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How long safe to idle with AC?

No, not trying to idle through the night but wondering about returning to the van after being at a summer music festival and taking a couple of hours to cool down and nap and refresh? Is that a viable option?
Any issues to be aware of?
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One of the reasons that I switched to a GAS Transit vs a Diesel Sprinter was idling. I know you're not supposed to idle modern diesels but as far as gasoline engines I havent't heard of any issues. The EB engine might have some restrictions regarding idle lengths, but I haven't of any.

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One of the reasons that I switched to a GAS Transit vs a Diesel Sprinter is was idling. I know you're not supposed to idle modern diesels but as far as gasoline engines I havent't heard of any issues. The EB engine might have some restrictions regarding idle lengths, but I haven't of any.


Why is it that Ford advertises “constant idling” as a benefit for the Diesel ( https://www.ford.com/commercial-truc...eatures/power/) when it seems to be popular opinion that its bad to idle modern diesels?
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Yeah, no diesel for me, that's why no Sprinter for me, either. Thanks for the replies.
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a minute or less is best.
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Just sat idling in 100° temps and ac on. Watched coolant temp with torque app as it stayed steading at 200°.
No problem.
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Past forum threads have mentioned it burns about 1.5 gallons an hour at idle with the AC on for gas engines, And you are not suppose to idle the diesel at all.
Also there is a menu in the dash display that shows how many hours your Transit has idled, So Ford will know if this caused any warranty issues from excessive idling. Excessive idling I would guess would be in the 1000s of hours so you are probably safe doing it every so often for a few hours.

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Past forum threads have mentioned it burns about 1.5 gallons an hour at idle with the AC on for gas engines, And you are not suppose to idle the diesel at all.
Also there is a menu in the dash display that shows how many hours your Transit has idled, So Ford will know if this caused any warranty issues from excessive idling. Excessive idling I would guess would be in the 1000s of hours so you are probably safe doing it every so often for a few hours.
Are you sure that isn't more like a 1/2 gallon per hour?
I don't know about wear and tear on the engine but I think your supposed to change your oil more frequently if your doing alot of idling , something about coolant getting in your engine oil when doing lots of idling , would have to get oil tesred to see if this is true.
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