Do you park your diesel in the garage and keep it hooked up to the block heater, but it still doesn’t want start? Or maybe there’s lots and lots of white or black smoke pouring out of the exhaust? Perhaps your fuel mileage has taken a nose dive for no reason?
If you’re experiencing any of the problems listed above, you probably need new glow plugs. And don’t worry, switching glow plugs is a quick process that very easy on your wallet. If you suspect your diesel needs some new glow plugs, schedule an appointment at Hall Collision and Body Shop.
How do I know if I need new glow plugs?
Here are five surefire signs that your glow plugs need to be replaced. The following symptoms may overlap with other issues, though, so it’s best to have a professional check for you:
Hard starting (even in warm conditions)
Decreased fuel economy
Rough engine idling
Excessive white/black smoke
Glow plugs last for a really long time, but they don’t last forever. Depending on the manufacturer, the climate where you live, and how you drive your vehicle, they should last about 100,000 miles (around 6.5 years for the average driver). The number of glow plugs your vehicle has matches the number of cylinders it has (e.g., V6 has six; V8 has 8, etc.). However, you don’t have to replace them all in one go. Often, the fouled plug(s) can be replaced, and the others will keep going for thousands of miles.
Note: the above symptoms only apply to glow plugs in a diesel-powered vehicle; gasoline engines use spark plugs, which are not the same thing as glow plugs.
Where to get glow plugs replaced near Milwaukee?
Here at Hall Collision and Body Shop, we have Gold Class I-CAR certified technicians, making us one of the best places near Milwaukee to get your car repaired. We can handle all sorts of issues, from major accident repair and paint refinishing to glow plugs and oil changes, as well as everything in between. Take the hassle out of auto repair with Hall Collision and Body Shop.