Register Login
endrop - for all your online needs
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-08-2007   #1
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Berkshire
Posts: 99
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Question Flashing glow-plug warning light

I have a 1998 Marea TD100 and it usually works pretty well. However, starting yesterday, the glow-plug warning light has taken to flashing. It comes on as normal when I put the key in the ignition, then goes off a few seconds later and I start the engine immediately. That still works fine.

The problem is that after I have started the engine the glow-plug warning light now flashes on and off for 30 seconds. This is new behaviour. Then it goes out for the rest of the journey, just like it did before.

I have looked in the handbook but it makes no mention of this behaviour. Does anybody know what this means?
__________________
1998 Fiat Marea TD100 Weekend
1993 Fiat Ducato Motorhome
OilBurner is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 10-08-2007   #2
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Westmeath, Ireland.
Posts: 502
Thanks: 29
Trader Rating: 0
Ireland 
Re: Flashing glow-plug warning light

it means one or more of the glow plugs has had it. It doesent affect fiats as bad as VAG or other engines, but better sort it now before winter comes in. You could change them all but they are difficult to get at, so better to test them individually instead.. ask if you want more info or do a search on the forum..
__________________
Faster Horses, Younger Women, Older Whiskey and More Money.

'01 Bravo JTD100, '98 Coupe 20VT
stylers is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 29-08-2007   #3
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Berkshire
Posts: 99
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Flashing glow-plug warning light

Hi,

Thanks for your response. Sorry for late reply to you as we have been away on holiday

I guessed that this may be the problem, because I can hear a slighly rougher and more grumbling start-up than before.

How can I test to see which has failed? Is it a simple matter of connecting a multi-meter and checking the resistance across the terminals (with plug disconnected, obviously); or is it more complex than that?
__________________
1998 Fiat Marea TD100 Weekend
1993 Fiat Ducato Motorhome
OilBurner is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 30-08-2007   #4
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Westmeath, Ireland.
Posts: 502
Thanks: 29
Trader Rating: 0
Ireland 
Re: Flashing glow-plug warning light

resistance check is OK, but better to do a current check. disconnect plug wire / rail and put meter on high current range (10 or 20 Amps). put black lead to plug connection and red lead to battery positive. the current reading should rise immediatly and then settle to 10 amps or thereabouts as plug heats up. any less than 8 or 9 amps and the plug is suspect.. little or no current and the plug is duff..

Owen.
Thanks franglais thanked for this post
__________________
Faster Horses, Younger Women, Older Whiskey and More Money.

'01 Bravo JTD100, '98 Coupe 20VT
stylers is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Reply
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
(G) Ducato Glow Plug light problem marsman Ducato 1 18-08-2007 15:54
(T) Any Idea's? Dash Warning Light. kayone Punto (Mk2/2b) 14 12-01-2007 19:11
(T) Flashing Warning light/ no idle Edward Dwightwell Cinquecento / Seicento 1 09-11-2006 12:47
(T) dredded key fob issue and glow plug light! FRANTIC FRAN Marea 3 02-09-2004 20:55
(G) Fiat Uno 1.7 Diesel Glow Plug Light rippedoff Uno 0 03-03-2004 18:16