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post #1 of 6 Old 10-22-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Oil for really cold weather?

Going to be buying a 2002 F250 7.3 Litre here in a few days. Living in Alberta, going to be seeing temps of up to -50 celcius.

Should I be running a 0-40 or is 5-40 synthetic good enough?
Also what brand of oil would be the best ( don't care about price)

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Get revx oil additive for sure. Will definitely help with the cold starts. I would say it depends on how much you drive. If you're going to require an oil change before it heats up again next april, then go with the 0w, if your going to want this oil change to last you through next summer go with the 5w. Grab some battery blankets!
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can't say that i have ever heard of -50 in Alberta, except for windchill and that doesn't mean squat. all windchill does is affect how fast it cools down. at -30 petro-Can Duron 5w40 synthetic has run just great for me for 100,000 miles. if you can get a small battery charger say 10-15 amps and wire it into your block heater cord, that will not only "warm" your batteries, but keep them topped right up for those chilly mornings. just unplug it before trying to start or it will try to "boost" and eventually burn itself out. I buy it by the 20l pail, it leaves enough over to do the wife's car at the same time, all my cars and trucks are using it quite happily

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Wire my block into a battery? Is that the same as plugging it in or what.

I've always wondered how does it work when I don't have hook up to plug my truck in... apparently diesels wont start if they aren't plugged in when its cold ?
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no no no, a battery charger that will charge from the house any time the truck is plugged in. wired together so you only have 1 cord and plug in to deal with. my diesel has started below -20 celcius not plugged in and thats pretty normal. so apparently that won't start thing isn't really true

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-50 is easy when youre out in the boonies (up here anyways). I run 5w40 syn in mine.

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