Peugeot 205 Common Problems and Solutions
Blue smoke from engine when starting
You may have noticed that there is blue smoke coming from the engine, when starting the car from cold. This is usually an indication of broken valve stem seals.
You will need to replace the valve stem oil seals, in order to resolve the problem.
Shock absorber failure
If you have noticed that the suspension is not quite working as good as it once was, check the shock absorbers. The shock absorbers are known to fail, on the 205.
To check if this is the problem, put your hand up under the wheel arches and feel for any fluid leaking around the suspension area. If you find a fluid leak, then you will need to fit replacement shock absorbers. This should sort out the problem.
Starting problems/cutting out
If you have noticed that your car has randomly started cutting out and you are having problems with starting it, the usual cause is the faulty fuel pump relay.
The relay box is located under the dashboard, to the right of the steering wheel. Once you have located the relay box, you will need to remove and replace the fuel pump relay, in order to resolve the issue. If this does not seem to be your problem, have a look at the video below:
Doors not opening
On the Peugeot 205, it is a known fault to be unable to open the doors from outside the vehicle. The reason for this is due to a problem with the exterior door handle, seizing up.
To fix this problem you will need to take off the door trim from inside the door, revealing the door handle and levers. Get some WD40 and squirt it around the top centre of the door handle, whilst moving the handle a few times until it opens. This should resolve the problem.