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    Hey guys..

    Over the last few weeks my 1.9 CDTi vectra has developed a bit of a struggle firing up from cold.
    It Fires up with no problem at all the second time even if i've only driven a 1/4 mile, maybe even less.
    Then the other day it seemed a little worse and after it fired it sounded a little choked and un-responsive when I gave it a little throttle then a ploom of blue smoke drifted past the car. After that I drove home smoothe as you like.

    Any ideas what the problem could be ? I'm kinda preying it'll just be a glow plug problem or maybe a battery problem ?

    Thanks in advance.....

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    Hi VP
    sounds like glow plugs,you say maybe battery,is it slow turning over or churning for quite a while,if cranking speed is as usuall then i would go for glow plugs testing.

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    try heating the glow plugs more than once on initial cold start up ! if its starts easier then your glow plugs are goosed

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnybravo View Post
    Hi VP
    sounds like glow plugs,you say maybe battery,is it slow turning over or churning for quite a while,if cranking speed is as usuall then i would go for glow plugs testing.

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    Yeah it turns over easy enough but takes a few more turns than usual on the first start from cold so I'll buy myself some new plugs then. I will try the heating them up twice first though just to make sure.
    Is there any real benefit in gowing for the more expensive plugs over cheaper ones ?

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    You can't go wrong with Bosch bud

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    i had that problem changed glow plugs did nothing mate change battery fires first time now

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