Thread Rating:
  • 13 Vote(s) - 2.69 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Trouble Starting
Hi Guy's

Got a 52 plate 1.9d (non-turbo) berlingo

as title i'm having trouble starting it,
bought it 7 months ago, first start of the day it's never really started first turn of the key, always about 2-3 turns of key but obciously now it's getting colder it strugling to start, turning over but not starting.

it will start of a bump. then once it's been warmed up will start through the day, but if left for long intervals between starting (2hr + say) it won't start again.

when i does start it gives out a big puff of gray smoke, then will give off white smoke for about 10/20mins untill warm

since i've had it i've replaced the alternator and egr valve (probably irrelivant but just giving as much info as possible) , and since it's gone cold and not starting i've replaced the battery and glow plugs.

any help will be greatly appreciated


after reading through some other posts, just thought i chould add, glow plug light always comes on, then goes of after a few seconds, done this when it used to start tidy, and now it's not starting.

Might be worth looking over some older threads on the same subject like this one:

start probs

I don't have a diesel version so can't offer much help, but the fuel filter and glow plug relay also look to be common faults that cause starting problems.
thanks tucker,

had a look through some posts, gonna have a try off a few options this afternoon, fingers crossed its a nice simple fix
Maybe an idea to check voltage at the glowplugs from cold to ensure they're coming on although it really isn't cold enough for glow plugs to be an issue. Maybe also check your fuel filter.
There are several members who have extensive experience on the 1.9 diesel.
The Older I get the Better I Was!  Cool
Just tried clamping from the negative of the battery to the engine block to rule out an earthing issue,
also putting a direct feed from the battery to the glow plug to warm them directly,

and still nothing.

will change the fuel filter (got one here) when once i've picked the kids up from school.

my main problem is that i'm currently self employed and working on a night shift, so i don't wanna take the van to work, go out at 4am to come home and it won't start and i'm stuck 25/30 miles from home with no help.
Hi, What you want to do is check the resistance of each glow plug seperatly. I've found the easiest way to do it is to leave them insitu but remove the electrical connection from the top. Then with a resistance measuring device (or you could use a battery and bulb) test between the glow plug connection and earth (engine block). You should get a low resistance or continuity. If resistance is higher then 10 ohms then that plug is duff. I find that with one duff plug the engine takes a couple of turns but with two out - very difficult to start.
Disconnect the battery to be safe ! Confusedalut:
2006 2.0hdi 600 with bench seat.  Cool

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)
You have to register before you can post on our site.



(Advanced Search)

Latest Threads
Next gen berlingo multispace
Last Post: churmy
Today 04:58 PM
» Replies: 7
» Views: 112
New Berlingo Auto Box - Anyone have one?
Last Post: Capelbond
Today 04:10 PM
» Replies: 9
» Views: 357
Last Post: Onall4
Today 03:16 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 22
Finally a B9 Haynes Manual
Last Post: Satellitemark
Today 02:32 PM
» Replies: 37
» Views: 2404
glow plugs
Last Post: z1000pete
Today 10:21 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 33
Is anyone buying a new car AFTER April 2017?
Last Post: doofer
Today 09:10 AM
» Replies: 12
» Views: 235
Sop the seatbelt buckle sitting soo low?/aux ste...
Last Post: Hora
Today 07:04 AM
» Replies: 5
» Views: 158
Fuel rail pipe replacement
Last Post: polar
Today 06:54 AM
» Replies: 4
» Views: 103
600lx or 800lx
Last Post: dumdum
Yesterday 11:12 PM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 49
Advise please on known problem tyre scrubbing
Last Post: shncoe1
Yesterday 10:12 PM
» Replies: 19
» Views: 1572

Recent Visitors
Locations of visitors to this page