Citroen Xsara Picasso Fuse keeps blowing

2003 Citroen Xsara Picasso Problem

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CarCitroen Xsara Picasso 1.6
Year2003
OwnerWh1te
Posted01/12/2018
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Hi there,
Recently bought the above mentioned car and after a few miles ride to home the lighter stopped working. Alongside with the inner lights, the middle one turns on when I open the door or use the remote to unlock them. Figured I have blown fuse and I was right the F22 socket 20A fuse gone. I replaced it and idled the car for a while( was waiting for someone and it was cold) . It was all good untill I went home and got out again. Started the car and it didn't charge my phone nor the lights turned on. I have replaced the fuse again and as I started the car it instantly blown.... I tried it 5 times thinking the fuses were bad out of factory or something but I think I tried it enough times to be bad fuses...yes they are same amperage.
Problem Category
Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights


Solution 1
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11829 | View Garage
Suggested Solution

If it's happening after door has been opened , check for broken wiring shorting where it passes through into the door frame .


Posted on Saturday 1st of December 2018
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Solution 2
1/4drive | Auto Insider | Since: Jun 2011 | Posts: 25 | Fixes: 1846 | View Garage
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This is most likely a short circuit on the live to ground.
Could be a faulty lighter socket or other wiring.
Try unplugging the socket.
if this doesn't help then it's find the short in the wiring harness,
or call in an auto spark.


Posted on Saturday 1st of December 2018
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Solution 3
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11829 | View Garage
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This is for a 2.0 hdi but might apply .

haynes page 12.16 shows the lighter and rear socket.

there are 4 fuses.

Engine fuse box. MF8 70A

F32 10A

interior fuse box F3 5A
F5 10A.

The fuse F3 is the one directly in the lighter line.
F5 is for the rear power skt.

MF8 if that blows then both will be dead along with many other items

F32 powers a speed sensor which then powers the BIS computer and then onto the lighter.

very complicated but I'd go for F3 first. there again is it the actual heater coil in the lighter that's not working or is an accessory power plug. Sometimes these have a red ring on them that prevents full insertion into the socket so they don't make contact.


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