Block heater question - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 11-15-2011, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
adavis11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: De Soto Ks
Posts: 54
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Block heater question

I have a 99 7.3. I was just wondering at what temp should I plug my truck in and for how long. I am running rotalla t-6 syn and have had no problems starting it yet. If I dont plug in the block heater is it hard on my motor?
adavis11 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 11-15-2011, 06:14 PM
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
Bill Kay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Carrollton,Ga
Posts: 149
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Don't use it till you need it. I have started my truck at 16 deg. on regular dino oil and have never used the block heater but I live in GA. Some say your engine will get "addicted" to the block heater if you use it when it don't need it.
Bill Kay is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 11-15-2011, 06:22 PM
SyN
Lubrication Addict
 
SyN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Tornado Alley!
Posts: 236
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Anytime the outside temp is 0*F or below... I plug mine in... I use a battery operated digital timer... It is set to come on for 3 1/2 hours... and go off just before I leave for work in the morning....

I sometimes plug it in when temps are around 20*F to 30*F just to have the warm air blowing through the vents first thing...

Some owners don't use a timer and leave the trucks plugged in all night.... That wastes alot of electricity.... Wait till you get your electric bill... Buy a 30amp timer and save yourself alot of $ in the long run.... If the temps are ridiculousy cold---> -10*F to -20*F 3 hours is enough time to heat your coolant... If that cold or colder... Ya might be best for longer then 3 hours.... I don't know I never see them temps... Thank goodness...

I'm not going to say it's hard on your motor by not plugging it in... But when you do plug it in... It starts much faster and you don't have to wait for warm air to heat the cab...

01F250-4WD-XLT-AUTO-CC-7.3L-{295K} Miles
Donaldson AIS Intake System w/Zoodad
4''Turbo Back MBRP Exhaust
Remote Spin-on Coolant Filter/Red {ELC}&RMI-25
Remote Spin-on Transmission Filter/Lg Magnet
203*F T-Stat w/Billet Housing
CCV Re-route
SS HPX Line
Many Other Small Mods
---------------------------------------------------
Oil-------->T6 w/Amsoil Filter & Lg Magnet
AMSOIL-------->Every where else
SyN is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 11-15-2011, 07:17 PM
JEL
Compression Ignition Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 394
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill Kay View Post
Don't use it till you need it. I have started my truck at 16 deg. on regular dino oil and have never used the block heater but I live in GA. Some say your engine will get "addicted" to the block heater if you use it when it don't need it.
Never heard of a diesel getting "addicted" to the block heater, ether yes, but never the block heater.
JEL is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 05:43 AM
Premium Member
 
Term3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Posts: 3,957
Thanks: 0
Thanked 34 Times in 32 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
It gets to -35 C in the winter here and my block heater comes on four hours before I leave for work. I also have an oil pan heater. Any longer then that and you're just throwing money away.

SCT, no studs...yet, Dual OEM intake air filter housings, Banks intercooler & intake elbow, Banks exhaust system, Windrunner ported intake manifold, Bullet Proof Diesel remote oil cooler & thermostat, AirDog2 (plus a couple spares), Power steering filter (Amsoil dual-bypass), MagTec deep ATF pan, Electric oil pre-lub pump, Dakota Digital gauges.
Term3 is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 05:53 AM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
C.Gift's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I think that Ford literature says 2 or 3 hours before you're planning to use it in below -20. Don't quote me on that though. The more important thing is giving it some idle time before you head out with it.

Hope that helps!

1997 F250 SCLB XLT 4x4 painted in 'pull-me-over' red. 239k and still going strong. S&B intake, Straight pipe, Gulf Coast bypass filter...and a lot more surprises I have yet to discover...
C.Gift is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 09:54 AM
Powerstroke.org Fanatic
 
Bill Kay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Carrollton,Ga
Posts: 149
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by JEL View Post
Never heard of a diesel getting "addicted" to the block heater, ether yes, but never the block heater.
Yeah, The more I thought about it the more it didn't make sence to me either. If I was guessing, the problem was probably injectors going bad which would keep it from starting while cold. If I recall correctly the conversation with the guy started with it smoking white smoke when cold and his mechanic told him to plug it in to keep that from happening, then after a while it would no longer start without plugging it in.
Bill Kay is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
adavis11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: De Soto Ks
Posts: 54
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Thanks for all the input!
adavis11 is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 03:09 PM
Super Moderator


 
SuperCrutyPS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Orangevale, CA
Posts: 15,558
Thanks: 88
Thanked 517 Times in 501 Posts
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Quoted: 288 Post(s)
Garage
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
When it gets cold(er), you might want to add an anti-gel additive to your fuel tank. DieselKleen in the white bottle is one. It is available at Walmart.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Owner | Operator: Darryl
My Truck Garage:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Tow Toy Garage :
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

United States Navy - IC2 - '76-'80
SuperCrutyPS is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 05:12 PM
Powerstroke.org Rookie
 
C.Gift's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sandpoint, ID
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperCrutyPS View Post
When it gets cold(er), you might want to add an anti-gel additive to your fuel tank. DieselKleen in the white bottle is one. It is available at Walmart.
Agreed, I run Power Services' 'Diesel Fuel Supplement plus CetaneBoost' year round, and the few times the truck's been in below zero conditions, it hasn't had any gelling/waxing issues.

1997 F250 SCLB XLT 4x4 painted in 'pull-me-over' red. 239k and still going strong. S&B intake, Straight pipe, Gulf Coast bypass filter...and a lot more surprises I have yet to discover...
C.Gift is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome