i usually start plugging my truck in anytime temps drop below freezing. one
thing ive noticed is that no matter what the temp, if i crank the truck
after being plugged in i dont get the white smoke that i get when i crank
the truck in the cold without having been plugged in.
what would you recommend for heating the oil pan? what about the fuel tank?
Nathan in Montana
You shouldn't need it if you run synthetic but if you want to use one I've
used the magnetic heaters that just stick on the oil pan. They work great on
farm equipment when I forget to plug them in...
what about the fuel tank?
I've never seen anything other than the fuel heaters warmed by coolant and
those were only on the big trucks.
Here in Anchorage, we get by with just the block heater. In Fairbanks, they
use an oil pan heater and a blanket for the battery. You also should look
into synthetic oil and make damn sure the coolant is up to snuff. In
extreme cold (-30) most people don't shut vehicles off unless its plugged
in, especially diesels.
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