Where can I find the immobilizer code for my Citroen C3 Picasso?
Your Citroen C3 Picasso no longer starts and you are well aware that this is due to your immobilizer but you do not fully know how it works or how to find it? We will try to give you an answer thanks to this article.
First of all, we will explain to you what it is for and how this famous immobilizer works.
Useful immobilizer on a Citroen C3 Picasso:
This of course serves as an anti-theft protection. Indeed, this one is configured in order to start your Citroen C3 Picasso only if the key which holds the correct code is inserted. We remember those films where bandits come into contact with a few wires under the dashboard in order to start the engine, so this is impossible with the immobilizer.
Where is the immobilizer code of my Citroen C3 Picasso
If you need your immobilizer code, all you need to do is have the maintenance booklet for your Citroen C3 Picasso, or the user manual. There is a complete paragraph dedicated to this immobilizer code for your Citroen C3 Picasso. If that says the immobilizer code of your Citroen C3 Picasso is not found in your vehicle identification papers, it is possible by some car garages to deactivate this immobilizer using a suitcase, if you present all the necessary papers of your Citroen C3 Picasso.
Immobilizer operation on a Citroen C3 Picasso:
In a few words, we have a transmitter and receiver which go hand in hand in order to validate the operation and in this way start the engine. The immobilizer has the transmitter, and will therefore communicate a code request when the key is inserted in your Citroen C3 Picasso. Think of this transmitter as a gatekeeper who would ask for an entry code if someone knocked on the door.
This code request is sent to the key, which, in return, gives a user code unique and unique to the starting system, and if this code matches, the immobilizer lets the engine start.
The operation is very simple. That said, who says double security, says moreover more possibilities of failures unfortunately.
We then present to you the various failures that you may encounter.
Immobilizer faults on my Citroen C3 Picasso:
There may be several reasons which would prevent your Citroen C3 Picasso from starting due to the immobilizer. First of all, you are simply using the wrong key. It may seem trivial to you, but it does happen!
If you have the corresponding key, you have two alternatives in front of you:
Option n1: it is the transmitter which is faulty, consequently the immobilizer. In this situation, it is easy to check whether you have a duplicate of the keys. If you have the same problem with the two keys of your Citroen C3 Picasso, so it is the immobilizer that is involved and therefore must be repaired or disabled. If you do this it will be more economical than having to replace it, but your car will be more exposed to theft and especially your insurance will not cover you if you ever have your car stolen
Option n2: This comes from the receiver, the key, which has its worn transponder. This can be found for less at a pro than the immobilizer.
If you call your mechanic, he will of course offer you to tow your Citroen C3 Picasso and cost everything at a full price, he will not provide you with the code by a simple phone call. For security reasons, it is legally impossible to send you the code. You have to send your car.
Here are two links to two different professionals that can be found online, who will directly repair your defective parts if you send them, and therefore who can save you from going to a garage with your car which will inevitably cost you more.
Make your own calculations and possibly have an estimate made at the garage in order to compare.
Conclusion on the immobilizer of my Citroen C3 Picasso:
— As explained in this article, the immobilizer code can be found in the maintenance and identification papers of your Citroen C3 Picasso. If you do not have access to them, or they are not there, ask your mechanic if he can bypass this immobilizer using a suitcase.
First of all, try to analyze where the fault came from on your Citroen C3 Picasso. Then act accordingly. It would be a shame to replace the entire immobilizer system when the key is damaged.
— Get a quote from a mechanic then consider an alternative to an online technician, which will often be more efficient and less expensive.