Originally Posted by kbsilver
We've not had a single cold starting issue here in NJ, although the car is in a unheated garage. I have noticed a light diesel smell when first driving the car when very cold, which never happens during the non winter seasons. Probably should let it warm up a minute or 2 under these conditions before driving. Was treating like a gasoline engine which is to gently drive the car immediately after starting.
You gently drive a car because the engine oil is not at peak effectiveness in lubricating the moving parts until it is up to temperature. Since diesels depend on oil to lubricate moving parts almost as much as gas engines, there is just as much reason to properly warm up your diesel vehicle before stressing it as with a gas engine. All this talk about driving your car like you stole it to avoid carbon build up shouldnt distract us from the need to warm up the engine before we "drive it like we stole it". All this makes me wish I had a engine temperature guage on the dash.