2020 Battery Charging - remove the cover?

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Hi,

My wife's 2020 1.2 PureTech C3 has a flat battery as she's been working from home for months and the care has barely been used.

I have a smart battery charger I was going to use but upon opening the bonnet I was surprised to see that the battery is completely covered.

Is there a safe way of charging this without removing the battery and all of the plastic surrounds? I would have expected to at least have some kind of access, even if it was via small plastic flaps etc.

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THawke wrote: Mon Apr 26, 2021 6:32 am Hi,

My wife's 2020 1.2 PureTech C3 has a flat battery as she's been working from home for months and the care has barely been used.

I have a smart battery charger I was going to use but upon opening the bonnet I was surprised to see that the battery is completely covered.

Is there a safe way of charging this without removing the battery and all of the plastic surrounds? I would have expected to at least have some kind of access, even if it was via small plastic flaps etc.

Cheers.

Hello, start stop systems may be different, but as your is a standard C3, here are the instructions for accessing the battery on a new C3

The battery is located under the bonnet.

Accessing the battery for jump starting[/b]

For access to the (+) terminal:
► Release the bonnet by pulling the internal release lever, then the external safety catch.
► Raise the bonnet.
(+) Positive terminal - This terminal has a quick-release clamp.
(-) Negative terminal - As the battery's negative terminal is not accessible, a remote earth point is placed on the structure of the front right wing.




Charging the battery using a battery charger

It is not necessary to disconnect the battery.
► Switch off the ignition.
► Switch off all electrical consumers (audio system, lighting, wipers, etc.).
► Switch off charger before connecting the cables to the battery, so as to avoid any dangerous sparks.
► Ensure that the charger cables are in good condition.
► Lift the plastic cover on the (+) terminal, if the vehicle has one.
► Connect the cables of charger B as follows:
• the positive (+) red cable to the (+) terminal of battery,
• the negative (-) black cable to earth point on the vehicle.
► At the end of the charging operation, switch off the charger before disconnecting the cables from battery.




Citroen C3 2020 Battery Charging
Citroen C3 2020 Battery Charging
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Just a simple comment. For some reason the positive terminals and leads are not red but black. The cover does have a big + on it though. This may cause some confusion.
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Thanks for the info, this was exactly what I needed (I couldn't find where to download the owner/s manual)
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You'll find the manual here (select C3 - new, then manufacture date)
https://service.citroen.com/ACddb/index.html

(black for positive? - shocking)
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