I'm heading out Wednesday morning on a ski trip. This will be the
first time I have taken my truck to such a cold place. Weather is
supposed to dip and stay below 0F.
I live in Dallas, so a broad selection of anti-gel additives are few
and far between. Those of you that live or have lived in warmer
climates like Dallas, what brand of additive do you recommend that I
can get here?
I plan to take an extension cord with me and plug it in at the condo.
Other than that, is there anything else I should concern myself with.
One thing that concerns me is the 75w-140 gear oil I put in it 6
months ago ...
2004 Ram 2500, QC, 4x4, CRD
If you figure on refueling at least once before you get to the ski area,
more than 3/4 of a tank, the cold weather area fuels will already be
winterized, so no additives needed, but if you don't need to refuel have an
additive ordered in by your fuel supplier or a parts store.
I was told that at least on my new 2007 6.7L CTD I don't have to worry
about it much. It has a fuel pre-heater that prevents the problem.
Since this is my 1st diesel I admit I have little knowledge on the matter.
I had that happen on a Navistar bobtail in 90 because the bosses didn't
listen to either me or the company's mechanic.
It shut down the mobile recycling program at the local handicapped training
facility for two weeks.
On Mon, 21 Jan 2008 18:16:15 -0700, "Budd Cochran"
Budd, you come in here unanounced, like nothing has changed after being gone for
a year or more. You have been helpfull, unargumentive, pleasent, and now you're
agreeing with Roy. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THE REAL BUDD?
Well, I didn't say it didn't get cold in Dallas. It does. In fact,
it's pretty chilly today! It does not, however, get below 0 and stay
that way for days on end.
Here, I can leave my truck in my garage on the colder days. Where I
am going skiing, it will be sitting outside for 3 days in sub zero
temps. That concerns me a bit. Now, I will have the block heater
plugged in, but the fuel obviously could become a problem.
Good. I hope not.
I'll look for the PS 911.
This is what I use in my Freightliner, should be able to find it at any
Howes Diesel Treat
Diesel Conditioner Plus Anti-Gel
As Budd pointed out, if you fill your tank when you get into the colder
country you should be ok, but I would put some additive in anyway.
When I used to go skiing in Canada for a week, I would open my hood each day
to let the sun warm it up around noon.
Start it up around 1, and let it run for a short while.
After a week, when I left the cold, it ran fine.
don't worry about the oil. for fuel treatment use powerservice brand with
cetane boost. it is available at any truck stop. if you get good fuel this
shouldn't be an issue though. what you are doing is buying yourself
insurace against a bad tank of diesel. we got a bad tank just outside of
denver once and i had to change the fuel filter on the side of the road four
times on just one trip. while we paid for on road fuel the filter was
purple every time i changed it and looked like it had been drug through the
try to use only fuel from a name brand source and buying at high volume
truck stops seems to reduce the chance of a bad load as opposed to the small
mom and pop stations. i drive to kolo"rad"o twice a year in the winter, new
hampshire at least once a year and even make the occasional trek across
wyoming and montanna. we have gotten two bad loads of fuel in a couple of
decades of doing our winter trips. so that is what you need to protect
i would make sure you have an extra filter and the tools to change it on the
side of the road. if your filter freezes up you are stuck.
I may be wrong but isn't it a good idea to add something like Powers or the
like anyway? I was of the belief that beside having anti gel properties, it
also added to the cetane and helped in lubing the IP as well as cleaned the
injectors. Now that I read this it sounds like a "mechanic in a can".<G>
Anyway just a thought.
i do believe if you read the above text just a little more closely you will
see that i recommended powerservice with cetane boost and the OP said he
would add to the mix in amarillo. also sometimes that mechanic in a can
gets you back to the barn instead of walking. ;-)
I do add something at every fill up. I can't remember the name of it,
but my mechanic got it for me. It adds back the lubricity lost in
ULSD among other things. It doesn't have any anti-gel properties to
speak of and I really don't need that living in Dallas. However,
driving to Wyoming changes the need a bit.
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