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Old 10-20-2013, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Plugging Block Heater in Cold Temps?

I know when temps are below -18 *C (according to the manual, after -10 *C IMO) you should plug in the block heater. I just bought my first house and FINALLY I'll have a garage. It's a double detached fully insualted(above and beyond code) but not heated. So my question is if I park the Ol' LBZ in the garage should I still be plugging it in? The temps in the winter will consistently reach anywhere from -30*C to -50*C. So I'm not sure what I should do here. Any help/opinions from guys that park in there un-heated garage would be appreciated.
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If the garage is insulated really good and you keep the doors closed you might be surprised how long it will retain heat.Every time you park the warm truck inside you are adding more heat.
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So don't bother plugging in? I don't mind plugging it in if its needed or recommended but don't wanna be that dumbass that's going above and beyond just because. I guess I'll be able to tell once I move in and see how cold it actually gets in there in the winter months. I'm just kinda looking for what other guys do , since I've never had a garage before.
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tell ya what. when i'd park my truck at the yard sunday night and pick it up on friday night it sat unplugged. there is glow plugs for a reason. mine has started rather effortlessly at -40


that being said ive seen where guys have complained of hard starting when plugging it because they didnt have it plugged long enough. from what ive read the issue lies in the heating of the motor and the glowplugs themselves. it'll warm the engine enough to keep the gp's from lighting up but not enough to thoroughly warm the engine for starting.

i plug mine in at home when its -10*F or colder, but if you're undercover itll be much warmer. the coldest ive seen my garage is 15*F when it was about -30 for 5 consecutive days
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Im not worried about it starting. I have left mine for a week at a time unplugged in -50*C and it still started right up(I did have a frozen battery once though). She doesn't let me down. My questioning was because every morning I would normally let it run for 20 mins to a half hour(in the winter) then go hook up to my trailer and start towing, daily. So being that its in the garage I wont be letting it run in there before driving it, so I'll either park outside and plug in and do my usual thing or figure out how I'll work the garage thing maybe plug in maybe not(?). Usually I get up hit the command start and shower get ready then Im out the door and off to hook up my trailer.

And also the glow plug light on my truck is never seen all summer long and in winter only lasts a couple seconds maybe 3-5 on the coldest days. So ya they're there for a reason, agreed, and they work quite well.
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honestly starting and letting her roll out of the garage will be fine. i doubt it gets much warmer idling in the cold than it does sitting in the garage. idk try plugging it in, in the garage-- perhaps thatll warm the fluids. put them on a timer
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Yea Ill check it out once I move I suppose and go from there. Maybe I'll just plug it in(and maybe not) but just calmly drive up the hill about a mile drive up town to my trailer keeping the RPM's as low as possible. I just hate to tow or even drive it when its not fully warmed up, even though some days in the winter it never gets to operating temp for very long anyway.
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thats what i do. i have the ol lady run my lunch box out and start it a few minutes before i leave. i just muddle a long till she's warm, another reason i wish she had a handshaker
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Well I've done it before but always felt bad for not letting her run long enough, Haa. I guess now's the time to ask, any long term engine wear or issues with doing this? Im assuming not (long as your not revving it up and driving hard) but why not ask while the subject is at hand...
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Once it starts to get cold, throw a thermometer in the garage and see what it's like compared to ambient and go from there. Or as thee Craig said, use a timer, the garage will no doubt stay warmer, so couple hours plugged in inside should help vs plugged in all night outside.
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