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CAN I TRUST HER IN THE COLD ??

Discussion in '1982-Present GM Diesel' started by doctor4x4, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. doctor4x4

    doctor4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Well ski season is almost apon us here in cali
    my Burb has never see temps below 50^
    what can i do 2 make sure it will start in the cold if i cant plug my block heater in
    short of carring a small gene to have power to plug into
    im thinking mabe propane injection ???
    or i have heard of a 80% #2 diesel 20% 91 octane mix for good cold weather runs how hard is this on the diesel moter???
    as i know they are very different fuels ( Diesel v.s. Gas )
    and of course make sure alll 8 glow plugs are working
     
  2. bigblock454

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    Propane will not help and I would never put gas in my fuel. My stock 86 K20 Burb would start in 0 F weather with good GPs and 800 CCA batteries. With a manual GP setup you wouldn't have any problems, you could hold the GPs on for 30 seconds or so, with the new GPs anyhow. Make sure you don't try this with the origional Gps, they would burn in 1/2 and ruin your engine.
     
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    Remove and clean all electrical connections to starter and the batteries. Put cold weather fuel additive-follow directions, put 60G glow plugs in with manual controller, ensure alternator is charging to spec. Cold weather will not cause you to fail to start. It will start better than a carburated vehicle at altitude.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Well ski season is almost apon us here in cali
    my Burb has never see temps below 50^
    what can i do 2 make sure it will start in the cold if i cant plug my block heater in
    short of carring a small gene to have power to plug into
    im thinking mabe propane injection ???
    or i have heard of a 80% #2 diesel 20% 91 octane mix for good cold weather runs how hard is this on the diesel moter???
    as i know they are very different fuels ( Diesel v.s. Gas )
    and of course make sure alll 8 glow plugs are working

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    NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO NOT PUT GAS IN YOUR DIESEL TANK.
    Gas especially 91 octane has agents to prevent detonation, which is basically explosion underpressure.
    Diesel is exactly that, it is a compression engine, no spark.
    The best prevention you can do is have G60's as glow plugs, have a manual override in case you need it, have at least 2 good well charged batteries, and use additives for your fuel.
    There are some for winter use and some for all year round, use the winter stuff it will prevent the fuel from gelling.
    I have had my diesel burried in the snow all day and through midnight, then I turned the key and instantly it fired up.
    No problems ever with the cold with me.
    I was stuck in the snow by the way all the way up to the belly, I waited till it got night time and colder so the powder froze and I was able to drive out.
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  5. doctor4x4

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    COOL THANKS GUYS
    Il sleep a little better tonight
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  6. BiggBlazer

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    If you can, put #1 diesel in, if you can not get it, add 3-4 gallons of kerosene. This will prevent your fuel from gelling and make your diesel much easier to start in the cold. Kerosene mixed in diesel is harmless as diesel is a kerosene and oil mix. Also heating oil is the same as #1 diesel.
     
  7. doctor4x4

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    Thanks for the extra tip BigBlazzer
    living in Manitoba
    Im sure you would know all about cold weather starts :-)
    so sounds like 1 gallon of kerosene to 10 gallons of diesel eh ??
    as i have a 41 gallon tank
     

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