Peugeot 208 Maintenance Guides - Common Peugeot 208 Repair Questions Answered

The Peugeot 208 is the perfect city car; fun to drive, a comfy ride and cost-effective.

To support the Peugeot 208 drivers in our network we have created a guide which answers all the FAQ’s.

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Peugeot 208 Tyre Pressure

What is the recommended tyre pressure of a Peugeot 208?

The minimum tyre pressure of Peugeot 208 is 2.5 bar, which is equal to 36 psi.

However, the recommended pressure for your vehicle may vary depending on model series, year and country of manufacture.

Therefore, you should always refer to your car owner’s manual for the specific value for your tyres.

Where can I check my Peugeot 208 tyre pressure?

The tyre pressure of your Peugeot 208 can be checked at a petrol station or by a mechanic as part of a servicing job.

You can also check your tyre pressure at home with use of a handheld pressure gauge.

These can be bought for only around £10 and are an easy way to gather readings to keep your car in tip-top condition.


What should I do once I see a tyre pressure warning?

The illumination of a tyre pressure warning light on your dashboard should first prompt you to check the pressure of all four of your tyres, and amend if necessary, to reach the recommended level.

Once these changes have been made, start your engine as normal and drive away again. The light should then go out, if it remains on you either have a puncture or a faulty TPMS light that needs reset.

How do I reset a Peugeot 208 tyre pressure light?

The reset process for the TPMS on a Peugeot 208 will vary depending on model series, country of manufacture and year.

You can find the exact details in your owner’s handbook.

For the 2013-2020 model:

Ensure all tyre pressure levels are correct

Turn ignition on, but do not start the engine

Locate the SET button (to right of your steering wheel)

Press this down until you hear a signal or beep

With a touch screen:

Ensure all tyre pressure levels are correct

Turn ignition on, but do not start the engine

Press “MENU” on the audio system

Select the “DRIVING” menu

Now, select “Under-inflation initialisation”

Choose “Yes” to confirm


Peugeot 208 Warning Lights

What do the warning lights mean on a Peugeot 208?

The warning lights on the Peugeot 208 illuminate to inform the driver of an issue/activation of a particular component.

They are signposted with a symbol that points towards a certain element of your vehicle that needs attention.

The warning lights are colour coded; red indicates severity and an issue that requires urgency. Yellow/amber is for a less-urgent issue that needs looking Green and blue warning lights are purely informational.

What does a Peugeot 208 power steering failure warning light mean?

This warning light shines when there is a fault with the power steering, you may notice this through the wheel being much harder to turn particularly at low speeds.

If this light does shine, continue driving but do so cautiously. Contact a specialist to take a look at the issue as you will have no electronic assistance in your steering for the meantime.

What does the Peugeot 208 oil pressure warning light signify?

This light (with the symbol of a dripping oil can) signposts a lubrication system with the engine. If it illuminates in your vehicle, stop the car as soon as is safe.

Check your oil levels and amend if necessary. If oil levels are correct, do not start your car and instead contact a Peugeot 208 specialist. 

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Peugeot 208 Service Intervals

When are Peugeot 208 service intervals?

Peugeot recommend an annual full service for your vehicle, as well as an interim service if you undertake a particularly high mileage.

You should also have an oil change every 12 months and check your fluid and coolant levels. 


Peugeot 208 Common Problems

Are problems with the touchscreen common with the Peugeot 208?

Relatively so, many 208 drivers have experienced issues with the touchscreen and the only way to resolve this is to get the software updated by a Peugeot specialist.  

Are bonnet latch problems common on a Peugeot 208?

Some 208’s have suffered a failure with the bonnet latch, meaning it isn’t closing properly. This issue was in fact subject to a recall; therefore, Peugeot will fix it for free. 


Peugeot 208 Oil

What the best oil to use for a Peugeot 208?

The best oil to use in the Peugeot 208 is fully synthetic low ash oil, preferably of the grade 5W-30 or 5W-40.

What is the oil capacity for a Peugeot 208?

The oil capacity of a Peugeot 208 will differ depending on the model year, series and country of manufacture.

For the exact value, it is best to consult your car owner’s manual. It generally has a capacity of around 5 litres.

What to do if a Peugeot 208 leaks oil?

Noticing an oil leak in your Peugeot 208 can be a troubling thought. However, if you do spot some leaking oil, the first thing to do is to try and diagnose the source of the leak.

This can often be very difficult, and as a repair is imminent anyway we recommend that you contact a Peugeot 208 leak specialist. 

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Peugeot 208 Car Battery

What are the symptoms of a dying car battery?

Car battery’s typically have a lifespan of around 3-5 years, but an die prematurely.

Sometimes they die unexpectedly but more often than not, there are tell-tale signs that it is on its way out.

Signs your battery is failing:

·        Dimmer headlights

·        Corroded battery connectors

·        Bad rotten eggs smell when bonnet lifted

·        A clicking noise when the key is turned

·        A slower engine crank

·        Backfiring

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