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How long after starting should i wait to take off?

In the morn i let my truck warm up before i take off usually 10 mins or so. In the afternoon after it sets all day how long should i wait before i take off? i been waiting 3 or 4 mins but today it was 50* F waited 2 or 3 mins and took off easy but the truck still just does not seem to wanna go even bein easy. Wait 5 mins or til its warm and away it will go. Is this normal? my 95 psd 5spd wasn't this way but my 99 psd auto is.

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for me it really depends on temp. if its above 40 degrees ill give it 30 seconds or so to get the oil worked around, if its below, ill wait for my truck to stop smoking blue, and for the idle to even out. If its plugged in, i also wait 30 seconds. i really think its a matter of preferance. Either way keep her under 1500 rpm until the temp is up to operating range and youll be fine

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for me it really depends on temp. if its above 40 degrees ill give it 30 seconds or so to get the oil worked around, if its below, ill wait for my truck to stop smoking blue, and for the idle to even out. If its plugged in, i also wait 30 seconds. i really think its a matter of preferance. Either way keep her under 1500 rpm until the temp is up to operating range and youll be fine
your truck smokes blue....

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your truck smokes blue....
I noticed mine smoking blue for a little while when we were having all the cold weather here in SC. Mornings when it was in the 9-14 degree range. Never noticed it before? I stops after it warms up.

My first mile after leaving the house is a steep grade. I always try to baby her until I top the hill. Never looked to see what RPM I was maintaining? I'll look this morning. Oh ....a warm 24 here this morning.

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I just plug in, wait a min for the oil to start moving and keep it under 1500rpm until it gets to the first mark on the temp gauge. I want to get a water temp gauge soon since ford couldn't put numbers on the gauge.... Anyone know what that first make on the gauge is temp wise?

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When it is below 0 im plugged in and then let it run for about 10 minutes. When its above zero i let it run for 10 minutes without plugged in. Above 32 i start and go. Never had a problem. But i still don't get on it at all until i see the temp guage come up.

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Smooth Idle, wait 2-5 minutes, then keep her on low RPM until 1st line on temp gauge.

During the summer, about the same.
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