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Glow plug feeder wire gets very hot on 1997 Escort Diesel Van 1.8l

Are or can the glowplugs be shorting out somehow? Please Help, driving me nuts every morning trying to start it

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Yes. I'll try to explain this. The glow plugs work by electric resistance. When they are clean and new, they work very well as there is no crud or coating on each part. The material composing each glow plug deteriorates over time something like a sparkplug.

The amount of time it takes to heat up increases as the glow plugs fail. This puts a strain on the wiring feeding the glow plug circuit.

You can test each individual glow plug using auto jumper cables and securing one end to the base and the other is briefly shorted to the top of the glow plug using battery voltage

Be careful-they melt. As you will see, some stay dark(bad) and some glow brightly(good). Or you can just put in all new glow plugs and be done with it.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014

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    Gene King Mar 19, 2014

    Thanks so much for that info. How long should a glow plug take to heat up? Is 20 - 30 seconds about right? Also the orange light on the dash board indicating the pre-heat procedure goes out after about 5 seconds but the click I hear presumably from the relay is heard about 30 seconds after the dash light goes out. Should I be waiting to hear the click or try starting once light goes out.

  • fordexpert Mar 20, 2014

    Once the light goes out, you should be able to start it. Some people will let the clicking stop, turn off the ignition and then turn the key on a second time, trying to start it after the light goes out a 2nd time. When that helps, it means some or all the glow plugs are worn and you shoud replace them.

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My vanette had exactly the same problem yesterday. The glow plugs have a timer and a relay. I think that if the light on the dash goes on and off as normal then its probably the relay not the timer. So I have replaced the relay (£50 nissan dealer only) which is located in the center console below the radio/heater controls. Until its really cold again tomorrow I wont know if its really cured it but I'm fairly certain that will be it.

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it sounds like there is a short in the glow plug suply circut if they dont work when installed into the engine you might try wiggling the connectors

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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 !
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Its cold start issues:----

Go through the list of help links mentioned below:----


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