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#4294954 - 01/06/17 12:08 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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Registered: 10/22/15
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I can see the purpose of people doing it in the extreme cold with Big rigs and trucks that run 15W-40 oils that would turn to molasses at very low temps, i'm from Finland and i know some truckers do that when they have to spend the night in Lapland where it can get to -40C in a winter night.
But in a passenger car or truck with a gasoline engine, running a 0W-XX synthetic oil i would not ever leave the engine running all night long.
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#4294959 - 01/06/17 12:13 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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Registered: 06/23/14
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Originally Posted By: veryHeavy
How many of ye let the engine run, rather than turn it off?


Only when I'm playing GTA
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#4295003 - 01/06/17 01:15 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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Registered: 12/05/09
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Loc: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
I've never done it, and the reasons for doing so would be exceedingly rare. If it were -45 C or something, and no chance of plugging in, and it would be like that for many days on end, or if I were sleeping in the vehicle, or something.
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#4295005 - 01/06/17 01:18 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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maybe 5 minutes max. However when I worked in the oil fields in northern Alaska our equipment was never shut off
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#4295037 - 01/06/17 02:06 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: cmhj]
jayg Offline


Registered: 10/04/12
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Loc: Talkeetna, AK
Originally Posted By: cmhj
maybe 5 minutes max. However when I worked in the oil fields in northern Alaska our equipment was never shut off


When was this? Heavy equipment is one thing but vehicles get plugged in unless being used.
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#4295178 - 01/06/17 05:41 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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Registered: 07/07/14
Posts: 361
Loc: Winnipeg MB CA
A co-worker in the 80s used to let his VW Jetta diesel idle all night in the winter. He lived in a rural area where theft was not too much of an issue, and said the engine used almost no fuel at all at idle. Not for me, but then I've never owned a diesel.

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#4295268 - 01/06/17 07:36 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 09/19/16
Posts: 847
Loc: Minnesota
Originally Posted By: Number_35
A co-worker in the 80s used to let his VW Jetta diesel idle all night in the winter. He lived in a rural area where theft was not too much of an issue, and said the engine used almost no fuel at all at idle. Not for me, but then I've never owned a diesel.

Sounds like we may have known the guy
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#4295274 - 01/06/17 07:42 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: Vikas]
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Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 7452
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: Vikas
Do the truckers leave the engine running when they sleep in their cab on the side of the road?


Frequently, unless they have an APU.
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#4295390 - 01/06/17 10:11 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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Registered: 12/19/13
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I ran my old '85 C20 Suburban several times over night in hot-humid 90 degree weather with the front & rear air blowing max.
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#4295620 - 01/07/17 10:21 AM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
CourierDriver Offline


Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 4205
Loc: Tn.
If one pays 20k plus for a ride,,,I would hope that the manufacturer made a decent engine, cooling system to go with it,,,u think......the days of horse and buggies, lot less pressure....lol
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#4295626 - 01/07/17 10:26 AM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 4303
Loc: Illinois
If I did this in the cold with my Accent the coolant would not get over 150F idling I bet if below 0F.
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#4295715 - 01/07/17 11:40 AM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: jayg]
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Registered: 11/04/16
Posts: 479
Loc: MN, CA
Originally Posted By: jayg
We use block heaters and don't let them run all night unless it's being used. If you do, you're just an idiot.

Good to know.
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#4295767 - 01/07/17 12:29 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: veryHeavy]
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Registered: 11/28/08
Posts: 713
Loc: Oklahoma
Hello,

I feel like its my destiny to inform you that keeping your engine running with the night is truly a waste of resources. But it seems like the idea may be stuck on you.

If you are a penny lover and you have endless love for the environment, you would turn off your engine at night.

Don't do it to me or the other citizens.
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#4295807 - 01/07/17 01:22 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 1320
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Number_35
A co-worker in the 80s used to let his VW Jetta diesel idle all night in the winter. He lived in a rural area where theft was not too much of an issue, and said the engine used almost no fuel at all at idle. Not for me, but then I've never owned a diesel.


I had a teacher in HS who said his dad had a MB diesel in the 60's. He'd work the graveyard shift at the local steel mill and when he'd get to work at night (about 11PM) in the middle of winter, he'd take the keys out of the ignition, lock the door and leave it running all night until the next morning when he was driving home. His car was toasty warm and he hardly used any fuel in the process (diesel was also far cheaper than gas in those days).
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#4295861 - 01/07/17 02:22 PM Re: Leaving the engine run All night long (all night) [Re: Number_35]
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Registered: 02/27/09
Posts: 3014
Loc: down in the park
Originally Posted By: Number_35
A co-worker in the 80s used to let his VW Jetta diesel idle all night in the winter. He lived in a rural area where theft was not too much of an issue, and said the engine used almost no fuel at all at idle. Not for me, but then I've never owned a diesel.


Mine uses under a quart per hour in winter, and close to a pint in summer. The oil temps are lower in winter, which is where the extra fuel is going, I suppose.
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