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    So.. headed to Drum in September.. I have a few questions about Jeeps and extreme cold weather.

    first.. Do I need an engine block heater? I mean my Jeep has issues with the DC cold so I can't imagine how she's going to act at Drum.

    Second..do I need a additional heater? or is the stock heater g2g?

    third.. now this isn't a Jeep question but what the hell.. do I need to put an engine block heater on my wife's `07 Town and Country?

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    wth is drum? Antarctica?
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    Wifes rig should be fine.

    Your YJ might benefit from adding a Mojave heater









    And poosibly a block heater. When you say it has problems with the DC cold, do you mean running? Or starting?

    A block (or tank, or hose) heater will do 2 things, help it start when it's really cold out, and help it warm up faster and blow heat.

    You really shouldn't need a block heater for starting, the only time I plug my rigs in is when the temp is colder than 10 below, and parked outside and it's windy.

    If your rig is having problems starting in mild cold, I would do a good tune up, replace the battery cables with good new ones, and check/clean all the grounds.

    I ran the ground cable from my battery, straight to the starter mounting bolt. (originally was bolted to the block, by the alternator) Made a world of difference for cranking the engine!

    Other things to help your YJ (or TJ's/CJ's) keep warmer inside are:

    Carpeting

    Hard top ( some indoor/outdoor carpet glued to inside of hardtop works great!)

    Heated seats/heated seat inserts

    Soft tops/soft doors/windows do not do well in the cold, I'd find a hardtop and full hard doors for winter if you don't have them.

    So, yes. A block heater can help, but it shouldn't be needed


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    Quote Originally Posted by irish1371 View Post
    wth is drum? Antarctica?
    Ft. Drum, iza in "Naw Yark", ya know, by "Joisey"


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    Do you have a desiel motor?
    I am from upstate and never had a problem with any of my cars starting while I lived there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBillE View Post
    Ft. Drum, iza in "Naw Yark", ya know, by "Joisey"
    Closer to Ottawaaaaaa in the great white north then Joisey
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    I spent a summer at Drum. Didn't get warm until late June. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBillE View Post
    Wifes rig should be fine.

    Your YJ might benefit from adding a Mojave heater









    And poosibly a block heater. When you say it has problems with the DC cold, do you mean running? Or starting?

    A block (or tank, or hose) heater will do 2 things, help it start when it's really cold out, and help it warm up faster and blow heat.

    You really shouldn't need a block heater for starting, the only time I plug my rigs in is when the temp is colder than 10 below, and parked outside and it's windy.

    If your rig is having problems starting in mild cold, I would do a good tune up, replace the battery cables with good new ones, and check/clean all the grounds.

    I ran the ground cable from my battery, straight to the starter mounting bolt. (originally was bolted to the block, by the alternator) Made a world of difference for cranking the engine!

    Other things to help your YJ (or TJ's/CJ's) keep warmer inside are:

    Carpeting

    Hard top ( some indoor/outdoor carpet glued to inside of hardtop works great!)

    Heated seats/heated seat inserts

    Soft tops/soft doors/windows do not do well in the cold, I'd find a hardtop and full hard doors for winter if you don't have them.

    So, yes. A block heater can help, but it shouldn't be needed
    it starts just fine.. couple of pumps of the gas and fires up however if I don't let it warm up it stalls when I come to a stop, but after it warms up its fine and runs nice and strong.

    I've got a hard top and hard doos, no soft top. and don't really plan on getting one.

    I'll look into that heater you suggested.
    thanks HB.
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    lot of people will laugh but in Montana we used the magnet oil pan heaters. pop em on route the cord thru the grill and forget it. my chevelle would start at -93(with windchill) like -40ish w/o

    But it sounds like your due for a tune up more then anything, and get that choke adjusted
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    Get a good battery, lots of cold cranking amps. I never had a problem starting when I lived up there.

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