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wilma, North Lanarkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

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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?

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

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ronald, Norfolk

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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

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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

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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

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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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Don O'Donnell, Wiltshire

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Rear electric windows will not open , both sides dead, remote switches on dashboard , and switches on doors will not respond, Checked fuse and it is not blown Any advice Don

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check window lock. right hand side next to rear window switches at the front rogerv roger from Lancashire

Submitted: 17/08/2014 14:22:58 | ID: 101644

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GLEN BROWN, Tyne and Wear

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just driving along, and car shuddered and stalled. engine fault light came on waited 3 minutes, started immediatly but on pulling away it stalled again. waited 5 minutes and drove home with no problems but engine fault light is still on. any ideas/common faults /advice would be great before i pay fortunes. Its 2007 1.6 hdi many thanks

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I had the same problem for about 3 months, sometimes 2weeks between the problem happening. The engine fault used to go out after about an hour. All that needed doing was replacing the fuel filter, Since the fuel filter has been replaced the problem has vanished. I hope that this helps. greg from Buckinghamshire

I had the same problem for about 3 months, sometimes 2weeks between the problem happening. The engine fault used to go out after about an hour. All that needed doing was replacing the fuel filter, Since the fuel filter has been replaced the problem has vanished. I hope that this helps. greg from Buckinghamshire

Submitted: 15/08/2014 22:43:27 | ID: 101562

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Kym, Cumbria

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, We have just got a Picasso and the display light for the air con controls has gone really dim like the contrast needs changing. We can't figure out how to do it? We know how to change the main display eg speed etc but this doesn't seem to work for the air con display?! Thanks in advance for any help

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Hi Kym, when I bought my Picasso several dash lights were dim/non-existent came down to bulb replacement, they turn silver and don't glow as bright, hope that helps. David Neville from Essex

Hi Kym, when I bought my Picasso several dash lights were dim/non-existent came down to bulb replacement, they turn silver and don't glow as bright, hope that helps. David Neville from Essex

Submitted: 14/08/2014 19:51:50 | ID: 101498

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Derek, Spain

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have fitted a new ignition switch with new keys. The engine turns over but won`t start .It says immobiliser problem. What can I do?

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Hi the immobiliser chip is in your old key hold the old key next to the ignition when you turn it over or open the key and get the chip out then put it inside the new key steve from Essex

Hi the immobiliser chip is in your old key hold the old key next to the ignition when you turn it over or open the key and get the chip out then put it inside the new key steve from Essex

Submitted: 14/08/2014 16:42:58 | ID: 101485

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Mike, South Africa

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi There I have a noise near the rear of my citroen Xsrara Picasso 1.6 petrol,silver in clour, when driving i tend to hear knocking sounds like it comes from near the shocks area. what else can it be besides the shocks as i put new shocks yesterday. Also taking off, i hear a noise near the front tyre area and as i drive faster the noise goes faseter as well. what can be possible faults. Many thanks and Many God bless you for your time and advice Mike from South Africa

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Hello there, can anyone please help with my question as to how to open the intake manifold for my Citroen Xsara Picasso? Can you give me instructions how to open the manifold? Mike, South Africa Mike from South Africa

Submitted: 14/08/2014 16:16:32 | ID: 101481

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dave, West Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My speedo is showing my speed is faster than the speed I am doing. Can anybody tell me what can be causing the problem? My car is a 2002 Picasso 1.8 petrol

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If the solution to your problem is something highly technical then I'm afraid I can't help. However, just in case, I do know that wheel size affects this. Your speed is calculated by the spin count of the axle. Putting smaller than standard wheels on a car can increase the speed of rotation of the axle showing a higher mph, due to the smaller circumference of the wheels. Vice versa, fitting 20 inch rims to a Vw Polo would show a much slower speed on the dash than is actually occurring. Note that changing the size of the wheels changes the final drive ratio of the gearbox, meaning it can be too hard for a car to turn big wheels, compared to smaller ones. Another solution could be the old story that some cars show a 10% difference in speed to reality, so doing 33mph by the speedo would be 30mph in reality. I do not know if this is true though. Again, if it's a more technical problem, then my answer is technically redundant! David R from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 12/08/2014 14:27:00 | ID: 101379

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Nathan S, Hampshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I've recently started to get a tapping noise that's in time with the engine on my 2003 picasso. Eg it's slow and regular on idling and speeds up when accelerating. it starts a minute or so after starting the car and continues until you turn the engine off. It seems to be coming from the rear of the engine behind the spark plugs. someone suggested valve lifter sticking but I've changed the oil and flushed the engine. It doesn't appear to affect the running , it's just annoying. Any suggestions???

Submitted: 11/08/2014 09:44:43 | ID: 101308

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pam tomlin, West Sussex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

we have a xsara picasso 2004 hazard lights keep coming on,cant lock the car with the remote key,drained the battery,disconnected battery and had to get jump start....still got problem....HELP

Submitted: 10/08/2014 13:23:15 | ID: 101260

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Brian Milne, Blackburn with Darwen

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi I have a power steering fluid leak which appears to be around the o/s front wheel arch and round about the spot light anyone heard or seen this prob or how to get all the covers off. Help would be appreciated

Submitted: 09/08/2014 17:02:37 | ID: 101221

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Rhona Blair, Dorset

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There is a random beeping coming from the right side of the steering wheel. 5 days now. It's irregular, nut getting more frequent, sometimes up to 8 times a minute, sometimes nothing for a few minutes at a time. No warning lamp comes on, but today for first time oil lamp came on, oil level is fine I checked it, then a STOP lamp came on for a split second then not again. Any help gratefully received.

Submitted: 08/08/2014 17:38:57 | ID: 101157

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David, Essex

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the interior fan has suddenly stopped working on an x reg model. It could be a fuse but I don't have the handbook so I have no idea which one under the dashboard cover it is! Or it could be something else......?

Submitted: 06/08/2014 19:03:20 | ID: 101033

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Sam Hunter, County Londonderry

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What is the toggle switch located near the ashtray on my 2008 1.6hdi. When switched on a bleeping sound in emitted when the car is stationary?

Submitted: 05/08/2014 16:13:23 | ID: 100963

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Hadley, Hampshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

How are you take the spanner of the dashboard

Submitted: 05/08/2014 10:35:29 | ID: 100939

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peter, City of Glasgow

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My car blower for heater stop then electric widows stopas did window wipers and indicators then next day car wouldent start of key but would bump start . Any one help

Submitted: 04/08/2014 21:39:16 | ID: 100913

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bob, Derbyshire

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Cannes you tell me the Füße number and rating for the coolant Fan, as Mine dont com on

Submitted: 04/08/2014 10:31:53 | ID: 100882

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mike barnes, West Midlands

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The passenger airbag light is stopping on , any ideas how I can rectify this ,I have been told it could be a couple of things, thanks

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hi are you sure its faulty and not just airbag has been turned off. If you look on dash end panel theres a key slot to turn off passenger airbag if young kids are in the car. or if not check the connections under seat are firmly pushed together. martyn from South Yorkshire

hi are you sure its faulty and not just airbag has been turned off. If you look on dash end panel theres a key slot to turn off passenger airbag if young kids are in the car. or if not check the connections under seat are firmly pushed together. martyn from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 03/08/2014 16:14:22 | ID: 100835

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mike barnes, West Midlands

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The main fan keeps kicking in every few minutes when the air con is on,the gas is full ,the fan does not kick in when it is turned to the eco setting,

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There is two fans on your car the one that keeps kicking in is the air con fan and it doesn't come on when in economic mode as economic mode turns the air con off and just runs the normal heating system without air con. Lloyd Fletcher from Cardiff

Submitted: 03/08/2014 15:44:25 | ID: 100832

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david legg, Stockton-on-Tees

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my car is a 2002 citroen xsara picasso estate , i need to know how it will cost to change the bmi unit.

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The bsi unit is quite easy to change really its behind the dash panel on drivers side but you need ecu and key plus ignition as they all work together. At main dealers it will be hundreds of pounds but if your confident mechanically 150 quid maybe look for items on ebay. If car high mileage sell it as is or scrap it as not worth doing. martyn from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 03/08/2014 09:50:32 | ID: 100810

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Wesley, Herefordshire

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Hi, I recently had a new exhaust fitted (mid and rear section) and now find that it scrapes on just about any speed bump I go over, the mid section appears to be a little lower then the front box and on measuring its about 12cm from the ground, I have gone back to the garage and they tell me its just how it is, they didn't seem interested enough to jack it up to check, I'm going to take to another garage when I get the chance but was wondering if anyone could advise me in the meantime. Having looked about you cant see the mid section on most cars but on my Xsara its very apparent.

Submitted: 01/08/2014 22:28:06 | ID: 100741

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mhairimcrawford@hotmail.com, North Lanarkshire

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I have a 56 plate Desire model. Filled the tank full with petrol but the gauge is not registering. Any ideas what is wrong?

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This happened to me but it reset after refilling tank Allan cruickshank from Greater London

This happened to me but it reset after refilling tank Allan cruickshank from Greater London

Submitted: 29/07/2014 00:12:36 | ID: 100531

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bria, Essex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

my aircon is blowing cold oneside and hot the other any ideas please

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Our 2001 Xsara Picasso had this problem recently, along with a severe drop in pressure from the windscreen washers. We ignored it, but then our brake-lights stopped working - this turns out to have been a faulty relay at the brake-light switch, just above the pedal. It had been working on and off, but when it finally went the air-con and washers started working properly again. Mech suggests there's a faulty relay or contact somewhere in the system. Devin from France

Our 2001 Xsara Picasso had this problem recently, along with a severe drop in pressure from the windscreen washers. We ignored it, but then our brake-lights stopped working - this turns out to have been a faulty relay at the brake-light switch, just above the pedal. It had been working on and off, but when it finally went the air-con and washers started working properly again. Mech suggests there's a faulty relay or contact somewhere in the system. Devin from France

Submitted: 24/07/2014 16:41:36 | ID: 100288

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Katie, Merseyside

Citroen Xsara Picasso

hi all, having a problem with the right hand passenger door. it wont open from the outside, but will open from the inside, and will then open from the outside. anyone else experienced this or know how to fix it? thanks!

Submitted: 22/07/2014 13:37:38 | ID: 100151

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stef, City of Derby

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Was driving car in the heavy rain recently when I can a cross some deepish water about a foot deep,I was going through it OK until the car in front stalled,having to slow down then stop,then the car cut out.managed to push car out after a few minutes,now can't start the car,just won't turn over.any suggestions.

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You have water in the engine, you either need to scrap the car or get a new engine. Wayne Key from City of Nottingham

You have water in the engine, you either need to scrap the car or get a new engine. Wayne Key from City of Nottingham

Well not knowing your current circumstances but at the very least you have a very soggy air filter which will restrict air flow to the engine and so just unscrewing this (temporary!!) you may be able to start engine! Nick from Fife

Have you looked at your exhaust manifold to see if it is cracked .as fumes can exit Danny from Greater Manchester

Have you looked at your exhaust manifold to see if it is cracked .as fumes can exit Danny from Greater Manchester

This happened to my wife's car, two piston con-rods were bent. I decided on an engine rebuild.Water was sucked in through the air filter then when she started the car again it tried to compress the water in the cylinders, which would never have worked - compressing gas air mix is one thing but the attempt at compressing the water wrecked the engine. The awful word IF comes into the equation. If she had not tried to restart the car maybe we could have removed the plugs and then let it dry out, but maybe the damage was already done as the water was in there anyway. A new engine or a really competent mechanic who can strip down then rebuild the engine, but most garages have fitters not real mechanics who know their con-rod from their big-end, they are few and far between. Have a search for engine prices, then have a look at a car auction, you may get a car with a good engine and then you can transfer it over. I just put our two cars in as trade-ins, they were 27,000 miles and 39,000 miles, both cars and the engines were in great condition. Alexander from West Lothian

Submitted: 20/07/2014 12:31:07 | ID: 100039

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Paul, South Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi I have a 2001picasso 1600 cc with a very bad smell of petrol,on the outside of the car that bad that having to keep windows closed but cannot find a leak, Have been told that it could be the ( charcoal filter ' this filter is not even mentioned in my workshop manual ) if there is a charcoal filter where is it and could this be the cause of the problem ? any advice would be greatly apriciated . Thanks in advance Paul Also does anybody know how to spell appriciated ?

Submitted: 20/07/2014 11:18:01 | ID: 100034

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Lisa, West Midlands

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Been on hol, and car has been sitting for 10 or so days, fine when last used, first use after hol, the clutch is making a whirring/grinding noise when clutch pedal is pressed, and i can feel it through the pedal as well, ive topped up fluid, but still doing it, is this a new clutch job? or a problem because the car has been sitting unmoved for a while? HELP

Submitted: 19/07/2014 19:58:54 | ID: 100007

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Roche, South Africa

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi! I picked any of the 1.6ltr HDI diesel engine. My car has no power, it feels limp or lazy. There are no warning lights or system messages, no overheating, no abnormal amounts of smoke out of the exhaust. It`s had a system check with 3 different diagnostic computers and nothing came up besides a turbo under boost message and abnormal recirculation. We checked for air coming out of the turbo and there is, it`s not blowing crazy but it`s blowing. There is suction on the intake of the cooler, the turbo seems to be turning. All sensors are working because we unplugged a number of them to test. The car starts normally, drives normally, sounds okay, no knocking.. What can it be? Is it the turbo?

Submitted: 17/07/2014 21:46:44 | ID: 99887

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