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i have a 98' nissan sentra and live in upstate new york. sometimes the temp's drop below negative at night. how many of you warm your car up in the morning? i've been reading pro's and con's on warming your car up in the morning. some say its bad, cuz your wasting gas and should warm the car while driving below 20 mphs so the engine can lube the engine. so should or shouldn't i warm the car in the morning. interested in your answers...
 

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yah I am down in MD and it gets pretty frosty out here in the morning ... before school I normally go outside and turn on my car and go back in and like brush my teeth , give it like 2 or 3 mins of warm up time , then drive it pretty calmly and not pushing it 2 hard... Another option u could try is a block heater and plug ur car in over night ... I personally am going to invest in a block heater when I move to Canada for college ... I dont know exactly wut is required or how much it is , all I know is it will help with early morning start ups
 

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I give it about a min to warm up... sometimes less and you shouldn't beat up on the engine when it's cold even tho sometimes I do cause job's more important than the engine.
 

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Ninety-Nine SE-L said:
I'm in FL, but if it's cold in the morning, I usually will give it a good 3k rpms under no load for about a minute, then I drive pretty calmly until the needle begins to move. I don't drive aggressive until the needle is at normal.

I don't know if holding it at 3K is a good idea.... Maybe if you crank it, let it idle for a minute then rev for a minute it would be alright though.
 

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Well my friend used to let it warm up in the mornings but he would do it for like 15-20 min. :dumbass: and he burnt his valves up in the process. It is beneficial to warm it up for a few for engine longevity so that you dont hurt it when it is still cold.
 

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ouch.. i let mine run for about 20 mins every morning... but that was so i could have some heat.. it's been -15 degrees here in the mornings lately. but.. now it only has to run for about 5 mins cause i put in a new blower motor resistor and the heat is unbelievable now.
 

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man, warming up your car in the morning doesnt cause anything harmful! it helps a lot more...look:

when you crank your car in the morning and its cold out...letting it warm up lets everything in the motor reach an optimal operating temp. cranking it up and taking it for a spin right after cranking it(no matter the weather) is bad...it will waste more gas because it will run rich and you run the risk of fuckin shit up...its simple.
 

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i remote start mine and let it run for like 10 minutes. Have the heat on, so all of the ice and snow melts. I live in NJ and lately its been pretty cold, temperature in negative (with the wind chill)
 

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i live in canada and lately it has been getting close to -50°C at night i always plug my car in (block heater) and i usually let it warm up for 2-5 minutes anything longer then that is just wasting gas IMO
 

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im lazy, i can start my car from over a mile, and i just start it before i go take a morning shower.

P.S I hate driving a non-warmed up car. For some reason my car functions and drives much better if i leave it on for like 10 minutes if its very very cold.
 

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♣AsleepZ♣ said:
I don't know if holding it at 3K is a good idea.... Maybe if you crank it, let it idle for a minute then rev for a minute it would be alright though.
under no load, 3k is ok. I usually don't want to wait 5 minutes there warming up, plus the worst weather I see is 30*. I won't put any real strain on the engine until I'm at operating temp.
 

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i try not to drive unless the temp guage is starting to rise, where im at its usually about 40-50 F in the mornings right now so it doesnt take long to get to operating temps. It wont hurt it unless you let it idle for an insane amount of time and you do it all the time. Otherwise you should be fine.
 

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I fire my car up every morning and let it run for about 15-20 mins before I take off, dosen't really use that much gas idling in the driveway. I start my wife's honda before I leave too and it runs about the same amount of time. Good idea to run the defrost too especially if there's any frozen precip or frost on the windshield, you have no idea how many Sentras I get every week with the busings and/or pivots popped out of the wiper rods because they turned them on with ice on the windshield and they stuck.
 

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Creason said:
I fire my car up every morning and let it run for about 15-20 mins before I take off, dosen't really use that much gas idling in the driveway. I start my wife's honda before I leave too and it runs about the same amount of time. Good idea to run the defrost too especially if there's any frozen precip or frost on the windshield, you have no idea how many Sentras I get every week with the busings and/or pivots popped out of the wiper rods because they turned them on with ice on the windshield and they stuck.
yeah i do the same exact thing, i got a remote start so i dont even have to leave the house, all i need to remember is to turn the heat in the car the night before.
 

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Ninety-Nine SE-L said:
I'm in FL, but if it's cold in the morning, I usually will give it a good 3k rpms under no load for about a minute, then I drive pretty calmly until the needle begins to move. I don't drive aggressive until the needle is at normal.
Ok I have a question for you.
How long does it take for your 2.0 to move the needle assuming its 40 or 50 F and you drive it up to say 40 mph ?
Drove Duaghters SER from her house and it takes 8 to 10 mins, about 5 miles and the needle didnt get of the peg till I parked it on my driveway.
My GA warms in about 1.5 miles or 2-3 minutes.
She says its always been like this.
Stuck thermostat or normal ????
Thanks......
 

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mine takes maybe 5 mins to start showing on the needle
but im always letting it warm up for about 2 mins before i drive
 

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Radioaktiv said:
mine takes maybe 5 mins to start showing on the needle
but im always letting it warm up for about 2 mins before i drive
So do you think her car is "normal"
Thanks ....
 
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