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Old 09-07-2009   #1
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flashing glow plug light

righto,

picked up the doblo,loads of shiny new bits on it,and its already earning its place as my dog carrier,

1 minor thing wrong is the glow plug light flashes about 5 times after starting,no problems starting,plenty power and the trip computer says 47.4 mpg so seems to be running fine.

any ideas? it does have warranty so will be fixed,but i was wanting to know what it was.

cheers scott
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Re: flashing glow plug light

anybody?
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Re: flashing glow plug light

Glow plug warning light flashes under two conditions, extreme cold, and when there is a fault in the system, so take it back and let the garage take a look.
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yes it is going in,but i just wondered what it was
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Re: flashing glow plug light

probably one glow plug going down,u sharnt notice it now but when it gets colder it would show up.

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Re: flashing glow plug light

Oh yes, colder temps really take their toll on dodgy glowplugs and fading batteries.
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Re: flashing glow plug light

Are they easy to replace my self
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Re: flashing glow plug light

Quote Originally Posted by Gaza2512 View Post
Are they easy to replace my self
Just as easy (if not easier) than changing a spark plug.

This is for a 1.9 16v on a Bravo:
https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-guid...low-plugs.html
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Re: flashing glow plug light

I've had a flashing glowplug light for eighteen months now.

I had it checked and one of the plugs is dead. I was told it isn't urgent, and it got me through last winter without any problems at all, and I was out in all weathers.

I was quoted about 200 to change the set, so I haven't bothered.

I dare say it won't go on like this for ever though
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Re: flashing glow plug light

Id reccomend you get it sorted, glow plugs arent just used in winter. they are used all year round to ensure your engine is running efficiently.

I paid about 10 a glow plug for OEM ones.

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l2736&_nkw=fiat+dobl o+glow+plug

quick search shows a set of 4 bosch ones for 30 delivered. (assuming these are correct for your engine)
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Re: flashing glow plug light

I don't doubt what you say, but the car seems to be running fine and it has just passed its MOT again: two new tyres and a small bulb

I am in a dilemma about changing it, but if I postpone my decision, again, I'll get the plugs done. Unfortunately I can't do it myself, hence the expense.

It's due for a new cambelt/pump again next year too, plus whatever else it might need, so I'm balancing prospective costs for a car worth little, against prospective costs for a new car....

But thanks.
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Quote Originally Posted by Freebo View Post
Just as easy (if not easier) than changing a spark plug.
There is one plug that is almost inaccessible on the Doblo. Cant remember which at the moment but a quick search will reveal glow plug threads on here.
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Re: flashing glow plug light

I had one glow plug failed and replaced it, sure you can survive propably on only one but if you replace it you do get smoother running from cold, not that easy to do as you have to have a long shaft socket which also costs.
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Re: flashing glow plug light

200 seems a bit steep to me?
I changed all 4 glow plugs and plugs 3 and 4 are nice and easy but plugs 2 and 1 are a pig, 2 being a bit easier and 1 needed a few more swear words but after a couple of thrown spanners and a little less skin on your knuckles it will go in..... you will need to remove the rocker cover (so new gasket needed), I also needed to disconnect the EGR.
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Re: flashing glow plug light

200! That's why I haven't had it done

I really just want to get through to the new year when I hope to change it. I've spent a lot of money replacing bits over the past two years and frankly I'm fed up. There are a lot more expenses on the horizon too. A great car for a do-it-yourselfer, but not for someone who needs reliable, comfortable, roomy transport for as little money as possible, and can't even change a light bulb without swearing at the stupid design of the thing

I want a reliable car with the prospect of fixed costs (warranty) over the next few years and every time I throw another few hundred at the Doblo I am wasting money that could go towards something new.

Had my first ride in a new Fiesta the other day. They sing the praises of this car: the handling, the quality, the sheer perfection of it in it's segment. Well, the front passenger has a low, unsupportive seat, the noise at all speeds is terrible - road and engine (Diesel) - and the ride is just as harsh and uncomfortable as every other new small car. And it can bottom out on speed bumps: brilliant! And a very nasty dashboard too. I was very disappointed. I was interested because I could have one from work on a very attractive lease. Why do people think Fiestas are so great I now ask myself?

No doubt about it, cars (French ones at least) were far more comfortable and sensible in the 60s and 70s. And all cars then (except for the Mini etc.) had comfortable springing.

I blame Top Gear
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