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2002 golf tdi starts and stops a few seconds later

The battery is on its last leg - the airbag light has been on for about 6 months. the glow plug light comes on about 1 or 2 minutes after it runs.

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I have a 2003 vw golf tdi. Its not starting as well as it use to, i plug it in and the glow plug go off within a couple seconds. It turns over for a bit then tries to fire . I have to do this a few times...


Sounds like it`s ready for the glow plugs replacing, with it trying to fire it sugests one or two glow plugs are working but thats not enough with the recent drop in temperatures we have seen.

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By boeinga1 on Nov 17, 2010 2001 VW Diesel Golf TDI. Car started no problem. Drove to gas station. Stopped for gas. glow plug light wouldn't come on, engine wouldn't start, engine turning but not starting....


i think glow plug replacement needed. ever used starting fluid in cold to start?try this, next time no start, cycle your key and let the light come on, wait till it goes off, turn key again until light goes off, if you have to do this more than 3 times, and it runs fine, replace the glow plugs only then. thank you for choosing fixya.com!

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2001 VW Diesel Golf TDI. Car started no problem. Drove to gas station. Stopped for gas. glow plug light wouldn't come on, engine wouldn't start, engine turning but not starting. Waited a few minutes then...


the glow plugs only come on when the engine is below a certain temp,so if you drove it to the gas station,chances are it didnt need them.BUT,it could have been just at the temp that the glow plugs werent needed and the engine was still coldish.happens very rarely.wet air is colder than hot air so that would also have an effect.lastly, this engine is known to foul up the injectors with carbon so use redexe/wynns or similar at 1can to 1/2 tank fuel,you WILL feel the difference.......

Nov 17, 2010 | 2001 Volkswagen Golf

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I have a VW Golf gt tdi 150 bhp, my glow plug light has just come on.. Please can anyone help.


most time when glow plug light come on your glow plugs not working.check fuse if fuse is good problem is in glow plug relay.

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Glow light flashes


Correct - the glow light flashing is an indication that there is fault. Often this is associated with a blown brake bulb or faulty brake switch.

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My golf gt tdi glow plug light keeps flashing


check to see if your brake lights are working.usually the stop light switch fails and is the cause.but before buying a new one check the stop light fuse.its a common problem with a simple fix.hope this helps.

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Glow plug error


When was the last time you had your timing belt replaced. Did you do it yourself.

I had mine changed last year and I have known for an entire year that the timing was off slightly. The check engine light WOULD NOT turn off not matter what I did and it kept reading a bad glow plug.

I finally fixed the timing (the camshaft sprocket was off only one tooth) this past Sunday and the check engine light finally turned off all by itself!

Not sure if this fixes your issue, but, it fixed mine.

By the way, if you need the tool kit for fixing your TDI's timing, by it from dieselvw.com. This guy sells a 3 piece kit for $49 where other websites sell a two piece kit for $125 or MORE! I used the kit and it worked flawlessly and the extra piece (the tensioner wrench was handy!).

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very common for the harness that plugs onto the glow plugs to have too much resistance it will still work but will set codes

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Airbag and ESP lights on dahboard


my power steering light comes on and off, and the car will not switch on once turned off, its draining the battery??

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Volks wagen golf diesel tdi Nreg


Check the glow plug thermo sensor...found in the cylinder head.
Unlightly anything wrong with injector pump.
Good luck
John

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