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Coldest you've started your ex in?

Discussion in 'Stock 2006 -2010 Explorers' started by Harley McIntyre, December 11, 2019.

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  1. Harley McIntyre

    Harley McIntyre Member

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    Just curious what's the coldest you guys have started your explorer in? V8 or v6? Just wondering how well these handle extremely cold temperatures?
     
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  3. donalds

    donalds Elite Explorer

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    Lowest on my 99 v6 17f
     
  4. DiGiornoRisingCrust

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    I started mine somewhere around 20°F, but the timing chain blew up 5 seconds after that so I wouldn’t exactly call it successful.
     
  5. D Hook

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    -20°F. Power steering pump whined for about 7-8 seconds but otherwise just fine. 2006 V8.
     
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  6. michael623

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    around 9°F, (2006 V6)
     
  7. Harley McIntyre

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    Damn really? V6 or v8?
     
  8. DiGiornoRisingCrust

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    V6. The timing chain was probably well on its way at that point, being at 150k miles and probably not maintained very well by previous owner (Bought it at 145k).
     
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    I have started all the Explorers I have owned (1st and 3rd gen models) in sub zero (F) temperatures. Some were V8s and some were 4.0Ls. I never had an issue with any of them at this temperature if the battery was good. I don't expect to have any issues with the 2010 Mountaineer I currently own either.
     
  10. Harley McIntyre

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    Anyone have battery recommendations? Mine is definitely otw out and I don't trust battery manufacturers, so which ones last the longest?
     
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    Last week one morning was -2F when I started it. No problem, cranked right up. I am using QSUD 5w-30 full synthetic oil.
     
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    '08 V8 -12F with windchill ontop of that. started on first attempt but the radio volume wouldnt work till it warmed up. and the cluster lcd was half lit till it warmed up aswell.
     
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    2000 V6, -52C (-60F). In the northern Alberta arctic circle, I kept mine plugged into a block heater, and ran an optima yellow top. I once blew an E3 spark plug starting in these temps, and had to limp the truck 10km with only 5 cylinders firing.
     
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  14. donalds

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    ^^^^^^ you win lol
     
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    Single digits, V8 p/s pump whines also for a few minutes.
     
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    I swear by Motorcraft. Yes, they cost a little more but of the three I've owned I've never had one last less than 7 years and one lasted 13 years. I'll never buy a different brand.
     
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    michael loibl Active Member

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    Coldest was negative 5 Fahrenheit, no problem starting, but lots of whining noises probably power steering pump
     
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    since I bought mine back in 2014 the coldest night was around -15f and after sitting for 13 hours it didnt start and needed a jump my charging system on my 4.0 will not let the battery maintain a good resting voltage as it often drops down to 13-13.5 charging voltage after heat soak

    a very large percentage of batterys are produced by johnston controls and just rebranded here is a pretty fun video to watch but I use agm's because of the resistance to freezing another member had a thread that contained a website that listed all battery makers and the build house they were produced all started because someone was asking about walmart never start batterys which just happends to be the same as a motorcraft unit as well as 100's of others

     
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    donalds Elite Explorer

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    ^^^^ that's the one I use
     
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    Wouldn't the more important question be What year? What mileage? Timing chains don't last forever.
     
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    I started my '98 at around 3F once which is near the coldest it ever gets here, and several times closer to 15F. For about a year my battery was getting on the old side and wouldn't start at 15F without a lot of struggle but new battery solved that.

    I got my current battery where I usually do, a Johnson Controls made Everstart Maxx from Walmart for both the '98 and '14, but the '14 originally came with a group 59 or something and I had them upsize it to a group 65N like my '98 takes... larger battery, more CCA, yet costs less. Fits fine in the battery tray and the only downside is the '14's factory battery insulator won't fit on it so I just don't use the insulator. IIRC some 5th gens did come with group 65.

    Don't know how far north you have to live for them to stock 65N instead of 65S.
     
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