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HOW-TO: Troubleshoot Your Glow-Plugs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vince Waldon   
Saturday, 26 September 2009

HOW-TO:  Troubleshoot your glowplugs


On a cold mornings the heat of compression alone is not enough to get our beloved diesels going; they need some additional heat that is generated by 4 glowplugs.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2015 )
HOWTO: Diagnose the Dynamic Oil Pressure Warning System PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vince Waldon   
Sunday, 08 March 2009


Do any of these symptoms sound familiar???




“My oil light has started to come on when my car is hot”


“The oil buzzer goes on after I’ve driven on the highway for a while… if I rev the engine the buzzer goes off”


“My oil light came on but my oil level is fine”


“My oil buzzer comes on when the engine slows to around 2000 RPM…. It’s fine at 3000 RPM or at idle.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 May 2009 )
HOW-TO: Rebuild Diesel IDI Injectors PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 October 2008


This How To document was designed to assist with rebuilding Diesel IDI injectors.  Like all recipies I recommend reading the instructions from start to finish before starting the project.  I  welcome your comments, so feel free to click on the comments link below if you have a comment to add or have completed this procedure and have a tip of your own to share.



Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 February 2010 )
HOW-TO: Set The Injection Pump Timing PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vince Waldon   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008

    This HOW-TO describes using the factory-proscribed "dial indicator" method of setting the timing on a VW IDI diesel engine.

There are other methods... by ear, using a piezo adapter on a standard timing light, using a glow-plug sensor on a standard timing light.  The static dial indicator technique is the "official service manual" method and IMHO a good way to ensure things are set correctly *before* troubleshooting further, or before refining further with a different technique.

Like all recipes you need some specific ingredients and equipment... I recommend you read all the way thru before starting.

Your comments/suggestions are always welcomed... this is how I tend do to things but I make no claims to having a monopoly on the truth !


Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2015 )
HOW-TO: Pimp your glowplug wiring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vince Waldon   
Tuesday, 30 September 2008

This HOW-TO describes one way to dramatically improve your glow-plug wiring.


This is also one way to add glowplug wiring if you are convertng a gasser chassis over to a diesel engine and want to do without the official glowplug relay and associated harness.


As always, this is just one way to do things... not necessarily the "right" way, and like most instructions I recommend reading them all they way thru before starting out. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2009 )
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