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    Hi, I just thought I would check before taking the dash apart My glow plug light has just stopped working?? If I turn the ignition on and leave for a bit (like I normally would) the car starts as usual with no engine management light etc.

    Am I correct is assuming the bulb has gone or could it be something else??

    Thanks

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    You need to check the glow plug relay

    Turn the air con off and this will make it easier to hear
    Turn the ignition on and listen for the relay operating
    You may hear the ABS relay, but this will be easy to distinguish as that noise will be synchronised with the ABS / TC light going out

    If the relay is working, then it is the bulb and nothing to worry about
    If the relay is not working, then you could consider replacing it

    The glow plugs are not essential, they are there to simply assist with cold starts

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    Thanks for the quick reply, I will go out to it now and have a play.

    Do you know if the bulb is a hard one to change?? I have just found a guide for removing the clocks but can't see where the bulb would go!

    I will post my findings! Thanks

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    I very much doubt it'll be a bulb. It'll be a small surface mount LED (smd).

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    I have just had a quick play with the help from my neighbour and can hear relays clicking in when ignition is on but no switching 'off' until I turn the ignition off, which sounds to me like the relay is staying on?

    Any ideas on the relay number? I can't find it anywhere in the manual or on here.

    Thanks Big Dave, sounds like a nightmare job if it is the light gone!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by countduckula55 View Post
    can hear relays clicking in when ignition is on but no switching 'off' until I turn the ignition off, which sounds to me like the relay is staying on?

    Any ideas on the relay number?
    The relay is not switching on, if you can't hear it switching off
    Therefore it has failed

    It is a glowplug relay, not an electrical relay within any of the fuse boxes
    It should be located on the nearside under the headlight (to keep it cool)
    This position also results in water damage

    It needs to be checked for voltage on start up (not engine start)
    I am quite sure someone can post the values
    Personally, when this happens I pass £20 over the local mechanic and ask them to check it...

    If it is just the bulb (SMD in the display) don't bother
    My seatbelt bulb no longer works, doesn't bother me

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    Thanks for your reply m8internet.

    Just checking on the location of the relay as I did not say what car I had! It is the 1.9 150, does that make a difference? Also if it is under the headlight, is is a case of headlight out to get at it??

    I have just remembered it has Network Q warranty until April, maybe time to give the stealer's a call!!

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by countduckula55 View Post
    I have just remembered it has Network Q warranty until April, maybe time to give the stealer's a call!!
    Get it in NOW, use what you have paid for
    Don't take any "it will cost £60 diagnosis fee" nonsense, as that can't be used to diagnose a blown bulb!
    Simply report it "The glowplug light does not appear" and leave it at that

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Don't take any "it will cost £60 diagnosis fee" nonsense, as that can't be used to diagnose a blown bulb!
    I thought with tech2 you could do a dash illumination test whereby it lights up all the bulbs (smd's) so you can see what's working and what isn't.

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    Yes, but a dealership is within its rights to charge for that service, as bulbs are not covered by the warranty, so long as the function still operates

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