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JamCoope

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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2011 10:21:52 AM

Most people agree that cars run more economically once they're warmed up... especially in the cold winter months.

Here's a question: has anyone tested whether it is more economical to let your car warm up by idling in the driveway, or by just letting warm up as you drive?
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2014 7:34:06 AM

Only in the winter months......
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Jackson126
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2014 6:42:06 AM

A little
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b899
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2014 8:01:48 AM

no
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 9:23:47 AM

Older bones, often need TLC. Cabin heat could be a factor for some, ones vehicle can be an accommodator, with an additional fuel cost each time, and They sell those options as a Cool Wise Choice.

My cabin Heater/AC works well if I can make the decision to use it before fearing of running out of fuel. That hasn't happened yet, TLC. thoughts Right !(if needed).....Vehicles don't have Bones..... Bolts maybe.....
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b899
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2014 8:19:54 AM

no
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ggg452
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 9:39:00 AM

I agree dontuknowOH....my usual routine as well...
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 9:28:24 AM

Start, do the mirrors, hook-up, and then drive, takes about 10 sec. if windows are clear. Holding engine RPMs @ 3000 or less at least for 90 seconds more time.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 7:11:29 AM

Not needed now................
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gougedQC
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:02:02 AM

contiki-- its NEVER needed, not even in winter...not for mechanical reasons anyway.. if you want a pre-warm cabin..its a different situation
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 7:44:16 AM

Not needed now......summer is here......only in the winter months....
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b899
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 5:45:33 AM

No
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b899
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:53:17 AM

no
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 7:23:05 AM

No...not now......
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b899
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 7:37:21 AM

no
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gougedQC
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 8:48:52 AM

duh, its never needed in modern cars.. computers perform engine management -fuel mixture

its only 'needed' in winter if you are not properly dressed for winter in the first place and want you cabin warmed..from a mechanical standpoint no need whatsoever even in the depths of winter.. -30C

btw my 2001 vehicle..is always start and go..even at -30 ..zero problems ..well except for the GD salt rotting away the body
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 8:37:02 AM

No needed now that the weather is warm here in Ontario........
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outlaw329
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 2:37:22 AM

Turn the key start the engine and take off.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 12:34:53 PM

if car outside
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waynester1955
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 11:06:51 AM

no, in summer START AND GO
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 8:02:00 AM

Not needed now.......warm weather is here...only in the winter months....
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twt
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 4:58:19 AM

DUH! Whenever the engine is running, it's using fuel.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 7:22:46 AM

not needed now.........
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 6:08:26 AM

You have to be kidding!!
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twt
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2014 3:20:32 AM

A waste of fuel.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 11:32:35 PM

Our local weather predicts a Polar Vortex What ever.... Yey! I might do a warm-up on the old girl, before I turn on the A/C.... and drive across town showing the recent wax job for more MPGs.

That polar vortex ought to set the wax for a longer duration time, and I need a Cruise Jaunt to circulate the heavy lube stuff, keeping seals in order. Old fuel needs fresh sooner/later by reasoning "old school standards" Might air them tires also first.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 7:14:14 AM

not required now..............
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puddy
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 9:21:51 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 8:25:01 AM

no
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 11:11:47 PM

All engines need to reach OEM normal operating temps before maximum economy is possible, that is troublesome at times.

The vehicle systems are programmed for that, anything less is drivers choice. Errors in each vehicle can bring those stats to a different level.
Remember all things age with use/time and errors just occur even with perfection.

"Woops" describes it better!!...... Summertime Here ..... Noted....
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2014 6:55:27 AM

no..........
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 8:20:44 AM

Not required these days.....only in the winter months......
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 7:57:12 AM

no
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 8:13:14 AM

I only warm up our vehicles in the cold winter months......
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twt
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 5:17:05 AM

Somebody is very mis-informed.
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b899
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 8:24:21 AM

no
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 7:01:43 AM

No....not needed now the weather is warmer.....only in the winter months...
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 9:33:11 AM

no
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Jawbonz
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 9:14:44 AM

In this region, if temps are hovering in the single digits and below, and I'm parked outside, yes, I warm it up. Especially on snow days. You can't go fast enough for the motor to warm up, and it's a COLD drive to work.
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twt
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 6:36:37 AM

It's a waste of fuel.
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 6:30:26 AM

Hell, it's hot out. Shouldn't we be more concerned about "cooling" the car right about now?
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aalix
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2014 12:54:53 AM

Per other articles I have read, there is no need to warm up the engine.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 11:45:45 PM

NO NEED, It's Summer, Engine warms with a drive-away at low rpms. The two-cycle utility engines need warming on a fresh start-up.
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Message Posted: Jun 30, 2014 8:07:23 AM

no
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sing_1
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 1:26:29 PM

warm up my car to get it warm inside more than anything.
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 1:00:37 PM

no
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 11:29:34 AM

yes if outside 2min.
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Awing1
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 9:39:33 AM

always warm up for a few minute,
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 8:36:43 AM

no
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 8:50:53 AM

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Hemond
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2014 3:01:38 PM

Idling uses little gas. Almost nothing. Don't worry about it. Its not even measurable.
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