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post #1 of 12 Old 06-05-2010, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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summer driving??

Hey everyone heading on a trip back home for some holidays and got just under 2500 kms to drive... anything i should do or check mainly on the truck before and or during the trip.... my buddy was saying something that you should idle the truck down for 5 mins when stopped after driving say 400 kms or so? is this true? will it possibly crack the turbo... sorry for all the questions this is my first diesel and am trying to learn more about it thanks for your time everyone!
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the guy who builds our turbo race car engines will idle for ten minutes after towing the race trailer to the track, we also do it with the car when it comes off the track. the turbo spins at a high rpm, still spinning when you shut it off but with no oil. let it idle and the oil cools down and the turbo cools and everyone is happy. the same as you shouldnt start cold and go towing or for big boost as the engine needs to warm up.

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I let it cool down to 350* before shutting the truck off

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so i should after driving for 300 or 400 kms let it idle while i fill up at the gas station too.. or even pull off to the side let it idle down for 10 mins then go get the gas and be able to shut my truck off
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I don't think I would let it run while you pump. Some people do, I just don't think its a good idea. I always let the truck cool down at the pump, shut it off and then fill her up.

I am sure some people will say it will be fine, I just don't like to do it.

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Really it only needs a minute or so to cool down. By the time I pull into the drive way, I'm under 400*

I never really let the truck idle for more than a few minutes, from what I've heard the 6-liter shouldn't be left to idle for long periods of time. So I always shut it down when I'm fueling.

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i always just let it run while i fill up. Diesel fumes are not as flamable as gasoline so i dont worry about a fire with it. As far as a cool down before you shut it off you really do neeed to let it cool down but only for about 2-3 minutes. like the poster above said if you got gauges then let it cool to 350

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i always just let it run while i fill up. Diesel fumes are not as flamable as gasoline so i dont worry about a fire with it.
I try not to idle while fueling, because some guy is fueling gas next to me. (not that I never do mind you)

I try to ease off the freeway or road to the service stations, and don't mind waiting in line to let Her idle down. If I'm pulling my trailer, I usually pop the hood and check things and let engine compartment have some fresh air. I don't have an EGT gauge, so I let her cool a couple minutes to lower temp.

Around town, I just idle through parking lots and the neighborhood when I get home. Cools off pretty good.
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You guys are refering too the EGT temps? For cool down right?
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Even with a gasser after a long towing pull I let it cool down, the problem I have found is the coolant temps really rise when shutting off a engine that has been working hard and can cause the system to puke, the turbo is just another factor with a diesel.
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