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Citroen C3: Changing a bulb

Citroen C3 Owners Manual

Procedure for replacing a faulty bulb with a new bulb .

In some climatic conditions (e.g. low temperature or humidity), the presence of misting on the internal surface of the glass of the headlamps and rear lamps is normal; it disappears after the lamps have been on for a few minutes.

The headlamps are fi tted with polycarbonate glass with a protective coating:

  • do not clean them using a dry or abrasive cloth, nor with a detergent or solvent product,
  • use a sponge and soapy water,
  • when using a high pressure washer on persistent marks, do not direct at the lamps or their outlines for too long, so as not to damage their coating and their seals.

Do not touch the bulb directly with your fi ngers, use lintfree cloths.

Changing a halogen bulb should only be done after the headlamp has been switched off for a few minutes (risk of serious burns). It is imperative to use only antiultraviolet (UV) type bulbs in order not to damage the headlamp.

Front lamps


1. Direction indicators (PY21W amber).

2. Sidelamps (W5W).

3. Main beam headlamps (H1-55W).

4. Dipped beam headlamps (H7-55W).

5. Front foglamps (PSX24W).

Changing direction indicator bulbs

Rapid fl ashing of the direction indicator warning lamp (right or left) indicates the failure of a bulb on that side.


  • Turn the bulb holder a quarter of a turn and extract it.
  • Pull out the bulb and change it. To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

Amber coloured bulbs, such as the direction indicators, must be replaced with bulbs of identical specifi cations and colour.

When refi tting, close the protective cover carefully to preserve the sealing of the headlamp.

Changing dipped beam headlamp bulbs


  • Remove the protective cover by pulling on the tab.
  • Disconnect the bulb connector.
  • Compress the springs to release the bulb.
  • Extract the bulb and change it.

To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

Changing main beam headlamp bulbs


  • Remove the protective cover by pulling on the tab.
  • Disconnect the bulb connector.
  • Spread the springs to release the bulb.
  • Remove the bulb and change it.

To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

Changing sidelamp bulbs


  • Remove the protective cover by pulling on the tab.
  • Pull the bulb holder pressing on the tabs on both sides.
  • Pull the bulb and change it.

To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

Changing integrated direction indicator side repeaters


  • Insert a screwdriver towards the centre of the repeater between the repeater and the base of the mirror.
  • Tilt the screwdriver to extract the repeater and remove it.
  • Disconnect the repeater connector.
  • Replace the module.

To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

Changing front foglamp bulbs


  • Access to the front foglamp is through the aperture below the bumper.
  • Disconnect the black bulb holder connector, by pressing on the tab at the top.
  • Remove the bulb-holber by pressing on the 2 clips (at the top and the bottom).
  • Replace the module.

To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

To obtain them, contact your CITROËN dealer.

If you experience any diffi culty in replacing bulbs, contact your CITROËN dealer.

Rear lamps


1. Brake/sidelamps (P21/5W).

2. Direction indicators ( PY21W amber)
3. Foglamp, left-hand side ( PR21W red)
Reversing lamp right-hand side (P21W).

Amber or red bulbs, such as those for the direction indicators and rear foglamp, must be replaced by bulbs of the same rating and colour.

The lamps on the tailgate are dummy units. They are there for aesthetic purposes only.

Changing bulbs


These four bulbs are changed from inside the boot:

  • open the boot,
  • remove the access fl ap from the corresponding side trim panel,
  • unscrew the butterfl y nut securing the lamp unit,
  • unclip the lamp unit connector,
  • extract the lamp unit carefully pulling in its middle towards the outside,


  • spread the four tabs and remove the bulb holder,
  • turn the bulb a quarter of a turn and change it.

To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

Take care to engage the lamp unit in its guides, while keeping it in line with the vehicle.

Changing the number plate lamp bulbs (W5W)


  • Insert a thin screwdriver into one of the outer holes of the lens.
  • Push it outwards to unclip.
  • Remove the lens.
  • Pull the bulb out and change it.

Third brake lamp (4 W5W bulbs)


  • Open the boot.
  • Remove the plugs A on the inner panel.
  • Push on the centre of the lamp using two screwdrivers to lever it outwards.
  • Disconnect the connector and if necessary the screenwash pipe from the lamp.
  • Turn the bulb holder for the faulty bulb a quarter of a turn.
  • Pull out the bulb and change it.

To refi t, carry out these operations in reverse order.

Interior lighting


Interior lamp (1/W5W)

Unclip the cover of the interior lamp 1 with a thin screwdriver, close to the button, to access the faulty bulb.

Side reading lamps (2/W5W)

Unclip the cover of the reading lamp 2 with a small screwdriver at the switch end for access to the faulty bulb.


Boot lamp (W5W)

Unclip the unit by pushing it from the rear.


Sill lamps (W5W)

Unclip the lamp for access to the bulb.

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