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Old 11-29-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
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Impreza WRX STi ScoobZ like the cold

Anyone else noticed that their car seems to run better in the cold?
Not to mention... a bit faster??

But... there is 1 annoying sound that i canNOT get rid of. The damn glovebox clatter. It's absolutely horrible when it's cold.

Guess i'll just take the good with the bad right?

--J
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:31 PM   #2
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get yourself some bumpers for kitchen cabinets. I put in 1 or 2 of those and my glovebox rattle is gone.

As for cold,
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:34 PM   #3
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Car drives much better.....but the rattles come out in full effect. I haven't driven my WRX for almost 2 months now (when it was much warmer), but when I got in this morning, I smiled because it was running GREAT, but rattling like hell. Oh well, if i get too annoyed with rattles, I just drive the jeep.....more rattles than ever and it makes the WRX seem that much better (as far as rattles go )
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:36 PM   #4
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I hit my best load ever this morning. 3.25 G/REV, 285 G/S MAF (4.62V). I still have the stock exhaust on too.

I can't wait until xmas to get my downpipe in. 110 traps here I come!
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:37 PM   #5
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get yourself some bumpers for kitchen cabinets. I put in 1 or 2 of those and my glovebox rattle is gone.

As for cold,

wow.. thx. great cheap advice.

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Old 11-29-2007, 03:54 PM   #6
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How long should I let my car warm up when its cold outside? Should I get oil temp gauges or engine temp ones?
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:56 PM   #7
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How long should I let my car warm up when its cold outside? Should I get oil temp gauges or engine temp ones?
Wait until your engine temp gage is in the middle
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:10 PM   #8
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How long should I let my car warm up when its cold outside? Should I get oil temp gauges or engine temp ones?

i don't let it warm up. 15 seconds and all that oil has circulated. if you just drive normally for a few minutes you'll be fine.

there are articles out there mentioning that letting the car idle for 10 minutes actually has a negative effect on your engine over a period of time.

do i have these articles..?? no.

have i read them..? yes.

i just start er' up and get on my way
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:26 PM   #9
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i don't let it warm up. 15 seconds and all that oil has circulated. if you just drive normally for a few minutes you'll be fine.

there are articles out there mentioning that letting the car idle for 10 minutes actually has a negative effect on your engine over a period of time.

do i have these articles..?? no.

have i read them..? yes.

i just start er' up and get on my way
--J
I've saw the article that your speaking of a couple weeks ago.... I usually wait 45sec to a minute and then go..I'll take it easy til the engine temp is all the way up...And then its on.....or as on as it can be with NA. I'll hunt down that article.

Found it.... http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/myths/idling.html
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Old 11-29-2007, 06:00 PM   #10
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Drive it slowly until it warms up (do not let it sit there idling cold). You want your oil temps to go up to lube the engine correctly.
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Old 11-29-2007, 09:03 PM   #11
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remote start and garage kept FTW
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:35 PM   #12
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Anyone else noticed that their car seems to run better in the cold?
Not to mention... a bit faster??

But... there is 1 annoying sound that i canNOT get rid of. The damn glovebox clatter. It's absolutely horrible when it's cold.

Guess i'll just take the good with the bad right?

--J
lol!! the glovebox chatter, back decklid chatter, and the infamous 06 sti rear window spoiler squeak lol. Of course the car runs better in cooler temps... i've played around in all temps, but it seems like the magic number is 50-degrees.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:52 PM   #13
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I've saw the article that your speaking of a couple weeks ago.... I usually wait 45sec to a minute and then go..I'll take it easy til the engine temp is all the way up...And then its on.....or as on as it can be with NA. I'll hunt down that article.

Found it.... http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/myths/idling.html
that site is all about the environment... 1/2 of you don't care with your catless downpipes . i've watched the temp gauge vs the coolant display on the cobb AP2. just make sure the coolant temp is up AS WELL as the oil temp. when your temp gauge stabilizes, give it two minutes before you romp on it. also keep in mind your gear box and diff fluids are still ice cold. here's a read from mike from spdusa:

The Subaru engine uses a highly efficient oil to water intercooler just above the oil filter. It is copper finned, just as efficient and roughly 10 times smaller that an common oil to air cooler most of us are familiar with. Water hold about 10 times as much energy as air for ever degree in temperature. The really neat feature of this oil/water intercooler is the pre-heating of the engine oil that takes place during engine warm-up. Revving an engine past 4000 rpm on cold oil is generally not a good idea, but the Subaru engine is warming it oil up as the engine water is coming up to temperature. So about two minutes after your water temp is up to running level your engine is ready to run hard. Life could not be better.
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