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post #1 of 13 Old 09-12-2007, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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question about cold temperatures

I am located in Montana and with hunting season right around the corner I am curious how my truck will be up in the mountains where its close to below zero besides the 50/50 blend fuel will it start in those temps without being plugged in. Thanks for the help.

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Get yourself some diesel fuel additive with anti gel formulation. Also not sure how you feel about synthetic oil but it sure helps me out in the winter

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Montana born and raised here buddy!!!

First trick is to use some anti-gel as said above to be safe.....

If you dont have it plugged in and its cold....turn the key on till the glow plug light goes out.....then turn it off and do it again.......do that a total of three glow plug cycles just to be safe. That will ensure the glow plugs are hot enough to get it to fire on the first crank.... Plug it in when you can and then you just wait for the light once.... Ive seen 7.3's start at -25 degrees with three glow plug cycles...
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Montana born and raised here buddy!!!

First trick is to use some anti-gel as said above to be safe.....

If you dont have it plugged in and its cold....turn the key on till the glow plug light goes out.....then turn it off and do it again.......do that a total of three glow plug cycles just to be safe. That will ensure the glow plugs are hot enough to get it to fire on the first crank.... Plug it in when you can and then you just wait for the light once.... Ive seen 7.3's start at -25 degrees with three glow plug cycles...
also...run 10W30 diesel oil (make sure it is actual diesel oil, not gasser oil) in the winter..
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Shouldn't have too much trouble. If you think its going to get real cold you might think about going to a lighter oil - maybe 5w40 or 0w40.
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Awesome thanks for the advise where in Montana are you. Im here on orders in greatfalls. Originally from california and will never go back, dought ill ever leave this beautiful state.

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Awesome thanks for the advise where in Montana are you. Im here on orders in greatfalls. Originally from california and will never go back, dought ill ever leave this beautiful state.
LMAO....um...im actually in cali right now.....by monterey and santa cruz on the central coast.....

I was born in butte, raised in the flathead, and moved here almost three years ago from bozeman..... My granparents have a place on canyon ferry....ill be back for hunting season end of october...
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How funny i was in the sacramento area. I go on leave the beginning of oct back to cali. but will be back for hunting season you have good hog hunting in that area.

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How funny i was in the sacramento area. I go on leave the beginning of oct but will be back for hunting season you have good hog hunting in that area.
I actually work at the dealer in hollister...live in prunedale....so i know all about good pig hunting

U should get a hold of me before the end of october..if i get my bull early maybe we could get together for a brewskie!!
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