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Glow plugs

Post by np » 27 Nov 2004, 05:37

Sods law.Glowplugs need doing again.Starts up ok,but runs worse than a tractor for 10 secs or so.Do the glowplugs twice & it starts & runs smooth.I only did then 2 yrs ago,surely they should last longer than this?
Have read alot about Halfords own on the forum,i will put Beru in this time.
If only the fuel pump wasn`t there[}:)][:(!][:D]

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Post by martyhopkirk » 27 Nov 2004, 15:45

D'you know Neil, im sure if you replaced all but the plug under the pump it would start fine.
Before i got the ZX it had only 2 functional glow plugs - and still stsrted and ran perfectly (it now has 3 functional glow plugs and still starts and runs well).
Im sure I will be lambasted for doing only half a job (or 3/4 of a job) but lazy is my middle name!

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Post by np » 28 Nov 2004, 03:41

When i done them before,it took about an half an hour or so to do the 3 easy ones,then about 2 hrs & lots of cuts on my hands to do the fuel pump one.I will do all of them,as i recon i could have them done in an hour or so.Once you`ve slaved away at them the first time,its quite easy the next.
Just read on the Citroen forum that they can last uptp 60k odd miles.Depends on how you do those miles though i spose.Stop start or long distance.

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Post by bikeboyz » 28 Nov 2004, 05:07

Anybody got any thoughts on the best plugs out there? I've just put a set of NGK in to the 504, after a dodgy mixture of Lucas and Bosch were taken out. Always found their spark plugs perfect.

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Post by JohnD » 28 Nov 2004, 16:16

There's no question about it! Beru every time. Having said that, about a year ago when I was in the Calais Auchon hypermarket, they were selling off all their glowplug sets for 1Euro a set. I couldn't resist buying a set for all three cars. Time will tell!

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Post by bxbodger » 28 Nov 2004, 21:52

I did mine a couple of weeks ago, and used Beru- the old ones I took out had been in for over 120,000 miles according to the service records, and were, guess what...yes...Beru!!!!

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Post by David W » 29 Nov 2004, 15:34

np if you are saying it is the Halfords own brand that have only lasted 2yrs then that is pretty good for those, for some reason thet do seem to suffer a short life.
Well I'll grumble at you Marty for not replacing all the failed plugs! I accept what you say but in my experience from Nov to March a car with one plug gone chugs a bit for a few seconds and one with two plugs gone runs like a real pig for a bit longer.
As well as a starting performance that makes the car look like a bit of a dog I worry about the unequal load on the crank with a "misfire" at startup.
I see Citroen are doing a winter offer at the moment with OE glowplugs (to trade) at £4.47 +vat.
David

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Post by bikeboyz » 30 Nov 2004, 01:57

if only Carlsberg made glowplugs :-)

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Post by np » 01 Dec 2004, 02:31

I shall leave them for now as the colder weather is here.Will do them if it gets to bad.Will stick some Beru in this time.