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

Sandy Cameron scameron at compmore.net
Mon Dec 1 22:58:00 EST 2003

At 06:37 AM 12/1/03 -0600, you wrote:
>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...

I have not done this yet. However, I have regretted not checking or
replacing all the glow plugs when I have a head off for a new gasket. The
following modification is done on all diesels during a  head gasket replacement.

I have changed the wiring on all my diesels, dispensing with the buss bar
and running a single heavy wire from each plug to a point above the valve
cover, where I join them with a bolt, to the heavy wire from the fuse. This
makes checking individual plugs quick and simple with no frustration, and
also speeds up changing a single plug, with no buss bar to clutter the area.
Because I can now leave the nut on the plug both for removal and
replacement, and hook the open loop of the wire on the stud, then squeezing
it shut, loosing small nuts down the black hole is a thing of the past.


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