idling your truck

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by sgtkrav, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. bubbanbrenda

    bubbanbrenda Road Train Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Assuming it has a Cummins in it, engine on, cruise on, push resume 1 time (to activate PTO mode if equipped) then slowly push increase 5-6 times (each time you push increase it should increase RPM by 100. All the engine manufacturers recommend 900-1000 RPM to maintain engine temp. I personally use the defroster/feet setting on the cab controller, that will cycle the engine fan every 8-10 min. to prevent excessive engine temp. IF and I mean IF you can get someone from your company to listen to your side of the debate/argument, tell them that 5 min. is NOT long enough to properly cool the EGR/VGT. They are sacrificing 6-$8000.00 in parts every 3-4 years to save 7-$900.00 in fuel a year (let the company genius do the math and explain how that is good business).
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  3. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    How are you coming up with the estimate of $700 to $900 per year in fuel used for idling?
  4. rocknroll81

    rocknroll81 Road Train Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    West Allis Wi.
    Some posts are spot on some are not. The bottom line is to get your truck to idle, it has to be changed in the ECM, some of the tricks that these drivers are telling you might work but with all the clowns working on the equipment these days anything goes, again the proper way is through the ECM. I had the same problem and Ryder was working on the trucks and did not know what to do, finally after 3-5 tries they had a mechanic that knew what to do and got it to idle but now cannot raise the idle, they have to enable the PTO in order to get the rpm up, if your company will not do this for you, find another job, you do not deserve to live a life like that no matter how much driving experience you have.....
  5. Fly_Swatter

    Fly_Swatter Bobtail Member

    Nov 17, 2013
    Use the old qualcom get around ....start the
    Truck....remove the ignition relay....just remember to cut the truck off and replace it before moving ....hard to explain moving with the truck off :D
  6. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    you mean the guy was too lazy to get out and free up his own brakes.

    imagine the local companies. that come in for the day. unhook their trailers. and leave em sitting for days at a time. then one day they need to use it. guess who makes the brakes work. and it's NOT road callL.
  7. chopper103in

    chopper103in Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    do not set the trailer brakes in the cold when parked, if you do you will freeze the brakes and be dragging your trailer tires, set the tractor brakes and if they freeze you will have the torque from the engine to break the wheels free
  8. me myself and I

    me myself and I Medium Load Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    vernon hills,Il
    metal doesn't freeze to metal. in order for brakes to freeze it has to be some moisture there.
    paul 1052 Thanks this.
  9. Dreaman

    Dreaman Medium Load Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    Although not fool proof, after running in wet conditions in the cold and parked move the truck forward or back a few feet. Do this after setting parked for a few minutes. Dont set the trailer brakes. Still may freeze up, but the spot where brakes make contact will have less water to freeze.
  10. Pinner

    Pinner Medium Load Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    You guys are funny Lol
    Sublime Thanks this.
  11. Wolfyinc

    Wolfyinc Road Train Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    Salem, or

    a lot of those heaters need to be hard wired to the batteries especially the ceramic ones
    I always hated the idle shutdown too, my 2014 freight I have now is the first truck that the idle shutdown was not programmed, not sure if the company forgot or what....
    Normally I would sit and wait for the idle shutdown light to come on and then press the clutch, the cruise and throttle methods never worked for me.

    my exhaust runs under the truck back to the drives so I assume it would keep everything warmer back there. I have a webasto in mine which works great and I never idle the truck but right now im not in extreme cold either.
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