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Question 2010 F250 Diesel Cold Weather Operation Questions

Hello,

I am a new owner of a 2010 Diesel 6.4 Powerstroke. Currently living in Texas but I will be moving to the Chicago area. I have been told by a few that unless I plug the truck in I won't be able to start it on some of those cold winter mornings. There are times, like everyweek, that the truck will sit a few days before operating and would be coldsoaked.

So, does anyone know if you can get the truck started in the cold without heating? The best oil to run in it. Tips and Tricks. Any help would be appreciated as I am new to the Diesel community
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Your truck is brand new so I'm assuming your glow plugs are functioning. It will start without plugging it in, you just have to let the plugs cycle. However, it is MUCH easier on the truck to start after it's been plugged in.

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LOL, it will start. Sunday it was -3 here and my truck started right up.

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Well, I am not kidding when I said people said I will have problems starting it. What kind of oil should I use? So just wait for the glowplug light to go out before you turn it over. thanks
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You'll be fine. I run Rotella T 15w40 in my truck. If you don't plug it in, let it warm up a bit before you take off.

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Hello,

I am a new owner of a 2010 Diesel 6.4 Powerstroke. Currently living in Texas but I will be moving to the Chicago area. I have been told by a few that unless I plug the truck in I won't be able to start it on some of those cold winter mornings. There are times, like everyweek, that the truck will sit a few days before operating and would be coldsoaked.

So, does anyone know if you can get the truck started in the cold without heating? The best oil to run in it. Tips and Tricks. Any help would be appreciated as I am new to the Diesel community
I live about 30-45 minutes North of Chicago and I rarely drive my truck in the winter. Back in '08 when I first moved here, my diesel gelled up on me during a few days of sub-zero temperatures. Every since I've been running this stuff every tank, year round. I never plug my truck in and it sits 3-4 days out of the week without starting. You shouldn't have any problems starting your truck unless your batteries are going bad. As far as oil, I run whatever my local Ford dealer puts in it.

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Thanks again for the info. Thought I was going to have to sell it for a while....
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