Petrol Servicing Schedule

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Citroen C3 Petrol Servicing

The correct level of regular servicing for your petrol engined C3 will help keep up its residual value, maintain its economy, protect its reliability and ensure the safety making your C3 ownership more enjoyable.

Servicing of new and nearly new C3s is often entrusted to the dealer who has access to the latest diagnostic tools and service bulletins while also providing the all important correct service stamp in the service schedule book.

As the vehicle ages its value decreases and some owners look for a more cost effective solution to servicing from national chains such as F1 Autocentres for servicing (book online, click here). Discounts are often available if you opt to have your annual MOT inspection completed at the same time as your service, and why not get both jobs done on the same day?

As the mileage climbs, owner count rises or just the age of the C3 increases, those with a mechanical background or a tight budget and a 'can-do' attitude will often turn to taking on some or all of the servicing to help keep costs down to a minimum.

A copy of the Haynes Manual (click here for the latest discount price) is essential to gauge the difficulty and ensure the job goes as smoothly as possible. Service items like filters, plugs, coil packs and oil are available online from factors like Euro Car Parts - here who also provide a local collection service. Finding the right parts is as easy as entering the registration number and clicking 'Go', with free delivery available its a good way to save on servicing costs.


Regular checks for screen wash level, oil level, coolant level, brake fluid level, tyre condition and lights come with owning a car, but some of the more specific service items for the Petrol engined Citroen C3 are also listed below, the full list appears in the Citroen Maintenance and Guarantee Guide, if this is missing then the Haynes Manual is available which also contains the full schedule for the Petrol C3 from 2002 to 2009 models.


At each service, and every 20 000 Miles (or 2 Years which ever comes first);

Drain and Refill the Engine Oil (10W40) 1.1 and 1.4 takes 3 litres of oil, the 1.4 16v takes 3.75 litres and the 1.6 takes 3.25 litres). Replace the Oil Filter during the oil change.

Check or top-up the Screenwash level. Also check the Coolant level and the Brake Fluid level, if either of the levels are below the minimum - investigate the cause.

Test the external lighting (which is easier with an assistant). These are the forum topics for the lamps: headlamp, headlamp,side light, front indicator access panel removal, rear cluster lamps, number plate lamps and indicator side repeater lamps.
Inspect tyre pressure and overall condition, not forgetting the spare. The forum topic for help with C3 tyres is here (click).
Check for gearbox and engine for oil leaks, investigate any leaks found.
Replace the Pollen Filter (guide is here).

Check wiper blades (guide on blades here), exhaust system, the axillary drive belt, driveshaft gaiters, steering gaiters and balljoint covers.

Check brake pad wear front and rear.

Get ahead of the game and read the diagnostic error codes with an inexpensive OBD2 Code Reader from ebay, investigate any codes found, if necessary post a question on the forum for advice here, but firstly write down the codes, try to clear them and check again in a week or so to see which have returned and which have not returned and which would not clear. The topic for the OBD reader and its big brother 'Lexia/Diag Box' is here.

When the jobs are completed - Reset the Service Indicator with a pride that money was saved ;)


At every 40 000 Miles;

Check the brake callipers, discs, drums, and pipes for wear and damage. The forum topic for help with C3 drums is here and the topic for rubbing front brakes on a C3 is here. Leaking callipers, slave cylinders or damaged pipes are a major concern and should be rectified before putting the car back on the road.

Check for mechanical wear (play) in the hubs (wheel bearings), link rods, track rod ends and ball joints.

Replace the spark plugs. For the 1.1 and 1.4 (8v) use the Bosch FR7DE plugs.

Replace the air filter.

Check the dampers for leaks and check for broken front springs.


At every 2 Years;

Replace the Brake Fluid (click here), easier said than done. Be careful with ABS pump system running dry. Bleed nipples can be seized :(

Checks on the Air Conditioning system. It can be easy to check the system works and if its operating efficiently by detecting the output at the air vents, but draining and refilling the system should be left to someone with the correct equipment for example F1 Autocentres (book online to get a discount). It may be possible to detect leaks if a UV dye was included in the previous refrigerant and oil fill using a bright UV torch (available here) in a shaded location. A garage would probably use a more expensive and useful refrigerant sniffer (look here).

At every 80 000 Miles, or every 10 years, whichever comes first;

Replace the cam belt.
While the cam belt is off, inspect or just change the water pump at the same time. It is recommended to renew the idler and tensioner which is available as a matched Timing Belt Kit - here. Early engines without the automatic tensioner can be upgraded to include the parts required for the auto tensioning of the cam timing belt. Look for the correct matched kit if yours is a manual tensioner and you want to upgrade.
It is noted that Haynes suggest a more frequent cam timing belt change at 40 000 Miles due to the catastrophic consequences should it fail, the idler, tensioner and water pump should be good for 80 000 Miles but while the belt is off, why not do the whole job.

The fuel filter is not mentioned above because its not a service item. Located in the fuel tank its fitted for the life of the engine.

Citroen suggest servicing be carried out for cars operating under 'Normal' conditions and 'Severe' conditions. The timings above refer to 'Normal' conditions, 'Severe' conditions could include many short, stop-start journeys, long periods of engine idling or mainly school runs. For 'Severe' conditions, the 20 000 Miles is dropped to 12 000 Miles.


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I use fully sythetic C3 5-30 on my 8valve C3. As this is a long life oil its changed at 18 Months which covers about 5.000 miles, severe use. Is this ok.
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alsie2 wrote:I use fully sythetic C3 5-30 on my 8valve C3. As this is a long life oil its changed at 18 Months which covers about 5.000 miles, severe use. Is this ok.
5W30 is for particular temperature ranges and can give some improved fuel consumption figures. A 5000 oil service with a fully synthetic oil will be OK for the C3 petrol doing a 'severe use' motoring :)

Don't forget to change the oil filter too, its quick and easy and should be done with every oil change to get the most benefit from the new oil.

Pick up the correct oil filter from this link to euro car parts and use our discount code C3OWNER at the checkout :)
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