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Signs And Symptoms Of Bad Or Failing Glow Plugs In Diesel Cars 



Petrol engines use spark plugs to ignite the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber during the power stroke of the engine. Diesel engines do not have spark plugs.They rely on cylinder pressure and temperature to ignite the fuel mixture. Since temperature can be considerably lower during cold starts and in cold weather conditions, glow plugs are used to help warm up the engine cylinders to an adequate temperature that will allow for proper combustion.

They are called glow plugs because they will glow a bright orange color when current is applied to them.

When the glow plugs have an issue,they can usually cause problems with the driveability of the vehicle. Usually bad or failing glow plugs will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential issue.

1. Hard starting
Faulty glow plugs won’t provide the additional heat required to help the engine start causes starting problem with the engine, which may be especially pronounced during cold starts and in cold weather. The engine may require more cranks than normal before it starts
So if the fuel system and battery are working fine, it is likely that the glow plug is at fault.

2.Glow Plug Light comes on

Another symptom with diesel glow plugs or their timer is an  illuminated glow plug light. This indicator on the instrument cluster that will illuminate or flash if the computer detects an issue with the glow plug system. The indicator is usually a line in the shape of a spiral or coil, reminiscent of a wire filament, and amber in color.

3. Check Engine Light comes on
An illuminated Check Engine Light is another symptom of faulty glow plugs. If the computer detects an issue with the circuit or signal of any of the glow plugs, or the timer, it will set off the Check Engine Light in order to notify you of the issue.
The light will usually come on after the vehicle has already begun to experience starting issues. This Check Engine Light can also be activated by a wide variety of other issues.

While replacing the glow plug is not generally considered routine maintenance, glow plugs usually have a recommended interval that they should be serviced at in order to avoid potential issues.

If your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms above, have the car checked by your mechanic.