I have a Citroen Synergie 1999 1.9TD (60k miles) which isn't too relevant
because it has a Peugeot engine which is fitted in lots of cars!
Anyway, when I start it from cold the glow plug indicator lights up and goes
out after about six seconds, if I try to
start the car it just turns over. If I heat the glow plugs about 4 times,
it is fine and will start (with some white/grey smoke, not much)
If I run it for about 2 minutes, turn the engine off, it starts fine and
will be fine for the rest of the day.
Now, you instantly think it is the glow plugs, well....we had this problem
last winter and had the glow plugs replaced and it seemed ok, but since it
was getting warm, it wasn't really a problem over the summer, again the
problem recurred and took the car to my mechanic, who charged me £35 for him
to diagnose the problem with the computer so that he could fix it!!! He
said two of the plugs had failed, strange, since they were just over 12
months old, oh well got them replaced and got the car back and it was fine
and then after just a few days the problem is recurring.
I have fitted a new battery as the currently fitted battery was 400 amps
(but healthy), the new one is 700 amps.
Is the problem could be to do with the glow plug relay burning the plugs
out, as it is faulty. Or could this also have been because the battery was
the wrong one?
Help!! PS. I have learnt alot about diesels!