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Getting ready to go this morning and our old 10 suburban daughter drives to school sits outside. It was a certified used vehicle never had a block heater but didn’t need it always sat in before. 29 below f actual air temp this morning went and made sure it started so daughter can drop youngest guy off at school later. Pretty good for a Chevy right?

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Getting ready to go this morning and our old 10 suburban daughter drives to school sits outside. It was a certified used vehicle never had a block heater but didn’t need it always sat in before. 29 be

Ok I’ll start it.   

A lot of GM and Merc ambulances here.  We rarely see -20 here. My '99 Cummins liked two rounds of preheat when it got that cold. Should have splurged and plugged it in.  

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Good dad! She gets a warm ride to school.

Too damned cold! The rest of the week isn't looking much better for you. We haven't seen anything worse than +4 at the seacoast.

Fuel injection pumps in lots of gas to a very high energy spark. One of the reasons I have a gas pickup! Of course the major reason is I could never make the numbers work. ?

Wife has had a couple of Suburbans. Front and rear heat makes for a comfortable interior and the cars have been 100% reliable.

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19 minutes ago, New Englander said:

Good dad! She gets a warm ride to school.

Too damned cold! The rest of the week isn't looking much better for you. We haven't seen anything worse than +4 at the seacoast.

Fuel injection pumps in lots of gas to a very high energy spark. One of the reasons I have a gas pickup! Of course the major reason is I could never make the numbers work. ?

Wife has had a couple of Suburbans. Front and rear heat makes for a comfortable interior and the cars have been 100% reliable.

This one has a 179,000 been very good. Made 30 trips to Minneapolis in 4 years 500 some miles each way. Never let us down but once front wheel bearings locked up 40 miles from home. 

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We have always had extremely good service from GM gas vehicles. Only major issues were dads van, which had an issue identified by gm, warranty extension because of it and them continued trouble with it leading to it being on torque converter #4 and trans#2 in 80k miles but decades and decades of gm cars and trucks, no major problems.  With non interstate batteries I would expect nothing less from your suburban. 

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15 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

We have always had extremely good service from GM gas vehicles. Only major issues were dads van, which had an issue identified by gm, warranty extension because of it and them continued trouble with it leading to it being on torque converter #4 and trans#2 in 80k miles but decades and decades of gm cars and trucks, no major problems.  With non interstate batteries I would expect nothing less from your suburban. 

It has a Delco battery in it I think. I changed alternator and battery once also.

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5 minutes ago, dale560 said:

It has a Delco battery in it I think. I changed alternator and battery once also.

I have a friend who gets pretty loyal to one thing despite disappointments time and again. Says their utility truck (6.0 F550) eats batteries, about every 1.5 years they have to replace then goes on to say the best you can hope for is 3 years ?.... keep on using those GD interstate batteries and bragging how great they are?

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Nothing sucks more than having something not start in the cold.  Seems like most modern vehicles do pretty well. Last trouble we had i can recall was our nearly new 95 intrepid wouldn't start during a cold snap. Had the big v6. Had it towed and new plugs as they had some trouble with plugs in those at severe temps. Never had another problem with it.

My 7.3 isn't a great cold starter but I know it has one or more bad glow plugs and suspect it could use new injectors.

Lil cubbies gave me trouble Friday but took battery in to warm garage and on charger for a half hour and it reluctantly fired off. 

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Back about 1987 or 1988 the North Dakota Chevrolet truck dealers sponsored North Dakota high school basketball tournaments on the radio: "They start right up in the coldest weather." And I suppose they generally will if you have the right oil in them.

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I didn't think the 5.9 in the Dodge was going to go yesterday as slow as it was cranking but she lit! The 720 Allis wasn't too thrilled about the temp either but it started and moved the snow. It was -4 at the time, not sure how cold it got overnight.

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5 minutes ago, DT Fan said:

I didn't think the 5.9 in the Dodge was going to go yesterday as slow as it was cranking but she lit! The 720 Allis wasn't too thrilled about the temp either but it started and moved the snow. It was -4 at the time, not sure how cold it got overnight.

My 6.7 Cummins was plugged in for three hours before I started it this morning. At 7 degrees above zero, the Cummins still didn't quite right when it took off but after a few minutes of running and it smoothed out. 

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56 minutes ago, FarmallFan said:

My 6.7 Cummins was plugged in for three hours before I started it this morning. At 7 degrees above zero, the Cummins still didn't quite right when it took off but after a few minutes of running and it smoothed out. 

Mine hasn't ran much this winter, since I brought the 826 home 12-28 It's only been run long enough to get out of the shed/way and put back in after clearing snow. I let it idle for about a half hour to bring the batteries up. Had to drive it to work three years ago about this time of year, first night it was -7! I was a bit apprehensive but she has always started.

The winter I spent in Detroit Lakes Mn. I saw -33 on the mirror in the P.O.S. GMC (it was only five years old at the time and still a pretty nice truck) three separate times. Never gave a lick of trouble.

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'96-97 I was working at a Chev/Dodge dealer. During a nasty cold snap, we found that none of the gas powered Chrysler products wanted to start, and when they did they were loading up the catalytic converters. IIRC, the 3.9 V6s were the worst. The only Chev's that were problematic were the 6.5 diesels. 

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5 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

keep on using those GD interstate batteries and bragging how great they are?

Best battery on the planet!

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5 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

keep on using those GD interstate batteries and bragging how great they are?

Kiss your mother with that mouth?

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A lot of GM and Merc ambulances here. 

We rarely see -20 here. My '99 Cummins liked two rounds of preheat when it got that cold. Should have splurged and plugged it in.

 

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27 minutes ago, new guy said:

Never had an issue with the 97 Intrepid we had. The original battery lasted 11 years. Always started no matter the temps and that had the big V-6. 

I think they changed the early ones to a diff # plug and then they were ok? Like I said after they did that to ours we never had another cold start problem that I can think of. It was a good car. Would have bought another but they were phasing them out by the time we were in the market again.

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Our little 2013 Nissan starts in any weather without an issue as do all the totally computerized vehicles. It has never been below 0 but I would not be concerned.

My 1970 IH V345 in Ca did not like cold weather, manual choke! Up at Lake Tahoe in sub 0 it did not want to start because I accidentally used too much choke.

Only thing positive going for new stuff (substituted for crap) is all weather starting.

 

 

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Our driver had our Cat 3406E powered Freightliner in Minn in Feb, spent the night at a truckstop in sub 0 weather and forget to plug it in, said he was worried but it started right up.  We currently have a Cummins ISC powered transit bus RV, I have never started it below about 40F but it does have an intake man heater, My concern is does it immediately kill a battery set or does it startup. 

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