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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #4999088 02/02/19 04:48 AM
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No issues, but block heaters sound nice just to run 2 hours before driving.

Finding one for her Volvo has been oddly difficult. My truck just looks like a pain.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: OVERKILL] #4999867 02/02/19 09:56 PM
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Well, my 2015 Chevy 2500 gasser pickup did just fine with the 10w30 syn blend that it gets. And my heavy commercial truck did just fine with the 10w30 HDEO syn blend that it gets. Both vehicles starting and running just fine at -20F and below. My commercial truck was in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana for all of this cold snap. Pickup was in Iowa the whole time. Wife used in several times to go to town during this cold snap. Did have to finally change out a fuel filter in the commercial truck this morning, but that was the extent of anything related to the cold.


You have them plugged in?


Not during this event. The semi truck is the only one that gets plugged in, but that is when it is at home. But during this event, even it was not plugged it at any point this last week since it was out and away from home. The pickup does not have a block heater, so it is moot point.

To be fair, primarily to keep diesel fuel from gelling or any possible water in it from freezing and clogging filters and causing problems, my standard policy for the semi truck when it is out away from home and the temps are 0F or below, it doesn't get shut off except only for short periods. The amount of fuel it uses idling for 10 hrs at current pricing is the same as the cost of one fuel filter. So I just idle most of the time to keep fuel warmer and avoid filter plugging issues at sub zero temps. Obvious from the number of sidelined commercial trucks this last week, that some don't take proper proactive measures.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: nyquil_junkie] #4999871 02/02/19 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by nyquil_junkie
When I was a kid we always had a heated dipstick in the car or truck we had in the winter. I can remember the things would barely crank without them.

Somewhere along the line, we/I stopped using them and I don't remember why.... but starting was never a problem after that.

Now yesterday, at a balmy -25 windchill, I got in the ranger to start it and it was slow but started. The oil pressure took about 30 sec to move the needle. I let it run for a while to defrost the windows and off it went.

If this cold is going to be a new normal, I'll have to dig out one of those old heated dipsticks.

One of my sisters old ford vans way back when had a 1500w heater on the water hose... it was toasty warm heat and an easy start every morning and no waiting.

Winters musta been much colder back then.


Phillips makes some pretty good heater pads for oil pans, filters, and batteries. I have them on many of my various commercial on road and off road vehicles and equipment. Grew fond of them when I lived 10 years in the interior of Alaska.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: TiredTrucker] #5000031 02/03/19 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by TiredTrucker
Originally Posted by nyquil_junkie
When I was a kid we always had a heated dipstick in the car or truck we had in the winter. I can remember the things would barely crank without them.

Somewhere along the line, we/I stopped using them and I don't remember why.... but starting was never a problem after that.

Now yesterday, at a balmy -25 windchill, I got in the ranger to start it and it was slow but started. The oil pressure took about 30 sec to move the needle. I let it run for a while to defrost the windows and off it went.

If this cold is going to be a new normal, I'll have to dig out one of those old heated dipsticks.

One of my sisters old ford vans way back when had a 1500w heater on the water hose... it was toasty warm heat and an easy start every morning and no waiting.

Winters musta been much colder back then.


Phillips makes some pretty good heater pads for oil pans, filters, and batteries. I have them on many of my various commercial on road and off road vehicles and equipment. Grew fond of them when I lived 10 years in the interior of Alaska.


I spent 5 years in FAI, I still miss it sometimes. I'm amazed at how warm it's been up there the past 20 years. Lows of -30F...pfffft. Back in my day -30F was the high temp in the middle of winter. Gimme some -40F, -50F temps shocked2

Back then, 0wXX didn't exist for the average person. If you were lucky, you either plugged in, or left your car running for a few hours during the day.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Garak] #5000045 02/03/19 07:58 AM
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Snagglefoot, that's the Pennzoil 0w-30 Caterham was recommending I try in the G37 when that oil first came out. It certainly was and is worthy of consideration, and would meet my specifications, but back then, one litre bottles only were available, and that, particularly from CT, does not a cheap oil change make. wink


With temps as low as -24C in January I slept better knowing this exact oil was in use in our GOLF R. I will pull a sample to UOA come April/May. CATERHAM would be proud wink.

Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #5000926 02/04/19 06:33 AM
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Coldest I saw this winter was -30c.

Couldn't make out the difference between my current 0w40 fill and the previous 5w30 HDD fill - I tend to check by how quickly the dash oil pressure gauge needle rises, as I'm too lazy to open the hood & watch the mechanical gauge while someone else cranks the truck.

Surprisingly, I've never had a noisy/sluggish winter steering issue, though I only use the obsolete MS-5931 PS fluid. Still have a few 12-pack cases of OEM fluid left.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #5000962 02/04/19 07:58 AM
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224K 08 Avenger rolled over slow but fired right up. Ignition said -7F and it was in a parking lot being blasted by the wind. Car was sitting for 11 hours currently eith Schaeffer 5w-20 with Redline power steering fluid and E85 fuel.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: ofelas] #5001093 02/04/19 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by ofelas
Coldest I saw this winter was -30c.

Couldn't make out the difference between my current 0w40 fill and the previous 5w30 HDD fill - I tend to check by how quickly the dash oil pressure gauge needle rises, as I'm too lazy to open the hood & watch the mechanical gauge while someone else cranks the truck.

Surprisingly, I've never had a noisy/sluggish winter steering issue, though I only use the obsolete MS-5931 PS fluid. Still have a few 12-pack cases of OEM fluid left.


You can't hear the difference between 5w30 and 0w40, , unless you are standing in front of the radiator when the engine is started by someone else.
You may even hear a barking oil filter then too.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #5001161 02/04/19 12:20 PM
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No issues starting old beater on Resolute 10w30 in -35F.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Serge] #5001166 02/04/19 12:24 PM
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There are always issues starting a car at -35F even with the proper oil.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #5001177 02/04/19 12:31 PM
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Nop no issues. Started her up and in 30 sec i was going 60mph down the road.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5001179 02/04/19 12:33 PM
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Oil filters on Mopars don't bark, chirp, or tweet, even with GM snowflakes melting all around them.

Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en
Originally Posted by ofelas
Coldest I saw this winter was -30c.

Couldn't make out the difference between my current 0w40 fill and the previous 5w30 HDD fill - I tend to check by how quickly the dash oil pressure gauge needle rises, as I'm too lazy to open the hood & watch the mechanical gauge while someone else cranks the truck.

Surprisingly, I've never had a noisy/sluggish winter steering issue, though I only use the obsolete MS-5931 PS fluid. Still have a few 12-pack cases of OEM fluid left.


You can't hear the difference between 5w30 and 0w40, , unless you are standing in front of the radiator when the engine is started by someone else.
You may even hear a barking oil filter then too.


R12 in the summer, Webasto in the winter, and cassette tapes all year.
Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Serge] #5001260 02/04/19 02:00 PM
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Nop no issues. Started her up and in 30 sec i was going 60mph down the road.

Sure OK.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #5001496 02/04/19 07:13 PM
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No issues here. Subaru started right up during polar vortex. -24 overnight. Currently on Subaru 0w-20. New car.


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Re: Has anyone had oil-related issues during the polar vortex? [Re: Gokhan] #5001678 02/05/19 12:18 AM
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I stuck a magnetic oil pan heater on the 2001 Toyota echo 3 hours prior to starting. After sitting for 3 days it turned over 3 times pretty slow then fired up. -25C at the time with 5w30 PP in the sump.


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