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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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Default Diesel owners...Do you plug your truck in in cold weather?

I am wondering what peoples stance is on this. I bought my 01 Dodge at the end of Januaryast year, it is my dd as well as tow rig. I have never bothered to plug it in at night. I park in the garage (not heated) so it is out of the wind and its starts just fine...even with temps around 0* it starts right up. I can see no reason to spend the money on the electricity to plug it in when it starts easily without it. I have heard people say they do it because it is easier on the truck but see no reason why thats true...am I missing something?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:46 AM   #2
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I believe it's a little easier on the start motors and "maybe" the glow plug relay/heating grid systems.

My trucks got 200+ miles on it, and it usually will start with out being plugged in (99% of the time). I do plug it in for about an hour before I use it if it has been sitting for longer than a a few days, but since you are DD'ing your truck AND parking in a garage I don't think I'd waste a penny on pluggin it in.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:50 AM   #3
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I have not plugged mine in yet but I know up here we've seen days of -30 so it will be plugged in once the plow goes on also have remote start with a 30 sec timer on it I'm spoiled
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I also have a remote start so i hardly ever plug mine in.
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I plug mine in, I dont plug mine in...it still starts the same either way...so now I never plug mine in
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:05 AM   #6
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I have not plugged mine in yet but I know up here we've seen days of -30 so it will be plugged in once the plow goes on also have remote start with a 30 sec timer on it I'm spoiled

I don't think 30 seconds would cycle the intake heater....i guess I have never timed it but it seems like it ia longer than that.
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My light goes off after about 20 seconds
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:09 AM   #8
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I plug mine in, but only because my ebv is a pita and if I don't plug it in it has to run forever before I can get over 30mph.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:11 AM   #9
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Mine keeps tripping the breaker in the house, but FrdBoy did a lot of work on the glow-plugs, batteries, and relay last year, so it starts pretty decent without plugging it in.
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I plug mine it cause, it keeps the ice off the windshield :)
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:19 AM   #11
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I plug mine in, I dont plug mine in...it still starts the same either way...so now I never plug mine in


My friends 06 dodge is the same way. You cannot tell the difference in starting it with it plugged in vrs starting it without it plugged in. This is also part of the reason I never bother.
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I believe it's a little easier on the start motors and "maybe" the glow plug relay/heating grid systems.

My trucks got 200+ miles on it, and it usually will start with out being plugged in (99% of the time). I do plug it in for about an hour before I use it if it has been sitting for longer than a a few days, but since you are DD'ing your truck AND parking in a garage I don't think I'd waste a penny on pluggin it in.

x2 - If its in a garage then there is little use of plugging it in. Is it cold in the garage? Maybe... but it is likey warmer then outside. Running the engine block warmer uses a lot of electricity, especially if you let it run for a long time.

The only time I plug mine in is if it is parked outside and I know that it will be pretty cold. That said I have a HD timer that I use so that it only turns on the heater ~1hour before I know that I am going to use it.
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I plug it in for peace of mind....I DD it and need it to start. Its not that pricey to plug it in
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you guys all using a timer or just plug it in when you park it?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 10:43 AM   #15
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x2 - If its in a garage then there is little use of plugging it in. Is it cold in the garage? Maybe... but it is likey warmer then outside. Running the engine block warmer uses a lot of electricity, especially if you let it run for a long time.

The only time I plug mine in is if it is parked outside and I know that it will be pretty cold. That said I have a HD timer that I use so that it only turns on the heater ~1hour before I know that I am going to use it.


The garage is detached from the house, not insulated, not heated but it does block wind so your right, it is slightly warmer.

I was gonna do what you did and buy a timer and set it to come on an hour or so before I leave for work but I really don't think it is necessary....i guess I will wait till it starts getting really cold everynight and see what happens
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I plug it in for peace of mind....I DD it and need it to start. Its not that pricey to plug it in
Really? On my 99' RAM I saw about a $15 a month increase in my electric bill when I would plug in my truck and leave it plugged in overnight.

Based on this data set, anything over 2 hours is a waste of electricity... All you are doing is keeping it warm. http://www.metrompg.com/posts/block-...to-plug-in.htm

Sure $15 a month is not THAT much, but for the cost of a 1000w timer I can save ~$50 over a winter if I hooked up every night.
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The garage is detached from the house, not insulated, not heated but it does block wind so your right, it is slightly warmer.

I was gonna do what you did and buy a timer and set it to come on an hour or so before I leave for work but I really don't think it is necessary....i guess I will wait till it starts getting really cold everynight and see what happens

Take a look at this thread: http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/d...se-t94900.html
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I like having heat when I start up the truck so it gets plugged in... It will start without it though.
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Another thing to consider, running your block heater may help heat the oil up providing better lubrication on start-up. International recommends not letting the DT/466 come off idle for the first 5 minutes so the oil can warm, just up for reference.

If I wanted to hop in a diesel and take off, I'd definitely plug it in.
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Some interesting info.

I guess for me the big thing is it acts the same whether it is 50* or 10*, it doesnt run rough or knock like some in that thread stated. If it does start doing those things I will plug it ini I suppose.

As it is I start it, let it idle a few mins then drive it. It builds oil pressure quickly without overbuilding....the gauge stays in the normal range
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