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Old October 1st, 2014, 03:37 PM
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As winter gets closer, I am beginning to worry about driving my D90, could somebody mention what I could do/apply to protect the undercarriage? and also, I can see my Diesel engine has the glow tips installed, to help with ignition during cold weather, but I don't see a lamp indicating they are getting warm, are those working all the time to heat up the piston chambers? thank you for any comments!
There are a lots of different underbody things you can put on. Check out the local auto parts store.

As to the glow plugs, what engine do you have and was it original?
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There are a lots of different underbody things you can put on. Check out the local auto parts store.

As to the glow plugs, what engine do you have and was it original?
Thank you John for your kind comment,

I believe it is original, it is a turbo 4 cylinder Diesel, 87, are there different types? it always takes a bit to get it running, but never used it in Winter, this will be the first time, so I think I need to make sure those glowing tips are actually heating,
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I believe that the 2.5TD uses manually controlled glow plugs. There is a spot on the ignition switch between "on" and "start" that turns on the glow plugs. A light will come on the dash indicating they are getting power. The light probably looks like a choke symbol. It will NEED glowing. These engines like a lot of glow.
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The orange light, bottom right is the glow plug light, or should be....
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The orange light, bottom right is the glow plug light, or should be....
THAT is awesome information, thank you!
So, let's say it is a cold morning, you turn the key to this point and wait a bit before cranking?
More than you would in normal temperature, right?
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As winter gets closer, I am beginning to worry about driving my D90, could somebody mention what I could do/apply to protect the undercarriage? and also, I can see my Diesel engine has the glow tips installed, to help with ignition during cold weather, but I don't see a lamp indicating they are getting warm, are those working all the time to heat up the piston chambers? thank you for any comments!
waxoyl treatment is one of the best preventatives. others have used wd40 sprayed everywhere.

a good practice is to make sure you routinely hose off the entire undercarriage periodically and in spring to remove salt.

glow plugs are on a timer and only come on during initial key turn for less than a minute. if your lamp is not working you could the wire feeding the 4 glow plugs with a test lamp to make sure they are getting 12v

------ Follow up post added October 1st, 2014 04:24 PM ------

disregard my glowplug guidance, since you do not have a tdi.
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THAT is awesome information, thank you!
So, let's say it is a cold morning, you turn the key to this point and wait a bit before cranking?
More than you would in normal temperature, right?
The colder it gets, the more you glow. It should start on the first revolution of the engine. If it does not, then give it more glow. Like, I say, they like a low of glow time, so don't be stingy.
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The colder it gets, the more you glow. It should start on the first revolution of the engine. If it does not, then give it more glow. Like, I say, they like a low of glow time, so don't be stingy.
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X2 on Krud Kutter. A cleaner could nearly dissolve a body with that stuff. It says it can prevent as well, but I'd stick with the tried and true Waxoyl for that.
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I've used these products for several years, especially after frame repairs. The internal frame coating aerosol comes with a rosebud tip on the end of the applicator hose, so coverage is pretty good.

PSA: Strongly recommend laying down plastic or cardboard as it will run out of the lowest points, onto one's recently scrubbed shop floor, staying there with amazing endurance, for what seems like forever.....
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