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BuffaloBill
Apr-18-2010 @ 2:44 PM                           Permalink
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Can anyone tell me if the glow plug on my old heater,
(a Webasto HL32) should actually 'glow' as joining
it direct to a battery only produces smoke and no glow! As a mechanic, I know that car glow plugs go
red with the heat when done this way.
The heater has been a bit troublesome of late and
now that we have a new one fitted, it gives me time
to sort it and then offer it for sale on here when I'm satisfied that it works OK. Any help would be
very much appreciated.
Cheers.
Bill

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Apr-18-2010 @ 7:34 PM                           Permalink
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Bill,
Don't know anything technical about these heaters or if the glow plug heats to red.
I have the same heater as you and a couple of weeks ago it would not fire up.
It was only extracting grey smoke,according to the manual this gave voltage as being an issue,  too high or low i don't know.
But as my batteries had been on charge and were full the next time i went to the boat i took the batteries off charge and used different appliancies until the batteries  had charge taken out of them, turned heater on and it has worked all week-end.
My friend spoke to JPC BRUNDALL and they e-mailed him some fault finding. I have since deleated it but a phone call to them may help 01603 784884.

Hope this helps, also there is a reset pin on the top under a rubber grommit.

All the best
Malcolm


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And also it recomends firing up your engine to help start the heating of to get max power into the heater plug.

I'm loving' it

clive

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my mate tested my glo plugs on sunday and said they should glow like an electric toaster when on

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Thanks for the replies.
   You all seem to think along my lines too as to
it 'glowing'! I put it straight across a battery
and all it would do was smoke!! When put back in
the heater all it did was fill my garage where I had
set it up for testing with smoke...along with the
carport....drive....You get the picture!!
Have now ordered a new one and when I'm happy
with the way it works, I will offer it up for sale
on here first. Should suit a boat around 30ft or so.
Cheers.
Bill.

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Hi Everyone

OK glow plugs come in two types and they are either a basic wire element or a ceramic rod.
The first will glow red and I think that is the type you will have - problem 1.
If the second type they go sort of grey/white.
The normal failure of most heaters is the burner mat inside which is like is where the diesel goes and the plug ignites and on the burn starting there is normally something to sense its start up like a photo cell.
You could have a flooded burner or even failed one.
You are supposed to service most heaters after about 500 running hours but thats a strip down and in some casesyou need to set the burn for CO2.

When they work they are great  - when they fail bin it and fit a propex (gas heater)

Propex about £650.

Sell your old one on ebay as spares



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We fell foul of the glow plug failing onboard 'B.A' once, those very helpfull folk from Mikuni posted one up to us on an overnight/next day delivery, in fact I got two and now carry a spare onboard. This of course now means that the one currently fitted will never fail/let me down and the spare will be permanently redundant  Playful Wink


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I had a brand new Ebby fitted and never had any problems whilst i had the boat ,should i ever be in the position again ,and after knowing now what i did not know then ? - i would go down the gas route providing i had enough room for two bottles in the gas locker , i would also be inclined to have some form of catalytic heater as a back up and for those times when you need warmth - but you could do without the noise ,the ticking noise from the pump of a diesel system used to drive me mad .everybody of course will have there own opinion - but thats just mine

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Well Gas for me personally would be the very last resort.

The ticking from the pumps can be a problem I do agree, but with a bit of cunning and forethought that can be reduced. We used to suffer from the ticking horrendously onboard, it is much better now and after our latest mod (still on our snagging list) should be sorted once and for all. Then I'll post up details and everyone will have no excuses to put up with the blasted ticking ever again.  Mind you in spring/summer/autumn ours is never on overnight anyway.


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I love the ticking sound.
It proves things are working and drowns out Daphne 's moans to me !  Tinhat

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All rubber eber pump brackets are supposed to help with the ticking.

Ebay item

HTH

David

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