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Thread: 300tdi freezing snow start worries - usually starts first time fine, until below zero

  1. #31
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
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    Well I filled up from near empty at Bright Shell with their Alpine Diesel, put a 300ml dose of the Lucas additive in the tank as well (as recommended by the servo) and then sat the Disco in the snow for three days straight. Sat in freezing snow and wind I think the temp was about -6 C but with wind chill who knows. Parked it up early Saturday morning and started her up Monday arvo around 2pm and glowed it twice then it started first try and didn't konk out at all...YOU BEAUTY! Ran fine on the diesel with the additive in it too, actually felt like it was running better than usual haha who knows maybe the engine likes a bit more kero

    Engine temp monitor didn't register anything for a few mins till it warmed up then when it hit around 17 C I took off slowly and all good. Low coolant alarm kept going off for a while though, not sure what happened there but I had a look in the bottle and it wasn't frozen or anything, didn't have a look in the radiator though maybe there was something frozen in there, didn't seem to cause a problem though drove home to Melbourne without issue.

    Not a problem though, worked a treat!
    '97 Tdi 300
    5sp manual w/ D-gas, Maxi Drive rear, 245/75/16 rubber, dual batteries, other stuff.

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
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    Brisbane, Inner East.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slug_burner View Post
    Alpine diesel just has more kerosene than summer diesel. You will not have a problem if you stick a bottle or two of conditioner into a tank of alpine diesel.
    An oil coy. guy told me that winter distillate has more of the wax content removed so lines and filters don't clog with congealed wax at low temperatures and more butane added for startability.
    URSUSMAJOR

  3. #33
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    Apr 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by Young Angus View Post
    ..... Ran fine on the diesel with the additive in it too, actually felt like it was running better than usual haha who knows maybe the engine likes a bit more kero

    ....

    Not a problem though, worked a treat!
    Good to hear it all went smoothly for 'ya.
    Running better, could be due to the cold(er) air?
    Mine seems to run a little bit nicer in cold, crisp ambients too.
    Standard slug like response until a little warmth has set in the first 30sec to 1min or so.
    Cheers,
    Arthur.

    '99 D1 300 Tdi Auto

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