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View Poll Results: Do you warm up your car before driving?
No 11 31.43%
Yes (< 1 minute) 17 48.57%
Yes (1-5 minutes) 3 8.57%
Yes (> 5 minutes) 4 11.43%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-14-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Do you wait at all or do you just drive off?

My wait usually involves setting up my MP3 Player and then I drive off (15-30 seconds).
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I wait for about 30 seconds when it's warm out, maybe up to say 2 minutes when it's really cold.

Mostly been driving the old 'rocco lately, I wait till the 5th injector shuts off, this causes the RPM to drop from 1700-1800 to about 1100, usually takes about 15-30 seconds, based on how cold it is.

What's important is to let the oil get to everything, out to the ends of the oil passages, and circulate around a bit, this varies from one engine design to another.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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If you live in Florida, that would normally be OK. Its mainly only when its below 40° or so that warmup is really needed for the engine.

If its below 50°, I will let my car warm up between 1-5 minutes, depending on which car it is and how cold it is out.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: La Jolla, CA
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Do you wait at all or do you just drive off?

My wait usually involves setting up my MP3 Player and then I drive off (15-30 seconds).
About 30 seconds here. I'm very procedural and go through a mental checklist before I drive off. It seems to take about 30 seconds but I never timed it. I like to check on the basics before I drive out of the garage. Cars warm up (or cool off inside) faster when driven away lightly, rather than idled for long periods of time anyway.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:06 PM
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Location: Chester County, Tennessee
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When it's freezing out, I crank my ride and simply go back in the house for up to 15 min. but I do realize everone can't do that depending on where they live.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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The time differs depending on how cold it is outside. In the morning I start my car first, then come back in and have my coffee. Most cold days that can be anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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5-10s is typical, followed by driving gently until the engine warms up to normal operating temperature (which can take 1/4 mile to a mile depending on weather).
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Typically 10 to 30 seconds, before hitting reverse and backing out of the (unheated) garage. Depends on the weather, and if it's the PT or the Spectra.
PT has Royal Purple in it now, Spectra gets syn next O&F.

But as the temp slides down from 30-ish to 10-ish, I let them warm a bit longer.

Never 5 to 15 minutes. That is IMO vehicle abuse and gas waste.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:11 AM
 
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It depends largely on how cold it is.

If it's 10 degrees or warmer, I don't warm up a car.

Today it's 15 below, and - assuming they both start - I'll let my wife's van and my car warm up for probably 5 minutes each.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Galewood
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depends probably 3-5 min in the summer and 10+ minutes in the winter.... my car has a carburetor so letting it run a few minutes makes a difference
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