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paul, West Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

starts first time everytime but recently when been running for a while turn engine off go into shop come back to car to start it wont start sounds like a flat battery leave it 10 mins it will start then it will be ok for a while and it will happen again had a new battery fitted no waring lights on dash come on to say anything is wrong

Submitted: 25/05/2015 10:48:28 | ID: 116433

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paul, West Yorkshire

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sometimes starts fine for a few days but when engine is warm turn egine off get back in car it sounds like the battery is flat replaced battery ran fine for a month and its happing again leave it for 10 mins and starts fine and after a few days dose it again but only when its warm.

Submitted: 25/05/2015 10:38:09 | ID: 116432

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alan hopkins, West Yorkshire

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When turning the nearside spring is catching the body and making a knocking sound. I have removed, checked and replaced it but that made no difference

Submitted: 22/05/2015 09:06:33 | ID: 116335

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mr freddy curtis, Neath Port Talbot

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Is it possible to connect a Samsung phone to Clarion player?

Submitted: 18/05/2015 16:37:03 | ID: 116189

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Drew, West Midlands

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Just starting to get message on my dash saying engine fault , its done it about 3 or 4 times now and every time the message comes on engine dies for a few seconds then picks up again , as any body had the same problem ,if so what was the problem thanks Drew

Submitted: 16/05/2015 21:07:56 | ID: 116116

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James Katz, Malaysia

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Not sure of its variant but it is a 2004/05 2.0i 5 door version. Engine fault diagnosis read as " Injection of Air at exhaust ". History : Top overhaul was done at 122,000km, now at 172,000km, including replacement of Tappet valve/ PIC and valve tappet EVS 16. Carburetor Throttle was serviced and cleaned again at 162,000 km. Is it necessary for another round of top overhaul including ' grind valve ' ? Thank you for you advice.

Submitted: 16/05/2015 02:36:43 | ID: 116085

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John kinrade, Isle of Wight

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No power to glow plugs, swapped glow plug control unit, just stopped working, only starts after several attempts. Checked all fuses and all okay. Checked glow plugs and okay. Diagnostic gave fault code p0100 mag sensor and fault to ground glow plugs. Reset only Mac sensor fault. Returned. Would Mafia cause difficult starting? Live in Isle of Man -not listed above

Submitted: 14/05/2015 20:39:51 | ID: 116046

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Julie, Lancashire

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Hi, my spanner light came on but on checking the oil was dry, it needed oil but the oil light did not come on. I put oil in, now how do I reset spanner and is this normal?

Submitted: 11/05/2015 09:39:13 | ID: 115872

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Denis, City of Nottingham

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My Citroen Xsara SX Picasso makes a knocking noise when I accelerate and decelerate, the noise comes from the clutch and gearbox area near the drive shafts entry. Has anyone got any ideas please?

Submitted: 10/05/2015 22:36:50 | ID: 115858

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Sheila forsyth, East Riding of Yorkshire

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My partner`s Citroen Piccaso Xsara 2001 model is saying engine locked. We think it`s something to do with the immobiliser but don`t know, this results in the car not starting? How do we unlock the engine for the car to start please?

Submitted: 10/05/2015 13:40:54 | ID: 115835

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Phil, West Yorkshire

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I have a 1.6 citroen xsara picasso, when ever the car is up to temperature when stationery we get a stop engine temperature warning and the temperature gauge shoots up to top however it only last a few seconds then returns to normal, iv changed the coolant sensor but it still does it. The fan comes on but cause the temperature gauge goes straight back down it turns straight off again, as anybody got any idea what's wrong with it.

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I had the exactly the same problem on mine - it needed a new temperature gauge.Apparently this is something that if not changed correctly can damage the radiator - resulting in a new one of them as well! Paula from Lancashire

Submitted: 07/05/2015 21:38:32 | ID: 115692

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Bill, Nottinghamshire

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cruise control used to work on & off now it won't work at all can any body help

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I have the same problem. Not sure of a permanent cure but if you put your foot under the clutch pedal and gently lift your foot up on the underside of the pedal you should get it to come on. This is only a temporary measure but it works every time for me howard from Derbyshire

I have the same problem. Not sure of a permanent cure but if you put your foot under the clutch pedal and gently lift your foot up on the underside of the pedal you should get it to come on. This is only a temporary measure but it works every time for me howard from Derbyshire

Submitted: 07/05/2015 19:20:45 | ID: 115683

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robert ellis , Kent

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i have a 2006 xsara picasso 2000 petrol desire auto i have a gear box failure warning light that comes on when i turn on the ignition on i had to have the gearbox rebuilt a few mouths ago and the fault has been their since. i have been to Citroen and the fault code is 46 but that's about all they can tell me. what i would like to know has any one out their had this problem and if so how was it eliminated. i would be so grateful if any one can shed light on my problem Mr rob Ellis .

Submitted: 07/05/2015 16:42:41 | ID: 115672

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john, Greater Manchester

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when I put indicator on or apply the brake the lights come on (intermittently) also sometimes get a auto gearbox fault message come up for a few seconds any help please

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Corroded rear light cluster. Careful when buying a new one because some places sell only the casing and lens. Karl from Surrey

Corroded rear light cluster. Careful when buying a new one because some places sell only the casing and lens. Karl from Surrey

Submitted: 02/05/2015 15:14:41 | ID: 115489

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andy, Berkshire

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Hi got a problem car keeps hi revving every other day sound like it was trying to take off and when starting always cuts out and 3 times then fine and now a new one when putting foot down it limes over revs noise and goes no where and smells slightly burning . Any advice would be great so I font fer ripped off by garages. Cheers. Andy

Submitted: 02/05/2015 08:40:41 | ID: 115480

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r richards, Yorkshire

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I disconnected my battery to charge it, when I reconnected it I found I had no indicator lights on my left hand side dashboard fuel gauge and engine temp lights. I think the trip computer wants resetting. Would you please tell me how to do this? Kind regards

Submitted: 24/04/2015 12:11:58 | ID: 115163

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colin, Essex

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I have engine fault come up when first pull away, then it goes out. Now and then it goes while driving and I get a lack of power. I`ve been told it could be a possible ecu problem. Can anyone give me some good advice please?

Submitted: 23/04/2015 14:48:36 | ID: 115107

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Cordelia, Middlesex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I've got a Zsara Picasso, 95 plate. The car starts but when cold the car misfires, but once it has warmed up it runs fine. Any ideas?

Submitted: 20/04/2015 19:39:48 | ID: 114993

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Racheal, South Yorkshire

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My 2003 1.6 Xsara Picasso keeps revving itself as if I've got too much foot on the accelerator, seems to do it when it's warm but it doesn't happen all the time so the garage is clueless. Also clutch pedal has just become squeaky, we have greased it inside but seems louder outside the car (had a new clutch 18 months ago). Any help would be appreciated

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I was advised to take out and clean the stepper moter, this done amd fingers crossed, no more bother a mitchison from Northumberland

Submitted: 16/04/2015 18:34:35 | ID: 114798

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phil, Cheshire

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How can I change the power steering pressure sensor?

Submitted: 15/04/2015 22:06:19 | ID: 114755

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Tracy, Renfrewshire

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There is a warning which says cc off on the left hand side on the dash board. What could his be?

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Not sure but it could be Cruise Control Off ? twinsdad from Worcestershire

Submitted: 14/04/2015 14:13:40 | ID: 114692

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emma, Bedfordshire

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Hi there, I have a petrol Xsara Picasso 05 plate (not estate) and for the past few months the horn sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. A friend looked at the fuse for me and told me it was fine. Any ideas what it could be as the car needs to go for an MOT next month? Many thanks.

Submitted: 07/04/2015 14:55:33 | ID: 114414

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w.samways, Isle of Wight

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Any ideas why my horn goes off on its own? usually when going to the left

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Earthed on body if bare wire. Check wiring loom to horn. Karl from Surrey

Submitted: 06/04/2015 12:57:42 | ID: 114366

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diana, Shropshire

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2004 xsara dash board was dim changed bulbs cured prob However if but main lights on the dash gos off completely So what could cause this Dont use lights dasl display fine

Submitted: 04/04/2015 22:19:04 | ID: 114327

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Paula, Lancashire

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When i change up gears the car doesn't seem to want to accelerate as you'd expect. Its really sluggish. Once it gets up to speed its runs ok. There's no problem with it misfiring or anything and its idling fine. its a 1.6 02 plate. Any ideas?

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Turbo Karl from Surrey

Submitted: 03/04/2015 20:41:56 | ID: 114286

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Sarah, West Midlands

Citroen Xsara Picasso

my citroen xsara Picasso drives ok , then it starts to lose power and feels like it is going to stall, it jerks terribly when I stop at traffic lights, any ideas please

Submitted: 03/04/2015 15:46:10 | ID: 114262

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mike higgins, City of Edinburgh

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have just bought this car and whilst looking and test driving other Picassos I noticed that the one I bought had a stiffer accelerator pedal, it does pose a problem when driving at present, will this cause a problem in future

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It sounds like its stickin if possible locate the cable give it a spray with wd40 then press the accelerator failing that its a new cable needed they arnt expensive but the labour may be hope its a help matt from Warwickshire

Submitted: 31/03/2015 19:50:29 | ID: 114139

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Diana, Shropshire

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hi i have 2004 petrol xsara My question is if car is stood still left running a warning light comes on saying temp stop Then a fan kicks in few seconds turns back off Ideas what causes this please engin not over heating What would it cost to repair rough est Thanx hope some one can tell me

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My 02 plate had exactly the same problem. Garage investigated. It could be one of 2 issues - a faulty sensor (there's loads on the forums about this) or like mine a faulty thermostat on radiator. Can't say how much it was as mine was covered under warranty but garage had it for 2 days! mostly as by time they found out it was thermostat and not the sensor they'd damaged the radiator and had to replace that too. Paula from Lancashire

My 02 plate had exactly the same problem. Garage investigated. It could be one of 2 issues - a faulty sensor (there's loads on the forums about this) or like mine a faulty thermostat on radiator. Can't say how much it was as mine was covered under warranty but garage had it for 2 days! mostly as by time they found out it was thermostat and not the sensor they'd damaged the radiator and had to replace that too. Paula from Lancashire

Submitted: 30/03/2015 13:38:50 | ID: 114073

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Get specks Ron from Scottish Borders

Get specks Ron from Scottish Borders

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

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Joanne Standrin, South Yorkshire

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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