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Old 31-10-2013, 08:17   #16
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Re: Starting a Diesel in Cold Weather

Different engines I know but my car owners manual states that the block heater should be plugged in at -7c (about 20 f). Makes a huge difference in how quickly the little car warms up.

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:27   #17
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Re: Starting a Diesel in Cold Weather

Thanks for all the sincere replies. I found that by turning the engine a couple of times with the kill switch deployed and then opening it to 3/4 throttle, it started easily. For those of us planning a high latitude cruise, these techniques are very important. Best, Rognvald

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Old 02-11-2013, 07:45   #18
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Re: Starting a Diesel in Cold Weather


Something to ponder on those long winter days, when solar-ing isn't much use: have you enough battery capacity and room to run electric lines and use the inverter to run a 60 w. light bulb under the crankcase 24/7 while you are aboard? This piggybacks on Astrid's statement about keeping the oil warm.

Good you found a way to start it. ;-)


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