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Old 10-19-2015, 03:14 PM   #11
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I like to leave a small radio in the engine compartment with the classical music station on. I find it keeps the engine much more inclined to start after sitting for months and months....
My goal is to only start the engine if I know Ill be able to get it under load and up to temp for at least 15 minutes. Of course, that doesnt always happen, but Im totally fine letting my girl sit for months and months. My ideal scenario would be to only start the bus if Im going on a trip of 10 miles or more. Ive seen 2 buses whos engines need new rings directly as a result of extended over idling and all the damage was done in a matter of 4 weeks while the buses were being rented to a tour company. They idled the buses to keep the heaters on for about 2 hours per day which means the engines sat there running with coolant temps around 120. They came back burning oil like crazy belching blue smoke. Two strokes are even more sensitive.
If ya got nowhere to go, id let it sit.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:20 PM   #12
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Id also say that extended periods of warm up idling are also not a good idea unless it is very cold outside. The bus will warm up faster under moderate loads than idling for ages. The longest Id feel like letting a bus idle (high idle around 1200-1500rpm) would be 5 minutes on the coldest day before getting moving in it. Diesels need a load. No load idling is a waste of fuel and your engine!
The best solution to all of this is a diesel fired coolant heater to preheat your engine before starting. The next best would be a plug in block heater.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:32 PM   #13
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Enjoying a Sunday drive in bus #50.
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:44 PM   #14
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Old 10-19-2015, 03:49 PM   #15
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Not hurting anyone, or the bus.
Nope. And if you're enjoying yourself then have at it! No problem there. However, the point still stands that it isn't a necessity. Winterizing is fine. Cruising is fun, though.
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:10 PM   #16
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Totally agreed there, Jazty.
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:07 PM   #17
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Man, EastCoast, I didn't know a Ward Senator was the same as an Amtran Genesis, at least from the insides in the video. Down to the bolt!
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Yep, on the 92's and 93's the AmTran Genesis was labeled as the Ward Senator out here.
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:49 AM   #19
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The recommendation I got from a local truck driver who works with diesel engines for a living was to start her up at least twice a week and let her run for a half hour after she's been winterized. So is this recommendation wrong?
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Something to consider. From the reading I have done your tires need to be "exercised" regularly to get longest life out of them. They really don't do well just sitting and covering them up has no real value. Also, just starting the engine and getting it up to temp isn't long enough to dry out the exhaust system.
I recommend about once a month drive on the hiway far enough to get tires warm, ten miles out should be enough.
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