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Old 11-20-2011, 04:38 PM
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Hey guys, I'm just wondering how long you guys usually let your truck warm up on these cold winter days. There is nowhere for me to plug in at work and it's pretty cold in alberta now. Thanks for your opinions!
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I let mine warm up to operating temp just because it's nice and warm inside the cab when I'm ready to go, the windows will be defrosted as will the mirrors.

Given where you live, I'd seriously think about a block heater and some really long extension cords!!!!
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I'm finding 10 minutes is more than enough to take the chill off and clear the windows. The Hemi comes up to temp pretty quick even at -20C
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Do you have a battery blanket? My Ram is the 2nd vehicle that i have had that came with one

It also helps if you have a large cardboard container box to leave under the engine compartment when your going to be parked for longer periods of time, cold does Not come down through the hood to the engine, it rises from the ground

I used to live in the USA northeast & those of us that worked construction sites used cardboard
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You would think block heaters would be standard on all vehicles, especially in Canada and Nothern USA States. I have only ever had one issue starting in minus 30C once with my previous Pacifica, no block heater. The vehicle was 4 years old, minus 32C that morning, ended up being the battery. It was almost minus 40 the next night, no block heater and a new battery, it started without a hiccup. Mind you the stock battery was only 600 CCA, and I upgraded to a Canadian Tire Eliminator 700 CCA.
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Stump3r is right too. I have never owned a vehicle that warms up as quick as the Hemi! I have owned a lot of different vehicles, Saturns, Toyota's, and NOTHING has warmed up as fast as the Hemi!
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Saskatchewan and I let it warm up approx 5 minutes.
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Yeah it does warm up fast and it came from factory with a block heater. Unfortunately I can only use it at home. I was thinking about getting one of those oil pan heaters for when it's consistently minus 30 Thanks for the quick replies guys. I think I'll let it warm up a bit longer at work.
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You should really give it a good 40-50 minutes. Even an hour if possible.

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40 to 50 minutes is a bit to long in my opinion. If it was a diesel then yeah that would be okay but I'd run out of gas much faster. Its about $1.23/liter for premium, that would be costly. I let it warm up for 8 minutes today before I left for home from work and my oil temperature was up alot sooner on my drive. The oil pan heater would keep it around 75 degrees celsius no matter what the exterior temperature is. I would still only be able to use that when I go to work from home but thats okay by me.
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