Idling in the winter

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by dphillips, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. me myself and I

    me myself and I Medium Load Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    vernon hills,Il
    If it's that cold you idle.
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  3. Cowpie1

    Cowpie1 Road Train Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    Kellogg, IA
    I decided to replace my Webasto bunk heater with a new unit. Parts pricing are terrible! I got a brand new complete unit with install kit, delivered free for $918. They had new Webasto Thermo Top C coolant heaters and kits going for the same price, and delivered free. Truck parts company out of PA. Still seriously considering the coolant heater. It can be set on a timer and have the engine up to just shy of operating temp in one hour after the engine has sat all night turned off, even in sub zero temps.
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  4. LGarrison

    LGarrison Road Train Member

    May 19, 2011
    Sandpoint Idaho
    I have the Webasto heater for my engine and espar D2 for the bunk I never idle the truck

    MOGLAR Heavy Load Member

    Jun 19, 2013
    Kansas City , MO
    When it gets stupid cold out you don't want your fuel filter gelling...especially the filter in the water separator lol. Many bio fuels will still gell despite using anti gel. Anti gel is designed to keep the paraffin in diesel from waxing and gelling. Biodiesel is notorious for having their bio properties clump together in very cold temps. Especially the diesel with higher bio properties like B20. The bio properties will clump and coagulate 10 degrees and colder. According to Powerservice there is NOTHING on the market to deal with bio properties clumping/gelling. They recommended using the red power service to help get rid of water that the bio diesels use to clump together. Use the white power service also to help with paraffin waxing. As for me....I only idle when it gets stupid cold to keep the fuel moving and warm. Don't want any bio gelling lol.
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  6. Kris J

    Kris J Light Load Member

    Feb 6, 2018
    That's the way to do it!
    Leaving the engine running over a weekend can be done, if it is a company truck and the company is paying the fuel and you don't give a sh-it.
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