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Lowest temp you ever started an engine. #4617045
12/28/17 08:06 PM
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In a car or truck without the aid of block heaters, etc and setting overnight.

In the 60' and 70's I lived in Maine and the coldest was -32F. My 68 Ford Fairlane 6 cyl barely cranked over but started. However the heater was woefully inadequate at those temps. Oil I used at the time was Valvoline straight 20. Later in 1977 I had a 77 Chevy with the 305 V8. Started it at -18-22F and the engine again would strain to start and when it did the entire valve train clattered terribly. Oil used at that time was Valvoline 10-40.

What say you?


2007 Ford Fusion 232,000 miles
M1 0-20 EP
2017 Ford Fusion 55K
M1 0-20 EP
10,000 mile OCIs on both engines
M1 ATF and MC LV
M1 10-30 in all OPE
MC filters

Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617049
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18f...with 25w-70

Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617051
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Probably about +32F...


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 84k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617052
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I started my 530i on a cold engine at -5F with Pennzoil 5w-40 oil in it. No drama of any kind.


'02 530i (Edge 0W-40)
'15 Q5 3.0T (Edge 5W-40)
'18 Charger SRT (FF)
Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617054
12/28/17 08:12 PM
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-27 Pittston Farm in Maine, 2006. 2003 Silverado 5.3 with M1 0w30 in the sump, sat from thursday at 9am until 6 am sunday. Cranked ok, started with a squeal and a groan from the belt, warmed while we ate breakfast and packed up, about an hour.

A year later, same place, -15 for 3 days, 07 Duramax with M1 5w40, cranked ok, started with much diesel noise, warmed again for about an hour.


07 DMAX CC 4x4 ~ Synthetics in the driveline, Delo XLE 15w40 in the sump.
Dirt Bikes and a Harley for the summer!
Ski-Doo for the winter.



Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617055
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January 21, 1985. It was -23F in the good old Appalachian mountains of NC (coldest ever recorded to my knowledge) Parents had an 83 Ford F150 that didn't even turn over. Also had a 1978 Ford Thunderbird with the 400 cid engine, but a brand new Sears DieHard battery. After about three tries it fired and ran. (She wasn't happy though) Alternator went out about a week later. Always thought the bearing in the alt. was destroyed by the cold start. Dad always ran Phillips 66 TropArtic 10W-40 in that car. The thought of molasses comes to mind.

Last edited by sopususer; 12/28/17 08:17 PM.

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Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617056
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Maybe 35?

LOL

Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617059
12/28/17 08:23 PM
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My 300ZX sitting outside all night in -4F with Valvoline white bottle 20W50. She started right up immediately,smooth and silent,purring like a happy kitty!!


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617060
12/28/17 08:24 PM
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Oshawa, Ont. Canada
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I have snowmobiled at -40, or the temp where celsius and fahrenheit meet. Pulled started each sled with no ether but it was a struggle.
I can't honestly remember the temp when it was time to come home and start our vehicles but I am guessing at least -30.

I remember my buddies Father having to light a small fire under his oil pan on his 87 Chev Wrangler years ago to get it to crank over. There was no hydro where we had to park so there was no other choice. After 20-30 minutes with this smudge fire burning, the truck eventually started.
No idea what oil was used in either instance, however, but if I had to guess, being as it was likely over 20+ years ago, I'd guess 10W-30 of some brand.


2017 Chevy Impala 3.6 L.
2013 Ram 5.7 L Hemi Bighorn QC 4x4
2008 Chevy Malibu 2.4 L Ecotec
Pennzoil Platinum and/or Pennzoil Ultra Platinum for all 3.
Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617063
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-17.... We had record lows here today for December

Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617065
12/28/17 08:27 PM
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-27F, 1996 Honda Civic CVCC 1500, store brand 10W-40 in it, early eighties.
Had to pull the manual choke knob all the way out to get it to fire, but it did and ran.
These old Hondas had run you out of the car heaters, so we got in her and went on our way.
I did start one of our '86 Civic Wagons at around -30F, but the car had been in the garage overnight so it didn't see temps that cold on starting.
Yes, it does get that cold here in SW Ohio, but thankfully only rarely.


17 Forester 12K MSS 0W-20
12 Accord LX 92K PP 5W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i
Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617068
12/28/17 08:34 PM
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-28F unaided overnight outside 06 Tacoma Green GC Ow30 pretty slow but runs full rich for about a minute smell of raw fuel in the air. Tires are like Stones at that temp.

Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617075
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-40 just outside of Wawa ONT, snowmobiled in that temp for several days and when we got back to our trucks they all started. Mine was an '07 6.0 PowerStroke with 10w-30, one buddy had an '08 Powerstroke 6.4 and another had an '04 Chevy gas engine.

The absolute coldest I have ever rode in as we were riding about 250 mi. per day.


'15 F350 6.7
Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: tig1] #4617076
12/28/17 08:39 PM
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In recent times: -9*F yesterday, 2014 Silverado 5.3 GDI w/ M1 EP 0w20.

Started it up, put on my gloves, tapped seat heater, tapped radio and drove away gently.

I would venture to say that the coldest is probably in the -12 to -15*F range.


Life's little problems can be solved with a shovel and silence.
Re: Lowest temp you ever started an engine. [Re: fdcg27] #4617078
12/28/17 08:41 PM
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Over Christmas we rented a 2017 Jetta with the 1.4 turbo engine. It was VERY torquy and also returned amazing fuel economy around town.
I went to start it at the ski hill after a night of -4F temps, the engine let out a terrible burning smell (car had about 7k miles on it). Probably still on the factory fill.


Originally Posted By: fdcg27

These old Hondas had run you out of the car heaters, so we got in her and went on our way.


I find my BMW has a similar heat from the heater, but most small cars these days don't have adequate heaters in them (Our Focus as many other small cars were similar).

The Lex we currently own also has a very strong heater...regardless of the speed of the fan (ours is usually always on low).


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88 BMW 325is- Mistress
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