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Flashing glow plug light

Passat brake light not working changed bulb but glowplug light still flashing,pluged into diagnostic machine and still comes up with brake light fault but wont clear fault

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    glow plugs light and esp light flashing on passat 2006 when i stop engine and restart normal

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Sounds like a glow pug fault.it will flash if one glow plug has a fault.

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