Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Dundee, IL
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1. You will see no advantage leaving it plugged in after starting. Even idling it will warm up farther than the block heater will. Just unplug it.
2. Many have their plugin set on a timer as it only takes about 3 hours to reach maximum effectiveness with the block heater. Myself? I plug it in when I get home at 5:30 and unplug it when I start the truck in the morning. I've done that for the past 8 years.
3. I thought the grey bottles were more of a cleaner and the white were more of the freeze protection? I could be wrong. I don't have either in front of me so I'm afraid I'm no more help.
To aid warmup, if you have the AIC then set that at about 1200rpms and it'll warm up really well after 15min. At the least your idle should raise automatically and the EBPV should activate making the truck sound like a jet engine. This will all help it warm up quicker. But, by 10min you should have more than enough heat. Just remember to turn on the heat and defrost. I've forgotten and left them off, come out to my truck running for 10min and it's still just as cold inside. Oops.
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