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Old 03-03-2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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We have a 2017 MBS 2401W. It was warm here in Colorado yesterday. The coach started and ran fine. Today the temperature has been about 5 degrees above zero. so needless to say when I try to start it it just chugs and tries to start and then dies. I am sure that it's because it's so cold. I do not know or could not find anywhere online if there's any sort of oil pan or block heater that would already be on the engine. More than likely I will need to wait a day or two until it warms up some. Fortunately it is in front of my house for now and we're not leaving for Arizona until Wednesday. Does anybody know if there is or where there is a block heater on these engines? Or any other ideas to get it started and warmed up today?. Thank you
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Old 03-03-2019, 02:49 PM   #2
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If no block heater at least the heavy, dense, cold air thats socked in the front range will begin to slide off to the east on Monday and even moreso on Tuesday. High temps on the front range Monday will be in the low to mid 20Fs; will be 35F on Tuesday.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:03 PM   #3
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We have a 2017 MBS 2401W. It was warm here in Colorado yesterday. The coach started and ran fine. Today the temperature has been about 5 degrees above zero. so needless to say when I try to start it it just chugs and tries to start and then dies. I am sure that it's because it's so cold. I do not know or could not find anywhere online if there's any sort of oil pan or block heater that would already be on the engine. More than likely I will need to wait a day or two until it warms up some. Fortunately it is in front of my house for now and we're not leaving for Arizona until Wednesday. Does anybody know if there is or where there is a block heater on these engines? Or any other ideas to get it started and warmed up today?. Thank you
Did you place cold weather additive for diesel fuel in the tank? If no, you probably have gelled the fuel line and tank.

https://fuelandfriction.com/weekend-...d-diesel-fuel/
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Thanks for the quick replies. So my next question is if the fuel in in fact gelled, will it thaw enough to start if the outside temperature goes higher like into 30s and 40s in the next few days?
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:59 PM   #5
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The Cummins diesels are known to start in temps well below zero. My 63 MGB started in minus 8 once. No aftermarket stuff in the tanks.

A two year old vehicle not starting in +5 temps I would have thought would start. The things were designed in Germany.

I would wonder about the battery. Is there a switch to connect the house battery to the motor?

Installing a heater in a coolant line or block is usually not hard. I had one in a 77 dodge when I lived in Idaho. We saw -30 several times.
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Although the linked article in a previous reply tends to make people believe diesel gelling here in the Midwest is common … it really isn't with today's diesel and the cold weather additives that are put in since about last November. We predominately run diesels down to zero with extremely few gelling issues … now when you get in the -20 on down, the story changes. Newer diesels have pretty reliable glow plug circuits. I'd take a guess that your glow plugs or the power feeding them is at fault. Wait about 3 separate cycles for the glow plug light to go off on the dash, and then try and start it.
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Not familiar with your engine, most diesels now have glow plugs, most modern diesels start relatively easy, I'd make sure your batteries are charged, if they are and you need to run it and don't have a block heater run a hair dryer into the air intake while cranking, it just needs a little heat.
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We have a 2017 MBS 2401W. It was warm here in Colorado yesterday. The coach started and ran fine. Today the temperature has been about 5 degrees above zero. so needless to say when I try to start it it just chugs and tries to start and then dies. I am sure that it's because it's so cold. I do not know or could not find anywhere online if there's any sort of oil pan or block heater that would already be on the engine. More than likely I will need to wait a day or two until it warms up some. Fortunately it is in front of my house for now and we're not leaving for Arizona until Wednesday. Does anybody know if there is or where there is a block heater on these engines? Or any other ideas to get it started and warmed up today?. Thank you
If your generator will start, let it run and charge the chassis battery. Might help .
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Add some Diesel 911 in the red bottle. If the fuel in the filter gel'd, the filter may need to be changed. It is supposed to be in the mid 80's in southern AZ on Wednedsay.
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Discussion of this in the Sprinter forum:
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