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how long do you guys warm up you car??? Mine, 5 mins when its cold, 3mins warm.
 

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temperatures here aren't overwhelming...so i usually warm mine up for a minute and a half to two minutes..

if i'm in a hurry i rev up to 2k rpm SLOWLY every 10 seconds or so
 

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I never warm it up... hope that isn't bad *shrug*
 

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my air/fuel ratio gauge doesnt work until the exhaust o2 sensor is warmed up....so i dont drive the car until that turns on...pretty cool...usually about 30 secs to 1 min.
 

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Kinda' hard to say, really. Here in Memphis, our weather is so wacky. It goes from 20F to 75F in 12 hours in a lot of cases. Depending on whether or not most of the stuff on the windshield is ice or snow, can take 1-5 minutes.

When I do it, I typically just give it 2-3 minutes on average before taking off in it.
 

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Unless it's below zero out, you really don't need to warm up the car at all. All you're doing is wasting gas, and engines warm up 10x faster with load on them than sitting idle anyways. Just keep the revs below 3k when it's flat cold. high revs + flat cold engine = baaaaaaddd
 

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SteVTEC said:
Unless it's below zero out, you really don't need to warm up the car at all. All you're doing is wasting gas, and engines warm up 10x faster with load on them than sitting idle anyways. Just keep the revs below 3k when it's flat cold. high revs + flat cold engine = baaaaaaddd
agreed. basically you wait like 10 seconds after you start the car... let all the fluids circulate a bit... then you are good to go! even you idle like 10 mins.. your transmission is still tii cold because no gear is engaged.
 

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I usally let the car warm up for up to 12mins only in the winter and if it sat the night.

Thats the beauty of remote start
 

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Turn on ignition...wait about 5 seconds until my gas needle stops moving...turn on engine...let engine run for about 10 seconds...take off.
 

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the only time i'm warming up the engine is when i need warming up myself :eek: :eek: . and by the time the seats warm up, the engine's ready. otherwise, i just put it in drive and go!
 

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i always warm my car till the hot/cold needle starts to move and i drive slowly till it gets above the C. i don't like to drive the car when it's cold cuz it jerks or drives weird when cold =/
 

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i also warm it until the air/fuel is in the red..sometimes if im pulling out of a parking lot at skool i dont warm it up cause people starting honking and going crazy since it backs up the line
 

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I dont take off until the temp passes the large tick mark w/ the "C" on it.

If I turn on the car and its already passed that mark, I just wait like 10 seconds for the oil to get up.

edit: Once I took off after it passed the "C" mark, but the car was obviously not warm/hot and I WOT'ed and BAAAMM!!!! :eek:.... Im guessing that was a misfire or some sh!t, it sounded like the sound came from the intake... but I dunno. Im guessing that wasnt good at all so ever since I warm up the car and I dont WOT until its completely warm/hot.
 

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we had some single digit temps today. i let the car warm up a few minutes before getting on the road.
normally i let it warm up a bit in the winter anyway because its better for the cold engine and more comfy for me.
 

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sumptimwong said:
you mind going into that one a bit more? tia
Simply google it.

"Here's what the Canadian environment ministry has to say:

•An idling engine releases twice as many exhaust fumes than a vehicle in motion.
•If every driver in Canada avoided idling for 5 minutes a day, we could prevent 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
•No more than 30 seconds of idling is needed for oil to circulate through your engine. Many components, such as the wheel bearings, tires and suspension system will only warm up once the vehicle is moving.
•Restarting your car many times has little impact on engine components, adding only around $10 per year to the cost of driving, money that is recovered in fuel savings.
•Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
•Idling can damage your engine since it is not operating at its peak temperature where fuel is completely burned. Fuel residue from incomplete burning can damage engine parts.
•Idling a vehicle for 10 minutes a day uses an average of 100 litres of gas a year. If gas costs 70 cents a litre, you will save $70 per year, just by turning your key.
•During the winter, Canadians idle their vehicles for a combined total of 75 million minutes/day. This is equal to a vehicle idling for 144 years. Although we idle our vehicles about 40% less in summer, we still waste an enormous amount of fuel and money.
•A block heater warms the oil and engine coolant, making it easier to start your vehicle and improving winter fuel economy by as much as 10%."

via http://www.ec.gc.ca/cleanair-airpur/Taking_Action/Individuals/Compiled_List_of_Quick_Facts-WS2309FEF9-1_En.htm
 

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sumptimwong said:
you mind going into that one a bit more? tia
what willshire said, and because when it's that cold out when i start the car up the shift linkage tends to be frozen solid, along with the clutch pedal, the power steering, and pretty much the whole rest of the car and it really isn't safe to drive. Need to get some heat running through it so that things start to thaw out so that I can actually physically get the car in gear. :p Plus I'm usually scraping ice off the car anyways. Where some family is in MN, people who don't have heated garages, or even a garage at all commonly have engine block heaters which solves 90% of the problem.
 

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it was -5 yesterday... i warm up my car b4 work only to let the heated seats heat up... once we step on the gas, out comes the hot air.
 
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