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Changing glow plugs in a 1997 1.8 ford escort diesel van

My ford escort van is slow to start on cold mornings, i was going to change the glow plugs to see if that helped. Could someone tell me, step by step, how to do it as i have never done it before.

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  • patricklord Dec 18, 2008

    i'll give that a go, thanks alot.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    i have a similar problem,my van takes ages,if at all,to start from cold.

    when its warm or been running its fine.

    i dont know whether to pump the throttle a couple of times or not,any techniques for starting from cold?

    i want to change the plugs,are they situated where normal sparks plugs are on a petrol car?ive not had a diesel before.

  • mlusk May 11, 2010

    I havent heard of a deisl engine in a escort. Only deisl engines have glow plugs.

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson May 11, 2010

    Glow plugs are easy to check. If you do not have a vom buy one they are cheap check from terminal to ground if they all read the same resistance they are ok, If one are two are diffent you have found your problem, if not there is a glow plug controller that determines if you need them or not If all read the same then that is your problem I hope this helps you, if not feel free to give me more details of your problem? does it miss till it warms up? Etc

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Hi Patrick.

I would check that you are getting a live feed to your glow plugs terminals first, on cold starting, with a 12v test light.

Expensive to renew them, and then find it was the fuse or relay !

Best of luck !
John.

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