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Is changing the glow plugs on a 2.2 diesel engine a straight forward job.
I am getting quite a bit of smoke under acceleration and thought the glow plugs may need a change.
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The glow plugs are only used for a short while to heat up the mixture/manifold when the engine is cold to make it easer to start.

A certain amount of smoke when accelerating is normal with a diesel, but if it gets to be a thick cloud, then the most likely cause is dirty injectors.

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GONE FISHING said:
The glow plugs are only used for a short while to heat up the mixture/manifold when the engine is cold to make it easer to start.

A certain amount of smoke when accelerating is normal with a diesel, but if it gets to be a thick cloud, then the most likely cause is dirty injectors.

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Thanks for the reply pete.
The cars done just over 100k and am not sure of the last time the glow plugs where changed hence why I thought of changing them.
What's best for cleaning the injectors ?
 

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If your glow plugs are on the way out then it will be hard to start when cold.

The feul in the injectors is under pressure, so unless you know what you're doing its best to let a garage check them. If you go to any decent Diesel specialist they should have the tackle for checking and cleaning injectors.

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Why not just pour in a bottle of injector cleaner on top of a full tank of fuel?
Must be worth a try first before forking out the pennies to the mechanic :confused:
 

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Why not just pour in a bottle of injector cleaner on top of a full tank of fuel?
Must be worth a try first before forking out the pennies to the mechanic :confused:
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Your right Gaz.
But dont expect too much. I tried these twice when I had a diesel and they didn't work. I ended getting the injectors cleaned.

I suspect that the smoking is within the accepted tolerances, so the best bet would probably be; to have a word with a trusted mechanic.

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Your right Gaz.
But dont expect too much. I tried these twice when I had a diesel and they didn't work. I ended getting the injectors cleaned.

I suspect that the smoking is within the accepted tolerances, so the best bet would probably be; to have a word with a trusted mechanic.

Pete
what was the cost of having them cleaned, did it make a big difference ?
 

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what was the cost of having them cleaned, did it make a big difference ?
It was about 10 years ago when i had the diesel so i can't remember the cost. That car was a Ford with a (non turbo) Peugeot diesel engine. So we are talking about different animals.
On tickover and when cruising it was ok, but when trying to overtake it was very slow to pick up speed and it left a BIG BLACK cloud behind it.;oops:
And yes it did make a big difference.

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