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#16 Reluctant Ford owner

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:25 PM

I changed my glow plugs yesterday and it was fiddly, but not too hard. The only problem turned out to be the dip stick tube. You do need some needle nose pliers, a long 10mm socket and some 6,7 and 8 mm sockets.

I took off the engine cover, then the intercooler cover. I then removed the intercooler by undoing the 4 bolts holding it on and undoing the 2 jubille clips on the hoses. You might want to clean this before putting it back as the cooling fins are often blocked with crap.

I then started with the plug on the left hand side of the engine, use a 6 mm socket to loosen the terminal nut on the plug. be VERY careful not to drop the nut as it comes off, or you will never find it again. I used needle nose pliers to pull off the nut once it is loose enough. Use a 10 mm socket to undo the plug and remove it. Put some copper grease on the threads of the new plug (mine were Bosch, £30 for 4 on eBay) and insert it into the head. Tighten it up carefully making sure it is lined up properly so you don't mis-thread it. Clean the top of the plug terminal and the plug supply tag and put the tag on the terminal of the plug. The tricky bit is getting the 6 mm nut back on without losing it. I put a small piece of tissue paper inside the socket and pushed the nut into it, so that it would not fall out of the socket when turned upside down. Then as the nut gets tightened on the thread of the terminal it will come free from the socket. Repeat the procedure on the next two plugs. For the righthandmost plug you will need to move the dip stick out of the way. Undo the bolt holding it onto the block with an 8 mm socket. Use a 7 mm socket to unscrew the glow plug power cable from the dip stick tube.

Some people have opted for just pushing the tube out of the way, I did this and then wished I hadn't. The tube came away from the block at the bottom and it had fallen to bits at the joint. I didn't use much force and I suspect the last person to replace the plugs did the damage. I had to use needle nose pliers to get the remains of the tube tip and seal out of the hole on the engine block. So I recommend once the tube is unbolted, pull it upwards carefully to release it from the block and unclip the cable clip that is attached to it. This should reduce the risk of damage to the tube.

Once the last plug is in, re-assemble everything in reverse order. You might want to loosely connect the intercooler and turn the engine over, remove the intercooler again and check for oil leaks from the dip stick tube joint.

The job should take less than an hour, even doing it for the first time.

Hope that is of some use to people...

Certainly DO NOT pay the best part of £200 to get someone else to do it (and probably snap your dip stick tube in the process!!!)

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

That pretty much describes how I did it except I stuck some small pieces of vinyl insulating tape round the inside of the 6mm socket to grip the terminal nuts both when removing and refitting. I also used a releasable cable tie to temporarily hold the dipstick tube out of the way.

One word of caution - I found the fins of the intercooler to be very fragile and easily bent and broken. I would think the best way to clean it, if you have the facility, would be to 'reverse flush' it using an air line. I didn't have that option and tried to do it with a spray from a hose (NOT a pressure washer!!) but it wasn't wholly successful.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:34 PM

Hi all. I'm finally sick of paying garages for tasks like this that sound like they really shouldn't be so difficult, so I'm going to change my glow plugs to try and combat a cold start problem.

The comments from "Reluctant Ford Owner" are brilliant sounding (thanks!) so I'm aiming to use it as a guide, though being of sub-amateur level when it comes to car mechanics I could use a little assist.

Since lifting the engine lid reveals (to me) a maze of mechanical wonder, would anyone be able to supply a quick photograph of the engine bay where the glow plugs are located just to give me a starter for ten?

I will likely have a mate on standby to help, but I'd really prefer to learn this sort of thing myself, you know.

Any help is very much appreciated :)

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 01:32 PM

Lithium007, as you look at the engine with the cover removed, behind the maze of diesel injector pipes you will see a red cable linking all the glow plugs...

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

Cheers Stef. I'm going to give it a go this morning. Fingers crossed :)

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:13 AM

Good luck! Let us know how you get on.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:11 PM

Hi folks. Quick status report.

So, I initially took a look at the engine and being a total engine noob, I bailed and then enlisted some assistance from my uncle who had every single ratchet piece on the planet. I tell you, he's got parts big enough to spin the planet itself, and parts small enough to perform microsurgery. In Metric and Imperial!

Anyway, in the end the job was indeed fairly simple although quite fiddly. We didn't have to remove anything except the plugs themselves. We found even the rightmost plug was easy enough to remove if you have the right angular ratchet bits to get in behind the dipstick holder. Catching the small 6mm screws that hold the plate to the plug was harder than removing the plugs themselves. It just took some dexterity of the fingers to catch them as they reached the end of the thread.

One tip I can offer is that I had in my toolkit an extendable magnetic pickup tool. This was ideal for getting the screws back on again as I could pop them on the end of the tool and get them started on the thread before switching to fingers and ratchet.

But now the important result. Replacing the glow plugs did indeed cure my starting problem. Admittedly I haven't had a very cold day since they were replaced - it's cold, but not freezing - but starting has been smooth as a smooth thing so far. I'm happy with the result.

What annoys me is I had the car serviced and told them of the specific issues. No fix. In fact, the garage claimed there was a rattle from near the fuel pump or water pump and I should see a diesel specialist. So I did, who changed the fuel filter, but still no fix. :angry:

So in the end, a quick Google, a hit on this site, this post, and this advice cures my ails. Thanks to y'all for your tips and info. :D

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

Good job, and thanks for the tip

Will look at doing my own soon

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:00 PM

Well done Lithium! What make plugs did you fit?

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

I went for Beru ones from Euro Car Parts. Kinda just went with the 'pick the middle one' way of shopping :)

http://www.eurocarpa...b80db9d7

By the way, I used the discount code ALL20 to get 20% off. Not sure if it's still available though

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:56 PM

So I did my glow plugs back in December 2012 hoping that it would short out my cold starting problem but it didn't.

So now in December 2013 my battery started to fail. After much hunting and research I changed the old 72amp battery to a 76amp model which has now completely fix the problem. I got the battery from Ebay for I think £46 delivered

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:41 AM

Diesels do need to be spun over fairly briskly to generate enough heat to fire up so batteries and starters, together with good clean tight electrical connections, are critical areas. These obviously become more so as the diesel gets older and more leaky.



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 11:47 PM

Hello,

I tried to remove my glow plug but I can find the hole.

Could you help me to find it on my ford focus mk2.

See a photo of my motor car:

http://imageshack.co...1/3199/he6p.jpg

Tks for help.



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Posted 05 March 2014 - 08:27 PM

Different engine bay to mine. I think you will find your glow plugs under the oil filler plastic. I can see the injectors so your plugs are near by, there is one per cylinder 4 linked together with 1 red wire which bolts down to each glow plug.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 03:31 PM

Hi all! I really need to replace my glow plugs, I have them ready a waiting but obviously would like to avoid the ridiculous price to fit... So I have a 57 plate tdci focus but no idea where they are does anyone have pictures of the location of them??? Please help me!!!!


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