Temperature lights stay on

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First, can i say what a great site this is, i was looking to fix a few problems and low and behold , most seem to be here (water in headlamps, buzzing rear door lock)

I was just wondering if someone may know what could possibly be wrong with my temperature gauge.

The gauge on the left hand side of my dash (photo not of mine, from a library, but same setup) sporadically shows all the lights and beeps, This can happen when the gauge is on one, two or three lights (out of the six), three being the optimal temp I think. It generally stays on for a few seconds then goes off.
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Welcome to the citroen c3 forum damionh,

I suggest you check and top up the coolant level if necessary.

All the lights on the temperature and a beep could be due to the coolant level low sensor triggering.

Check this post for the right stuff to put in the cooling system
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Hi there,

Odd that this has happened to you as well.

This happened to mine and an inital diagnostics showed up nothing. The fault carried on with no problems ever arising so I just assumed that she was having hot flushes.

Anyway I sent mine in for another problem and the garage said that this temperature sensor was faulty and replaced it for me. Problem solved.

Hope this helps.

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I have a related problem in that, when starting my engine from cold, the top red light flashes as if to say, you're out of water, but I'm not!! so I start the engine and drive half a mile and then it decides I do have water after all, and goes out. Any Ideas?
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Can you see (by visual inspection) that the coolant covers the level sensor probes when the engine is cold (don't check when its hot). It sounds like the level is a touch below the sensor, but as it warms up and expands enough to trip the sensor.

Sometimes, on older cars the reservoir is stained making it impossible to see the actual level without removing the cap.

Other than that, maybe the sensor is faulty and only works when its warm?
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Like I said, the level is fine, on the max mark, it just senses a lack of coolant when cold, could it be oil contamination following a cracked oil cooler, it was quite messy
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could it be oil contamination following a cracked oil cooler, it was quite messy
I have never had a cracked oil cooler, thankfully. The sensor is in the header tank, it looks quite easy to remove for a good clean up. If there is oil in the coolant then it may get dirty again pretty soon though. It could be that as the oil and water mix heats up, the sensor contacts are cleansed. As the mix cools down, the sensor is again coated with a thin film of oil giving this error. Just a guess, but sounds good :D
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Interestingly, (according to Dara O'Briens' science club!) the brain uses fat to prevent the neurones from interfering and isolates them from one anther in a largely water based environment, as demonstrated by my expansion tank ;)
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Hi I have the same problem but my temp light just
Stay on full all the time and no beeping the car isn't
Over heating but just wonting to no if anyone nos
How to fit this thanks
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Hello Taity, welcome to the forum.
Taity wrote:Over heating but just wonting to no if anyone nos
How to fit this thanks
The solution for Jadoremavoiture was
Jadoremavoiture wrote:Anyway I sent mine in for another problem and the gaarge said that the temperature sensor was faulty and replaced it for me. Problem solved.
Yours may be the same fault, you can't be sure but a new sensor isn't much money. Try clicking the link to the Euro Car Parts website for the part (enter the vehicle reg in the search box on the site to find the right part for your car). If you need to top up the coolant level, this post may provide some useful information.

If you need to know how to fit it, I will need to know which year car, which shape and which engine is fitted to your car.
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