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    Hi all, are there any sure fire ways of getting out the glow plugs from a 2003 2.2 dti without snapping them.
    Could someone also tell me what are the symptoms of a faulty glow plug and would it bring up the spanner light if it was faulty?
    The reason i ask is over the past few days i have been experiencing a few starting issue's, have done all of the obvious leak off's full service checked for leaks, next step will be injector seals i suppose.

    Also im getting headlight flicker whilst reving the car from cold start (stationary) but on idle there fine, after a short journey when reving the engine (stationary) they seem to be fine any idea's on this?, i did think maybe the battery but the battery service indicator is green.
    It did sound this morning as if the battery was loosing its charge and struggling to start.

    Thanks in advance.

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    If you have a fault on the pre heat system, you will get the spanner light for a few mins until there's a little heat in the motor... only after a cold start (morning).
    As for getting them out, i found spraying the top of the thread with plenty of wd40 the day before to allow for penetration down the threads, warm the motor up a little before attemping & just take your time.

    hth

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    Ok thanks for that dh.dti, now can anyone shed any light on the electrical prob with the headlights flicking.

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    I'd say it could well be possible that the charging system in your alternator could be on its way out,best to get the alternator checked before you do anything to the glow plugs,as a weak battery would give trouble to the glow plugs trying to warm up when cold,as they have a fair battery drain demand with them.

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    Ah now that makes sense, ok but i have a green indicator on my battery is it possible for this to be showing green but still be a weak battery, i will drop test the battery tomorrow just to be sure.

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    I was given a vauxhall battery by someone,as they had theirs changed because the car was playing up,i'm not sure what or why,but the green indicator was still green at the time,its disappeared now though.

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    So it is possible my batt maybe fubar'd then, think it maybe just something to do with the cold temps down south at the mo well i hope anyway save me 50 odd quid for a new batt if thats the problem.

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    Sorry mate,i'm no expert,so before throwing money at it,get the battery and charging system tested first.

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    Yeah i will be doing that tomorrow 1st thing thanks for the advice all.

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