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RED top optuim or block heater

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bcanders, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Nov 24, 2010 at 6:58 AM
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    bcanders

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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
     
  2. Nov 24, 2010 at 7:09 AM
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    If you chose the battery route...go with a YELLOW top Optima. I've owned both red & yellow tops. I think the Yellow tops are far superior than the red tops.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2010 at 7:12 AM
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    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.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM
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    Di Trut

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    without a doubt get a block heater installed...i can't believe you don't have one already!
     
  5. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:32 AM
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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.
     
  6. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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    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.
     
  7. Nov 24, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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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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