[Vwdiesel] Glowplugs --- ( Love em or Hate em )

Mary Beth and Chris Geiser geiser at execpc.com
Mon Dec 1 07:38:16 EST 2003

I think it's easier just to remove the injectors and look down the holes
at the glow plug tip to see which are working.  You've got to take the
injector lines off anyway to access the glow plugs - another few turns
with the ratchet and the injectors are out... then you only have to pull
the burned out glow plugs instead of all of them...


-----Original Message-----
From: vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com]
On Behalf Of Shawn Wright
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 7:18 PM
To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Glowplugs --- ( Love em or Hate em )

On 30 Nov 2003 at 11:07, H.Hagar <h_hagar at prcn.org> wrote:

> Val Christian and Roger Brown mentioned some interesting ditties about
> this most disliked of German delights.
> Val mentioned that the old plugs may stay on for a number of
reasons.(right he
> is) and if they stay on going up that long hill at full bore , they
may self
> destruct. Roger said : Some would do "wierd" things if the start
contact was
> applied  (with the Temp sensor input out of range) like stay on
forever or click
> on and off  (right he is)
> I dissected a "Relay" it is Mickey mouse junk.  50Amp Relay my foot.
About as
> good as a 20 Amp HEAVY DUTY  Sears battery charger.    heavy duty my
> For those of you who like to tinker (like me)  use that relay to
control a small
> 4 terminal starter relay.And install a indicator light to indicate
power on
> glowplug buss.For the others at least install the light.    

    For the newbies
> ---- relax   there are ways to replace those delights on 1980 to 1985
> without loosing that nut down the black hole. ( I never did find that
nut) If
> you need help  on how to do it --- it is right here.

Ok, Hagar, spill it! I'm not a newbie, but how do you keep from losing
those nuts? I 
just checked the plugs yesterday (all were fine, so now I'm wondering
why it's 
stumbling when cold...) and I lost the nut from #1 plug down that black
hole... :-(
Getting them off is not a problem - it's getting them back on. I use a
magnet to take 
them off, but a bent piece of wire to get them back on, which is always
risky on 

ps: I checked resistance on all 4 - they were fine, so I only pulled the
two easy ones 
to inspect the tips, which looked like new. Also, I usually leave the
busbar attached 
on #2 and remove from the rest so I only have one pita nut to deal with
(provided #2 
is ok).

Shawn Wright
'88 Westy 375k
'85 Jetta D 263k
'85 Jetta TD 482k (retired)
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