The time is coming
Winter time that is, which usually means hard cold starts, no start issues, dead batteries, gelled fuel.
As we prepare our houses for the dreeded winter that is upon us. Take a day to prepare your truck. Test the batteries, check your alternator, check the accessory drive belt, how good are your tires do they have good tread to get your through the winter, have you been having cold weather hard starts. Might want to think about having the glow plug system checked out, what about that fuel filter have you replaced it lately? If you have 4wd does it work properly? If not may want to get that fixed. Do you have a block warmer, how is the cord, does the block warmer work? Something else to check out.
These are just somethings to think about before it is cold and snow is flying and your sitting on the side of the road broke down freezing your butt off waiting for that tow truck.
Somethings you might want to put in your truck.
Shovel, anti gell fuel additive, Blanket or two, gloves, hat, scarf, what if you have to walk a mile do you have the means to stay warm during that mile walk.
Why am I talking about this now when it is still 80 degrees in Michigan. Well a little story to go with this.
Last winter we had a wind chill of -60 here in Michigan. I never had a problem with gelling fuel. Well my truck fired up just fine. I started driving to work. I got about 4 miles down the road and my truck stalled out. Acted like I ran out of fuel. You guessed it the fuel gelled up in the tank. I was stuck on the side of the road heading to work. I called work told them what happened. I called tripple A, they told me I would have a tow truck there with in 30 minutes. I got a phone call back from tripple A at 45 minutes asking me if the tow truck showed up yet. I told them no and I was getting very cold. They put me as a priority 1 tow. Meaning it was an emergency. I ended up calling 911 at the 1 hour mark. I could not feel my toes any more and I was shivering severely. They sent a sherrif car to me. I got in that warm car. Then the tow truck showed up at the 1.5 hour mark from when I first made the intitial call.
I didn't think I would ever need a blanket in my truck to go 10 minutes to work. I had hat and gloves but at -60 outside they weren't warm enough.
I did what I thought I had to do before my core temp dropped to much. I needed to get warm and quick. So I called 911 to get a cop or fire truck something to get me in a warm vehicle.
They towed my truck to the local ford dealer, parked it overnight in the heated shop. The next morning my truck fired up and ran like nothing was wrong with it. They dumped in some fuel additive and I went and picked up my truck. The dealer did not charge me for this. Not even for the additive.
So while it is still nice and warm out prepare yourself for what is coming. Because in a couple months it will be cold and snowing. Don't put yourself in my position.
By the way my cold weather training from the Marines probably helped me out as well. My core temp when the cop got there according to the thermometer from his first aid kit I was 90 degrees.