Anyone who’s picked up their diesel yet: what’s the coldest startup you’ve had yet? Any trouble firing up? For only $95, I wonder if I shoulda just added it.
Unless you will be spending a fair amount of time "up north", parked outside, I really wouldn't sweat it. In the mid-80's through the mid-90's I had a diesel VW Rabbit (no block heater), parked outside 2 blocks from Chicago lakefront, and it only failed to start once. It was 25 below (real, not that lame-ass windchill crap) and you know what - hardly anyone else's car started either! When I bought my Acura (gasoline motor, obviously) I got the block heater option . . . and in 15 years I've never plugged it in. For those in the more rugged/elevated climates a block heater definitely adds value but if you are really home-based in KY you'll never miss it. For only $95 it's not a break-the-bank item, obviously, just passing on my experience.Anyone who’s picked up their diesel yet: what’s the coldest startup you’ve had yet? Any trouble firing up? For only $95, I wonder if I shoulda just added it.
If it's cold enough that you ought to have anti-gelling agents in your fuel, you probably want a block heater too.Anyone who’s picked up their diesel yet: what’s the coldest startup you’ve had yet? Any trouble firing up? For only $95, I wonder if I shoulda just added it.
I think today's high was a positive number here.Going to be 8 degrees here tonight, and 10 tomorrow night. Needless to say, I ordered mine with it. I don’t need it at those temps, but last year we had temps of -15 with a wind chill of -70. At those temps I’ll be plugging in.
I noticed this when I was perusing the supplement manual and thought to myself, define “required”. As in the damn thing is programmed not to start if the thermometer reads below -20F and the block heater isn’t plugged in? I will be parking my rig below -20F far from electricity at times so I guess we’ll find out one way or another. Somehow I doubt Jeep has the balls to disable a vehicle from starting just because it’s cold. My guess is the lawyers recommended that wording so they could reduce legal exposure for accelerated wear or failed parts in extreme cold.Off the manual.
I agree, it would reduce engine wear dramatically. Very cold starts will wear your motor more than you think. 75% Of engine wear is on cold start up until warm.Oil becomes more viscous at lower temperature.. harder to flow through the engine and thus engine have to work harder.. so even if you could theoretically start your vehicle in extremely cold temperatures, you should use the block heater to reduce wear on your engine parts.
I always plug mine in about an hour or two before I need to start my vehicle whenever possible, also reduce my cold start idle times significantly.