Compression Ignition Addict
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: New Martinsville, West Virginia
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Sounds like you have glow plug issues that should be addressed...
Even with properly operating glow plugs, I still plug mine in when it gets to the 30's, I like the fact that the whole engine and trans is warm, and half way to operating temp, less wear and tear on start up, and nearly instant heat in the cab!!! Just easier on everything... You can use a timer, just make sure it's a heavy duty one that's rated for 1800 watts or 15 amps... yes, that's oversize, the factory block heater is 1000 watts from what I've been told, but you don't want the timer to be maxxed out all the time, you'll burn it up. (been an electrician for 15+ years, trust me!) I leave mine plugged in over night, but 2-3 hours is normally enought to do the trick.
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