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its cold outside.is your fuel economy taking a nasty hit? the cause may be more than winter fuel

 
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:08 PM
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How about 3 of 'em?
 
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3 of them OUCH!! I'm with ford250. I have a list of need to do, should do, and gonna have to do, on one. If I had 3 I would sell the others to buy parts for the one I kept.
 
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Use a timer on your extension cord. Have it kick in 2 hours before you plan to start the rig... save the unnecessary extra 8+ hours of block heater time.
 
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:39 PM
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When it real cold the block heater has to be in for over six hours to start with no fast idle. 2 hours does nothing here when its cold and it still kinda rattly on startup.
 
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:42 PM
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On my 7.3 I have a tank heater (heater you plumb into the heater lines) + the block heater.


2 hours, it would fire right up like in the middle of summer, no fast idle, and have heat in the cab right away
 
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:12 AM
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Sounds like i need an additional heater!
 
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:31 PM
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Sounds like i need an additional heater!
Sounds like yours is the way mine is. Brand new replacement block heater from Napa, and even with it plugged in for a couple of hours it takes 10 minutes for the truck to kick into low idle (around 1-5 degrees out at 7am recently)

I know the wiring in my apartment is crap and isn't helping any. Been debating on just leaving it plugged in overnight. Might just using a different outlet, since I've been using the kitchen one that has a fuse since my last rotten block heater cord caught fire...
 
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bump.it's that time of year again guys.
 
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Yep, winter fuel, my long warm ups (I always wait till the high idle kicks off before taking off).



Oh well, all gonna be over in a week when my van goes for storage, then once again, I'll be IDIless for winter.
 
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What's wrong with our stock temp gauges?
 
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What's wrong with our stock temp gauges?
they are inaccurate as all get out. my stock gauge hardly gets to the n on normal but my real temp gauge shows right at 190.
 
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winter blend fuel.......
 
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:23 PM
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How do you install an aftermarket gauge? I have one for a gas but id have to see what the temp sweep is. What's a good range for our engines
 
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I've noticed my MPG has dropped into the 13.xx range with the cold weather. Of course I usually let it idle for about 10 minutes in the morning to melt the ice.

Just in time for diesel prices to jump too. Went from 3.91 to 4.25 a gallon in about 4 days.....GRRRRR. Hopefully it will come down after Thanksgiving.
 
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yep, you can thank extended idle times and winter blend for that low mpg. i usually don't even check my mpg during the winter/cold months.
 

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