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Keri, Devon

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, My Citroen Xsara Picasso, unleaded, 2005 plate, has an intermittent fault. When the engine is on the warning 'RH FT DOOR OPEN' comes on, even though it is shut. This means I can't use the central locking because the car always thinks I've left a door open. It beeps intermittently and the inside lights come on when driving. I've been told it is not the lock sensor as this was replaced, but didn't solve the problem. They've told me it is the control module. This costs hundreds to replace. Does anyone know anything else it could be, or what I could try? Thanks!

Submitted: 23/03/2015 12:20:36 | ID: 113697

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w.f.baker, Bristol

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My rear tyres are wearing on outside. Does anyone know why?

Submitted: 23/03/2015 11:41:43 | ID: 113695

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Mark, Tyne and Wear

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Can anyone help my 52 plate Xsara picasso 2.0 hdi is revving like mad,I've tried lifting accelerator pedal but to avail. When I get to junctions or traffic lights I have to turn the engine off as it is revving so high I tHonk the engine will explode.

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I'm not 100% sure, but this happened to a Rover I had. It was revving like mad and I wasn't pressing the accelerator. It turned out to be the Turbo that was faulty. Keri from Devon

Submitted: 21/03/2015 09:30:54 | ID: 113609

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James, Wiltshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have just changed the dual mass flywheel and clutch, all back together and connected back up but when I go to start it, it turns over but won't start up and has this loud puffing sound coming out of the engine like someone blowing down a tube to get air out and it won't start up. It's a 1.6 hdi 55 plate, fly wheel went so I changed it with a mechanic friend and starting up and this noise is here and it won't start. I have called out 3 mobile mechanics and they have no idea. Can anyone please help with what it could be? Thanks

Submitted: 19/03/2015 23:11:35 | ID: 113560

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jennifer, West Midlands

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi im getting headaches shortly after starting to drive my 52 plate picasso 1.6 petrol cannot smell fumes, driving performance is not affected, and no strange noises, anyone know what could be causing this?

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Carbon monoxide is odourless and can be lethal - it can also cause you to lose conciousness whilst driving. Obviously this could result in a fatal accident. I should have it checked out to be on the safe side - if it's not that, then perhaps an eye test? Doug from Bristol

Carbon monoxide is odourless and can be lethal - it can also cause you to lose conciousness whilst driving. Obviously this could result in a fatal accident. I should have it checked out to be on the safe side - if it's not that, then perhaps an eye test? Doug from Bristol

Carbon monoxide is odourless and can be lethal - it can also cause you to lose conciousness whilst driving. Obviously this could result in a fatal accident. I should have it checked out to be on the safe side - if it's not that, then perhaps an eye test? Doug from Bristol

Submitted: 18/03/2015 17:10:57 | ID: 113494

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Joanne Standrin, South Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My Citroen 03 was driving great after 2 weeks of filling up with petrol and driving again. Then the other day I re-fueled the car and it wouldn`t start, just made a clicking noise, my radio then stopped working too, I had to get someone to push me so I could bump start it. It did fine and was fine after that ie switching car on in a morning and after dropping daughter at school. So I re-fueled again yesterday and the same happened, put petrol in and NO start after, yet again had to bump it, but this time the stereo came back on. Help anyone please?

Submitted: 17/03/2015 06:53:44 | ID: 113431

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brian, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Is the clutch adjustable on this model, as we have slipping on accelleration or do we need a new clutch kit? Regards, Brian

Submitted: 16/03/2015 22:03:18 | ID: 113428

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Corrine, Merseyside

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, my exhaust cover under the car had come loose, just needed a nut and bolt to fix. So I did this but now when driving every few minutes it sounds like a loud tapping under my car, like I'm dragging a huge piece of metal and worse when steering left and sometimes, not all the time, when I'm braking also it sounds like something moving about under my feet when the knocking noise starts. Don't see anything under the car, anyone any ideas please?

Submitted: 16/03/2015 12:31:18 | ID: 113392

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Lee, Essex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have a 54 plate Citroen xsara picasso. Just started the car after it had been parked for about an hour and when it came on the display had the hand brake ligh on(even once it was taken off) the seat belt lights on (even though we had them on) the engine light on, the interior lights came on with the engine running and all doors closed. In addition the speedo (digital) was on but just had 2 lines running through it and did not change even when we were moving. There was also bothing being shown on the fuel gauge even though we had filled up (roughly half a tank) earlier that morning. Also when the car is switched off the lights stay on for around 4-5 mins before they switch off. The lightson the outside of the car (side lights, indicators etc) are working as normal. any ideas would be appreciated.

Submitted: 14/03/2015 13:08:30 | ID: 113313

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Driver, Surrey

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi. My engine light keeps coming on every 2 weeks or so. I have had a mechanic look at it and he says it is because of the sensor in the exhaust, my exhaust also keeps knocking. Again the mechanic looked, first of all he told me one of the brackets on the exhaust was twisted so he changed it. It continued to knock and he has now told me it is because the towbar brackets underneath are too close to the exhaust so the tow bar needs to be removed. Any ideas what the issue could actually be and would this be why the engine fault light keeps coming on? Apart from this the car starts and runs fine.

Submitted: 13/03/2015 11:23:08 | ID: 113253

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Lyn, Aberdeenshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have an 04 plate and when I turn my full beam on all the lights inside and outside go off !! Any ideas ??

Submitted: 10/03/2015 10:48:21 | ID: 113082

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Richard McMillan , West Lothian

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi. Bought a Picasso 1.6 08 plate in November 2014. My wife Is finding the clutch very heavy and wondered if anyone knows of a way to "lighten" the clutch operation. Many thanks.

Submitted: 09/03/2015 18:18:34 | ID: 113048

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jean dove, Durham

Citroen Xsara Picasso

bought car 2nd hand from a small garage a week ago, was making a whirring noise when changing gears but once in top gear stopped, man at garage said this is normal for citroen started to jump out of gear yesterday and now is making a horrendous noise if I try to change up from 1st gear and also if it is in neutral could you help with this and do we have any come backs on the garage please help

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Yes of course you do contact your local trading standerds office if the dealer will not fix the fault or refund you money first good luck tony babester from Essex

Submitted: 07/03/2015 18:53:12 | ID: 112919

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ben, West Sussex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Display screen is very hit and miss. Sometimes shows parts of info sometimes nothing and usually very dim especially right hand side

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remove front plastic fascia with a small screw driver remove two hex screws from digital panel pull out disply screen slowly twist the small white squarse at the back of display and remove the bulb ?go to scrapyard and repeat procedure remove all bulbs stick them in your pocket and just push and twist them in the display in your car easy diy fix george from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 03/03/2015 12:17:58 | ID: 112658

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Sara teagles, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi can you please help,so my dad changes driver door window motor and now there's no sound coming from the speakers the stereo dose everything it should so display,........ So we have check the speaker wire all ok ..... Changed head unit for one I knows works and dose the same comes on ect just no sound .... Checked wires going into plug that contects to head unit all good .... Any advice would be great please help ......

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Hi Sara, I am having exactly the same problem with my Picasso. Sadly I have not been able to find a solution. Please share if you do solve the mystery, and I'll do the same. bizaronev from South Africa

Hi Sara, I am having exactly the same problem with my Picasso. Sadly I have not been able to find a solution. Please share if you do solve the mystery, and I'll do the same. bizaronev from South Africa

Hi I sure will,can I ask have you rewired the speakers direct to the head unit ?.. Has I'm thinking of giving this ago or have you disconnected the remote on the steering wheel,I've been told this May also case a problem ?.. Thinking of trying both... Thanks Sara Sara teagles from Warwickshire

Submitted: 27/02/2015 20:36:58 | ID: 112456

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Lisa, Cambridgeshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, just got this last week and today it flashed up with engine fault and a light came on. Car appears to be running ok. Any ideas?

Submitted: 26/02/2015 19:10:16 | ID: 112407

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S Green, Dorset

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hello fellow Picasso owners, On my second one, and both the first (a 53 plate) and the 'new' one (03 plate) have the same problem, which is that there is an intermittent loud vibration coming from around the oval trim surrounding the speedo etc. At first I thought it was this trim causing the problem, so removed it and went for a test drive, but problem still there. I have removed the digital read-out panel and had a good look behind with torch and mirror but cannot find anything which looks likely to cause this. Anyone else had the problem, and did you find a cure? Thanks

Submitted: 25/02/2015 18:22:43 | ID: 112331

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mandy, West Midlands

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My clock on the dash flashes when it cold and have to re set it

Submitted: 24/02/2015 18:56:20 | ID: 112268

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Paul, Flintshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Where can I get a rubber blanking plug for underneath the radiator not sure if its called the drain plug

Submitted: 24/02/2015 16:42:28 | ID: 112257

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Anthony, Durham

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have just changed a faulty washer pump and now my jets wash the rear windscreen instead of the front, they also wash the front instead of the rear. I tried swapping the pipes over and only the rear window is washed using both front and rear control? Can anyone help me to understand the problem?

Submitted: 23/02/2015 11:48:07 | ID: 112175

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STEVEN J BELK, Derbyshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi guys and gals we have had our Piccaso automatic for over 2 years now and it's perfect, hasn`t cost more than a couple of hundred quid in that time, it's on an 03 plate. Keep thinking of upgrading but why when it goes so well? I have one tiny problem and this is a long way round about it, but my wife now is the main driver as I had a stroke and the doc's stopped me driving. My wife`s problem is that we have spot lights in the bumper but she can't find how or where to switch them on. Can anyone help her find this mystery switch? Send me an email at sudbury1@hotmail.co.uk with the answer please, it's on an 03 plate

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The spotlights you mention are fog lights the switch is part of the light switch you look you will see a second switch showing two lights front and rear fog lights however t is illegal to use fog lights when it is not foggy tony babester from Essex

Submitted: 22/02/2015 21:25:29 | ID: 112140

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snaggle, Darlington

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, my left indicator on my picasso randomly comes on and is sometimes hard to turn it off, to me it seens as though its mayve a loose wire it also only seens to happen whwn its cold (might be just me) has anyobe else had this problem, thanks

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B snaggle from Darlington

Submitted: 22/02/2015 16:54:19 | ID: 112119

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jim dennis, City of Nottingham

Citroen Xsara Picasso

just noticed last few day dah warning says top up water level checked levels they are fine temp gauge and warnings all ok no problem with performance or anything else anyone any ideas

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washer bottle kev from Cumbria

Submitted: 22/02/2015 12:02:09 | ID: 112090

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Glenda Higgins, Mayo

Citroen Xsara Picasso

We replaced the ignition switch and the car turns over but does not turn on. We believe it's the immobilizer. Any idea how to fix this problem?

Submitted: 21/02/2015 20:09:35 | ID: 112058

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barry, Kent

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Why does the numbers flicker on my Speedo.

Submitted: 20/02/2015 16:56:56 | ID: 111983

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lee, Derbyshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, I`m looking for location of the ecu and bmi unit on the 2002 Picasso 2.0 hdi model? Thank you in advance for any help

Submitted: 20/02/2015 15:02:49 | ID: 111956

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Cindy, Devon

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hello, I replaced the bulbs on my dashboard for my Citroen Xsara Picasso (2001) car last night. I did this as the MPH number was extremely faint. I bought my bulbs and followed the You Tube video on how to do this. I decided to replace 10 of the main bulbs in the centre of the panel, but did not touch any of the bulbs on the straight line above. MPH now shows up, however, even though they are all illuminated, I don't think that they are as bright as they used to be - any ideas please? Also, before I tried to do this, the seatbelt picture on the dashboard had always been lit up (since I got the car), but my garage told me that the seatbelts were ok, so have just left it like that. The thing that I noticed today though is that when I start up my car and drive it, the seatbelt picture is no longer illuminated, instead the air bag one is now (in orange, not red). I think that the seatbelt and air bag bulbs are in the long line, as mentioned above. Is there a possibility that I have perhaps knocked them by mistake - it just seems strange that it has happened now, the morning after replacing some of the bulbs? Any ideas please?

Submitted: 18/02/2015 21:28:29 | ID: 111844

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pete moore, South Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

car starts but cuts out when slows down at junctions but no fault light coming on had dianostic done but again no fault showing garage wont touch it till they know what fault is any help would be appreciated

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It`s the idle speed stepper motor. It costs a few hundred quid to buy and have fitted, our bill came to £339 ish. We had no fault light and it did cut out when approaching traffic lights and sometimes when we started it it would die. It gradually got worse over a period of 6 months. No-one had any idea what it was until I met someone with the same issue. Cathy from Bristol

It`s the idle speed stepper motor. It costs a few hundred quid to buy and have fitted, our bill came to £339 ish. We had no fault light and it did cut out when approaching traffic lights and sometimes when we started it it would die. It gradually got worse over a period of 6 months. No-one had any idea what it was until I met someone with the same issue. Cathy from Bristol

Submitted: 15/02/2015 14:54:04 | ID: 111592

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Alan Dennis Stoneham, Berkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Citroen Xsara Picasso 2003 HDI SX. Car starts and runs but feels like it is missing when ticking over, more smoke than normal coming from exhuast when driving or reving engine smoke smells like fuel. Managment light does not come only on start up and goes off. Been running on biofuel, someone told me this could be problem. Had 2001 Xsara Picasso before this car ran that on biofuel for three years no problem. Was wondering if anybody knows if the mangament system as been changed to stop cars from using biofuel. Any help with problem appreciated.

Submitted: 14/02/2015 20:42:51 | ID: 111541

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Julia, Pembrokeshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, for the last two days my picasso has occasionally made a loud beep when turning the ignition on. No warning lights stay on. Yesterday when coming to start the car It unlocked fine but when trying to start it, it was totally dead. Key fob wouldn't work or anything. After a few minutes it made a loud beep and everything worked. Today it again made the beep on turning the ignition on, but the car worked fine. Some hours later when wanting to use the car, it unlocked using the key fob, but on turning the ignition on the lights at first came on then the car went dead again. Can anyone help please?

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Hi had same problem with mine and took it to a citroen dealer to have health check done out come was the ariel in the ignition was not recognising the key and connecting to immobiliser had to have new ariel fitted and a new key Helen from South Yorkshire

Hi I have the same problem, was it expensive? sian from Caerphilly

Hi I have the same problem, was it expensive? sian from Caerphilly

Submitted: 13/02/2015 21:03:30 | ID: 111483

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Willie, South Africa

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Good day. I have found a leak in my aircon. The leak is on one of the pipes that runs under the gear console. How can I strip it to get to the leaking pipe? I can see the pipe but cannot remove it. It is direct behind the heater box. Can you please send me a diagram to indicate how to remove the aircon radiator box and pipes? I hope to hear from you soon as the inside is disassembled at this time. Thank you

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hi on the passenger side foot well there is a plastic side panel remove plastic stud and remove hex screw prise open the plastic panel and on the inside of the panel there is another 3 screws to remove the panel on the inside once panel removed the pipe a black plastic one is noticable sometimes a new washer is needed but try tightening the hex screw hwich joins the pipe together that nwill stop your drip ..a easy diy fix which will save you a few hundred pound at the garage george from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 12/02/2015 19:32:11 | ID: 111407

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d.reece, Devon

Citroen Xsara Picasso

How do I replace the electric wing mirror on my Citroen Picasso Exclusive?

Submitted: 12/02/2015 16:40:15 | ID: 111382

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Eric, Blackpool

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Does anyone know if this model has clutch or gearbox Rods or Cables? To adjust. Apparently I have been told if it's a rod it's easy to adjust, if it's cables it's a more specialized job, as my gears have gone stiff

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I have 2003 Xsara Picasso and if your car is same it is probaly rods same as mine, the gear lever snaped off on mine Xmas mornining had to have rods changed. It is fault from what I have been told. Alan Dennis Stoneham from Berkshire

Submitted: 09/02/2015 14:15:36 | ID: 111195

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Chris, East Riding of Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Strange one!! I have noticed my heater fan doesn't come on when the temp outside is cold (less than zero), and has been getting worse. Now it comes on fine with the ignition on, but stops when the engine is started. Sometimes it comes on after 10 to 15 mins, but not always. When it's on it all works well....... It's getting annoying now....... Help!!!

Submitted: 08/02/2015 08:14:20 | ID: 111109

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tom beadle, Darlington

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My rear washers have no water coming out but the front are ok?

Submitted: 05/02/2015 14:22:01 | ID: 110944

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Mr M A Turner, Essex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

clicking noise from behind drivers side dashboard when ignition turned on in the mornings. more prominent when cold weather.

Submitted: 04/02/2015 12:07:06 | ID: 110868

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steven, Oxfordshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

my passenger brake light well all the back lights don't work on the passenger side. Ive pulled it out there a little earth wire lose but don't know were it goes anyone help??

Submitted: 03/02/2015 15:49:59 | ID: 110803

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Simon, West Sussex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi All. I have a 1.6 02 plate diesel This morning it was freezing so I decided to let her warm up a bit. After 10 mins I noticed the windscreen hadn't defrosted. When I got inside it smelled of burning/burnt electrics and the blower was only pushing out cold air? Any ideas as to a fix please.

Submitted: 02/02/2015 11:03:17 | ID: 110726

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jamie davies, Swansea

Citroen Xsara Picasso

my car wont start so I puts a power pk onto the battery and it starts so I go for a good run in it. gets home 25 to 30 mins later go's in has a cuppa then out to the car you never guess what my car wont start what could be the problem anyone know

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alternator not charging battery george from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 01/02/2015 16:09:44 | ID: 110675

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Mark Evans, Derbyshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I've got a problem with my lights they are on all the time I been told that it's the unit underneath the steering wheel I've rang round for a part and told that it will cost me £240.00,any suggestions from anyone who might know if it could anything else.

Submitted: 31/01/2015 21:08:44 | ID: 110647

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