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post #1 of 14 Old 12-08-2009, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Below freezing in socal?

I've never thought about plugging my truck in. But this morning I found ice on everything when I went out and man it was cold! And i didnt drive my truck til later today. I have to get up at 3:30am for work so Im thinking about plugging my truck in tonight. I just found my block heater plug after doing a lil reading, never been used as far as I can tell. The weather thing says a low of 35 but I know it'll probably go below freezing again 2nite.... Its not often we get this kinda cold im sure enjoying it. I just want to take care of my truck as well as possible. So am I on the right base that I should plug it in?
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You shouldn't have to plug in if everything in your truck is working correctly. I think the claim is -20 F until you absolutely must plug in. I will say that it will certainly help get some heat in your rig if you do decide to plug it in. It was -5 here in Idaho this morning. Heck freezing would be a heat wave.


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Mine starts fine at freezing. I start plugging around 10*. You can plug it in, it should start a little easier.

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Mine "gallopped" a lil bit last time i started it around freezing temps. And yeah I figured it'd be ok i just sorta wanted to make it easier on it and considering I gotta get goin to work pretty quick it'd aid warm up! haha. Yeah its not often it gets cold it gives me an excuse to use it.
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And yeah i dont wanna imagine how it is for you people in that kinda cold.... talk about low mpg!
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Remember to unplug.

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I'm guessing you've forgot to unplug before?? lol
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Like everyone else said as long as the batts are good it will start fine at 30. Heck we are in the teens at night here and mine has yet to find the plug. Last winter it started up fine at -15 without being plugged in. I found out about that after the fact. The wife had the truck on a road trip.

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-15? Holy crap. poor truck. 15W40 oil in it too? Or what?? cuz that coulda made the difference.
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ive done that haha my truck wont start under 34* haha idk know why whe it gets real cold i put a heat blanket on the oilpan and if it gets around zero i take the batterys inside for the night idk why my truck is like that tho

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