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smith, Tyne and Wear

Citroen Xsara Picasso

When trying to start the car about 10 minutes after the car had been had been on an hour`s run, the starter motor makes a clicking sound but does not turn the engine over to start the car. This has just happened but this has never happened before. I tried the car this morning (after standing all night) and it started. What`s happening?

Submitted: 19/08/2014 14:16:04 | ID: 101758

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Alexander, West Lothian

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Can anyone suggest if there is any waterproofing material I can spray onto and therefore waterproof the ECU? I have heard of turning it upside down so that the water from the temperature sensor does not percolate into the ECU, but I have been thinking about silicon, copper-ease, white lithium grease, even wax melted onto the pins then pushing the multi-plugs back on and then hope that would seal it and stop water in-grease into the com box itself?

Submitted: 19/08/2014 13:30:37 | ID: 101757

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lisa willis, Somerset

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi I was wondering if u can tell me why my citren Picasso s winder wipers won't stop going what do I do o2 plat plate

Submitted: 18/08/2014 20:40:36 | ID: 101727

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