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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337092 01/31/20 08:46 AM
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Get a remote starter. Press button 10 minutes before you leave and make sure you left the heater on the night before and you’re good to go.😎


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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: Highboy] #5337102 01/31/20 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Highboy
Get a remote starter. Press button 10 minutes before you leave and make sure you left the heater on the night before and you’re good to go.😎


This would solve your problem. Works like a charm on my 4Runner. Like Highboy said, make sure the defrost was left on the night before. HA!

Changing oil weight ain't gonna do anything. I would make sure the coolant is full. You could replace thermostat as that would be cheap if you do it yourself. Just make sure you get a
Nissan OEM.

But, what you are describing sounds perfectly normal. All of my cars warm up at different rates. The GX470 is the quickest (my wife's) and the LS400 takes the longest. I'm gonna replace the thermostat in the LS400 the next coolant change as it has never been changed. It may not being fully closing. IDK?

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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: Highboy] #5337138 01/31/20 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Highboy
Get a remote starter. Press button 10 minutes before you leave and make sure you left the heater on the night before and you’re good to go.😎


Fuel waster and environmentally BAD BAD BAD.

But the lazy, careless solution. for ME ME ME!

Nothing personal HB - just my general observation of this north american species of "human"


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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: Gebo] #5337164 01/31/20 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Gebo
Originally Posted by Highboy
Get a remote starter. Press button 10 minutes before you leave and make sure you left the heater on the night before and you’re good to go.😎


This would solve your problem. Works like a charm on my 4Runner. Like Highboy said, make sure the defrost was left on the night before. HA!


GD this country is getting soft. Heaven forbid we feel a little cold for 5 minutes in the morning.

Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: ARCOgraphite] #5337177 01/31/20 10:31 AM
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What’s the Difference between sitting in the car or pressing a button and then going to the car. He still letting it warm up.


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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: Highboy] #5337186 01/31/20 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Highboy
What’s the Difference between sitting in the car or pressing a button and then going to the car. He still letting it warm up.


Nothing. Letting it idle to warm up is the problem. Wasting gas not moving, diluting the oil with a rich fuel mixture among others.

Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: Highboy] #5337196 01/31/20 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Highboy
What’s the Difference between sitting in the car or pressing a button and then going to the car. He still letting it warm up.


The difference is that he's cold sitting in the car and if you press a button. The car is warm when you get in. Still a waste of fuel both ways. Getting in and driving it will warm it up much faster than waiting at idle and it doesn't waste fuel.

Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337257 01/31/20 11:47 AM
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I think the t-stat is slow aka weak.

For replacement, please buy a stealership t-stat for your car, NOT stant from part store.


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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337291 01/31/20 12:14 PM
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Saying cold start and 30 degrees together makes me chuckle.


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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337316 01/31/20 12:50 PM
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Seems normal OP.
Get in the car, start the engine, put on your hat, gloves and seatbelt, then drive gently (not sure what you can do with that CVT to keep rpms around 2000 with a light throttle).


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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: JoelB] #5337337 01/31/20 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by JoelB
Saying cold start and 30 degrees together makes me chuckle.


I've heard you guys and people in AK go out swimming in the lakes and rivers when it's 30F outside. Fairbanks was -40 a few weeks ago. shocked2

Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337356 01/31/20 02:04 PM
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Idling with a load on the battery is not ideal.


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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337391 01/31/20 03:03 PM
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Glad to see the majority of responses coming from folks with actual experience with "cold" temperatures (50º F ain't cold !!). You know, those folks who think a car can be parked outside overnight in 15-30º F, possibly with rain or snow mixed in, and you get in your car, start it, put on your seat belt, and go ! Yeah, doesn't happen...

Sounds like the car is operating completely normal.

Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337598 01/31/20 07:10 PM
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The most idling you should do is when the RPM drops down, that's it. Just go after that. My reasoning is that it is to let the oil circulate a bit, then when the idle drops, it's sufficient for driving and maintaining wear protection.

Just don't be the guy that, on a cold start, starts the car, and goes immediately without waiting 30 seconds, let alone 3 seconds.

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Glad to see the majority of responses coming from folks with actual experience with "cold" temperatures (50º F ain't cold !!). You know, those folks who think a car can be parked outside overnight in 15-30º F, possibly with rain or snow mixed in, and you get in your car, start it, put on your seat belt, and go ! Yeah, doesn't happen...

Sounds like the car is operating completely normal.


It's gotten down to 40F here in the winter, cold as heck! Even then, at minimum I let the idle drop first.

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Re: Maxima 2009, takes long to warm up at 30F, switch to 0w30? [Re: mahanddeem] #5337753 01/31/20 10:30 PM
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You should do a grille block. Start by blocking off a portion and go from there. Less cold air flow with the same heat generated will result in faster warm up.

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