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Old October 6th, 2009, 11:00 PM
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Winter and TDI

I've run a search and wasn't able to locate a specific thread on winter and the TDI. I was fortunate enough to have my 300tdi sit out last winter - it may have to do some duty this year in Toronto, Canada.

Specifically, I am interested in what block heaters everyone is running. Does the install require removal of the manifold etc.? Any hints on the process would be appreciated? I am switching to Amsoil anti-freeze shortly so it would be the ideal time for the install.

Also, I am going to make the switch to synthetic motor oil for the winter months. I've read of increased motor leaks with synthetics. Is there a suggested winter weight and type?

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Old October 7th, 2009, 12:30 AM
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just answering the first part of your question re: block heaters... technically no block heater but I run a Webasto and seriously would hate to go without it...
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Old October 7th, 2009, 07:57 AM
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It will start a bit more sluggishly in cold weather, but we have an Espar to save the wear and tear and provide immediate heat.

I've used synthetic since new in my tdi and its been great, I've never had a even with switching vehicles from dino to synthetic on other motors.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 10:37 AM
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Zerostart (aka Temro) 600W 'freeze plug heater' P/N 3100087 fits a 200TDI, I assume the 300TDI is the same.

http://www.landroveraddict.com/smf/i...topic=366580.0

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Old October 7th, 2009, 06:01 PM
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Yes, the Temro 3100087 fits the 300Tdi. That's what I have in mine Henry and it saw a LOT of use last winter. You can get it at Carquest. Little pricey at $94.87 though, but worth it. Put it on a timer for two hours and a nice easy start. I did't even need to use the glow plugs.

Mine was pretty easy to install but only because the engine was sitting on the bench at the time. Will be a little trickier with the engine sitting in the truck. I put mine in the centre freeze plug, but in retrospect, it that might not have been the best spot. Will be tough to change in the future is the need arises but I couldn't say for sure if the heater will fit in either of the other two freeze plugs locations.

Was thinking of going to synthetic oil as well this winter. Not sure which one yet.

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Old October 8th, 2009, 03:14 PM
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Brett

Thanks for the reply - I am hoping to get out to Carquest this afternoon. Did you use any Waxoyl or other rust treatment?

Henry
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Old October 8th, 2009, 08:18 PM
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No Henry, I haven't done any Waxoyl or other rust treatment and it pains me all winter long driving on those flippin salted roads around the GTA. I need to do something about that.

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Old October 16th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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Hey John,
You put a #310087 in your truck, which is a 600w 2.06" model
do you think a 400w 2.135" model would fit
its model#310088


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Zerostart (aka Temro) 600W 'freeze plug heater' P/N 3100087 fits a 200TDI, I assume the 300TDI is the same.

http://www.landroveraddict.com/smf/i...topic=366580.0

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Old October 16th, 2009, 12:37 PM
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I have a Webasto...

We did install one of these in a friends 200TDI and it was a VERY tight fit in the frost plug hole, so, NO, a larger size won't fit. I should have measured, but I would not doubt it is a 2" hole.
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Old October 16th, 2009, 05:18 PM
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Which plug did you put it in? I just called and am able to exchange mine for the one you used.
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Old October 16th, 2009, 07:54 PM
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Middle one. Not sure if it matters.
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