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Starting A TDI
We are proud new owners of a 2004 TDI Jetta. I have a starting question. We let the glow plugs heat up until the light goes out, then turn the ignition. On days over 40 degrees F it usually fires right up, but on days in the 20 or 30's degrees F it seems to have a harder time starting. Is this normal? Is it ok, to keep the starter cranking for about 5 seconds? What normal? Should we have it looked at?
Once car is warmed up it starts and drives better than anything we have ever owned, but we are a bit concerned about the cold mornings. It kinda sputters and even smokes a bit. Any help is appreciated.