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What is considered a "long time", are you talking 30 minutes, 2 hours, 4 hours, etc?
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I let my 97 idle for 4 hours while I waited in traffic. We moved a total of 2 miles, although the weather was in the mid-40's. I occasionaly brought the RPM's to 1000 or so when we would move forward a bit. I'd agree, I probably used about 1/2 gal/hr.

Hopefully I didn't do any damage, the truck seems as solid as it was before. Keep in mind, I've got 232,000 on my OBS.
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What is considered a "long time", are you talking 30 minutes, 2 hours, 4 hours, etc?
Right now it's -25C here and the truck idle 10 to 20 minutes before I leave. I don't consider that a long time, but sometimes I will let it idle for an hour or so. Let's say, next month we should have some really cold days below -30, and I think I won't shut the truck off for, example, my lunch break (1 hour).

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its not very good to let any diesel engine idle for long periods of time. It will glaze the cylinder walls causing lots of blowby and low compression.
Wait are we talking glazing the cylinders or the donuts in the passenger seat

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whodah thunk this thread would turn into a to idle or not to idle debate. I for one with 430,000 miles on mine WILL be letting it idle, like i always have, or if for long periods with the idle slightly raised with my trusty idle control module(rock placed by accelerator to hold pedal down a smidge). Ya'll can do what ya want but idleing a diesel is way better than shutting it off and restarting it all the time

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whodah thunk this thread would turn into a to idle or not to idle debate. I for one with 430,000 miles on mine WILL be letting it idle, like i always have, or if for long periods with the idle slightly raised with my trusty idle control module(rock placed by accelerator to hold pedal down a smidge). Ya'll can do what ya want but idleing a diesel is way better than shutting it off and restarting it all the time
LOL Thats right. I used to work OTR driver for a man in Dallas and would go on the lot every once in a while. He would always go over to my truck idling in the lot maybe for an hour or two and shut it off. I asked him why and he said I was wasting his diesel fuel. I asked him if he had turned off his house AC when he left this morning and his answer was well no. It's 110 and would be hot when I get home. I told him then why did you just shut the AC of in my home for the next couple days. After that I started looking the door while it was idling. He would just try to open the door and then walk away shaking his head. That truck would run not get shut off till I went home for the week. LOL JJ
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