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Intersting cheap way to keep a southern truck without plug warm in the winter

I bought my 7.3 from a south carolina dealer and it didnt come with a plug. I was thinking how i might be able to save some money so i went out and bought one of those infared lamps that they use to keep chickens warm. I also bought a 250watt bulb for it. Total it cost about $14. Last night i plugged it up and put it under the engine of my truck. It got down to 28 degrees with a 12mph wind. When i cranked my truck up in the morning it took just as long for the glow plugs to warm it up as it does in 70 degree weather!

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did you look up underneath and see if its still ziptied there from the factory?


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I'm sure it has a block heater tucked up under the bumper, you can also get a western glow plug relay and use 10w30 which helps a lot. I fired my truck right up this morning after sitting for over 12 hours unplugged in 20* weather. Only left the key forward for about 30 sec or so.

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I'm sure it has a block heater tucked up under the bumper, you can also get a western glow plug relay and use 10w30 which helps a lot. I fired my truck right up this morning after sitting for over 12 hours unplugged in 20* weather. Only left the key forward for about 30 sec or so.
I was recently having starting problems in the morning when the temps would drop below 40. Checked GPR and was not getting 12 volts on second large terminal. Would jumper it with jumper cables for 10 seconds and truck would start up. Without doing this i would have to crank it 3 or 4 different times and then it would smoke real bad for a couple minutes. Went ahead and bought new relay from Napa (109), installed it and measured current at over 70 amps. I knew it was working then. Truck started right up within 2 to 3 seconds of cranking with an outside temp of 25 and oil temp of 32 degrees. Here is a picture of the internals on the old relay. Note the carbon build up. A nitrogen filled relay would definitely be the way to go as long as it stays sealed it should not really accumulate any carbon on the contacts. The relay was cheap enough at 27 bucks and would be fine if it only lasted one winter and I had to replace it again next year. Took about 10 minutes to change out too.

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Also, key was forward for around 15 seconds.

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My truck came with a block heater, and I was living in South Florida when I purchased the truck brand new from Ford.

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Joe, come on man it would make way to much sense to track down an issue in the gp system and fix that. I'm usually don't fix anything either I just rig it to cover up the issues.


op, walmart sells starting fluid too if you're interested in using that to help cover up the issue too.

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