Cold weather starts on diesel trucks can be especially tough on the vehicle. Four things are necessary to achieve a smooth start:
- Free flowing diesel fuel
- Heat at combustion point
- Free flowing oil
- A strong enough battery
In order to achieve the above, here are some starting tips that should always be followed in cold weather:
- Ensure you have enough fuel purchased in northern climates in your tanks – fuel purchased in southern climates is usually not treated for cold weather and will gel, causing fuel flow problems.
- In order to ensure enough heat at the combustion point and optimize battery strength, follow these steps to start your truck:
- Turn ignition key to the “ON” position which is as far as the key will go before the starter begins to crank.
- Wait 10 SECONDS until all gauges (including glow plug or pre-heater indicator) have reset and dashboard lights go OFF.
- Turn the key until the engine starts but never for more than 15 seconds.
- If the engine does not start within 15 seconds, remove the key completely and wait a full 2 minutes before starting the procedure again.
- When possible, plug in your block heater overnight to ensure free flowing oil