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Martin Barker, East Riding of Yorkshire

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I had to jump start my 55 plate xsara picaaso, 2 weeks ago, since then when driving it jumps, no matter what gear I am in. There are no warning lights coming on, and no noises. I had a diagnostic check on it, nothing showed up. It has had new spark plugs and fuel filter, and visible cables and pipes checked, any ideas please.

Submitted: 05/02/2016 11:38:58 | ID: 127166

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jock, Fife

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wt does it mean when the car to petrol pump comes up with it showing 191 miles to pumps

Submitted: 03/02/2016 18:30:44 | ID: 127093

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Brian Byrne, Worcestershire

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Have put inner components of my key fob into new a new fob but after a day the battery is losing its charge and I have to open car manually. Any ideas what is wrong.

Submitted: 30/01/2016 21:31:58 | ID: 126928

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John Kearsley, Cheshire

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I have an issue where I can put my accelerator pedal to the floor and no power at all but when I check the housing for it one side is bending inwards towards the pedal is this a common

Submitted: 29/01/2016 23:13:04 | ID: 126872

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Douglas, Somerset

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I have just got this car and the passenger seat won't clip down how can I overcome this problem many thanks

Submitted: 27/01/2016 11:39:30 | ID: 126766

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Liam Grant, Merseyside

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The volume of my radio keeps turning up, I have already disconnected and reconnected the battery for a system reset but that didn't work. Before I get a new radio any other ideas what could be wrong. Thanks

Submitted: 27/01/2016 10:47:18 | ID: 126763

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Kevin, Cornwall

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Hi my 06 Picasso has started to make a rattle noise on acceleration always ih 3rd gear often in 2nd and sometimes in 1st but Never in 4th or 5th. It sounds as though somebodys rapidly throwing stones into a metal can it has only just started to do it does anyone have any ideas on how to make it go away. Thanks. Kevin

Submitted: 24/01/2016 23:30:22 | ID: 126651

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carmel mc gillian, County Londonderry

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I have changed the bulbs on the right hand side of the dashboard as they went out now they are working fine and the left hand side has gone dark so i cant see the speed or the fuel gauge what has gone wrong please help me

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are you sure that you put the correct wattage bulbs in to replace those that came out.. there are different power bulbs.... generally they are 1.2w, but there's a 2w and 3w versions available and all fit the same slot.. but give different brightness on the same 12v circuit.. and could make the difference. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 17/01/2016 19:43:17 | ID: 126310

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Bob Willmore, Shropshire

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Multi- functiondisplay does not appear when i press the button on end of indicator column, why is this.?

Submitted: 17/01/2016 10:23:12 | ID: 126280

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Bob Willmore, Shropshire

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Multi-Function does not respond when pressing button on end of indicator control, why is this.?

Submitted: 17/01/2016 10:16:01 | ID: 126278

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derek, Darlington

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what is the best spark plug to use on my citroen Picasso 1600 twin cam 16 valuve

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Citroen recommend Bosch FR8SEO and FR6ME plugs depending on which wariant you have.. take one out and have a look R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 16/01/2016 15:44:01 | ID: 126254

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David hawker, Devon

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Does anyone the fuse rating on the fused link, that is part of the positive cable which directly fits onto the positive terminal of the battery

Submitted: 13/01/2016 16:18:55 | ID: 126049

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Sean Mathews, Gloucestershire

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On My 2001 hdi picasso when i open the door and get in all manner of alerts and alarms goes off on the dash, i.e. abs fault, oil pressure fault, airbag fault etc etc, all this before i put the key in the ignition, usually lasts between 5-10 seconds, anyone got any clues as to why it does this? Thanks in advance.

Submitted: 12/01/2016 09:16:19 | ID: 125983

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Wayne fox, Norfolk

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I have recently bought a citroen xsara picasso desire 2hdi 2.0 diesel 2003 car. But when I try to put it into 1st gear it keeps jumping out all other gears are fine. Please help

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Wayne, either the selector mechanism is worn (cables stretched or nylon couplings worn or mechanism at gearbox worn) or you have a fault in the gearbox... diagnostic via the OBD won't identify this fault. If gearbox fault.. it is likely to be worn or bent spindle forks .. the bit that engages each gear and changes gear selection inside the box when you move the gearstick... first selector is used EVERY time you move off, so will likely attract more wear. May be worth changing gearbox oil to see if it helps, though if the spindle forks are that worn, it is less that 50% chance of working. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 06/01/2016 21:12:26 | ID: 125663

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ted, Lancashire

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Car has not moved in three weeks and now completely dead have tried to jump start to no avail any advice battery 3 years old.

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I have 9 yr Picasso2 hid Flat battery won't start as not driven it for about 2 to 3 wk Tried to jump start it but not succeeded as I think donor Car only 1000cc . Bought new automatic battery charger Ring 8amp suitable for up to 2.5l car Charge it for say 4 hr then switch main off and disconnect charger. Starts engine and works for me. Negative terminal for me is the bonnet catch and positive terminal is the black plastic cover with the positive sign on with a circle. Make sure you check Steven from Northumberland

I have 9 yr Picasso2 hid Flat battery won't start as not driven it for about 2 to 3 wk Tried to jump start it but not succeeded as I think donor Car only 1000cc . Bought new automatic battery charger Ring 8amp suitable for up to 2.5l car Charge it for say 4 hr then switch main off and disconnect charger. Starts engine and works for me. Negative terminal for me is the bonnet catch and positive terminal is the black plastic cover with the positive sign on with a circle. Make sure you check Steven from Northumberland

Submitted: 06/01/2016 17:13:26 | ID: 125652

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R D Turner, Northumberland

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What type of brakes are on the back of my citroen xsara Picasso 2002 1600 engine petrol mpv pads or shoes

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You could have either fitted.. citroen do two variants.. one with pads and one with shoes. Have a look through the vent holes in the wheel and you should be able to see.. if there's a shiny bit, it's discs and pads.. if not shiny.. drums and shoes. If you are willing to give chassis number I could check your vehicle and tell you. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 31/12/2015 10:28:29 | ID: 125344

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Acborg, Greater London

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Hello I have bought a second hand 2006 model and it was working fine when I drover it off the dealers yard, but 4 hours later, when filling up at a petrol station it wouldn't start. AA came out told me it needed a new battery, I had this changed but it still wouldn't work, then I got told the starter wiring needs changing. The dealership is telling me this isn't coved in yhe Warrenty as this is only for the engine and gearbox. .... is this a big job and does anyone now how much this will cost.

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If you paid for the vehicle by credit (not debit) card and paid at least £100 on the credit card... you can make a claim under Section 75, Consumer Credit Act 1974 .. for refund of the TOTAL amount.. based on faulty goods, not fit for purpose and having tried resolution with the seller, failed!... the bank chase the garage.. but be aware it can take quite some time. R Evans from Caerphilly

Thanks Evans, but sadly I paid by debt card. Acborg from Greater London

Submitted: 27/12/2015 14:43:10 | ID: 125198

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Jenny, Merseyside

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Hi when I turn side lights on my indicators start flashing and central locking starts locking and unlocking. This happens until I turn lights off. Also today when went to start car it did not tick over but if keep ignition key turned engine will start after about 5 seconds. I put a new battery on few weeks ago and have tried resetting the BSI

Submitted: 20/12/2015 11:42:13 | ID: 124912

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Tim Prevel, East Ayrshire

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hi can you help, i get a engine fault flash up when i start the car, engine light on dash stays on, took it to a garage and they said there is nothing wrong with it ?????

Submitted: 19/12/2015 13:57:45 | ID: 124880

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Jason, West Sussex

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The rear near side door will not lock. There is no locking sound as with the rest of the doors when they lock. Can anyone suggest a solution.

Submitted: 16/12/2015 21:35:15 | ID: 124779

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Duncan Woods, Scottish Borders

Citroen Xsara Picasso

I have a 2006 Citroen xsara picasso 1.6 and need to know the colour of wires for connecting reversing sensors into the reversing light . Thank you

Submitted: 16/12/2015 11:55:53 | ID: 124760

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john, West Yorkshire

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hi my pertrol quauge shows full whem i refuel go down road ten miles then shows empty help

Submitted: 14/12/2015 23:18:12 | ID: 124705

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Ray butler, Essex

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My car won't start a auto electrician thinks it is the under bonnet fuse box but is not certain what do you think

Submitted: 10/12/2015 14:03:38 | ID: 124551

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Sophie, Essex

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I had three bars of diseal in car . The car battery died today ( radio left on ) and then jumped started car now there is no fuel and the light on . Anyone had this happened

Submitted: 08/12/2015 18:03:21 | ID: 124485

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John bush, South Yorkshire

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i seem to have a problem with my passenger side brake light,i have changed the bulb and checked the fuse but it still does not work,drivers side is fine,all my other rear lights work ok,its just the near side brake light that doesn,t,i purchased the 2007 reg 1600 diesel exclusive late january this year,and i wasn,t aware until someone stopped me to tell me it wasn,t working,has anyone any ideas,there not the easiest of bulbs to change either,regards john.

Submitted: 08/12/2015 15:14:36 | ID: 124475

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Josef, Czech Republic

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I have Xsara Picasso, 2006. Can anyone tell me the number and location of fuse for the left parking lights? Both bulbs are OK, but light is of. In manual, there is nowhere mentioned fuse for the lights, either for to the left or for the right Thank you in advance Josef

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I have not found any side light fuse. My Xara Picasso fault of left side lights is clearly in the BSI. Maybe it requires a reset of BSI. Switching of the relay in BSI is heard, but probably only relay for the right side lihts. Finally, I solved malfunction by temporary (but possibly permanent) solution: After removing the rear left light block, I soldered about 3 m long wire on metal strip leading to 5W part of side/brake bulb. I stretched wire inside the trunk, and the other end of wire (correspondingly shortened), I soldered to + pole of automotive plug and slide it to 12 V socket, which is situated left on top of trank near the glass. I modified the wire guide on the left side under the trunk floor cover, to be hiden. Now, It is seen only about 15 cm o the wire, leading to light block. 12V socket receives voltage only when the ignition key i on. In my country (The Czech Republic) It is ordered to shine also in daytime. I have an automatic switching of lights after starting the engine, so everything is shining simultaneously without problems. Josef from Czech Republic

Submitted: 05/12/2015 19:58:23 | ID: 124388

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John bush, South Yorkshire

Citroen Xsara Picasso

My brake light passenger side is not working,i have changed the bulb and checked the fuse,but still its not working,my car is citroen xsara picasso 2007,does anyone have any ideas please.

Submitted: 05/12/2015 15:08:21 | ID: 124380

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Dawn, Norfolk

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Hi. My top up water light keeps coming on dash and beeping. Im worried as iv toped up coolent to max line but it still keeps beeping ans saying top up water. Anyone help please. Am i not checking everything..

Submitted: 03/12/2015 16:52:26 | ID: 124318

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dean, Kent

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Hello, my citreon xsara Picasso 1.6 2003 reg petrol has started to judder at low speeds like 1-5mph and when sat idle say like at traffic lights or a junction. Have replaced battery as thought it might be that, any help would be appreciated. Sounds like the idle revs are too low to me but I'm not an expert. Thanks in advance. Dean

Submitted: 27/11/2015 15:26:55 | ID: 124080

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sarah, Essex

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Hi can anyone help please? I have a citroen xsara picasso sx auto 2002 it was missing on one cylinder so was told to change the coil pack and plugs of which I did do, then it was blowing so had a new backbone fitted. Engine fault light came on and auto gear fault. After fitted all the above car was running fine for about 10 mins then went back to misfiring and sluggish when pulling off gets to about 30mph then starts shuddering until you reach 40pmh then it gets in to next gear and runs fine ??? Any ideas please to what maybe the problem please.

Submitted: 24/11/2015 20:41:44 | ID: 123947

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Eric, West Yorkshire

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I have recently found water in the under floor compartment behind drivers seat any ideas I cannot find where it's coming in, has anyone else had the sand problem.

Submitted: 22/11/2015 13:11:27 | ID: 123820

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Paul, Staffordshire

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when i turn the ignition off the dashboard and radio stays on and cant lock the car with the key fob but can lock it by using the key to lock the passenger door and can turn the radio off by the on switch on it

Submitted: 21/11/2015 16:06:04 | ID: 123773

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mary, West Sussex

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My citroen xsara picaso dash board came up engine fault I have bee told by a friend that my car has gone into limp mode can some one tell me what that means and is it going to cost a lot to fix,

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My husband has just rang me and said the same thing about our 2006 Picasso just wondering does yours go past 50mph if not then it sounds like the same thing as ours I have spoke to my garage and he said it sounds as tho the engine coil has gone don't know the cost to get it replaced. It is going to cost me £20 to get a proper diagnostics I would advise you to do the same Joanne Coulson from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 17/11/2015 17:49:58 | ID: 123633

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mary, West Sussex

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My Citroen Xsara Picasso I am told has gone into limp mode also engine fault has come up on the dash board

Submitted: 17/11/2015 17:31:04 | ID: 123629

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KC Lim, Malaysia

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After running the car for half an hour, when slowing down at corners or tailgating a car, the engine dies off. What is the problem? My mechanic changed the petrol filter but still have this problem.

Submitted: 16/11/2015 00:57:04 | ID: 123555

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d tite, Essex

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Replaced my damaged front passenger door with a door from the breakers but had the original door lock/barrel complete transferred over. Worked all ok on 3 occasions but now i cannot open the passenger door with my keys if the car is locked. The door CAN be opened from the inside however . So i suppose my question really is...if i replace the door lock/barrel complete with another "alien" unit (which will require a different key of course) will the central locking function ( as dictated by the drivers ignition key ) operate as normal....or.....do i need to purchase a specific brand new replacement unit from Citroen which corresponds to my individual identification number which appears under the bonnet please? Can you please advise also the best Citroen contact number/site for a brand new replacement should i go for that option...and ...any idea what that would cost me please? Many thanks DT.

Submitted: 15/11/2015 17:18:40 | ID: 123536

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caroline payne, Cambridgeshire

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We have cjhanged the brake switch on the car , but it keeps popping out, and the brake lights are staying on, can you tell me what this is please?

Submitted: 14/11/2015 20:48:28 | ID: 123503

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laura, Kent

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hi, i have a citroen picasso xsara, 53plate. petrol. manual. it was working fine tuesday with no problems at all. i got in the car wednesday morning and when i start the engine PARKING BRAKE appears on the digital display, the car beeps 3 times then disappears. it only happens when the handbrake is on so seems normal but it has just started doing it. also, where the digital speedo would normally show your speed it just has 2 dashes, one for each number and the mileage counter does not go up at all. the car drove with no problems until friday, when it started jolting when changing gears. i have a obd2 machine that i have put on but no codes have come up. any help would be appreciated. thanks

Submitted: 13/11/2015 21:10:43 | ID: 123467

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Jess, Hampshire

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Hi my son left a juice box in my car and it's leaked though to the inside fuse box, I've dried it out a bit but the window wipers won't turn off and the car won't start can any one help me x

Submitted: 10/11/2015 13:24:50 | ID: 123366

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Adrian, Rhondda Cynon Taf

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hi all. Last night i was traveling up a hill when suddenly lost power and the message passenger airbag deactivated came on screen. I pulled over and turned off the engine but my dipped beam lights wouldnt switch off. when i switched ignition back on my wipers started to wipe event though they were turned off. then i get the message immobilizer fault. After 20 mins my lights finally switched off and after a turn off the key it started. This has happened again today but this time i had no indicators either

Submitted: 06/11/2015 15:20:00 | ID: 123229

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