This is a discussion on Cold weather ahead!!! within the DIY How To Section forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; Originally Posted by Kazimodo I'll have a look at what you are saying when the time comes Bounty , but I remember those 2 tabs ...
The end flaps on mine have not locked in securely following the factory procedure.
I have always had difficulty getting the lower tabs to tuck in.
I have had no problems with the cover coming loose, and I make it a point to go thru a car wash at least weekly during the winter because of the amount of salt and calcium used in this area.
The car wash I use is not one of the no touch ones it has rotating brushes that go across the front end to clean and an under body wash.
I also have certainly not worried about someone stealing mine off the truck.
I have used mine routinely for the two winters I have had this truck and I'll be using it again this winter.
I am holding on to the idea that summer and fall climate is not over yet , so I will only look into this
when the cold is here .........
I am ready , with my block heater plug installed in the rear bumper , and my winter cover on stand by .
http://www.krown.com to keep the rust at bay.
Dieseldragon North shore of Lake Erie.
Slipping a bit also this will be the forth winter for this truck, not the third.
I went with the Waxoyl product it seems to be doing pretty good for me so far.
But instead it's been around 50 F. outside, and for light driving around town I find the Eco has no problem with overheat leaving the two upper holes open.
It started Sunday morning, cold hard rain, 39 F. By noon it was a wet snow, but starting to stick. By evening it's really coming down.
Monday morning, it's still hammering down, 6 inches. By noon, 8 inches when I started up the plow (700 Grizz) and 23 F. Total was about 9-10 inches of snow.
Game over, game oooooover....
I did get to try out the block heater, it works well. After a couple of hours, I started up the truck, in 5 minutes it was blowing warm air and melting the windshield, excellent! I also closed up all the holes on the grill cover. But once on the road, and everyone is going slow and poking along, I find my truck struggling to get hot, I got up to 170 F and it backed off a bit, putting in Tow/haul mode helped, but in all the Eco warmed up proper by the time I got home, 204 F. However I can start to see the issue with properly warming up the Eco engine in winter. So I'll make a bold statement, any of you running around in winter braless are asking for it. It's in the manual, they say use it, it could effect your warranty, so just use it. And if your worried about how it looks, it won't matter if it's in the shop!
Overall, and this was the first snow day, the Ram did well in the snow. But I do miss that limited slip rear end I had in my Silverado, I rarely used 4wd in it.