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winter time, my 7.3, and my shared driveway
Hey guys, aside from a leveling kit I have a completely stock 7.3 scsb. 97,000 on it. Synthetic oil, rotella 5w-40 I believe.
During the semester I live at school and my truck is relieved of its hauling duties and becomes my short range daily commuter. I live with 6 other guys and we use one long driveway. There are usually a couple occasions every week where somebody parked behind me needs to get out quick, which leaves me firing the truck up for a quick in and out of the driveway. Is there anything reasonable I can do to make this less stressful under the hood?
Additionally, I plug it in every night if I need to drive where the temps are mid 30s or lower for roughly 8hrs (while I sleep). Usually get a little white/grey smoke on start up and that clears up pretty fast. No plug in it takes several more tries to start and the smoke is worse. If I floor it on the highway I expel a similar smoke, but I have only done this maybe 2 or 3 times since I bought the truck last june. My truck sees a couple 1-2 mile drives a week, I try to let it warm up just past the C line (5-10mins) then drive it gently and give it a minute or two to run when im home, and my work commute is maybe 7 miles, I do the same for that. For the most part unless its pretty warm and/or im on the highway I try to stay below 2000rpm. Am I treating my truck right? Feel free to throw in any helpful 2 cents about my operating habits, I know they are not ideal for my truck so I want to take care of it as best I can.