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Glow plugs Can anyone tell me if replacing the glow-plugs will improve performance the same as spark plugs do on non-diesel engines? Do glow-plugs serve any purpose besides car starting?

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No this will not improve the performance of your diesel, the glow plugs are used to ignite the fuel at initial start up and then they turn off.

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mcdevito75 here, I;m sure you mean spark plugs, as glow plugs are for a Diesel engine. -------------- If by chance they are glow plugs and you do have a Diesel engine, I would take it to a shop for installation for 1 reason, the electrical connection on each glow plug is plastic, and in time Plastic gets very hard and brittle, what to do if 1 of those electrical connections break?????. If they are spark plugs, you should buy a spark plug gapper tool available at any auto parts store and get the gap of the spark plugs also the parts store has that info, usuallu .027 Spark Plugs are pre-gapped at the factory but need to be double checked, adjust gap (most likely not need) but if so by slightly, slightly bending the side or Bent electrode on the spark plug tip, Next you"ll need the exact spark plug socket and wrench, also available at the parts store, Let"s assume your set to go, on a cold, cold engine, twist, twist each spark plug wire at the spark plug itself, (as close to the engine as possible) TWIST and pull the spark plug wire off 1 spark plug just 1 . Fit you socket and wrech onto the spark plug all the way, make sure tool is fully on the spark plug, then remove the spark plug, install same way, do not use much force to tighten the spark plugs as they are tapered to fit fairly tight with just a little tightening, Follow this for all the spark plugs and you"ll be good to go. If you have a Diesel engine and indeed glow plugs, let the shop do the job.

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