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Old 10-21-2008, 03:28 PM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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Duramax cold weather tips?

Just purchaced a 05 duramax dually 4x4. Its a real clean truck with only 70k so I really dont want to drive it much during the winter. Id rather beat up my 2wd 00 Silverado. My question is...can I leave the block heater plugged in for long periods of time? If the snow does get bad I will use the dually because of the 4wd. Does anyone use a trans heater like some racers use to pre heat the oil. Moroso sells a blanket that sticks to the oil pan. Is it a good idea to purchace this heater? I notice that the trans takes a long time to come up to temperature. What is everyone else doing? What about desel additives? What should I add to the desel to stop it from going skunky when it gets cold. Is there anything else I should do that I haven't mentioned? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:32 PM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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Welcome..You don't need the block heater unless below zero IIRC. don't see many single digits here.But the Dmax id designed to start quickly than most before it!Fast acting glow plug system helps a lot.Guys on here have been sub-zero and never plugged their's in!!
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Old 10-21-2008, 03:44 PM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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winter front it nice. if it really cold id recommend plugging it in but i always plug mine in if its not in the garages (its heated). also always have a extra fuel filter and wrench in the pickup and a jug of 911.
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Old 10-21-2008, 04:51 PM   eBay Motors  #4 (permalink)
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where does everyone plug there truck in...ive heard of people doing it because its too cold to start, but i dont no where the plug in thing is??
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where does everyone plug there truck in...ive heard of people doing it because its too cold to start, but i dont no where the plug in thing is??
there is a cord under the hood on the air intake side. its probably wrapped up still under the radiator flood bottle. just look under there and youll find it.
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Welcome Crate.
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Old 10-21-2008, 05:26 PM   eBay Motors  #7 (permalink)
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so whats a jug of 911? Desel? So i shouldn't be adding any anti gel additive or anything like that? What are you using for a filter wrench? I need all this stuff because I do alot of towing and don't want to get stranded.

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Old 10-21-2008, 05:35 PM   eBay Motors  #8 (permalink)
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911 is just a brand of anti gel additive. How cold does it get where your at? I never plug mine in, but the coldest it gets here on average is in the teens at night. Very seldom will we see any single digits.
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so whats a jug of 911? Desel? So i shouldn't be adding any anti gel additive or anything like that? What are you using for a filter wrench? I need all this stuff because I do alot of towing and don't want to get stranded.

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911 you add after you start gelling, it will get you a ways to a warm stop to change you filter, im many caes it will get you all the way home. its great stuff and works miracles. as for a filter wrench i have a closed and open end one. i also carry alot of tools wiht my in the winter to.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:09 PM   eBay Motors  #10 (permalink)
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im in canada...niagara falls way...and sometimes it does get cold here. I just don't want to have any problems. I like to start them and go. I don't mind working on my race cars...i hate working on my tow vehicles. I guess i'll have to cross the boarder and get some 911 because ive never seen it here. Im assuming Pep Boys will carry something like that. I was reading some posts about the fuel filter changing being a pain. I looked under the hood and it looks like a breeze to me. No moving air condit. lines or nothing...its right there. Should I fill the filter with diesel before I reinstall the new one. Does this make it easier to prime?
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