Car Problem

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blackeagle603
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Re: Car Problem

Post by blackeagle603 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:09 am

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put sleeping bags over the hood down to within 6" of the ground and shove a camp stove under there. It will start in a half an hour or so. Just do it outside and don't light the block on fire. :D
Yup, my dad in the late 50's in Fairbanks. Campstove on a plank, slide under the car out in the drive. He worked for painting contractor and for a winter or two would drive between Fairbanks and Anchorage supplying crews painting pump stations. On those runs he says you'd get it running then pick your gear and expect to leave it there for the duration of the drive south cause the tranny would cool and get too stiff to shift.
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Re: Car Problem

Post by Weetabix » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:36 am

A lot of people started garage fires that way. We were camping before cell phones and miles from anything. I think it was only about -35F, but his truck wasn't very robust in the cold.

If we didn't get it started, the greasy black smoke from the engine fire should have attracted someone. :mrgreen:
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Re: Car Problem

Post by McClarkus » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:21 am

I had that problem once in my truck. Granted it was a diesel but the issue was electrical. I had replaced the two older batteries and the truck still went "click". It turned out there was a short that was draining the new batteries just as fast as they could be charged. Got that fixed and life was good again.
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Re: Car Problem

Post by Old Grafton » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:40 pm

McClarkus wrote:I had that problem once in my truck. Granted it was a diesel but the issue was electrical. I had replaced the two older batteries and the truck still went "click". It turned out there was a short that was draining the new batteries just as fast as they could be charged. Got that fixed and life was good again.
Had the exact same in my diesel F250. Internal voltage regulator was shorted; the alternator still charged but was soon hot to the touch after shutting down the truck.

That said, block heaters are the thing. Weather gets down to the thirties I plug the trucks in--one diesel, one gas. Diesel stored indoors in unheated space, gasser outdoors. Both start quickly and easily in the dead of winter.
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