New glow plugs?

jetta
volkswagen

#1

Today the glow plug light started flashing in my '09 Jetta TDI. I stopped at a dealer to explain what happened and find out what could be the cause. The guy said I might just need new plugs. Unfortunately he wasn’t able or willing to say how much this might cost. Anyone out there know? Or know what else it could be? I’m a broke teacher and student so a low price would be helpful!


#2

AutohausAZ has a Kit with 4 glow plugs and a matching relay for $97 with free shipping. There is a u-tube video showing installation. The VW dealer would be more expensive.


#3

The dealer wouldn’t give you a cost estimate? That’s nuts. Doesn’t your owners manual say what the flashing light means?


#4

I would think the OP did not get a cost because until the vehicle is checked and the real problem found a estimate repair guess could just cause problems if it was something else.


#5

But ‘how much to replace 4 glow plugs’ is very straightforward. They could add ‘if that’s the problem’ to the end.


#6

Sadly, I’m not mechanically inclined. And we aren’t allowed to work on our cars at my apartment complex.


#7

Yep. That’s it.


#8

Do you have a friend that has the tools and a place that you could change the glow plugs?


#9

Looks like a simple job:
http://www.myturbodiesel.com/wiki/glow-plug-removal-and-replacement-on-tdi/

But HOLD ON! According to this discussion, the flashing glow plug light could be caused by a burned out brake light or bad brake switch…?!?
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=149971


#10

Interesting. There’s a recall on the ABS. The dealer is going to fix that. Could they be related?


#11

I wish. Not since I moved here. Just a bunch of teachers who are more clueless than me.
:confused:


#12

You may want to do some searching on VW forums, like VWVortex, TDIClub, thesamba, etc. I bet there are folks that have had this exact problem.


#13

Maybe the other teachers have husbands, wives, or children (teens or older, or course) that could do the glow plug replacement. My wife is a teacher and I would be glad to help her friends at work if they needed it. I would even happily help my daughter’s friends at her school if they needed help. Her husband would probably get the call first, though.