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post #1 of 14 Old 01-06-2010, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys how long do you plug you truck up when it gets into the teens and twenty's?I have mine on a timer for three hours and that don't seem long enough.

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Hey guys how long do you plug you truck up when it gets into the teens and twenty's?I have mine on a timer for three hours and that don't seem long enough.
We have ran block heater all night back in washington state in the coldest winter months, just plug in at night after dinner and unplug in the mornin, before you start up.

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Mine is only plugged in for 2-3 hours before I leave for work and it starts just fine even at 13 degrees.

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i have foudn that 3 hours is enough at about 10 to 15* i have 4 bad glows and a weak starter. so if i dont plug in below 20* it wont start.

are you sayin yours wont start if yuo dont plug in at those temps?

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No need to even plug it in if the temp is not below 0 degrees....

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Mines on a timer set for 3hrs and its been starting fine. It's even been down in the single digits this week...

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Will using a block heater increase life of the engine? It never gets below 0 here and I don't even have a cord and plug for the heater.

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Don't know if it increase life but it sure is easy to start,and the heater takes less time to heat up.I think it probably saves the starter.

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i only run mine for 2 hours and starts fine at -28
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Don't know if it increase life but it sure is easy to start,and the heater takes less time to heat up.I think it probably saves the starter.
yes it will increase life of the engine. Cold starts are the hardest thing on an engine. i plug mine in on a timer for 3 hours and the water temp guage reads 0ver 100f at startup.

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