Fault Help

Common or potential faults associated with the French & Italian range.


Having worked with our chosen marques for quite some time now, it stands to reason that we have come across a whole plethora of faults, failures and potential automotive hiccups. Sometimes they are quite clearly due to a lack of maintenance. Others are due to poor design. Then there is just bad luck.

Here follows a list (in no particular order) of some of the more common occurrences we have encountered. Included are our comments and/or opinions as to how 'we' have dealt with the situation or believe would or could be an effective solution. Our ramblings are by no means a substitute for competent professional diagnosis and should be regarded as bodhi for interested parties.

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Airbag warning on (intermittant)

Friday, 6 January 2017  |  Stu

Affecting: Saxo/106/306/406 +

A possible easy fix if you're lucky. pretty commonly it is a poor or non-existent connexion located beneath the front seats. if your warning lamp is on, look for the (orange usually) connector beneath the seats leading to the seat belt pretensioners. This connexion can be disturbed by rogue objects left lying around in the rear foot wells (and it is amazing what you find there - embarrassing even), or just due to regular movement of the seat. If like me you are a strapping 6 foot 31/2" and your missus is 4 foot 1" the front seats are back n' forth like a fiddler's whatsit. Anyway, I digress. Either way, try disconnecting and reconnecting. If that puts the light out, job done. ....but it will probably reoccur. For a permanent fix get the connexions 'hard-wired'. A good soldered joint will sort the problem for good. !!warning!! please don't go prodding about the terminals with any sort of powered test gear. The seat belt pyrotechnic pretensioners are electronically activated and could very easily be triggered, and then.... KABOOM !!

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