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If you have to start doing something like that to maintain your engine, maybe it's time to start looking for a different engine for your pickup.
 

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Argee, very few if any diesel engines can maintain thermostated operating temps in extreme cold circumstances unless under a significant load due to low combustion temps. That is not always possible especially if any idling of the engine is involved. This can lead to "cold stacking" and premature oil contamination. The insulation wraps significantly retard the rate of thermal heat loss. This is a fact of life with pretty much any diesel. The insulation wraps also are great for retaining block heater output on a non-operating engine which greatly aids warm up time of the defroster/heat output . Can you get by without them? Certainly; but for folks living I extreme cold climates, they sure can make life a little more pleasant.
 
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