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Old 01-23-2013, 09:45 PM   #61
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Nope, I open the garage door, and pull out while I'm putting on my seat belt. It has not seemed to affect the driving so hopefully that's fine.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:56 PM   #62
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Absolutely! Best invention ever.

We are hitting -43 with the windchill tonight, so at 7am, it will be mighty chilly.

Sometimes I even do it twice
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:22 PM   #63
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I did not read everything, sorry if this has been answered.
What is plugging in the car?

I am from Alabama and have never heard of someone plugging in a car. Is it an electric car?
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It's -20 F without the windchill here. -40 with the windchill. If you leave your car outside for too long without plugging it in it the battery won't start.

No they are not electric cars.
So glad this was asked and answered, I'm from NC/SC and have never heard of this either! I just thought there must be more electric cars out there than I realized, lol!
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:06 PM   #64
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I bet your owners manual says to start the car, take right off, but drive conservatively. Nothing pollutes more than an idling car engine.
And at least here in California, cars are designed to get to operating temperature quickly. Normally my temperature gauge is at normal operating temperature in 2 city blocks......although we just had a stretch of 25 degree weather the last 2 weeks and it took 4 blocks to get to full operating temperature.

Funny you mention plugging your car in, I mentioned that here a year or two ago and a lot of people who said they lived in snow country said they had never heard of that. Last time I was in Calgary, the hotel I stayed in had a plug at every parking spot. I know my family up there has the engine block heater, and a small electric heater mounted under the dash on the passenger side to keep the oil and water in the engine warm, and the interior warm too.
If I went outside right now and tried to start my car nothing would happen so I couldn't just take right off. It's -28F outside right now. We HAVE to plug in our car or it isn't moving the next day. I don't know one single person who uses a block heater (if that's the one inside the car). Cars around here have extension cords coming out of the front grill so they can be plugged in, wherever they are. Store parking lots don't have plug ins but most office buildings do. I worked at a place without plugs and on my lunch break I would have to go let the engine run for a few minutes to make sure it started at the end of he day. Even when the car is plugged in, you have to let it run a few minutes before driving off. Otherwise it feels like you are driving a big, frozen block of metal.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:07 AM   #65
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If I went outside right now and tried to start my car nothing would happen so I couldn't just take right off. It's -28F outside right now. We HAVE to plug in our car or it isn't moving the next day. I don't know one single person who uses a block heater (if that's the one inside the car). Cars around here have extension cords coming out of the front grill so they can be plugged in, wherever they are. Store parking lots don't have plug ins but most office buildings do. I worked at a place without plugs and on my lunch break I would have to go let the engine run for a few minutes to make sure it started at the end of he day. Even when the car is plugged in, you have to let it run a few minutes before driving off. Otherwise it feels like you are driving a big, frozen block of metal.
I've never plugged mine in. We don't see much of that. Well maybe tomorrow we will. You definitely get colder conditions than us, but we may be even right now. It is downright nasty.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:17 AM   #66
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I've never plugged mine in. We don't see much of that. Well maybe tomorrow we will. You definitely get colder conditions than us, but we may be even right now. It is downright nasty.
I think maybe newer cars don't need to be plugged in unless its nasty cold, like right now. I put the temp in F for people but last night we were at -41C. It's supposed to warm up a bit but its still brutally cold with the Arctic air.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:26 AM   #67
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I used to have a remote start and it was the best thing ever! I can not tolerate cold at all. I will be freezing and jumping around like a crazy person and everyone else is like, "It's not THAT bad!" Yes, it is!

I'm definitely having a remote start on my next car! I'm not bothering to have one put in on the car I have now because it's old and I plan to keep it just for a car to go to work/back since it's small and good on gas, but I don't want to invest anything into it. Next time I go shopping for a car though...remote start is a must have!
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:48 AM   #68
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It's 5:45 am. Right now, it's 11 degrees outside, with a windchill of 3 degrees.

I'm leaving for work in an hour, and dropping my kids off at school on the way. The way their lockers are set up, there's not room for both textbooks and a heavy coat, so no one really wears the coat-- they wear hooded sweatshirts. (Yes, honest. In New York. In winter.) I have the luxury of being able to wear a jacket over my suit.

So, you had better believe I'm starting that car 10 minutes before I leave. Santa was kind enough to get me a remote start. I leave the car set so that the heat will blast (and the radio is off). Not only will my car be nice and comfortable, and my windshields be frost free, but there's the added bonus that the rear doors of the van won't be frozen shut.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:00 AM   #69
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If I went outside right now and tried to start my car nothing would happen so I couldn't just take right off. It's -28F outside right now. We HAVE to plug in our car or it isn't moving the next day. I don't know one single person who uses a block heater (if that's the one inside the car). Cars around here have extension cords coming out of the front grill so they can be plugged in, wherever they are. Store parking lots don't have plug ins but most office buildings do. I worked at a place without plugs and on my lunch break I would have to go let the engine run for a few minutes to make sure it started at the end of he day. Even when the car is plugged in, you have to let it run a few minutes before driving off. Otherwise it feels like you are driving a big, frozen block of metal.
The cords you mentioned coming out of the front of the grill are from the block heater. It is a heater attached to the block of your engine. To warm up the oil and block to make starting easier in cold weather. The inside hearts another poster mentioned, is a heater some people install after market to heat the inside of the car. I don't think they are very common
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:37 AM   #70
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Depending on the type of heater the inside might get some heat as well.

The in the block style heaters will heat a small section of the block.
The style that pumps fluid to evenly heat the block will also put some heat in the inside because the coolant flows thru the heater core even though the thermostat is close. And if you leave the car set to defrost the heat will rise up and defrost the windshield.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:50 AM   #71
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So glad this was asked and answered, I'm from NC/SC and have never heard of this either! I just thought there must be more electric cars out there than I realized, lol!
It's easier on the engine in extreme cold. Although even Canadian made cars don't always have the block heater TO plug in. My husband's car.. a 2008.. didn't have a block heater. We had it put in after market. His car would still start even in -40 weather, but it's HORRIBLE on fuel like that. When we're paying almost $4/gallon (U.S. prices) we do what we can to reduce that.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:58 AM   #72
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Wow! Sometimes I think Alabama is too hot. I will remember this thread and be thankful of warm weather!
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:29 PM   #73
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I usually just let it idle for a few minutes before driving off, unless I need to scrape the windows. In that case, I start it up with the front and rear defrosters on while I scrape. In that case, it's probably about 5 minutes. My reasoning is more for economical reasons; I can't see wasting gas just letting it heat up.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:40 PM   #74
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Sometimes. If the windows are frosted over, or if the temperature is really really cold, I will. It makes me nervous because we have on-street parking, and I don't have my spare set of keys (DH has them on his ring), so I leave the car running and unlocked on the street. My neighborhood is pretty safe, but it only takes one "bad guy" to hop in and drive off in my mini-van...
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:47 PM   #75
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Contrary to belief windchill only has an affect on organic objects IE flesh. -5 degrees on a metal object with a -30 wind chill will be -5.
When it's negative outside, I'm not putting my behind in a freezing cold car. That is why its warmed up for as long as it is. Plus, I know my car and if she's not warmed up, she not a happy car.
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