What has brought you to our website?
We offer extraction of stuck and snapped/broken glow plugs from cars, vans, trucks or diesel engine accessories on an In-House or Mobile basis. If you have come this far to find us, you or your mechanic have probably reached a scenario where a specialist is required in order to salvage your vehicle from an expensive and unnecessary repair bill.
Calling us will bring you one step closer to regaining your sanity and saving you a lot of money, our contact numbers are visible on the top of our website, or by clicking on the contact us page.
Below we have put together some information below to hopefully educate on the importance of glow plugs, their use and ways to avoid having the same problem again in the future we hope is of use to you.
What is a glow plug?
The glow plug is a pencil-shaped piece of metal with a heating element at the tip. When the element of the glow plug has electricity flowing through it, it begins to heat up due to resistance and lights up as the temperature rises, thus giving the name “glow” plug.
Why are they important to be working correctly?
A glow plug is a key element to helping a diesel engine to start in cold weather.
When the ambient temperature is ≤ 7oc, diesel is unable to self-ignite during the initial engine turning/compression stage, because of this a vehicle with faulty glow plugs in cold weather will fail to start.
Glow plugs are factory installed very close to the combustion cylinder and are heated during the initial start phase, making up considerably for the lack of ambient temperature allowing the diesel to ignite on first startup and the engine to run.
Further more, more recent revisions or “regulation requirements” to diesel engines mean these vehicles are now fitted with Diesel Particulate Filters, which, for maintenance purposes, require the glow plugs to be turned on at certain “regeneration” modes while the engine is running increasing combustion temperatures which works as an effective method to clean the exhaust DPF. If this is not possible, the DPF filter will become heavily saturated and eventually blocked, causing the engine not to run or to run very poorly.
A very newly introduced feature to glow plugs on some vehicles is the addition of a “compression sensor”. This means the glow plug will have the ability to report to the engine ECU the compression values per cylinder during engine operation. This information is analysed in realtime to which the ECU will respond by adjusting the fuelling to the engine accordingly, in order to achieve a smooth engine operation with extremely low fuel consumption.
Maintaining and preventing issues with your glow plugs
Glow plugs don’t have a specific replacement interval and they are generally only replaced when they fail.
As a preventive measure, it is considered good practice to have them periodically removed and have the threaded section of the glow plug and the cylinder head cleaned and lubricated with a special ceramic grease that is suitable for very high temperature use.
Unfortunately very few garages advise this and even less vehicle owners consider doing this work as they would prefer not to spend on labour for an issue that does not appear to be required.
If you come across a scenario where one or more glow plug have failed, it is strongly advisable to have them all replaced as their life span will be similar, further more nobody likes paying for the same labour several times in a short period of time.
Broken or Seized Glow Plugs Removal
It is very common that when replacement is required for glow plugs they won’t get undone due to the glow plugs being seized from corrosion, rust or even carbon build up.
This issue is inevitable on glow plugs that haven’t been undone for a long period of time.
We specialise in the removal and extraction of seized or broken glow plugs using specialist equipment and skills. We can drill and extract glow plugs with the engine on the vehicle on 99% of vehicles on the roads, with minimum dismantling, this means that you do not need to take your cylinder head off or disassemble your engine.
Here are a few other services we offer
Mercedes (broken in cylinder head) inlet manifold bolts removal
BMW 316i E90, E91 seized timing chain tensioner bolt removal
VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI broken injector clamp bolt removal
Vauxhall Movano, Vivaro 2.5 CDTI, 2.0 CDTI seized or broken injector bolts removal
Our expertise isn’t limited to this list, so if your model is not listed call us with your vehicle details and we’ll be able to assist.
The common vehicles suffering from these issues are:
500: 1.3 JTD
Punto/Grande Punto: 1.3 JTD
Panda: 1.3 JTD
1 Series: 118d, 120d, 123d
3 Series: 316d, 318d, 320d, 325d, 328d, 330d, 335d
5 Series: 520d, 525d, 530d, 535d
6 Series: 635d
7 Series: 730d, 740d, 745d
X Series: X1 18d, X1 20d, X1 23d, X3 20d, X3 30d, X5 30d, X5 40d, X6 30d, X6 40d
Mazda2: 1.6 MZ-CD
Mazda3: 1.6 MZ-CD
X-Type: 2.0 TDD
Combo: 1.3 CDTI, 1.7 CDTI
Astra: 1.3 CDTI, 1.7 CDTI
Corsa: 1.3 CDTI, 1.7 CDTI
Zafira: 1.3 CDTI, 1.7 CDTI
Vivaro: 1.9 CDTI, 2.5 DCi
Movano: 2.2 CDTI, 2.5 CDTI
Clio: 1.5 DCi
Megane: 1.5 DCi, 1.9 DCi
Scenic: 1.5 DCi, 1.9 DCi
Kangoo: 1.5 DCI
Trafic: 1.9 DCi, 2.5 DCi
Master: 2.2 DCi, 2.5 DCi
Berlingo: 1.6 HDI
C2: 1.6 HDI
C3: 1.6 HDI
C4: 1.6 HDI
C5: 1.6 HDI, 2.7 HDI
DS3: 1.6 HDI
DS4: 1.6 HDI
Xsara Picasso: 1.6 HDI
Nemo: 1.3 HDI
Cooper D: 1.6d
All VW, Audi,
Seat and Skoda
Fitted with: 1.6 TDI, 2.0 TDI
Focus: 1.6 TDCI
Fiesta: 1.6 TDCI
Fusion: 1.6 TDCI
C-Max: 1.6 TDCI, 2.0 TDCI
S-Max: 1.6 TDCI, 2.0 TDCI
Galaxy: 2.0 TDCI
Transit: 2.0 TDCI, 2.2 TDCI, 2.4 TDCI
Tourneo: 2.0 TDCI, 2.2 TDCI, 2.4 TDCI
A Class: A160 CDI, A170 CDI, A180 CDI, A200 CDI
B Class: B180 CDI, B200 CDI
C/CLC/CLS Class: C200 CDI, C220 CDI, C250 CDI, C300 CDI, C320 CDI, C350 CDI, CLC200 CDI, CLC220 CDI, CLS350 CDI
E Class: E 200 CDI, E220 CDI, E250 CDI, E270 CDI, E300 CDI, E320 CDI, E350 CDI
G/GL/GLK Class: G350 CDI, GL350 CDI, GL450 CDI, GLK200 CDI, GLK220 CDI, GLK250 CDI, GLK350 CDI
M Class: ML280 CDI, ML300 CDI, ML320 CDI ML350 CDI, ML450 CDI
S Class: S300 CDI, S320 CDI, S350 CDI
Vito: 108 CDI, 109 CDI, 111 CDI, 113 CDI, 115 CDI, 116 CDI, 119 CDI, 120 CDI, 122 CDI
Sprinter: 214 CDI, 311 CDI, 313 CDI, 314 CDI, 316 CDI, 414 CDI, 210 CDI, 213 CDI, 216 CDI, 219 CDI
Viano: 111 CDI, 115 CDI, 2.8 CDI, 3.0 V6 CDI
206: 1.6 HDi
207: 1.6 HDi
307: 1.6 HDi
308: 1.6 HDi
407: 1.6 HDi, 2.7 HDi
508: 1.6 HDi
Bipper: 1.3 HDi