Life time glow plug

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Hi NG

Do you have some experience of the life time of the glow plug?
I had to change mine after 5 month.
 

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I read in another group that putting a small hose clamp on the connector helps with the ground. Apparently it can come loose and cause issues.
 

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I’m still on my original. Absent something shorting it out, I would think it should last for years. The install is tricky at best and I can see how so many have had issues. Hope I didn’t just jinx myself. 😳
 

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I’m still on my original. Absent something shorting it out, I would think it should last for years. The install is tricky at best and I can see how so many have had issues. Hope I didn’t just jinx myself. 😳
Ditto...
 

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I’m still on my first one too. I‘ve been meaning to add a hose clamp but the ones I have from my brewing supplies were all too big.
 

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I think this post solved a problem I started having yesterday when I tried to use my SF. Could not get the SF to light up, put a clamp on the glow plug today and it seems to be running like normal again.

I could see the glow plug start to light up and then it would die. The outside temp is getting cold in WI. Wondering if it was losing contact as the glow plug started warming up.

Thanks to all of you for the great info this forum has provided.
 

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I’m building my 2gen EX6 in a couple days, so this mod seems easy to do from the get go. What size do I need, like a 1/2” hose clamp, bigger / smaller?
 

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Yes, I used a clamp that was 6-12mm. The glow plug is 1/2” where the contact overlaps.
 

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I was talking talking to Weber CS this morning about an ETA for my EX4 order here in Australia (later this week!!!!) and they advised that the glow plugs on the units released here will have a lifetime warranty.
 

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I was talking talking to Weber CS this morning about an ETA for my EX4 order here in Australia (later this week!!!!) and they advised that the glow plugs on the units released here will have a lifetime warranty.
It will be interesting to see if they are of a different design, or just the warranty is just “built into the price”....quite frankly, other than the questionable design of the attachment point to the holder, there really is no reason why a glow plug with correct grounding should not last for a very long time.
 

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Mine's at 9 months and still working. The screen keeps telling me I need to replace it but it's still working so I ignore the message and it keeps working. By the way, how does the system know the glow plug needs replacing? Does it measure resistance maybe?
 

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Mine's at 9 months and still working. The screen keeps telling me I need to replace it but it's still working so I ignore the message and it keeps working. By the way, how does the system know the glow plug needs replacing? Does it measure resistance maybe?
That was one of the early problems. You can go into the controller, find the plug setting, and reset it. That message should go away.
 

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I had to replace my controller recently due to a bad temp probe port. I am now getting a message that I need to change the glow plug soon. I assume this is a time\usage based message. Wonder how it knows the history since the controller was just replaced??? I am reluctant to replace the glow since I have not had any issues with it. I do have 2 spares on hand, thanks Weber! I'm just worried that I will change it and then start having problems, but also don't want to have it die during a cook. Hmmm. What to do?
 
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