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Old 01-31-2015, 07:55 PM   #1
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Idling while refueling Diesel pushers

I am just curious how many keep their diesel pushers running while refueling at a fuel stop or while taking a bathroom break and stretching your legs at rest areas. IF not why? This is assuming someone is around to "guard" your DP while it is running.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:04 PM   #2
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I always shut it down. Probably more out of habit then anything else.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:06 PM   #3
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Always shut down. Made sure I gave a minute or three of gentle running after coming down off highway.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:21 PM   #4
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Besides the "Shut Off engine while refueling" sign, you will notice that most truckers shut down as idling burns fuel which costs them money.

If I have any reason to leave it running, I'll go to high idle. Normally, I just shut it down.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:27 PM   #5
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Then there are all the anti idling laws that came into fashion...
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:59 PM   #6
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I am just curious how many keep their diesel pushers running while refueling at a fuel stop or while taking a bathroom break and stretching your legs at rest areas. IF not why? This is assuming someone is around to "guard" your DP while it is running.

for the most part I have likely just left the highway and I'm not convinced that everything has had enough time to cool down when I get to the pumps so I let her idle for the time it take to re fuel, typically we fuel up at the end of the day and are likely parking for the night so a few extra minutes of idling to make sure everything cools down and oil keep flowing while that happens cant hurt

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Idling while refueling diesel pushers

Shut it down.


Especially important for DEF engines.
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I agree with alpha99, DEF engines, like MaxxForce and Super Duty, don't like idiling especially the 2010-2013 ones that I have been around.
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Cummins says to let their engines idle 3-5 minutes after immediately exiting an interstate or heavy pulling. I don't know anyone who can exit a freeway/interstate, drive to a fuel station, pull up to a fuel pump, stop, and remove their seatbelt in less time than that.
I shut my engine off.
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We are used to gasoline engines so we always shut down all engines for safety. Tho now we have a DP, we still shut it down while fueling.
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The cool down period after exiting an interstate is just to give the turbo time to wind down and cool a bit. The 500 yards or so to the fuel pump (unless you are racing to get there) would be enough of a cool-down period for you. Now... if you had just finished a long, hard climb, I might want to give it a few extra minutes to cool down before shutting off.

We shut down at the pumps, too.

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More cooling cycles for exhaust manifold, more starter cycles, and more engine starts with no oil pressure...let her run!
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I always shut it down. Probably more out of habit then anything else.
Same here.
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