Dashboard display flashing, cant set date time or start radio

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My Name: Cambon

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Model: C3 2009-2013, New shape (A51)
Year: 2011 (11)
Engine Size: 1.4 (8v)
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Mileage: 30000
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A plea for help . My car recently shed its alternator drive belt and, as you might expect, the battery was flattened.
A new belt and tensioner was fitted and the car drives ok.
Unfortunately, the dashboard display is flashing, I cant access the menu and the radio will not work.
I guess this must be related to the discharged battery but any clue as to how I might proceed to rectify?
Thanks in advance
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Hi

This doesn't sound good. If the radio is dead, have you checked the fuse for the radio?

A blown radio fuse could explain a non working radio and the reason the buttons don't work on the display.

tips-for-any-citroen-c3-f8/c3-2011-fuse ... -t339.html

This link is for the 2011 C3 fuse box layout
My Name: Cambon

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Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:49 pm
Model: C3 2009-2013, New shape (A51)
Year: 2011 (11)
Engine Size: 1.4 (8v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 30000
Trim Level: Other
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
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Thanks for reply. The radio isn't dead though. It just won't find any stations. In addition the display is flashing and I can't access the menu to reset date time
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2002 (02)
Engine Size: 1.4 (16v)
Fuel Type: Diesel
Mileage: 140000
Trim Level: Exclusive
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
Engine name: DV4 16-valve diesel (90 PS)
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It sound like the radio is faulty.

It would be worth checking the fuse in the BSI because some models have a fuse for the aerial amplifier but, seeing as you can't tune the radio and can't access the display menu it doesn't look good for the radio.
My Name: Cambon

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Model: C3 2009-2013, New shape (A51)
Year: 2011 (11)
Engine Size: 1.4 (8v)
Fuel Type: Petrol
Mileage: 30000
Trim Level: Other
Gearbox: Manual 5 speed
DPF: No
LHD or RHD: RHD (UK)
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Thanks for the reply and sorry about the delay in responding. My internet router failed and I have just today procured a replacement ...never rains but it pours!
Ive had this to a local garage who cant understand why the radio wont switch on as the radio display obviously has power (date time flashing)
I have an appointment next week with an auto electrician who seems to think he has seen this before with Citroens. If he finds a solution I will post on here in case anyone else encounters same problem.
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Model: C3 2002-2005, Original shape model
Year: 2003 (53)
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Mileage: 109000
Trim Level: VTR+
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Hi Cambon,
Did you find out the problem in the end? My car has radio but display is flashing and unable to change this. I have had a new alternator put on recently if that makes any difference?
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