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Old 01-03-2018, 11:12 AM
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Anyone use them? I am looking at putting one on my pickup. The truck is/does everything I could want, except start in the COLD cold. Yes I have verified the glow plugs work, and the block heater, and the batts are good. Its only hard to start at 0* and below. Yes, I neglected to put thin oil in, in time for the cold, but I doubt that could be the only thing stopping her from starting.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:15 AM
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Ditch the oil NOW.

If it wasn't that old (allot of miles on it) just leave the filter.

Yes, I left it in the skid steer once, pegging the oil pressure gage
is not my idea of a good time.

And yes, thick oil means your starter can't roll it over fast enough
block heaters don't really heat the oil (Mine does if I leave it an hour or so, inside the shed)
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:33 AM
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Oil is the problem.
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:17 PM
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No experience with Espar, but did pick up a webasto heater that I plan to put in my truck. The lighter oil will help for sure.

When I get to putting the Webasto in I’ll try to grab pics and make a thread.


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Old 01-03-2018, 01:56 PM
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I don't remember exactly aren't you running a 6.5 gmc? At those temps every thing is important, injector spray pattern and pop off pressure is critical. Of course non of that matters if your cranking speed is under 120 rpm.

The thick oil is likely the culprit. Here's a quick solution from amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kats-24150-Wa.../dp/B000I8TQD6
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:04 PM
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Where doo you plug that heater into when you go into work ?

Oil is cheap, change it out for the correct type.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:05 PM
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Yes, 6.5. I dont take the truck to my job, i drive the vw for the commute. I use my truck to pick up and drop off pallets of government surplus right now. Once i get it to start in this -10* weather maybe it will go out more.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:05 PM
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We have both the Webasto (46) and Espar's (2) on our Buses. We have them set to startup 1 1/2 hours before the drivers come in. They work great, engine temp gauge shows around 120* before cranking. They take very little maintenance.
We have the "Top C" webasto, and I'm not sure which model the Espars are (never had to work on them yet!).
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:24 PM
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We actually use Webasto's in our new asphalt heaters (gen II).

www.hotpatchheater.com
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Old 01-04-2018, 08:54 AM
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I think pump fuel is generally decent but I still dose my truck with stanadyne blue, or power service white every tank.
Both are supposed to raise the cetane numbers, remove water, and prevent fuel gelling, I think the bottle says something about making women adore you also, but for the most part I think it just helps with the cetane and anti gel It definitely won't hurt your situation.

Don't use the red bottle from power service (diesel 911?) unless you are frozen up with gelled fuel. It has alcohol or something in it that your truck shouldn't get a steady diet of. The white bottle (diesel fuel supplement) is for daily use. Gray bottle is for warm weather.


I also have switched to running 5W40 synthetic in my truck and as much as I hate paying for it, it cranks a lot easier and runs smoother on cold starts.
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