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Nissan vanette not starting from cold

My van the other morning would not start. The glow plug warm up light came on as usual but had it towed and it started. Would start through the day but not from cold in the morning. Took out the glow plugs and hardwired them to the battery and each got hot in seconds. Tested the positive power lead to the glow plug buzz bar and that read with volt meter as getting power. Put glow plug to power lead and tested the glow plug out of engine with a volt meter, the volt meter went to zero when the glowplug is earthed to the engine. This obviously is a symptom that power supply is being stopped to the glowplug when insitu. Cannot find any other relay or switch regarding the glowplug apart from a 75amp fuse. Out of desperation I put new glow plugs in but it has not solved the problem. The van starts on easy-start ether with no problem.
Do you know if the glowplug circuit is wired through a secondary system that would stop the power supply to the glowplugs? Or do you know what the starting problem is at all? It seems to be an electrical fault in my opinion but cant go on anything else.
Any technical suggestions would be most welcome.
Product desrcriptors does not include vanette but hope you can advise me anyway. Cheers.
Thanks, Daryl

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I have the same problem but I want to replaced the relay what is the colour and possion. thank you

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    I have same problem. This the relay work?

  • Alan Gowar
    Alan Gowar Nov 07, 2013

    check ur earth cable to engine and chassis thay need to b tight

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    Have a mazda bongo will not start in the morning but put new glow. Plugs in Goes great went hot next day will not start

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Had glow plugs checked and new temperature chip installed, but still has the problem of starting.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Garage put in new timer and glow plug still wont start after 2 hours

  • Cees van Hattem
    Cees van Hattem Apr 16, 2014

    Same problem here, but after 1 minute glowing it will star and with some extra glowing the engine will run 1200. after 1 minute the engine falls back to 900 and I can star driving. The temp comes after abt 10 minutes driving to normal and for the rest of the day I have no more problems. Is that normal??

  • Cees van Hattem
    Cees van Hattem Apr 16, 2014

    same problem here. Glowing more than 1 minute helps. Thereafter with some extra glowing the enging runs 1200 and after 2 minutes it falls back to 900 and I can drive. The Temp. comes very slowly after about 10 minutes.


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My vanette had exactly the same problem yesterday. The glow plugs have a timer and a relay. I think that if the light on the dash goes on and off as normal then its probably the relay not the timer. So I have replaced the relay (£50 nissan dealer only) which is located in the center console below the radio/heater controls. Until its really cold again tomorrow I wont know if its really cured it but I'm fairly certain that will be it.

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  • Simon Elder Dec 09, 2010

    Bump! Did it work mark1sparky?

  • s v brunner Dec 17, 2012

    I have a vanette and have been told that all four glowplugs are bad. Anybody know if I can just replace a couple of them to fix the problem? Short of cash and can't afford all four!


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U need to check ur earth strap or cable to engine from chassie and battery must b clean and tight some times the earth cable or neg cable connects to gear box on engin comes loose just check

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    Alan Gowar Nov 07, 2013

    and yes u can just replace two or go to scrap yard and get a set test them wilst ur there


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Pls some one help the glow indicator remain on and the engine fail to start just after washing my urvan mini bus.

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it sounds like there is a short in the glow plug suply circut if they dont work when installed into the engine you might try wiggling the connectors

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