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    I have a 2004 1.9 cdti (120) I'm having cold start problems take 5 or so seconds of cranking to start but once started runs fine, I do have a spanner on the dash illuminated for the first mile until the cat warms up then it goes out, had this over the summer and placed two glow plugs as I gave up on the last two could really get access to measure them.

    The car is getting worse with the colder weather, how can I check the glow plug relay is working ? Would I still see through glow plug dash light on turning the ignition on for 1/2 seconds ?

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    Measure voltage at glow plugs when someone turns on ignition if you've got voltage then its ok

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    i had this last winnter and it was a dud glow plug.Get a multi meter on the plugs and do a resistance test and find out whi one(s) are faulty

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    To check without a volt meter do the following;

    To test the individual glow plugs, disconnect each plug and touch a wire from the positive battery terminal to the top of the glow plug, if the plug is good it will spark when the wire touches it. No spark then replace it.

    Just did one of mine this way a few days ago and problem solved.

    Another way to test the glow plug relay is to take a bulb (one with the metal cap and pin on each side, indicator bulb type) and with two pieces of wire touch one from the positive part of the bulb (piece with the solder) to the inside of the plug lead (disconnected plug lead) and the other wire from the aluminum part of the bulb (negative part)to any earthed part on the car, the bulb should light for a while, indicating power from the plug relay.

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