Glow plugs and fuel filter done today, nice easy Saturday morning job
Gotta say the glow plugs were easier than I expected... Have seen the horror stories of them being seized, connectors breaking, snapping off in the head etc.
Got back from taking the dog for a walk on the moor, hit the top of the plugs with some penetrating spray oil while everything was still nice and hot, popped into the garage to fetch my tools, popped the electrical caps off no trouble, then just span them out of the head with a 9mm deep socket and 3/8ths ratchet... No drama, no tightness, nothing!
Plugs 3 and 4 had some white buildup on the ends of them, and the electrical connector for plug 4 looked oily/dirty so I reckon that's what was causing the errors... But I manged to pick up 4xBosch plugs for cheap so figured I'd swap the 8-9 year old originals out..
New plugs back in with a smear of copper anti-sieze grease on the threads and shaft, nipped up to just snug by hand, connectors back on (after a good clean up with contact cleaner), and she fires up with no error!
Fuel filter went swimmingly, except that bloody retaining spring clip for the bottom sensor... 66% of the times I've done this job it's gone pinging off down the back of the engine bay, and I end up spending more time looking for it and fishing it out than the combined time I spent actually doing the other jobs...
Oil/Oil filter and Air filter tomorrow, and then on for another 12k