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    Still overseas with the C3. Few days ago a gearbox fault came up while driving. The alternating S / Snow on the dashboard.

    Today I took it to a mechanic who ran diags and got error P0006. The pressure readings were normal (as per peugeotlogic guide). I was afraid it might be the solenoids.

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    I had the repair manual handy but the mechanic first suggested his way: drain gearbox fluid while engine is off.
    About 0.5 litre out instead of an expected 3. Dark/opaque fluid.
    Filled up with 3L. Error was reset via the diag tool. About 100m from the shop the error came back although the shifts.

    Not impressed with that, I went back and had him follow the guide: top up with 0.5l, engine running, drain until fluid is coming out in slow drip etc. Swallowed about 3l. Error was reset and after a spirited drive on the freeway the fault didnít come back.

    The shifts are now butter smooth, reminds me of a cvt transmission.

    This car needs a lot of pieces/parts replaced.
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    Couple days ago the gearbox decided to go to slam into neutral while doing 80. Since then the gearbox fault came back up couple times. I was able to reset it by stopping, turning off for 10 seconds, back on.

    I am getting the solenoids replaced today. Along with front shocks and the lower arm, rocker cover gasket, all brake pads.

    Got the AL-KO shocks for about 120USD. Everything else is PSA original, total cost including labour is about 400USD.

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    Well the C3 now behaves much better especially at highway speeds. Couple of issues though:
    1- At low speeds (<40) hitting potholes feels like dropping a cement brick. Going over an elevated speed hump, there’s a strange rubbing noise from the front. The mechanic couldn’t see any worn bush. Any idea what that might be?

    2- Turning full lock to the left, there’s a click/knock, what could that be from?

    Also, I noticed that the front wheels have positive camber, whereas the rear negative. Is this normal? The PSA agent did the alignment few months ago.

    Won’t have time to do rear shocks (return to Aus soon) but will have them ready for replacement on my next visit.

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    I think the shocks havenít been installed correctly maybe not seated full down in the hub unit


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    Quote Originally Posted by dmccurtayne View Post
    I think the shocks haven’t been installed correctly maybe not seated full down in the hub unit
    I should have been clear earlier, these issues existed prior to these recent repairs. At 80+ the ride is so smooth, hitting a pothole (in this country there are too many) now is barely felt. I got a squeak coming from the boot lid (it was rear ended with the last owner) which needs some adjustment. But ironing this is for another day, or year.

    The mechanic, a frenchie specialist, thought I was pedantic presenting with these 'issues'. Anyhow along shocks, their 'seats' or supports were also replaced.

    I asked for replacement springs but I got two different mechanics telling me they are fine and that even if I wanted them replaced none of the importers have them (one of them imports wrecked French Japanese cars with very low mileage - less than 20k, offered the shocks/springs for dirt cheap but I declined, maybe I should have had used those used springs?).

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