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Old 12-13-2012, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question Heater warm up time 2012 SEL

Hi...Newbie, with my first post. I have a 2012 SEL that I really like, but just wondering if it's normal for the car to take 10 minutes or more for the interior to warm up? I used to have a Honda Civic that warmed up really quickly. The heated seats on the SEL make it better for sure.


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Old 12-13-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Hi...Newbie, with my first post. I have a 2012 SEL that I really like, but just wondering if it's normal for the car to take 10 minutes or more for the interior to warm up? I used to have a Honda Civic that warmed up really quickly. The heated seats on the SEL make it better for sure.
Mine is getting pretty toasty by the time I hit the bottom of my hillside road - 1 mile at about 10 mph. I can feel the heat at about the halfway point. Remember though, I live in CA and REALLY COLD is about 35f. If I was back in Bismarck or Minot, ND, it might be a different story.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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The heater is based a lot on engine heat, be thankful you have an aluminum block/heads. So when that temp gauge is moving up to the normal range you should be getting some heat.
Heated seats will make a difference because those are electric and not reliant on the engine being warmed up.
Search around for an engine block warmer and a timer?

Same here in AZ ;) within a mile I'm good. Hell, the engine is probably warmed up as soon as i start my car in the summer LOL.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:12 PM   #4
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thanks for that. I have a block heater, I'll give that a try.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #5
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One thing that's likely a bit different than your older Civic, is that the temp. gauge works off a CHT (cylinder head temperature) sensor. Older cars all measured the water temp. at the engine. As a result, the gauge will show warm B4 the coolant has fully warmed, and it's the warm coolant that heats the car!

This sensor is more accurate for the engine controls, it just makes you think the heat should come on earlier than it does since the gauge shows warm!
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:10 PM   #6
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If I leave it out overnight in mid to high 20s, then it probably takes around the same, 10 minutes. Garaged and 30s next day, 5 minutes it's great.
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