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Old 12-08-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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Running Engine when it's cold

We hit -23 last night here in Central Oregon. Record cold. My wife's cousin, who is a mechanic, said I should run all my auto and motorhome engines for 30 minutes every day. Never heard of doing that, but guess it wouldn't hurt. Better idea is to take it south, which we intend to do next month.
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Did he give you a reason? I was under the impression that if there is something like a DPF on it you are not supposed to idle for long periods. Of course, I do not know what they consider "long periods".
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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My dad would let the car run at a high idle over night when it was that cold here a few years ago.
When it is that cold I would let it run until it got to normal operating temperature for 10-15 minutes
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:46 PM   #4
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It sound to me that the mechanic is trying to avoid what we use to call a "cold soaked engine." But at those low temperatures I don't know that you could avoid that by letting it set for 23 1/2 hours without running. If your engine is not equipped with a heating device I would suggest getting a hot dip stick to keep the oil warm, or at the very least put a blanket over the engine with a light bulb under it. This might not be current high tech solutions, it's just what we did while I was growing up many years ago
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we hit zero last night and I just start the engine and gen every month for approx. 30 just to keep everything working properly. Never heard of letting it run everyday. Individuals and car lots don't run vehicles everyday when its gets cold. Ask him his reasons. Would like to know. Running everyday won't hurt nothing..
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I like your solution - drive south.
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I like your solution - drive south.

We don't have that issue in Arizona.
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Well, rub it in, Iggy.

Not to hijack the thread, and you can msg if you prefer, but curious how you include the US states map in your sig line. Thx!

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I've never heard of that. As long as you have the right amount of antifreeze it will be fine. Now, if you are going to let it sit for a long period of time I would put some fuel stabilizer in it the tank and run both engines so that the fuel stabilizer enters the carb/injectors.
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We don't have that issue in Arizona.
I note where it is 61 in the Sierra Vista AZ area, great T-shirt weather.....

It is a balmy 18F here, low tonight near -4F....
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