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Old 25-04-2012   #1
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Glow plug warning

I have a Stilo Multiwagon 1.9jtd 55 plate, and I have recently started having a few problem

firstly whenever I start the engine a glowplug (check glow plug) warning is displayed on the dash with a red glowplug light. so obviously there seems to be a problem relating to these plugs

secondly sometimes again after starting the engine there no virtually no power, i am lucky to get 2000 revs out of it and get white smoke coming from the exhaust, after a short while this just stops and revs go back to normal, I tend to get this problem when engine is cold. Also when this is happening the engine is juddery and i am lucky to get 10mph out of it

are these problems related, and knowing little to nothing about engines is it something that can be done myselfor is it something i will have to go to a garage for. If I have to go to the garage will I need to go to the dealers or would any garage be able to help me

any help and advice on this would be much appreciated
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re: Glow plug warning

I dont really to want to be a smartass but what about checking the glow plugs ?
When a diesel engine is cold, the compression process may not raise the air to a high enough temperature to ignite the fuel. The glow plug is an electrically heated wire (think of the hot wires you see in a toaster) that heats the combustion chambers and raises the air temperature when the engine is cold so that the engine can start.
It seems that one of them is has failed and the computer of the car says the same. It is not that cold outside so it starts but it needs some temp to operate normally. I am not an expert but seems like that.

Wait for more experienced user to confirm or reject what I think but for me this is the reason. I really hope this helps.
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re: Glow plug warning

invest in 4 new glow plugs, they are not too expensive and last a bloody long time, i know someone that used to change them once every 100k
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i understand i need to have glow plugs looked at, but was also wondering if it is something that i could do myself,and if the other problems i listed were related to the glowplugs. and like i said if it's hard to do myself can any garage do it, or does i need to go to dealer
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re: Glow plug warning

Any garage will be able to do it, BUT if you want to test them, get a booster pack OR battery with jump leads on, +ve to nipple in top, -ve to body, keep your hand clear and watch it glow red, if it doesn't then you know its dead
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Re: Glow plug warning

had the very same problem it died on xmas eve, spoke to a friend in the trade (after checking the glow plugs as per instructions on here) turned out to be the battery, new battery no probs since, at least not with running and GP warnings
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PS mines a 56 plate 1.9 multiwagon
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it's only just had a new battery, that was a problem too but new battery is only a few days old
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Re: Glow plug warning

I have recently taken the car to a local garage, they told me that the glow plug indicator is used as an engine management light and it's not necessarily the glow plugs.
they have told me that the problem is with the EGR vavle and the Mass airflow filter, does this sound right
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Re: Glow plug warning

I changed my EGR valve but still have the same problem with the light. I agree with the garage saying it almost works like an engine management light. Did you have any luck?
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Re: Glow plug warning

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i understand i need to have glow plugs looked at, but was also wondering if it is something that i could do myself,and if the other problems i listed were related to the glowplugs. and like i said if it's hard to do myself can any garage do it, or does i need to go to dealer

Have a look at the guides at the top, on the first page is a guide for "Dealing with the 'Preheat Fault' message [Stilo JTD]"
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Re: Glow plug warning

after having the EGR valve change it sorted most problems, but the light still comes on for glowplugs, but the garage said they don't need to be changed atm,
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Re: Glow plug warning

I may be asking a patronising question , but when u say u still get the glow plug light, what does it actually do?
If you turn the key to MAR the glowplug light should come on for a few seconds then go out and stay out. This is normal.

If the glowplug light flashes for about 20 seconds and a notice comes up saying preheat fault, then there is a problem, you should checkout the guide for curing the preheat fault.
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Re: Glow plug warning

that's not patronising at all, but like i ahve said in previous post the garage told me the glow plug warning was coming on becuse of the problem that they fixed, and it did fix the problems other than the light
it does come on for about 20 secs and says glow plug warning

i'll try and find that thread you have mentioned
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Re: Glow plug warning

https://www.fiatforum.com/stilo-guid...stilo-jtd.html

is that the thread you meant
if so i can;t do that, i don;t have a multi meter or know somebody with one
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