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Old 09-24-2021, 09:09 AM   #1
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Winterize a Diesel Powerstroke

Hi there, I am looking to know all that should be done on the mechanical end to protect my bus (2002 Ford e450) for the winter months. We are in New England, where the temperature can get to be in the teens.

As I will be working on the conversion I will not be driving the bus very much.
Wondering if anyone can give me a run down of what is to be done.
Some folks say to start it, some say not to start it. Take the batteries inside? The tank is full - do I add an additive?

Thank you.

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Old 09-24-2021, 10:02 AM   #2
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First test the coolant to make sure it has good freeze protection. 50/50 will be good down to around -20. Get diesel winter additive that is good to use for your engine, and dose it as per tank volume and make sure it is mixed and run through the system. If you keep a small charger on the batteries they should be fine. If the oil is fresh make sure it is of the right viscosity for your conditions.
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