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Unread 01-05-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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Going to be 5 degrees Tuesday morning, anything I can do to prep?

So after checking the weather, I am starting to get a little bit worried. I've never had my Jeep in 5 degrees before, and haven't ever had to do a cold start at 5 degrees, after it sitting overnight. I park outside, so a space heater isn't really an option. Are my concerns about the temperature warranted?

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Unread 01-05-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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Unread 01-05-2014, 01:27 PM   #3
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My jeep gets cold starts every winter. Lowest has been like -35 celsius. Get a block beater if your worried.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 01:27 PM   #4
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Make sure your coolant is fresh, 50/50 mix.

Battery on a trickle charge might not be a bad idea.

Gonna be cold here..
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Unread 01-05-2014, 01:52 PM   #5
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5 above? You should be fine I think, assuming your battery isn't bad. It's -5 here right now, and Monday our HIGH is -15, so I'm a little nervous about mine too but I'm sure the Jeep will be ok.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 02:35 PM   #6
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5*!? ha!

Wake up, get coffee, start jeep, drive to work.

Shouldnt be an issue unless you have a weak battery or bunk coolant in your system
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Unread 01-05-2014, 02:38 PM   #7
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Make sure you roll keep the windows rolled up...




I'm considering firing up the still new-to-me 5.9L tomorrow AM, supposed to be 15F here in Fort Worth.

It's been sitting for two complete days, and before I replaced the distributor cap, rotor, wires, and plugs, they were originals...with 163K miles on 'em, and even when 70F, it'd cough and hack on cold start.
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Agreed, my LJ gets cold-started in sub-zero temperatures multiple times a day throughout January. You definitely have no reason to worry.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 02:45 PM   #9
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I want to represent the Minnesotans on here and say that 5 degrees is t-shirt weather. Unless your battery is old, you'll be just fine, maybe tap the throttle just a bit when you're starting it if you have a weak fuel pump.

I was actually just gonna post if I should run mine occasionally during this spell of -23 nights and -13 days, but I'm sure some Alaskan or Canadian will respond that I'm a wimp.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 02:49 PM   #10
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I want to represent the Minnesotans on here and say that 5 degrees is t-shirt weather. Unless your battery is old, you'll be just fine, maybe tap the throttle just a bit when you're starting it if you have a weak fuel pump.

I was actually just gonna post if I should run mine occasionally during this spell of -23 nights and -13 days, but I'm sure some Alaskan or Canadian will respond that I'm a wimp.
Haha, I'm eating my words.

Thanks everyone, I won't worry and try to grow a pair while I'm at it
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Unread 01-05-2014, 02:51 PM   #11
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Haha, I'm eating my words.

Thanks everyone, I won't worry and try to grow a pair while I'm at it

LOL..

You forgot to mention the overnight low of -20 with wind chill.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 02:55 PM   #12
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LOL..

You forgot to mention the overnight low of -20 with wind chill.
I figured it best not to dig myself into an even deeper hole, especially since xcaliber81 has experienced negative 31 fahrenheit, without wind chill.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 03:15 PM   #13
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wind chill only effects live things not machines. -20 is -20 no matter how much the wind is blowing. It will cool faster but not more. I run 0-30 oil summer and winter up here in Alaska in tractors that I use in the winter so there is less drag on the starter. Of course up here if it get in the 70's in summer that is hot day. Lite oil and good battery is all you need unless it's -40. If it's that cold stay home if you can. Bad things can happen to machines and people in the cold. Start moving slow for the first few miles so she can warm up before you hit it.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 03:24 PM   #14
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wind chill only effects live things not machines. -20 is -20 no matter how much the wind is blowing. It will cool faster but not more.
THANK YOU!!!!

It is disturbing how this is lost on people.

Regardless, I find the while 'wind chill' thing dubious, at best.

When we were up in Fairbanks, it was mid-80's. State fair time of year, so August.
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Unread 01-05-2014, 03:30 PM   #15
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I keep the block heater plugged in over night and reaches around -50F windshield around here. Starts up just fine
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