Early diesel-fueled trucks (from the 1930s) experienced a number of issues. The engine’s design made it difficult to start. The oils were thick and heavy, and the fuel had a tendency to congeal, making it difficult to start the engines, particularly in cold weather. The quality of the fuel was not as excellent, and it was not controlled as it is now.
Fuel engines and technology have vastly advanced over the years, yet for some reason, the old habit of leaving the engine running has persisted.
Myth: Before driving a diesel engine, it must warm up for 5 to 10 minutes at idle or longer, especially on chilly days.
Fact: This is one of the most popular diesel engine misconceptions. Newer diesel engines should be idled for no more than 3 minutes before driving, according to most engine manufacturers.
Allowing an engine to idle causes more damage to it than starting and stopping it. When compared to traveling at motorway speeds, idleing an engine generates twice the wear on internal parts. Idling increases maintenance costs and reduces the engine’s lifespan.
Fuel is one of our industry’s most expensive operating expenses. Idling has a negative influence on us because it increases our fuel and maintenance costs. In a truck, one gallon of fuel is consumed each hour of idling time. The bigger the engine, the more gas it uses. The price of a gallon of diesel is currently over $3.20 and is likely to rise this year. The expense of idling soon adds up with the number of pickup trucks, big trucks, and equipment we operate.
When should I use high idle?
High idle engine switches, also known as high idle controllers or high idle kits, are used in a variety of industries where end-users require a large amount of power from a vehicle when it is not moving. Armoured and security vehicles, labor trucks, buses, and motor coaches are all common applications. Installation is simple.
Why do you want high idle?
It’s just a game of horsing around. It keeps the oil pressure and engine temperatures higher, which is healthier for the engine overall, for individuals that idle their trucks for lengthy periods of time (tradespeople, etc).
Can high idle cause damage?
Many people believe that idling your engine for several minutes consumes less fuel than turning it off and restarting it for unclear reasons. In fact, a car that is idling for two minutes consumes almost the same amount of fuel as one that is driving nearly a mile. According to studies, the average driver idles his engine for five to ten minutes every day. When you add up all the days in a month or year, it’s evident that a lot of gasoline is being squandered.
If you’re going to be parked for more than 30 seconds, experts recommend turning off the engine. Idling for ten seconds consumes more fuel than turning off and restarting the engine. Excessive idling can also cause harm to your engine’s components, such as spark plugs, cylinders, and exhaust systems. Fuel is only partially combusted when your car is idle since the engine is not working at full temperature, resulting in a buildup of fuel residue on the cylinder walls. This is the stuff that clogs up sparkplugs and clogs up exhaust systems.
You’ve undoubtedly also heard that repeated engine restarts are bad for it. The truth is that it has very little effect on engine components such as the battery and starting motor. The cost of component wear caused by restarting your engine is estimated to be around $10 significantly less than the money spent on idling’s zero-mileage fuel use.
“But,” you continue, “it’s freezing.” Even in freezing conditions, today’s engines need less than 30 seconds to warm up and get ready to drive. Furthermore, driving rather than idling is the most efficient way to warm up your engine.
Excessive idling, by the way, has consequences for more than just your engine. Idling has been linked to a rise in asthma, allergies, heart and lung problems, and cancer, according to medical studies. So turn off your engine; you’ll save a lot more than spark plugs this way.
Do diesels need to be driven hard?
The energy required to push you ahead is generated by burning this fuel in a car’s engine. Because diesel is less flammable than gasoline, it must be burned using a technique known as “compression ignition.” To burn diesel, it must be subjected to extreme pressure.
This pressure, which isn’t required in gasoline cars, puts extra strain on the engine and many of its components. What’s the end result? Parts deteriorate more quickly and fail more frequently.