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Old 04-01-2010, 10:01 AM
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"Motors Need To Be Run Hard"..What Does This Mean?

I've read here and on various other sites that diesel motors need to be run hard. Does this mean an extended period of time, pulling a load, above a certain speed, or exactly what? This is my first diesel and I'm still learning about it. Thanks.
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All it means is not to be afraid to mash on the go pedle every once and a while. It helps clean out some of the carbon that might be clogging up the turbo.

Its nice to stay under 2k rpm all the time to save on fuel, but these trucks love to be used like they were designed. Load it up to its max and make it work don't be white haired grandpa all the time.
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All it means is not to be afraid to mash on the go pedle every once and a while. It helps clean out some of the carbon that might be clogging up the turbo.

Its nice to stay under 2k rpm all the time to save on fuel, but these trucks love to be used like they were designed. Load it up to its max and make it work don't be white haired grandpa all the time.
Exactly.....these are technically work trucks and they need to be driven like work trucks every once and while, ever wonder why a old work truck runs forever. Running hard means giving it hell when getting on the freeway or from a street light, but the best is when pulling a load so that what the truck can really clean itself out, just watch those EGTs
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Just don't run it as hard as Julian does...they can blow up.
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Just don't run it as hard as Julian does...they can blow up.
Good point....x-nay on the John Force burnouts
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Fairhaven,

Just understand that there is a huge difference between run / worked hard and abuse. If you abuse it, I promise it'll be in the shop or you'll be fixing on it often. Just don't be afraid to work it from time to time. A good run with a load on the I-state with various boost levels (can be obtained with normal driving) will do a great job. Since you're stock you don't want to spend the next few months & years driving short distances not letting the engine get up to a good operating temp. so it can move the build up from inside. Just remember working the truck is entirely different from abusing the truck. Abused diesel's are an expensive nightmare.

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Dont be afraid to stomp on them once in a while. Just be sure warmed up nicely first. Haul a truckload of mulch for the neighbors - or a couple of them - get a load on her - let the engine earn its pricetag!

These things love to be worked! Haul a load, tow an even bigger one. But like Front Runner and others have said - dont abuse them. There is a fine line on working and abusing - I've probably pushed mine a few time on that line. Its not unheard of for me to haul 4000lbs+ in the bed during winter on firewood deliveries - I can haul a full 1.25 cord of split seasoned Oak! Thats a lot of weight there! But she hauls it fine and loves it all the way! Keep your highway RPM's under 2k - you will appreciate the mileage increases then. But go ahead and shut down that Mustang GT or little ricer - the shocked look on their face when they get beat by a work truck is priceless (less the firewood mind you!) Especially rewarding when their girlfriend is laughing at them for getting beat by a big muddy truck! (Waldorf last year for me)
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