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 Post subject: Re: glow plug timing, ignition on off more than once
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:05 pm 
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I am pretty sure that the glow plug controller is a 12 volt relay.

I understand why you want the grid heater tied into the glow plug relay but it seems needlessly complicated.
Why not just use the grid heater as a pre heater for those really cold mornings.
Turn the grid heater on for X number of secons, then off.
Attempt to start the engine, then turn it back on when necessary.

Eventually you will figure out the best ways to operate it and can modify the circuit if necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: glow plug timing, ignition on off more than once
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:34 am 
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flash7210 wrote:
I am pretty sure that the glow plug controller is a 12 volt relay.

I understand why you want the grid heater tied into the glow plug relay but it seems needlessly complicated.
Why not just use the grid heater as a pre heater for those really cold mornings.
Turn the grid heater on for X number of secons, then off.
Attempt to start the engine, then turn it back on when necessary.

Eventually you will figure out the best ways to operate it and can modify the circuit if necessary.


Yes, I'm sure I can figure out the best way to operate it, but this is my wife's daily driver. I want to make this as simple as possible. But......maybe you are correct. Maybe this is needlessly complicated and operating the glow plugs and grid heater simultaneously make not be a problem.

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 Post subject: Re: glow plug timing, ignition on off more than once
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:48 am 
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flash7210 wrote:
I am pretty sure that the glow plug controller is a 12 volt relay.

Not sure exactly what's inside our controller but given the level of diagnostics we have available it's almost certainly not a simple on/off relay like the old days. Modern controllers are quite sophisticated and use a PWM signal from the ECM to optimise the glow plug voltage allowing rapid initial ramp up and accurate steady state control. They also provide phased switching of the individual plugs so that no more than one of them switch on or off at the same time thus spreading the load and minimising electrical noise. Finally the module manages monitoring and failure detection passing the results back to the ECM as a serial data stream.

The signal between the ECM and GP module is 5V and will not be able to drive an external relay without additional buffering and signal conditioning to convert the PWM to a steady level.

Here's an example of the type of device that Bosch is likely integrating into the controller module http://www.st.com/web/catalog/sense_pow ... 7/PF151746

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 Post subject: Re: glow plug timing, ignition on off more than once
PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:32 pm 
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After a year of double and triple glow to start, I replaced glow plugs at 212,000K with 7v etecno drop-ins. To my great surprise all 4 came out with very little effort, fully intact. Thanks to fuel additive for 3 months prior they were very clean. This morning 1 glow and start. This is the way it used to work;)


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