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Old 05-02-2005, 07:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How long does it take for your glow plugs to heat up?

Mine takes 10-15 seconds every time I get in it. We have a few chevy's here at work (Which is the only comparison I have) and it normally takes one second or less for those. I have an '02 model, so is this normal?
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Re: How long does it take for your glow plugs to heat up?

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Mine takes 10-15 seconds every time I get in it. We have a few chevy's here at work (Which is the only comparison I have) and it normally takes one second or less for those. I have an '02 model, so is this normal?

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They say the Wait to Start light is not tied directly to the actual time the glow plugs are on, in the Cheby's it may be. Though I do notice differences in time that the WTS light is on, but it is probably just not the actual time that the GP are on.
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Re: How long does it take for your glow plugs to heat up?

I have noticed that mine stay on longer or shorter depending on outside temperature. But that may just be a fluke.
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Re: How long does it take for your glow plugs to heat up?

Yes, the glow plugs stay on for up to 2 minutes, regardless of the wait to start light being on or off. The WTS light is supposed to tell you when the cylinders are preheated enough to be able to start, but the glow plugs keep running anyway. If you're really in a hurry to get it started and it's not too cold out, the WTS light can just be ignored... but I have just gotten used to turning the key on, then buckling my seatbelt, and in all but the really bitterest cold weather, the WTS light is out by then.

I guess the Ford method of doing it is pretty confusing, but the simple answer to the original question is "no point in comparing it to how some other brand works"!

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Re: How long does it take for your glow plugs to heat up?

The glow plugs will not even come on whent he oil temp is above 130F - even though the WTS light comes on.

So sure, once you are at operating temp, don't be shy about starting it right up...
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