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    So my brother is "the worlds best mechanic" and he says I dont drive my Jeep enough. I drive it about 3-4 days a week, all short trips. I see no problem in this, but he says that I wouldnt know. So am I wrong?

  • #2
    I've been told to drive long enough to get it to full operating temp. Something about the oil getting hot enough to evaporate any fuel that might get into it and dilute it. But that's just what I've heard.

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    • #3
      I don't know what you consider a short trip. If an engine doesn't warm up completly then you risk condensation forming internally.

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      • #4
        Lots of reasons it's better to drive it more often, or atleast not a couple miles here and there:
        It must be at operating temp for everything to work properly, cat converter, cooling system, oiling system. Running an engine cold is the harshest on it.
        Running it long enough to charge the battery.
        running it long enough to warm up the diffs and Tcase and transmisson will aid in purging out the condensation.

        You could get hundreds of thousands of miles out an engine if it ran continously, starting and stopping is what kills them.

        Is it a big deal??... It's your Jeep, drive it how you want to. Worst that will happen is that you might have to do more maintenance on it later down the road.

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        • #5
          When I say "short trips" I mean 15 min to work and 15 min home. It deffinatly gets to full operating temp. I didnt know about the condensation. He also said something about the oil pan/tranny gaskets going bad because I dont drive it enough.

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          • #6
            If you drive it once a month it's enough to keep the seals and gaskets from going bad, if your driving it 3+ days a week your fine. If all your trips were only 5 minutes or less each, then you'd have to worry about condensation, being as you run it about 15 min each trip, you should be fine.

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            • #7
              I live a little more than a mile from work is all. There are days when I put 3 miles on my Jeep, I can say for a fact that I put 60 miles on it in 18 days.
              At 25,060 miles and having owned my Jeep for 3 years, AS OF NOW, I have had no problems from not driving it enough. ( I drive alot more in the summer)

              As said earlier, its a bit of concern of what maintenance will be like down the road....as of now, no problems

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              • #8
                4WD every 30 days

                I read somewhere, maybe in the Owners Manual that you should run it in 4WD for a few miles every 30 days. Maybe that is what he was refering to?

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                • #9
                  I live .8 miles from work. it takes 3 min and 35 seconds to arrive if i get all greens. of course this isn't enough time to get up to full operating temperature. Should i worry?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by muddeprived
                    I live .8 miles from work. it takes 3 min and 35 seconds to arrive if i get all greens. of course this isn't enough time to get up to full operating temperature. Should i worry?
                    After you get to work, you should consider some nice curbs, traffic barriers, and other assorted obstacles to climb first one front wheel then the other, get out and take a picture to post... then you can park and go on in.

                    Seriously, I don't think a 5 minute ride is going to get you all warmed up.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tomsjeep
                      Seriously, I don't think a 5 minute ride is going to get you all warmed up.
                      thats what she said. lol

                      just warm it up in the driveway for a few minutes if you are worried about it.
                      diesel engines are far more sensitive to not running then gas.
                      they need to run and be worked to keep them happy.
                      Last edited by Ratman; 03-07-2007, 02:18 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Ratman
                        thats what she said. lol

                        just warm it up in the driveway for a few minutes if you are worried about it.
                        diesel engines are far more sensitive to not running then gas.
                        they need to run and be worked to keep them happy.

                        Ratman, you're bad!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tomsjeep
                          After you get to work, you should consider some nice curbs, traffic barriers, and other assorted obstacles to climb first one front wheel then the other, get out and take a picture to post... then you can park and go on in.

                          Seriously, I don't think a 5 minute ride is going to get you all warmed up.
                          That's how i park at work There are snow mounds 7 feet high and i parked on those, at full flex. I can't help it

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by muddeprived
                            That's how i park at work There are snow mounds 7 feet high and i parked on those, at full flex. I can't help it
                            Way to go man!
                            I do similar... I find the biggest pile I can find and back into it. But we've had a little warming spell, so all my good piles are gone, and if I get too far off the pavement, then the DoD Security guys will give me a ticket... 3 tickets and I can no longer come on post. So I try to behave.

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                            • #15
                              I just hope you are changing your fluids based on time rather than mileage.

                              My brother had an 84 buick that he drove maybe 3000 miles in 2 years(he lives on base and has nowhere to go) when he started having trouble with it i asked him when he changed his fluids and he told me he didnt because he hadnt got to the 3000 mile mark yet!!! Not good!

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