CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES

Your Citroen C1 no longer closes? And of course this can get annoying because if you do not have parking or when you want to run a race, you risk having your vehicle stolen. Often times we leave the vehicle documents in the glove box, be careful because when the car is stolen with its documents you will not have any proof of ownership. In this tutorial we will tell you why your Citroen C1 is no longer locking, so that you can then carry out the appropriate repairs.

First of all, you should know that now almost all Citroen C1s are equipped with a central locking. This is a real progress because it allows you to close your Citroen C1 remotely, but also to open and close all the doors (including the boot) with only a manipulation by the user. So it's faster and more secure.

Now it is also possible to find models with a card that replaces the key. It offers other functions, such as opening the trunk. In case your card malfunctions, you can read the tutorial below, it could help you: Citroen C1 card no longer works

The disadvantage of central locking would be that if a door no longer closes, all the doors will remain unlocked and this is probably your case.

To help you know why your Citroen C1 no longer closes, we will first explain how does central locking work in a Citroen C1. Then we’ll cover ways to identify why your Citroen C1 no longer closes. And finally we will show you how to repair a Citroen C1 that no longer closes.

1-HOW DOES CENTRAL LOCKING WORK IN A CITROEN C1
1.1-PRESENTATION OF THE CENTRAL LOCKING IN A CITROEN C1
Central locking turns out to be a complex device that will unify the opening or closing of your Citroen C1. Therefore it helps to avoid oversights.

The advantage is that the driver will only have to do a single operation, and this will spread to all the doors including the boot.

The action can be to press the key button, or insert the key into a door lock. Finally, it is also possible to lock with the locking control inside your vehicle.

1.2-CENTRAL LOCKING MECHANISM IN A CITROEN C1
The central locking device consists of an electrical element which will manage the driver's command, for example pressing the vehicle key. Then it will activate a mechanical device. This will start the door motors, to pull or push the door lock evenly.

So the concern for closure can be mechanical or electronic. If the command does not reach the receiver, the locking cannot be engaged. And in the event that the signal is received and the mechanical device no longer activates for a door, again locking cannot be done.

2-IDENTIFY WHY CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES
2.1-CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES: KEY PROBLEM
As explained previously, the central locking must receive a signal. If this signal is not emitted then the locking cannot be done.

To check if the problem is the key, you will have to try to lock the doors of your Citroen C1 by hand. In case it works, then we suggest you change the battery.

Or it is conceivable that the key has suffered some shocks and that elements are unsoldered in the key. For more information, you can read the following tutorial: Citroen C1 card no longer works .

2.2-CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES: FUSE PROBLEM
As centralization is an electrical element, it is necessary to check the fuses. It is possible that the centralization fuse has damaged and therefore blocks the device.

In previous articles we have detailed where some fuses are in your Citroen C1, this will help you:

  • How to find the WARNING fuse on Citroen C1
  • How to find the cigarette lighter fuse on Citroen C1

2.3-CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES: PROBLEM IN THE MECHANISM
To detect this problem, try to lock your Citroen C1 by clicking on the key button. If you hear that centralization is activated and then after one or two seconds it reopens, in this case it means that there is a door blocking. Indeed, the locking works thanks to a latch system, in the event that the latter does not come down enough, the mechanism could force and for safety will reopen the doors.

3-HOW TO REPAIR A CITROEN C1 THAT CLOSES MORE
3.1-CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES: CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN THE KEY
To change the battery in your key, it is generally accessible to everyone, you have the possibility of consulting the procedures with the booklet of your Citroen C1. Often it will be enough to remove the cover and replace the battery with a new one. Be careful to take a battery that has the same dimensions otherwise you will have false contacts.

When your key problem persists, you should go to your dealership, with your registration card to prove that the car belongs to you. Note that to change the key it could cost you up to 200 euros or even 300 € in the case of a card.

3.2-CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES: CHANGE THE FUSE
To change the central locking fuse, it's relatively simple. You will need to locate the fuse box of your Citroen C1. The latter is usually found near the battery, however to be sure, you can refer to the guide for your Citroen C1.

When you have located it, identify the centralization fuse, you can read the table inside the fuse box cover or also the guide for your Citroen C1.

And then you can remove it using the pliers provided in the box and replace it with a new fuse of the same rating.

3.3-CITROEN C1 NO LONGER CLOSES: LUBRICATE THE MECHANISM
It is possible that due to wear and low temperatures the mechanism will jam. You can therefore try to lubricate the locks of all the doors including the trunk, this could solve your problem.

If the problem remains, the dysfunction must be internal. It would therefore be necessary to remove the covering of the door to examine the malfunction. This can be more difficult, if you are not a regular we recommend that you go to a garage.

Finally : When your Citroen C1 no longer closes it is really embarrassing, malicious people could try to steal it from you or steal what's inside. You should start by making sure that the key has the batteries in good condition. If the problem is not solved, try locking your Citroen C1 by hand with the interior latches. Or try to lubricate the locks. Also remember to check the wear of the fuses. Finally, when the problem requires a little more expertise, we recommend that you go to a mechanic.

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