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Cold weather operation

As I wait for my diesel to arrive, I'm doing a bit of preparing for the arrival. It will be my work vehicle and the transition from a Dodge Cummins has been a bit of a challenge but its coming along. Looks like these guys will be getting a purchase order, http://www.truckvault.com

One item that was a must with the truck, was a winter grill cover. It was the only way to heep the engine temperature up when the thermometer was 35F or below. Do I need one for the GCED? Does the heater put out when idling for extended periods at 0F ??

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Old 09-29-2016, 08:26 PM
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I do as it helps it warm up quicker and stay at operating temp.
I'm in WI.
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Re: Cold weather operation

Where did you get it?
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Does the heater put out when idling for extended periods at 0F ??
The GDE Hot Tune offers a "High Idle" optional module to accomplish this.
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Re: Cold weather operation

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The GDE Hot Tune offers a "High Idle" optional module to accomplish this.
Neat, need to check it out. Was considering the GDE tune anyway.
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Re: Cold weather operation

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Neat, need to check it out. Was considering the GDE tune anyway.

Have it and will verify its usefulness. Not instantaneous, as it will slowly bring the idle up when outside air temperatures are below a certain threshold. Touch the brake and it instantly drops to idle. My previous WK CRD had this as factory installed and found it to be wonderful when the temps drop to nothing.
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Re: Cold weather operation

Which grill cover do you use? I found one by Fia at realtruck.com that is attached with some kind of stick-on snaps.

I saw an old thread for the 07/08 CRDs where someone covered the entire front and MPG went way down until they opened a hole on the passenger side for the cold air intake.

I was thinking of going redneck-style by just putting cardboard in the openings on the grill if/when it gets super cold. It wasn't cold enough in our first winter back in North Dakota to worry about that.
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Re: Cold weather operation

Done down to -15 here and as long as you keep her moving, shouldn't have any problem with maintaining temp. This diesel Jeep come up to temp faster than any other Diesel I have drove. I do own a Cummins too, for 13 years ( and use a winter front for it...) The difference between the JGC and the Cummins is night and day in the winter. Pretty pleased with the EcoDiesel in the winter and never considered getting a winter front for it... Too restrictive for this vehicle, much more complex geometry than my 04 RAM....
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Re: Cold weather operation

IMHO, more important to use the block heater plus keep your battery on a Tender whenever possible .
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Where did you get it?
Cloud Rider is the brand. I block just the upper. The lower is still open enough.

It does warm up faster than my Duramax and the 07 WK CRD.
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Re: Cold weather operation

Noted when I filled up in the winter that there were a lot of empty Howes diesel additive bottles around the pump. In severe cold without Howes you can hear the fuel pump trying to move slush. Add a little it works!
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