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Old 11-12-2013, 02:27 PM
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Winters around the corner, so like the title says is it OK to start n go or will that mess the motor up. I have a friend (Ford F-150 BOOO) tell me that with newer model trucks, there made to start n go its good for the motor,well that its not bad for it. I like knowing my truck is good and warm before i take off but sometimes i don't have time to wait 20 mins. I have a 2004 dodge ram 1500 5.7l v8 hemi.
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I personally never start n go with my truck, especially in the morning. Obviously with a Cummins it's a much bigger deal to let it warm up a bit but even with my 2012 4.7 I always let it warm up. No matter what, if it was sitting for a few hours I would let it run for at least a couple minutes to get the oil circulating and a little warm again. And even if it was warm I would give it around 30 seconds or so. You don't need to let it get all the way up to operating temperature but I would definitely recommend giving it a few minutes to gain some heat and lubrication
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OK thanks for the info.
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I generally will start her up and let her run for about 5 minutes or so in the colder weather before I take off and then I will gradually get up to speed, (no tramp and go). Like Brandon said, let her warm up to get the fluids moving.
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Believe it or not, your friend is right. Modern engines don't take as long to get the oil up and running through the system before you can get moving. My rule of thumb, if there's ice on the windshield, let it warm up a bit... Like start it, and scrape the windshield LOL
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Get yourself a block heater and install, there's oil dipstick heaters available at auto parts stores as well, I've not seen but heard of those that you stick onto your oil pan too. I have an 06 cummins dually and I cringe when the temp is around 0 and I'm on the first start of the day without having plugged in the block heater and only have 30 min to report to work.
I know a guy though that has been known to ride his harley to work a couple times a winter on days like that. Nuts or what?
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Diesels are a different animal. They take longer to heat up anyway. And you have a completely different set of rules for operating them. One that my girlfriend likes is that you can leave the engine running while filling up, because diesel won't explode like gas. Actually it's better to leave the engine running if you're going to be stopped for less than 3 minutes with a diesel. They don't like short runs.
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Well with gas, its best to get everything to operational temp before shutting down for a while. Granted yes, our engines allow us to do short trip driving...but if you dont allow oil temp to get hot enough, it may not burn off any moisture accumulated.

Diesel, no matter what it need to be operational temp before shutting off (hot or cold weather) but long term idleing is not recommended because it doesnt have the fuel management system like semi's have (<--this is what i been told my quite a few tech's in the field)
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