HEY UP ALL
I've not long joined the deisel brigade and recently purchased a 2000 (w reg) Astra van 2.0 DL with 173k on the clock! The van itself is sound and runs a treat, but I'v noticed (even when I bought it) that the pre heater light doesnt come on when about to start it up!! It used to have abit of trouble starting up when cold so I replaced the heater plugs (well 3 of them, 1 of them kept turning but would not come out!!!! but hopefully shudnt cause any probs ) and gave the battery a good charge! I also noticed when I changed the 3 plugs that no power was going to the said plugs!!!
I was led to believe, as it was in the mid of summer and weather rather warm, that if the outside temp is quite high then they dont switch on!! I'm rather sceptical on this idea tho
It starts fine now in the mornings, after a few turns, and straight away when warmed up, but what I'm wondering is why there is NO pre-heat light on the dash (the curly one, as my missus likes to explain it) and why are my heater plugs not warming up? I'm only asking b'cus come the winter and them very cold mornings, I'm guessing I'm gonna have probs so I wanna be all ok by then. What in your opinion would be the 1st thing to check? I'm guessing the heater ECU (by the batt), but how do you check it .
Many thanks, Gaz.