Letting your car warm up

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  1. cluvsdisney

    cluvsdisney DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2010
    I'll let it run for a minute or two before pulling out.
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  3. fairestoneofall

    fairestoneofall DIS Veteran

    Jan 15, 2007
    i don't live in a super cold climate, but DH's Explorer is finicky. if it's in the low 40s or below, you have to let it warm up a little bit.
  4. lizabu

    lizabu Disney Maniac

    Jan 19, 2011
    My DH gives me crap when I don't warm the car but I remember seeing someone on TV say you don't have to do it and its actually bad for the environment so I'd be curious to know if you really need to warm your car or not.
  5. SaraJayne

    SaraJayne <font color=red>Stop moving those smilies! <img sr

    Mar 6, 2009
    We have an attached garage, but with highs that are still below zero the last few days, the cars have been warmed up before we leave.

    Usually for only 5 mins or so, I don't like to waste too much gas. ;)

    That's after "playing" with the garage door for a few mins. When it gets this cold, for some reason, it only opens halfway and then stops. :rolleyes:
  6. soccerdad72

    soccerdad72 DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2012
    I normally don't, unless the windshield needs defrosting. I'll often start my wife's car on my way out if I'm leaving before her in the morning.
  7. Riles_and_Gabe

    Riles_and_Gabe DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    My general rule of thumb is if it is 25 degrees or lower I will warm it up 5-10 minutes. Mostly because I don't want to be in a car that is that cold. However, I hate wasting the gas so I love when I don't have to do that.
  8. Tralliam

    Tralliam Mouseketeer

    Jan 4, 2012
    I work with a "car guy" he said it's important so that all the seals and gaskets get coated with oil correctly. If you're just going to run a half mile to drop the kids at school not a big deal, but it's important if you're going to go jump on the highway.

    I just got a new car that has a little blue light if the engine is cold. The manual says you can drive with that on but won't have any hot air. I wait for the light to go out ..... most of the time.:)
  9. Shutterbug

    Shutterbug Some Say........

    Aug 6, 2000
    I do it to defrost the windows. Those ice scrapers can leave nasty marks on your window that after awhile really can get bad. Also if I am going to be on a long drive I warm it up so I can just have the coat in the car and not being wearing it the whole time.
  10. I loveStitchnippyjon

    I loveStitchnippyjon DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2007
    Here too, but since it is still minus 5 right now, I just might let it idle for 5 min before I go out!:thumbsup2
  11. mrodgers

    mrodgers DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2009
    If I wanted to start my car to let it heat up inside and defrost the windows, I'd have to start it about 45 minutes early. I don't have heat even driving until about halfway to work, or 15 minutes. It is also pretty low slung and I have to wiggle into and out of it to start it. It's manual, so I have to get in and hit the clutch. Once I'm in, I'm not wiggling out from under the steering wheel, out around the B pillar and door frame, then maneuver the other direction around the door, so I just scrap, climb in, start, and go.

    I miss my old Toyota 4x4s where I could just pull it out of gear and hit the hill-start button and start without having to climb in and press the clutch.
  12. Northstar

    Northstar DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2005
    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.
  13. Kae

    Kae DIS Veteran

    Oct 21, 2002
    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.

  14. bookgirl

    bookgirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 22, 2006
    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.
  15. Fire14

    Fire14 Spartan Living in land of Buckeyes.

    Dec 19, 2001
    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.
  16. GrnMtnMan

    GrnMtnMan DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2008
  17. ilovemk76

    ilovemk76 DIS Veteran

    Oct 20, 2010

    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.


    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.
  18. clarkshel

    clarkshel DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2012
    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. :)
  19. M2B

    M2B Mouseketeer

    Sep 11, 2012
    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.

    NEVERENOUGHWDW <font color=blue>Still Missing 20,000 Leagues Unde

    Jan 11, 2007
    If we have frost yes
    or if I have the baby yes.

    Otherwise off we go.....
  21. Zandy595

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    Nov 5, 2000

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