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Citroen C3: Battery

Citroen C3 Owners Manual

Procedure for charging your battery when it is fl at or for starting the engine using another battery.

Access to the battery


The battery is located under the bonnet. To gain access to it:

  • open the bonnet using the interior lever, then the exterior lever,
  • secure the bonnet strut,
  • remove the plastic cover by pulling on its grip for access to the two terminals,
  • unclip the fuse box to remove the battery, if necessary.

Starting using another battery

  • Connect the red cable to the positive terminal (+) of the fl at battery A , then to the positive terminal (+) of the slave battery B .


  • Connect one end of the green or black cable to the negative terminal (-) of the slave battery B .
  • Connect the other end of the green or black cable to the negative terminal (-) of the fl at battery A .


  • Start the slave vehicle.
  • Operate the starter of the broken down vehicle and let the engine run.
  • Wait until the engine returns to idle and disconnect the cables.

Charging the battery using a battery charger

  • Disconnect the battery from the vehicle.
  • Follow the instructions for use provided by the manufacturer of the charger.
  • Reconnect starting with the negative terminal (-).
  • Check that the terminals and connectors are clean. If they are covered with sulphate (whitish or greenish deposit), remove them and clean them.

Batteries contain harmful substances such as sulphuric acid and lead. They must be disposed of in accordance with regulations and must not, in any circumstances, be discarded with household waste.

Take used remote control batteries and vehicle batteries to a special collection point.

It is advisable to disconnect the battery if the vehicle is to be left unused for more than one month.

Do not disconnect the terminals while the engine is running. Do not charge the batteries without disconnecting the terminals fi rst.

Before disconnecting the battery

Wait 2 minutes after switching off the ignition before disconnecting the battery.

Close the windows and the doors before disconnecting the battery.

Following reconnection of the battery

Following reconnection of the battery, switch on the ignition and wait 1 minute before starting to permit initialisation of the electronic systems. However, if minor problems persist following this operation, contact a CITROËN dealer.

Referring to the corresponding section, you should yourself reinitialise:

- the remote control key, - the GPS satellite navigation system.

Load reduction mode

System which manages the use of certain functions according to the level of charge remaining in the battery.

When the vehicle is being driven, the load reduction function temporarily deactivates certain functions, such as the air conditioning, the heated rear screen...

The deactivated functions are reactivated automatically as soon as conditions permit.

Charging the battery using a battery charger

  • Disconnect the battery from the vehicle.
  • Follow the instructions for use provided by the manufacturer of the charger.
  • Reconnect starting with the negative terminal (-).
  • Check that the terminals and connectors are clean. If they are covered with sulphate (whitish or greenish deposit), remove them and clean them.

Batteries contain harmful substances such as sulphuric acid and lead. They must be disposed of in accordance with regulations and must not, in any circumstances, be discarded with household waste.

Take used remote control batteries and vehicle batteries to a special collection point.

It is advisable to disconnect the battery if the vehicle is to be left unused for more than one month.

Do not disconnect the terminals while the engine is running.

Do not charge the batteries without disconnecting the terminals fi rst.

Before disconnecting the battery

Wait 2 minutes after switching off the ignition before disconnecting the battery.

Close the windows and the doors before disconnecting the battery.

Following reconnection of the battery

Following reconnection of the battery, switch on the ignition and wait 1 minute before starting to permit initialisation of the electronic systems. However, if minor problems persist following this operation, contact a CITROËN dealer.

Referring to the corresponding section, you should yourself reinitialise:

- the remote control key, - the GPS satellite navigation system.

    Changing a fuse

    Load reduction mode

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