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Old 01-08-2004, 11:19 AM   #1
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Question Cold Weather Precautions?

It's been winter here for a couple months in West Virginia. I'm sorta getting used to having snow as a true winter happening. I grew up in North Carolina, so it was a drastic change in temperature and lifestyle. I know a few things as in, anytime you go somewhere, warm up the car for a few minutes (Kinda Obvious ), and remember to wash the car as soon as possible after a snow storm, due to the amount of salt WV officials seem to toss around. That way there is no damage to the clear coat.

I'm wondering more on whether I should warm the car up atleast once a day, especially how cold it is right now in WV. Sudden temp change in two days is extreme. I'm just guessing on what the effect it would have on the oil, fluids, etc. Would a daily warm-up keep everything from freezing? (I'm not sure if this is possible but I'm just curious...)

Anti-freeze, and easy tip.....heh, but I'm not used to cold weather.

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Don't let the car idle to warm it up. Wait a few seconds after you start it, and then go as soon as possible, keeping the revs ~2500 max until it's warm.
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Yea, that's what i've always been told. It's not good for a fuel injected vehicle to be warmed up. Just like knight said, start it and let it run long enough for the fluids to get moving and go ahead and take off. Also agree w/ the rpm's. I wouldn't go too much over 2 till the engine gets at normal operating temp. Everyone has their own theories and opinions on this, but this one seems to be the most avg thing you hear. As far as your fluids go, as long as they are fresh and up to par on the levels, then you should be good to go.
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Don't forget to carry in the car a blanket, flash light, cell phone and maybe some water and candy bars, gloves and boots. I also carry a handheld CB radio in the trunk. If you ever get stranded in the winter you just may save your or your loved ones lives with these items. I live in up-state NY and man does it get cold up here, and snow..................... yup we got it. As a matter of fact it is supposed to get from 10 to 15 below zero tonight. Imagine being stranded in that kind of cold. One more thought.. always keep you gas tank as full as you can. This helps keep condensation from forming, and having plenty of fuel could keep you warm if you get stuck some where do to a storm, or any such emergency.
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whats the reasoning behind not letting your car warm up? i always thought you were supposed to let it warm up before driving off.
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well one reason is because it wastes gas. Right when you crank the car the ECU automaticly gives it some revs to help warm up. Just drive it and once the temp guage actually gets past C I start to drive normally. I've never been able to get the needle to point straight up unless I drive it like there is no tommorrow, especially with the heater on. Our cars suck when it comes to warm up.
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My engine got to the straight up temperature position in about 3 minutes today... it's -17F out counting windchill.

I thought the car needed a little bit for the oil to get a little warmer and to get through the whole engine in cold weather. Is it more of an old wives tale sort of thing?
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hey odublar where are you in WV?
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Well there are many reasons for letting it warm up. One is like what focus said, it waste gas. Another one would be, it's been a proven fact that a vehicle warms up better and quicker while driving it. There was a thread on this once before, and there are many opinions on this matter. One can do whatever they prefer actually, but that has been the most efficient way I know of yet. Good going bfocused, that is also a very good idea to be well equipped with all of those items along with have a full tank of gas incase you get stranded somewhere. As far as the temp needle goes, that's odd for your needle not to stick straight up focus. On almost every ford I have seen, there has never been a problem with warming up and the needle is always straight up at normal operating temp. I would look into it, or maybe you just got an odd one, lol. Of course this is an opinion, but I would recommend never driving it hard until it's reached it's norm operationg temp. I wouldn't take anychances and it's possible it could do harm or damage if it's not at the proper temp yet.
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