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[Vectra C] [02-08] Changing Glow Plugs

Discussion in 'Cavalier, Calibra, Vectra, Signum, Sintra & Insignia owners forum' started by Boris1, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Boris1

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    So with 183k on the clock and having never changed my glow plugs on my 1.9 CDTI SRI it was a pain to start last week with at -3 degrees. I had put off changing the glow plugs for the last 3 winters (when i was first told the plugs were shot) and with the impending bad weather I bit the bullet and had them done.

    I had read horror stories about getting them out and despite being fairly handy with a set of spanners I decided to google the subject and find some experts to do the job. Having spoken to Midland Diesel Solutions in Hinckley they sounded very competent and assured me they had the vibratory gear to shake them out if they wouldn't shift. They quoted £65 labour plus plugs at about £20 each and £97.50 to remove each broken one (if any broke off) negotiable on the numbers that broke.
    Chuffed to bits when I collected the car all done - £130.75 (said they were very tight and needed the kit to get them out) but a lot less than I thought and what a nice bunch of guys!!!
    Highly recommend them and worth the three hour round trip for me to get there. There number is 01455-631821
    Will definitely use them again!!!
     
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    I work in the Hinckley & Bosworth area & this is a company I've never heard of before , there's not many garages i don't know lol :)
     
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    The older and the wiser aye Fred




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    I can't say I had ever heard of them either - the wonders of google, the guys there were telling me how main dealers send their diesels there for work. If you have a loook at their web site you will see the services they offer. For the first time in a very long time I came away from having work on my car done not feeling ripped off, actually quite the opposite.
     
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    Never heard of vibratory tools to get glow plugs out, must do some research.
     
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    I'm guessing they are some sort of impact driver type set up - I think their website shows a bit more detail
     
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    i used to use ordinary socket or ring spanner, they can break in half if there very tight, might be worth warming the engine up first....Fred in Essex.
     
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    Yep - read up on all the forums etc and having stripped and rebuilt engines in the past I was well up for it (even started "Plusgas'ing" them in anticipation of doing the job) - must be an age thing but I bottled it, leaving it to the experts - the thought of stripping it down and taking the head off etc was a bit too much for me at my age!!!
    For those that feel confident - crack on, for those that aren't you have an alternative (or you can like I did for three years and garage the car overnight in the winter)
     
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    The trick is to not force it,and bare in mind that the gp's are only torqued to 10nm..

    For best practice you should soak those in wd40 or similar stuff then unbolt glows plugs using the undo to tighten method;

    Undo until you feel any resistance then retighten, soak it in wd40 and allow it to soak , then undo it again until resistance is felt and repeat the steps.


    You can not go heavy handed, other wise you will have a big headache

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    First chance this morning to test the new glow plugs - got up to the car covered in snow, key in, ignition on, glow plug light off, turn key - Whooosh!!!!
    Fired up instantly, it hasn't done that for many years - in fact probably since the first few winters I owned her some 10 years ago (well pleased)
     

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