Cold Weather Road Trip in an L300

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Cold Weather Road Trip in an L300

Postby AKcub » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:14 pm

Lools like I’m going to move my Deli to Anchorage. Trying to time it so I avoid the stupid cold weather enroute but it’s winter in the Yukon so it might be hit and miss.

Anything particular to the Deli running it in colder temps (-18C/0F) that i should be aware of? I’ve lived and operated vehicles all over Alaska for 30 years so I’m not completely clueless to running diesel vehicles in cold weather.

The van has a block heater, I will run a cold weather fuel additive, and carry warmies for me.

Can the consensus think of anything else?

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Cold Weather Road Trip in an L300

Postby lrp374 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:08 am

At -40 leave it running!!

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Cold Weather Road Trip in an L300

Postby Lapprentis » Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:12 pm

From other posts: if you block heater is not enough in the extreme cold weather, you may consider aa engine coolant heater that you use simultaneously 8-) You will have both, the oil and the colant warmed. :o Healty Battery (Batteries) is most likely crucial too :shock: I started mine this morning at -15C with block heater: easy start compare to -10C without it :-)

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Cold Weather Road Trip in an L300

Postby Shaun Van Ramen » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:46 am

As mentioned in another post;
"I've installed a windblock on my vehicle. I got a piece of thin gauge sheet metal at Home Depot (it was actually the exact measurement I needed, so no cutting req.) did some strategic bending, drilled 4 holes and one cut to fit around a frame member, and "PRESTO!" A wind block. I goes right up front above the skid pan. It blocks direct air from being forced up to the rads, and eventually into the cab, cause the 300's are draftie. It goes on in the fall when temps hit the low teens."
I recently discovered (while driving) that a blanket laid out across the back of the front seats helps keep the draft away.
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Cold Weather Road Trip in an L300

Postby dr_airtime » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:01 pm

My L300 froze in Canmore at -20 during two seperate trips but I didn't have have a block heater or an in-line coolant heater. 5W-30 oil was pretty thick too...

I looked quickly but I think consensus for L300 owners was that the in-line coolant heater worked better than a block heater.

I actually purchased one once but never got it installed and then returned to Lordco.

Lordco knows the part number so I would just walk in there and tell them you need an in-line coolant heater for for a Mitsubishi Delica or Pajero. it is a common part. About $120 if I remember and if you are reasonably competent you just need to find a place to mount and then split your rad hose and clamp. There a couple different Wattage models but basically the same, just differences in current draw.

Try searching the L300 Technical forum.

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