Glow Plugs
Kurt

Woodburn, OR

#21 Nov 30, 2011
Dan wrote:
I am working on a 2008 Sprinter 3.0 that needs Glow plugs. Do these engines have issues with the breaking? What is involved in replacing them?
Thanks
edhunt0r@yahoo.com
Always remove glow plugs only motor in full operating temp.
Kim

Saint Petersburg, FL

#22 Dec 15, 2011
I have a broken glowplug and is it safe to just leave it or will it cause damage?
Jake

Newburgh, NY

#23 Feb 24, 2012
Having a knock down fight with my repair shop who broke off the spark plug on my 07 Sprinter and charged me 3 grand for a new head.
Am I respnsible for their screw up? Can I refuse to pay for their mistake? I am sure they didn't warm up the engine or blow out around the plug or use PB blaster or anything. At what point are they just incompetant and I can say - no way, you pay?
Leo pena

Houston, TX

#24 Feb 26, 2012
LWI wrote:
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I live in HOuston too and I am looking for a good Sprinter Tech. I have a 2008 2500 Dodge Sprinter. I frankly do NOT trust the dealership's diagnosis and think that they knowingly attemp to try to scare you into expensive repair and maintainance work. Can you let me know how I can contact you or can you reccomend a reputable local Houston service?
I also live in Sugar Land area and I'm also looking for a good sprinter tech. I have a 2007 sprinter 2500 Thanks
Leo pena

Houston, TX

#25 Feb 26, 2012
I live in a Houston area and I'm looking for a good sprinter tech Thanks
schwing

Brookville, OH

#26 Mar 23, 2012
I am also experiencing yhe same glow plug problems. My mechanich Kevin replaced the glow plug module but we didn't do the glow plugs yet. It still has the same problem, not starting. He seems to think it might be the teperature sending unit but is having a hard time finding it. My wonderfully rusty 2003 needs some help. Please Respond!
THANK YOU
Kurt

Stayton, OR

#27 Mar 23, 2012
schwing wrote:
I am also experiencing yhe same glow plug problems. My mechanich Kevin replaced the glow plug module but we didn't do the glow plugs yet. It still has the same problem, not starting. He seems to think it might be the teperature sending unit but is having a hard time finding it. My wonderfully rusty 2003 needs some help. Please Respond!
THANK YOU
You realy can start the diesel without a glowplug.Perhaps the problem is not the glowplugs.If one is shorted the control module internal fuse will burn out and will damage the new module.
billy blue balls

Lexington, SC

#28 Mar 25, 2012
kurt is correct,the glow plugs help bring the heat needed to bring up combustion chamber temp,they will not cause a no start in fact most sprinters will fire in very cold temps but will run raggy untill some heat builds,anyway you have afuel delivery or pressure issue or electrical in nature,a qualified technician is needed,as no start issues require an experianced tech,throwing parts at a vehicle never works.
Kurt

Stayton, OR

#29 Mar 25, 2012
schwing wrote:
I am also experiencing yhe same glow plug problems. My mechanich Kevin replaced the glow plug module but we didn't do the glow plugs yet. It still has the same problem, not starting. He seems to think it might be the teperature sending unit but is having a hard time finding it. My wonderfully rusty 2003 needs some help. Please Respond!
THANK YOU
Back to your last posting.Same problem on my 2003,the fix fuel filter.Got a diesel jell plug in the line.One more possibility the fuelpump (mechanical {not electric})on front and top of motor.Have somebody start the motor,if you dont see airbabels in the line going to the pump change the filter.
Leo Navion 2008 Sprinter

Paso Robles, CA

#30 Jun 25, 2012
sprinter tech wrote:
highly recommend you do not attempt to fix this issue. if you have warranty then you still need it at the dealership at least a week if all goes well.
The reason for this is that the glow plugs go bad regularly and requires the replacement of the glow plug module as well only to have the problem return with a different glow plug. that would need a new plug and module again . or have them all replaced at the same time . but then 50k miles later it will happen again. The glow problem may even give out a check engine light, but never affects the overall performance of the truck. also it is common for plugs to break off during removal . that will add to the bill( head removal). I service a fleet of sprinters and all most all have glow plug issues. by not servicing them you will save a lot of money and down time. That's my suggestion. Its your truck you do what you want with it.
I recently purchased a 2009 Navion with the mercedez 3.0, yesterday the glow plug #3 OBDII illuminated the check engine indicator. After reading your article I am apprhensive of of taking it in for repairs. This unit has already gone through the broken glow plug head removal process once.
In good faith just to reiterate your views(since I live in CA.) this should not be an issue except for the nusance indication from the check engine indication.
murph

United States

#31 Aug 8, 2012
If glow plug snaped off, how do you get it out with out removing head
Steve in Fl

Jacksonville, FL

#32 Oct 1, 2012
sprinter tech wrote:
highly recommend you do not attempt to fix this issue. if you have warranty then you still need it at the dealership at least a week if all goes well.
The reason for this is that the glow plugs go bad regularly and requires the replacement of the glow plug module as well only to have the problem return with a different glow plug. that would need a new plug and module again . or have them all replaced at the same time . but then 50k miles later it will happen again. The glow problem may even give out a check engine light, but never affects the overall performance of the truck. also it is common for plugs to break off during removal . that will add to the bill( head removal). I service a fleet of sprinters and all most all have glow plug issues. by not servicing them you will save a lot of money and down time. That's my suggestion. Its your truck you do what you want with it.
Is there a way to clear the error so the check engine light goes out? I have a 2008 Sprinter 3500 and I just got this problem.
billy blue balls

Columbia, SC

#33 Oct 2, 2012
see my 2 comments above glow plugs require a little patiance but ive never had any problems replacing them,think the techs doing the job are more of the problem
R Reyes

Los Angeles, CA

#34 Oct 10, 2012
I have had the glowplugs replaced at 65k under warranty . Now have same problem as far as ck eng lite on sometimes in morning again at 110k miles. Went to pep boys cked code # 1 cylinder circuit malfunction .Dealer wants 911.00. to change all five plugs and relay switch ?? After reading this being in San Jose Ca I am not going to worry till smog time. So you are saying an in line jell plug may solve the ck eng lite ??
Kurt wrote:
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Back to your last posting.Same problem on my 2003,the fix fuel filter.Got a diesel jell plug in the line.One more possibility the fuelpump (mechanical {not electric})on front and top of motor.Have somebody start the motor,if you dont see airbabels in the line going to the pump change the filter.
Randy

Saint Paul, MN

#35 Oct 30, 2012
Joshy-san wrote:
Hi Sprinter Tech,
I agree with you on the cost of glowlug replacements, I have a 2003 Dodge Sprinter and my engine light came on a few months ago, but the performance of the van was fine and is still fine. However, recently, my batteries died and I ended up going to a dealer for that reason, and I also wanted them to replace the glowplugs while dealing with my real battery problem. They also told me the same thing, they might break and the total cost would be $3900 + tax. So, knowing that I have two glowplugs not functioning, but still good run with the vehicle, I am ignoring it for now.
By any chance, do you have a recommendations for a battery problem that I have: Eight year old batteries died and AAA put in new batteries, but something drained the batteries in two hours. Van has changed three repairshops since then - 3 weeks now- and noone ever solved the problem yet. Our last stop is the authorized dealer, and they cannot find a solution to it either. Alternator is fine, radio is disconnected, all possible leaks are shut down, but still something is draining the batteries in two hours.. All fuses checked, all fine.. I will get the truck back home tomorrow and maybe contact Chrysler in Michigan for ideas or help. Any suggestions / ideas, please.. Thanks. Joshy-san, NJ
Have your negative battery cable checked at the fusible link. The ground cable fusible link corrodes over time and stops the battery from getting a 100% charge. The fusible link is in the middle of the negative cable and you can inspect it and do it yourself or pay around $350.00 or more for the dealer to do it. It is a common problem for Sprinters so the first place to check if you are having charging problems is the fusible link on the negative battery cable. Did you have your battery draining problem fixed and if so what was the problem? Email me at randysr57@yahoo.com with your answer, thanks.
Aj s

Canada

#36 Oct 31, 2012
Hi guys. i am Aj. living in toronto,on. thanks you for all techs. i would a save about $160 for doing a dionostic test if would a read ur at ical b4. anyhow thanks u soo much for all. ajdrv_283@hotmail.com
R Miller

Medina, OH

#37 Jan 26, 2013
billy blue balls wrote:
ive been working on sprinters since 03 and have never yes never broken a glow plug,patiance when dealing with glow plugs,engine must be at operating temp,blow out dirt around plug and a little squrit of wd-40 and i only use 1/4 drive ratchet and carefully loosen,works like a charm, i love early sprinters,treatem good and dont abuse it there kind of fragile but will serve you well,id buy them all day long,have you seen what used ones fetch,hold there value
How much do you have to remove from the engine to get at the glow plugs so you don't put side pressure on them and what tools do you use?

Also, where do I find you so I can have you work on my Sprinter?
thanks,
billy blue balls

Lexington, SC

#38 Jan 27, 2013
you can get to the glow plugs with out removing any thing on 02-06 models,07 and up can be a pain,idont know what year yours is.i use a 1/4 drive ratchet with a 6 inch extension and a deep socket for all models.im located just outside of columbia,south carolina
sfenn

San Diego, CA

#40 Jul 27, 2013
Have a 2007 Sprinter 3500 V6 turbo 3.0 Just replaced all 6 glow plugs. Used a Sears 1/4" drive 8mm deep socket, short wobble extension, 1/4" ratchet. No problems during operation. Had to remove a few parts to get to glow plugs. Took about 3.5 hours.
At first the check engine light didn't go out. Tried to clear it with my ScanGauge before and after glow plug replacement, couldn't. Disconnected neg batt cable, waited few minutes, reconnected, started eng and cel still on. Went inside to clean up. 1/2 hour later restarted eng, cel went out. Yeay, I thought. Drove van, no power. Not sure if turbo is working, no acceleration. Could go 60 mph but that's about all. Need to get van smogged, in San Diego CA. Maybe their equipment will tell me something. May need to tear apart what I did yesterday and see what is up.
Any idea's out there?
Thanks
Steve

Since: Jul 13

Mesa, AZ

#41 Jul 27, 2013
update from sfenn;
Will check clamps, hoses, lines. On my way to smog station, cel came on again. ScanGauge showed code P0299 T/Super Charger Underboost. Using ScanGauge saw BST of .2 at idle and only up to 3.6 max, and that was only after building up speed after a few minutes. Load was at 99 most of the time, just trying to be at freeway speed. Poor gas mileage also.
So bagged the smog attempt, went by Dodge dealer and bought 2 O-rings (hope they're correct). Starting to redo what I did yesterday.

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