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  1. 2004 E60 525D Diesel Pre-heater Indicator 
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    I have an E60 525D (2004), I have noticed there doesn't appear to be a pre-heater indicator light in the dash warning light area. The user manual talks about one but does not show one on the pages that describe the various warning lights. There are glow plugs fitted, so how do I know when the pre-heating phase has completed without the indicator light, do I just guess before starting the car.
     
     

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    It's instant start...that's how quick the glow plugs warm up . The only time you will see this coil symbol is when it is extremely cold or you start the car after a few days being idle. Even then, it will be momentary.
     
     

  4. 2004 E60 525D Diesel Pre-heater Indicator 
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    Thanks for the reply. The car does not have the Heating Coil indicator amongst the dash indicator lights that most diesels have. The car certainly starts instantaneously when the outside temp is not too cold (approx 8 deg.C and above). However with outside temps below say 3 deg.C the engine still fires up very quickly but with a heavy clatter for about 2-3 secs. Is this normal ?
     
     

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    Yes, sounds normal. I've been experiencing the same lately. There is also something in my handbook about holding the accelerator pedal half way down in difficult conditions.
     
     

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    Hmm, could try that next time on a very cold start
     
     

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    The coil heater indicator is not a dedicated lamp either, it just flashes up on the digital screen inbetween the dials when it is in use but it is only for an instant!
     
     

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    Thanks for the tip, I'll keep an eye out for it.
     
     

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