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short trips= bad? myth?

The jobsite is only say 1/4 - 1/3 mile away from my house, here for a few months

Is it truely going to wreak havoc on the engine?

I always let it warm up at cold start


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It's best to let it fully heat up.
I'd probably change the oil more often if that's what I was gonna do

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Agreed, you need to get it up to full operating temp. That means oil temps in the 190* range regularly. I would also consider shorter oil change intervals too.

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And make sure your using a full synthetic oil like Rotella T6 or Mobile TDT


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If you're that close...id ride my bike to the job.

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does your bike have a ladder rack and a way to carry all your tools

I have over a thousand pounds of tools and chests on mine not to mention inverters and lighting .. if the job was two houses down I would have to drive it LOL

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does your bike have a ladder rack and a way to carry all your tools

I have over a thousand pounds of tools and chests on mine not to mention inverters and lighting .. if the job was two houses down I would have to drive it LOL
Haha thanks brother, this guy understands

But yeah im actually an onsite welder, so I have about 3000 pounds of tools in my bed, miller bobcat generator, plethora of grinders chop saws, acetylene outfit, argon cylinder, mig welder, air compressor, more air tools than most have in their garage, flangeing tools, bevelers, pipe rollers, plasma cutter, tig welding outfit lol I can go on and on

I actually want to sell my truck to buy a dually and build a welding flatbed

Would be a little much for most bicycles to handle hahaha

But I also run mobil 1 5w 40 turbo diesel full syn

I have to change my oil now anyway since im at the 5k mark, using rotella t6 this time


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I would also take it out at least once a week and get it warm and drive for at least 30 minutes or so after that.

Short trips will add to the fuel dilution effect on the oil (according to Blackstone). I truly don't think a few months will be that bad though.

You might want to install the high idle as well, but I don't know if I would want to idle for 5-10 minutes just for that short of a trip (due to cost) - but it might be better for your truck.

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Well, I drive about 13 miles each day to work. Major hills so I have no issues. However, a friend of mine drives about .5 miles. This guy drove a 6L from 03 until this winter daily only that far and never had an issue. OH, also, always 15/40.

Now this dude has great luck with PSDs. Still runs a fleat of 7.3 and 6.0. Slowly getting replaced by 6.7s and 6.2 gassers but.

So never an issue!

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