Another Winter Impelled Shortcut to Resist: Burning Briquettes Under the Engine Block
… to pre-heat the engine oil (even if it is insanely cold out).
Here’s one way not to try and start your vehicle in cold weather: Don’t place burning charcoal briquettes under the engine.
Workers at the Summit County Landfill found out the hard way Tuesday morning as temperatures were in the minus double digits.
The workers wanted to warm the oil pan of a semi-tractor and put a pan of burning charcoal under the truck. The plan worked too well at heating the engine and caught the truck on fire, said Lake Dillon Fire/Rescue spokesman Steve Lipsher
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the truck engine was heavily damaged.