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Old 07-19-2010, 02:55 AM   #1
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Cold weather tips?

hey guys,

i just ordered a block heater cord and a cold weather front for my truck and since i have a little money i want to get all the winter "goodies" to make my truck run smooth in winter.

What should i buy?

are there certain brands that are better than others?

can i run a diesel additive and 2 stroke oil or would that mess stuff up?

thanks guys

ANY input would be appreciated

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#1 switch to lightweight synthetic like 5w40
#2 use a quality anti-gel/anti-waxing additive (howes, standadyne, optilube)
#3 plug the darn thing in, this is going to give the biggest bennefit, warm engine coolant is always good, and make sure to let your grid heater to cycle completely before starting, I never had a problem starting my 05 even at -35f
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5w-40? really? that seems a little too thin.
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The first thing I did was install a pair of battery warmer blankets, I have them installed with the cords plugged into an extension cord with three openings and plugged the block heater in as well. I have drilled holes in the rad shroud, 1/4 inch and tied it all securely. the plug goes out at the tow hitch in the winter and is tucked back, in the warmer weather. Warm batteries work well, cold ones do not.
If you go threw the start procedure, and it does not start in ten seconds, stop and wait for a full minute, very hard to do, you want to keep going. After a full minute do the procedure and the fuel that was injected earlier should have heated and will give you the kick needed to start. Never touch the throttle. If you have a factory auto start use it.
I do not use the synthetic oil, in my LMM and I live in the mountains, but if you want to it may help. It has never been proven the me it is a benefit except on initial start up. I do use it in all my Gas motors. I change my oil early and use good filters.
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i live in the wonderful land of retarded illinois. so not THAT cold. last winter i had my ole 6.5l chevy and it got down to around -30 wind chill a few times. who knows. im just saying like below say 20*
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Go for 5W40 syntec, valvoline blue with the cummins logo is now available in 5W40 also you can add a oil pan heater and that way you`ll be almost ready for Alaska`s winter...
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There is a big range between -30*F and 20*F but the area I live in gets to about 10*F for long periods (several days) with spurts (12-24hrs) down to about 5*F below zero.

I have battery blankets, grill cover, block heater plugged in, and 15w40 synthetic oil and I have zero problems. At those temps if the truck sits less than 24hrs I have no issues even if I don't plug in the truck.
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Sorry realized my typo today. I run 5w40 synthetic, not 15w40.
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