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Old 08-29-2011, 09:31 PM
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How many times do you start/stop your truck a day?

This is my first post so i guess its my inrto aswell. I am from kelowna bc and just got my first diesel (03 f350 6.0L longbox crewcab) and have a couple questions.

Just wondering how many times on average you guys stop/start your trucks a day? I go on alot of short trips and was wondering if it will damage/wear out anything by doing so?

Also my truck leaks about 3 or 4 drops of oil after I shut it down, anyone else have this?

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No clue on your questions, but welcome fellow BC member. I bought my truck from Kelowna
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I have same truck and start/stop atleast 3x a day during week, and that goes up if I do anything other than go to work so possibly 6-8. So far it doesn't appearing to be causing too much wear and tear, but I've only had it for 55k miles(trucks at 100k).

I had a similar oil leak. Believe my mechanic said it was one of the rubber tube connectors on back of the engine below the turbo (that's the non-mechanics description, sorry)


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Welcome to the org. Mines a 7.3 but I would say typically 5 times a day if I don't do anything extra. From my time owning a diesel I have noticed most ppl usually say the short trips are what are not good. Like maybe one where the truck doesn't warm up enough. If I'm gonna stop for less than 10 minutes I usually leave it running.


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Welcome to the ORG.

The newer diesels don't like allot of short trips but the older ones, 7.3's and earlier 6.0 don't seem to have a problem with it from what I've seen and heard. On mine, I probably average 3 shutdown/startups a trip. If I know I'm gonna be doing more I try to avoid taking the truck unless the truck is required, ie.e towing, hauling, etc..
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I start/shutoff my truck at least 15 to 20 times a day lol
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Its not really good on anything to start/stop it a lot. Your putting the motor through a lot of heat cycles which can increase wear on some parts. Now is it something you should worry about, not sure. I know that i'd start and stop my truck a bunch during a normal day. But its only started a couple times in the past 5-6 weeks.
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Thanks for all the great replies!

Also, I went to ford and got their fuel additive today, does anyone else use this?
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:28 PM
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two words: DRIVE IT. And yeah i've heard its great. I run 2stroke oil myself..
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My advice would be that it needs to warm up: you shouldn't be driving it hard (above 2,000rpm's) until it's warmed up, and if you are doing a lot of short trips WITHOUT it getting warmed up, you will shorten it's life.

As far of leaks: Check the engine bay well and try to locate where it's leaking from. Generally it's somewhere on top, goes into the valley, and leaks down the back between the engine/transmission on the passenger side. (There is a drain on the back passenger side.) Check the HPOP, turbo/pedestal, oil rails, and sensors.

Additives: I run Power Service "Diesel Kleen", white in winter grey in summer, and add 1oz/gallon of ASHLESS 2cycle oil.

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