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06-07 LBZ & LLY Duramax Powertrain Discussion of components that are directly involved in the power production and all that is needed to get and keep the truck moving . Engine , Transmission, Etc.

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post #41 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-15-2020, 08:16 PM
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OK! Thanks everyone for the info. It is now running for a couple hours..I have used the edge CTS to check various gauges..all seems well..it did take cycling the glow plugs three times and having my Noco GB70 battery booster attached as well. Should I be worried about leaving it idling overnight? the oil breather freezing up? someone just mentioned that to me...Its unwise to start my 7hour drive at night..3 people just burned their vehicle to keep warm at -50 when their car went off the road last night 2 hours from here, out of cell reception...
Your non emission truck can idle all winter if you had to, I never shut my 06 off for weeks when I worked in the patch.

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OK! Thanks everyone for the info. It is now running for a couple hours..I have used the edge CTS to check various gauges..all seems well..it did take cycling the glow plugs three times and having my Noco GB70 battery booster attached as well. Should I be worried about leaving it idling overnight? the oil breather freezing up? someone just mentioned that to me...Its unwise to start my 7hour drive at night..3 people just burned their vehicle to keep warm at -50 when their car went off the road last night 2 hours from here, out of cell reception...
While i do not have first hand experience with this, it is common knowledge here that trucks out in the oil fields (very cold like where you are) run 24x7 for multiple days, not even stopping to refuel. Im not saying its going to do good things for your truck long term, because doing that is hard on the engine, but one night is not going to cause any more significant damage assuming everything is functioning normally on the truck.


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It's my understanding that some workers in that environment, never turn their trucks off, running 24hrs.

Like a burner element in your oven or water heater, when burnt, there's no continuity reading between the posts....if you want to check the heater. They're not difficult to swap.....other than the coolant draining thing, which isn't something I'd be dreaming about, below 0 outside.
In his situation, id just pull the plug out, let what drains drain, pop the new one in and add coolant. Worry about the cleanup on a warmer day. The point of coolant is to prevent corrosion, so its not like it should harm the block of frame to have some on it for a little while. At those temps, i wouldn't mess with anything plastic and breaky like the radiator drain, or the rubber hose if at all possible.

Though now that its running, if the block heat soaks, at least it should radiate some heat for your hands while your up under it, and the coolant at least wont be freezing when it inevitably gets all over you.
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ok, I feel better about leaving it on for the night, thanks guys, this forum is great! helped to have other opinions and facts.

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It's my understanding that some workers in that environment, never turn their trucks off, running 24hrs.
When I lived there they did that on the North Slope, but that was way before the emissions crap. I suspect the DPF would plug up now unless they do a manual regen regularly.

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