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View Poll Results: .: How Do You Start Your Car Everyday? :.
I wait till my car idle's down before i drive off 47 23.98%
I wait till my car idle's down +15-45 seconds before i drive off 21 10.71%
I start driving right after i start my car 41 20.92%
I only let my car warm up when it hasnt been started for awile (morning time, days) 3 1.53%
I always wait till it idle's down, but when its cold outside i give it a little more time to warm up 35 17.86%
This thread is stupid :p 36 18.37%
Other 13 6.63%
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Question .: How Do You Start Your Car Everyday? :.

Is there any benifit to warming your car up before you drive off? How long do you wait before you start driving everytime you start your car?
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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I'm a start & go person normally. However with the Camaro it takes a few seconds to slowly back out of the garage & make sure the garage door closes all the way - so I'd say 45-60 seconds before I leave the house. Then I'm in a subdivision with quite a few kids so I take it 25mph at the highest for 3-4 blocks.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #3
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Yes make sure you warm your car up first. The cold start is where the most stress is on the engine
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #4
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:33 PM   #5
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Start it, tune in radio....drive, there is no reason to wait for warm up.....do a google search.....
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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Let it warm up.

Some people might consider waiting until it reaches operating temps a little extreme, but it's what I do everyday. 2-3 minutes in the summer. 4-5 minutes idle in the winter (or more.)
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:35 PM   #7
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I don't think there is any benefit to let it idle down.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:38 PM   #8
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Start it, tune in radio....drive, there is no reason to wait for warm up.....do a google search.....
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:40 PM   #9
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All you're doing by "warming up" your car is wasting gas. Read most owners manuals and it tells you to start the vehicle, wait 10-15 seconds, and off you go. Keep it under 3,000 RPM until you reach operating temp.

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Old 08-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #10
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Stock: start and go. Reason? You don't have a choke or carburetor anymore, Eleanor. The engine will get up to temp faster and won't get things sooty from extended idling.

My configuration: start, short warm up, keep it under 2500 RPM until oil is up to operating temp. Reason? High performance valve springs don't like cold, and I don't need a broken valve spring.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:45 PM   #11
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I start mine, do a few things inside the car like seat belt, radio, widows....then off i go. so maybe a minute.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:45 PM   #12
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@ Nitsua

"Keep it under 3,000 RPM until you reach operating temperature."

Ha Ha. That's the problem. I go over 3,000 rpm routinely just after exiting my neighborhood entrance.

Besides, if wasting gas was a concern, I wouldnt be driving a 430 hp, SS.
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warm up until idles down, always
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:50 PM   #14
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Stock: start and go. Reason? You don't have a choke or carburetor anymore, Eleanor. The engine will get up to temp faster and won't get things sooty from extended idling.

My configuration: start, short warm up, keep it under 2500 RPM until oil is up to operating temp. Reason? High performance valve springs don't like cold, and I don't need a broken valve spring.
This is exactly what I've been doing since I had the cam put in last year. It's hard for me to keep it under 2500 when I get in the traffic a few blocks from home, so I let it warm up in the driveway a bit longer when it's cold outside.
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Hmm I see there are lots of different opinions on this
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I crank it up, let it idle down, back it out of the garage, fasten seat belt, and go - about two minutes max. 1/2 mile slow cruise to the highway (35 mph zone), then ease up to 55-65 within about 6 or 7 minutes of startup.
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I use a key that was provided by the manufacturer. It works every time!
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:41 PM   #18
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:44 PM   #19
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I start the car close the door put on seat belt and then drive.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #20
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For what it is worth, engines warm up quicker, which is better, under a light load (driving easy). So after the whole key thing, drive it nicely for a while until it gets some temp, then have fun!
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:20 PM   #21
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Your actually suppose to wait for it to warm up so the oil can circulate all the way through the engine. The first start up is the most detrimental time to an engine. Hence why you should wait. Id rather lose an extra ounce of gas than lose a engine.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #22
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I've started a few engines and drove off right away with the engine not sounding quite right..... I've heard its really bad for the engine to wake up and get pushed around under various circumstances..

due to the above I always start the car up before performing certain tasks when preparing to leave the house.. so average is 5 mins..

if i'm in a rush i'll at the very least wait till the temp gauge (left of the DIC) is past the first line..
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:15 PM   #23
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Not a choice but I don't start it everyday, perhaps 3-4x per week
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:27 PM   #24
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I put my key in a turn it...lol. I let it run a little bit
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Start it, wait for the garage door to open, slowly drive out of the garage, wait for the garage door to close, then start driving. This gives ample time for the engine to warm up, and eliminates the "Did I close the garage door?" nonsense.
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