Many of us in the Edmonton area rely on driving to get to work, bring our kids to school, and get food for our families during the winter months. While driving in light winter weather isn’t too bad, harsh winter weather puts a strain on engines. Our engines, like the majority of us, dislike the extreme cold. They work best in warmer weather, and while we can’t control the winter temperatures, we can use engine block heaters to keep our engines warm. Many of our Ford automobiles come equipped with engine block heaters to keep your engine warm throughout the chilly winter months. The cord to plug in your engine block heater is normally situated under the hood, as seen in the photographs below, and we’ve even drawn a box around it for your convenience.
What is an Engine Block Heater?
Let’s take a look at what an engine block heater is and what it does before we get into when you should plug it in. When you start your car, oil circulates through the engine block, lubricating all of the working parts. When we have harsh winter temperatures, such as -20° C or below, the oil thickens and becomes sticky. This makes it more difficult for the oil to travel through your engine, causing it to work more, consume more petrol, and emit more pollution. The engine block heater maintains a temperature that allows the oil to remain thin and flow freely through the engine block.
When to Plug in an Engine Block Heater
While the precise temperature at which you should consider plugging in your engine block heater varies, the main thing to know is that if it’s going to be severely cold overnight or early in the morning, you should probably plug in your vehicle. Newer vehicles can usually start at temperatures as low as -30° C, but if the block heater isn’t connected, the engine will be put under more strain. To be safe, plug in your engine block heater when the temperature drops to -15° C or lower. If you drive a diesel car, you may need to use the engine block heater to keep the temperature from falling too low.
Do you have to plug in diesel trucks in the winter?
Cold has the same vengeance on mechanical objects as it has on organic ones. When winter arrives, efforts must be taken to safeguard diesel engines, new oil burners, and especially older oil burners with glow plugs, in order to maintain powerplants and ensure rigs remain reliable until climates warm up.
Why does a diesel truck have to be plugged in?
Why are diesel trucks equipped with a plug that may be plugged into an outlet? Its purpose is to keep the Engine Block warm so that when you need to start the engine, it will not be too cold to start. Because diesel engines do not have spark plugs, the gasoline is only ignited by the engine’s high compression.
Can I leave my diesel plugged in all night?
Is it okay for me to leave my truck plugged in all night? After three hours, the temperature reaches its highest point ever. Any additional expense is simply a waste of money. If you leave it plugged in all year (winter, summer, or in between), the engine will not be destroyed, but you will have to pay $100 every month to keep it hooked in.
How cold is too cold for diesel?
When it comes to diesel trucks, how cold is too cold? At 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-9.5 degrees Celsius), the diesel fuel in your fuel tank will gel and you will have problems starting your engine. Your diesel vehicle will have troubles if the temperature drops below 15 degrees Fahrenheit / -9.5 degrees Celsius. The diesel won’t be frozen solid, but it won’t be liquid either. You must now rely on heating solutions such as block heaters and glow plugs, which are not available on all diesel engines.
There’s a lot of debate regarding what temperature is too cold for a diesel truck. On the internet, it is stated that the freezing point of diesel fuel is roughly -112 degrees Fahrenheit or -80 degrees Celsius. Now you believe you will never be in a region that gets that cold, so you should be fine. Wrong.
It is not necessary for the diesel in your fuel tank and fuel lines to be solidly frozen to cause you problems. When the temperature drops below 15 degrees Fahrenheit / 9.5 degrees Celsius, the diesel fuel begins to change shape and becomes more like a gel. Consider a gel-like fuel that travels from the fuel tank to the engine. Traveling through the fuel lines would be difficult, and you would have difficulty starting your engine in the frigid winter.
How long should I let my Duramax warm up?
Unless it’s exceedingly cold and you didn’t plug in the block heater, 2-3 minutes should suffice. On a very cold day, you just need a few minutes to get the oil circulated and the pistons to warm up a little (-10 and colder).
When you plug in a diesel truck does it charge the battery?
You may either charge your batteries using a battery charger or jump-start them with another vehicle if your batteries fail. You would simply drive for about 30 minutes after starting the truck until the alternator recharged the batteries. Let’s start with how to use a charger to charge your batteries.
First and foremost, you will require two battery chargers. One for each of the batteries.
Step 1: Disconnect one battery’s negative terminal, then the positive terminal. Replace the second battery and repeat the procedure.
Step 2 Connect one of the chargers’ positive clamps to one of the batteries’ positive terminals. Connect the negative terminal to the negative clamp. Repeat the procedure with the second battery and charger.
Step 3 Set the chargers to a low-amperage charging mode. This will take longer, but the charge will be more complete.
Step 4 After two hours, turn off the battery chargers and try to start your truck. If it still won’t start, use the steps above to reconnect the chargers and charge for another hour.
Step 5 Starting with the negative connections, reinstall the battery terminals.
How long should I plug my truck in?
There are a number of elements to consider when deciding when to use your engine block warmer. A good rule of thumb is to leave it plugged in for at least 2-3 hours, and potentially even longer if it’s particularly chilly outside. Many individuals believe that simply starting the vehicle and allowing it to idle is sufficient to warm the oil and the engine. While this is effective, idling reduces your fuel efficiency and even causes your engine to emit more dangerous emissions. Cold engines use more gas to idle, which means you’ll have to make more journeys to Petro-Canada to keep your tank topped off.
You’ll never need to leave your engine block warmer plugged in for more than four hours. Leaving it plugged in for any longer than that is a waste of money because it will raise your electricity bill. On cooler mornings, keep an eye on the temperature outside and plug your engine in for a bit longer before leaving for work. You can also acquire a block heater timer, which will automatically turn off your engine block heater after a set period of time, so you don’t have to remember to unplug it.
How do you warm up a diesel engine?
You aren’t allowing your engine to warm up.
Don’t be the guy who starts his hot engine and cranks it up right away. The only thing you’re bragging about is your ignorance of the fact that cold, thick oil will not adequately lube your turbo and engine bearings. Allow your engine to warm up in the same way as you would in the morning. Allow the intake heater and glow plugs to do their jobs. Start the engine and give it some time to warm up evenly from the combustion heat.
Can diesel fuel freeze?
When temperatures drop, the bonds between diesel fuel molecules become more rigid, causing them to connect more tightly. The procedure is repeated until thin sheets of diesel are linked together, resulting in a waxy material in the fuel. A little cloudy appearance within the fluid may be the first sign. **
Enough of these wax pieces accumulate in fuel filters over time, clogging them and preventing fuel flow. If the process continues, the fuel may entirely gel, forming a waxy goo that is semi-solid. The fuel supply to the engine has been cut off, and the vehicle is unable to run!
In frigid conditions, the term “gelled” is used to describe unusable equipment. The wax creation process is aided by frozen water molecules in diesel fuel, which provide a template for the wax to develop on. Biodiesel blends tend to hold more water in suspension than other fuels, exacerbating the problem.