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#1 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 05:52 AM

​Do any of you cold climate diesel owners use a winter front on your trucks? My Dodge is pretty slow to warm up with temperatures in the single digits to high teens, so a winter front cover is in my thoughts. Of course, a winter front that can be opened partially during warmer winter temps as well.

 

​ Yeah, I plug the block heater in during the very cold overnights at home and that helps with start ups in the morning.

 

​ I can get a quilted style cover for $70.00, not a bad deal. Of course I could redneck it (sorry Matt) with cardboard but I do not want to do that.

 


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 06:39 AM

Had one on my 1st Gen. Dodge with Cummins years ago. Not on my current Ford. I also had an oil pan and battery pad heaters on my Dodge up in Alaska. Wired them all into the engine block heater cord so I plugged one in and had warm oil, happy batteries so start ups on cold mornings were effortless and improved quicker heat to the cab.

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 08:30 AM

I have a block heater and cover for my grill but have not needed to plug it in or use the cover since I have only had the truck in 20 degree and warmer weather. My last truck started fine in single digit temperatures without plugging in the block heater and it did not have a grill cover. When cold, either truck takes about 5 miles on slow speed secondary roads to warm up. If you have immediate access to faster roads, I could see warmup taking longer due to the wind chill.


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 09:59 AM

i have an engine block heater only. I plug it in when temp overnight are in the 20's or lower, as tonite is supposed to be.

makes a big difference starting engine. never thought about a cover.


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 05:16 PM

I drive about 20 miles one way to work, half of that being on highway frist thing when leaving home. My truck (unloaded) is only getting to about 190F by the time I get to work. Ambiant air temps have been a high in the 20's but it was 11f when I left for work this morning. Engine temps were normal when the ambient air temps were in the 40s and above. around 200-210 range.


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Posted 08 December 2016 - 05:26 PM

At 190, your heater should work fine. I start getting noticeable heat around 160-175.

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 05:49 PM

Yeah, it does put out the heat when it gets there for sure, it just takes it a while.

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 10:54 PM

Yes, I use a winter front and keep it closed in anything colder than -10C. The truck takes too long to warm without it. Better fuel economy and lower emmissions too. Almost all diesel owners around here use them.

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 06:46 AM

Starting is the immediate problem, but engine oil contamination with fuel blowing by the cold piston rings is the more serious trouble.  You need to get the motor oil hot enough to vaporize the diesel or do a lot of oil changes to protect your main bearings.  My farmer father didn't start his diesel tractor unless he had enough work to do with it to get the engine to operating temperature for over a couple hours.  If it was a quick job, the older gas tractor was used.



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 04:42 AM

I had my diesel fuel gel up once when it got below zero. I used a product called diesel kleen. I have a 03 dodge, just a thought when cold weather arrives.



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Posted 13 December 2016 - 05:50 AM

I had my diesel fuel gel up once when it got below zero. I used a product called diesel kleen. I have a 03 dodge, just a thought when cold weather arrives.

 

 

I have used Power Service products so far but  Ill probably buy a few bottles of Howes since it is on sale where I work.


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 09:49 AM

Our truck came with a winter front from Ford. Only used it a couple of times as it has no center opening capability. Try not to use the truck below -10. Actually don't even want to be outside below -10 anymore. -24 here today.


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 06:05 PM

Our truck came with a winter front from Ford. Only used it a couple of times as it has no center opening capability. Try not to use the truck below -10. Actually don't even want to be outside below -10 anymore. -24 here today.

 

Is that with the Canadian exchange rate or is it the English version? lol


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Posted 16 December 2016 - 06:10 PM

 I did get the winterfront and I got it installed. It also came with a bug screen...bonus. Not many bugs right now though. lol. It has helped boost the running temp up about 8-10 degrees.

 

I got the camper loaded up on the truck this evening. It is a weekend of skiing at 49 Degrees North. It is forecasted to be a very warm 6F tomorrow.

 

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 09:59 AM

Hi Rich

     I've been following your blogs. I had never heard of 49 degrees north before. Sounds like you had a good time. way too cold here to enjoy anything outside. Have to put boots on Wendy to exercise her. Check out the new brewery we have in Golden, Whitetooth Brewers. I've only been there once, tried out their tasters & picked up a couple of growlers. If anything appeals to you I'll pick up a growler in May.

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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:10 PM

Hi Rich

     I've been following your blogs. I had never heard of 49 degrees north before. Sounds like you had a good time. way too cold here to enjoy anything outside. Have to put boots on Wendy to exercise her. Check out the new brewery we have in Golden, Whitetooth Brewers. I've only been there once, tried out their tasters & picked up a couple of growlers. If anything appeals to you I'll pick up a growler in May.

all the best

 

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Looks pretty good. I am always a sucker for a nice dark beer. The rye beer sounds interesting. I have been liking some of those. They are getting more popular.


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