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View Poll Results: Do you warm your car up?
Yes 120 64.52%
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:01 PM   #151
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Amen to that, I had my mazda for 2 months now, she has never been washed. So irritating looks like crap now.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:55 AM   #152
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Hate this weather. Cars so filthy.
yeah snow on the ground here temps haven't been much above 20 the past week. My car needs washed BADLY to get the salt off of it. But I don't like frozen shut doors,etc. so it will have to wait till it warms up a few degrees. I hate driving a dirty/salty car.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:07 PM   #153
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I let it run for a tad bit & then drive easy. Mobil 1 helps all around.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #154
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Canadian here, maybe for about a minute, then I just roll out of the drive way and make sure I don't go over 2,000 rpm (auto) until the engine starts to heat up more.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:34 PM   #155
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80% of engine damage occurs from cold starts it is good to start your car and let it warm up idling for at least one minute before driving and baby it until it is at operating temperature
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:04 PM   #156
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I drive my vehicles easy for the first 15-20 miles before starting to beat on them. Seems to work well and this is no matter the temp outside.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:14 AM   #157
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Usually about 30sec or so when its not cold outside.

When it is brutally cold [-20c to -40c (-4 to-40F)] I'll let it run for 10 min give or take just so I don't freeze my hands to the steering wheel and can have some semblance of comfort when I get inside. My hands can even start to hurt with gloves on if I don't warm it. I guess I'll have to get some of the gloves the oil riggers wear WAY up North.

Also I use synthetic in the winter (any major brand that's on sale). I've poured that stuff at -25 and it is still nice and fluid and I would imagine does a damn good job for cold starting. Not like conventional that pours like molasses at those temperatures. There is no telling how long that stuff takes to get moving through the engine then. The rest of the year I use conventional oil, again any major brand, often Canadian Tire's "Formula 1" brand, or whatever is on sale.

Under this system I have 313,000km (194,500mi) on the ol' GM Ecotec and have never had an engine related issue yet, asides from burning about a half liter every 10,000km, but that's pretty minor. I'll get my focus one day.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:21 AM   #158
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80% of engine damage occurs from cold starts

You mean engine "wear" and that is correct and the reason I run synthetic especially for the winter months.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:31 AM   #159
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I've started using the SVT's block heater on a timer to warm it up for about 3 hours before driving. Then start it up, turn the heated seats on, idle for about 30 seconds, drive easy for 5-10 mins, then drive however. With the block heater I get useable heat by the time I reach the end of my street, and the seats get warm within 30 seconds of turning on. I'm finding that the SVT winter package was really a nice inclusion, especially since the tune I have allows fully defeating the traction control.

Oh and having a Euro grille, a Dremel, and some patience allows me to do this :
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I've started using the SVT's block heater on a timer to warm it up for about 3 hours before driving. Then start it up, turn the heated seats on, idle for about 30 seconds, drive easy for 5-10 mins, then drive however. With the block heater I get useable heat by the time I reach the end of my street, and the seats get warm within 30 seconds of turning on. I'm finding that the SVT winter package was really a nice inclusion, especially since the tune I have allows fully defeating the traction control.

Oh and having a Euro grille, a Dremel, and some patience allows me to do this :

Sweet that's awesome, but how much electricity does that thing use in 3 hours?
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