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karen, West Yorkshire

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Hi, can someone please help. I need a replacement digital display on my Picasso. I have 1 plug connector on the back do I need to still have a part number. Once I have a replacement what happens to the mileage on my car, will it be automatically picked up by the replacement or do I have to have it reprogramed? How do I go about this? Hope someone can help as im totally lost. Thank you

Submitted: 28/07/2015 19:17:04 | ID: 119042

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Vytaras, Lithuania

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So, i locked the car and accidentally left headlights. Battery is dead. And i cant unlock it with keys. Seems to be rusted. I used WD but that didnt help. How could i get into car or open the hood in an emergency? Any ideas would be great. Thanks

Submitted: 28/07/2015 15:31:27 | ID: 119031

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karen, West Yorkshire

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Hi, the display on the left side has gone out, ( speed, mileage, etc ) its not the bulbs as they have been checked. Do I need a new display panel? where will I get one? any help will be greatly appreciated

Submitted: 28/07/2015 14:39:57 | ID: 119027

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david, Yorkshire

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i changed my alternator and removed gear box to change clutch now speed meter no show me nothing when am driving stay on 0 all times can any hepl please

Submitted: 27/07/2015 06:38:20 | ID: 118958

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STEVEN J BELK, Derbyshire

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The other day having had kNow or just a few electrical problems my wipers started to just stop! Then start again intermittently then go again. I also have tRouble with dash board lights switching off but can. Still be faintly seen i can't see what speed I'm doing or the petrol gauge, oil, engine light, and temp what's goIng on please steve

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my picasso speedmeter stayed on 0 even am driving faster it not me how fast am going so please could you help me to sorted david from Yorkshire

my Picasso speedometer stayed on 0 even am driving faster it not me how fast am going i changed my alternator and removed gear box now my car no show nothing as speed am going so please could you help me to sorted david from Yorkshire

Submitted: 27/07/2015 03:07:55 | ID: 118954

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Chrissie, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Hi all, Can anyone tell me why my air con is having to be replaced every 4 months, I have been told there isn't a leak, but even when it is working it will only go down to 14 degrees and that is not cool enough for me, any explanations please. Thanks in advance...

Submitted: 23/07/2015 17:03:13 | ID: 118818

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WILL, Cardiff

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Hi everyone on my Xara Picasso the ABS light come on at start up and beeps but not every time when it do if I turn the key on and off say three times then it's back to normal and stays off, can anyone please help

Submitted: 21/07/2015 23:03:03 | ID: 118744

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Raymond, Yorkshire

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Hi hoping sum 1 can help I have a 2003 citreon xsara Picasso 2.0 hdi and today on my way home I suddenly lost acceleration it was like I had taken my foot of the accelerator it forced me over to side of road as couldn't accelerate turned off and pumped accelerator a few times restarted and was fine but now is doing it intermittently and if I take foot off accelerator and re apply it's ok for a minute or two then happens again only had the car a couple of weeks Please help

Submitted: 21/07/2015 17:32:57 | ID: 118730

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Angela, Kent

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Hithe petrol gauge light and oil/ temp warning light have gone out. The speedo still works. Any ideas please how to mend?! Thanks

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Hi, im just going through a similar problem, it could be the bulbs which is what I thought was the problem I had. But now I found out I need a replacement display. So try the bulbs first karen from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 18/07/2015 10:51:46 | ID: 118585

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Jack Pearson, Kent

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I have recently had a new drivers window regulator fitted and have now find that the radio does not work! The radio switches on and I can change stations and all functions appear OK on the dash, however there is no sound!! Could any wiring in the drivers door have been disturbed in any way. Thank you

Submitted: 17/07/2015 15:49:45 | ID: 118560

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Sue Bradford, Bedfordshire

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Hi all, when using the air con after the engine has warmed up a fan comes on when the car is stationery or moving at slow speeds. It keeps going on and off and it's very noisy, annoying and ever so slightly embarrassing. If I switch it from air con to economy mode the fan doesn't come on but it obviously gets very warm. I've taken it to a garage but they insist it's normal, it obviously isn't as it has only started happening in the last 5 months since the weather started warming up. They've re-gassed it but it hasn't made any difference Any suggestions please oh wise and clever ones as it's driving me mad and I need it sorted so I can use the air con when I take my baby granddaughter out in the car? Many thanks.

Submitted: 15/07/2015 20:34:36 | ID: 118488

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tracey, Middlesex

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Hi hope you can help. My clutch feels although its grinding but hasn't gone does this sound as if it's the clutch going or something else??

Submitted: 13/07/2015 12:45:59 | ID: 118405

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Jbyford, Suffolk

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Does my Sara Picasso six have the same type of suspension as my old xantia

Submitted: 13/07/2015 11:00:54 | ID: 118402

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Leonard mapstone, Cardiff

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My car starts first time every time, but after a journey my car will not start, the lights on the dash but when you try to turn it over nothing happens. If you wait for 10minutes or more it starts right away can you advise.

Submitted: 12/07/2015 11:06:46 | ID: 118366

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michael harrison, West Yorkshire

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Hi When I turn the ignition to start my car it makes a doorbell sound, very strange. Does anyone have an idea why it would make this sound.

Submitted: 11/07/2015 12:55:30 | ID: 118330

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jason, Lancashire

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arrange service has come on my dashboard wat does it mean

Submitted: 11/07/2015 10:48:19 | ID: 118321

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jason, Lancashire

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when arrange service comes on dashboard wat does it mean

Submitted: 11/07/2015 10:46:40 | ID: 118320

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paul, Staffordshire

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citroen xsara picasso 2002 indicator comes on its own or opposit side what can it be

Submitted: 09/07/2015 10:30:12 | ID: 118246

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paul, Staffordshire

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citroen xsara picasso 2002 indicator comes on its own or opposit side what can it be

Submitted: 09/07/2015 10:27:08 | ID: 118245

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caxton, South Africa

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engine fault, just pop out on the dashboard. What could be wrong and my air conditioning doesn't work and clear the fog or mist on the windows help please thank you

Submitted: 07/07/2015 18:50:50 | ID: 118175

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gavin percival, Staffordshire

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hi all my cars heating fan has stopped working will not work on any setting i have changed the fan motor and replaced the switch I'm now looking at changing the ignition wires as seams a common problem however the air con light lights up which to me says it's got power going to the switch has anyone got any other ideas thanks

Submitted: 07/07/2015 10:41:19 | ID: 118146

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phil, Northumberland

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have recently had 2 new springs fitted to the front which was fine, but now when I turn the steering wheel I get a banging noise from the springs when I checked them the top part of the springs are touching the inner body surely this cant be right

Submitted: 05/07/2015 16:07:42 | ID: 118088

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Phil Watts, Northamptonshire

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My Citroen Picasso Exclusive power steering has just stopped working (suddenly). The fluid level was a bit on the low side which I have now topped up. The air-con still seems to be working so I think the auxiliary belt is ok. If the power steering pump had failed would I get a fault message on the display, and is there an easy way to test the pump before I start looking for a replacement.

Submitted: 04/07/2015 18:36:32 | ID: 118054

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Caroline, Brighton & Hove

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Hi im just wondering how much petrol their is when one bar is showing? Do i need to fill up straight up or do i have a couple of miles. 1.8 xsara picasso.

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You will have a surprisingly fair way to go. My 60 litre diesel will give me at least 100 miles of careful driving on 1 bar. You will get a low fuel warning after a while, then if you continue to drive you will get what I call a final warning where the last bar disappears. This gives you around 30 miles of driving I think, though I've never run out the most I've filled up with was 57 litres (meaning I only had around 4 or 5 in the tank) Bear in mind your tank may be smaller and your miles per gallon may be worse as it's a petrol, though the warnings will be the same Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 03/07/2015 14:30:48 | ID: 117998

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Gary, Kent

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Hi. Could. Some one tell me if you could. Change drums on a axle for another. Axle but with disc on. Thank you

Submitted: 01/07/2015 21:56:34 | ID: 117913

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dave lee, Durham

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my car has come up with a fault on dashboard say OVERSPEED INACTIVE WARNING that all it says

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I came across this some time ago, in my sons car I do believe that you have the computer in your car set to warn you of excessive speed, "slowing down" will stop it coming up! sharon humble from Dumfries and Galloway

Mine had that, the overspeed is telling you when you go faster than the speed you set. The fact that it says overspeed inactive just means this warning is turned off. If you turn it on it'll beep constantly every time you do the speed Gareth from Gwynedd

Submitted: 01/07/2015 18:31:41 | ID: 117907

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Paul Chapman , Nottinghamshire

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Engine fault keeps coming up on the display and inactive overspeed anybody tell me why. And what does it mean...

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The fault isn't related to the inactive overspeed. Either purchase a obd2 code reader or take it to a garage for investigation. The inactive overspeed warning is something you can set to warn you when you travel over a certain speed. Just push the button on the end of windscreen wash/wiper stalk to cycle through whichever display you prefer. (to actually set the overspeed you need to long press the stalk to activate then short press to bring up Program. Then travel at whichever speed u choose and long press the stalk again to program the alarm at that speed. Once you switch the engine off, the warning will once again become inactive so u need to activate it everytime u want to use it. It will remember the speed setting though, personally I think it's a waste of time) Jonathan Brown from Swansea

The fault isn't related to the inactive overspeed. Either purchase a obd2 code reader or take it to a garage for investigation. The inactive overspeed warning is something you can set to warn you when you travel over a certain speed. Just push the button on the end of windscreen wash/wiper stalk to cycle through whichever display you prefer. (to actually set the overspeed you need to long press the stalk to activate then short press to bring up Program. Then travel at whichever speed u choose and long press the stalk again to program the alarm at that speed. Once you switch the engine off, the warning will once again become inactive so u need to activate it everytime u want to use it. It will remember the speed setting though, personally I think it's a waste of time) Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 01/07/2015 11:00:34 | ID: 117885

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Eric, West Yorkshire

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When I brake my steering wheel has started to shake I have put new tyres on and had the tracking checked but it's still the same any ideas?

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Sounds like you have a warped brake disk or maybe a misaligned pad. Get it checked out asap Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 29/06/2015 16:32:07 | ID: 117841

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tommo, West Yorkshire

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My front seats in my 51 plate are knackered, will seats from any xsara Picasso Fit because some have. Armrests and mine does not

Submitted: 26/06/2015 10:15:27 | ID: 117725

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Hermien, Namibia

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Hi, please see if somebody can help me with this one. My 2000 model 2.0hdi, will not start. We replaced glo plugs which came up as a fault. Can get it started with Quickstart and idles but as soon as revs pick up to 1500 it cuts out. It is a typical scenario of timing gone wrong - smokes and chokes. How can we check timing and is it possible to adjust timing or test timing manually on this car? Also, can one adjust the dieselpump timing. A friend suggested that it sounds like it gets diesel to late, and it also has a diesel knock. Please, any help in this regard?? Thanks a lot!

Submitted: 23/06/2015 14:13:39 | ID: 117593

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carole strachan, Aberdeenshire

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Hi I have just removed the battery for charging, but now I can not lock the back doors. Is there a way to do this manually?

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Your BSI (computer) needs resetting. Follow this procedure exactly. And next time you disconnect/reconnect you're battery don't touch anything for 5 minutes Put the driver's window down, lift the bonnet and ensure all equipment is switched off. Ensure all doors are closed and remove key from the ignition. Wait for 3 minutes, disconnect the vehicle battery and wait 15 seconds. Reconnect the vehicle battery, wait a further 10 seconds (do not open doors.). Switch on the side lights through the driver's window. Switch on the ignition and check system's functionality. Hold lock button on key down for 10 seconds. Remove key open & close door test central locking system. Start the engine and complete the system's check Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 22/06/2015 16:19:13 | ID: 117547

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Russell, Flintshire

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Over the past month it has been getting harder to get my car into 1st and 2nd gear. Sometimes I can go all day with just 1 or 2 issues but if I am starting and stopping say in the town centre it gets worse to the point it doesn't want tk come out. The reversing over the past two weeks crunches just to get it in gear. The clutch bite virtually kicks in when you start to lift your foot of the floor. So here is what I would like to know:- 1, does anyone know what's wrong 2, how much do you think it would cost to get fixed The mot is due sept and I already need to get the cam belt done so my dilemma is get rid of the car obviously stating issues with car or get the work done????

Submitted: 20/06/2015 21:57:25 | ID: 117460

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Bennie Bergman, South Africa

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Hi My Citroën are leaking oil a lot.I try to check under but it is difficult to see and also check the top for any leaks but nothing.The car starts normal and the engine also runs normal.The leak is coming from somewhere in die middle streaming to the oil samp.

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When mine struck debris in the middle of the road it developed a leak, garage found the sump seal had been loosened so tweaked it. It's been 2 weeks and no leaks so far. If you're due an oil change ask them to take a look while carrying it out. Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 16/06/2015 10:09:49 | ID: 117270

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Brian, Devon

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Please could someone let me know why I have no power to windows, washers, indicators, and wipers with my ignition switched on yet when the car is running these all work, Is this a easy fix or something for a garage to deal with?.

Submitted: 15/06/2015 05:37:04 | ID: 117216

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Matthew Raynor, Nottinghamshire

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My car temperature keeps going into the red and on the dashboard it says STOP HIGH TEMPERATURE but checked the water and is fine and the fan is working, so what else could it be?

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fans are on emergency you need to renew resistors on radiator cowling about 15 pound each on ebay george from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 14/06/2015 07:26:21 | ID: 117171

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ADRIAN MCNALLY, West Midlands

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Hi does any body know why my Citroen picasso only over heats when engine is running but not moving thanks

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The water pump can be suspect on picassos, but could also be the fan or thermostat. Of course also check your coolant level. I'd look at the fan first as this I what substitutes the flow of air when moving. Get it checked out soon though, you don't want to damage your engine because of a simple component failure or you'll be left with a hefty bill Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 13/06/2015 07:46:02 | ID: 117144

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Ermin, Greater London

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What is right battery for xsara Picasso 2005 petrol 1.6. If it is 640 ampers can you fit 440 ampers battery (Bosch Car BatteryS3 Battery 012 3 Year Guarantee).is this battery in brackets ok for this car I install it and first day is seems to be ok . Is it going to be ok in future?

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440 should be fine for a 1.6 Petrol. I have the 640 on my diesel but they require a higher CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) than petrol vehicles. Bear in mind that as well as 440 being enough, it is 440 at 0F/-18C so assuming you're in the UK it's unlikely you'll meet those temperatures very often anyway. At warmer temperatures the battery can kick out higher amps Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 12/06/2015 23:30:07 | ID: 117137

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Leslie Stephens, France

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Does anybody know where the driver's door microswitch is? It is the one that connects power to the interior ligh when the door is opened. I can't find it, eithet on the car's frame or the door itself.

Submitted: 12/06/2015 11:05:05 | ID: 117114

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Peter Mitchell, Lincolnshire

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Hi, I have a 07,Zara Picasso, with Auto A/C, Is it possible, to get it really blowing cold air. The control only goes as low as 14deg. The other cars I have had, you can get a real nice air in the cabin. Thanks for any advice.

Submitted: 09/06/2015 15:37:17 | ID: 116999

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Jacque, Cheshire

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The fuel countdown comes on sometimes and not others can someone tell me how to get it on in the first place and / or keep it displaying ?

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If you mean the distance to refuel, press the end of the waaher/wiper stalk to cycle through the various displays. Some are based on the last few seconds, the ones with a 'start pole' are more accurate averages but can be reset with a long press if the stalk button Jonathan Brown from Swansea

Submitted: 09/06/2015 02:18:20 | ID: 116982

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