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Old 01-14-2000, 08:39 PM
Mark B
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Today was the first real cold day we have had this year. Now my car won't start. It turns and turns and turns till the battery is dead. So how can you tell if it's weak glow plugs or a worn tired engine? I have read and heard that not starting in the cold is a sign of one or both.
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Old 01-14-2000, 09:36 PM
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Failure of the glow system will cause the engine not to start, but if the system is operational then look elsewhere for starting problem. What year?? & model??
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Old 01-15-2000, 09:58 PM
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Some have a strip fuse inside the glow relay that can fail. If yours does, check it.

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Old 01-17-2000, 02:59 AM
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I just published on another newsgroup an entire treatise on diesel starting problems. Send me your email address and I'll send it to you since it's too lengthy to retype here.
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(that goes for anyone who wants to see it)
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Old 01-17-2000, 12:50 PM
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Hi Mark..
I sent you the tutorial on starting.. let me know what you think!
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Dennis
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Old 01-17-2000, 07:23 PM
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I have a 1981 300D. The car runs great. It does, in my opinion, blow alot of smoke when started after sitting. I attribute that to worn valve guides. Don't really know though. Car starts right up when temps are above 32f.

Dennis, thanks for the note. It has some great stuff in it. I will check to see if I have the old glow plugs or new ones right away.
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