When I turn on the ignition I can enter the code to enable the starter but
when I turn the key nothing happens.
There are several warning symbols [brake,water, oil, battery, engine
electronics, STOP, etc] on the display behind the steering wheel. All fuses
seem ok. I have put a fully charged battery in the car. I have tried the
auto gearbox in park and neutral.
This is a series 2 petrol turbo XM estate.
2 days ago I discovered 3 broken wires in the flexible rubber tube which
links the tailgate to the body. I restored the continuity of these wires
and the earthing problem of the rear lights was fixed.
Would a faulty bulb failure module prevent this car from starting? I don't
know what else to try.
Will the diagnostic error codes give any useful information?
I live in the borough of Croydon, Surrey.
Should I call a Citroen main dealer or an auto electrician?
Just a thought - are you pressing down the footbrake pedal when trying to
start the engine? I believe some automatics require that, as a safety
measure. Do the brake lights come on when you push the brake pedal? If
not, the circuit that detects pressure on the brake pedal may be faulty.
The XM doesn't, though.
My money's on the under-bonnet fusebox. It's a horrible cheap thing, and
the contacts corrode badly. The connections between the gear selector
switch and the starter inhibitor relay have corroded, so the relay
doesn't know that you're in P/N and fails safe.
That fusebox also has connectors for the climate control, interior fan,
and ABS - all of which gave me trouble, along with the inhibitor relay.
You can patch around the wiring, but the best solution's to rip it out
and rewire it around some decent quality, weather-protected connections.
Thanks for the replies. I read that the auto transmission inhibit relay was
behind the left headlight.
I cleaned all the corroded relays in that area, tested them, applied
Vaseline to the spade connectors and the car starts!
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