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Idle Hours

I'm retired and have lots of idle hours. I see about 310 engine hours on my Super Duty of which 43 of those are idle hours. I noticed right away I don't get very good mileage while idling. I see some guys hardly ever shut off their trucks; idling while fueling, idling while picking up a six pack, idling while talking to the neighbor, etc.

I idle my truck for about 2 minutes after coming off the highway after pulling for cool down. I also idle my truck for about 2 minutes when starting in sub freezing weather for warm up. And I idle it while positioning and hitching up the trailer. Even at that, I am running about 12% idle hours. This seems high to me.

I wonder what others have for engine hours and idle hours? Is the criteria for idle hours means the transmissiion in park? Or is being stuck in traffic at zero mph while in gear logged as idle hours too?

Less idle, less fuel used.

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I'm retired and have lots of idle hours. I see about 310 engine hours on my Super Duty of which 43 of those are idle hours. I noticed right away I don't get very good mileage while idling. I see some guys hardly ever shut off their trucks; idling while fueling, idling while picking up a six pack, idling while talking to the neighbor, etc.

I idle my truck for about 2 minutes after coming off the highway after pulling for cool down. I also idle my truck for about 2 minutes when starting in sub freezing weather for warm up. And I idle it while positioning and hitching up the trailer. Even at that, I am running about 12% idle hours. This seems high to me.

I wonder what others have for engine hours and idle hours? Is the criteria for idle hours means the transmissiion in park? Or is being stuck in traffic at zero mph while in gear logged as idle hours too?

Less idle, less fuel used.
The idle meter counts when the engine is also under a certain RPM either while driving or actually idling. Can't tell you what mine are now but at 25,000 miles I had 96 idle hours. Mine never idles when I hop out unless I'm hopping right back in within 2 minutes


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I have 70,000 miles on my 2011, 2000 some odd engine hours and around 360 idle hours.


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How do I check engine hrs. I have the lower grade info center


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Hawkeye appears to run about the same precentage as I do for idle hours. I want to protect the turbo from over heating, and I need to warm the oil on cold winter days.

On cold days the PCM commands about 900 rpm at idle. I'm surprised rpm dictates the idle hour. Some guys run a high idle program to drive an accessory from the 6 bolt on the transmissiion, like a hydraulic puimp. I suppose this condition the engine is "working", not idling even though the travel speed is zero.

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Engine hours for my 2013 are 672 and idle hours are 306. Very excessive i know but i let her warm up, cool down an unless its over a 30 minute stop she runs.

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I was told by local dealer. All RPM's below 1000 are idle time. Either in drive,park,reverse. Doesn't matter
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Thanks Nomad.

I couldn't find anything in my owners manual on idle hours. I am now at 375 engine of which 43 are idle. My truck will move about 5 mph at idle, which I do in RV parks, etc. I guess that counts as idle hours.

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yall aint got crap for idle time hours... Ill get a pic of mine and post for ya!!.
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