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Glow plug indicator blinking

The curly light that comes on to show the glow plugs are warming the engine is now blinking non stop. Any ideas why?

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Your glow plugs are going bad and need to be replaced. This is a sign to you that they are basically running all the time because they dont know that thye are heated up and the car is running. Common problem with diesels

Posted on May 28, 2009

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    What about the sensor or relay??

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