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Old 05-15-2010, 07:26 AM
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Help for new diesel owner and high idle mod?

So I understand that idling for long periods is not a good idea in the newer diesels. If you are using the high idle mod is it ok to idle? I'm not talking about sitting at a job site idling for hours everyday or anything like that. But my understanding is that you don't even want to idle for 30 minutes or so without doing the high idle mod.

I have the upfitter switches, can somebody tell me or give me a link telling me what all is involved with doing the mod?
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Old 05-15-2010, 02:08 PM
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This bulletin explains it. https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...ml/Q173R1a.pdf
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I would also like to know, I did this mod on my 05 and was great for idling for long periods, and warming up the truck in the winter....it was easy on the 05, just gotta find the right wire to hook the upfitter wire to. I just dont know on the 08+ trucks.
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Thanks, very informative.

How do you all use the high idle mod? For example how long of an idle time are you ok with without flipping to high idle mode?
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:30 PM
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Thanks, very informative.

How do you all use the high idle mod? For example how long of an idle time are you ok with without flipping to high idle mode?
I dont use high idle mod. I have a pto on my truck and thats the only time I use the high idle mod or maybe when its cold outside. I usually dont use it at all though, even when Im in my boom.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:44 PM
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might be a dumb question, but why do the mod? my idle kicks up to about 1000rpm in the winter, why would I need it to idle higher/faster?
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:42 PM
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there is really no science to it....if you know that you will be idling for a while kick it on....or if you want the truck to warm up, I know that the truck will raise the idle normally, but it takes it a while to do so, and it seems to warm up much faster w/ the high idle, when its around 0 you tend to notice these things lol...gotta love northern ohio in the winter....dont over think it bud, really I never worry about it, but if I happen to think about it I just switch it on. Now...I have to go and do it on the 08 LOL. Thanks walkeru08!!

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Old 05-15-2010, 08:48 PM
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heck, mine kicks on automatically. but I have an '04, or at least I think it kicks on automatically. It sure stays low idel, then kicks into high. I kinda thought that was one of the benefits of a diesel, that it would kick into high idle when the engine needed it to? I have mine idelin for a long time, so would like to know before the new truck fever kicks in. thanks
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