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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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is it bad to leave a truck idling

Is it bad to leave a diesel truck idling for a long period of time? Like 4 or 5 hours. Just wondering if our trucks are like the big rigs, when they stop to rest they leave them running for the air conditioner
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Re: is it bad to leave a truck idling

Ideally one would use an Auxilary Idle Controller also know as an APCM which would idle it up a little higher.

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Re: is it bad to leave a truck idling

I dunno. Charge Protect runs it around 1100 I think (after the glow plugs finish cycling).

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Re: is it bad to leave a truck idling

I have been told it's really not a good idea. I would amagine it wouldn't do the EGR any favors. Not sure why anyone would want there truck running all day unless your a EMT and drive a ambulance..
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Re: is it bad to leave a truck idling

if its pre 2003 the is no egr! I leave my truck running for a few hours at a time in the winter time just in case i have to run to town for something but i have a high idle on my tuner and thats only if it below 0

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Re: is it bad to leave a truck idling

I wasn't sure if he was talking about a 7.3 or 6.0.
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Re: is it bad to leave a truck idling

I have let mine idle for 3 hours or so when I have been clearing snow... Kept me warm when I would go huddle by the tail pipe, and then when I was done the truck was nice and warm... very nice... but that is the only time...

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Re: is it bad to leave a truck idling

I would not let it just idle. Its not good ,worse with hot tunes, big injectors.

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My motors have seen no problems....I've left one on for three days straight before at the beach before and still runs like a top it actually idles quite a bit at job sites too all day everyday.

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