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Old December 1st, 2011, 12:45 PM   #21
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I didn't drive mine everyday so if I wanted it to start it needed plugged in for about 4 hours.

A 7.3 sitting for a week = hard to start at zero degrees.

I think its easier on it as well
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Old December 1st, 2011, 02:19 PM   #22
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When mine fit in the garage i never plugged it in. Now she sits in the driveway and I only plug it in when it's going to be under 20 degrees. Seems to be the temp when it starts sounding like a box of rocks if I don't.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 05:02 PM   #23
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Plugging it in isn't just so it starts well. Most vehicles only have a coolant heater, but oil heaters are also common. Heating the coolant will help the oil warm up faster and reduce start up wear.

For me, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. My truck takes forever to get warmed up, my car gets warm quickly. My parents always plug their rigs in.

If you're leaving the same time most days, get a timer and plug it in, it is better for it.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:49 PM   #24
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I never plugged in my cummins, Once it fired i would let it idle or about a min and then high idle it while i went and drank a cup of coffee. Not sure what i will do with my PSD i have this year. Cummins does not recommend letting them idle long with out high idling them as it does nothing to warm them up.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 11:14 PM   #25
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With my 7.3s I noticed if I plug them in they make heat within 5 minutes and start very easily on cold days. The one in the heated garage doesn't get plugged in but the one outside will be getting plugged in once it starts getting colder out.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 07:38 AM   #26
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I never plugged in my cummins, Once it fired i would let it idle or about a min and then high idle it while i went and drank a cup of coffee. Not sure what i will do with my PSD i have this year. Cummins does not recommend letting them idle long with out high idling them as it does nothing to warm them up.
My PSD has the high Idle built in. About a minute after you start it, it goes into high idle until you touch the brake pedal.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 08:04 AM   #27
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x2 my Cummins does also
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 09:00 AM   #28
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As I said I plug mine in for an hour if its super cold out before I use it, it's not a daily driver. As for heat and warming it up, I let mine high idle for one minute when it is cold before leaving. Once I do that I have about a 1/4 mile of 15-25 mph subdivision roads before I get to the main road, plenty of warm up time in my case.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 10:50 AM   #29
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For the PSD owners, your truck has to make over 540 psi of oil pressure for the truck to start. Normal operating PSI is around 1k. It's not always how easy it is to start but what are you doing to the injectors with 35 degree oil. Especially if you are running dino oil.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 08:23 PM   #30
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Neither Jim or I have ever plugged our CTD's in. Mine usually gets garaged in the winter, but his sits outside. Neither truck is a DD and sometimes they can sit for a week. So far haven't had any problems gettng them started. We also start them up a good 10 minutes or more before going anywhere.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 11:46 AM   #31
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My stroke DD sits outside, it gets plugged in if it's going below freezing. starts easier and it's just better for it. Once started it usually sits and high idles for close to a half hour while i eat breakfast and pack my lunch, I like a nice warm ride to work. Of course I'm also the guy that usually waits for the EGT's to warm up/cool down before driving/shutting it off.
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Old December 6th, 2011, 08:20 PM   #32
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My stroke DD sits outside, it gets plugged in if it's going below freezing. starts easier and it's just better for it. Once started it usually sits and high idles for close to a half hour while i eat breakfast and pack my lunch, I like a nice warm ride to work. Of course I'm also the guy that usually waits for the EGT's to warm up/cool down before driving/shutting it off.
VGT's don't take to well to idling. I wouldn't have mentioned it but you seem pretty turbo conscience.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 11:39 AM   #33
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I guess I'm not sure what you mean by "VGT". I was refering to exhaust gas temp, as at least a two minute warm up and cool down phase is reccomended by most turbo manufacturers. please correct me if I'm wrong and sorry for taking the thread kind of off topic.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 12:11 PM   #34
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I plug my 7.3 powerstroke in because its a HEUI motor. (the oil drives the injectors). I fire it up and it runs smooth and the heat is already warm. If I dont plug it in, it fires right up but I dont get heat until I hit the parking lot at work (2 miles away haha) and I would like t get it at operating temp every time it runs. In my experience, the dcummins and duramaxes run alot better cold/start up easier because they dont rely on the cold thick oil that pumps through the injectors like the 7.3/6.0 strokers.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #35
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I don't plug my 97 7.3 in. It sometimes sites for a day or two. Fires rite up. If it does not when the temp is 0* or above you have a glow plug relay issue or a glow plug issue itself.

I have a TS 6 pos switch so I have the high idle built into that. I also put the ebpv on a manual switch so I control it. With that on and high idle, heat is made within less than 5 mins.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 02:20 PM   #36
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I haven't plugged my cummins in.14 degrees this morning and it took right off.
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Old December 10th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #37
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19oF this morning.

2000 F350 with 220K miles. It got 4 times to crank. It so hard. Going need switch cheapo supertech 15w40 to Shell 5W40 I had in garage.

If it was me I would plug block heater 2 hours min.

Last year I had 87 F250 with 6.9L diesel. It was PITA. Thank god it had brand new denso starter from preview owner. It would shake whole truck for about 5 min with tons of smoke out exhaust.
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I heard anything over 3 hrs being plugged is a waste of power.
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Old December 11th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #39
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i plug my 01 7.3 ford in every night its gonna be under 40. If it plugs in the heat warms up faster and the truck starts better
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I heard anything over 3 hrs being plugged is a waste of power.
Agree on that. I think 2 hours is min. If there wind chill below -15oF then 3-5 hours would do.
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