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Old 02-03-2010, 11:16 PM
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How are you guys getting along with your older Ram diesels and their ability to start in cold weather? I'd guess a brand new one would start without any problem, but how about after a few years? Do they have to be plugged up every night, or maybe are you having to replace glow-plugs more frequently than you'd like. Do these newer generation Cummins engines even have glow-plugs? My '96 Powerstroke absolutely has to be plugged in overnight if I expect it to start the next morning. This is a pain and a problem if I plan to be out somewhere overnight. Just curious if there have been improvements since I bought in '96. Thanks for any input.
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No glow plugs on the newer trucks. My '03 with 215K miles starts fine, although it doesn't get as cold here as a lot of places (Central Texas). Just make sure you keep the batteries up, it takes a lot of amps to turn that beast over with all the compression of a diesel (hence the reason you have two batteries). And replace the starter when it gets weak.
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Don't forget to drain the water out of the filter and add an antigel treatment to the fuel when it's going to be below freezing for very long.
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So the new Ram Cummins doesn't have any glowplugs at all? Do they still have block heaters that have to be plugged up?
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They have a cold start setup but it's not glow plugs and they have block heaters as well.
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My new Cummins starts right up at -10 without being plugged in to block heater. New gen diesel all start up with no smoke and hardly any noise. My Duramax ( just sold it) has no-wait time to start even when it's below zero . I love the new super quiet Cummins,awesome low rpm torque and really usefull exhaust brake controlled wwith the Variable Turbo set up. 19 MPG and still only new (1200 kms).

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A lot of the older Cummins I see in the oil patch start up no issues. These guys run conditioner, plug in the block heater everynight, and cycle the plugs. Now their welders... I can't say the same... they take a mean fight to get going if they forget to plug them in.
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