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View Poll Results: Do you warm your car up?
Yes 120 64.52%
No 66 35.48%
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:32 PM   #131
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I warm mine up for two reasons
1. So everything is lubed properly
2. I hate driving a car that's cold inside lol
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #132
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Warming your car up only wastes gas. Ive never heard of a car losing an engine because is wasnt warmed up properly. When my mustang sits for more than a month, I will hold the gas pedal to the floor which shuts off the injectors and crank it a few times. Then I start it as normal. Gets some oil circulating before starting.
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Old 12-24-2012, 03:22 PM   #133
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In a way yes, I let the car warm up to 20 C before driving, and then drive easy till its over 70 C, which is about the time it takes to get to the highway anyway, but that's just the routine I have had for 27 years. Guess I got it from my father who drove eighteen wheelers which needed to warmed up.
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:08 PM   #134
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3-5 minutes running when it is below 32 degrees outside. Gives the seat heaters time to warm up too!
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:21 PM   #135
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only if I need to scrape the frost or snow off,otherwise I start it,let it idle a few seconds and go. Been doing it this way since the era of fuel injection,haven't had a single engine related problem yet and all my vehicles get close to 200,000 miles before I think about getting rid of them.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:07 PM   #136
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long enough for the fast idle to drop. no real need to when running a semi or full synthetic oil. regular dino just make sure the oil pressure is up. But don't go doing foot to the floor burnouts until it is fully warmed up where the metals stabalize.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:49 PM   #137
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Voted yes , i use the aftermarket remote start that came with my alarm install. But iv heard bad things about remote starts since i had it installed , but have yet to see any problems arise from the use of it , and have not researched into the " problem " .

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Yes, I used to just go out and start it 15mins or so before I would leave, weather me or my wife was driving. Then one day back in Dec of 2010, someone was walking and it was cold outside. They saw it running and unlocked so they decided it was suddenly too cold to walk.

Needless to say I still start it in the winter while I clean off the windows, and I will sit in it till I can see out the windows then I leave. If I need to run back in the house real quick I take the keys with me.

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Old 12-25-2012, 08:59 AM   #139
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Somewhere in the owners manual it says to not leave the car at idle for more than five minutes. My mk3 is the first car to say anything like that. The cobalt I replaced just would not get coolant temp over 60 C (operating is around 90 C) when left to idle. At least not in 15 minutes which is probably the longest I let it warm, soon after starting to drive temperatures went normal quickly.
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Old 12-25-2012, 01:47 PM   #140
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We have puffer laws for people who do extended idles and the cops do issue tickets. I let mine idle for a couple of minutes then drive it in part so the tranny warms up with the engine.
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