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Old December 13th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default 7.3 Powerstroke Winter care (for skoots, he's got dead truck again)

And well, for me, too, cuz I dont want dead truck.

Soooo.

Plug it in?
Add stuff to the fuel?
Not add stuff to the fuel?
New glow plugs? (how often should these be changed?)



Obvious things that come to mind for me, clean fuel filter and oil change before winter months, strong batteries, good starter.
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yes plug it in, auto zone sells the supplement in a big white bottle treats up to 250 gallons. i forget the name, but we run it and it has never failed. what year 7.3 i know the glowplugs last pretty good on them. change the filters and yes oil and you should be good. let them warm up before you drive. i know its obious but it helps. also you may want to put in some of the treatment to help against algie in the tank just because you never if the po let it sit low or not.
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i missed the part about it being for skoot..... in that case he should just let me take the truck off his hands its to much trouble for him to deal with. haha
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is a fuel additive a necessity on a diesel in the winter? Year round?
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we run it every other tank. when we miss and dont run it for a while you can tell. starts a little harder and doesnt run quite right. so we run it all year.
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you don't need to plug it in unless you want heat faster. If you do decide to plug it in, go buy a high wattage timer and have it turn on 3 hours before you start the truck in the morning. Don't plug it in all the time, as it is a high watt heater (750-1000W depending on year).

It should be able to start just on glow plugs, even on mornings like this.

Winter diesel fuel has anti-gelling additives in it already. If you are driving the ruck everyday I wouldn't worry about it. If it is a tow queen and sits a lot, throw some stanadyne additives in it. They have a bunch of diesel additives, make sure you get the one that has anti gelling.

I don't feel like going through troubleshooting the GP system. If your truck isn't starting, we can go through it. I swear I've posted it on here before, most likely when Skoot had a dead truck last winter... The GPs need to be changed when the truck won't start on mornings like this. There is no replacement schedule.
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Anti gel isn't a big issue when you buy fuel in Michigan it should be pretreated to -20 degrees. If not the station uses heated tanks and your getting screwed.
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Advice from me I know will be laughed at but from my own experience with my 7.3 if the glow plug relay is working, the truck has been plugged in and the batterys are in good operating condition the truck should run.

Also change out the fuel filter & change the oil, add in a can of Iso-heet & keep an extra one with you.

With all that said, my truck just hates the winter & cold so its a guessing game if mine will run when its cold It was laboring trying to turn over at 8am today.
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oh, run synthetic oil in the winter (if not all year round)
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i disagree on plugging it in. ours starts so much easier when its been plugged in. i can take a video and show you if youd like. glow plugs are new, dont get me wrong it will start, but its starts easier when its been plugged in. on the anti gel its more of a prevent. our diesel here in hartland isnt always as good as it would be back in farmington.
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Don't forget to check glowplug relay and air intake/fuel heater relay.Found mine were bad after changing glow plugs.
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oh, run synthetic oil in the winter (if not all year round)
why is that?
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you don't need to plug it in unless you want heat faster. If you do decide to plug it in, go buy a high wattage timer and have it turn on 3 hours before you start the truck in the morning. Don't plug it in all the time, as it is a high watt heater (750-1000W depending on year).

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Winter diesel fuel has anti-gelling additives in it already. If you are driving the ruck everyday I wouldn't worry about it. If it is a tow queen and sits a lot, throw some stanadyne additives in it. They have a bunch of diesel additives, make sure you get the one that has anti gelling.

I don't feel like going through troubleshooting the GP system. If your truck isn't starting, we can go through it. I swear I've posted it on here before, most likely when Skoot had a dead truck last winter... The GPs need to be changed when the truck won't start on mornings like this. There is no replacement schedule.
Thanks Bill. I bought a well used one, so I am sure I will have some trouble shooting to do from time to time. Was told the truck used shell rotella from day one? does that sound right?

Skootz, your advice sounds correct, but your experience tells otherwise
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Rotella make a 10w/40 oil.I run that in the winter,starts easier.
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i disagree on plugging it in. ours starts so much easier when its been plugged in. i can take a video and show you if youd like. glow plugs are new, dont get me wrong it will start, but its starts easier when its been plugged in. on the anti gel its more of a prevent. our diesel here in hartland isnt always as good as it would be back in farmington.
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Rotella make a 10w/40 oil.I run that in the winter,starts easier.
I recommend shell rotella 5w40 synthetic all year round
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Thanks Bill. I bought a well used one, so I am sure I will have some trouble shooting to do from time to time. Was told the truck used shell rotella from day one? does that sound right?

Skootz, your advice sounds correct, but your experience tells otherwise
yah you may want to check with someone other then him lol
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but they have good pizza lol
thats true. we have found there diesel just does not run right. we went to the bp down on 59 and it solved the problem.
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This is my second winter with my 7.3, and I recommend plugging it in. The difference is starting is not even comparable to when you do not plug it in. I do not use any additives in the fuel system. I usually plug it in before I go to bed around 10pm.
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