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agesilaus wrote:

All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs


Really? Are you sure? [emoticon]


I wanted to question that too.

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agesilaus wrote:


All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs


Oh really? Lol

Edit: I was late to the party...


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^What Wadcutter, Scooby and IdaD said.
In 30+ years of driving, operating, maintaining or being responsible for 100s or 1000s of Diesel engines from Phoenix AZ to Alaska’s North Slope (in the winter), I’ve only seen one pronounced issue with fuel gelling and it was in Colorado during a record breaking cold snap.
Adding anti gel as a matter of course is not necessary at all and only remotely needed or applicable if you have the ability or chance of getting un treated fuel. Example, fuel suppliers in the desert southwest dont winter treat fuel (presumably based on past experience), so your greatest risk would be traveling from somewhere “warm” and getting to somewhere “cold” like the mountains, on the same tank of fuel. Outside Vegas, there are stations in the low land that actually advertise treated fuel for those heading N to Utah mountains. Presumably because the fuel down in Vegas is not winter blended?
I dunno for sure but that’s the only time I use anti gel as a matter of course, if I’m heading from known warm area to known cold area on the same tank
Of fuel.
And your truck is new enough that it doesn’t need to be plugged in to start until very low temps.

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Rams have a grid heater, no glow plugs.

The Cummins uses a single heater grid located in the intake of the engine in place of a traditional glow plug system, which requires an individual plug for each cylinder.

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You have glow plugs for sure.
You can do a couple of things to make it easier on your truck. Use synthetic oil of the right viscosity. YOu can use a dip stick heater plugged into the house with 120. Use a fuel additive like the white can sold at any truck stop. Then you are good to below zero. If it is cold enough to find No 1 diesel at fuel stations, use it.

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agesilaus wrote:

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My 2012 F250 has glow plugs I would think that yours has them also.


All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs


Not true. Rams with the Cummins have grid heaters, not glow plugs.


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You will be fine in MD. I have never used my block heater. My son uses his during below freezing temps but that is just for his comfort before leaving for work.

If you were going where the temps were 0 or below for a few days in a row then I would probably make provisions for that.


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You don’t need to do anything extra just drive it. As soon as you get up North fill up with fuel. Fuel in the northern states are blended for winter . Really cold mornings at start up let it idel for a minute then drive of slowly. Diesels warm more quickly at light loads.


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agesilaus wrote:

chris3403 wrote:

My 2012 F250 has glow plugs I would think that yours has them also.


All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs


SORRY not true! REAL truck engines have grid heaters like all Cummins engines in HD RAM Trucks do.

NOT cool when a tip breaks off.


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goducks10 wrote:

Rams have a grid heater, no glow plugs.

The Cummins uses a single heater grid located in the intake of the engine in place of a traditional glow plug system, which requires an individual plug for each cylinder.


Don't know bout the 6.7 but the 5.9 has stacked grid heaters. I had a split Banks intake on my 98 12V and each intake has one grid heater.

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