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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old December 8th, 2018, 20:02   #1
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Alberta
TDI(s): Bew
Default Bew tdi glowplug light only on 2 seconds!!

Trying to figure out my cold start issue.
+5 Celsius and below is harder starting.
-10 it probably wouldnít start unless I really let the starter have it.
Tried unplugging coolant temp sensor to see if the light would stay on longer. It didnít and didnít help the starting at all.

Whatís the next steps? What does that mean that the unplugging the sensor didnít do anything?
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Old December 9th, 2018, 10:48   #2
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You need to have the ECU scanned.
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Old December 9th, 2018, 11:53   #3
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Location: MI, USA
Fuel Economy: ~17.5 km/L

so many questions:

1. there was a recall back around 2008 for glow plugs, did this car ever have that recall work done?
2. is the coolant temp sensor working right, does the temp needle even move, or is it erratic?
3. as JB05 says, find someone close to you (there is a list in this website) with VCDS, that can help you read stored codes, even if your check engine light (CEL) is not on there are plenty of error codes that get stored without prompting a CEL
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Old December 9th, 2018, 20:36   #4
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Where in Alberta are you, I have VCDS if you want help.
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