Do I have to Warm Up My Car in the Winter
There are some stories and myths that just stick around for too long and end up becoming what we think is the truth. The auto industry is full of them and one of the most common myths in the winter that is no longer true these days is the one about warming up your car before you drive in the winter. One of the most common questions that drivers ask themselves during winter is “ Do I have to warm up my car in the winter?” Many decades ago the answer used to be yes because of an automobile’s use of a carburetor, but with the introduction of electronic fuel injector systems in the 80’s, that is no longer true.
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Facts About Warming Up Your Car in Winter
As newer model cars tend to be the most common vehicles on the road today, many of us have presumably been doing it wrong for many years, if not most of our lives. There are some facts about warming up your car in winter and many of them may surprise you. Industry experts say that you should warm up your car for no more than 30 seconds. Anything longer than that and the only thing that you’re doing is wasting gas, hurting your engine and giving off unnecessary pollution. The truth is that your vehicle will warm up faster when you start driving it, just don’t drive like a maniac until your engine warms up a little bit which can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes depending on the outside temperature and your car.
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So you can finally stop waking up early and walking out to your driveway in the winter to warm up your car. Just think how much time, money and uncomfortable trips outside you will save yourself by not warming up your car for so long.