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Old 02-01-2011, 01:27 PM
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Yesterday it was -34C and I wanted to have a nice warm truck before heading out of the driveway but when I started the truck it struggled and stalled. Second attempt it was running but not as smooth as it should. All kinds of warning lights were letting me know it didn't like this. I had a service 4x4 light along with a ETC light, ESP-BAS, ABS, airbag, and seatbelt light, even the odometer message only displayed C. I let it run for a minute with all of this before shutting it down. On my third attempt everything was normal and i was soon on my way. Needless to say I'll be plugging in the block heater in weather colder than -20 from now on. Makes me wonder if Dodge does any cold weather testing on their trucks as the block heater isn't a standard option.

Disappointed to see my neighbor start his 1990 POS minivan no problem next to me with no block heater.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:33 PM
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Considering the engineers are based in Auburn Hills, MI, I don't see how they could not cold weather test. You should take the truck and have it scanned. I have a feeling this could be a connection problem in the electrical system.
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I agree with RamTech. It got cold recently and we hit -30°F a few times and had no issues with the truck.
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I don't think this is cold ambient temperature related either.
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They test them is the coldest and hottest weather and everywhere in between
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Water or condensation in the tank causing problems with the computer?? I had mine running at -30C, no problem, except the service 4WD light that came on down the road and has yet to return, but I plugged it in for an hour before starting it.
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That was your truck saying "the block heater cord isn't just for looks". I plug mine in at anything under -15C and it has reached -45C this winter with no problems starting. It's kinda hard to fault Dodge for cold weather starts when you don't use the block heater.
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I had the same issue last week in -35c temp. I forgot to plug it in and it wouldnt start. I thought I could cheat and boost it but even then it would crank a bit faster but wouldn't fire up. I checked the dipstick and the oil was thicker then molasse. Plugged it in for a couple hours and then I got it going fairly easily after what sounded like a few backfires while cranking.

Looking back I wish I hadn't forgotten and wasn't so stubborn trying to get it going against it's will. Aside from some wear and tear on the starter could I have damaged anything trying to crank it unsuccessfully 4 times over 30mins? Any change that would damage or reduce my spark plugs life or anything else? Is it possible to flood a modern efi engine if you try too hard?

I changed the oil shortly afterwards and the check engine light isn't on
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Ok Ok slap my hands too but I haven't plugged my truck in yet this year...we have gone far below -30C and I haven't had a problem. But today it was a balmy +2 YUP that's right folks, Winterpeg got a break...But it rained so the roads are slick...but hey I only have to wear a sweater IT"S AWESOME!!!
Like I said I haven't plugged the truck in yet this year and I haven't had a problem with it at all.
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ouch that sucks but i dont think you damaged anything.
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