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How did they start diesel engines before the glow plug was invented?

When I was little, my dad had a yacht which had been a northern European coastguard patrol vessel. He bought it as surplus military and converted it into a yacht. The engine, a Stork Werkspoor diesel, ...
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Is it possible to have glow plugs on all the time for certain amount of time?

The way the VW (so assuming Audi is similar) glow plugs are controlled on the TDI Jettas of similar vintage, the plugs should come on (what VW calls "pre-glow") whenever the block is cold. You should ...
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How to wire a glow plug?

A glow plug is essentially an intentional short circuit that heats up a wire and ignites whatever fuel is in or connected to the glow plug. Polarity rarely matters in this. But typically, the ...
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Will penetrating fluid contaminate engine oil?

According to the MSDS (pdf), the main ingredient in this product is ethanol (ethyl alcohol). While no one wants ethanol in their motor oil, a small amount will quickly evaporate and should cause no ...
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How did they start diesel engines before the glow plug was invented?

If the compression ratio is high enough (around 22-1), there will be enough heat from the compression. Most diesel engines are turbo charged to increase power. The compression ratio is lower because ...
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How did they start diesel engines before the glow plug was invented?

I don't know what was used before glow plugs. But you can use a hair dryer to blow warm air into the air inlet of a diesel motor and it will make it start easily in cold weather. I've done this many ...
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How did they start diesel engines before the glow plug was invented?

One method that is still used - but only on vehicles with metal air filter canisters is to remove the filter and put burning paper there - the hot air makes all the difference. Once running put the ...
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Can deposits on glow plugs be used to diagnose engine problems?

Normally not, people are way too afraid to break them during removal. Since the specialty tool supliers catalogues are littered with "engine xyz glow plug extraction tools" they might have a ...
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What is the normal operating temperature of a glowplug?

It depends on exactly what type of engine, but typically it will get to around 1000C after only a couple of seconds.
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What is the current and voltage rating of a diesel glow plug?

It varies with the type, but anywhere between 5A to 15A for 12v systems, so 4 plugs can be 60A which is why the cable used is a heavy gauge . The power is then between 60W to 720W.
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Gasoline glow engine mechanics

The glow plug engines have a glow plug that gets heated from a power supply and once it is hot, the repeated combustion process is sufficient to keep it hot so that it can ignite the fresh incoming ...
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Having starting problems of my kia ceed 1.6 crdi model 2010

My diesel runs the glow plugs for about 10 seconds, and I usually hit the starter at about 7 secs. They do go off after the light goes out, so cranking the starter after that tends to just flatten the ...
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How Regularly Should Glow Plugs Need Replacing

Your testing methodology seems pretty sound, the plugs definitely sound like they're shot. As you correctly say glow plugs should last a very long time, 3 years is just too short so I suspect one of ...
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Automatic Car engine cut off while driving

So took it to the mechanic indeed it needed a new crankshaft position sensor, after that was fixed they also found out one of the pistons were gone. Car is no longer driveable. There is a metal ...
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Why does my diesel lose electric power when glow plugs are engaged?

After confirming battery and cabling found loose control signal on starter, corrosion on several grounds, and finally a damaged ignition starter solenoid. The IGS is not the solenoid attached to the ...
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