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Old 02-18-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Cold start running

I have ss
When i start the car early in the morning,
Do i have to let the engine running to warm up or just start and go ?
If i let her warm for how long?
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:40 AM   #2
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Personally, what I've always practiced is to try to start the car early before I leave, maybe 10-15min depending on the outside temp.

From there I usually try to idle it through the neighborhood till the temp comes off the peg.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:43 AM   #3
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If I'm not scraping the windows, I usually just get up and drive. My second gear hates it, but I try to take it slow when it's cold.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:45 AM   #4
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I just start it up and drive.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:31 AM   #5
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You have a modern fuel injected car. There is no mechanical benefit to letting it run before driving.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:37 AM   #6
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I always let it run for about 5 minutes, to let the oil and temp get up to close to normal operating temps, then take off! It doesn't take long in these cars!
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:37 AM   #7
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I just wait a few minutes. waiting for the oil temperature to go up would take for ever. I honestly just wait until my coolant temp is at 125 and just drive.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:49 AM   #8
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One thing that was mentioned in a different post was how powerful the car feels when you drive it "cold". I forgot who mentioned it, but I agree that if you drive it right after you start it (not letting it warm up first) it really seems to have more power. I hadn't noticed it until someone mentioned it on here and after I watched for it...I have to agree.

To answer the question of this post though, I agree with mikeyg36. If the front windshield is frosted, then I only warm it up in advance to clear the windshield...otherwise, I just drive it cold.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:56 AM   #9
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Willing to bet a cold engine feels faster because it's not heating up the air as much as once it's been running awhile. Colder air is denser, therefore you can mix in more fuel w/ the denser air, thus producing more power.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:02 AM   #10
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No need to let it idle. Just wastes gas. No benefit. Just drive it easy for the 1st few minutes.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:09 AM   #11
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I let it run for a minute or 2 then role out
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:33 AM   #12
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I just let it come off the fast idle from starting, and then ease thru the gears. No HARD acceleration until temps are up.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:15 AM   #13
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No need to warm up first. Just keep it under 3,000 rpm until everything comes up to temp.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:57 AM   #14
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My neighbors would probably call the authorities if I allowed my car to idle for more than 30 seconds in my neighborhood. With that being said I start up and roll out. Nothing aggressive until she's nice and warm.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:28 AM   #15
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I Always warm my vehicles up about 5 mins before I take off! I usually take it easy for the first 15 or 20 mins before I ever stomp on it! Also, I try and not go over 55 in that 15 - 20 mins!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:34 AM   #16
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Depending on the outside temp, I normally only wait 1-2 minutes before driving away. I would say that it depends on how you plan on driving once you are on the street. If you have the uncontrollable urge to do a burn out each time you leave the driveway then yeah, maybe idle it for 10 minutes before you drive away.

We live in ontario and it can get cold here, like -20 and many companies now have started to say no more idling your car in the parking lot for more then 5 minutes. So many new cars have remotes, people started complaining that all these cars are left idling in the parking lots. Just saying that its almost become an issue now, where people are bitching about pollution and wasted fuel.

Too bad common sense was not COMMON!
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:42 AM   #17
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I start my car and let it run about 30 secs. If i have frost on my windshield i will scrape that off but soon as that is done i drive off slowly.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:45 AM   #18
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No carb = no warm up.
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