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  1. #1
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    Default Glow Plug Question

    Hello, I am new to the forum, and had a question regarding a potential purchase. I posted this initially in the "Buying" Forum, but thought this might be the more appropriate place for the question.

    I am looking at buying a Mitsubishi MT180D three cylinder diesel tractor, and went to look at it yesterday. Upon inspecting the motor, I noticed that the wire going to one of the glow plugs had corroded to the point that it was no longer connected. I am new to diesels and don't know enough to understand how big of a problem that is. So here are my questions...

    1. If the tractor has been operating with only 2 of 3 glowplugs working, will that have someway damaged the motor? I understand that it would make it harder to start, but my concerns were more if that would cause issues in that third piston? I apologize if this is a dumb beginners question, it just got me worried a little.

    2. Generally speaking, will I need to replace the glowplug, or just the wiring connecting it to the next glow plug? If I have to replace the plug, I am assuming it is best to do all three at the same time? If I just have to replace the wiring, is that generic, or is it brand specific?

    Thanks in advance for any insights about this.

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    Elite Member Don87's Avatar
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    SW Pa.
    Massey Ferguson GC2400

    Default Re: Glow Plug Question

    1) will just make it harder to start.

    2) only replace the glow plug if it is bad, repair the wire .

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    Gold Member TraderMark's Avatar
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    Southeast Georgia
    Ford 1720

    Default Re: Glow Plug Question

    I vote with Don.
    Glow plugs are a start aid, nothing more.


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    Northwest, WA

    Default Re: Glow Plug Question

    For replacement, 10-8 gauge wire and some crimps will justify.
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