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Letting your car warm up

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by wvjules, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. tOSU

    tOSU Mouseketeer

    Jun 28, 2011
    Car no, Harley yes for a minute or two..
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  3. Hercules10

    Hercules10 Al Bundy WannaBe

    May 8, 2002
    Regular gas engine - No
    Diesel engine - Yes
  4. Tuffcookie

    Tuffcookie Enjoys an early hour of peace. Is a smart cookie.

    Jan 8, 2000
    Me too! :)

    TC :cool1:
  5. John VN

    John VN DIS Cast Member

    Aug 2, 2003
    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.
  6. mimmi

    mimmi DIS Veteran

    Sep 11, 2010
    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.
  7. TheIncredibles!

    TheIncredibles! Winner (?) of the Crazy MIL Award

    Nov 7, 2010
    Nope - I park in the garage.
  8. jen0610

    jen0610 DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2005
    While professionals opinions do count, unless they personally know my car like I do, I will keep on letting my car warm up a bit when the weather calls for it. I'm the one who drives the car and knows it's own personal tweeks.
  9. bettymae1121

    bettymae1121 sure. fine. whatever.

    Jan 5, 2010
    when it's bitter cold like this I do. I will also do it even if it's "warmer" if LO is going along, so her car seat isn't ice cold. My car is just outside the back door and it only takes a second to run out of the house, start it, and run back in again. By the time I have LO in her jacket, hat mittens and I get my own stuff together, the car is at least warm enough to be tollerable.
  10. SLP958

    SLP958 DIS Veteran

    Dec 14, 2012
    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?
  11. arthuruscg

    arthuruscg DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2011
    The people in this thread are referring to an electric heater for the engine block.
    The heater helps get the motor closer to operating temp.
  12. manning

    manning <font color=blue>Just for that I have requested it

    Feb 12, 2002
    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.
  13. *JoGo*

    *JoGo* DIS Veteran

    Sep 21, 2006
    My car has remote start so yes, we warm it up! As cold as its been, I will even remote start in while at the check out in stores.

    My dh's car doesn't have remote start so my poor, poor oldest son is sent out to start it. I pay him $1! :thumbsup2

    I have a condition that makes me intolerant of cold and extreme heat. I am absolutely miserable right now. I will never ever buy a car without remote start and seat warmers again!
  14. DisneyFan32WI

    DisneyFan32WI <font color=blue>Sometimes I just like to be plain

    Apr 5, 2008
    Even though my car is parked in the garage overnight, I still warm it up for a good 10 minutes before I head out to work in the morning.

    I wish I had a remote start or heated seats! Those are my only 2 requests for my next car.
  15. leebee

    leebee DIS Veteran

    Sep 14, 1999
    It was -7F here this morning so yes, I warmed up the car for about 5-10 minutes, while I got my bookbag packed, poured my to-go coffee, and put on my coat and hat. It's actually a minivan, so it takes a bit to get it comfortable inside. I usually have to drive it about 5 minutes before the heat comes up... today it was over 15 mins. Brrrr.... I'll be glad when we have less of this arctic air flow! (it was about -23 with the wind chill today... thankfully, we had indoor recess!)
  16. jlewisinsyr

    jlewisinsyr DIS Veteran

    Mar 29, 2007
    I use to when I bought cars as it has been said is better to let the car warm up for 30 - 60 seconds, but with lease, nope...don't care.
  17. DarthKTrava

    DarthKTrava Carolina Panthers Fan

    Jul 18, 2007
    I let mine warm up until the needle moves. Then off I go! It seems to run smoother when I warm it up.
  18. Minerva Mouse

    Minerva Mouse DIS Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Never, ever, ever in the past, I was a start the car and gooooooooo kinda girl. But now I have a turbo with a six speed and I don't touch the gas till the car winds down.
  19. tvguy

    tvguy Question anything the facts don't support.

    Dec 15, 2003
    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.
  20. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001

    My windows are iced and I have to defrost them. If I did not do that I would not be able to see to drive.

    I do scrape them as well depending on how iced they are.

    Plus my dh would insist on a small warm up to get fluids in the car warmed up.

    And last I hate sitting in 7 degrees driving off in the car. Give me SOME HEAT!!!

    When we had a diesel Surburban, we plugged that into charger when it was freezing out to make sure it started.
  21. CdnCarrie

    CdnCarrie DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2009
    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.

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