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Ray, Essex

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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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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

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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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Don O'Donnell, Wiltshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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,

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

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david legg, Stockton-on-Tees

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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

Citroen Xsara Picasso

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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John Harrington, West Sussex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My car has developed a loud noise under the bonnet. I've been told it's the engine cover/casing that's coming away. Can I fix this myself, as I have been told it will be expensive? Can someone help please?

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Could be lower pully wheel?? This happened to me cost £70 at a garage to get done now fine! Is the noise like a knocking, ticking noise?? Mark from South Yorkshire

Hi John Sounds the same as a problem I had. Heat shield is bolted on the top and the bracket had snapped. With engine running try moving the Shield a little. If the noise stops you probably have the same problem. Your local garage should be able to weld it in situ for a small fee. Worked for me. Leslie Edwards from Flintshire

Submitted: 17/07/2014 14:21:44 | ID: 99848

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david, Greater Manchester

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi. I have just bought a Citroen Xsara Picasso and the clutch went. I have had this fixed, drove the car for half an hour and the speedo has stopped working. I stopped at lights and turned the car off to see if that would fix the problem and now the car won`t start on the key but will bump start. Can anybody help please?

Submitted: 16/07/2014 22:53:15 | ID: 99826

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Paul, Kent

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My ESP AND ENGINE FAULT yellow lights have come on. If I turn off and press the esp button until its yellow light comes on with just the ignition on, then press esp again, the dash warning light goes out for a few miles. At the same time the ENGINE FAULT warning light comes on. I have tried the 10 second on and off procedure which cured it for 2 days. Now they have both come on again. Has anybody any clues as to the cause of this problem? It makes no difference to the the running of the car.

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We had the same problem Esp and. Engine light on , we had a oil and oil filter change and that seem to cure it sounds stupid I know but it worked for us Shelle from Lancashire

We had the same problem Esp and. Engine light on , we had a oil and oil filter change and that seem to cure it sounds stupid I know but it worked for us Michelle from Lancashire

Submitted: 16/07/2014 15:34:19 | ID: 99788

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amanda, East Sussex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi. I have got a Citroen Xsara Picasso and when I turn the lights on at night the dash lights go off or sometimes go on slightly. Is there a dimmer switch or something or do I have to change the bulb?

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Yes there is a dimmer switch, It is down on the left and the left switch is in a row of 3 switches, the next two are for the rear windows. Press the upside of the switch to brighten the lights, and vice versa. Good luck. Mike from France

Yes there is a dimmer switch, It is down on the left and the left switch is in a row of 3 switches, the next two are for the rear windows. Press the upside of the switch to brighten the lights, and vice versa. Good luck. Mike from France

Sorry, mine is LHD, so look on the right side and you will see a switch marked with a "lamp" sign, then do the adjustment. Mike from France

Submitted: 14/07/2014 10:09:38 | ID: 99634

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Gordon, East Riding of Yorkshire

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I am having a problem with a 15amp fuse blowing it is the fuse under the dashboard drivers side it;s blown Twice in two days it was when I winking to turn right and all the instrument panel went out and the Wipers came on. The car is now in the garage and has been for one week and they can't find the problem Can you please HELP Gordon Gordon Fishwick

Submitted: 13/07/2014 14:51:40 | ID: 99585

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Chris, Lancashire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi, im having a problem with my cruise control. Since i bought the car it hasn't worked but cant figure out why. When i switch on the cruse control nothing on the dash appears or even shows any evidence that the cruise control switch has been activated. Can anyone help please?

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There is a switch at the top of the clutch pedal, check this switch for correct detection of the clutch not being pressed, try lifting the clutch pedal with your foot as you switch on the cruise control. Also cruise control will only ever activate in 4th or 5th gear and above 30 mph Graham from Lincolnshire

There is a switch at the top of the clutch pedal, check this switch for correct detection of the clutch not being pressed, try lifting the clutch pedal with your foot as you switch on the cruise control. Also cruise control will only ever activate in 4th or 5th gear and above 30 mph Graham from Lincolnshire

Submitted: 13/07/2014 14:27:45 | ID: 99581

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Nick Chalmers, Warwickshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Hi there. I have a real head scratcher! Had my 2000 1.6 petrol Picasso for a couple of years now with no problems at all except for last year when I had a complete new exhaust fitted, including the cat. Just recently I'm hearing a very tinny vibration when driving it for the first 5-10 minutes until it reaches a hot temperature when it just disappears. I took it to a garage the other day and he ripped part of the heat shield away saying that it was that which was causing the noise and that it wasn't needed!!! Despite him telling me that it was definately the problem as they remove about 10 of them a week, when driving off again from cold, the noise was still there. It doesn't seem to affect the performance or fuel consumption in any way. Can anyone help? thanks. Nick.

Submitted: 11/07/2014 15:06:36 | ID: 99454

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Tamsyn Kitto, Cornwall

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have put £20 of diesel in the car and the fuel on the digital dash is saying empty and low fuel?? Any ideas? Just bought the car, also there is a tinny rattle from the passenger wheel side but I have seen someone else have the same about a heat plate, so think I will remove that

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Hi Tamsyn I have the same problem. If you let the tank go too low you will need to at least half fill the tank to get the reading to go up. It is a problem but shed load of fuel dumped in the tank will sort it. Bernie Godfrey from Cornwall

Hi Tamsyn I have the same problem. If you let the tank go too low you will need to at least half fill the tank to get the reading to go up. It is a problem but shed load of fuel dumped in the tank will sort it. Bernie Godfrey from Cornwall

Submitted: 11/07/2014 14:07:56 | ID: 99450

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