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Old 10-31-2007, 04:15 PM
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Intermittent glow plug malfunction

Twice in the past week my glow plug light has not registered and I'm pretty sure the glow plugs weren't heating up as the engine struggled to start (in 50 deg. weather). Besides those two times, the plugs have always worked in the two months I've had the car. Now it's getting colder and I want to make sure this won't continue to be a problem. Should I just replace all the GP's or is there some test or simple fix needed here?

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Old 10-31-2007, 04:23 PM
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Since you don't know the history of the GPs I would replace them all and keep the good ones for spars. To test them when you have them out use alagator clips to your battery, one to tip of the GP other to body of GP, they should glow red hot in a couple seconds.
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Old 10-31-2007, 05:09 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply, SteveO

Do I need to get the glow plug kit, or can I just get five new glow plugs? What is the added benefit of the new "glow plug" kit?

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Old 10-31-2007, 05:12 PM
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testing should be completed with a volt meter checking the resistance. Yes the battery test will tell you if there is still connectivity inside the glow plug but it will not tell you the condition of the glow plug itself. I believe the nominal resistance should be less than one ohm for a good glow plug. If you get more than that the filament that is inside is likely starting to burn out and will fail soon. It WILL still glow if this is the case just not as it should.
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Thanks for the quick reply, SteveO

Do I need to get the glow plug kit, or can I just get five new glow plugs? What is the added benefit of the new "glow plug" kit?

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Alex
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All you need is the GPs.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:07 PM
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All you need is the GPs.
Correct, I think the "kit" contains the relay also, you can tell by the price! GP's are around $10 each, the relay is more than ten times that.
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:54 AM
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Next time the light fails, get out of the car, open your hood, take either your Mag-lite from the trunk or your pocket knife from your pocket, and rap the glowplug relay sharply two or three times. See if this magically fixes the problem.

If it does, then your relay is sticking.
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:55 AM
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Any object will work, the flashlight and pocket knife were the first examples I could think of. I realize now that not everybody is so equipped every time they get in the car.
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Old 11-05-2007, 02:28 PM
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I have exact problem

It is weird. The glow plug light will come on about every third time i turn key. However, that does not make a difference. I just replaced glow plugs last year. The car starts like it has no glow plugs. Even though relay clicked on and off and gave good voltage to plugs i swapped it with another 300D and got same result -- no glow.

I'll have to check em and try again. The resistance should be less than 1 ohm. Check out diesel giant's awesome glow plug test write up here: http://dieselgiant.com/glowplugrepair.htm
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Check your strip fuse also.

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