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Old 02-02-2007, 07:41 PM   #15
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...with the right gauge wire.

In regard to synthetics, I was a big Mobil 1 fan until I came across Amsoil. I've been far more please with Amsoil and in addition, if you pay $20, you get on their preferred customer list for a year and get a fair discount on most of their stuff.

One other reason I feel better about using Amsoil is that they are not raping customers and posting billions of $$$ in profits when folks are paying $2+ gallon at the pump...but who knows, maybe Amsoil buys their feed stocks from Exxon/Mobil...but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:57 PM   #16
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Back in Europe I always had a Diesel.. when going in the Alps... over 2500 mtrs.. I would add just a little bit (less then 10%) of regular gas to the diesel... that's the easiest remedy.. actually Diesel sold in cold countries/ mountain resorts have already some gas mixed in (called Winterdiesel)
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Old 02-02-2007, 08:09 PM   #17
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If you have the Duramax I'm almost positive you have a block heater . It is coiled up and zip tied to another wire down near the fender ,on the passenger side, under the hood of course . Just found one yesterday for a guy who swore he didn't have it.
If you have the winter front for the grill , put it on , it will help the cab heat greatly , don't need the bumper part. It won't over heat , I've driven at 60 deg. with it. It should start down to zero without pluging in , but you'll have no cab heat for quit a while . Have fun
Thanx Ticki2, and everyone else. Truck is an 06 Duramax. Darn, I looked everywhere for that plug last week and could not find it, thats what caused me to call the dealer, who said Duramax trucks in New England don't typicaly get the plug??? I should have known better-I will look some more tomorrow.

I have the front cover, guess I can put that on too,it'll help keep the misses warmer.
I am running 5w40 syn, so I should be fine there. As noted, I will add some anti gel for the next few days.

Where should I look for that cord?
Is it black?
I thought I checked pretty good...

Thanx again, Bill
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:09 AM   #18
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try looking around the frame by the steering box.

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Old 02-03-2007, 05:48 AM   #19
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try looking around the frame by the steering box.
John, right ... but maybe not. Bill, we've got close to the same truck. The manual covers the engine coolant heater on page 2-25 -- says it "can help" at below zero and should plug in for minimum of 4 hours. I've been starting well without it this week. Thursday morning it was around 5 degrees in the garage and starting did sound a bit strained but it did okay. So I plugged it in Fri AM & this AM.

Finding my plug-in was a mystery. I've got an option package (snowplow) with dual batteries -- one on each side of the engine compartment. The plug-in was on the opposite (curbside) of the engine compartment, zip-tied up against the wheelwell at about the level of the frame.

It's 14 below here right now -- headin' your way!
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Old 02-03-2007, 07:43 AM   #20
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I have a 2001 7.3 Ford PSD. I have never had problems starting in temps down to -20. IMHO, the key points (of which several have already been made) are that the batteries must be in good shape and glow plugs must work. If you are buying diesel in winter in northern climes, you will get winterized diesel so gelling will not be as much of an issue. You may want to be careful if you are heading North and buy a tank full in a border state (I found the switch back to no. 2 diesel in southern Missouri) and then drive into a much colder area.

The switch to lighter oil can be a big help. I have found that running an additive is very helpful. I use the DFS in the white container that I buy at Wal-Mart. This raises the cetane levels, helps get rid of water, and helps prevent fuel gelling. This really reduces the tendency to romp when first cranked.

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Finding my plug-in was a mystery.
you are most likely correct bob, chevrolet does and exceptional job of hiding the plug.

i have the snow plow option also, best 150 bucks i ever spent. can hardly buy the battery for that. not to mention bigger torsion bars, bigger radiator, oil cooler and big altenator.

when you retire it from towing you can always plow snow like i do with my 98!

my grandfather used to heat his crankcase oil in a big pot on the stove every morning, much to my grandmothers dismay. he lived in marinette wisconsin and had no garage.

as the old family story went, he spilled the oil one morning setting the kitchen on fire. he had a heated garage the next year.

i was also told that building a charcoal fire under the car was common in those days too!

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Old 02-03-2007, 08:56 AM   #22
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Found it!

For anyone else looking for their Duramax block heater plug-I found this at the diesel forum:

Dmax block heater cord

Also put on the top half of the winter cover-should be all set now!
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:00 AM   #23
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A couple of side benefits from plugging in are the cab heat comes up a little quicker and with some heat already in the engine, the fuel consumption is more reasonable during the first 15 minutes.
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Old 02-03-2007, 09:04 AM   #24
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Oh yaeh, the owners manual for my china built dozer offers some solutions such as above, preheating the oil, but also draining the coolant and refilling with boiling water repeatadly until the engine reaches 12 degrees C
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Just a quick note:
If you don't have a lube oil heater with your coolant heater, make sure you let the engine idle for a longer time than you normally would. This will help warm the lube oil so it will flow to and through the turbo, and othr small axccess points, and not cause scoring of oil-fed components.
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For anyone else looking for their Duramax block heater plug-I found this at the diesel forum:

Dmax block heater cord

Also put on the top half of the winter cover-should be all set now!
Thanx everyone,
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Bill, you've done more than good! Poking around on your link, I found info on Allison Grade Braking to throw into another thread here -- http://www.airforums.com/forum...tml#post334044. Don't spend the karma all in one place!
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Old 02-03-2007, 04:58 PM   #27
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FWIW....diesels don't warm up very good at idle . Some of the new ones have a high idle feature built in , check your owners manual. It's usually activated with the cruise control while in park. If you don't have the feature you can use a short stick wedged between the seat and the and the accellerater peddle , bring it up to about 1500 rpm for 5 or 10 min and it will make a world of difference in cold weather .
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FWIW....diesels don't warm up very good at idle . Some of the new ones have a high idle feature built in , check your owners manual. It's usually activated with the cruise control while in park. If you don't have the feature you can use a short stick wedged between the seat and the and the accellerater peddle , bring it up to about 1500 rpm for 5 or 10 min and it will make a world of difference in cold weather .
Yeah-the Duramax has a high idle feature built into the DIC.
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