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Old 11-20-2014, 09:30 AM   #15
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This procedure is really easy to perform and will cost you less than $10 at the local hardware store. It should be part of any prepurchase inspection on a Cummins.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:06 PM   #16
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Picture of blowby tube location?
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:20 PM   #17
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Right below the fuel filter.
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A thread over on CF this subject of heaters. A silicon pad heater affixed to the side of the engine oil pan raises that fluid up 50F in three hours +\-

Pad on pan bottom may cook oil somewhat. I like the pan side location also.

With prewarmed coolant and oil, one is off to a better start. Literally.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:07 PM   #19
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Thank you slowmover. I havent ordered one yet. Do you have a link to CF? Is that Cummins Forum?
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Search. Too hot for fuel filter heater on CF
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My 1995 7.3L PowerStroke has a block heater that works very well. These days, I don't have to drive it to work, but the last 3 winters I did. I Plugged the truck in to a 110v outlet in my garage that has a timer on it. I had it set to come on a 3 am and shut off at 7 am. On cold mornings, it made the truck start nicely and helped get the HEAT going quicker, THAT's the real reason I plugged it in! Without the block heater, it would start (as long as the batteries were strong, the glow plugs were working well, and the glow plug relay was good.)
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On a Cummins powered pickup if one runs the block heater he will get 90% of the total temp rise in 90 minutes.

Mine will bring the coolant to 115F but no higher.
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I think Paul and Gina hit the nail on the head. Glow plugs AND a block heater will give trouble free starts every time but one or other not performing as they should and you will go through batteries or, like me, a starter as well.
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Upgrading power cables and terminals is another good step.

As to going through batteries I got nine years from the OEM set and that was quite common for other Cummins pickup owners. The recommended upgrade is rebranded Odyssey Sears Diehard Platinum.
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