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Old 01-23-2013, 09:20 AM   #31
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I just read in the owner's manual for my car (long story about why I was leafing through the owner's manual...) that it's not bad to DRIVE the car cold till it warms up. What's bad for the car is if you drive a short way, then TURN IT OFF while it's still cold, before the oil and stuff has had a chance to get warm and lubricate.

Driving cold, ok. Repeatedly starting and stopping the engine while still cold, not ok.

I never warm up my car. I'm always late by the time I get out the door! We warm up together, my car and me.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:21 AM   #32
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We have gargage so no. I have a 2min drive to work so my car is not even warmed up when I get there. But I do have butt warmer & steering wheel warmer so I use those.

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:30 AM   #33
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I have a remote start so I start it up and let it warm up for 10-15 minutes. then it's nice and toasty when I get in it. I know it's bad for the environment but I'd rather be comfortable.
I'm right there with you. Love my remote start. (Chose it over diamond earrings for a birthday). Works great winter and summer. Of course I forget half the time, but I really only use it when the car has sat for a long time. First thing in morning or if it's sat for hours. I have a ford and they can be a little rough when they're cold so I do try to run it for a few minutes on cold mornings.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:32 AM   #34
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I usually warm mine up more for the defroast part than the heat but I'm sure it's helps my car also with temps in negatives.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:35 AM   #35
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Here's a professional opinion.

Bottom line: not necessary for modern cars.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:41 AM   #36
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Do you?

I get in my car, start it, put on my seatbelt, then back out of the driveway. I never let it warm up. Other than not having heat for a few minutes, is there any reason I should let it warm up for a few minutes before driving?

I only warm my car if I need the help defrosting it or removing snow. Most of the time it is in a garage during the night.

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It's true that running cold is harder on an engine than running warm. The oil is thicker, and it takes a little time - very little, really - for it to flow to all the parts of the engine that need it.

But letting the car sit while the engine is running doesn't help anything. It just wastes gas and pumps out needless fumes. You might as well get on your way.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:44 AM   #37
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I usually have my car in the garage every night in the winter. If I have to leave it out at night, I only plug it in if the temps get below -12 DEG C (10 F). I park outside at work, so my car usually sits outside it 10 hours a day. Even at -30 C temps. I have never had problems starting it, without it being plugged in. If it is below -15C. I will let my car run for 3 or 4 minutes before driving it. Above that only a minute or two.

Everything I have hear an read, newer vehicles do not have to be warmed up too long before driving it. Letting your car idle for 10 minutes or longer is actually hard on your engine. It is better for your engine to let it warm up for a few minutes, then drive it to warm it up the rest of the way.

Idling your vehicle for a log time is very bad for the environment, and cause greatly to the pollution of our cities. You also waste lots of gas. I am curious that if the people who let their cars idle for 10+ minutes are also complaining about the cost of gas?? However; with all of this being said. I recently got a car starter. Now I can start my car from my office. When it has been cold, I have let it run for 5 to 10 minutes before I leave. I don't complain about gas prices though. In fact, I like the high gas prices. It means high oil prices, which keeps me employed.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:47 AM   #38
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It was -22F here this morning. Vehicles have to run to get the frost off the windows, and prevent them from fogging up when you get in. We can scrape the outside, but that doesn't help on the inside.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:03 AM   #39
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or if I have the baby yes.

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:19 AM   #40
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Let it run for 30 seconds just to circulate the oil.

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You don't really need to idle your car, because of the efficiency of modern fuel injection, which eliminated carburetors and chokes. The only reason to let the car idle at all is to get the oil circulating, but after 30 seconds that's a done deal.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #41
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:54 AM   #42
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I have a remote start so I start it up and let it warm up for 10-15 minutes. then it's nice and toasty when I get in it. I know it's bad for the environment but I'd rather be comfortable.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:27 AM   #44
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I just read in the owner's manual for my car (long story about why I was leafing through the owner's manual...) that it's not bad to DRIVE the car cold till it warms up. What's bad for the car is if you drive a short way, then TURN IT OFF while it's still cold, before the oil and stuff has had a chance to get warm and lubricate.

Driving cold, ok. Repeatedly starting and stopping the engine while still cold, not ok.

I never warm up my car. I'm always late by the time I get out the door! We warm up together, my car and me.
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Here's a professional opinion.

Bottom line: not necessary for modern cars.
The answers given above are very informative.

READ the vehicle Owner's Manual, as they can be different for each manufacturer. Excessive idling might create issues.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:49 AM   #45
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I have a new Diesel and don't do it, it's cold here but not so cold that it's really necessary.
Where I live it's forbidden by law, I rather be a bit cold for a few minutes than having to pay a fine.
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