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post #1 of 29 Old 12-23-2013, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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cold weather issues

I'm in iowa visiting family and the wind chill is -30 right now. I put diesel kleen (arctic formula) in and after going to the gym the check engine light came on then low fuel pressure and reduced power. It's been plugged in the last 2 hours and I just went to try it and no luck. Same warnings.

Any other suggestions? Its supposed to warm up in a couple days but no vehicle is a pain. I couldn't imagine dealing with this regularly in cold weather so I hope it's something I'm missing.

Also, will the check engine light reset when it warms up?

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First of all if its that cold in the area you live, your fuel stations should have winter fuel?? (Which won't gel until a much lower temp).

Next your block heater only warms up engine oil and coolant. Not fuel.

If you can find a fuel station with winter blend fuel and fill up, you should be in the clear.

Yes once fuel is no longer gelled, your engine light and warnings will clear.










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Usually the gel will end up in the fuel filters. Replace and see if she will start.
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I could not imagine them not having winter fuel here. I filled up here a couple days ago.

Also, I agree about being plugged in not warming fluids, just figured it's still better than not doing such.

I'll see how it works tomorrow/weds and if it's still an issue I will chamge fuel filters.

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Got to go haul a dead one home this morning. Dad took off last night to shop in -5 weather without treatment in his 6.7L and gelled about 11 pm. He got some 911 and got it another 15miles. Got it into a Ford dealer last night, but their shop is closed today and they refuse to let us get it in to change the filters ourselves.

I bought him a set of new fuel filters a couple weeks ago, but he refused to change them. Local Ford mechanic told him they should be changed at 15-20K. He only puts about 10K per year on the truck.

I told him that the mechanic won't be the one dead on the side of the road with a diesel truck.

Change the filters in November every year and you might have a chance in the winter.

I am waiting for it to get above zero before taking my truck out to tow his back home.

Leave your diesels at home if it is below zero. Sorry for the harsh tone, but this stuff always takes people by surprise. The fuel suppliers do not sell #1 diesel, so we are stuck with whatever crap is in their tanks in December. Seems like later in the winter the cold snaps don't affect as many people.
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Got to go haul a dead one home this morning. Dad took off last night to shop in -5 weather without treatment in his 6.7L and gelled about 11 pm. He got some 911 and got it another 15miles. Got it into a Ford dealer last night, but their shop is closed today and they refuse to let us get it in to change the filters ourselves.

I bought him a set of new fuel filters a couple weeks ago, but he refused to change them. Local Ford mechanic told him they should be changed at 15-20K. He only puts about 10K per year on the truck.

I told him that the mechanic won't be the one dead on the side of the road with a diesel truck.

Change the filters in November every year and you might have a chance in the winter.

I am waiting for it to get above zero before taking my truck out to tow his back home.

Leave your diesels at home if it is below zero. Sorry for the harsh tone, but this stuff always takes people by surprise. The fuel suppliers do not sell #1 diesel, so we are stuck with whatever crap is in their tanks in December. Seems like later in the winter the cold snaps don't affect as many people.
I changed my filters last week. I had treatment in the tank prior to the gelling. I used local fuel for this tank. I feel like I covered most of my bases with the exception of "not driving it"

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10 degrees today. Still nothing. So screwed.

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So are there winter fuel additives that you guys are running? I'm in PA but I'm just wondering. I just started using motorcraft pm-22 at about 3000 miles, but I don't think it does anything for winter performance.

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i dont see an issue with running diesels below zero? ice road truckers? hell my truck has run in -10 ( actual temp no wind chill ) and it ran fine just threw a piece of card board infront of the radiator. just pop the fuel filter lid off and drop a few drops of anti gel into it. let it sit for two hours then go start it. let it idle for 20 mins to cycle fuel from the tank to the engine.


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Iowa has had winter fuel for awhile now

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