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Warming your car up? #4615348 12/27/17 05:54 AM
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It's about that time of year for another one of these threads. -5*F this morning. Would you let your car warm up or just get in and drive easy?

For conversation sake, let's assume this is a gas vehicle with no block or pan heaters and also kept outside. I'd really like to hear from our northern BITOG members who obviously see much colder temps.

I'll start by saying that I am normally in the do not warm up camp, but when it gets this cold, I like to let it run for 10 minutes or so before taking off. coffee


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Always let mine warm up for my comfort. Don't give a [censored] about the car. Ambient temperature right now, -10F.

The wife and I went out to breakfast yesterday (-5F). Car idled for about 45 minutes before we left. I also let it run while we ate. Toast in my belly and toasty warm in the car.

Re: Warming your car up? [Re: GeorgeKaplan] #4615355 12/27/17 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted By: GeorgeKaplan
Always let mine warm up for my comfort. Don't give a [censored] about the car. Ambient temperature right now, -10F.


You're being kind Sir! laugh
Because I too don't give a "BLANKETY BLANK, BLANK, BLANK" about the mpg efficiency or engine longevity either when it's this cold outside. We want to get into a warm vehicle and not shiver in our boots while the interior is warming up as we're driving to our destination. Too old for that "BLANK"!



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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: dlundblad] #4615356 12/27/17 06:24 AM
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I like to get the juices flowing before I hit the road... anywhere from 1-5 minutes


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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: dlundblad] #4615360 12/27/17 06:44 AM
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I crank, let idle for 15-30 seconds, and drive. Unless the windshield is iced up. Engine warms up in a couple miles and then I turn on the heat


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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: dlundblad] #4615365 12/27/17 07:08 AM
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Iíve been using the remote start every morning since the weather drop around here .i let it run for like 10mins I want the car nice and warm when I get in . The heck with wasting gas comfort first


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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: dlundblad] #4615367 12/27/17 07:10 AM
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Ever since my VW manual stated never to idle a cold engine, I do not warm up cars. Just get in and go. Take it easy until it builds some heat.

I have actually started the mr2 and let it idle in the summer for a couple mins to get the ac going before I got in on a couple 100+ degree Denver days after work when the car had been baking all day.


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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: dlundblad] #4615372 12/27/17 07:22 AM
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I spent a winter semester at Aberdeen University sleeping in my car. It used to get badly iced, inside and out, at ambients down to about -20C, but odly it always started ok, even though I'd had to disable the faulty automatic choke.

I have to assume body heat had something to do with it, so yes, in those conditions I warm up my car.

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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: dlundblad] #4615373 12/27/17 07:23 AM
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I never let my car warm up. I park in my garage at home. It was 7 degrees F when I left for work this morning. I turned on my heated seat which takes 45 seconds to get warmed up.


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I pretty much have to warm up the S10 to get the oil flowing in the top end or else it rattles like no other for the first couple miles. The Jeep, just a couple minutes to start to get it warm and clear the windows. The Camry and GTI stay in the garage, so start and go for those.


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I start it and when the tach gets to about 1,000 rpms I drive it, nice and easy.


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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: dlundblad] #4615380 12/27/17 07:38 AM
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I alway idle until the temperature gauge begins to move.


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I have a garage... drive grin

That being said, when I leave work I hop in snd go. Wearing a hat and gloves and wish I had heated seats and steering wheel.


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I usually run out and start mine in the morning, then run in take my vitamins, grab an apple and my stuff and leave, maybe 3-5 mins most. With the TDI, it wont matter too much, I just want to get oil flowing, I dont get consistent heat for about 3 miles on the highway, about 10 mins into my drive. On the X, hit the seat heat and wheel, and its already out of the blue after my short warm up, and almost to operating temp within 1 mile. Gotta love the electronically controlled thermostats!


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Re: Warming your car up? [Re: Finz] #4615401 12/27/17 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted By: Finz
I like to get the juices flowing before I hit the road... anywhere from 1-5 minutes


Same here, that's what we do. Not only that, but there is a lifter tick when the engine is ice cold and sounds louder under load until just about fully warmed. Noise does goes away so that's good.

Today, under gentle driving and three minutes idling, we felt some heat in 8 minutes time and had full warmed heat inside of 15 minutes.

Presently running a good amount of cleaner additive in the oil to help get that tick straightened out, have to let that work over time.

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