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Old 02-01-2011, 07:39 AM
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Low last night here in the foothills was -6. Took a little bit of time getting started this morning. What methods are recommended for easy cold starts? this is my first non-FI vehicle so I'm new at this.

My old man used to keep our old Suburban warm by putting a clamp on work light underneath at night with a 60 watt bulb in it. For a quick fix this morning I put a 100 watt bulb under the oil pan for a bit. With full choke and a couple pumps of the gas I was able to get her running.

My battery seems good, but it is 6-7 years old. I will be replacing it with an Optima. I was just wondering which battery to go with. Red top, blue or yellow?

I hear the blue top starting is a good bet. Curious what size will fit, group 31/34, etc?
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block heater and plug it in...

optimas are not high on my list anymore. Check out the diehard, odyssey or deka's
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My method with the FJ60 was to give the acelerator pump a couple of squirts to put gas in the intake manifold, then wait 30 seconds or so for some of it to vaporize. After that it would usually light right up on the first crank.

A block heater doesn't hurt either.
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block heater and plug it in...

optimas are not high on my list anymore. Check out the diehard, odyssey or deka's
Are these orbital batteries?
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On cold mornings, the starting procedure on the FJ40 is, full choke, a couple of pumps and turn it over. Let it warm up for a few minutes before driving it off. A couple of years ago it would not start at -6, I replaced the battery with a new one and it has always started since. I don't think it will get fired up this morning as HutHut does not have school. I am going to give it a go tomorrow morning as I am curious to see how it does.

Regarding a battery, I have the largest CCA rating from Walmart. It is inexpensive, warrantied and there seems to be a Walmart everywhere.

A block heater would certainly help quite a bit on very cold mornings.
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block heater and plug it in...

optimas are not high on my list anymore. Check out the diehard, odyssey or deka's
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Block heaters are the best thing for cold weather as well as a good battery.

(slight hijack) I have been wanting to install a blockheater plug in my FJ40 but haven't found one locally that will work. I know I can get one at SOR for way too much $$ Anyone know where to get one locally? Not NAPA or Checker or Autozone..I've checked..
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I find a nice pat on the dash board and a few kind words to be helpfull. Say something nice things to her. Like, " You're a great truck" or "I'll buy you a new battery next paycheck" or "I'll hand wash you once it's above freezing"

Trucks, have feelings too.
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I have a block heater in the FJ40 (2F) that I got from NAPA. Maybe get them to look one up for a later model truck like an FJ60? I can also try to look for the receipt to pull a PN.

I just looked one up for an 85' FJ60 and came up with this:
http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50070+2070028
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I have a block heater in the FJ40 (2F) that I got from NAPA. Maybe get them to look one up for a later model truck like an FJ60? I can also try to look for the receipt to pull a PN.

I just looked one up for an 85' FJ60 and came up with this:
http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50070+2070028
I called and they have it. Thanks! This'll be interesting- Installing a block heater on a day like this.
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Block heaters are nice, but I don't think it's consistently cold enough down here to justify one. A good and healthy battery, plus the choke/2 pump/sweet nothings/crank/warm for a few minutes method others have mentioned should work 99.9% of the time.
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