I was wondering how long everyone warms up their car and if it makes the car drive any smoother.
jmichna said:... minmal warmup, drive easy until things warmed yp.
It's "healthier" to simply drive the car to warm it rather than sit at a cold stand-still "forever" before moving. Just make sure you dont drive hard....keep it under say 3K rpms until the gauge registers normal. Also, shift easily until gauge registers full normal temps.
And yes, drivability it much improved with the warmth.
Sp00ner said:In the winter I try to give it 5-10 minutes, it never really warms up that much according to the temp gauge though. Even if it runs for 15-20 min, the gauge just moves REAL slow until I get in and drive a mile or two.
Yea, we had a discussion about there a few weeks ago, that was like early March or late Feb or something. All of a sudden, sometime a week ago or so, the car felt like a completely different car. It corresponded closest to the temp change, but I was keeping the summer gas factor in the back of my head too.jmichna said:Sp00ner,
FWIW, I've always seemed to notice worse mileage with the winter-formulated ethanol-gas blend we use in Illinois. This goes back to my last 3 or 4 cars, including my old '97 SW2.
Yea baby, that's MY kind of warm up!goofyguy said:Start her up and burn rubber the whole way out of the driveway around the first corner and never shift over 2nd the whole way to work. Most of the time about a minute I start it up go in collect all my daily needed crap head out and drive like normal till 5-6 miles from home then I rag on as much as possible.