A common problem with Citroens is the heater
not working properly.
Vehicles affected include the Citroen C3 and Xsara Picasso
Owners may experience an intermittent heater blower fan, on one or more of the speed settings, or the fan may not work all, or will only work on full power, or may be stuck on full power.
Two types of controls are used, depending on whether the vehicle
has auto air-con or not.
Generally, it is the vehicles without auto air-con (climate control) that have the most common problems with the heater and this is the vehicle we are dealing with here.
The possible causes
There are two common causes of a heater blower fan problem in the
Citroen C3 without auto aircon:
Quite frequently, both faults will be present.
A. Faulty Heater Resistor (Otherwise known as the Heater Blower Resistor, Resistor Pack, Heater Rheostat or Blower Motor Resistor, Part No. 6450JP )
Usually, it is the thermal fuse on it that fails.
An open circuit Heater Resistor Thermal Fuse
B. Overheated/Burned Heater Resistor
Wiring Loom Connector
The connector has a tendency to overheat and damage the loom.
An overheated/burned Heater Resistor Loom Connector
A. Faulty Heater Resistor
If it is the thermal fuse that has failed, you can just replace that, using our thermal fuse repair kit.
Alternatively, replace the Heater Blower Resistor with new.
B. Overheated/Burned Heater Resistor Loom Connector.
Replace the wiring loom connector by fitting a Repair Loom.
Some of the original looms may have only 4 wires - the 5th wire is left disconnected.
C. Other Causes
There can, of course be other causes, like a faulty blower motor, or a blown fuse, but the two main causes above are far and away the most common.
Stage 1 - Investigate.
Disconnect the Heater Blower Resistor from the loom for inspection.
The Thermal Fuse is shown arrowed here.
This is the usual cause of failure of the Resistor Pack.
You can fix this with our Thermal Fuse Repair Kit.
Now carefully inspect the Heater Resistor Loom Connector.
Here's an example of a badly overheated one.
Clearly, this one needs replacing, but even if yours looks OK, look carefully at the contacts, and replace the connector if at all doubtful, using our loom repair kit.
Stage 2 -
Order new parts as appropriate.
Stage 3 - Replace/repair.
Replacing the Heater Resistor Thermal Fuse
1.Cut off the old fuse, leaving as much lead length remaining as possible.
2.Use your pliers to straighten these legs.
3.Bend the legs of your new thermal fuse into a "U" shape.
4.Now crimp the new fuse onto the old legs, such that the fuse is still close to the Resistor Pack body.
Cut off the protruding legs, and the Heater Resistor is repaired and ready for re-use.
Don't forget to try and determine why the fuse failed in the first place.
Replacing the Heater Resistor Loom Connector:
To do this, you need to cut off the old connector, and connect the cables on the new loom kit to the original loom.
For safety, disconnect the battery first and make a note of the radio code.
Eliminate the possibility of making a wiring mistake by cutting and crimping only one cable at a time.
The loom comes ready-terminated with crimp connectors, so you only have one lot of cutting and stripping to do.
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