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Old 10-19-2009, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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plug truck in?

How vital is it to plug the truck in over winter? In my apartment complex there's really no way I can run a cord out to my truck, is there any other option? Or is plugging it in not absolutely necessary? I used to plug in my last truck but noticed little to no difference. Any input is appreciated. Thanks

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Old 10-19-2009, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I cant plug it in either cause im in college. just make sure you leave enough time after you finally get it started to warm up a little before driving. Mine usually gets pretty hard to start around single digit temps but it will start. just a little play with the pedal and starter. White smoke galore but it clears up.
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Old 10-19-2009, 05:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It helps with starting as we all know how much frigid air effects the starting sequence. By plugging in your block heater, it keeps the coolant warm, thus maintaining a good temp all around the engine. You can help this if you are unable to plug it in by turning the key and engaging the intake grid heater (the wait to start comes on) wait about 15 seconds or so and turn the key back off and restart the grid heater by once again turning the key. this will heat the air more than a single key turn and make it easier to start in cold weather. Also if you dont already, it would be a good idea to use a diesel additive that prevents gelling and boosts cetane.
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Just make sure you have good batteries and cycle the heaters twice when it gets real cold and you'll be ok.
Beware if you are in underground parking, you might smoke the whole place up.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input guys. I am not in underground parking thankfully so I shouldn't smoke everyone out.

In terms of the additive, I was going to buy Stanadyne (blue label) as it was what I used on my Duramax with great success. Is it just as good on the Cummins or should I wander a different route (I feel that a search is in my future...)?

Also appreciate the tip on the cycling the heaters. Batteries both look reasonably new but I will probably test them before winter gets in full swing.

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Old 10-20-2009, 08:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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How cold does it get where your at?
you should fill out you signature in the User CP tab
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Thanks for the input guys. I am not in underground parking thankfully so I shouldn't smoke everyone out.

In terms of the additive, I was going to buy Stanadyne (blue label) as it was what I used on my Duramax with great success. Is it just as good on the Cummins or should I wander a different route (I feel that a search is in my future...)?

Also appreciate the tip on the cycling the heaters. Batteries both look reasonably new but I will probably test them before winter gets in full swing.

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I would imagine alot of additives are pretty much the same, but my family and friends all agree this has the best sucess in all our trucks. Power Service Products, diesel fuel additives, prevent gelling, clean injectors, disperse water, boost cetane, reduce emissions, improve fuel economy add this and cycle the heater grid as I said above and you'll always have a good start
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't plug either one of mine in and they both start great down to lower teens. I don't think plugging in is really necessary until you start getting a lot colder.
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I would imagine alot of additives are pretty much the same, but my family and friends all agree this has the best sucess in all our trucks. Power Service Products, diesel fuel additives, prevent gelling, clean injectors, disperse water, boost cetane, reduce emissions, improve fuel economy add this and cycle the heater grid as I said above and you'll always have a good start
Awesome thank you. That is very widely available around me so that's even better...

I'll round out my sig to help In the meantime, I'm in NJ and the coldest it got last winter was about a week of temps in the low teens high single digits. Other than that, nothing brutal by any means compared to other parts of North America...

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Skip the additives. And it should fire up just fine in less than zero temps. If its REAL cold go ahead and plug it in, otherwise just fire it up and let it warm up 15 minutes or so and shes good to go
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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in the tech articles,is one on the espar diesel fired heaters, diesels like to be warm when they start in cold weather, also look into a lighter weight synthetic diesel engine oil for the winter
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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when it is and was 45 degrees here i was and still am pluging it in at night, in the morning i dont have to wait for it to warm up and i have instant heat in the cab so i would recomend pluggin it in if you can.
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