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Old 03-13-2013, 12:28 PM
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This is probably a horribly dumb questions but I live on top of a large hill so frequently I'll wakeup to frost on my vehicle. I leave my car on for 5 minutes and it'll mostly melt off. I've heard Diesels heat up slower so would I end up having to scrape the frost off windshields? I saw Ford has an option to add a heating element for the cab, anything aftermarket like that for ram?

In the long run I'd love to get a diesel, this is just a minor annoyance that I wondered about.
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Yeah, they warm up really slow. As far as I know, all Dodge Diesels come with a block heater, some just don't come with an electrical cord which can be added for $15. When its really cold, I'll plug mine in with a timers that will turn on the block heater about 3 hours before I leave in the mornings. That helps them warm up a lot quicker, but I keep mine in the garage so I don't have to scrape windows anyway.

Also I think on the new trucks you can activate the exhaust brake to help them warm up, but I'm not 100% sure of this.

They sell aftermarket cab heaters, but they are expensive, several hundred dollars. They are usually designed for big rigs, but people put them in pickups also.

If you want a diesel, don't let frosty mornings be the deciding point for buying one.
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Also I think on the new trucks you can activate the exhaust brake to help them warm up, but I'm not 100% sure of this.
When it's cold out, the exhaust brake will kick in on it's own to help the engine get to temp quicker... The truck in the vid is straight piped, but they all do it. Just not as loud.. Makes the truck sound like it's got a Jet engine in it... I call it RAM Jet!



There's also a high idle mode that keeps the rpms up for quicker warm ups too...
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It's not really a deciding factor for getting a Diesel, althought it would make getting a remote start pretty useless IMO...
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Diesels will also kick in a high idle to allow for quicker warm up but we always let ours idle for 10-15 mins before going ,always plug em in ,and really easy on throttle until up to full operating temp. It doesnt harm a diesel to idle either sometimes our diesels idle all day because of the cold and we have 200,000+ miles on em and not an issue .Another thing to is on my 06,04.5,and 03 once plugged in it runs the defrost so windows were never frosted( dealer actually showed me that) but i dont know if new ones have that or not
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