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way2roll

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Posted: 12/19/20 07:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a new F350 with the 6.7l turbo diesel. Here in NC it never gets cold enough for me to be concerned, but we may be travelling north after the holidays. Temps where we are going can get into the teens at night. My truck does not have the optional block heater. From what I read, these trucks behave OK until below zero. Do I need to be concerned? What about fuel gelling? Sorry if these seem like silly questions, the manual isn't as helpful as I like and frankly I find real world experience more helpful. I've owned diesel tractors and treated the fuel in winter but they had glow plugs etc but my experience with this type of engine is limited. Thanks.


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Posted: 12/19/20 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2012 F250 has glow plugs I would think that yours has them also.

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How far north are you going? Unless you're going where the temps are well below 0 every day all day your 6.7L will be fine. Without an engine heater on a really cold day it will be noisy when you start it but quiet down when the engine warms. Nothing to be concerned about there. Here in IL I rarely plug in my engine heater. The only time I do is when I know it's going to be cold and I want it to warm up quicker so it's warmer inside.
In cold locations, and most likely even in NC, diesel fuel is winterized to prevent jelling.


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I'd be more concerned to see if it has a tailgate heater, nobody wants cold hands, lol.

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Never had a diesel pickup, and the newest was a 3406E.
Over the decades, the biggest issues I have had with fuel gelling is fill up then drive north to colder weather, or fill in the fall, then try to run it in real cold weather.
Most places that sell a lot of fuel will have the fuel blended for expected weather.

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chris3403 wrote:

My 2012 F250 has glow plugs I would think that yours has them also.


All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs


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Just to clarify we will be travelling to MD - we used to live there. While typically temps aren't usually an issue, they've had a cold snap that puts temps into the low teens at night. If my truck has glow plugs how do I activate them? I remember my Kubota had a settling on the ignition to hold them however long you needed, usually 20-30 seconds.

On edit- according to the manual it is correct that this engine has glow plugs. It reads that they are automatic. In very cold temps reading a few sensors will activate them for a calculated length of time and the screen should say "engine start pending" until the systems decide when start the engine. It also states that idling will not bring the engine up to operating temperature and warns against idling for lengthy periods of time.

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Just buy some Diesel anti-Gel additive if you're concerned about it. I use Howes 103060 'Diesel Treat' Diesel Conditioner and Anti-Gel but here in the North, refineries ship out their winter blend of fuel. They claim it won't Gel but better safe than sorry. You can get an Anti-Gel additive at any auto store. If you can't find it in NC, get it once you arrive in MD.


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Teen temps are no issue. Generally when you travel to areas that need winter blend diesel, the stations have winter blend diesel. For your glow plugs, just turn your ignition to run until the light goes off and then start it up.


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agesilaus wrote:

All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs


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