How cold will it start

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  1. Richter

    Richter Road Train Member

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    I just bought and installed a bunk heater so i don't need to run the truck for warmth. kept me warm the last few 15 degree nights. I have great batts with 4000 Cold Cranking Amps. They have cranked fine at 15 degrees. I run fully synthetic oil 5w40 (not partial synthetic, recommended for use in motors that need 15w40 mineral oil) So, do i need to run the motor tonight or will she start fine at 8 degrees tomorrow morn? My Bottom line likes just running the heater which is much much cheaper, but i don't want to get stuck either. In the past I always idled bellow 15, but im wondering if that is necessary. Oh yea, Its a Detroit S60 (EGR) in a 06 Columbia.

    Thanks
     
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  3. Cranky Yankee

    Cranky Yankee Cranky old ######

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    you just wont know until you get to the point it just doesn't start
    good batteries and good compression it should be fine
    if it has been rebuilt already no reason for it to not start
    a million miles on an 06 without a rebuild might be dicey
     
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  4. Richter

    Richter Road Train Member

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    740k w/o a rebuild lol
     
  5. DL550CAT

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    If your parked where you can get help I'd take my chances. If your out in the middle of nowhere I'd idle.
     
  6. truckman29801

    truckman29801 Medium Load Member

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    Keep a can of Either. when its cold 5 degrees F with Non Synthetic 15w-40 I know my truck well enough that the first 15 or 20 cranks are going to be the strongest, so i usually spray a 3 second shot of either in the breather and then turn it over until it starts. But i hardly ever have to do that.
     
  7. JPenn

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    If you've got a place to plug it in, you could. I'd run it, myself. No-start service calls suck. I only shut the truck off below 15 at my house, where I can park out of the wind and plug it in.
     
  8. damutt

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    i have shut my truck off while i was with friends in ND. was gone for day and a half. it started at -1. it didnt like it but it did start. i have just over 345k on it
     
  9. DL550CAT

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  10. damutt

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    it did,, just sounded really sick. after a few min it sounded nomral. personally i would never shut the truck off below 10F
     
  11. Semi Crazy

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    Why not run it for an hour, shut it down for 3 then run it another hour and so on?

    Don't forget to pack your jumper cables. Then you can watch all the nice drivers look at you holding your cables up in the air while they zoom past you in the truckstop!
     
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