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GEN 1 Cold Weather Tips? (Canada)

Discussion in 'Ford SVT Raptor General Discussions [GEN 1]' started by CanadianRaptorVL, Jan 17, 2020.

  1. B E N

    B E N Full Access Member

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    Terrible advise. This is Relic "knowledge" from the 70's, and needs to die.

    Factory recommendation is 5w20, the 5 is winter viscosity and 20 is warm temp. These oils lose viscosity the colder they get so going to a 0 is exactly the wrong decision. You do not need to play with this, going to a 0 cold viscosity is going to put unnecessary wear on bearings, especially when your talking about someone who is starting their truck "10-20 times per day". Its also a good way to lower oil pressure in a system that's already heavily taxed. Going to a 30 hot viscosity will do nothing but put extra strain on the oil pump and reduce fuel economy.

    You do not know better than the ford engineers who set the engine clearances and specified the bearings and oil weight, and whom actually have an understanding of the chemistry of modern oils.
     
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  2. dewalt

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    Oh whatever. If 5 w 20 is recommended then what is wrong with 0w20? Love your bold type. Makes you look smart. Should of used more of it

    doesn't matter to me but some of those 6.2 s took 5 w 30 , not 5 w 20
     
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  3. dewalt

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    Mobil 0W-30 oils
    A 0W-30 low viscosity oil can be used where a 5W-30 or 10W-30 is recommended. Switching to a Mobil™ 0W-30 motor oil can help improve fuel economy because of the lower friction properties offered by this full synthetic formulation.

    We offer Mobil 1™ Advanced Fuel Economy 0W-30, which is dexos1™ certified. General Motors recommends dexos1 certified motor oils for all 2011 or newer vehicles.

    https://mobiloil.com/en/viscosity/0w-30

    Ben Do you need a middol?
     
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    We shipped our 13’ Roush Raptor from
    the Big Island of Hawaii to Healy , Alaska last September . To prepare the truck for extremely cold winters -40 degrees on many occasions in December & January and currently it’s -18 as I write this .
    We prepared the truck by adding a block heater , transmission heater , oil pan heater & battery heater and because the truck will sit for 2 to 3 weeks when we’re not there we also have a trickle charger to keep the battery at full charge . We have a Nimbo tracking system & Viper Remote start system on the truck and they will run the battery down .
    If we know we’re going to use the truck i that day we’ll plug the truck in for about 3 hours prior to leaving and with everything warmed up a bit the truck starts up pretty easily . The starter isn’t struggling to start it . Then we let it warm up for about 15 minutes , then drive off . You do have to drive a little conservatively until the transmission temp get up to a decent temperature, which can take up 15 miles in some cases. When we do drive in the winter with the truck it’s to go to either Anchorage (4 hours) or Fairbanks
    ( 2 hours ) away . You’ll see then the truck will to to loosen up ( suspension) in that 15 mile warm up period .
     
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    Like others have said, spray with a rust preventive. I have fluid filmed my truck every fall since new. This has absolutely made a huge difference. The undercarriage still looks new.
    Second thing i noticed was in the really cold days my power steering pump would wine after startup. Started with a 5 sec wine then was slowly getting longer. I changed out the fluid and so far no more noise.
    These trucks preform well in winter conditions.

    Battled the storm, into the garage for a melt off !!

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    I'm in Alaska and we just went through a cold snap for about 2 weeks of -45 to -55 degrees. Synthetic oil, block heater will usually do. Add a battery blanket or heating pad under battery will make it even better. Some people do all that and add an oil pan heater as well. I'm sure you are used to all that with previously owning a diesel anyways. I just have a block heater and synthetic oil and mine started fine. Hope that helps!
     
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    Don’t forget to get a battery blanket. They are like $46 for a large one at Canadian Tire. After that, you have everything covered and ready to go. When you’re ready?? I’m here in Fort McMurray we’ve been getting -40 snaps for almost 2 wks. Batteries balloon and freeze. That is not under warranty either.
     
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    The transmission heater does sound like an upgrade I'm willing to do. Which one do you have installed?
     
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    I almost forgot about the battery blanket, I'll get one of those real soon. Thanks
     
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    Awesome, I'll be getting on later this week. I actually travel to Fort McMurray quite often, damn cold sometimes but its a great city!
     

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