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    Vectra 120, 1.9 cdti
    Hi, could anyone give me any info on why my glow plug light only comes on for approx one second when i try to start the car even when totally cold ?
    the only way i can get it to start is to keep switching the ignition on and off to keep activating the glow plugs
    Also the dash light with yellow car and spanner is coming on but goes out if i stop the engine and restart, this was coming on only once every few weeks but is coming on more frequently now, at least once a day

    Many thanks

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    new glow plugs is my guess, had the spanner light on with mine, comes on and after drivin g for a min it goes, changed glow plugs and no spanner light after a few trips
    if its no starting someone else may help with that!

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    Cheers, I think after reading similar problems on here, I will try a set of glow plugs and see how we go :-)

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    New glow plugs fitted ( #4 plug was not working ) but the car still isn't starting well, needs 4 lots of heat then it starts ok, any ideas anyone please ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanyboy View Post
    New glow plugs fitted ( #4 plug was not working ) but the car still isn't starting well, needs 4 lots of heat then it starts ok, any ideas anyone please ?
    Starting a diesel takes a really good battery. I changed my glow plugs recently but it was changing the battery that made so much difference, in fact I would never have believed it if I hadn't tried it. My old battery turned the engine over and seemed to be ok but clearly wasn't. When I was having trouble with starting I jumped it from another car, started first time! Worth trying, or at least getting your battery tested. There are a few posts on here re bad starting relating to batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanyboy View Post
    New glow plugs fitted ( #4 plug was not working ) but the car still isn't starting well, needs 4 lots of heat then it starts ok, any ideas anyone please ?

    I have the same car same problem i tried everything i could think of in the end put it an autospark garage and my problem was my starter motor it sounded ok to me but he took it off repaired it and now car starts first time off the key.

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    Cheers, think it needs to go to an auto electrician :-(
    Oh well at least the spanner light was sorted with the new glow plugs :-)

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    Car has now been in local Vx dealer for a week, no faults found on Tech 2, and thay cannot find the problem,, now what am I supposed to do :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanyboy View Post
    Car has now been in local Vx dealer for a week, no faults found on Tech 2, and thay cannot find the problem,, now what am I supposed to do :-(
    I wouldn't trust a vx dealer with diesel cold starting problems....

    Read this thread to see why..

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=123211



    Have you tested the new plugs to see if they glow? Might need a new glow plug relay?

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