Glow Plugs For 1.8Tdci
Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:14 PM
Is £189 a reasonable price for the job, assuming they'd be fitting OEM items?
I've considered trying to do the job myself but the Haynes manual says access is poor and recommends removing the injector pipework but I don't fancy doing that so how difficult would it be to do it without disturbing the pipework?
How likely is it that they're siezed in and I'll break one or more trying to get them out?
Is there a downside to using after-market items?
All opinions welcomed.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:44 PM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:38 PM
Genuine Ford OEM glow plugs for a 1.8 TDCi will cost around £40 for a set of 4.
See here :
(link was on the homepage of my local Ford main dealer btw, so we can be confident that these are genuine)
So if the parts cost £40, what is the extra £150-odd for in that quote?
Any decent garage can do the job in about 30 minutes, it's just whacking on a socket, unscrewing & removing the old plug. And !Removed! in the new plug. Just like changing spark plugs, as has been mentioned.
Even if it takes an hour, that's still only £40 at an independent garage, plus £40 for the plugs themselves. Total cost £80 all in.
That'll save you more than £100 over what you've been quoted.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:09 AM
One of the websites I was looking at suggested that the thread and shaft of the plug should be coated with a special grease before fitting. Anyone know if this is correct?
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:36 AM
It's very heat-resistant and is used to ensure that you are able to remove something later on, after it's been subjected to great heat (i.e. it prevents seizing, rather than lubricates moving parts).
Commonly used on the rear face of a brake disc (the parts that mates with the hub) or the rear of brake pads (not the friction surface itself).
Available from Halfords or good motor factors, but if you are getting a garage to do the job for you they'll have some.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:55 AM
Yes it is a good idea to give the threads a small coating of copper slip grease.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:19 AM
Thanks also for the access tip James. I might be able to take a look this afternoon, though I first need to look at the N/S/F suspension strut as they said the bracket supporting the brake hose is "insecure".
Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:05 AM
After I'd finished that job I took off the intercooler which turned out to be a lot easier than I expected. I could then see three of the glow plugs but to get at the fourth I'd need to also remove the dipstick tube. Still, it looks as if it shouldn't be too difficult so I'm going to order a set and give it a go.
The intercooler was badly clogged up with dirt and fluff and even a few very small stones! When I started to clean it I quickly discovered that the fins are very fragile. I could have done with a compressed air line but, not having access to one, I managed to flush most of it out with a suitable nozzle on my garden hose. That must have improved its efficiency somewhat. You'd think the service schedules would include periodic cleaning since the air passages are very small and easily blocked.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:56 PM
I tested the old ones and found all four were mullered, three were open-circuit and the fourth was high-resistance. I eventually bought a set of non-OEM ones for £37 inc vat and carriage. Hopefully starting will be a bit easier this winter. The engine's only just coming up to 90,000. It would be interesting to know what the life expectancy of a set of glow plugs is.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:11 PM
Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:10 AM
That particular company's prices have been getting steeper in recent years, Up to now I've used them because they were, until recently, a Ford franchise so had Ford-trained fitters but I'll be using a small independant from now on for the annual service and MOT.
The thing I was most worried about was one or more of the old plugs breaking off in the head but they all came out easily and cleanly (whew!). The other worry was dropping something which would lodge on the undertray. At my age I really don't want to be lying underneath the ruddy thing!
Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:11 AM
Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:13 PM
A lot easier than i thought
Job done within an hour, remove the intercooler and dripstick holder and away you go.
total cost £41
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