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    My 1.9 CDTi [150] has a spanner light on in the mornings for about 10 mins then it goes out when warmed up. It doesn't really affect performance. Not in limp home mode or anything.

    I ran my U480 diag reader but there aren't any engine fault codes. It does say the EGR is 'not ready' though.

    I'm guessing the light being on for 10 mins supports the theory that it is the EGR at fault. However, I have cleaned it out with carb cleaner every 10k for the last 30k miles and the valve spring seems fine and the piston part moves freely. Checked on Saturday.

    I haven't drilled the EGR as per the guide as it always seems to move freely. Guessing I should do this and see what the score is with the solenoid end...

    Does this sound like the EGR at fault or could it be something else?

    Thanks.

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    I have had this on my Astra diesel and it was a faulty glow plug. After about 10 mins they are turned off as the engine has then warmed up so they are no longer needed.

    You can check them if you connect one side of a test lamp to battery + then the other side to the glow plugs one at a time. If the plug has gone, the lamp will be dim or not on at all.

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    Mine was doing the same thing.I put a set of glow plugs in and problem sorted.

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    Thanks guys. Thanks also to the-wizard for helping me diagnose what was indeed a faulty glow plug! Plugs 1 to 3 OK, but nothing from plug 4. So got to pick one up in the morning

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    I have the same happening with my vec, is it an easy job to do to replace them, and what's needed ?

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    if yours is a 150 cdti then yes it is quite easy as the-wizard demonstrated to me today. just need to take engine cover off... locate the glowplugs towards the back at the top. each one has a black plastic connector attached. gently remove connector using long nose pliers around the fatter part of the connector.

    at this point you can use a multimeter to test resistance. connect mm to the nut on the plug and also to the tip of the glowplug that the connector locates on. you should be able to tell if there is something amis on one of them...

    to take them out slowly and carefully undo each plug using a slim long 9mm socket and extension bar. make sure you work them slowly and straight up and don't stress the plug or angle the socket - you don't want the plug to snap off. that would be bad.

    once out you can test the plugs in more detail at this point to see if they heat up using regular jump leads from your battery. connect negative to the nut on the glow plug and touch positive on the end of the glow plug that the lead connects onto. the other end of the glow plug should heat up within a second or so... you don't need to do this for long once it heats up and obviously don't hold it by the 'hot' end or you'll melt your fingers off!!!

    we determine one of mine was dead by the fact that it didn't heat up at all.

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