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Old December 3rd, 2006, 06:17 PM
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surprised at 300Tdi cold weather starts

Went out to start the Rover this morning at a brisk 9 degrees fahrenheit and was amazed that it started right up...amazing. My old 6.2L Chevy Blazer diesel wouldn't even crank at 32 degrees without a block heater...I wonder just how cold it has to be to prevent the 300tdi from starting up?
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 07:37 PM
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Not sure how cold it has to be to have issues. I ended up removing my glow plug switch all together. Here in Cali I haven't needed the glow plugs once. Even up in Big Bear when it was in the mid 30's.
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 08:13 PM
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I've had no issues starting up at 10 and 20 below 0F in Maine when the glow plug is used.

Although getting any cabin heat at those temps is an issue...
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 09:45 PM
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David,
if that is true...I guess I don't need to bother with the espar coolant heater...cabin heat doesn't matter to me, but not starting does...
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Old December 3rd, 2006, 09:55 PM
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I would still go with the heater, or at least a block heater of some kind if you are starting in those temps daily. It will only help the engine.
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I only hook up my glow plugs when it gets below 30deg. when its warm out, I have them unhooked.
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I wonder just how cold it has to be to prevent the 300tdi from starting up?
Well, that depends to some extent also on what oil you have in the sump and how big your battery is. I have 5w30 synthetic and something like 900 CCA on my battery, and at -30 C my 300Tdi was no go. I have since installed a coolant heater that runs off of mains electricity for winter weather. I have noticed quite rough starting even at around few degrees below zero C, if no pre-heating is used.

I agree that some kind of block/coolant heater would be good for the engine if you are going to be running it in temps lower than -5 C regularly.

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