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Old 07-21-2021, 01:18 PM
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Glow plug error

Hi everyone,

Like many I've had the glow plug error for #5 plug. I've read a lot of posts on this and decided to just replace the glow plug module and see if that worked (as it has for others). I found a video for replacing it without removing the inlet manifold and decided to give it a go. The guy in the video makes it look easy. It was a pain in the arse and took me a couple of hours. But, it worked and my fault code is gone. It's doable but patience is required

Here's the video I used.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXGnK8UVTF0
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Glow plug error

If never replaced; Check your engine ground cable.

X5d located on DS engine mount to bottom of frame
Mine at 99k

The Glow plug code showed up right before a no start adventure. (DIY replacement on left)



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Old 07-22-2021, 11:03 AM
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Thanks Bandit4X4, I'll have to have a look at that. I'm doing the thermostat this weekend.
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Also replace my glow plug controller a month ago. Had fault code on glow plug 1. Did the same as you changed controller without removing intake. Three hours but got it done. Wasted 30 mins trying to find a socket I dropped into the engine bay. Definitely a pain in the arse….

What temps is your thermostat getting to prompt you to change it?
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Old 07-22-2021, 05:46 PM
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Also replace my glow plug controller a month ago. Had fault code on glow plug 1. Did the same as you changed controller without removing intake. Three hours but got it done. Wasted 30 mins trying to find a socket I dropped into the engine bay. Definitely a pain in the arse….

What temps is your thermostat getting to prompt you to change it?
I dropped one of the bloody nuts from the controller and spent ages trying to find it

My temps are only getting in the low 70s. Everything I've read points to around 88 deg C.
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Old 07-22-2021, 11:17 PM
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If never replaced; Check your engine ground cable.

X5d located on DS engine mount to bottom of frame
Mine at 99k

The Glow plug code showed up right before a no start adventure. (DIY replacement on left)



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That 'replacement' seems much stiffer and will concentrate stress at the two crimps. Id bet a quick failure.



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I dropped one of the bloody nuts from the controller and spent ages trying to find it

My temps are only getting in the low 70s. Everything I've read points to around 88 deg C.
So far my coolant temp is running 79-82 so trying to decide when to thermostat. Had to do spring fix for egr so thinking of replacing egr and thermostat at same time.

So far this year fixed 1) active tank bosch heater/level sensor part replacement and 2) glow plug controller.

Thinking of doing front stabilizer links and tension struts.
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Old 07-27-2021, 02:12 PM
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For $180 I'd replace the 6 glow plugs at the time of the module -



For what its worth, BMW was backordered with no ETA on the module, and FCP was out with no ETA for the Beru (OE), as well as the Genuine module-



I purchased my glow plug module (Genuine) from TuneMyEuro, and my Bosch glow plugs from FCP Euro


I am doing them preventatively while the manifold is off, no codes etc- Don't want to open it up twice for a while
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For $180 I'd replace the 6 glow plugs at the time of the module -
Given that the intake manifold was not coming off there was no need, or desire, to replace all 6 glow plugs. After replacing the module the error code disappeared. Hence, the fault was in the module not the glow plug. If I ever take the manifold off then I would likely replace the glow plugs.
I ordered my OE module from ECS tuning.
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That 'replacement' seems much stiffer and will concentrate stress at the two crimps. Id bet a quick failure.



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