I can't open the citroen c3 doors

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by Hell Razor5543 »

Try spraying some 3 in 1 oil into the lock and letting it soak in for a while (say, 10 minutes), and then try the key in the lock. If that does not work you may well have to bite the bullet and go through the glass.

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

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There is no doubt that the central locking of the doors does not work due to the removal of the battery.
But I remembered that during the time the car was in the garage, I removed the battery a few times to charge it and the remote always worked.
could there be another reason?


I found this answer in a post in another forum. The same problem but with a c2. I think the mechanism is identical.
Can anyone confirm if the driver side door lock is NOT connected to the central locking mechanism?

Sorry if I'm already mixing everything but I wanted to try everything before breaking a glass.


"Did you have any luck?
It might be a bit late but the driver side door lock is NOT connected to the central locking mechanism. It is precisely for this occasion, emergency DRIVER DOOR lock/unlock. In fact if you have a factory alarm in the car, using the door lock to open the car will set the alarm of. The problem is that in the UK salting of the roads causes the lock mechanism to rust up and it's not until people have problems with their central locking that they discover this! However being in South Africa I wouldn't have thought that would have been a problem for you. I live in Australia and my "lock" still works just fine.
By the way there is no "manual" unlock on the passenger door, only an emergency locking feature and that is accessed by opening the door and adjusting the mechanism in the door. As you know the tail gate will not open without electrical power.
These "fail safes" are supposed to allow you to secure your car in the event of power failure, however if the driver door mechanical lock fails...your stuffed!"

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by wheeler »

Do you have manual winding rear windows?
If so wedge the door at the top & use the rod to wind the rear window down, it helps if you bend a loop on the end of the rod just a bit bigger than the handle of the winder. It can be a bit awkward to get started but once it is down a few inches you can get your hand in to wind it down. When you climb in & switch the ignition on this will turn off the deadlocking.

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by rvca »

wheeler.. yes i have.. on the back doors..
Thank you so much...
Tomorrow i will try that..

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by rvca »

Thanks to everyone.. and a big big thank you wheeler..

Finaly its Open.. and the engine running

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

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rvca wrote:
07 Jan 2021, 16:34
O tried to post a photo to show you...but don t know how to do it
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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by GiveMeABreak »

I notice the aftermarket Radio - unsure whether this may be causing you some locking issues.....

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

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There is a possibility to make a tool from 1.2 mm thick sheet metal that can be attached to the glass on one side and a handle on the other, and then two slightly heavier friends pull the glass down if you can move on.

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

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Now I see that it worked, a friend in a Peugeot 206cc had an aftermarket radio that caused a problem with the air conditioning module on which the lighting was constantly working.

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by rvca »

GiveMeABreak wrote:
07 Jan 2021, 19:05
I notice the aftermarket Radio - unsure whether this may be causing you some locking issues.....
I thought about that too. But this radio has been installed for so many years and gave any kind of problem

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by wheeler »

Next thing I would do is sort the door lock, the next time the battery may go flat & your miles from home.

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Re: I can't open the citroen c3 doors

Post by rvca »

Yes.. I have already ordered a new one and will proceed with the replacement as soon as it arrives.
Thank you one more time Wheeler