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View Poll Results: Do you warm your car up?
Yes 120 64.52%
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:35 AM   #81
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Shoot, the way my car is modified, I want to let it warm up, until I see the gauge needle go half way on the oil temp.

I already have a hard time starting the car in cold ass weather. Takes 2-4 tries sometimes. Once it started, I have to hold the rev at 1500 for about 10-15 seconds so it doesn't die.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:08 AM   #82
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Here where I live I DON'T WARM up my car. No matter is it 5 or -5 celsious in the morning I start my car and next 10 km drive it under 4000 rpm and I'm gentle on acceleration pedal...
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:10 PM   #83
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Thanks for posting this, ive been wondering about this subject as its been pretty cold here in pittsburgh lately! But all the replies kind of go back and forth.. seems like the answer is, it doesnt harm your car to do either. Personally I just like to warm mine up so its warm and defrosted when i get in it and go. seems like it runs and sounds better when its warmed up too.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:28 PM   #84
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yes and any other time as I would in the winter just to be safe.
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:48 PM   #85
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Shoot, the way my car is modified, I want to let it warm up, until I see the gauge needle go half way on the oil temp.

I already have a hard time starting the car in cold ass weather. Takes 2-4 tries sometimes. Once it started, I have to hold the rev at 1500 for about 10-15 seconds so it doesn't die.
Yeah, if you have a turbo, you would def need to do that. im guessing you have a timer.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:29 PM   #86
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I always let it warm up for at least a couple minutes becuase I just feel like it drives smoother when warmed up
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:33 AM   #87
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Yeah, if you have a turbo, you would def need to do that. im guessing you have a timer.

No timer, it's a DD car mostly, so a timer is not really needed. If Im at the track, I'd just let the car run for a little bit, before I take the key out.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:39 AM   #88
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i remember reading an article that explained why mainly environmentalists don't want cars to idle when cold and they had good evidence to support their case. it appears when you idle, the cat converter takes longer to warm up and the cat converter only works when its above a certain temp; so when its cold all those harmful emissions are being passed through. then the group asked a few execs at domestic car companies their thoughts and basically the execs said that newer vehicles arent really meant to be idled anymore for long periods of time, because they know 1) people wouldnt like to have to follow a warm up procedure and 2) becuase its better for the environment if you drive slowly, helping warm the cat converter. one exec at chrysler even said something like 30 seconds max, just to be certain proper flow of the vital fluids. some cars out there even have different features to help protect/help the car when its cold like the 1st gen scion xA and xB would not shift into o/d until the engine reached its operating temp range, a few more have since followed this idea.

bottom line: it sounds like unless your owners manual outlines a specific warm-up procedure, you can just drive away after a few seconds if you so please
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Old 02-10-2010, 08:02 AM   #89
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Unless you are modified heavily?
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used to be, you had to wait for the thermostat to open up, letting all the coolant flow through. the coolant hitting a few sensors at the right temp is what fed the computer, and which lowered the rpms of the car from 'warm up' to normal idle.

dont think its that way anymore tho.
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