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Member Since: 22 Sep 2010
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Could the Iid tool be used to run the FBH in a situation like this?- although it would be better used for what it's designed for and help find the real cause of poor starting, although even the Iid tool cannot test cylinder pressure's.
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Post #174190730th Nov 2016 5:50 pm
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Robbie wrote:
the FBH circulates watrer around the ECT sensor, fooling it into hot start mode even though the cylinder bores are cold.

Shocked but....but.... it starts without hesitation.....

Mind you it's running for a good 40 mins before I drive off in it.
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Post #174190830th Nov 2016 5:51 pm
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A bit of a follow up on my cold starting problems.

I conversed with Bodsy via several PMs and decided, for the money, I'd give the kit a go. As it happened he was in the delights of South Wales on a Friday so I wouldn't have to wait long. This was a stroke of luck as on Thursday, it was so cold I could not start the car at all and had to get the in laws to drop the kids offat school and I had to work from home.

Anyway, Bodsy turned up on Friday and fitted the kit. It's one of them Altox jobbies and there's another thread on here about them. I suspect I could have had a go myself but I'm pretty sure I'd have b***ered it up somehow. So to me, it was worth getting someone in who knew what he was doing.

Obviously Bodsy made the fitting look easy but there was a PITA factor of registering the SIM card, downloading apps, visiting websites, entering in unique device numbers, phone numbers and passwords. Thankfully he'd done that a few times as well and now all works like a dream.

I had a chance to test it on Saturday morning as we had another cold sub zero start to the day and after 30 minutes of running the FBH, it fired up first time. Personally, that's all I care about. I'm not ripping out a head and having stuck glowplugs drilled out because that's up to three weeks off the road, waiting for the head to be returned from a specialist and the cost is extortionate as well.

I'll give it a month and report back to let other s know how it's working out.
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It is still worth getting your plugs and injectors checked. If you are masking a problem it's best to know what it is.

Glow plugs are needed for engine efficiency, throttle response and low-down pickup. They are not just there for starting. Spending money on an FBH remote rather than diagnostics is potentially unwise. Given the reliability of the FBH, unless it has been serviced (unlikely), you are probably not out of the woods just yet.

And yes, I am sure Bodsy was keen to sell you something. Did he test your engine sensors, plugs and injectors?

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Post #17440984th Dec 2016 8:36 pm
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cold starting

I have a problem starting on cold mornings. Ive been told that its the glow plugs and they are a devil to get them out.
There are people who drill and re-tap them, that is an answer.

I hit upon a method, a bit heath robinson but here goes :-

I put my wifes hair dryer on max speed and heat and placed it under the bonnet on the left side pointing down. into the engine bay alongside the engine. Waited 5 mins and fired the engine up.

I know its a bit of a daft thing but it works especially as the temperature goes down to -1C

Hope this helps (Its a bit cheaper than the alternative).
Post #191907226th Feb 2018 11:49 am
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Tried and tested method. Also if you have long arms and RHD hold the hairdryer drier to the air intake while staring the engine.
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