fiat ducato 2007 cold start problems

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  1. georgie boy

    georgie boy Funster

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    Hi all just seeing if anyone can help me regarding my fiat ducato motorhome. the problem is had engine management lights coming on telling me problem with the glow plugs and also throttle control valve ect. went to a local garage and found out two of my glow plugs had been broken. so had to go to a engineer in Preston to have the glow plugs drilled out which went well thank God. decided to have 4 new glow plugs fitted while he was doing the job. and also had the throttle control valve replaced also. when the job was done he plugged the engine up to the machine which detects all the problems and a presto all engine management problems went of and the van was running fine again. the main problem was always starting the van in the morning used to turn over for long time before it would fire up but once started it would start all day long on the first turn of the key. but as soon as I left the van overnight it would be the same problem next morning turning over and over again until it fired up. after having the glow plugs ect changed it started to fire up first turn of the key. for about 4 days but now it has gone back to lazy starting again every morning, and there is no engine management lights coming up on the dashboard. running out of ideas anyone had the same problem or any advise please.
    Regards George
     
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    Is your battery unable to retain charge overnight thus causing luck of cranking power which then ratifies itself after a run and a change from the alternator so it starts easily during the dy but then looses charge again overnight. Its probably worth getting the battery tested, at least you could discount that if its ok or replace it off not.
     
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    I had the same problem, first start in the morning it used to turn for ages before it would fire and then would start with a cloud of smoke, rest of the day it would start first turn of the key. It turned out to be the battery, although it didn't sound like it was struggling, replaced that and everything was fine
     
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    Seems like a drain back problem.
     
  5. tinkering

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    Simple test
    You need a multimeter
    And a friend
    Set the meter to 12volts connect the + lead to the power wire on the top of the heater plug... Connect the - lead to earth the engine block

    Get your friend to turn the ignition on (not trying to start the engine) you should get a volt reading no reading. no power New heater plugs will not work
     
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