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Post Changing the glow plugs (Punto 1.7 TD Mk1)

Hi all,

I need to change the glow plugs on my Mk1 Punto 1.7 TD - is this easy to do? Do I need special tools? Anyone who would be willing to post a step by step?

Basically, I have to turn the engine over for a good 30 seconds on the starter motor since it has got so cold before it will even splutter into life, and then it kicks out a HUGE pile of crud!

She has done 89,000 miles and I think the last time she was serviced, they mentioned the glow plugs were on their way out.

All help apreciated

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Re: Changing the glow plugs (Punto 1.7 TD Mk1)

easy mate you just need long skinny fingers and hands. took me about 20 mins. what you are describing happened to my punto i changed the glow plugs and it was great. good luck
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Re: Changing the glow plugs (Punto 1.7 TD Mk1)

I'd reccomend Bosch Duratherm glow plugs if you are keeping the car - dont scrap it with them still in like I have just done (DOH!)

These plugs have a quicker heatup phase and stay hotter longer to help smooth out the first couple of minutes of running. They also thin down towards the end - cheaper glow plugs stay same size and expand through use making them difficult to remove from the block.
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Re: Changing the glow plugs (Punto 1.7 TD Mk1)

I'd reccomend those Bosch plugs too, cost a fair bit, but they should last a good 5 year of total abuse, had em for a citroen zx (slow to start, not bust, so changed em anyway, and what a difference, idling was also improved, much smoother and consistant!!), worth the cash definatly.
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