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    Hi Guys.

    Less than a year ago I started a thread on the Triton 2.5's that do not start as quickly as I would prefer them too.

    Now that my Triton is experiencing its 1st Gauteng winter, its even more noticeable. When my Colt's glow control relay started giving problems, I simply bypassed it and glowed the plugs manually.

    That Colt of mine use to start when I glowed the plugs for up to 10 seconds or so when one had barely touched the key. It was really amazing.

    It made me happy.

    I'm thinking about doing the same to the Triton. I've considered glowing the plugs 2 or three times but realized that there is some time delay gadget at work that prohibits this.

    Once you turn the ignition of and on again to reglow, nothing happens. I know this for a fact because you can clearly hear the audible clack in the passenger footwell when the relay opens and closes. When you try to do this a 2nd time there is nothing. I waited about a minute and then tried to start. White smoke everywhere after about 8 seconds of cranking, what a disaster.

    Only way around this seems to be to remove the key, activating the immobilizer and then deactivating it. But this kinda defeats the purpose as by the time the plugs are fired up again, the combustion chaimber had lost the heat from the 1st glow. This makes me wonder and worry a bit.

    Sooooooooooooooooooooo my question is, is the glow control relay somehow connected and / or controlled by the vehicle's computer, and would I screw something up if I bypassed it? Why did the relay not close after I turned the ignition of and on again?

    I wish the glow plugs were as easy to test as are the non common rail enigine's I took one look when I intended to remove them one by one to test and see if one or more may be faulty and immediately gave it up for a bad idea. Looks like you need specialized tools.

    Any fresh ideas
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    What I do to solve the starting problem is to leave the ignition on the on position until the seat belt buzzer goes off, it starts much easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenhorn View Post
    What I do to solve the starting problem is to leave the ignition on the on position until the seat belt buzzer goes off, it starts much easier
    I have found this to worrk for me too, starts after about 2 seconds.


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    I am quite surprized at the starting problems as mine never takes longer than 1 to 2 secs. The only time I did experience difficult starting was when the battery water was low. I dont know the kilos on your vehicles, but mine has 50k on the clock now, maybe problems start later. Hope you guys sort your problems out as this is really a awesome machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenhorn View Post
    What I do to solve the starting problem is to leave the ignition on the on position until the seat belt buzzer goes off, it starts much easier
    The seatbelt buzzer is merely another indication on when more or less you could expect the relay to open the circuit. Same with the amber glowplug indicator. When it switches of if doesn't mean the plugs has as well.

    Once you hear the relay deactivating the engine looses heat immediately as that is obviously when power to the plugs are cut.

    The best time to start it is immediately after or simultaneously with it shutting of. Still not quick enough for me though.

    Any Triton owners pulled their own plugs yet? Specialised tools necessary?
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    Nico, myne het nog nooit die probleem gegee nie ( touch wood). Ek start sodra die vark stertjie afgaan. En hy start quick quick, sonder voet op die pedaal...
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    Dankie vir al die insette boys, maar niemand antwoord my vrae regtig nie. Baie bly as julle bakkies great start, ek is nie happy met myne nie en hy doen maar dieselfde as julle sin.

    Dis net moeiliker in die winter, en ek weet dat kan beter. Dis hoekom ek die vrae vra soos bo.

    Dankie in elkgeval.
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    Just thinking aloud...


    Similar to the shocks on the imported models could it be that the glow-plugs are not up to the job on the 2.5's? If a person could get plugs that glow warmer for instance would that not help?

    I dunno about fiddling with the relay. The glow times on the Triton seems to be a bit more "intelligent" (more ECU intervention) than they were on the Colts. Same observation as you had about it not firing for a second time... Can't help you there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobus2.5DID View Post
    Just thinking aloud...


    Similar to the shocks on the imported models could it be that the glow-plugs are not up to the job on the 2.5's? If a person could get plugs that glow warmer for instance would that not help?

    I dunno about fiddling with the relay. The glow times on the Triton seems to be a bit more "intelligent" (more ECU intervention) than they were on the Colts. Same observation as you had about it not firing for a second time... Can't help you there.
    My sentiments exactly!

    But the engine will start better if one can figure out how to glow them longer. Guaranteed.

    But ECU intervention is what is halting me currently. This is the issue that prompted me to start the thread and thus the question I seek answers for.
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