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Cold start troubles

We have had single digit temps for a while. When I am at home and can plug the truck in it is not an issue, but when I go to work and the truck sits for 12 hours in the single digit cold it is hard to start. I have had this issue in the past and it was always a relay or something similar. This time my relay is fine. My batteries are good, but in the winter I only get about two cranking sequences before having to let it sit before trying again. If this thing doesn't start in the lot at work there is nothing around electric wise to warm or charge it. Hate to leave it there till spring. I have 300k on the truck, and it is a late 99. Any recommendations will be appriciated.


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The first cold snap every year I have a difficult start. I just pull the batt cables, ream the clamps out, wire brush the hell out of them and I am good for the winter. The cable clamps look pristine but they might have juuuuust enough corrosion to not get full power. I work 12 hour overnight shifts and didn't even have the romps on a 6 deg morning. That's not plugged in on 5 year old Interstates Batts.

I ream the clamps and scrape the batt terminals with one of those cheap battery tools from Autozone. Works like a charm every year.

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I do mine regularly, but I will give it a try to see if it makes a diffrence.


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Switch to a 10w30 DIESEL oil. Rotella and most others sell one. Makes cold starts much easier.

I would also have a look at the starter cable. I bet it's pretty corroded, they usually are on these

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Well back to this one, wife drove the truck to work today and diddnt start it at lunch, when she came out to go home she cranked till it was almost dead. Now it sits in the middle of a parking lot not an outlet in site and low of 17. Looks like i am paying a tow bill


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After getting the truck back to the house I think you guys might be onto something. I had cleaned all my terminals at the end of October and they still looked good. While trying to get the truck started I ran the battery low. While my wife cranked the truck I was tugging on the positive wire and the cranking got faster and the truck started. Knowing the connections are good. I wonder if I have corrosion in the cables?


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