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Low Batteries in the winter

Agan, I have a 1996 F-350 PSD with auto tranny. In the winter or when it gets colder out my batteries seem tobe low when I go to start the truck. I know that batteries have a harder time in the cold keeping a charge. When its warm batteries hold a charge excellent. In the winter I always leave my block heater plugged in. Is there a way to tell if the block heater is working properly?
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Your truck should heat up a lot faster than normal with the block heater plugged in. I would have your batteries tested though.

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Along with the alternator. just to be safe. Take it by any Advance Auto Parts or NTB and they will test it for free.

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Good Afternoon: I am a new user of the Powerstroke Forum. My question is this: Should I be using or is it necessary to be using a fuel additive to offset the low sulphur fuel. I have been told that this low sulphur fuel dries out the seals and hoses on diesel engines manufactured before the new low sulphur fuel came out. I have a 2003 F250 with the 7.3 engine.
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In my opinion yes its a good idea. Not only the added lubricity but it ups the cetene value and helps clean the injectors. Also if you live in a cold climate get the anti-gel formulation.

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truck had a new alternator last year and yes I have been told to run additive. I run lucas.
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truck had a new alternator last year and yes I have been told to run additive. I run lucas.
So did you get the batteries tested?

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