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Old 10-05-2009, 06:20 AM
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Exclamation 6.0 Idling

A diesel newbie here.
I have heard pros and cons about idling a diesel like the 6.0.
Some say don't because idling doesn't bring the engine to operating temps... and therefore causes some kind of build up in the engine...
These also say to idle the 6.0 about 10 minutes before hitting the trail... and to idle it about 10 mins or so... at the end of the day.. to cool it off.
Some say don't worry about idling... do it.

Being a newbie ... I don't know. But I figured this is the place to ask.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:42 AM
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Nothing run with idle, it is smart to let the truck idle after a long drive or a hard run, it will save the life of your turbo, as for idle to operating temps it will get to it at some point just takes it longer at idle then actually driving it, I let mine idle in the mornings for about that time same with cool down. Oh before anyone says idling is bad its not. Cause if it was then our ambulances and fire trucks would be dead.
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Nothing run with idle, it is smart to let the truck idle after a long drive or a hard run, it will save the life of your turbo, as for idle to operating temps it will get to it at some point just takes it longer at idle then actually driving it, I let mine idle in the mornings for about that time same with cool down. Oh before anyone says idling is bad its not. Cause if it was then our ambulances and fire trucks would be dead.
It may not cause them to blow up but it sure causes stuck vanes in the turbo and injector failures...

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Isnt this where the high idle is useful for letting her warmup in the morning?
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dont waste your time warming up or cooling down..give it about a second to build fuel/oil pressure
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:15 AM
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if im going to be idling for more than a couple minutes i use my high idle, this way its running up a little warmer and burning all the fuel its getting efficiently, if you leave it idle for long periods of time you WILL start to develop fuel dillution in the oil. i know this because when i bought my truck last winter i didnt have high idle mod done yet and when i changed my oil i took a sample and it came back with fuel dillution caused by increased idle time and/or short trips. although the level of fuel was acceptable i still wanted to change my driving style. so this last oil change i decreased my idle time and when i do idle i high idle, i still drive short trips (i cant help that) and my sample came back perfect no fuel in the oil.
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I let mine idle in the mornings and at the end of a trip before I shut the truck off. If I go into the gas station I leave it running and if I am sitting in the truck it is running
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+1 goose. except after thirty seconds in the mornin i high idle for a min or two
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+1 goose. except after thirty seconds in the mornin i high idle for a min or two
Ive got the high idle but I usually forget about it. I use it if I remember though
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ya also whenvever im drivin and i go inside to pick somethin up or do somethin, if i know i won't be in there but a second i will let it idle
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