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Jeffrey
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Re: Do You Warm-Up Your Car In Cold Weather? Don't Do It!

An old friend of mine used to remotely start his 2002 Ford Explorer from his bedroom 30 mins before he left for work in the winter. He'd turn the heat on and the fans all of the way up the night before, so sure, after 30 mins the car was a hot box after 30 mins of idling. I kept telling him to stop doing it, but he abused the hell out of his leased cars, which is an entire other issue. It always bothered me a little bit. Waste of fuel, hard on the car, etc.

If its like 20 or above, I start the car, wait about 20 seconds for the RPMs to die down, and go. Lower than that, I might give it a minute or two, but that's it. Until the car is at at operating temperature, I keep it below 2,000 RPMs and under 45mph if I can help it.
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said by Jeffrey:

An old friend of mine used to remotely start his 2002 Ford Explorer from his bedroom 30 mins before he left for work in the winter.
When it's below freezing out, and I had more than a 5-10 minute drive ahead of me, i'd remote start my car and leave the heat on for a good 5-10 minutes (until it was blowing heat AT ALL), and then drive off.

This was for personal convenience.

When I used to do it a lot, I never noticed a difference in fuel usage than when I wasn't.


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said by Jahntassa:

said by Jeffrey:

An old friend of mine used to remotely start his 2002 Ford Explorer from his bedroom 30 mins before he left for work in the winter.
When it's below freezing out, and I had more than a 5-10 minute drive ahead of me, i'd remote start my car and leave the heat on for a good 5-10 minutes (until it was blowing heat AT ALL), and then drive off.

This was for personal convenience.

When I used to do it a lot, I never noticed a difference in fuel usage than when I wasn't.
That's cool. Five or ten minutes is in the "reasonable" level for me in the coldest of weather, although if I've done it it's only because I forgot I turned the car on.

I wasn't so much as concerned with fuel economy so much I thought letting the car idle for too long (like 30 mins) wasn't good for the engine or the components- for it's lifespan of the vehicle. I sometimes read the specs for Police vehicles and they all seem to have some provision to save the car from extended periods of idling. I'm assuming that's from some real-world measure that idling is bad for the engine.
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