Cold weather questions

This forum is for all diesel and TDI owners.

Moderator: BigSkyEuro Moderators

Post Reply
TDI in MT
Kicking the tires...
Kicking the tires...
Posts: 96
Joined: Apr Mon 15, 2013 8:15 pm
Vehicles: 07 Honda Accord
Location: Helena

Cold weather questions

Post by TDI in MT » Apr Tue 30, 2013 12:18 am

Being new to the diesel world, I have a few questions about cold weather operation. Better to ask (aks?) these questions now then when it's -20 outside.

Most likely, my Golf will be parked outside most of the time. Do I need to:

- get a "coldfront" to keep cold air out while driving?
- get a tank (coolant) heater? (three of my previous gas cars did have a block heater that was used occasionally)
- use #1 diesel? (If so, at what temperature?) Or is the #2 we get here adequately winterized at the refinery for days when it's -20?

My current gas van ('13 Ford E-150 cargo) doesn't have a block heater but it's usually parked in the garage. In the unlikely event I have to spend the night somewhere and it won't start in the morning, then it means I don't have to go to work!

User avatar
MT-Getto
Euro Addict!!!
Euro Addict!!!
Posts: 2721
Joined: Dec Sun 17, 2006 11:46 am
Vehicles: 70 dzl-camper
20VTMK2GLI
A8L, RAM
Location: Fraggle Rock

Re: Cold weather questions

Post by MT-Getto » Apr Tue 30, 2013 6:42 am

Frost heater. It's a coolant heater/pump.
It's not how fast you go. It's how well you go fast.

Roadhog
I heart LOLcats
I heart LOLcats
Posts: 3372
Joined: Mar Thu 29, 2007 4:50 pm
Vehicles:  
Location: Montana

Re: Cold weather questions

Post by Roadhog » Apr Tue 30, 2013 8:01 am

Don't use #1. I have a Frost Heater in mine an like it a lot. http://www.frostheater.com/

-20 is nothing for a tdi. It will have no problem starting, it's just a matter of if you want heat right away, or 30 minutes later.

thetwodubheads
Kicking the tires...
Kicking the tires...
Posts: 73
Joined: Dec Fri 14, 2007 1:30 am
Vehicles: 2012 Golf TDI, 2010 Ram 2500 Cummins
Location: Billings

Re: Cold weather questions

Post by thetwodubheads » Sep Tue 24, 2013 1:38 pm

Your battery will give out before the fuel system.

TDI in MT
Kicking the tires...
Kicking the tires...
Posts: 96
Joined: Apr Mon 15, 2013 8:15 pm
Vehicles: 07 Honda Accord
Location: Helena

Re: Cold weather questions

Post by TDI in MT » Sep Tue 24, 2013 6:05 pm

I did find this recently, I think I'm going to get it: http://idparts.com/catalog/product_info ... njne48sl76

Post Reply