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post #1 of 15 Old 07-22-2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about cold weather

I bought a 13 F250 lariat in Virginia and recently moved to Connecticut. Because I got it down there it doesn't have a block heater. I've done some searching on here and reading about them but I don't know if I need one?!?! Should I bother with installing one? I read that most folks use full synthetic 5W-40 and some sort of anti-gel cetane booster like Opti-Lube XPD or Motorcraft PM-23 and 22.

Should I switch to synthetic and run the fuel treatment and let it be?

Can I switch to synthetic at such low miles? (2700 on the clock now)

Or should I get and install the block heater? Is it a hard job?

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I believe people who do not have a block heater, that wanted one found it easier to install some other means of heating the oil/block. I can't remember for sure, but it seems like someone installed an oil pan heater.

I will try and find the thread for you.

BTW these trucks don't have issues in the cold until we are talking under -20* F.

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My truck started in -50C (-58F) weather without being plugged in all night, it actually started easier that my girlfriends car that was plugged in and started easier that my gas work truck. I personally wouldn't switch to synthetic until you have atleast 9000ish miles on it. IMO the conventional oil will do fine for now.

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I have frequently left my truck outside at -25F and just touch the remote start and it fires right up. I did change over to Shell T-6 Synthetic for the colder months

I used to tease the guy next store. I'd hear him out cranking his 7.3L and running his battery dead and I'd remote start looking out the window.

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Don't they all come with the block heater installed? I think you just need to buy the electric plug in cord.

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I read that somewhere but I looked above the starter which is where the org said it should be and all I have is a freeze plug with a big Allen head.

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Don't they all come with the block heater installed? I think you just need to buy the electric plug in cord.
The old powerstrokes built by international came with the element already installed and you just added the cord,. But not the new 6.7L Ford built engines.

Only the trucks shipped to the 14 northern states come with it installed. All other states just get the freeze plug on the engine block

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per the manual/bible, all trucks come with this. You just need to add the plug.
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mine has it and i am in TX....
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mine has it and i am in TX....
I'm in Houston and have block heater and plug. Not like it freezes much down here....

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