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Old 11-24-2010, 06:58 AM   #1
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RED top optuim or block heater

I live in Washington and we are having a pretty cold winter. -20 this morning. Should I get a block heater or a red top battery ? I noticed in the morning it takes two turns of the key to get my new 2011 truck to start. First attempt it does not want to start. Second attempt it starts. What would you do? Thanks
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:12 AM   #3
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I live in Washington and we are having a pretty cold winter. -20 this morning. Should I get a block heater or a red top battery ? I noticed in the morning it takes two turns of the key to get my new 2011 truck to start. First attempt it does not want to start. Second attempt it starts. What would you do? Thanks
That new, I'd go for the block heater. Your battery shouldn't be having issues on a 2011 truck. If it is, I'd have a chat with the dealer. I'd also keep the battery on the top of the list of future upgrades if you're consistantly in that cold of a climate.
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I live in Washington and we are having a pretty cold winter. -20 this morning. Should I get a block heater or a red top battery ? I noticed in the morning it takes two turns of the key to get my new 2011 truck to start. First attempt it does not want to start. Second attempt it starts. What would you do? Thanks
without a doubt get a block heater installed...i can't believe you don't have one already!
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If it starts at -20 on the second try I'de forget about both of your choices. Might consider a synethic oil, as the main and rod bearings might be starving for oil at that temp.
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If it starts at -20 on the second try I'de forget about both of your choices. Might consider a synethic oil, as the main and rod bearings might be starving for oil at that temp.
he should DEFINITELY have a block heater. you'd be stupid not to have one in that climate.

synthetic oil is another good thing to have for a cold climate.
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Check out the Wolverine heaters. I have been thinking of getting one. Keeps the oil itself from getting so thick when cold.
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