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    Default Cold Starting issues

    This has been a constant issue for me even during summer.
    I have a 2004 1.9 CDTi SRi 120.

    In the cold the issue gets worse and tonight leaving work I was worried the battery was going to drain trying to start it. Normally when its chilly it takes a few turn overs to start, enough to hope no ones looking lol.

    Beginning of the year the battery did die and I replaced it for a brand new one, That night i got a jump of my old mans Land Rover who kindly came to help and it started straight off the bat, this made me assume as that before I sorted it out, the car had been sat up my dads farm and hadn't moved for a year so I assumed the battery had just expired from idle.

    For a while it was ok and then as it started to get colder the issue came back and it was struggling a little to start. As it gets colder the issue gets worse. Once the car is started if I leave it for a few min and come back to it it will have no probs starting again, its just that initial start from cold. I have a few theories.

    1. Glow plugs may not be heating up to the proper temp?
    2. Battery may not be recharging properly and fault with the alternator?
    3. As I dont travel very far I dont know if it may the case that i'm slowly running the battery down with short trips, though I doubt it, how long does it take an alternator to recharge the battery after a start? I doubt its long, but the idea crossed my mind.


    Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My first thought is no.1 and I did look at changing the plugs but it looks an absoloute pig so may take it to my mates garage.

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    A few suggestions:
    Just check the battery has the correct cranking power for your engine mate, had this with wifes megane, wrong battery fitted.
    Glow plug relay faulty.
    Starter motor, changed mine cdti 120, has to spin up quite fast to start cdti 120 although will start eventually.

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    I would guess at glow plugs, although I've not experienced this problem myself. I don't think it's difficult but I've heard they are prone to snapping when removing, so I would get someone who has done this before and has the correct socket as I think it's a slim/long socket or something like that. Someone else will know more.

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    Cheers Frasedeb, I dont think its the starter, thats sounds quite healthy when it is cranking, The battery I replaced is quite a powerful one and when fitted brand new started it in one shot so I dont think its the battery power, i'll have a look at the relay I didnt think about that.
    Dieselwig, it looks like a pig and having trouble seeing them let alone getting to them lol. so much in the way. Think i'll let my mate have a look.

    Thanks for the help, i'll let you know how I get one.

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