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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Hdi diesel - ticking noise or rattle

Thursday, 12 January 2017  |  Mick

Affecting: All Hdi variants

So, your normally smooth-running Hdi sounds like it's suffering an injector tick or tappet rattle. If it sounds VERY rattly STOP DRIVING IT NOW!!
It's more than likely the front crankshaft pulley for the auxiliary belt (fan belt). Citroen/Peugeot (along with many other manufacturers) in their infinite wisdom have come up with a pulley with an in-built cushioning system that breaks down. You may find traces of 'iron filings' or swarf. If so, this is the last call for Destruction City. Seriously folks the pulley can split and if it goes whilst your cruising it is common for the now flailing violently auxiliary belt to become tangled with the cam shaft drive belt. If this occurs, you can wave bye-bye to a few valves and maybe a cylinder head. If your up for a cam belt or fan belt change get your garage to inspect the pulley very closely. Many establishments recommend the pulley with the belt change. It will add a few quid to the bill, but 'what price peace of mind?'


A good TVD pulley   a very poorly TVD pulley

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