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Old 02-09-2011, 07:41 PM
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I'm new here - just bought my 09 Hemi in December. I'm having similar problems since it got cold. Except my blower fan, rear windows, wipers and door locks also don't work. Autozone told me the ambiant air intake sensor was bad. How on earth could that cause all of this?
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Wow I'm sorry to hear all you guys with problems. I actually put my truck in storage in the middle of November and just started it for the first time this past weekend. We haven't had a day above about 25F for the past month and many nights down close to 0F and I just hit the remote start and it fired up just like it did all summer. It was probably about 5 or 6F when I started it. This was with no block heater and not charging the battery since I put it away. It sounds like their is definatly something wrong with these trucks that have trouble when its cold. Just figured I would add my .02.
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Always best to plug your truck in for a couple hours especially if it gets -30F (-34C) or colder.

As a rule of thumb typically I plug in a timer when it hits -10F or colder. Set it to turn on 2hrs prior to my leaving for work. This way the vehicle is somewhat thawed

Now this winter I have not plugged in my truck due to not re-routing the plug as of yet (I hate having scratch marks on my head lights) and it has started like a champ even through the cold snaps.
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i think the coldest the coolant temp sensor can read is -40F.....coolant temp is the main thing looked at on a cold start.....

-40F is pretty much industry standard......
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Ramtech as usual is giving you some very good advice there! We have had more -35C days than normal for Jan and I still have not pulled my cord out from under the hood (its just so unsightly lol) I use my remote start every day, I look at it as gods gift to the lazy man (and woman) that and remote heated seats, my wife is so jealous
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Good god........well, this was discussed already,anyway, I am glad I don't depend on anyone to take care of my vehicle , but the long term damage your causing your engine is brutal people, it's called a block-heater!! The soul purpose if for any reason is it thins your oil because it's warm, leave a container of your 5w20 outside on your porch overnight when it gets down to or below -30c and then the next morning, tip it upside down and try pouring it out! How long is it taking your oil pump to push oil to the top of your engine,trust me, just because your truck starts, not plugging in is nothing to brag about. Sorry, it just bothers me that people will spend 30 or 40 grand on a truck and then torcher it! Block-heaters are wonderful things! Rant over.
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Well block heater is more directed at the water jacket/coolant, though some residual heat will warm the oil pan somewhat.. the best way is block heater and one of them stick'em oil pan heaters, that way you get good oil pressure from get go and a somewhat warm engine from turn of the key!


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Good god........well, this was discussed already,anyway, I am glad I don't depend on anyone to take care of my vehicle , but the long term damage your causing your engine is brutal people, it's called a block-heater!! The soul purpose if for any reason is it thins your oil because it's warm, leave a container of your 5w20 outside on your porch overnight when it gets down to or below -30c and then the next morning, tip it upside down and try pouring it out! How long is it taking your oil pump to push oil to the top of your engine,trust me, just because your truck starts, not plugging in is nothing to brag about. Sorry, it just bothers me that people will spend 30 or 40 grand on a truck and then torcher it! Block-heaters are wonderful things! Rant over.
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yea sounds like the dealer needs toi check it
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