In one of the previous posts, it was stated:
Minimize idling, and idle smart: Engines only need 10 to 30 seconds
How true is this for the '06 Cummins Diesel motor?
I typically warm up for a minute, drive very slowly up my gravel road
(about 1/10th mile) 'til I get to my entrance to the county road, and then
take it lightly 'til I've driven about 5 miles.
OTOH, my neighbor warms his up for 10-15 minutes every morning.
Any comments? Suggestions? I live near Seattle where it hardly ever gets
below the upper 20's.
The Rocket Man
For the most part, accurate. Extreme conditions will dictate otherwise, but
it sounds like you don't need to concern yourself with sub-zero
That's fine... rule of thumb is to start it up, wait 'til you've got oil
pressure, then drive it gently until you see the temperature gauge moving.
No "foot to the floor" driving until that temp gauge is registering...
worst thing you can do to a diesel (other than run it without oil, of
course) is to feed it a lot of fuel while it's cold.
Not necessary - unless you're waiting for the frost on your windshield to
I find that some winter inserts for the grill, or a grill cover, help with
warm-up times. You'll get cab heat more quickly that way. Normal driving
wouldn't overheat the engine, but if you go to pull a heavy load, you might
want to pop some of the inserts out, or open up the cover a little more.
With a diesel you would be hard pressed to be a block heater or a tank
style unit in the heater line. Warm engine, and in most instances clear
windshield and warmer cab to boot. If you don't like the cord out the
grill look wire it into a shore power connector such as those used on
boats. Then you just have a flip up cover. You could also connect up a
small battery tender as well. I have my 97 Blazer set up that way. That
way when the alarm bell goes for a fire/EMS call I just jump in and go.
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