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post #1 of 5 Old 03-09-2014, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Seeing how the price of electricity is outrageous I would like some opinions on "plugging in".... I am not sure when and how long is really required....so would most people say below 32 degrees? and can I put it on a timer, so if I leave at work at 6:30 have it start heating at 4 or 5 or 5:30 ??? How long does it actually take for the full effect of the block heater to take effect???

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I dont see what year of truck your asking about so Ill say up front Im answering for the 6.0 motor.
When I first got my truck anything at or under 32* it just plain did not like to start. It would but it would complain about it. Smoke,rompin around wouldnt idle smooth. Just not a happy truck.
Now since then I have gone to Rotella t6 from the dino oil. I run ARCHOIL fuel and oil treatment. I run anti-gel with a shot of 2-cycle oil in the fuel. My FICM is 100%. (old ficm voltage was around 39volts not its around 47.5-48v) It has a atlas 40 tune and 2 very good batt's and the big 3 upgrade.
Now my truck will start well past the below zeros and into the -teens without being plugged in. Now at that -teens temps ya she would rather be plugged in but it still started just fine.

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I'll answer for my 7.3, I've started it without being plugged in over night at 12 degrees F and she wasn't happy about it, romped around a bit and blew some white smoke and smoothed out. I plug mine in if it gets below about 35 just cuz I don't pay the electricity bill. But a 7.3s block heater is all full potential basically after about 2 hours so set your timer to that and she'll start much happier
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Thanks, guess that wouldn't really apply in my case...my info would be....1995 7.3 turbo, totally stock, new to me, but he has been using rotella 15-40, going to pick it up next weekend and dont remeber the exact oil he has been running, but he said it took a few cranks this AM, but it was about 15 degrees this morning....and he said he didnt plug it in, but prolly should of...
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I'll answer for my 7.3, I've started it without being plugged in over night at 12 degrees F and she wasn't happy about it, romped around a bit and blew some white smoke and smoothed out. I plug mine in if it gets below about 35 just cuz I don't pay the electricity bill. But a 7.3s block heater is all full potential basically after about 2 hours so set your timer to that and she'll start much happier
Thanks, my previous reply was being typed as you answered, looks like a good place to start...will do that and see how she does....
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