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Old February 21st, 2015, 05:22 PM
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We got 10"+ of snow today so we've been driving all over town in the Tdi LWB.
Outside air temps in the upper teens and low 2o's.
The heated front windshield is best though for quick defogging...
Engine temps were good within 5 minutes of running and the Tdi/RRC combo makes plenty of cabin heat.

I'm almost glad that RRC seat heaters NEVER work because I'd be too hot...


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Old February 21st, 2015, 05:27 PM
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I started my Tdi up today; 18*F -no glow plugs(still havent wired them up yet).

Fired right up!

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Old February 21st, 2015, 06:59 PM
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We got 10"+ of snow today so we've been driving all over town in the Tdi LWB.
Outside air temps in the upper teens and low 2o's.
The heated front windshield is best though for quick defogging...
Engine temps were good within 5 minutes of running and the Tdi/RRC combo makes plenty of cabin heat.

I'm almost glad that RRC seat heaters NEVER work because I'd be too hot...


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You are right about the cabin heat in RRC ! After about 5 minutes I can't run it on hi!
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Old February 21st, 2015, 07:22 PM
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Do not ever let it idle cold to warm it up. It is very bad for the engine. Start it and drive it to warm up.
I know this isn't a Land Rover engine, but I seem to remember reading the owners manual for a friends Dodge with a Cummins, and I thought it said to hold the engine at 1500 RPM's until the temp gauge began to move before driving it in temps below freezing. This was a long time ago, so I may be mistaken about this.
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Old February 21st, 2015, 07:44 PM
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Bet you can't say that about your 7.3 tdi
Well, I did take it up to Wintergreen last week @ about 12*F but I let it glow 3x before cranking.
It fired right up but it burned pretty blue smoke until it warmed up.
Then it didnt smoke at all.
Does your 7.3 smoke when cold?

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Old February 21st, 2015, 08:29 PM
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Well, I did take it up to Wintergreen last week @ about 12*F but I let it glow 3x before cranking.
It fired right up but it burned pretty blue smoke until it warmed up.
Then it didnt smoke at all.
Does your 7.3 smoke when cold?

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Nope, get a little white when it first starts in subzero temps for 20 secs or so. Three cycles of those big ass glow plugs kills the 2 interstate 900cca batteries on mine. Twice on the winter romp trip I had to get a double jump. IE trucks on either side. I left it running all night twice. The key is to plug them in but that wasn't an option when staying in hotels with 4-6 feet of snow piled around the exterior of the building.
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I know this isn't a Land Rover engine, but I seem to remember reading the owners manual for a friends Dodge with a Cummins, and I thought it said to hold the engine at 1500 RPM's until the temp gauge began to move before driving it in temps below freezing. This was a long time ago, so I may be mistaken about this.
1500 rpm is not idling. It is still better to drive as it gets the combustion temperatures into a safe range quicker.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 07:41 AM
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I don't think so. Getting it started is the key. Only running issue is keeping the diesel from gelling in the lines. My primary filter is a racor with a bowl heater. The heater is always powered with ignition, but the elemen in the bowl turns on automatically when the fuel is below 45F (I believe that's the temp). Should be a bit warm going back to the tank. When you go farther extreme in temps (sub-zero), then you may need fuel line heaters, tank heaters, block and battery heaters if it's sustaining cold. But a heated filter, heated seats, synthetic oil, the right diesel mix (winter diesel), cabin insulation and a webasto are a good start to cold weather diesel prep.
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We got 10"+ of snow today so we've been driving all over town in the Tdi LWB. Outside air temps in the upper teens and low 2o's. The heated front windshield is best though for quick defogging... Engine temps were good within 5 minutes of running and the Tdi/RRC combo makes plenty of cabin heat. I'm almost glad that RRC seat heaters NEVER work because I'd be too hot... .
Those low ceilings prob help a lot with cabin comfort. I was on the road about 10 hours yesterday in my 90. That sucker cools off just refueling.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 10:41 AM
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The tdi is new to me- well most things diesel. I'm learning, but how do I know if any damage is done?
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 10:43 AM
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The tdi is new to me- well most things diesel. I'm learning, but how do I know if any damage is done?
you didn't do any damage idling 20 minutes a few times. Don't stress it
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 12:59 PM
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2.5NA started at 5F with 15-20 seconds of glow plug. The oil temp stays 1/3 of the way to the middle (could be the oil cooler?) Is that okay? Water temp stays perfectly in the middle though.
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