How long do you warm up your rig before driving.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by LondRanger, Mar 14, 2019 at 2:40 PM.

  1. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

    8,637
    21,015
    Dec 10, 2014
    omaha , ne
    0
    I agree heavy! I never shut down a hot engine .
    I'm breaking in a new engine now .
    Ran it hard up the shoe tonight to park at the 147 and took a good 20 minutes for the coolant and oil temp to drop off before I shut it off .
     
    Oxbow, Brettj3876, Hammer166 and 2 others Thank this.
  2. Woodys

    Woodys Medium Load Member

    685
    1,331
    Mar 16, 2010
    Tampa, FL
    0
    Mine warms up real nice as I scream down the side road at 4000rpm while I'm still half asleep.
     
    Hammer166, Bean Jr. and PE_Trans Thank this.
  3. Dennixx

    Dennixx Heavy Load Member

    782
    1,222
    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    0
    However long it takes to get the cab temp to 70
     
    bzinger Thanks this.
  4. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

    3,036
    6,372
    Nov 21, 2009
    Just south of the north 40
    0
    Don’t have this APU, but use about the same system.
    So it could be 10 minutes, could be an hour........
    Just depends on my mood at the time.
     
    bzinger Thanks this.
  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    10,948
    26,429
    Jul 7, 2015
    Somewhere
    0
    Thing you've got to remember too is there are other fluids in a truck other than coolant and engine oil. You've got power steering fluid, transmission oil and rear axle/hub oil. The engine may be warm but the other fluids aren't. Best to drive it easy for the first 15 minutes to let everything warm up a bit, longer in cold weather.
     
    Oxbow, stwik, tinytim and 3 others Thank this.
  6. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    2,026
    3,034
    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    0
    I don't roll until the water temp is at 125 degrees. And then I'll baby it until it's at operating temperature. I hear these Cat engines are expensive to fix, and I don't wanna be the cause of it breaking.
     
  7. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Medium Load Member

    527
    986
    Apr 26, 2013
    0
    I warm mine up for about 20 minutes or so, even know it says these new engines dont need it, i disagree, i was an equipment operator before a truck driver and i could never bring myself to put a diesel engine to hard work without getting her warmes up first, its no different than people, who wakes up and then goes on a full running sprint down the street, got to warm up and stretch first
     
    Dino soar and flood Thank this.
  8. woolybully35us

    woolybully35us Light Load Member

    137
    132
    Mar 13, 2015
    0
    Engine makers will tell to start it an run it with out warm up. They want you to blow it more money for them on a sale of a new engine.
     
    flood Thanks this.
  9. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

    3,302
    4,723
    Mar 30, 2014
    0
    You're probably old school, but nothing reaches operating temperature by idling. You will spend less time driving easy than 20 minutes just sitting there.
     
    D.Tibbitt and AModelCat Thank this.
  10. Tombstone69

    Tombstone69 Medium Load Member

    674
    766
    Dec 20, 2018
    Jersey shore
    0
    Turn the key, do a walk around, when the air button stays in, time to go.
     
    x1Heavy, Bean Jr. and laaylor Thank this.
  • Draft saved Draft deleted