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Plugging Your Truck Up

Do a lot of ya'll plug your truck up to heat it up ahead of time before you leave to go somewhere if it's cold outside? To make it easier starting? A buddy of mine started plugging his truck up an hour or so before he left if it was cold outside and he said if he had it plugged up about an hour before he left, he said it would start right up like it was nothing and he told me I should start pluggin' mine up. I was wondering if any of ya'll did that?
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If mine sits outside I plug it in on a timer for 3 hours before I leave. Makes a HUGE difference on cold starts in the winter.

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i just plug mine in overnight so that she fires right up in the morning. i can really tell a difference if i don't.

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If mine sits outside I plug it in on a timer for 3 hours before I leave. Makes a HUGE difference on cold starts in the winter.
Ok, awesome. Thanks for the advice. Yeah, he said he plugs his up for a couple hours and it he said it makes a big time difference, so I thought about plugging mine up for a couple hours before I leave to go to work of the morning because mine sits outside. I was gonna go to Lowe's today and get me a timer for mine so I don't have to wake up earlier instead.
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I have a timmer, saves some $
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Yeah, there isn't any point in runnin' up the electric bill. Need to save some money for mods!
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Just be carefull, if you plug it up your engine will be much warmer then the oil and tranny. Don't think you are warmed up, only the water will be warm. Still drive your truck as if it is colder.

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Just be carefull, if you plug it up your engine will be much warmer then the oil and tranny. Don't think you are warmed up, only the water will be warm. Still drive your truck as if it is colder.
Thats true for the tranny, but my oil is at 85*F and ECT is 110*F after plugging in overnight. The tranny doesn't get much benefit...so like you say still need to go slow until up to temps.

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Got a timer ar Home Depot, works good. Can program it for what time you want it to come on/ off everyday. Leave mine on for 3 hours. Thats more than enough to get it nice and warm.

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