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2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Question: Glow Plugs

 

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Gojus, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo, Alameda, CA, October 07, 2009, 20:27
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When replacing glow plugs, is that all that needs to be done?
What is the glow relay?

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    dandd October 08, 2009, 14:30
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    The Glow Plug Relay turns on the glow Plugs for a certain amount of time and then shuts them off so they don't melt. They literally glow inside of your cylinders to help with the cold engine start up. Why are you replacing your glow plugs? Do you have a starting problem?

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    Gojus, October 08, 2009, 14:43
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    My mechanic told me that a couple of plugs need to be replaced. So I am going to purchase them online and have a buddy replace them. So I was wondering if I should buy this as well. Thanks so much for your response.

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    goodguysdiesel, January 12, 2011, 15:15
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    Did your mechanic test resistance on your glow plugs? If they were out of spec (0.9 ohms) then you just need to replace the plugs. No need to replace the relay.

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