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Allowing my 6.0 to warm up in the morning and remote start devices

I just Recently purchased my first diesel truck, an 06 F350, and I have been reading several forums since before the purchase. As I understand it, a diesel engine should be allowed to warm up before being driven. Does this apply to only cold weather situations or all climates? I am considering the purchase of a remote start to facilitate pre warming of the engine ( particularly in the morning while I have that first cup of coffee). Any suggestion as to brand and model?

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I just Recently purchased my first diesel truck, an 06 F350, and I have been reading several forums since before the purchase. As I understand it, a diesel engine should be allowed to warm up before being driven. Does this apply to only cold weather situations or all climates? I am considering the purchase of a remote start to facilitate pre warming of the engine ( particularly in the morning while I have that first cup of coffee). Any suggestion as to brand and model?
Depends. When its 90 out, I start it, get my newspaper and then get in and drive easy. When its really cold, I let her run for 10 minutes or so. With all that oil, it doenst get too warm just sitting there. Now I NEVER get in and get on the go juice when she isnt up to normal temp. Always easy on it until it is warmed up. Even if it is 100 degrees out.
Plug her in when its cold and give it a bit to warm up. Im sure other people will chime in with their thoughts on this.

P.S. Unless its my lawnmower I always let the thing warm up before driving.

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I let mine get to 100 degrees on the Coolant before I start down the road. Easy on it until at least the 160 range, then who gives a rip at 190.

Cool mornings, the computer will idle up automatically. Real cold, it's plugged in and I flip the switch and get her up to 1200 rpm until she's over 100. I'm a big user of the block heater. Diesels love the warmth.

I don't use an auto start system. So my question for those that have an auto start system, can they be programmed to start the glow plugs for 2 minutes during those colder mornings? Prior to starting.
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they need to warm up before you romp on them.... i spent many year in alaska and have a remote start on my truck, i would let it run for 20 min before i drove it when it was sub zero, though you could not even get the gauge to climb off the full cold stop for a 20 min of driving...... i used to cardboard off the radiator also.... where are you at?? for normal temp ranges letting it idle for 10 min before you drive is fine, then drive it easy for first 10 min

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I don't use an auto start system. So my question for those that have an auto start system, can they be programmed to start the glow plugs for 2 minutes during those colder mornings? Prior to starting.
i Have A Viper 5902, And VIPER Does Have A Diesel Remote Start Wire On The Harness When I Remote Start My Truck, It Never Starts Untill The Light Goes Out. You Can Either Have It On A Timer Relay(Which Is Made For Diesels) What I Did Was Splice A Wire Into The WTS Light So When That Light Go's Out It Starts.
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Problem is, the glow plugs actually keep going after the light shuts off. Up to 2 minutes. Which is longer than the light. So, you can make it go longer than the light?
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Problem is, the glow plugs actually keep going after the light shuts off. Up to 2 minutes. Which is longer than the light. So, you can make it go longer than the light?
The best route is to get the DEI (makes Viper) adjustable timer and use it as a wait to start timer. With my 5902 it's set to delay engine cranking until 20 seconds after the ignition is activated.

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The best route is to get the DEI (makes Viper) adjustable timer and use it as a wait to start timer. With my 5902 it's set to delay engine cranking until 20 seconds after the ignition is activated.

This is the system I use. Viper with the glow-plug delay start time.
I also use the auto run feature set for 24 minutes because I have my dogs with me all the time and it works great for short stops at the store and with the Air on high. You can leave the truck running with the A/c on and lock it up just like it was off and armed.

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Unless its really, really cold out, you don't need to let the truck warm up for 10+ min. That being said, don't push the truck hard until its fully warmed up.
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On my truck i also have a DEI alarm with a diesel remote start. My truck has a 15 second delay start. So usually in the mornings i hit the start button, let the glow plugs warm up for about 12 seconds, then i hit the start button again to turn it off. Then i do that one more time, maybe even up to 3 times jus to make sure the glow plugs warm up good. After that my baby starts right up. If its warm outside it will start with just one cycle. When its cold is when i requires a couple of cycles.

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