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Our pair’s mini-space suffers from a known problem on the 1.2 PureTech: a broken timing belt. And Citroën’s answer is surprising!

The first service indicator…

Compact, but spacious Citroen C3 Picasso seduced Bruno and Catherine R. in 2018. Then they purchased a model 1.2 Pure Tech 110 which reflects only 1 year and 8500 km. The car that brought them pleasure until last January. First, the orange “Service” indicator will light up on the instrument panel, then the red “Oil pressure error” indicator will quickly appear. Our reader then immediately pulls over and has his car towed to the brand’s dealership. Unfortunately, he will soon deliver some very bad news.

Common failure

A specialist in this field initially thinks that replacing the timing belt and oil pan, when the first is immersed in the second on this block, will be enough to solve the problem. But further research led him to the conclusion that the engine suffered from a lack of, even very short-term, lubrication. That’s why it’s an estimate 5257 euros which is presented by Bruno to install a standard exchange engine.

Since the dealer was unable to get support from Citroën, our reader in turn reached out to the manufacturer to send them a query. Without further success, the latter believed that the problem was aggravated by his driver, while the latter stopped as soon as the red light appeared.

Our defense strategy

On 1.2 Clean technologythe timing belt “bathes” in oil. As evidenced by the numerous feedback received and the reminder launched by PSA, it can fall apart. Debris then blocks the engine lubrication circuit. This fault should be fully covered by the brand up to 5 years/100,000 km (50% up to 8 years/150,000 km) if the car has been perfectly serviced. As for our couple of readers!

Author: Peter H.
Source: Auto Plus

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