this is my first truck (00, CC, SB, 4x4, 92K, auto, lariat)..
i am very knowledgeable with gas vehicles but know nothing about diesels.....
I live in sunny CA, so cold is not an issue... say i am going to work (50 degrees in the morning)... do i have to wait for the truck to warm up before i leave? in my car i just keep the revs down and wait till the oil is up to temp before i romp on it.
teach me about 4x4... hints? tips? anything like that... i know nothing about this! never owned one, never been in one, but i do go down to baja a ton, so it will be used. Do all trucks have electronic shift on fly? any hints on how to take certain terrains?
lastly, how can i tell what gear ratios i have (without having to lift the truck), tag somewhere?
lastly (remember i am new to diesels).... how bad is it to not wait for the "wait to start" light to go out before you try to start the truck? i've forgotten once or twice, and if i ever lend my truck out i am sure they will too.
Ok I will answer your questions in order to the best of my ability.
1. You should wait a few minutes to let the oil lubricate the engine a bit, as for a warm up I say at least 5 minutes just to get things lubricated then you should be good.
2. 4x4 means 4wheel drive your truck is shift on the fly. What ever you do never, never, never, ever, never ever drive your truck in 4wheel drive while on dry pavement. You will most likely break something. Most of the new trucks are shift on the fly 4wheel drive. Go to the mountains in southern cali, go to the desert out by barstow, go to glamis, go play around in the dry lake beds out in the desert. Go on a few trail jamborrees with guys that drive 4wheel drives. You will have fun and learn alot in one day of off road driving.
I would recommend at least once in a while when it rains and yest it rains in cali too, I would put it in 4wheel high to lubricate the hubs and to make sure everything is working. But only when the pavement is wet.
3. Gear ratios there should be a tag on the axle, there should be a tag on the drivers side door stating an axle code. You can jack up the rear end put the tranny in neutral mark the driveshaft count the amount of turns the driveshaft does per one full revolution of the tire. as in 3.73:1 equals 3.73 turns of the driveshaft to 1 turn of the tire. 4.10:1 equals 4.10 turns of the driveshaft to 1 full turn of the tires. I think you get the idea.
4. Always wait for that light to go off before starting. I mean always wait for the light to go off. That is why it is there it is a wait to start light. You should always wait for it to go off. I say this as it may only be on for a split second in your warm weather but if you go to a cold weather area you don't want to be in the habbit of getting in and just trying to start up the truck. So always wait for that light.
5. Always wear your seat belt, not because its the law but it will save your life.
6. Have fun and enjoy your new truck.