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How much time should it take to replace the glow plugs and relay? I do not have a garage to work in and it's damn cold and snowing hard, So...I called a local garage who also tows with all F350's and they quoted me 4.5 hours..thats $275.00! I was figuring about 2 hours MAX! Am I wrong?
Working by your self, 4.5 hours wouldn't be a bad guess for replacing glow plugs, IMO (especially in the cold). The relay itself is a 15 minute job including prep and cleanup, but there's lots of stuff that has to get out of the way to get the valve covers off.
Make sure that your GP's actually need replacing before tearing into it. Check the link in my signature for how to do that. It'll take maybe 30 min to check them, potentially saving that 4.5 hr job.
Sure did...already been there....Had the white smoke in the am on cold days, then pulled the connector and had two plugs that resistance showed were bad. The Wellman GP's I bought came with the relay as a package.
Oooohhh, Most of the guys here recommend sticking with Ford Motorcraft or International GP's (they're both made by Beru and have that etched on the barrel). There have been too many horror stories about swelling/broken tips on aftermarket GP's to take a chance on them. I don't know the Wellman brand, but hope they work out for you.
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Huh....I have found numerous positives for Wellmans....I'll let you know!
I hadn't seen that for Wellmans, but that's a good sign. I know that there have been negative posts for some other brands (I think Autolite was one). Haven't heard of anyone having problems like swelling or broken tips with Motorcraft or Int'l GP's.
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