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Are or can the glowplugs be shorting out somehow? Please Help, driving me nuts every morning trying to start it
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Posted on Nov 01, 2008
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
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
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 !
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Posted on Jan 20, 2009
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Posted on Nov 28, 2012
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