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    Should you replace glow plugs in sets or just the one (Or two) that have failed?

    Also what glow plugs do people recommend and what roughly should I expect to pay?

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    As a matter of course I would change all 4 TBH lee!!!

    I am hopefully going to get mine done in a couple of weeks (nightmare to start on these cold mornings and huge clouds of black smoke) but being the 120bhp engine I'm a little nervous and not sure where to get it done.

    I have the glowplugs already, bought a set of 4 on ebay (NHK) for around £35

    Going to try and see if Vauxhall will change them for me and get a service done at the same time (feeling the burn in the pocket already)

    Where abouts are you based in Hants and have you been given any quotes for changing them???? or are you planning on doing them yourself????

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    I am a mechanic (In the middle of doing my level 3 and been playing with cars for 20 years) so going to do them myself.

    I am just outside Portsmouth.

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    Ahh small world, I live just outside petersfield

    Did think about doing them myself but after hearing all the horror stories of them snapping etc I am thinking better of it and perhaps leave it to the professionals (used loosely)

    I've just had a trawl through NGK's website and according to them there are two types of glowplug for the VECTRA (pictured below)

    Attachment 36244

    But seeing as yours is a signum it should be the YE07 varient. Hopefully some of the other guys on here can confirm

    Anyway best of luck with it and remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    Should you replace glow plugs in sets or just the one (Or two) that have failed?

    Also what glow plugs do people recommend and what roughly should I expect to pay?
    Best to replace all 4 as they've all clocked up the same operation. Others may fail soon.
    Best to give a squirt of Plusgas or similar on a cold engine the day before, if possible leave overnight.
    Change plugs with the engine warm.
    You need a deep socket, 8 or 9mm.
    Make sure you dont apply any sideways movement when rotating the socket.
    The torque setting for glow plugs is 10nm.

    I use Bosch, which it what Vx fit.

    Good luck

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    as above they don't come any better than bosch

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    Well with that in mind, I think I may have made an error with the glow-plugs I've bought (got the NGK Y-534J)

    What's confusing me, is that according to NGK there are two sizes of plug for the 8V (120), one being 10mm dia and the other being 9mm dia

    Am I right in saying that the BOSCH plugs I would need to order is the GLP007???

    Not sure if that's for 8V or 16V though??? Wondering weather I should just buy some more (found some GLP007 for £9.16each)

    Can't find any definitive answers covering the different sizes of plug for the 8v CDTi or is this where I need to remove the plugs first in order to ascertain what size they are

    Any idea how much Vauxhall would charge to get these changed over (roughly)

    Sorry for the thread hijack lee but can anyone offer any advice???

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    I can confirm that the cdti 150 are 9mm, don't worry about the make! in general if there a 'brand' name of any make they will be fine, Most people will replace ALL!, but as an old hand i only replace the one/ones that are gone, A typical example is!, A chap sent his x wife to me to look at her diesel peugeot 405 hdi (poor starting from cold), I tested the glow plugs, found 1 gone (3 were new, but 1 was awkward to get at & was not previously replaced), I quoted £4.64 for 1 new plug, As it was a mates x- wife i told him i would do it free of charge, as it was Sunday aft she was to come back, 5 weeks later i bumped into him in the pub only for him to say 'Ive sorted the job!' he sent her to kwik fit & had all 4 changed for £60!, This is like changing all four tyres because one is worn!, you cant change some people! & I'm an x haulage contractor & vosa approved repairer!.

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    It's such a shame you weren't closer wiz I may have kindly called upon your expertise and guidance

    Not sure where the plugs are on the 405 but as the ones on mine are buried right down the back of my engine, think they (Kwik Fit) may double that figure

    May well make a few phone calls in the next couple of days and try getting some quotes.

    Hoping I've bought the right plugs now as I've gone and bought the 10mm ones (according to NGK)

    Many thanks for your advice wiz, hopefully I'll be able to get mine sorted for around £60

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    They are not that bad really!, Try the open end of a spanner on 1 of the plugs!, if you have a 9 + a 10 you will know for sure!, if you only have a 10 then it will be a sloppy fit!, I would honestly only change the 1 thats faulty!, is it bad starting?, is this the main reason for you changing the plugs?.

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