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Old 06-29-2014, 04:00 AM
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New to Diesels & info needed

I would greatly appreciate anyone's help with what is best way to operate your diesel truck. I was told to obviously wait till light is off but what are best practices for warm weather & cold weather?
1. Do you let truck warm up for how long prior to driving, 5 mins, 10 mins or ???
2. How long do you wait till you turn engine off, wait till warmed up?
3. Any other info would be greatly apreciate for normal operations, my truck has intake, 6 position and injectors.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:12 AM
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In the cold, I always wait for the glow plugs. It only takes a couple seconds. But becareful. After a while you will find yourself in other gasser vehicles trying to do the same!
In the very cold I do let it warm up for a few minutes. But the ebig thing is when they are cold go easy on them. No racing or pushing the motor.
As to when to shut them off I ended up buying a turbo timer and I let the motor take care of itself. But yes you should let it cool down for a bit before shutting it off. If you get some type of a EGT guagte this could help you out alot.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:35 AM
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Good stuff

Thank when you say take care of itself could you be a little more specifi as to what buy and set up. For example when I get to my destination after a drive do I just leave truck running and it turns itself off and etc??? Thanks
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:42 AM
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I have a 05. Im running the Edge CTS monitor and I have a turbo timer on the truck that will keep the truck running for a certain time (that I have set to 1 minute) or it will run the truck until the egt's drop to a certain temp. This works fine in the winter but no so much in the summer.
Im not sure if the 7.3's can run this type of set up or not.
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Turbo timers are great if the vehicle is well known for coking up the turbo bearings if shut down hot, but I don't think that the 7.3s commonly do that (also, newer oil is a lot better than the stuff used in the 80s turbo sports cars).

I generally start it up, let it idle for a minute or so, then take it easy out of my neighborhood and am generally gentle on the motor until temps are up into the normal range (and fully up to temp before I really get on it). You're not going to hurt a motor being by being too gentle when it's cold. Once it's up to temp, though... it's a turbodiesel. It's built to work, and to work hard.
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I am using Amsoil 15W40 Synthetic because this what previous owner used. I can get it at ace pretty cheap. I think I am listening to some that should not be giving advice. Need to weed out the uninformed or misinformed. Thank you.
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Cold weather.

Wait for glow plugs to cycle then start. Let idle for about 1 min. Then drive slowly until the thermostat opens

Waiting when to shut off.
Unless towing there is no need to wait at all to shut off. If towing let idle for 1 min to cool off
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Excellent Info

I appreciate your excellent info, I appreciate it.
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