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Peugeot 208: clutch problems, engine faults, and other common malfunctions

Have you ever experienced problems with your Peugeot 208? This brief guide aims to help you identify some of the most common faults and find the best solution.

Peugeot 208: Common problems

  • Air conditioning problems

Some Peugeot owners report that their AC system makes a constant grinding sound after being switched on. In some cases, this occurs due to a lack of lubrication in the AC unit. If topping up your oil doesn’t work, it is likely caused by a broken compressor.

If your air con is not blowing cold air, there could be several possible causes. Common culprits include a faulty AC compressor, low refrigerant levels, AC leaks, a clogged cabin filter, and electrical faults.

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  • Capacity [litre]: 5
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  • Thermostat problems

The thermostat is responsible for keeping the engine at the right operating temperatures by regulating the flow of coolant throughout the cooling system. When it fails, the engine is at a greater risk of overheating due to trapped coolant. At the same time, it may cause the engine to run too cold, which will have negative consequences for your fuel economy.

Common symptoms of a faulty thermostat include an illuminated ‘Check Engine’ or ‘Engine Temperature’ warning light, very high temperature gauge readings or sharp rises and drops in temperature, poor engine performance, and bubbling, gurgling, or knocking sounds. Once the problem has been diagnosed, replacing the part should do the trick. You may also need to drain and refill the cooling system, as well as check the Peugeot 208 engine oil levels.

Peugeot 208 thermostat problems

  • Engine problems

Peugeot owners often report issues with their engine oil levels or oil pressure. This is particularly the case for petrol models with 1.0/1.2L VTi/Puretech engines. It is critically important that you use the correct oil specified in the manual as otherwise the timing belt and other non-metal components could get damaged. Fragments of worn parts can also block up the engine oil supply system causing oil starvation.

  • Faulty wipers

Some people complain that the factory-fitted wipers on certain 208 models judder when they are activated. This is usually due to excessive friction between the wiper blades and the glass, or dirty or sticking blades. If this happens to you, check the condition of the blades. If the rubber is worn, damaged or rough, it may be time for a replacement. If the components are dirty, give the windscreen and wipers a good clean before testing them again.

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  • Height [mm]: 99
  • Inner Diameter [mm]: 30
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  • Diameter [mm]: 65, 72
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LIQUI MOLY Top Tec 4200 3706 Engine oil 5W-30, 1l
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  • Oil Viscosity Classification SAE: 5W-30
  • Capacity [litre]: 1
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  • Specification: ACEA C3, API SP, ACEA C2
  • Version: 4200
  • Packing Type: Bottle
  • Vehicle type: Car
  • not for engine manufacturer: TDI R5, VAG: V10
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  • Turbo problems

Diesel vehicles may be more prone to turbocharger failure if they are not well maintained. For example, contaminated or old oil can lead to a buildup of carbon deposits which can eventually clog the passages of the turbocharger, causing premature wear and reducing its efficiency. The parts can also get damaged due to excessively high engine temperatures.

  • Gearbox problems

For example, one of the most frequently reported manual gearbox problems is that the car struggles to shift into reverse gear. It may be difficult to engage reverse gears due to there not being a synchromesh on certain models. Sometimes lifting your foot off the clutch pedal and re-engaging helps to synchronise the gears.

In some cases, this is caused by insufficient lubrication or not using the correct gearbox oil for your Peugeot 208. Using the wrong lubricant can increase wear and expose the metal parts to thermal damage.

  • Clutch problems

However, gearbox troubles are not always caused by the gears themselves but sometimes occur as a result of a bad clutch. First generation models are typically more susceptible to clutch issues. If the assembly fails, you may be unable to move your car at all. Getting the cables, hydraulic cylinders, and plates serviced on time will help prevent more costly repairs in the future.

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