Maybe next year, been kind of busy with my new full time job, trying to take care of the new bigger house and property and keeping the three kids out of trouble while my wife works long hours:What happened to the Front light brush gaurd and tailgate spare wheel idea are you still doing them?
That is the error, P0380, it could be the same problem, but it could be something else causing the P0380, have you read Glow plugs 101. You say the battery will drain if left connected over night? This could be completely unrelated to the glow plug error code but to be sure all you need to do is instead of disconnecting the battery one night try disconnecting the glow plug relay number 180 under the kick panel below the steering wheel overnight and see if the battery is still good in the morning... be prepared for a dead battery of course just in case. If the battery is dead then then the electrical drain is elsewhere. If the battery is good in the morning then the relay is bad. Good luck!The car battery dies when left on overnight.
16764 - Glow Plug/Heater (Q6) Circuit
P0380 - 35-10 - Malfunction - Intermittent
As I was reading your post, I decided to see if the GP error is the same error that I have and it looks so.
Could this be the same problem? or could my glow plugs/harness throw the same code too?
Why not just unplug the glow plugs? edit: firewall at work just started letting me see pictures. Also read further back where the wires were soldered to the glow plugs.Updates...
glow plug relay: stuck closed (glow plugs always on even when engine off/key out and doors locked) this would drain the battery. I found the problem pretty quickly because it had been throwing the glow plug code P0380 (or is it P0308?) the last four start ups before it killed the battery. Also, I was unable to jump start it until I cut all four soldered glow plug leads. It really freaked my dad out when I pulled out my multi-tool that I always keep on my belt and just started cutting wires under the hood. He asked, "will even start after you cut all those wires?" I explained they are just the glow plugs... Anyway, I was able to drive the car home and it didn't kill another battery until after I reconnected the glow plug wires using dis-connectable spade plugs (blue things in the picture). Also after opening the glow plug relay and inspecting it I found the contacts were welded together. I ordered a new relay from idparts. Still, an excellent opportunity to clean up my soldered on glow plug wire harness and make it serviceable. Here is the picture:
The fan is not hard to change, and the resistor likely has been burnt out for a long time. Funny how the fan goes bad and cooks the resistors, but doesn't pop the fuse.oil leak: still a couple of drops every time I stop. I give up for now.
heater fan: stopped working, will come on sometimes if I set it to position number four but then it makes noise and quickly grinds to a halt. AC hasn't worked for years and now the heat is gone. Not sure when I will get around to maybe taking the glove box out and having a look.
I replaced the glove box once and I thought the fan might be easy to access from there but I could not remember for sure. Thanks for the tips! I do remember a burning smell when the fan stopped working, and more burning smells the next day when I was testing it some more on different settings... I made sure to destroy all the resistors I guess.The fan is not hard to change, and the resistor likely has been burnt out for a long time. Funny how the fan goes bad and cooks the resistors, but doesn't pop the fuse.
Don't worry about the one screw under the center console. It usually breaks any way when you try to take the glove box off. Six screws and make sure to unplug the glove box light or it will fall apart. And the fan is easy to change - 5 minutes?
Europlate UPDATE: got pulled over for sporting my "500 000 KM" Europlate on the front of the car a few weeks ago.Added motivational Europlate:
I have read the Highway Traffic Act for Ontario and my take is that the legal front plate must be unaltered and visible up front and there should not be other plates that resemble or could be confused with the legal plate. Will post an update if I get pulled over, but unlikely I think.
All light bars (at least the bigger ones that comes up from underneath and covers most of the front) sold in Europe are made to bend to protect pedestrians so they would not be ideal as brush guards. It's the mounting points that give away so they would need to be made a little tougher to make a good brush guard.There are several versions from simple light mounting bars to full brush guards. But the brush guard/police push bars are only as good as their mounting. Here is picture showing a general collection of what they make.
I was thinking of using the basic idea and building my own. They have some for the Tiguan - it clamps to the back of the bumper bar and has stand offs bolted to them that reach out through the bumper cover. I found this on HellaUSA.com - here is a link to the instructions that show how the bar is mounted. Page 32 is where the instructions start for the Tiguan.
Mind you this is good for holding lamps, probably not so good for a brush bar. For that you would have to find a solid place to have an addition mounting point.
But I have other projects for right now. I thought I would share some info I stumbled across recently.