As our cars electrical and mechanical systems gain in complexity, so does the potential for failure. Fortunately Citroen C1 dashboard warning lights are used to tell us what went wrong.
Sensors located around the vehicle are linked up to an on-board computer that consistently monitor the health of vehicle electrics and mechanics. Your Citroen C1 will display a dashboard symbol to inform you of a system that is currently running (blue and green lights), a service that is inactive, has a fault, or requires attention soon (amber / orange), or more urgent system failure that could be hazardous to the driver or cause vehicle damage. Such lights will typically illuminate in red and may flash or have an audible sound accompany them.
Many vehicle manufacturers use similar symbols and recognised universal symbols, though some may be unique to a certain brand of vehicle such as the Citroen C1.
Below details the Citroen C1 dashboard warning lights and symbols with pictures, an explanation of the symbol along with the appropriate action that should be taken. If the dashboard symbol is not found in this section, other sections within this site may help and if possible consult your vehicle manufactures handbook.
Citroen C1 STOP Warning Light
The STOP symbol will flash in association with another warning light; the engine oil pressure or coolant temperature. In either situation, pull over, stop and turn off engine as soon as safe to do so. For further information on the relevant symbols, see below.
Engine Oil Pressure WARNING LIGHT
The engine oil pressure warning light may illuminate with the STOP symbol (see above) to indicate oil pressure is low. As soon as safely possible, stop the car and turn off engine. Do not attempt to restart, continued use of the vehicle is highly likely to cause significant engine damage. Contact a Citroen authorised engineer.
ENGINE Coolant Temperature WARNING LIGHT
The engine coolant temperature warning light may illuminate with the STOP symbol (see above) to indicate the temperature of engine coolant is too high. As soon as safely possible, stop the car and turn off engine. Wait for 20 minutes or so for coolant temperature to reduce before checking coolant levels under the bonnet in the coolant reservoir. If levels are low, replenish levels but it is essential you wait for coolant to cool down before opening reservoir cap. If symbol illuminates again, contact authorised Citroen engineer. See engine coolant for further information.
Brake / brake Fluid WARNING LIGHT
The red exclamation mark symbol indicates that either the brake fluid level has dropped significantly or that there is a fault with the brake system. Check fluid levels within the reservoir under the bonnet and top up if necessary. If levels continue to drop, it can indicate a leak within the system and an authorised Citroen engineer must investigate. If brake fluid levels do not need topping up, it indicates a malfunction within the braking system. Do not drive vehicle and contact Citroen immediately.
ABS Dashboard WARNING LIGHT
ABS or Anti Lock Braking System aids in preventing the vehicles wheels from locking under heavy braking. The illuminated ABS light on the Citroen C1 indicates a fault in the system. Conventional braking remains unaffected and as such, this is not an emergency, though vehicle control may be compromised under heavy braking. Contact Citroen as soon as possible. See what is ABS for further information.
Dynamic Stability Control / Traction Control WARNING LIGHT
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control (TRC) helps to keep the Citroen C1 stable throughout varied driving conditions. If the symbol flashes, this indicates system is active and vehicles systems are taking action to stabalise. If light constantly illuminates, it indicates the system has a fault. This is not an emergency though vehicle control may be effected during certain driving conditions and Citroen must be contacted as soon as possible. DSC / TRC can be manually deactivated where the ‘OFF’ symbol will illuminate. If deactivated, the system is reactivated automatically from around 30 mph (50 km/h).
Emission CONTROL System WARNING LIGHT
This symbol has two meanings; 1, Exhaust Emissions Control System fault where prolonged use of vehicle in this state may potentially damage the catalytic converter, or 2, A major fault has been detected that has no warning light associated to it. With either possibility, an authorised Citroen engineer should be contacted.
Battery Charge Dashboard WARNING LIGHT
Symbol should illuminate when ignition is turned on and go out shortly after. If light stays on or comes on whilst driving, this signifies a battery charge circuit fault. This may be due to a faulty battery or alternator, dirty or loose terminals, slack or broken alternator belt. Seek assistance from a Citroen engineer. See Why is the battery warning light on for further help.
Airbag Fault DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
Under normal operating circumstances, symbol should illuminate with ignition as a self-check test and shortly go out. If light illuminates whilst driving or stays on after ignition it signifies a fault. One of the airbags or seat belt pretensioners has a fault. Seek assistance from a Citroen engineer. For further information about airbags and possible faults, see why is the airbag light on?
AIRBAG Setting Dashboard LIGHT
The control switch, located in the glove box, has been placed in the “ON” position, displaying the appropriate symbol. The passenger’s front airbag is activated.
In this case, do not install a rearward facing child seat. The control switch, located in the glove box, is set to the OFF position. The passenger’s front airbag is deactivated and a rearward facing child seat on the front seat can be in use.
ETG Electronic Gearbox Fault DASHBOARD LIGHT
If the symbol illuminates (non-flashing), it signifies a fault with the gearbox. A qualified Citroen engineer is required. If the symbol is flashing accompanied by an audible alarm, this signifies the clutch temperature is too high. Stop as soon as it is safe to do so, place the ETG electronic gearbox selector in position N, and wait around 15 minutes for the clutch to cool down.
Electronic Power Steering DASHBOARD LIGHT
The steering wheel with a red exclamation mark symbol either static or flashing with an audible sound indicates a failure with the electronic power steering. Power steering aids the driver by enabling easier steering, it does not affect the steering mechanism and as such, normal steering is possible though it may be more difficult to turn the wheel on certain occasions such a low speed. Assistance from a Citroen engineer is required.
Tyre Under Inflation DASHBOARD Warning LIGHT
Pressure in one or more tyres is too low. Check tyre pressures as soon as possible. Check should ideally be carried out when the tyres are cold. Reinitialising the system after the adjustment of one or more tyre pressures and after changing one or more wheels must be completed. Reinitialisation of the system is done with the ignition to ‘ON’ and the vehicle stationary. Open glove box and press the reinitialisation button. This warning light flashes 3 times in the instrument panel when the reinitialisation is done. Wait a few minutes before switching off the ignition (ignition switch in the “ACC” or “LOCK” position, or “OFF” mode). The new pressure settings registered are considered to be reference values by the system. If you are experiencing problems, see tyre pressure warning light keeps coming on.
Start / Stop Fault DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
Symbol Flashing. The Citroen C1 start / stop system has a fault (VTi 68 S&S engine only). System must be checked by an authorised Citroen engineer.
Speed Limiter FAULT DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT
Fixed, non-flashing symbol. The speed limiter system has a fault when these symbols continuously illuminate. Assistance from authorised Citroen engineer is required.
Keyless Entry and Starting System LIGHT
If the green symbol is flashing quickly, then the steering column has not been unlocked. Change to “OFF” mode, then “ON” mode and turn the wheel slightly to unlock the steering column.
KEYLESS ENTRY AND STARTING SYSTEM LIGHT
If the amber key symbol is flashing and accompanied by an audible sound, either the battery in the electronic key is flat and needs to be replaced OR you are leaving the vehicle without activating “OFF” mode. With the electronic key on you, press the START/STOP button to change to “OFF” mode. OR the electronic key has not been detected and so check you have the key on you OR the Keyless Entry and Starting system has a fault and in this situation you will need to contact a Citroen engineer.
Lane Departure Activated SYSTEM LIGHT
- 1. Fixed light when button pressed indicates lane departure warning system is activated. 2. A lane to the left has been detected. 3. A lane to the right has been detected.
LANE DEPARTURE SYSTEM Fault / Lane Crossed LIGHT
- 1. Fixed light indicates the lane departure warning system has a fault. 2. Flashing symbol with audible sound indicates a lane to the left has been crossed. 3. Flashing symbol with audible sound indicates a lane to the right has been crossed.
Active City Brake Dashboard Symbols
- 1. The Active City Brake system optimises braking to avoid a collision. System has been activated. 2. System has bee deactivated. 3. System has a fault. Contact an authorised Citroen engineer.