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Old 08-21-2013, 07:01 PM
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winter prep for first time diesel owner

02 f250 w/ 7.3 I live in Colorado outside of Denver, I keep reading that going to a 10w30 or 5w40 oil for the winter months will help with cold starts. What would be the better choice of the two. This is not a daily driver, but it will drive if there lots of snow. I also have seen that oil needs to meet fords minimum requirements which I get, but some people say the lighter weight oil like 10w30 or 5w40 needs to be good for diesel engines, how true is this. First time diesel owner here, so just trying to get correct info. Thanks
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You must make sure its a diesel 10w30.

But make sure your block heater is good, replace the cord if needed

check/replace glowplugs

check/replace glow plug relay, there is a good aftermarket one made my stancor

I run 10w30 rotella and it makes an immense difference in starting

Have the batteries load tested if you are unsure of their age.

and make sure the battery cables are in good shape, I'm building some new ones myself right now
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I highly recommend a winter front for the grill. It stops the cold airflow getting to the engine. I usually put it on when it gets in the upper 40s low 50s and leave on til spring. Easiest way would be to find a boat cover/upholstery shop and have them make you one. I had mine made with one zipper down the middle and have no problems running down the interstate with it. We used to go to Denver quite a bit and it makes a huge difference in fuel economy.
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i thought cold air was good?
and it gets extremely hot under the hood anyway would that make much of a difference once the truck is warmed up?

most stock glow plug relays burn out fairly quickly.

like schlutzer said get a stancor GPR.
gopher electronics, or mouser electronics has them.
i think they run about 50 bucks.

rotella t6 is good oil to run.
it is a 5w-40 synthetic for around 20 bucks a gallon.

im using delo 400 5w-40 synthetic, little cheaper and the truck runs good and starts much easier than before when i ran regular dino oil.

walmart usually has the best prices on oil.
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Up here we see -35C every winter and what I do with my truck are top of the line batteries, a higher amp alternator as the stock one just doesn't cut it as far as I'm concerned, if you do a lot of short trips I would also use a battery tender to keep them topped up to full charge, a winter front, electrically heated wiper arms/blades, Mobil 1 Delvac 5W40 and a stick on oil pan heater. No mater how cold it is my truck fires up with ease and always gets instant oil pressure.


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I would not "change" a damn thing. Make sure everything is working and drive the truck.

I run 15-40 year round, from single digits and below to 120*...
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The key to starting in the winter is a healthy glow plug system. If you have a bad glow plug relay, it can be hard to start. Ask me, I know. I have since put on the Stancor relay like mentioned above, that was about February 2011, and it is still going strong. I have also made the switch Rotella T6 5w-40.

As far as a grill cover grill goes, another idea (which I did) is to cut out inserts that go between the main grill beams out of plexiglas. That way you don't see them but they are still stopping the majority of the wind/cold air from entering through the grill. I bolted mine on with some stainless bolts. Here is a picture

I do have a modified 05 grill on mine since I personally like them better
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Hey Sean - Welcome, and congrats on the Diesel.
I live just a tad south of you. If you're going to drive it in the winter here - I usually to just some simple stuff - a lot of it has already been mentioned.
But I usually start with the fluids, especially if you're the 2nd (or 3rd) owner.
I prefer to get them all changed and start a cycle when 'I' know they need be changed.
Since you're up in Brighton and they tend to get a bit more snow than we do, I would also agree about the block heater.
I've noticed that my 7.3 once it starts to get below 20* (on a daily basis overnite) using the heater will come in handy on those starts.

On a side note - come check out our local group forum here:
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A cheaper alternative for the Stancor Relay is a Western/Fisher Round style Relay. They are around $15 and are rated the same.
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A cheaper alternative for the Stancor Relay is a Western/Fisher Round style Relay. They are around $15 and are rated the same.
If he's got the GPCM (which I'm pretty sure he does for an `02) - he can't change to that relay.
Just depends on which one Ford put on that system.

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