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The ex-wife lived in Vegas for awhile. She drove a Minnesota car out there. When she brought it in for an oil change the tech guys were all waiting for her when she came back. They wanted to know if she had some type of experimental electric car. She said no. They pointed to the electrical plug for the block heater and asked what that was for. They couldn't grasp living somewhere where you needed to plug your car in at night.

Some vehicles need to be plugged in. Some don't. If your car needs to be plugged in some of the old mechanics called your car cold blooded. I had a 2000 Intrepid that needed to have the gas pedal pushed all the way down to start when it got to -10 or so. Vehicles do weird things when it gets in to the -20 range.
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Hi Rexer, where are you in northern Ontario. I haven't found the need to plug my truck in up here but there is a lot more Ontario north of me. This is my second Ram although both have been Hemi's. I do however use the remote start on a regular basis.
I had to plug in my 4 banger, it was -45C (-49F) up in Bancroft a few years back. And you must keep up with those oil changes (check this out )
I think most of the cars come with this heater standard now...or at least the dealers get them like that. It's like $100 or so....
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Wow that's some serious cold. I can't imagine that. Even in the teens my 440 Kawasaki is one hell of a bear to pull over. I am a smaller guy and it takes about all I have to get it to spin fast enough to fire off when it hits below 10 degrees.

The old 96 12 valve would start right up with no block heater one winter when it was a couple below. The truck was stored outside in the winter (2wd) and we had to move it to prepare for a snow storm. I cycled the heater grid and it cranked over 3 or 4 revolutions and fired right up. I was impressed.

Never had cold enough to make a vehicle not start though that's serious. That video was very interesting.
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I feel for you guys. I haven't even turned my heater on yet. In fact, I'm still running the A/C.
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I feel for you guys. I haven't even turned my heater on yet. In fact, I'm still running the A/C.
Does it even have a heat setting
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I feel for you guys. I haven't even turned my heater on yet. In fact, I'm still running the A/C.
I think I speak for all Canadians when I say this:

Go. To. Hell.

Oh, and you can keep all our old folks too as an added punishment; we know they migrate south for the winter.
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I think I speak for all Canadians when I say this:

Go. To. Hell.

Oh, and you can keep all our old folks too as an added punishment; we know they migrate south for the winter.



PS- Nice touch with the snowbirds
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I have never used a block heater but I assume it's only a simple 2 or 3 line cord. You could pretty easily cut/extend it if you have basic electrical knowledge. They probably make longer cords as well if you don't want to cut it.
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I have never used a block heater but I assume it's only a simple 2 or 3 line cord. You could pretty easily cut/extend it if you have basic electrical knowledge. They probably make longer cords as well if you don't want to cut it.
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There's a lot of things in life that I don't mine tinkering with but AC electrical is a big no no for me...truck would catch fire first night

Ya that's been covered, but in the end...why should I be splicing wires on a brand new truck? I know mines not the top of the line trim model...but I paid enough IMHO that they should be paying & fixing it themselves...though I do find it strange that nobody else has stated that they have/had the same problem...for those with block heaters I mean lol
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...and one Minnesotan.
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