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Old 03-06-2013, 06:06 AM
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getting up to temp.

I have heard that its not good for a diesel to take a short trip without getting up to its normal temp.

i have a 08 f350 and about a 7 mile trip every morning and the truck sometimes will not get up to its normal temp depending on the outside temp. i normally let it run for a little before driving it and then let it run for about 2 minutes before shutting it off.

is it bad it the temp never gets even to between the normal temp and cold?
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:21 AM
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getting up to temp.

Yes, it's very bad IMO. Try blocking off some of your grill. I'm assuming you know your thermostat is good as they fail open.


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Old 03-06-2013, 06:26 AM
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yeah thermostat is fine, it starts out low then builds just like normal. theres just not enough time for it to get up to normal
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:39 AM
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high idle is your friend.. let her run ten or so minutes before driving, and let her idle a bit before killing.. that's pretty much all you can do.. blocking the grill is a good idea- disallowing the heat exchange to exchange heat..

there is a coating of (insert fancy metallurgical name here) on hard parts.. it is designed to operate in an environment that matches operating temperature of the engine- it actually works better hotter than it does cooler.. cooler will kill that coating, and wear the crap out of the part.. once that coating is gone, the hard parts are in peril of excessive wear in short order..

One of the things you may consider doing, since you're not running it a long time, is lighter synthetic oil.. 5 weight 100% synthetic has the ability to cling to parts longer than dino oil, which makes starts easier on parts and pieces, and provides a little insurance that those parts have at least a little better protection..
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getting up to temp.

You could try plugging it in at night. That's what I do. My trip is short as well.


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i didnt notice much of a diff. when i plugged it up. maybe i should try again.
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