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Everiting was runing fine , i turened engine off, it was around 5-15f cold, i tried to start after maybe 10 min :1 glow plug light, 2 water in fuel light, 3 radiator or ac cooling fan started, 4 starter was cranking good , 5 fuel pump was not sending fuel to filter. In other words engine didnot start runing ,in a few atemptes in 2 hour it did . It hapened 3 times same scenarios . I have this code in from adveneced auto" p0380 " glow plug / heater ckt A malfanction it works fine now , but i need to know what it was , because of a cold temp ,or engine compueter got a glitch. what is the solution to fix this problem thanks

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  • nissanguy Feb 03, 2010

    i did replaced fuel filter was no water in old one

  • nissanguy Feb 04, 2010

    thanks , i am new with this site, i need to know what prevented fuel pump to work and ac fan to kik in, i read a blog on internet , one guy hade same problem ,but he didnot mention how hi fixed this problem. can you access sprinter service or repair manual on this problem i think i am not alone

  • nissanguy Feb 04, 2010

    thanks ,nothing changed is there any other heaters "fuel" "water" etc. that involeved that prevented fuel pump to work

  • nissanguy Feb 04, 2010

    thanks ,nothing changed is there any other heaters "fuel" "water" etc. that involeved that prevented fuel pump to work

  • nissanguy Feb 04, 2010

    is it posible that a glow plug relay was drawing to much power from the ckt. and an engine compueter was" confused" thanks.

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" p0380 ,is most likely the circuit after all,not the glow plug,or it would not have started.Have the glow plug relay replaced,it most likely is not available in a parts store yet,but the dealer will have them.The relay is what HOLDS current to the glow plug,yours is not holding,it is letting go,only attempting to glow the plug,therefore you are having to do this multiple times to get the car to start..

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Feb 04, 2010

    It would be a good idea to have the battery checked ,load tested,and then the charging system,if the amps are to low,this would explain a lot of these symptoms,Checking the connections at the battery also,but be sure to have a aux,power supply plugged into the cig.lighter,to keep memory in computer,or it will lose all memory,and would have to be re-flashed at the dealer.But if the relay is not functioning correctly,back feed from the relay can cause this also,so do all the test for this,and if there is not enough amps,volts available for the computer and relays,it would cause this.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Feb 04, 2010

    There is a series of relays,and such witch have to be functioning for the fuel pump to be activated,also,the pump only comes on for a second,then off,when the key is turned on,this is normal.Until cranking ,the fuel pump does not engage in full activation anyway.

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Diesel fuel often as water and wax in it.
In cold weather, this can totally plug up the fuel filter.
I would replace the fuel filter.
It should be done often anyway.
Glowplugs have a relay and resistors that can burn out.
But hard to say if it works now.
Those tend to not be intermittant.

You should also look for moisture in the PCV valve, or anthing else that could freeze up. If this was a gasoline engine, I would suggest looking for condensation icing from the PCV on the air sensor, but I don't know enough about diesels to say if there is anything like this on yours.

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    Kirk Augustin Feb 04, 2010

    The fuel pump itself could be bad. I believe it is in the fuel tank. But it is something like $150, and I think you have to drop the tank to put it in from the top. So it would be best to try everything else first.



    The AC fan going on indicates there may be an electircal problem. And of course the fuel pump does run through a relay. That could also explain the glow plug code. But hard to say exactly. In general, when there is an intermittant electrical problem, one looks for corrosion or loose ground screws.



    But I will look around to see if there is a more specific fix for this problem.

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    Kirk Augustin Feb 04, 2010

    Ok, I have found some reports on the net of electrical problems being caused by programming malfunctions. That can quickly get out of my league, but the most common solution other than taking it to a dealer, was to disconnect the batter for a minute, to allow a complete reset.
    The theory being that when cold cranking, the voltage got so low that you got into a false reading situation. But make sure you have the radio reset code handy first, if you have a radio with that kind of theft protection.

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    Kirk Augustin Feb 04, 2010

    That "batter" was meant to be "battery".

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There should be a fuel/water seperator in which also incases a heater to warm the fuel prior to being induced into the fuel distributor. regulary make sure this is drain and the way you tell is water will fall directly to the bottom and the fuel will stay on top. so..when the the fuel comes out, youre done. close the petcock and resume doing what you were doing. once a month in cold weather is a good benchmark and when it is wet. some of these filling station tend to get water leaking into their tank below ground during the wet months. ive seen a car get filled with a whole tank of water and no gas. look in your owners handbook and they should have the location of the seperator, if not let me know.

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