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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-04-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Its Cold.. Plug in?

Now that it is cold and she wont fit in the new garage I am wondering if I keep it plugged in all the time or if I need to plug it in before I use it.. I must mention I never drive her due to a provided vehicle.. So she just sits and gets really cold.. My low temps are 5-10 degrees.. Any advice on the plug in would be great. Note: I thought about a heavy duty timer just curious.. Thanks..

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I use a timer on mine. Set at 4 hours before I leave for work.

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I use a timer on mine also, about 3 hours before I head to work.
If you aren't driving it during the winter, are you at least starting it every few days?

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Well I guess thats what I am asking. I will be driving it to the store here and there.. as long as I keep it going every few days?

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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-05-2011, 05:54 AM
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Newbie question (in the market for 2006): What happens if you don't start it for an extended period of time, besides maybe killing the battery?
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Nothing will happen if you do not start it for an extended amount of time. I would not let is set more than a month or so without starting it. That helps keep the oil stirred up and the batteries charged.
As far as cold weater goes mine never get plugged in. I also never see temps in lower than about 15-20* and that is only for a short time. Last year we hit a -25 and I still did not have to plug in my truck.It was a freak winter storm that cooled it down here for about a week.



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my truck is a southern truck, do they come factory with them or is it a add on.

And how much trouble is it to add one.

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They all come with block heaters. IIRC it is tucked up by the passenger side battery.



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IIRC Duramax trucks have a thermostat on the block heater/battery blanket cord that won't kick in unless it hits a certain temp, -15 C? I always plug mine in when its colder than -10 or I start it a few times a day if no plug in is available.

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If you are saying that the block heater won't turn on unless ambient temps are around -15c (+5f ?) then you would be incorrect. I know it turns on at warmer temps then that. I know it's been in the 30's f and mine has come on.

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