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post #1 of 18 Old 09-13-2007, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Plug in??

Hey guys winter is coming soon up here in Maine, and will be the first time in the real cold with me truck. At what temps should I start plugging it in?? And anything real special to prep for winter. I know anti-gel, fresh lighter weight oil, WD-40 the locks. Any more inputs are appreciated!

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I plug mine in if it gets to be below 20. As far as the lighter weight oil i have been running 15w40 year round with no problems.

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Good to know Quad - I wonder if any Tech's will venture in here to give their thoughts...
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i have never changed to a lighter weight oil either. and i dont mess with the locks, thats what keyless entry is for!!!! i plug in when it takes a bit to start it!1 i dont keep track of the temp, but when it takes a few cranks to get it going is when i start plugging it in!

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i suggest pluging one in anytime it gets 35 degrees and below, and as far as the oil goes , the only time you need to consider changing weights of oil is if you are having a problem getting the truck to start

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Awesome Scott - I was as curious about that as the OP (I don't have a block heater, but wanted to know when I should start taking precautions...)
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Also you can buy those light timers for 20 bucks that will turn on and off when you want. I bought one so the truck isn't drawing electricity all night. It probobly doesn't draw much current anyway, but what the heck.

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That's when I plug mine in too, right around 30 - 35 degrees. Never changed weights in oil either. Never had any problems.

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I would never use WD40 on locks, it will gum up the works in time. If you want to do something for your locks pick up some regular lock oil with graphite.

It will be my first Winter with my Diesel to so I'm listening.

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i suggest pluging one in anytime it gets 35 degrees and below, and as far as the oil goes , the only time you need to consider changing weights of oil is if you are having a problem getting the truck to start


and give it at least 2 hours before trying crank your engine. that's how long it takes for me.

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