Citroen Xsara Picasso starting /glow plug problem

2006 Citroen Xsara Picasso Problem

CarCitroen Xsara Picasso 1.6 hdi
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The glow plug light never comes on , even at -3 deg C . The engine smokes for about 15 secs after it does reluctantly start . The smoke is white . The car runs like a dream once it has started . If i disconnect the water temp sensor wire then the glow plug light comes on and the engine starts with no smoke . I have changed the temperature sensor twice but this changes nothing . I know that the glow plug management system takes some info from the water temp sensor , but why it should work when i disconnect this sensor beats me .
I have also changed all 4 glow plugs .
Any thoughts please ?
Problem Category
Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights

Solution 1
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11923 | View Garage
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Checked for power at glow plus , checked relay ?

Posted on Thursday 5th of January 2017
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Solution 2
paulieone | Driver | Since: Aug 2009 | Posts: 4 | Fixes: 1634 | View Garage
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It has to be really cold with these direct injection engines before the glow plugs actually come into play.
I wonder if you might have a dribbly injector or injector fault causing the problem.It might be worth having a leak off check carried out.It might be worth looking at adding an additive to your tank as well this time of year especially if you regularly use supermarket fuel

Posted on Thursday 5th of January 2017
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p thompson | Driver | Since: Jan 2017 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 0 | View Garage
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when I am driving and about to turn my steering wheel becomes very tight it feel like my power steering has gone if I stop and wait a few minits it is back to normal for a short while

Posted on Saturday 7th of January 2017
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