Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: White Oak, IN
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I usually start plugging my truck in when it gets lower 30s.
The block heater only warms the oil, which make it easier for the injection system to work. It does not warm the fuel.
Hazy white/blue smoke is normal for colder temps.
I leave my heater on a timer at home, set for a few hours before I need to leave. At work, I just plug it in all night, but that is on the companys dime. If you look to get a timer, make sure you get one that is rated for better than 1200 watts...the block heater is a juice pullin' SOB.
Prepare for winter...nothing special really. You may wish to go to the lower weight oil or synthetic, although I have not done it myself and have had no problems. Granted, Southern Indiana isn't usually as cold as Wisconsin, but we still get fairly nippy sometimes.
Only thing is to take it easier on the engine when it's colder out so everything is warmed up and the oil is flowing good. It will let you know the temp is down because it will rattle more.
One thing I am going to do this year is get a grille cover to help keep it warmer. The colder it gets out, the longer it takes for the engine to warm up...the cover will help it get there faster and keep it there.
2005 F250 4x4 6.0L PSD, 6 Speed hand shaker
Dark Shadow Gray
SCT xCal2 with DJ's Tunes, MBRP Turbo-back Offroad exhaust...bye, bye kitty and muffler.
Finally studed, EGR deleted, blue spring, Zoodad and AFE CAI