How Many Have Been Using Their Block Heater This Winter?

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my last ram didn't have a block heater and lord almighty did it sound cranky when it started at -20c or colder. it was almost scary,and the poor starter really got a workout trying to turn it over.the wifes Mazda,same thing.a couple of times it simply would not start,not enough jam in the starter.the Tesla,non issue.just have to preheat it up and good to go,but the batteries will only charge to 70% if it's really cold.
 

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Ditto what crash68 said. I consider whatever extra I pay on my power bill as an investment in the engine's longevity.
I see you have a 5.7 Hemi. Note that Crash6i has the Eco Diesel and many others are Cummins people. I really don't believe the block heater is going to ma,e a significant t difference on the gas engines. I've got a bloc, heateron my 2500/6.4L but I've only used it once to test it.

I live in Minnesota and spent 4 years in North Dakota,2 in Montana, and Grew up in Upstate NY. In ND back in the late 80's I used to use a block heater when temps were -30F but mostly have never used them. Never used th3m at all on any of our vehicals since we mover back to MN. Dead batteries have stood in our way a couple of times but never the lack of a block heater.
 
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I'm in Oregon of the West side of the Cascades. I drive an '09 2500 6.7. The coldest we had this winter was about 20 deg. but, like some others I leave my block heater and a Battery maintainer on all the time. It starts immediately, and I do believe that it causes less wear on the engine.
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Not necessary. I did pop the rubber cap off and saw the plug is staying bright clean and dry. Unless it got down below 10°f I would not even consider it.
Yes, it is necessary. Most all posting here agree. Enjoy having to replace your DPF and turbo charger
 

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Yes, it is necessary. Most all posting here agree. Enjoy having to replace your DPF and turbo charger

Not necessary in my climate and usage. You asked a specific question and I answered. You can't tell me what's necessary when you do not know how, when, & where I use my truck.
And my DPF & turbo are happy as they could be with 40k+ miles on them. Clean as a whistle.
If you're concerned about your turbo and DPF plugging up, plugging in the block heater won't save them from your low speed putt putt driving around town as you indicate in other posts. Working the truck is much better for it. I use mine for towing majority of the time.
 

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I have not used a block heater since buying my first house, which was in the early 80's in MN. I kept the temp in the attached garage above freezing in the winter by installing a natural gas heater in there. So no block heater needed. And if it had to parked at work all day in below zero weather, there was no place to plug in anyway.

I live in Arkansas now. We don't really get block heater worthy weather here.
 
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Not necessary in my climate and usage. You asked a specific question and I answered. You can't tell me what's necessary when you do not know how, when, & where I use my truck.
And my DPF & turbo are happy as they could be with 40k+ miles on them. Clean as a whistle.
If you're concerned about your turbo and DPF plugging up, plugging in the block heater won't save them from your low speed putt putt driving around town as you indicate in other posts. Working the truck is much better for it. I use mine for towing majority of the time.
Though my in town speed my be low, my RPMs are always up whenever I drive around town. I use the gear limit toggle to do that. No "putt, putt." As for my religious use of the block heater, when needed, I will continue to do so. Having compression ignition, Diesel engines do not like to start cold.
 
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