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Cold start difficulty
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An HDi engine should start pretty normally without any working glow plugs, even if it's cold, yes it may run a little lumpy for a few seconds but that's about it.

Test the voltage at the glow plugs just after starting the cold engine, there should be power to them for a couple of minutes. I prefer to use a test lamp for doing this rather than a multimeter because a test lamp will show if there is any power behind the voltage.

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My vehicle .... 2006 (m59) Berlingo Multispace Desire - 1.6 HDI 92 
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(01-12-2021, 07:30 PM)jj9 Wrote:  An HDi engine should start pretty normally without any working glow plugs, even if it's cold, yes it may run a little lumpy for a few seconds but that's about it.

Test the voltage at the glow plugs just after starting the cold engine, there should be power to them for a couple of minutes. I prefer to use a test lamp for doing this rather than a multimeter because a test lamp will show if there is any power behind the voltage.

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This morning it's 1 to 2 deg C, turned on the ignition and power is indeed going to the glow plugs, as measured by the multimeter. In my excitement at getting a power reading, which I wasn't expecting, I neglected to see how long the power was going to the plugs once the engine started.

Anyway, I assume that the difficult starting might be a fuel related issue ???, so I await the arrival of a new fuel filter to fit this weekend.
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Yes, as other members have advised change the fuel filter and see what happens, if it's still the same my next step would be the priming bulb, it could be that the none return valve inside it is causing a restriction.

Only ever change one thing at a time so you can identify the cause of the problem.

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(02-12-2021, 09:58 AM)jj9 Wrote:  Yes, as other members have advised change the fuel filter and see what happens, if it's still the same my next step would be the priming bulb, it could be that the none return valve inside it is causing a restriction.

Only ever change one thing at a time so you can identify the cause of the problem.

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Hi, thank you for your reply, I think you might be on to something regarding the primer bulb: I notice that I can keep squeezing it, it doesn't fully harden up, which could indicate that the non-return valve is not fully working. Unfortunately I had no time the on the weekend to change the fuel filter, so it's something I am going to leave until Christmas week, given that the car does run.
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