Lately my B2500 suddenly got hard starting, I know this symptom from before, problem with the glow plugs.
So without thinking, punta ako Binondo where there is a large supplier (Isuzu Parts of Benavidez St.) of Kitahara glow plugs (my preferred brand) and who claims to be the importer.
The original specs call for a PZ-30 series glow plug pero na-ubusan na sila. So I settled on a set of PZ-35 plugs. The salesman signed the boxes and off I went to install them.
Next day, ganun pa din, hard starting pa din, even with the new plugs. So I checked the entire glow system. Turned out that the glow relay had burned out.
Bumili ako so Ford Master sa Banawe ng replacement for a KIA van, salpak naman and even the terminals match the B2500.
Kinabit ko yung bagong relay and tried it out, lo and behold - hard starting pa din!
I checked the terminals and they had burned out - so I replaced the wiring and terminals (which are a large type and difficult to find - I bought them at the outrageous price of Php 20 each at Wizzard).
After I had done all that, medyo suko na din ako and I prepared to bring the thing to an old electrician friend of mine in Cubao - called West Crame Auto Electrical (look for Mang Jessie).
Just before I left I resolved to by-pass all the wiring and clamped the positive supply of my battery charger to the positive rail nut of the glow plugs and the negative supply to the closest bolt head on the cylinder head - di dapat uminit na yung mga bagong glow plugs - BUT to my surprise - NOTHING HAPPENED!!!
I dismantled the so-called "NEW" glow plugs and what do you know - PATAY LAHAT!!!
I installed the old glow plugs (Kitahara 12 volt PZ-30's from Fordmaster) and the damn thing fired up in 5 seconds flat.
It turns out the glow plugs were fine, only the relay and the terminals were bad, the malfunctioning "NEW" plugs had fooled me all along.
After all that, I took the useless "NEW" glow plugs back to Isuzu Parts (from Fairview to Binondo pa) and asked for replacement or refund. They made me wait an hour and then told me that the owner was in a meeting so I went to have lunch.
After lunch I went back to Isuzu Parts and the owner told me that the store policy is No Return, No Exchange for electrical parts - kahit dalhin mo pa ito sa Bureau of Trade and Industry!!!
He even got insulting and patronizing after that. I will not repeat what he said but suffice to say he has very poor customer relations.
He said he has this shop run by a Japanese engineer in A. Bonifacio and I had to have my vehicle inspected by him to see what happened.
If the Japanese did not find anything wrong he would even charge me a service and an inspection fee.
He made me a fan of the death penalty that day, and fulfilled every bad cliche of the abusive Chinese merchant - and I'm Chinese!!!
This person is one of the worst people I have ever met - I am telling this story so that you do not suffer like I did.
This was not a very happy new year for me.
PS - sa EB I will bring samples of my diesel fuel addy for trials and some for sale.