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post #1 of 6 Old 10-04-2009, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Misc. newbie questions...

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I'm new to the diesel world since end of July...got me a 2004 F350 6.0 4x4 Crew Cab with about 90k miles...

At what temps do you guys start plugging your trucks in?

Does the heater just warm the block or does it help prevent the fuel from gelling?

What things in general do you guys do to prepare for winter. I'm in Wisconsin and I don't want to hear from any of you guys in Phoenix of Florida or the likes...

Should the exhaust have any color at start up? I get a white to blue-ish white gas at start up from an over night sleep for about 10 seconds...should I be concerned?

Any other general words of wisdom/advice/things I definately need to know (or links to where I can go to get the basics in diesel ownership) is appreciated...

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sorry i live in sunny california,,,, but I would say plug it in,,,,,, it can't hurt and I believe it heats the block

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I will usually plug it in when it gets in the low 40s. The block heater does not keep the fuel from gelling and white smoke is perfectly fine for a little while at start up

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i am in the same boat here with all of the same questions and issues with my truck that i juss baught 3 months ago ..... and i live in Chicago ........ when you plug the truck in do you leave it plugged in all night into the morning or put it on a timer???? thanks guys
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i am in the same boat here with all of the same questions and issues with my truck that i juss baught 3 months ago ..... and i live in Chicago ........ when you plug the truck in do you leave it plugged in all night into the morning or put it on a timer???? thanks guys
Yes, you can put it on a timer. Thats what I do. I set mine to come on 3-4 hours before I wake up and that probably overkill for just being in Alabama

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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.

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