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Old January 22nd, 2019, 21:45   #196
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From my research: am I correct in that if I donít have any codes my GPs and harness are working normally? It was 5 degrees a couple days ago and it took 5-7 seconds of cranking engine to start. So Iím gonna try this GP trick and see if that helps. Otherwise could be a starter and/or battery issue. I noticed this earlier this winter and assumed battery. OíReillys tested battery and alternator and both checked ok. So I just want to confirm the car would tell me if any GPs failed and/or if the harness is bad (I have a spare harness and set of plugs).

If this trick doesnít help perhaps itís my starter...

I have a 2002 with 179K miles.



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Old January 27th, 2019, 16:54   #197
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So is 9.95s the maximum it uses? My coolant was -15.3C and no matter what value I used it never changed from 9.95.




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Old January 27th, 2019, 17:06   #198
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Per a previous post: anything above 32768 decreases glow time....Iím going with that and left it at 32768. I guess since itís so cold I canít confirm if changes in adaptation is actually doing anything?



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Old February 1st, 2019, 16:02   #199
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From my research: am I correct in that if I donít have any codes my GPs and harness are working normally? It was 5 degrees a couple days ago and it took 5-7 seconds of cranking engine to start. So Iím gonna try this GP trick and see if that helps. Otherwise could be a starter and/or battery issue. I noticed this earlier this winter and assumed battery. OíReillys tested battery and alternator and both checked ok. So I just want to confirm the car would tell me if any GPs failed and/or if the harness is bad (I have a spare harness and set of plugs).

If this trick doesnít help perhaps itís my starter...

I have a 2002 with 179K miles.



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I had an A3 so not certain if the A4s operate the same, but the ECU in my A3 would monitor GPs 1-2 and 3-4 to look for a difference between the pairs to trip the glow plug code. So if both pairs are bad but read the same to the ECU it won't trip the code.

I'd suggest testing for continuity on each glow plug by removing the harness. I would then test for 12v at each plug on the harness with the key on.

Additionally you could remove each glow plug and put 12v direct to them as a test, each glow plug should get bright red the entire length of the plug within 10 seconds of being energized.
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Per a previous post: anything above 32768 decreases glow time....Iím going with that and left it at 32768. I guess since itís so cold I canít confirm if changes in adaptation is actually doing anything?



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Old February 3rd, 2019, 00:46   #201
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Old February 3rd, 2019, 06:17   #202
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My jetta has 440,000km. Cranks great normal but in -15 or lower it is slow (diesel needs 600rpm approx min). I put a new starter on for $220. Night and day!!! Even at -29C it cranked over so fast! It started in only a few revolutions.
Because i am PD and my highest adaptation for some reason is 30,000 (and it is less GP time than the original 00000 value), i added a manual push button in my dash. I soldered 4 wires (trailer wiring) to each wire under hood just before it goes to the plugs. I soldered that to a main thick wire and ran it to the button. I fed the power to the button from one of the strip fuses on the battery. I tested it with a volt meter, and its awesome. Only snag is that the system is programmed to be full to the plugs, then immediately drop to 5v, so my button with 12v is scary - jusy 2-3sec max maybe.
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Old February 4th, 2019, 09:10   #203
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diesel needs 600rpm approx min)
Wrong. More like ~300 before fuel is injected. But that might even be an old wives tale at this point based on what year you have.
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Old February 4th, 2019, 14:33   #204
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Great job! I was always told minimum rpm to start a diesel ignition process was 600rpm (from a diesel pump repair facility) back in the old 1980's years. Reviewing your reply, i dug up the specs of "150-250" to ignite with heat of compression of air and the injected fuel into that heated zone. Man, even 300 sounds really really slow. I will put tach tape on my balancer and see what i get one day. I know for a fact that i LOVE my new starter!
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I've read 300 rpm here at TDI Club, and I've read 275 rpm. Whichever it is, anything lower results in fuel not being injected. Obviously the faster it cranks the more likely the engine is to start.
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I've read 300 rpm here at TDI Club, and I've read 275 rpm. Whichever it is, anything lower results in fuel not being injected. Obviously the faster it cranks the more likely the engine is to start.
I though 250 cranking RPM was the cutoff for no fuel injection, but I may be confusing that number with my 2003 sprinter.


As far as extending glow period goes, I don't really see the point, I've started my Jetta at -30F at high elevation and I've never messed with the glow duration. If you feel you need to do this you have something else that needs to be fixed, not the glow duration.

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Old February 5th, 2019, 05:54   #207
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Something else wrong: yes! My car (jetta+passat PD's) used to start awesome, even in timmins. Then i did the stupid glow plug recall because ceramics were breaking off inside. They changed the voltage to the new s.steel ones. Then nobody's car would start, and they recalled the recall! My passat was hooked up for a full day directly to VW tech from the dealer and they couldnt get it to program. They were at the point of replacing the ecu (wish we did). My thoughts were, looking at Diesel Gate, was this was very first sign of "reverting back mode" but nobody understood what they were seeing. Anyway, it was not a good recall for me!
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