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-12 tonight, and it started like a champ. Last year, the coldest temp I saw was -26 and it ran fine. The only problem when it was -26 is the remote start did not work, because if it does not start on the first crank, the remote start disengages. It started fine manually at that temp. Your local gas station should have a winter blend, so no need to worry about the fuel. The DEF lines are heated, so no worries there. Some people have added diesel anti gel to their fuel, but I never have. Just hope it warms up soon - I'm already tired of winter.
Look on the bright side... the cold weather takes care of those killer mosquitos up in your neck of the woods.

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Thanks everyone.
In such conditions, how long you should warm up the engine before driving?
Setting too long warming up just the engine hasn't been recommended for vehicles for a couple decades.

The engine may be warm, but the rest of the vehicle mechanicals are rarely warm, and folks would warm the engine then hot rod the vehicle while the rest is still cold.

If you have them, as soon as your rear end feels warm with the heated seats should be more than enough--just don't drag race.
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

Block heater is installed from the factory, you just need to buy\install the cord.. in zero degree startup, temp gauge was at 1bar at start, heater on for 2.50 hours (on timer)..
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

All, how would the diesel compare to the gas motor in terms of warm up time? Thought I heard there is an electruc heater on the diesel to warm the cabin?
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

On our JGC Diesel, internal (cabin) warm-up time is pretty quick, the seats and steering wheel are VERY quick to heat up. However, the engine/tranny warm-up time will take longer than a gas engine.
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

This will be our second winter in northern Canada. We weren't sure how this little diesel would handle the cold but it has been very good. Overnite starts at -20F are no problem and 10-12hrs at -30F also trouble free. Colder than that I would be looking for a plug-in. Just make sure your fuel supplier has winter grade (full #2) and keep the water drained out of your fuel filters. 1 or 2 minutes of warm-up then an easy drive off. Really, this has been one of the best cold weather units we have ever had, and we have had a bunch.
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Look on the bright side... the cold weather takes care of those killer mosquitos up in your neck of the woods.
But only for a few months. The come back with a vengeance come summer.
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

With the block heater - I have it installed, and there's a cord but it's impossibly short. Does anyone know how this is meant to be used?
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With the block heater - I have it installed, and there's a cord but it's impossibly short. Does anyone know how this is meant to be used?
With an extension cord. Presuming your location has heater plugins on the parking meters or your normal parking spots--unless you buy a small Honda generator.
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

Extension cord and make it as heavy gauge as you can..at least 12 gauge.
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

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Extension cord and make it as heavy gauge as you can..at least 12 gauge.
You would only need a heavy gauge extension cord at really long distances. Just measured my jeep's block heater at 3.52 amps/425 watts. That's not a heavy load. The factory installed cord says 10 amp which means it's not 12 gauge.
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Re: Any advice for those who are driving in subzero temperature.

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You would only need a heavy gauge extension cord at really long distances. Just measured my jeep's block heater at 3.52 amps/425 watts. That's not a heavy load. The factory installed cord says 10 amp which means it's not 12 gauge.
As you said the factory chord may be 10 amps but how long is it? Assuming that you're not parking inside of a garage it could easily be 50 ft or more from the jeep to an outlet henc the reason to get a heavy chord and if possible keep it as short as possible.

We're talking generalities here.
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