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I have an Audi A2 tdi 90 B.H.Power, 1954. In the colder weather

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I have an Audi A2 tdi 90 B.H.Power, 1954. In the colder weather the engine falters before it starts , but never actually ( so far ! ) fails to start , although it sounds as though it may not start . When warmed up this doesn't happen . It doesn't happen in the warmer times of the year, only in winter. Please can you advise me of the most likely causes . I always wait until the glow plug symbol goes out before starting, and always depress the clutch.
Thank you , in anticipation of your help.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Ross replied 3 years ago.

techmachine :

Hi, welcome to Just answer! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will help with your question

Customer:

I don't know what time you work until. Time now 21 20 .you can reply to me now if you wish, or leave it until tomorrow. Regards XXXXX XXXXX

techmachine :

Hello.

techmachine :

Have you attempted to cycle the glow plugs by switching the ignition on and off 3 times ?

Customer:

No, I haven't tried that . Can you please be a bit more precise. I have no knowledge of car engines.Do I turn the ignition on and off after the glow plug light has gone out .

techmachine :

Hi, sorry it seems we missed each other last night.

Ok, the glow plugs are set to come on then switch off again after a few seconds (as you can see from the light on the dashboard) As the glow plugs age they become week and don't heat up as fast as they used to, your symptoms are classic of tired glow plugs but the easy way to confirm this is to switch the ignition on until the glow plug lights goes out, when it does, switch the ignition off then back on to re-heat the plugs for a second time, repeat this for a third time, then start the engine, this gets the plugs super hot! If the engine now starts and runs nicely, the glow plugs are causing your problem and simply need replacing.

Please get back to me if you have any further questions or need assistance with this, I will be more than happy to help, regards, Ross.

Customer:

Thanks Ross, now I understand. Peaple like me, ignorant about car engines, need telling exactly how it is ! .Thank you for your quick responses. Will now rate you and reply.

Customer:

Thanks Ross, now it is clearer and I understand. Will do as you say, and try it in the morning and let you know what happens.

Customer:

Thanks Ross now it is clearer and I understand. Will try it in the morning and let you know what happens. Laurie

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