Hi all, Just hoping someone can put my mind at ease before splashing out on something that I'm sure is the main fault with my car.
I have a Seat Ibiza 1.9tdi (90) that wouldn't start the other morning. It finally decided to fire up after a dozen attempts but soon died at the first roundabout I came to. After that it wouldn't start again.. draining the battery in the process.
Once it was towed back to the house it started later on.. and has started over the past week each attempt without fail (at least 2 dozen attempts) but on last nights attempt I managed to start it about 8 times then it decided to start playing up again. What I have noticed is that the glow plug light in the dash won't slow at all leading up to the non starting moment. If I turn the key back and forth until the glow plug light shows, then it starts perfectly.
At this point I would consider buying a set of glow plugs (the old ones have now done 243k!)but would this be a wise move considering it died approaching a roundabout? Can glow plugs still be the cause of a car stopping once it's actually running? Or could it be an electrical fault?
I have ordered a fuel filter (fitting it today as it's long overdue) but I'm thinking it's more likely to be the glow plugs. I would go as far as the filter and glow plugs but I don't want to go throwing money at it. Before it gets scrapped I'm thinking that it might be worth the cost of these items before calling it a day. The local dealer is £65+vat an hour and it could easily run up to 3-400 quid and find nothing. Do any of you guys know if it's possible for a car to spit the dummy mid-drive due to faulty glow plugs or do they only get used (and needed) for the initial start up?