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qokuh
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Should I let the car warm up?
#1116826 - 12/05/05 01:02 AM

I have heard people say NOT to let the car warm up, and some say TO let the car warm up. I'm not sure what to believe. My car doesn't shift when its cold, so I tend to let it warm up. What do you do for those who live in cold weather climates?

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jtour
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116828 (Re: qokuh) 12/05/05 01:03 AM

I warm it up for at least 10 minutes.



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BrApple
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116830 (Re: jtour) 12/05/05 01:05 AM

just long enough to let the idle settle

excessive idling isn't good

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I-Dom-In-VIII
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116854 (Re: BrApple) 12/05/05 01:36 AM

Originally posted by BrApple:
just long enough to let the idle settle

excessive idling isn't good




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96 M edition
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116877 (Re: I-Dom-In-VIII) 12/05/05 01:57 AM

about five minutes,or until the leather is warmed up

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CRZYDRVR
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116882 (Re: qokuh) 12/05/05 01:59 AM

I idle mine about 10 seconds then Im gone.

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owen_SVT
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116890 (Re: I-Dom-In-VIII) 12/05/05 02:12 AM

Originally posted by I-Dom-In-8:
Originally posted by BrApple:
just long enough to let the idle settle

excessive idling isn't good







But i do that in warm weather as well...The Tour is garaged this winter but i always let the idle fall.

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striker2
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116894 (Re: owen_SVT) 12/05/05 02:19 AM

the best thing you can do is start it and drive. you actually wear off mor of the cylinder wall when the engine is cold than when its warm. the fastest way to warm it up is to drive it. however it takes the average car about 45 minutes to warm up.

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Nate S
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116902 (Re: I-Dom-In-VIII) 12/05/05 02:42 AM

Originally posted by I-Dom-In-8:
Originally posted by BrApple:
just long enough to let the idle settle

excessive idling isn't good







why is excessive idling bad??

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Matt R
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Re: Should I let the car warm up? new
#1116913 (Re: Nate S) 12/05/05 02:56 AM

I usually let it idle while I'm scraping the ice and snow off. Takes around 5 minutes, and gives enough time for the rear defroster to do it's job.

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