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Citroen C4: automatic gearbox, electrical problems and other faults

Table of content

  1. 1. Automatic gearbox
  2. 2. Manual gearbox
  3. 3. Electrical issues
  4. 4. Climate control
  5. 5. Error Code P0303
  6. Conclusion
  7. Top products related to this topic

The Citroen C4 is a compact car produced by the French car manufacturer Citroen. It has been in production since 2004, with several generations and variations released over the years, including the options of electric, petrol, and diesel. The C4 is known for its distinctive and contemporary design, offering a blend of style, comfort and practicality. However, just like any car on the market, it has been reported to have some problems. Here we’ll give you a list of some of the most common ones:

1. Automatic gearbox

Some of these include the automatic gearbox, which shows a lack of responsiveness during gear changes. This can result in delays or the gear remaining in neutral, causing frustration and potential drivability problems. In addition, some drivers have encountered gearbox repair messages or warnings on the dashboard, indicating the need for repair.

2. Manual gearbox

In certain cases, Citroen C4 owners with manual gearboxes have had difficulties and problems when changing gears. These can manifest themselves as hard or stiff gear changes, making it difficult to engage gears smoothly. Issues with the steering or the Citroen C4 steering rack can be frustrating and can affect your overall driving experience.

Electrical issues

3. Electrical issues

Some of the most common electrical faults include the cruise control, handbrake, and remote locking system. A malfunctioning cruise control can result in it failing to engage or maintain the desired speed, affecting the convenience and comfort of long-distance driving. Faults with the handbrake may result in it failing to engage or release properly, potentially affecting the car's parking stability and malfunctioning remote locking systems may make it difficult to lock or unlock the car remotely. Another problem some Citroen C4 owners have had is a faulty emission control system. This is usually indicated by the de-pollution system warning light turning on, which is associated with the vehicle's emission control system.

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  • Fitting Position: Left
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4. Climate control

If the air conditioning in your Citroen C4 fails to cool or heat the interior, there are several possible causes. A likely cause is insufficient refrigerant, which may require topping up the system. Another potential culprit is a faulty air conditioning compressor, often indicated by a rattling noise which may need to be replaced. Damage to the A/C condenser, typically caused by stone chips, can also result in inadequate cooling or heating. Filters, which you can find in Citroen C4 parts catalogue, should be replaced during regular servicing to ensure proper airflow. In addition, a broken throttle or expansion valve, as well as malfunctions with the heat exchanger or thermostat, can contribute to the failure of the C4's air conditioning system.

5. Error Code P0303

If your multimeter is displaying this code, it is likely that you have a bad car ignition coil and it’s time for a replacement.

Conclusion

engine problems

While it's true that the C4 has had its fair share of reported problems, it's important to remember that no car is completely immune. The manufacturer also has an extensive service network to ensure that any problems are dealt with quickly and effectively. The importance of maintenance cannot be overstated. It helps identify and resolve problems early, ensures safety and performance, improves fuel efficiency, maintains resale value, and provides peace of mind. By investing in regular servicing and taking a proactive approach to maintenance, you can extend the life of your car, minimise repair costs, have a safer, more pleasant driving experience and enjoy the many benefits your car has to offer.

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