Frustrating Idle Cutoff

Discussion in 'Swift' started by highflight1985, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. highflight1985

    highflight1985 Medium Load Member

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    Well, I guess I got a little spoiled with my T2000's lack of an idle cutoff. My brand new 2012 Cascadia, however, has a 5 minute idle cutoff that's driving me bonkers!

    I've tried both methods I've used in the past: setting the cruise and/or leaving the yellow brake in. Neither work, separate or together.

    The only thing that works is to sit at the wheel for 4.5 minutes and wait for the light on the dash to come on. When it does, hitting the accelerator allows me to continue idling.

    This isn't going to be "okay" come summer. There are times where I or my student have to step away from the truck for more than 5 minutes while the other is sleeping and can't wait around 4.5 minutes for the light to come on. In any temperature over 80F, the interior of the truck will quickly rise to unhealthy temperatures, causing whomever was sleeping to wake up and have to start the truck. This isn't conducive to restful sleep, which is already hard enough when you're bouncing down the road or worrying about an accident (in my case when a student is at the wheel).

    So, now that my rant is over, has anyone found the way to stop the idle cutoff in the new Cascadia other than waiting the 4.5 minutes? For what it's worth, I'm essentially a team and hardly ever idle, but on the occasion that I need to, well, I need to!

    Thanks.

    P.S. I'm looking for built-in ways. That is, a way to bypass it in such a way that it was intended to be able to be bypassed. I'm not looking for pulling/cutting wires or whatnot, or anything that would be frowned upon. If there isn't any legit way of doing this, I'll just have to start pleading with safety and the shop about this issue.
     
  2. Tapeworm

    Tapeworm Medium Load Member

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    I think all you need to do is press down on the clutch when you see the idle shutdown message....
     
  3. Aflak

    Aflak Light Load Member

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    Have a good fan that could carry ya thru until the engine is turned back on.. If you dont what to sit and wait for light to come on and press down on the clutch.
     
  4. Bikerboy

    Bikerboy Light Load Member

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    you could maybe wedge a stick on the throttle pedal, or stick something in the clutch switch to make it think clutch is pushed in.
     
  5. ramkatral

    ramkatral Heavy Load Member

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    Most trucks won't shut off if the tractor breaks are released. All my previous freight liners, I just set the trailer brakes and left the tractor released.
     
  6. RAGE 18

    RAGE 18 Road Train Member

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    My buds cascadia has that problem n I asked in case you need to do a parked regeneration on the exhaust it will be impposible. Retarded feature. Thank God mine doesnt have that! I believe the only legal way to take it off is with the computer codes at the freightliner dealership.
     
  7. highflight1985

    highflight1985 Medium Load Member

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    Like I said, I've tried cruise and leaving the tractor brakes pushed in. Neither work. Waiting to see the light come on (4.5 minutes after setting brakes) is not an option. Any other suggestions?
     
  8. ramkatral

    ramkatral Heavy Load Member

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    Then there is no option other than the company disabling it, which I highly doubt they will. Swift has a reputation of being pretty selfish.
     
    dog-c Thanks this.
  9. blsqueak

    blsqueak Road Train Member

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    Alot of Swift trucks have it disabled.
     
  10. highflight1985

    highflight1985 Medium Load Member

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    Any idea as to the reason it was disabled?
     
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