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sgtsandman

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Although my EFI 460 wasnt to thrilled about starting that day either.
This is why my vehicles have a block heater as a minimum. The 2011 has that, an oil pan heater, and a battery blanket. The 2019 will get the same and a pan heater for the transmission.

It prolongs the life of the powertrain, starts easier, (and most importantly) and allows the vehicle to warm up oh so much faster at 5 am when I’m hating life and have yet to have any coffee. Like in 2-3 minutes driving to the main road in town instead of 5+ minutes and seeming like an eternity. Especially in years like this where my “summer vacation” is in the Middle East. Winter is going to be colder than normal for me. :(
 


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This is why my vehicles have a block heater as a minimum. The 2011 has that, an oil pan heater, and a battery blanket. The 2019 will get the same and a pan heater for the transmission.

It prolongs the life of the powertrain, starts easier, (and most importantly) and allows the vehicle to warm up oh so much faster at 5 am when I’m hating life and have yet to have any coffee. Like in 2-3 minutes driving to the main road in town instead of 5+ minutes and seeming like an eternity. Especially in years like this where my “summer vacation” is in the Middle East. Winter is going to be colder than normal for me. :(
It usually dont get cold enough for a heater to be needed. I just let them idle 3 or 4 min before taking off. Usually we only have a week or so of below 0 shit.

That -38 was horrible though, that whole week we had semis gellin left and right
 

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Some of that depends on what the engine made out of. My ‘98 with the 2.5 Lima took forever to warm up. The engine was cast iron block and head. A frigging tank of an engine but good lord did it take a long time to warm up. That was the first engine I broke down and got the whole kit for. Before that, a block heater was good enough.
 

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Thank you SgtSandman for standing up for our country! :)
 

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Some of that depends on what the engine made out of. My ‘98 with the 2.5 Lima took forever to warm up. The engine was cast iron block and head. A frigging tank of an engine but good lord did it take a long time to warm up. That was the first engine I broke down and got the whole kit for. Before that, a block heater was good enough.
Not so much really. Your 2.5 had the same radiator as a 4.0 so it probably had a little extra coolant for its size.
 

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Could be. Now that I think about it, the radiators do seem to be the same ones. The thermostat should have helped limit that by not opening up until it was hot enough. The thermostat was changed for a new one when the engine went in. The original engine took out cylinders #1 &#2 when the head gasket let loose.
 

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I run a battery blanket, oil pan heater, block heater and battery tender. Everything on a timer 2 hours before I leave. It can be -30 and the truck starts like its summer time and I have heat in the cab almost instantly.

When I drove it down south people kept asking what all the plugs hanging out of my grill were for....
 

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I run all mine into one of those extensions with the three way outlet on the one side. The plugs get RTVd in place. Seems to work thus far with no corrosion issues.

I do get the question about the plug though. Then someone invariably makes a comment about not having problems starting their vehicles. I gave up answering those people since they obviously can’t make the connection of heaters equal warmer engine and faster warming times.
 

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On topic: maybe a banner for those of us with standalone ECUs?? ;missingteeth;
 

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What is this “on topic” you speak of?
 

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Has any thread around here ever stayed "on topic" after 2 pages?
 

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Has any thread around here ever stayed "on topic" after 2 pages?
Only in the old days when me, fast, allan d and a few others would go around and around about the merits of a 2.9.

Ive mellowed a bit these days.
 

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On topic: maybe a banner for those of us with standalone ECUs?? ;missingteeth;
More worthy would be a banner for those of us who surive -40* EVERY WINTER. That'd be those of us who live on the Canadian prairies.
 

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More worthy would be a banner for those of us who surive -40* EVERY WINTER. That'd be those of us who live on the Canadian prairies.
I agree, and there are a few even farther north than us, both Canadian and American.
 

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