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Old 11-25-2013, 06:54 PM
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Anyone, run a grill or radiator cover to help engine/tranny warm up times and possibly help MPG's? If so, have you blocked off the front grill area, or directly at the radiator. Have you seen any quicker warm-up times? Mileage improvement?
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Unless you're somewhere that it's ridiculously cold you aren't going to see any improvement. Ram doesn't even recommend running the winter grille on a Cummins until it's something like -10 degrees C (14 degrees F). A gas engine is going to warm up easily no matter what and I can't see there being any mileage improvement.
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I just had 15F yesterday and it drove like a cold rock for about 4 miles. The clutch wouldn't lock for about 5 miles. I would think anything to keep such cold air from blowing over the radiator and engine would help.
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How does the 2014 grill shutter system work? I'm pretty sure it works for better aero at highway speeds, but does it also stay closed to help engine warm up?
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I read this on another site:

"On the 2013 Ram, the shutters respond automatically to temperature. Same for the Focus, where they open to cool the engine but close when that's no longer necessary.
They're actually closed most of the time on Rams equipped with them, says Ram Truck spokesman Dave Elshoff.
The Ram's huge grille is designed to provide cooling under the most demanding conditions: 120 degrees, climbing a grade with a trailer running the A/C with a full load of passengers,” Elshoff says. “For running down the freeway or around town, all that cooling capacity is superfluous.”
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I've been running my grill completely closed up. Works good, keeps bouncing road salt from potentially damaging the radiator. Coming in handy with this cold spell. 2 degrees F right now.
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A good friend gifted me one the other day. I need to get it on before it cools off again (I was hesitant to remove the grille with all its plastic clips in -25*C weather)
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Yea get on that.
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We had minus 20's here. I left the truck plugged in all night, I drove about two miles in strong winds and stopped. When I took off again the truck acted like it was in tow/haul mode, it didn't shift like normal. when I got home from work the winter front kit came in the mail from Fia. The coolant temp fluctuated in the 180's, the mpg's was 13.? I put the truck in the heated garage and put the blanket on the front. The next day was just as cold but, the truck seemed a lot happier. the temp gauge was up 195/201 and the transmission shifted normal. The outside air temp gauge was off about 15 degrees. I also run a K&N cold air filter, I cover the vent in the inner skirt to try and breath warmer air. I had wrapped the exhaust with a very high temp metal backed insulation and formed a channel shaped piece for each exhaust manifold, to try and keep the heat in the pipe and out of the engine bay, and water off the manifold. Just my two cents. oh and my mpg's came back to 15.5 sorry to rant like this I gotta get some sleep. Ice fishing tomorrow.
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We had minus 20's here. I left the truck plugged in all night, I drove about two miles in strong winds and stopped. When I took off again the truck acted like it was in tow/haul mode, it didn't shift like normal. when I got home from work the winter front kit came in the mail from Fia. The coolant temp fluctuated in the 180's, the mpg's was 13.? I put the truck in the heated garage and put the blanket on the front. The next day was just as cold but, the truck seemed a lot happier. the temp gauge was up 195/201 and the transmission shifted normal. The outside air temp gauge was off about 15 degrees. I also run a K&N cold air filter, I cover the vent in the inner skirt to try and breath warmer air. I had wrapped the exhaust with a very high temp metal backed insulation and formed a channel shaped piece for each exhaust manifold, to try and keep the heat in the pipe and out of the engine bay, and water off the manifold. Just my two cents. oh and my mpg's came back to 15.5 sorry to rant like this I gotta get some sleep. Ice fishing tomorrow.
0F today. Glad mine's closed. Definetly helps save gas in the winter
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