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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-14-2005, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Diesel Warm up

Hey guys I have a question. I live 3 miles away from my work one way. I know that is not enough time for my 01,CTD to warm up. Is it going to hurt the motor to fire her up at 7:45 drive 3 miles shut it off till 5pm and then drive home? Or would I better off getting a timer and pluging in my block heater? If I plug in the block heater how long does it take to get it to the normal temp. Thanks a bunch.

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I would plug it in. It's amazing how much it help's with warm up.. not sure how long it will take your's,,, but even with plugging it in I still let mine idle for 5 mins or so.

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2-3 hrs on the block heat is good, they draw some pretty good amps and can run the power bill up at the end of the month, I have a 15 amp timer that I use and it works great, its an outdoor timer.

If I were you I would atleast once a week take a side trip and get er up to temp for a minimum of 45 minutes, see when the Cummins is cold there is fuel getting past the rings and into the oil, this is normal on cold starts but when the oil warms up it flashes off the fuel and thru crank vent.

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I'm hoping it never gets cold enough here to have to plug it in.
post #5 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-19-2005, 01:48 AM
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it will help to plug it in it still doesnt take it up to full temp and it only warms the coolant and not the oil but he is right you should get it up to full temp every once in a while and it doesnt take 45 minutes.

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What about letting it idel when its plugged in my truck is plugged in right now and has been remotely started ?

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What about letting it idel when its plugged in my truck is plugged in right now and has been remotely started ?

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Its not a problem, just dont forget to unplug b4 ya take off hoser
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yeah thats actually a good quik way to warm it up and it wont hurt any thing.

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Its not a problem, just dont forget to unplug b4 ya take off hoser
I've only done that once, ...or twice

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I just realized to day my truck will fire up remotely from my locker at work ... Sweet !!!!!!

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That's awesome man. On a side note is that avatar of your's ideling. If so it has one lumpy cam
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Its got my small cam in it for the winter you'll have to see it durring the summer



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