27th Sep 2008, 19:36

Hi, I've got a peugeot 306 HDi 2000 W reg, bought the car 2 weeks ago and it started and drove fine until the other day I went to start it and it would not start. It turns over fine and no engine management lights are showing. The diesel pump under the rear seats is working fine as I've tested it in another car, but when I put it back into my car, it wasn't making any noise, and was when I tried it in my other 306 HDi.

I suspect no power is going to it, but I'm no mechanic and don't have a clue what it might be. If anyone knows anything or can help me, please email me at Typerfreekz@aol.com.

If anyone can let me know if there is a relay that powers the pump that sits under the rear seats? If I give it direct live and earth from the battery, the car starts fine, but as soon as I disconnect live and earth, the car switches itself off.

10th Oct 2008, 16:31

Hi, I have a Peugeot 306 HDI Meridian Estate. It is October 2001 model with 98,000 genuine miles. I bought it from a friend 6 months ago and it has been going very well since. Today I drove over one of those very small but hard square speed bumps, no matter how easy you hit them they are still hard.

Whenever I drove over this bump, I heard a loud bang and my engine stopped dead. When I tried to start the engine, the management light was on and the engine wouldn't start.

I had to call a friend to help push the car off the road and leave it.

Anyone any ideas what I have done or what can be done to fix it?

29th Dec 2008, 14:53

Hi, I have a Peugeot 306 HDI Meridian, 2001 model.

Reversing out the drive one day I heard a loud bang and the engine stopped immediately and would not restart. The reason for the the bang was the front nearside spring breaking. The shock from this event tripped out an emergency cut out. This I reset by pressing an inch square red rubber button situated under the bonnet on the right hand side, between the bulk head and the computer (where all the electrical cables go into the box). Started first time after that.

22nd Jan 2009, 07:30

Hello all.

I have very recently bought my first 306 HDi - 2001 Y reg with 94k on the clock. I had a 250 mile trip back from where I bought it, and within 10 miles the ABS light had come on. I also noticed that the clutch is extremely heavy, and balancing the car on the biting point is almost impossible, especially given the clunky accelerator pedal. The brakes also seem quite poor - engine braking is far more effective way to stop.

I've just been told the ABS light is due to a sensor on the drive shaft - whole thing needs replacing apparently. Are clutches on 306 HDi's notoriously heavy and difficult / hard work to operate at slow speeds? I'm loathe to replace the whole clutch system - £££! Any ideas folks?

Cheers, James.

8th Feb 2009, 16:28


13th Feb 2009, 05:35

Just read the previous about starting problems with the 306 Meridian (Seems to be the Meridian? Is this the ONLY 2.0HDi?) And I too bought this cheap from a FRIEND?! Will NOT start at all!! BUT a quick burst of brake cleaner and hey presto, away she goes! As the engine has only done 40K, I reckon it has to give me back the €400 I paid for her?? Oh yes, I am in France and they don't seem able to fix it here, so what chance the UK??

Anyone have any CONCRETE ideas, please get in touch at renaze.peche @ gmail.com.

Thanks, Chris.

17th Mar 2009, 07:17

Hi, I have been having problems with my 306 HDi 2000 reg. I had a problem with the tension pulley, which has been fixed, but since it has been repaired it won't start. Have been told it was the fuel pump under the back seat, which I have replaced, but still no joy; it turns over but won't fire. Tried easy start, which it kicks, but when you stop spraying, it dies again. Can anyone can help?

30th Mar 2009, 17:50

Timing cam crank sync.

4th Apr 2009, 08:54

Hi, I have a 306 HDi (2000), this morning the engine light came on and it lost all power, when I turned the ignition off, then restarted the car it drove fine, it hasn't cut out again, but the engine light is still on? Any ideas? Thanks Gary.

4th Apr 2009, 23:29

We don't have the 306 in North America, but there are import car companies that have a safety built in that if the car loses power, it will fire an alert (check engine light) and will then take a certain number of car starts or calendars days without a repeat error will clear itself, much like a loose gas cap. Hopefully you won't need to see a repair shop to have the codes cleared, but if you are more of a "better safe than sorry" type, you may want to spend the $$ to do a check. In the States it is roughly an $80.00 expense (although if we keep printing money it may end up costing $500.00 soon!) Hopefully your expense will be less. Don't forget to check the battery cables. Good luck.

25th May 2009, 10:05

I'm just about to buy a 2001 306 HDI estate. The car is lovely and drives spot on. The only worry I have is an annoying high pitched whine, not too loud, just in the background. At first I thought it was the heater fan, but it's not. It happens when you turn the ignition on and then stops after about 2/3 seconds. When running it doesn't do it all the time, mainly when pulling away, and only occasionally when driving. Any ideas or similar occurrences? Cheers.

20th Aug 2009, 15:30

Hey all, I've got a 2000 306 HDi. Same starting problems as some of you guys. I replaced high and low pressure pumps, no joy, then I replaced the fuel regulator on the pump (2 torque screws and a plug) and it starts no bother, but now cuts out and the engine light on when the car is started, and when I switch it off, it delays for a couple off seconds, then switches off. Any ideas?

29th Dec 2009, 20:40

I have a 97 306 TD Est. I have had this for about four years, and it had 177 thousand on the clock. I did a straight swap with my VX ASTRA est that had 79 thousand on the clock.

Was I an idiot? No, it now has around 220 thousand and goes like a dream; far better than my Astra ever did.

Glow plugs were replaced two years ago, and it sails through its MOT every time. This week we had minus temperatures overnight and I had not started it for over a week - it started first time despite heavy snow, and had to jump start the wife's 307!

As for main dealers being useless, we use a local family firm, and have done for around 13 years, and they are brilliant and do know what they are doing.